Tuesday, March 14, 2017

VIGIL AT THE TOP


Photo by Annisa Lam (former member of Stock.exchng)
Licensed photo DO NOT COPY


Currently I am keeping the following in my thoughts &  prayers:
-----All who battle mental illness. Those who deal with the side effects of the strong medicines that are given for mental "health." For advancements in this area of medicine! For areas of the country where there is little funding for mental health and people fend for themselves (on the streets).
-----I need to be in better physical shape and beat the symptoms of several thyroid problems. I dread Winter as I have to deal with Raynaud's Phenomenon and struggle to keep chronic fatigue away (I have to load up on Vitamin D because I do not get out as often as I want to on account of my issues with the cold).
-----Someone I used to know that committed crime and is now incarcerated. I am hoping that they come forward with any truths that may help victims and that they decide to go down the path of rehabilitation. I think that in this situation it would be great if the victims could somehow see that rehabilitation was occurring.
-----Homeless friends that recently found shelter and are in an adjustment period. That good comes out of there temporary stay in a new place and opportunities for great beginnings come their way.
-----My feelings over some continued intellectual thefts. :-( For the changes I have decided to make in my life so that I can move on and not be so bothered. To keep the peace that I think I have come to about this...I guess that will be an ongoing process.

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Note:
This post is in no particular order. Prayer/thought requests just go to the top as I hear more about what is going on. If you can think of a way to help these people, PLEASE do so. This post will be second-from-the-top during the midst of an emergency (such as an Amber Alert).

Note: I would not advise linking to this post...you will wind up with a broken link each time I have to change the post-dating to keep this a Vigil at the Top.




At JPUSA. Summer 2011.


 


Sunday, March 12, 2017


Saint Patrick was a gentleman,
Who through strategy and stealth,
Drove all the snakes from Ireland,
Here’s a toasting to his health.
But not too many toastings
Lest you lose yourself and then
Forget the good Saint Patrick
And see all those snakes again.
-Irish toast
So, the clock change is giving me a bit of insomnia...that along with drinking too much water, having too much in the back of my mind and needing to be up to take medicine at the right time. Anyway, I stayed up and watched "Forces of Nature." That got me thinking (about Love, of course). I would recommend you watch it and fast-forward through if there is a part you find objectionable(not what you think) and the ending is not what I thought. I was actually surprised at the ending at first but then realized there was more than one character that the story needed to stay true to or develop happiness...yes, I like the ending.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Facebook begins testing reactions and 'dislike' in Messenger.
I think I don't really like this unless it is perhaps controlled by the person posting...as in, some statuses have the dislike option but not others. I already see people making plenty of use of the 'angry' reaction when that doesn't seem appropriate. Facebook seems to be a highly emotional, and sometimes irrational, place anymore...sigh.

Monday, February 27, 2017


-----Pickle Infused Vodka
Artichoke Pesto
---I am wondering what the texture would be like.
---Freeze for up to 6 months.
---The recipe was inspired by piccata-style dishes.
---We have a food processor. Unfortunately, when it was getting put together, one piece got put on prematurely and now I have to wait until I find a special tool for removing that piece (vintage). The recipe mentions making 4 or 5 cups of pesto at a time in a large food processor...that would be nice since the small quantities of store-bought pesto run out so QUICKLY.

Friday, February 24, 2017

-----Hungarian Mushroom Soup with Fresh Dill
So yummy!
This was No Churn Vanilla and Chocolate Creme Cookie Ice Cream that I made with the kids last Summer. The cookies were the generic Great Value(Walmart)...we used maybe 3/4 the amount one might use in the No Churn Oreo Ice Cream recipe I adapted. Of course, this was immensely better than store-bought. :-)

This weird picture is ice cream hardening in the fridge for at least 6 hours. Another great use for those sturdy Blue Bunny containers with the stay fresh seal. The kids helped crush the finer cookie pieces with a rolling pin...crushing things is fun.
#NotNotMessyToMake

Perhaps we will try these:
-----No Churn Chinese Five Spice Ice Cream
-----Fresh Peach Ice Cream (no churn)
-----No Churn Strawberry Cheesecake Granola Streusel Ice Cream
-----Balsamic Plum Ice Cream. No churn. Dairy-free.
-----No-Churn Black Sesame Ice Cream. Only 3 ingredients.

Hmmm...
-----No-Churn Cinnamon Ice Cream
-----Fig, Vietnamese Cinnamon and Coffee Ice Cream

Friday, February 17, 2017

One of our next planned (homeschool) reads for Preschooler. The growth of an apple tree and a family of robins throughout the year. Pollination is summed up nicely. This books gives a basic idea of how to make an apple pie...plus there is a recipe that I am excited about trying with the kids. I have very little experience with pie-making...I intend to fix that but have only myself and the internet to teach me.

