Sunday, July 31, 2016


Our time in Tombstone was a step back in history.  A ride in the stagecoach through the streets that looked like they did so many years ago.

Meeting Marshall Wyatt Earp, his brothers, and Doc Holiday.  And the newest member if the team on the far right. Deputy Don.

We watched a great drama of the shoot out at the OK Coral.  They are giving us a little information before the start of the show.  That famous gun battle lasted all of 30 seconds.  

That afternoon we drove to Bisbee where we had reservations at the Copper Queen Hotel.  Another step into history.
They have tried to keep the hotel looking like it did when it was in it's hayday!  This is a peek at our bathroom, and the claw foot tub.  Loved it!!

The Lobby of the Hotel was full of interesting museum pieces.
Kris and I have not lost our love of drama, and told our cowboy friends (Ted and Don) to meet us at the bottom of the stairs for dinner. We pretended we were wearing flowing gowns and large hats as we swayed out way down the staircase.  
The Hotel manger and assistant said they loved the drama and could see our fantasy ~~haha

This is the most time we have spent together since college.  What a treasure this time was.  Memories for a lifetime.

Of course what would be a trip without some shopping?  You can see Don and Ted could not keep up!  
Hope you enjoyed our trip.  We sure did!!

Saturday, July 30, 2016


Tucson is beautiful.  Unbelievable mountain ranges, and such a variety of cactus and plants.  I took almost 300 pictures and can't get my collage template to work, so I'll share a few of my favorites.

 We stayed in the Wycliffe apartments to accommodate retired missionaries or those on furlough.  They rent out available ones for visitors of Wycliffe missionaries.  It was very cute and I watched birds, roadrunners and rabbits out the window.
 The occasion for the trip was to celebrate Kris and Ted's 50th Anniversary.

 The setting was wonderful.

The room where it was held reminded them of their home in the village with the brick walls and red painted cement floor.  The dinner was absolutely delicious.

Don and I were thrilled to be part of their celebration and spend time with all the family and friends.  It was a weekend celebration.
Tuesday morning, after all the other guests and family had headed for home, Ted, Kris me and Don headed for Tombstone and Bisbee for a overnight holiday.

We stopped by the famous Tombstone Boothill Graveyard.  We've known our friend "George Johnson" for years, and we found a marker that I just had to take a picture to send to him.

"Here lies George Johnson
Hung by mistake 1882
He was wright
We was wrong
But we strung him up
and now he's gone!

Kris and I spotted a couple of Lawmen and they were gracious to let us have a picture with them before they headed off to the OK Coral.   
More on Tombstone and Bisbee tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


 Do you remember my childhood friend, Kris"?  These pictures were taken at my Mad Hatter Birthday party .  Kris and her husband, and Ted's brother Cliff and his wife Linda.

The trip to Tucson is to celebrate Kris and Ted's 50th Anniversary and also their retirement from Wycliffe Bible Translators.

I look forward to our trip and a lot of new pictures to share with you.

Don't plan to take my computer, so will take a break for a week starting Friday!



This morning my breakfast of choice was English PG tips tea, English muffin with that yummy plum jam.  

Another trip is coming up real fast! Tucson AZ.  I'll share all about that tomorrow. 

Monday, July 18, 2016


 My new favorite lunch ~ Butter Lettuce wraps.  Today it's Chicken salad with raisins, chopped apricots, and peanuts.  It has such a nice combination of sweet from the apricots and raisins and crunch with the peanuts.  A great way to enjoy a sandwich without the bread!

We just had a new "Grocery Outlet" open in our town and they have wonderfully fresh butter lettuce still on the root.  Keeps really well in the refrigerator.  I bought two, and one is almost gone.  It's also a nice lettuce to add to a salad.

Do you like Butter Lettuce?

Saturday, July 16, 2016


Most of my summer reading has been Alexander McCall Smith.  I love his gentle stories and the interesting characters he introduces in his books.  I'm working on the 44 Scotland Street series, and waiting for the one I was missing from the series from Amazon used books.

In the meantime, I picked up a book in the Villa Ramona small library.  "Only Time Will Tell".  It turned out to be a great story with a lot of history, but the last sentence in the book was a complete twist I didn't expect......My mouth dropped open.  I had to read it several times...and then I just laughed and thought, Mr. Archer you pulled off a great surprise ending!!!!!!!

Trains and Lovers is a short book, following the lives of 4 people who meet on a train and their stories.  Very interesting and thought provoking on love.

I enjoy seeing what other bloggers are reading, and have decided I will read "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrick Backman after seeing the review from my blog friend Terra who gives it 5 stars.  You can read her review at this link.

Are you doing any summer reading?? 

Thursday, July 14, 2016


 When we were in Rockin, Sue gave me a large bag of plums from their tree.

Preparation is always the biggest job.  Getting the jars and lids sterilized.

In the pan with 2 cups of water to simmer away for the juice.

 All my canning equipment ~ haven't used it for a very long time.

Jars ready, juice ready, lids ready...Let the music begin.

