Saturday, June 5, 2010

It Can't Be June

Wow, what happened. I turned around and it is June. I have been seeing doctor after doctor to find out why I feel yucky. Well, all but one test is in and it is acid-reflux, erosions in the lining of the stomach and a hiatal hernia. The last test they will do Monday to see how my gall bladder is working. All this to say, going to so many doctors and having so many tests, by the time I get home, I don't want to do anything! So, my blogging has taken a back seat. I have been thinking about blogging and have been taking pictures to add to my blogs, just have to get settled in and get back into my blogging routine :)

I took some pictures of my beautiful Easter Lilies. They don't bloom on Easter, but they are going like crazy the end of May and early June, before the heat gets them. My friend gave me the plant for Easter probably 10 years ago. After it was in the house and the blooms fell off, I planted it in the back yard and do absolutely nothing to it, yet year after year it comes "alive."

Lollie dog catching some "rays"

Have a wonderful day and take time to smell the flowers :)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Mannequin In The Window

This week at Kelly's Korner Show Us Your Life she is showcasing the city you live in. I live in a cute city in beautiful Southern California. I have lived there almost 16 years. Oh, and by the way, the pictures in this blog are not my house. Anyway, Hubby and I lived in our first house in Anaheim for 10 years, then we moved to our 2nd house in Lake Elsinore on a half acre lot. We lived there 10 years. I thought I was a farmer when we lived in Lake Elsinore. We had chickens and eggs and a goat that ate everything you didn't want him to eat. I thought he would eat the weeds and grass, but instead he ate the trees, stripped the bark from the trees as far up as he could reach. Not good. I planted a garden one year. Done. I canned fruit from our trees one year. Done. That is when I decided I was not a farmer, nor did I want to do farm things. So we moved to a house on a cul de sac in Corona and have been there ever since. I love it here and after 10 years, hubby asked if we should continue our pattern of moving every 10 years and I said there is no other place I would rather live right now. So, until something changes, we are here and lovin it. My job as office manager of our church is walking distance away. We have lots of stores, so I rarely venture too far away. One of the streets in Corona is Main Street. It is a quaint, quiet street with older homes. It is the historic area of our town. Well, there is one house that has mannequins in the window.

Every season the owner changes the scene.

In June the mannequin is dressing in a beautiful wedding dress

Halloween the mannequin is dressed as a witch.

Christmas time the mannequin is Mrs. Claus. It is always fun to drive by and see what is going on in the window.

I also like that they plant flowers around all the trees. It makes it so colorful. Yes, I love living in my little city.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Cindy's Books

This week over at Kelly's Korner Show Us Your Life, she is asking about favorite books. Well, I read all the time. I like true stories, crime stories, sometimes a romance book. I have an all time favorite I am going to tell you about. It is called the Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. It is a true story of her life. I don't want to give too much info., but just enough to let you know why I enjoyed this book so much. She tells about growing up in a dysfunctional household. Her parents were brilliant in so many ways, yet they did not know how to raise children. It would be very sad except you learn how these kids raised themselves and turned out to be very successful adults and how her parents eventually became homeless by their choice. One cute story she tells is how she wanted to fix up their home so when she was about 7 (I think) she found a gallon of yellow paint and painted all around the house as far up as she could reach. It remained that way until they moved out. Every chapter I would read I would tell hubby all about it. It was like we read it together.

I enjoyed The Glass Castle so much that I bought the audio version of her second book, Half Broke Horses so hubby and I could enjoy it together on our next long car trip. I loaned it to my son and daughter in law last week for their 4 hour trip to Vegas and they said it was great. I can't wait to hear it.

All my kids liked all the Shell Silverstein's books. We still have several around the house.

My mom was the Library Lady at my grade school. Many, many years ago. Actually that would be the 1960's, truth be told. I was so proud that my mom volunteered at my school. She was also the juice bar lady. I remember getting free juice bars. What a treat. When the school was done with library books they would have a sale. My mom bought several books and I still have them in my book shelves.