-----Spiced Apple Pie
-----Almond and Apple Pie
-----Double Crust Apple Pie

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Just Out of the Oven...


I was having a day where most everything I did turned into klutziness...so, I decided to keep dinner simple tonight...Seasoned Oven-Roasted Chicken. This was yummy. I would recommend making sure to use thicker chicken breasts to avoid drying out (I achieved varying degrees of juiciness).
I will have to explore all the variations in the recipe comments. :-)



Recipes I am considering:
-----Homemade Tartar Sauce. Includes grated onion and I love capers. I just don't know what kind of fish we will be putting with it...not much selection around here. I am hoping I can pick up some nice fish fillets on a roadtrip.
-----Asiago Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Soup
-----Crustless Rhubarb-Custard Pie
-----Garlic Roasted Cauliflower with Toasted Asiago Bread Crumbs
-----Easy Alfredo Sausage and Potato Gnocchi Bake
-----Cauliflower Hash Brown Egg Cups



Looking for:
-----A good Chicken Burger recipe.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Pink Saturday

It is hard for me to find pink in my house...beyond my daughter's loads of pink clothing (her favorite color). This is Daughter's piggy bank...a present from her great-grandmother.

So, it looks like there is nothing much on that shelf...but I have started Spring Cleaning early. This dental pick with mirror and light was part of some blogging opportunity several years ago. Back to the bathroom it goes.

Candles from Great-Grandmother who is a big fan of cakes and celebrations. I need to have a cake and a celebration.

Ornaments that have both very sentimental memories and, more recently, troubling memories...the two are not related. Usually these are on a shelf all year but the troublesome parts of life have kept them off the tree last year. Our tree is always kept up late for certain visitors...late like February-April, depending on who is coming....so, today I made the move of ignoring certain things and on the tree they went.

CD that Kindergartener painted for an etching project with Daddy...reminding them of it later. Candle holder from college and some tealights...cue romantic dinner plans and maybe Valentine's, too.

And now there is just this Nativity that I received back when my Mother passed. It is reminiscent of another piece that she had which I am looking into restoring. I am happy with my progression from a pink item to a blue item...now to dust.



Monday, January 09, 2017


Wow!

If Seal put a tiny bit more effort into this...it would be one of those things that sounds amazing if one is in the audience fairly close...his voice just seems suited for this song.
Now, you may ask, how did this number come about in the first place? I figured that one out pretty quickly.
The man on the left is Trevor Horn...a very talented man....lead singer of The Buggles ("Video Killed the Radio Star"), sometimes vocalist of the band Yes(who sings this song), often-producer of the band Yes, and Grammy Award winner for producing "Kiss From a Rose" by Seal. So, this cover was obviously an easy, and epic, pair-up....one that I wish conveyed better to the audio on this video.
#CouldHaveBeenEpic

Freddie Mercury as Larry Lurex (a play on Gary Glitter's name). Cover of a Beach Boy's song. A single that was released at the same time as Queen's first album.






Fun and not a Queen rip-off.

Saturday, January 07, 2017


One Pot Tomato Lentil Pasta
We did not have vegetable broth and are not vegetarians...so a package of chicken Ramen seasoning, white cooking wine and water did nicely as a substitute.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Saturday, December 17, 2016


This cover of "November Rain quickly grew on me.






Easy Recipes:
-----Cherry Cream Cheese Danish. Someday I will have experience with delicate pastry but this will do for now.
-----Peanut butter M & M's Fudge
-----Peppermint Fudge



Preschool Girl: Let's do our favorite things. Let's say our favorite colors and girls' stuff. Let's do that in the other room with Kindergarten Boy.
Mommy: I don't think Kindergarten Boy likes girls' stuff.
Preschool Girl: He will this time. Because I said so.


-----Brazilian Black Bean Soup. This will be made as soon as I find some non-puny hamhocks...they are hard to find around here in any size.
-----Bobby Flay's Honey-Rum Baked Black Beans


*laments the fact that I don't own an ugly Christmas sweater. I should have an ugly Christmas sweater.*

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

(Licensed photo by jerry_b)
Recipe I am making soon:
-----Cayenne Pretzels. Taste of Home. Since we have problems with soy, I will make a simple ranch dressing mix to use in this recipe. Also cutting back a bit on the cayenne (more sensitivities...sigh).

