Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Mystery solved!!!! Have you ever looked for something in a certain place several times....and then look again and it appears????

When my camera and makeup bag went missing Don and I checked both cars.  Front seat, back seat, trunk, under the seats...Nothing!!!

Fast forward two weeks ~ Today I went to a Ladies Tea Party to end our Bible Study session for the Summer break.  I had several things to put in the back seat and when I sat my book bag down I saw a small sparkle under the front seat and reached down and it was my makeup bag...a little further under the seat was my camera.   I can't believe they were under the seat the whole time, as I remember looking and feeling under that seat a couple of times.

Needless to say, I did a happy dance right there in the parking spot and kissed that little (old beat up held together with tape) camera. 

I know many of you have been concerned with me, but take a deep breath...mystery solved and many more pictures will come from that  little Cannon Powershot!


Monday, May 30, 2016


On Martha's recent trip from NY to visit us, she blessed us with Buckwheat pancake mix and Pure Maple Syrup.
It seemed a good and proper thing to have them this morning as we celebrate Memorial Day.

There is an exception to the rule of not hanging things on the balcony.  We can decorate for a holiday but then it must come down.  So this morning our balcony is looking very patriotic.  This is the view from the balcony.
This is the view from the Playground.  I will hang it again 4th of July.

We never want to forget the sacrifices made for our freedom.  I had a little chat with the children on the playground to make sure they all understood why I was flying our flag and what was special about today.  One little boy said "It's for those guys that died in the Army".  I was glad he seemed to know.

PS ~ No camera or makeup bag have shown up....but I'm getting a little better using Don's camera.


Monday, May 23, 2016


My camera is still missing...but "Thanks Hon" using your camera will keep me blogging until I can find mine, or invest in a new one.  It's really different, but I will adjust. (HaHa)

Dinner tonight was an experiment that turned out very tasty!  I bought white albacore tuna burgers at Trader Joe's and tried them tonight.  The experiment was the pineapple salsa that is completely covering my burger on a lettuce leaf.  Added a baked sweet potato and we enjoyed a healthy tasty meal.

When I was at the Ladies workshop on appetizers last week, I was really impressed with the mango salsa.  I wanted to make it but didn't have a mango.  I did, however, have a couple cups of fresh pineapple and wanted a sweet salsa for my tuna burger.  So this is how I made it.


2 Cups fresh pineapple chunks
1/3 Cup chopped red onion
1 chopped jalapeno chili (seeds and spine removed)
1/2 Cup chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Because I love fresh pineapple, I will use it instead of the mango in the future.

Saturday, May 21, 2016


"See that plane, honey...Martha is heading home" 

Martha is in the sky...flying from sea to shinning sea.  She will land in NY tonight, and she is missed.  Since I have not found my camera, this is a shot Martha took and downloaded into my computer when we were at the Galleria Courtyard.

She downloaded all her pictures, so I do have a pictures of her trip and our fun day trips.

The house is so quiet without us laughing, sharing our hearts and enjoying the yummy pure maple syrup and rain forest crunch coffee she brought us.

Blog friends are special.  All of them, but it's a special treat to meet one in person.  If you have not, I hope you get to some day.  I've put on my bucket list to see if I can meet a few more in person.

How many have you met ~  was it a good experience, or not so good.  Oops...maybe you better not say...HaHa.    

Thursday, May 19, 2016


One mystery solved, 2 more to go!  Why do I think I'm losing it? I can't find my camera.   I can't find my makeup bag that I carry in my purse.  I had them both Saturday, and downloaded my pictures so know I had it then.  Fast forward to Monday when we picked up Martha at LAX, and when I went to take a picture...no camera in my purse....then I went to put on some lipstick...no makeup bag in my purse.  (No worries...they both have to be at home...) we've looked for days and they are no where to be found!   So these pictures are from Martha's camera.  

We took a day trip to the Glendale Galleria  and the Cheesecake Factory.  How fun to spend a few days with a blog friend from the NY.

The last missing mystery is solved.  When we got home, I thought I put my sweater on the bed.  Later when it cooled off, I went to the bed and no sweater.  Looked on the couch, and told my dearest..."what is happening to me... I keep losing things".  I mentioned to Martha I couldn't find my sweater...she was sure she had seen it on the bed...HaHa  She also has a blue sweater, and packed mine in her suitcase.....We both had a good laugh...but I'm still puzzled to where my camera and make up bag are.

We've had a lot of fun, and Martha has posted pictures on fb, but for now..this is all I have.

PS.  My missing camera is old and held together with postage tape, so maybe it's time for a new one.  And a makeup bag and tube of lipstick is easy to replace.  But the mystery lingers....where????

Saturday, May 14, 2016


Today our church held a Ladies Spring Fling and it was so much fun.  You could choose from four workshops and I chose "Useless to Useful" and Jessica on the left was our instructor and one of our Pastor's daughter was her helper.  She was showing us how to make a reusable grocery bag out of an old tee shirt.  Very clever with NO sewing.

