Thursday, August 28, 2014


On the River Boat at Lake Tahoe 1990.
The pulled pork/cold slaw sandwich...Delicious.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Most of the trees in the complex are still green, but one is really ready for Fall.

We are finding new places to check out and one is the West Covina Plaza where our granddaughter, Monique is the assistant manager of the "Red Robin" cafĂ©.  We had lunch there and right across the way was Anna's Linens.  I've been looking for cushions for the wicker chairs (cute but not comfortable).  They had them on sale and in green.  Eating in comfort is better.

Was really in the mood for pulled pork sandwiches and cold slaw, so a small pork roast is cooking in the crock pot!  House already smells good.

There is a huge yellow and black butterfly that keeps teasing me.  He flies right in front of my chair on the balcony, and when I get the camera...he smiles and flies off.   I will catch a picture of him one of these days!!

Monday, August 25, 2014


Martha's "Pie Challenge" was almost a complete disaster.  I really didn't have any ingredients on hand for a pie, but this is a busy week, so wanted to do something.  I remembered I had some coconut in the freezer and decided to make a coconut pie.  Made the pie crust, and baked it.  While it cooled I mixed up the ingredients for the filling.  In the middle of the process the phone rang and it was the pharmacy asking me some questions about my medication.  Answered the questions, went back to my pie filling, poured it in the crust and stuck it in the oven.  The challenge was to make a pie and post a picture of it.

After a couple minutes I opened the microwave to heat up my coffee and there was my 1/2 cup melted butter for the pie!  Oops. The pie is in the oven!!  I quickly took it out of the oven and poured in the melted butter, tried to mix it in without splashing it all over.  Yikes, and this is a pie for a challenge.  Yep, that was my challenge.

But to my surprise, when it finally baked (took the middle forever) it looked like a pie, and it tasted like a pie, so that my story and I'm sticking to it!!

You have to make mini cinnamon rolls with leftover pie crust dough....Right???

Sunday, August 24, 2014


Saturday Don and I traveled to UCLA Medical Center to visit our cousin's husband who just had extensive surgery.  We are praising the Lord, as the surgery was successful and what was stage 4 cancer on his face is now gone.  Many details about the surgery I won't share, but he is doing and looking great, and the surgeons were beaming at the success of this intricate surgery.  God is so good.

The picture on the left is Fox Theatre Westwood, walking distance from UCLA, and where Hollywood's actors come with all their flair to see the previews of movies. 

After a visit with Howard, his wife Lou (Don's cousin and one of Aunt Trula's daughters) invited us to walk down to Barney's Beanery for lunch.  Howard and Lou's family are so supportive and spend many hours with him at the hospital.  The Nachos were the best appetizers ever.

This morning at church a friend came up to me and said in a stern voice, "Wanda, what's going on?"  To which I replied "What do you mean?"   She smiled and said "I thought something was wrong, you haven't posted since Tuesday!"   I didn't know I had a "blog monitor" HaHa.  Retired life can get real busy.  I assured her I was find, and I would get something posted today!....  So Pat, I'm back!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


I have a Creative Tuesday dilemma ~ The theme is "Poppies" which I dearly love, but I wrote down that the due date was August 26, not today!!  I've been out of watercolor paper and badly need some tubes of paint and planned to make a trip to Aaron Brothers this week and have my poppy painting ready for CT.  However this morning I see all the artist have their poppies up, and I check the date..and yep!!! It's today.   So instead of a new painting ~ I will share some painting I've done in the past of poppies.   This first one is done on hot press paper and give a really different look that my normal watercolors.  Rather a velvet touch.

This is one of my note cards, with two simple poppies growing out behind a rock.

And last, the painting hanging on the wall behind my desk is Iris and Poppies that I painting when my mother was in her last days battling cancer in 1991.  She slept a lot, so while she slept, I painting.  This was done in her memory and I always have it hanging in my home.  I found some silk flowers that look like the painting and like the combination of the two.

Sorry I don't have a "Fresh Painting" for today, but will try to be ready for our next theme.  Thanks MMm.... I know you had me in mind with this theme, and I'm sorry to disappoint you.

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