Other recipe finds:
-----Copycat Frank's Red Hot Sauce

Sunday, November 27, 2016

From the British Monarchy Instagram account. This is Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in 1947...the year they got married. The couple celebrated their 69th anniversary recently!
Donald Trump has named K.T. McFarland as Deputy National Security Adviser. This is not a position that requires Senate confirmation.
In general, I am not a fan of Fox News (McFarland's current employer)...but I will have to look online and see some of her work.
McFarland was a part of the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations.
What I am listening to.
The album is 35 on the iTunes chart...though it came out 3 years ago.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Thing I like...the character Hope's eye makeup on "Days of Our Lives."
It looks like Hope will be going to prison after shooting a person who had tormented her for decades (she was under the impression he had committed a crime that contributed to her husbands death and this villain was taunting her about that). So, I am predicting that she will go to prison and then change her mind and finally fight to defend herself.
-----The producer has said that anyone who dies on Days from Sept. 2015 onward will stay dead. Stefano "The Pheonix" DiMera will not be rising from the ashes this time.
I am slowly watching this on Netflix.
Due to budget constraints, I haven't been to a sit-down restaurant in several years...well, I remember us going to Steak N'Shake twice and a chain BBQ once (when we had a REALLY good coupon). Despite that, I do consider myself a foodie and one day hope to be a gastronome.

From the documentary:
-----"So, I think that'll be 60, 70 dishes I'll be eating within these 24 hours."
-----Katie Keiko's blog..."K's Luxe Dining Table."
-----"Luxeat: In Search for Beauty on a Plate"

-----Fortissimo Films is recently defunct. :-(

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Kindergartner likes this cover. He hasn't watched the video (and won't be watching it). I like the "oh" parts at about 2:30.


Very pretty. The Rolling Stones song.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Banned Books Week is Over...
Of course, we are continuing to read.


This year's Banned Book's Week ran from September 25th-October 1st. We participated well but I don't feel like we are finished...so we will go on for a while.
#homeschooling

We went to the library and found we have read many of the books in the children's Banned Books display. Among the books was Shel Silverstein's "The Giving Tree." We did not get around to reading that for the week but have read it before. We probably watched the reading/animation below this week...but I don't remember for sure...that is how busy a week it has been.
SO: Yes, we did start to watch it...but Kindergartner informs me he feel asleep. We can't have him miss hearing Shel Silverstein's voice. :-)



During the week, we watched the movie of "How to Eat Fried Worms" but have not gotten to reading the book yet. The book was award-winning. This title was banned for being gross. There was a joke made by a three-year-old about an anatomy part...but it seems that natural joke-telling that kids do was not enough to get it a ban. People were afraid kids would do things like eating fried worms. Our Kindergartener has no intention of eating fried worms...though he did observe that the recipes would make doing it easier. Some great lessons about bullying.


(Post-in-progress)

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Our Homeschool's Banned Books Weeks Choices


This years Banned Book's Week runs from September 25th-October 1st. We have picked our reading.



"The Giving Tree"

-----"How to Eat Fried Worms" movie and book are on our library hold list.

-----I will get "Little House on the Prairie" out of my hope chest. The kids love what they have read of these stories but Grandma's book has not made its debut yet. I can remember going with her to buy it...the cover is in good condition for being that old.

-----"The Lorax." This was our Kindergartener's first movie in a theater.

-----"Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" by Bill Martin jr. Eric Carle. The reason it is on the banned list is somewhat humorous...well, sort of...it was something like the people determining were confused with another author

-----Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, by William Steig. The kids have been read this several times.



What are you planning to read?


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-----The Washington D.C. library system will have a scavenger hunt this month in which hundreds of once-banned books will be hidden.
-----List of Books Banned by Governments. It includes "Alice in Wonderland."

Thursday, September 08, 2016

"7 Trader Joe's Snacks That Are School Lunch Sugar Bombs." Say it ain't so...the ever popular Joe Joe's are on the list. Someone did point out that the snacks are healthier than their brand name counterparts...but it does not seem by much.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Saturday Nine Meme



1) When the song was written, "Surf City" was a fictitious town.* Tell us a song that is set in a real place.
"Little Old Lady From Pasadena"...also Rob Zombie's "Go to California." Husband and I used to really want to move to California and "Go to California" is our song. Who knows maybe we will have that ranch in California one day still.



2) In the song, Jan and Dean sing about riding around in a 1934 station wagon, which means the car was 29 years old when the song was recorded. How old is your vehicle?
Both are somewhere around a decade.



3) Are you good on a surf board?
I wish. I have not been to the ocean. I love photos of barrel and tube waves and I am fascinated with wave pools.



4) When you spend time out in the sun, are you careful about applying sunscreen?
Yes, me and my children burn easily. We have many different forms of sunscreen. I have lotion and makeup with sunscreen, too. Yet, I still get slightly sunburned often...sigh.
The original tune and video. :-)



5) Dean's original partner was Arnie Ginsburg. When Dean was drafted into the Army, Arnie didn't feel like waiting so he abandoned show business and went back to college. Today he holds several patents. What is something you wish someone would invent?
A holodeck where can I persuade my (holograph of my)husband to dance.