Now, the truth is going to come out. My very favorite book it a cookbook. All cookbooks, any cookbooks. I am addicted. I have never met a cookbook I didn't love. I have big ones, small ones, fat ones, tall ones. I have them here.................................

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I have them everywhere, and they make me happy :)

Monday, May 10, 2010

It's All About The Dessert

Sometimes, it's the simple things in life that make things great. Take our Mother's Day dinner for example. My daughter in law likes my tacos. So along with tacos, beans and rice, we had simple appetizers and desserts. Simple and delish

The kid's got me a beautiful bouquet of flowers

The dip is one of our favorites. You heat 8 oz. of cream cheese with a can of chili. Beans or no beans whatever you choose. Every last bit was gone by the end of the day.

Chocolate covered strawberries. At the grocery store they were $12.00 for 6 chocolate covered strawberries!!!!

I made a lot more for way less $$$$$. This plate was also empty by the end of the evening.

Another of my daughter in laws favorites is our magic bars. There are a lot of ways to make these, but my favorite way is to pour over the sweetened condensed milk over the the layers as the last step.
Cindy's magic bars:
Melt one stick of butter in 9x13 glass dish at 350 degrees.
Pour 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs over butter patting gently.
Sprinkle 1 cup each semi-sweet chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, pecans over crumb crust. Sprinkle 2 cups coconut over that. Pour on one can sweetened condensed milk over everything. Bake for 35 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool and cut. Yum

Monday, May 3, 2010

Monday's Off And Oscar's Haircut

I have Monday's off. Off from my job at the church as the office manager, but certainly not off from work. Just the opposite. I work like a dog most Monday's. Take today for instance. I started the morning washing down my backyard patio, cleaning the patio furniture and watering my plants. It had been windy here, so that was a big job. It took almost 2 hours. Then it was shower time and a trip to Sam's Club. After I completed a major shopping trip, I started to load the loot into my trunk when much to my dismay, my trunk was full with a gasoline yard blower that my hubby had put in there on Sunday and forgot to remove. I had to stuff my Sam's club stuff into the back seat of my car. Then it was on to the grocery store to get the stuff that Sam's doesn't carry. Then it was home to quickly unload everything. I grabbed up Oscar the dog and it was off to the dog groomers. That is the trouble with having a long haired dog. It grows and gets bushy and matty and a trip to the groomers is something that has to be done every couple of months. Our other dog, Lolli is much easier to maintain. I just throw her into the tub and give her a bath, easy peasy.

Our two dogs, one high maintainance, one low maintainance.

One very noisy dog.

One embarrassed dog. He would not look at me when I tried to take his picture.

The groomer really cut him short! They cut his ears so short, he looks like a pin head. Oh well, it grows back and he will be ready for the hot weather.

After the groomer, it was home to put away the rest of the groceries and make dinner, a very busy 'day off' :)

Thursday, April 29, 2010

My New Favorite Things

I have two new loves. First the Keurig coffee maker. Second Stash tea. I went to a women's ministry luncheon at a girlfriends house. This is where I discovered the Keurig maker. We were all lined up with our coffee cups ready to pick a flavor of coffee and make our individual cup in like a minutes time. I think 4 out of the 9 of us went out shortly after that luncheon and purchased a machine. The machine has a reservoir on the side that you fill with water, it keeps the water hot (I guess) because after you put your choice of what they call K cups (little individual sealed pods of coffee, hot chocolate, tea, white chocolate, flavored coffees) in the coffee maker and push the size of your cup it immediately starts running steaming hot water from the maker into your cup.

I have been on this tea kick, so I put a tea bag in my cup and push the size of the mug and out comes the hot water.

My favorite flavor and make of tea is Stash mango passionfruit herbal tea. I put a squirt of Agave nectar and I am 'relaxin' in style.

