Thursday, September 28, 2017


As I think back over this year, it has been a year with too many funerals, memorial services and sad losses.  
Part of it is just the age my dearest and I are at.  Friends and family our age and older have passed away.
Then there are the services we don't understand.  The funeral of a young person, or a dad that hasn't had time to enjoy his grandchildren.

So as I type this post, we are packing our suitcases for yet another memorial service.
My dear and lifelong friend Kris and her husband have lost a son.  And we grieve and hurt with them.  Yet we do not grieve as those who have no hope.  We know where Dusty is.  Enjoying the bliss of heaven, and we too will join him some day.

I know we are not alone.  Everyone I talk to has similar losses and hurts.  When Job took his case before God, instead of answers, God ask him a dozen questions?  Who flung the stars in space and named everyone?  Who tells the oceans where to stop?  Who brings the winter snow into the storehouses, and pours the rain on the righteous and the wicked?  The point is we will never understand God's ways.
 if we did...we probably wouldn't agree.

This is what I know.  I can TRUST Him with the things I don't understand, and I can OBEY Him by leaving it all with Him.

God bless each of you dear friends.

Will catch up when we get home.  

Wednesday, September 27, 2017


The theme this week is "RADIO".  What is the first thing that comes to your mind?  For me it was a little red "Radio Flyer" wagon that had magical qualities in my childhood.  It was my first set of wheels ~ haha.

The history of the Radio Flyer is very interesting.  It's humble beginnings in 1914 has become an American icon.  (click to read the story.

One of the things I love about getting a "word" for our challenge is the variety of things that each person finds to express their idea and then put it into a piece of art.

To see all the "Radio's" just click on the Scribble Picnic on my sidebar.

Friday, September 22, 2017


Sausage Egg Casserole


1 lb. ground pork sausage
1 tablespoon butter
1 bunch green onions ~ chopped
1/2 pound sliced mushrooms
10 eggs
1 container of low fat cottage cheese (16 oz)
1 pound Monterey Jack cheese ~ shredded
2 cans diced green chile peppers ~ drained

1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup melted butter


1. Place sausage in a large skillet.  Cook on medium high heat until evenly browned.  Drain and set aside.  Melt butter in skillet and cook and stir the green onions and mushrooms until tender.

2.  In a large bowl mix eggs, cottage cheese, Monterey Jack cheese and chilies.  Stir in the sausage, green onions and mushrooms.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.  

3.  In the morning, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.

4.  In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt.  Blend in the melted butter.  Stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture.  Pour into prepared baking dish.

5.  Bake 40 to 50 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly brown.  Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Stand back, put on a smile, and graciously accept the compliments. 

Thursday, September 21, 2017


I took a break and didn't do a cooking class in the summer.  Several ladies ask when we would have the next one, so Wednesday we had our first one for Fall.  Pumpkin muffins, and Sausage Egg Casserole for the menu.

The casserole was the best I've every made.  Got the recipe on line and will share it real soon.
 The pumpkin muffins were OK, but I was disappointed as they were really dense, and not as moist as I had hoped.  I may try to add more applesauce or an extra egg next time.  The strudel topping was especially good.  When I correct the recipe, I will post it.

Had a nice group, and two new ladies.  I was sporting my Fall top and apron.  We are all enjoying the casserole.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Danger lurks just below the surface.

The theme for this week is Watch Out.  
"Nuff Said"...HaHa.

Watch out, you never know what you will find when you click on my Scribble Picnic Badge on the sidebar.

Thanks again Michael for hosting this fun Weekly Art Challenge.

Thursday, September 14, 2017


A long trip, being a little sick, the Dodgers losing stretch, and just feeling in a "funk", I needed something to snap me out of it.  So my dearest brought in my storage bins of Fall Decorations and that was just what I needed.  I love my Pumpkin Soup Tureen and when the weather cools down, will fill it with some yummy soup.

A fresh new look in the house.  This Fall swag always finds a place above my window mirror in the dinning area.
My pottery pumpkin covered pie dish and a few other pumpkins give the kitchen a new look.

We live in an upstairs apartment at the Villa's and they are pretty strict about outside decorations, but for the holidays we are allowed to put up a few if we don't use nails, or tape.  This large floppy wreath fits over our porch light perfect, and I like the look it give coming up to the front door.
We are in #35.  Just beyond the pool and above the play area.  Stop in for a cup of coffee and a piece of pumpkin pie.

Are you decorating for Fall?

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


With the theme "Black and White" so many things whirled in my mind.  But when I was on my way to get a new haircut, I saw a "black and white" police car and a new idea started stirring.

I wanted to try something completely different from watercolors, so got out my scissors, paper and glue.

I used a large polka-dot sheet of paper for the background.  The black dots are I liked the texture.  Next layer was a white lace doilie...more texture and a few frills.  A black ring of construction paper, and final a google images of a cartoon black and white police car.  I really enjoyed doing something new.

On the way home from Oregon, I took this picture of a black and white police car from the 1950's that was on display in a little town we passed through.
To see all the black and whites, just click on the Scribble Picnic badge on my sidebar.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Getting back in the groove of my routine.  This means getting back in a Bible Study.  We had a break for the summer, but last Tuesday began a new study.

We will be studying the Minor Prophets.  Those books tucked in the middle of the Bible that few people read, much less study, but God has something for us in each book.  Looking forward to this study.

Are you in involved in a Bible Study or reading program.  Do you read for study, or fun.  I do both.  I like a weekly study that keeps me in the Word.   But, I love reading novels, devotional, and other books.  How about you?


In 1941 my parents sold everything in Oklahoma and headed to California.  I was born 6 months later.  Don't think it looked like this. HaHa...But are you old enough to remember "Grapes of Wrath?" This might be a closer rendition to that.

I left for a trip at the beginning
 of this group of "Words" and submitted the sketches below to cover the entire time.  However, we are back, and I decided to enlarge the quick sketch for "Tied Up" so I could participate in the last week with all the other artists.

Had a wonderful trip seeing our daughter and grandson in Oregon, getting to visit a blog friend, my sister, and attend a First Baptist Church of Hughson, CA where we served for twenty-seven years.
Good to be home and looking forward to the new group of words Michael will have for us.

To see all the other "Tied Up" entries, just click on the Scribble Picnic badge on my sidebar.

Saturday, September 2, 2017


 Sue and I have been blog friends for many years.  After years of blogging, and seeing how much we had in common, and how close they live to Lake Tahoe which we visit every year, we decided several years ago to meet in person.  What a treat that has been.

Dave and Sue are wonderful devoted Christians, and have such servant hearts serving in their church .  The world is a small place.  After meeting in person and getting to know each other and share our lives, we found out a most amazing thing.
1961 My dearest and I were married at First Baptist Church in Turlock CA.  Our Pastor was Robert Roberts who did our ceremony.
During our first personal visit, we were talking about our weddings.  I mentioned that Pastor Roberts married us.  Both Dave and Sue looked shocked....and said" Bob Roberts".. Turns out after he left our church he moved to San Bruno, and married Dave and Sue two years later.   Small World!!!!!

There were fires near Jill when we were visiting.  For a while she was on evacuation warning.  The skies were filled with smoke and ash.  We stayed inside the last two days of our trip.  This is Jill's neighbors house.

They had base camp set up at Harbor on the beach.  Talked to Jill this morning.  Still lots of smoke, but getting better.

A last stop of our trip tomorrow.
The First Baptist Church Reunion where we served for twenty-seven years.