Using items like soup cans,  coffee cans, cat food cans to create all kinds of useful items for your desk or kitchen.  Also the many ways you can made something useful from toilet and paper towel rolls, crayons, and little tin mint boxes.  I'm NOT a craft person, but really got some good ideas.

The second work shop I attended was right up my alley!  Debbie and her helper showed us how to make five easy appetizers.  Three cold and two hot.  This one was Tex-Mex Won Tons.  Yummy!! 

When she was finished we got to sample all of them.  A Mango Salsa, Bacon wrapped water chestnuts..(so delicious), Tortilla Roll Ups and Ham and green onion roll ups.  They were all wonderful and easy.  I'm going to do them for my cooking class in June here at the Villa.

I didn't get a picture, but after the workshops and lunch, we had an excellent speaker, Cindy Lopez who share how to have a heart of joy and how to make a home of joy.  Very inspirational.  A great day with a great group of ladies.  I love our church.

PS ~ if you are interested in any of the recipes, let me know in your comment and I'll post them.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016


Yesterday we got a box in the mail from Jill.  She included a folder of Tristan's Art Work.  I miss not living close to this little guy and watching him grow and learning all these new things.  

He will be 3 next month, and talking like a little magpie.  When we Skype (which we do regularly) he calls of Grandpa and Grandma and shows us his toys and pictures.

Now my refrigerator is graced with Tristan's art work.  I have a grandma folder in my files that has pictures and cards from the grandchildren over these past 30 years.  So fun to look through it and see a card these high school and college kids have sent me when they were little tykes.

Life is good ~ Family is priceless!

Monday, May 9, 2016


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The theme for Creative Tuesday is "STRIPED SOCKS".  Many pictures came to my mind, but since I love children's books and especially fond of Nursery Rhymes, the "Old Lady who Lived in the Shoe" was what I pondered.  How many socks would she have to wash "having so many children she didn't know what to do".   And  what if they all liked "striped socks".  HaHa

Didn't get out the watercolors this time, but used some colored pencils and black marker.

So see a collection of striped socks and the imagination of the other artists, just click on the CT badge on my side bar.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

My Mother's Day Card from my Dearest!

*Wanda, the only thing better than having you as my wife is our children having you as their mother. Happy Mother’s Day!

Thank you Father for our Mothers that we celebrate on their special day with acknowledgements and remembrances. They are wonderfully created, unique in their nature, and gifted in their ability to influence our lives. The wise man in Proverbs accurately and affectionately states of a mother:

     “She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 28 Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 29 “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” 30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman (Mother) who fears the LORD is to be praised.”  Proverbs 31:27-30 (ESV)
Thank you Father for the Mothers we love, admire and celebrate this week end.


* My dearest posts a prayer on the Daily Prayer blog each week.  This morning, he said " Your Mother's Day Card is on the Prayer Blog!  I was touched and thought it worth sharing for all the wives and mothers in our lives.  Have a blessed Mother's Day!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


What do you do with 4 Granny Smith apples.  You could slice them and serve on a cute tray with cheese and crackers.....or in my kitchen they would become an apple pie.  A little ice cream is left in the freezer, and that will make a nice dessert for my dearest.

That good smell from the kitchen reminds me my life is getting back to normal.

How was your Tuesday?

Monday, May 2, 2016


 Sunday, on my actual birthday, Michel, Julie, Chelenne (DIL) and her mom Elaine decided to do a "day trip" with me.   We started at a cute little Cafe in Buena Park where Chelenne and our son live called Tice Cafe.

 A BIG cup of coffee with lots of cream was a perfect way to start.

 Everyone tried something different, but I was just in mood for my standard breakfast.  2 eggs over medium, bacon, hash brown's and sourdough toast. 

 As we walked out of the cafe, we realized we were right next door to the California Welcome Center and of course mom had to have a little fun.  Saw this bench with Knott's Berry farm statues, and goodness this prim and proper young lady was keeping her distance from the old miner.

 I took care of that right away and you can see he was pleased by that smile, and he had a huge gold nugget in his hand, but wouldn't let it go.

 I thought if I snuggled up a little closer he would offer me the gold nugget, but he wouldn't budge.  Oh well, his loss ~ I'm out of here!

When we went inside the Visitor Center, lo and behold, another handsome man was just standing there waiting for me.  I grabbed his arm and was about to sail off with him when my daughter, dragged me to the car and said we're going shopping not sailing. HaHa..You are never too old to have some fun!

I got up this morning, and I was back to my normal life after a whirlwind of Birthday celebrations.  After reading all the wonderful comments on fb for my birthday, I did a load of laundry, and baked a batch of cookies.  Yep...I'm back to normal.  But the memories of the best birthday ever will linger...............