These are the little pods. They have so many different brands and flavors. The best selection and price is at Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Excuse me I need to go and relax and enjoy my mug of tea :)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Blog Break

I have been a lazy blogger of late. I have been reading about all the blog buddies that went to the Beth Moore conference and it sounds like it was a great time. It must have been so great to meet people you have been blogging buddies with, but have never met.
I went shopping with my daughter in law on Saturday. I left my house at 7:30 Saturday morning and went to a meeting at our church about our web site. I left there and went to my grandson's baseball game. Then it was out to lunch with hubby. Hubby and son went to work at son's shop while I went with daughter in law to Tai Pan. For those who don't know what Tai Pan is, it is a home decorating store. It must be the size of a Costco. It is huge and has so many cute things. I was looking for something for my coffee table. I looked at shallow bowls with wire balls, but then I saw this cute rustic bird cage.

I really liked it. Then I found a cute bird and daughter in law gave me some fake moss and rocks that she had extra of. This is what I came up with. Hubby said that the bird was too fat for the small cage. He has a point but I still like it. Daughter in law and the kids and myself were at Tai Pan for 3 hours. Looking at everything and trying to decide what we could not live without. I commented that I like some glass jars and then saw a chalk board that was so cute. Much to my surprise when we got back to daughter in laws and unpacked, she had purchased the glass jars and chalk board for me. She put them out on her island and when I came in from loading up my car with my bird cage and other goodies, she said "surprise and happy mother's day." She was so excited she could not wait for mother's day. I was so focused on the grandchildren that I did not notice what she had in her cart. What a nice daughter in law I have :)

I was plenty tired when I got home at 8:30 that night. 13 hours of go, go, go.
My handwriting looks kind of funky on that chalkboard. I will have to work on that.
Have a great day!

Friday, April 23, 2010

How I Met Hubby

I checked Kelly's Korner Show Us Your Life last week to see what was coming up this week. When I saw it was about how you met your hubby, it got me thinking about our story and what I was going to write. It is fun to remember and reminisce about, say, 36 or 37 years ago!!! It does not seem possible. I still think of us as "those kids in the pictures."

When I was 15 my mom got me a job working for Carl' Jr. Mom worked at the commissary and knew the manager at this particular Carl's. Since you need to be 16 (even in the olden days) to work, he agreed to hire me at 15. It was clear across town where I went to high school. After I started working I noticed there was a group of guys that hung around, sometimes until closing. They were a nice group of friends and this was their hang out. I notice Don right away, but he was very shy. One of the guys asked me out and I accepted. This guy and his family lived next door to Don and his family. We went on a couple of dates, nothing serious. One day Don and I were talking and he said " you wouldn't go out with me." I replied "ask me." Well, that let me know he was interested in me so I asked him to go to The Harlem Globetrotters basketball show. My dad had given me tickets to take my brother and a friend. Well, the guy I had dated a couple of times was working so I knew he couldn't go. I told him I was taking my brother to the Globetrotter show, which I did. What I left out of the conversation was that I had asked Don to go with me and my brother. We went and had a great time. The next day Don was washing his souped up Chevy Nova, and the guy I was dating came over to Don's house to hang out and noticed the parking permit to the Harlem Globetrotter's Show. Busted. The guy called me and said," I know you went out with Don, tell me you will never go out with him again." I told him I was sorry but that was something I could not do. I had fallen hook, line and sinker for Don. We were married one month after I turned 18. That was 35 years ago. And believe it or not we are still friends with the guy next door. He is happily married also.

Ask anyone who got married in the 1970's and they will understand the powder blue tux and ruffles. We were in style!!

Three children and 4 grandchildren later we are still in love and happily married. It hasn't alway been easy, but it has been worth it, Don is my best friend.

The girls in the wedding made their own dresses. I wore a mini version on our honeymoon. Don's mom helped me make it. We went to Big Bear for our honeymoon and rented a cabin for a week. Those were the day's my friend.