 The hardest part is the standing and stirring, and stirring, and stirring, and....

Six jars and a bit left over  ~~ Guess what I did with some of that??
Yep!!! Sourdough toast with butter and "Plum Jam."  I was pleased with the results.  Thanks Sue for the plums.  I'll bring you a jar in October!!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


 Banana Split Delight was the recipe for our cooking class this month.  (Recipe below)

Several factors made for a very small class today.  Much going on at the Villa and a flyer didn't get posted.  But whether we have 10 or 2...I'm a happy camper and enjoy teach those that show up a new recipe.

 Carolina and Pat were the only ones who came so the three of us had a very nice time.  Here I'm having Carolina add the banana layer.
 Pat is a dear lady who deals with many health issues, but a faithful follower of the Cooking Class.

 I told them "All the more for us"  HaHa.  The manager did get to come late after a visit from someone from the corporate office, and we invited Eric the maintenance man to join us for a slice.

The rest we sent home with those who came!!

It's a wonderful summer dessert that can be made the day before the event!



Graham Cracker Crust

2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cube butter ~ melted
2 tbsp. sugar
pinch of kosher salt

Cream Filling

8 oz (1 pkg) cream cheese (room temperature)
¼ cup sugar
8 oz cool whip

Fruit layer

3 bananas thinly sliced
1 20 oz can crushed pineapple (well drained)
1 lb. strawberries  ~ Thinly sliced or chopped


8 oz Cool Whip
Chocolate syrup ~ drizzle
Maraschino cherries

1.     Grease a 9”x13” baking dish
2.     In a medium bowl, add graham cracker crumbs, butter, sugar and a pinch of salt.  Mix until evenly combined.  Press into baking dish.  Refrigerate until set (15 min.)
3.     Make cream filling.  In a large bowl beat cream cheese and sugar until fluffy, 5 minutes.  Fold in Cool Whip.  Spread mixture evenly onto crust.
4.     To cream layer, add even layers of bananas, crushed pineapple and strawberries.  Top with Cool Whip and sprinkle with crushed walnuts.  Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
5.     When ready to serve, garnish with chocolate syrup and a cherries.

Cooking Class 7/12/16 with Wanda


Sunday, July 10, 2016


~~Good bye Tahoe ~~

 Our next stop from Tahoe was Rocklin. (near Sacramento) A couple of nights with our dear friends Dave and Sue.  Sue and I met on the Blog about 7 years ago, and became dear friends and she's a sister in Christ.  You can find her blog here.
The day we arrived their Church "Bayside" in Granite Bay, was having a "Celebrate Recovery" night. 

 Both Sue and Dave are faithful servants in their church and do so much "behind the scenes" to make a difference.  You will usually find them in the kitchen.

 Since Don and I were there....we grabbed aprons and enjoyed visiting and serving the group before the program.

 Two bearded cooks in the kitchen...a little scary ~ Where are your hairnets boys  HaHa
Their church has a wonderful Recovery Program that reaches out to those with addictions in love and help.  The Recovery group was sponsoring the American Motorbike Challenge.  One man, one bike hitting every State to raise money for Teen Challenge in Scotland.

It was great sharing this "ministry" evening with our friends and hearing about the Motorbike Challenge.

Two more stops on the way home...but didn't get any pictures.
Lunch and a visit with friends we had not seen in 38 years.  Small world ~ a picture in a Church Directory brought us back in contact with them.

Final night with Don's cousins in Bakersfield.  A wonderful meal, great visit and a good bed.  Next morning we were heading home!!

Hope I haven't worn you out...traveling can be fun and exhausting.  Thanks for coming along.


 Pretty scary when you are behind a truck towing a truck that is facing you!! For a split second you think you are in the wrong lane!!! Yikes!

This is my cousin, Danette, who is loving on Molly.  They are going to keep her for a month while we have a few more small trips to take in July.

Our next stop was a night with my sister and BIL.  We went out for breakfast before heading out to Tahoe for the July 4th Celebration.

If you have never had the opportunity to visit Lake Tahoe, you have missed a beautiful place.  We have been going to our friends cabin for over 30 years and never get tired of the beauty of God's creation.
 The reason for the 4th of July trip was to help celebrate Barbara and Bob's 50th wedding anniversary and the renewal of their vows on the beach.  Friends and family are gathered, as they go down the board walk hand in hand.

My dearest had the honor of officiating the ceremony.  Several of their original bridesmaids and groomsmen were in attendance.  It was very touching as both of them have dealt with some serious health issues.
 After the ceremony, lots of food, fun and visiting under the umbrellas.

 That night as the sun went down we took out chairs to the edge of the water to watch the fireworks over the lake.  Many boats were out to get a really close look.

It was a spectacular show, and I was so busy watching, my camera stayed in my pocket....Sorry!  My favorite was one that looked like a huge waterfall.
The next morning, before we all said our good byes and headed down the hill, a friend of Barb and Bobs made us wonderful breakfast burritos on his "disk" grill.

What a lovely 4th of July.....but's not over.  Come back tomorrow for the final leg of our trip!!