6) Jan was a perpetual student who juggled college with recording. He not only graduated from UCLA, he completed two years of medical school at the UC Irvine School of Medicine. Have you ever considered going back to school?
Yes, often...I had always seen myself getting a Phd. but have not been able to due to circumstances beyond my control. When the kids get older, I may go for a scholarship that I am pretty certain to get if it is still available. Right now, I do take courses on philosophy and Biblical topics (like the rise and fall of Jerusalem) via Coursera.



7) In 1966, Jan was sidelined by a serious car accident. During the years that he was unable to perform, partner Dean became a graphic artist. He designed logos and album covers for Steve Martin, Diana Ross and others. Do you feel you respond most to words, pictures, or music?
Words...especially if there are new terms for me to learn within those words. There's never enough time to look up all references or vocab though. I hate reading without total comprehension.



8) In 1978, CBS made a TV movie about Jan and Dean. If they approached you about a made-for-TV movie of your life, who would you like to play you?
Well, I am pretty gentle (just an honest assesment)...so I guess an actress of the kind you don't see much anymore. A younger Melissa Gilbert with bolder hair or Ali McGraw in the "Love Story" years. Maybe a woman who has played Peter Pan since I am appalled by unfairness in the same way that Peter was. Perhaps Sophia Loren...but more conservative...because I try to ENJOY life like some of her characters do.

Maybe Ann Margret could be my double at times...because I used to have that kind of energy, and sometimes that color hair, before my thyroid automimmune problems got much worse. I can still sometimes muster this much activity for dancing but not much else...chronic fatigue, etc. Some day I feel confident I will be the woman my Husband first met many years ago...who had more energy than any women he had ever met. #LoftyButNotImpossibleGoals


9) Random question: Growing up, how did you learn about the birds and the bees? (From books/the web, from parents, from your friends...)
My parents did not talk about this at all. I learned entirely from school, movies and oddly enough, the "historical romances" that my mother liked to read (apparently for the actual history). Now I have inherited a large amount of these books that are sometimes rather detailed and I am skimming them for the history tidbits I want to pick up...then putting them in the "Take and Leave" library or finding someone in a nursing home who likes that sort of thing. Our children are homeschooled and we have a friend who has taught Christian "Sex Ed" at a teacher-staffed homeschool co-op...we will consult her when the time comes for such learning.


Friday, July 22, 2016

Scenic Weekends Meme




Cypress knees peaking up out of the water in Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum. 
Cincinnati, August 2011.

This is one of 15 ponds there.




I was visited by and enjoyed visiting the author of "Photo by Manka." Their post made me long for sun, waves and salmon. As soon as it cools off here, I will be getting the salmon part(out of the freezer).

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Husband's artwork :-)
Cool view while it lasted. Sculptures over Grandpa's armchair are getting moved today.

-----We have a tiny deep fryer and I want to use it to make Chimichanga Dogs. It will take a while...maybe one or two at time. I have a bit of start on hot dog-related board on Pinterest.
-----Gordon Ramsay and Bobby Flay will supposedly have some sort of throwdown at the end of the year. Honestly, I have no clue HOW Bobby Flay thinks he can cook better than Ramsay. I am interested in seeing this!

-----Sesame Seed Cookies. The recipe makes 48 cookies.
-----I have a board on Pinterest called "The Great Cookie Hunt."

Friday, July 08, 2016

In My Life.....

Preschool Girl wanted my help so I colored the tail (and then she colored over it a bit). She slowed down and tried to color the parts. #Progress



A recent drawing Preschool Girl did. It's an owl.



Mail Call. I bet water in that suit is not pleasant, armchair traveling and Lego fun for Preschool Boy.



Seriously, the FBI recommends no indictment for Hillary though she was an absolute careless IDIOT with national security? Oh yeah....and there WERE secret and TOP SECRET e-mails at the time they were sent. So, will she now go all over media and shrug it all off as not serious? "No precedent" for charging accidental complete idiocy...oh I bet there are plenty of military personal, also given security guidelines that they were required to follow and (grossly)accidentally didn't, sitting in detainment or punished right now. She should be ashamed of herself....I hope she realizes this as she sips cocktails on Air Force One with Mr. Obama. ‪#‎NoIntegrity‬



On ice-pops.....
Preschool Girl: It doesn't have any smell.
Preschool Boy: That's because it's old school. The old school doesn't have any smell. The new school popsicles do.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

I am wondering if our movie rental place will have the Robin William's movie "Man of the Year." I don't remember it but know that we thought it was funny. This would be a great choice for us to try as a family movie for the 4th of July.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Thursday Thirteen.....
(Post-in-progress)


I still don't like the fact that it was put in...but I would go out on it.
(No matter what you tell him about the construction, Preschool Boy insists that he would not go on it because it might break.)
‪#‎ArmchairTraveling‬

Trivia: "Satisfaction" originally included a harmonica (I wonder what that sounded like). Mick Jagger is(was?) good at ballet.
‪#‎SoundTrackOfMyDay‬ ‪#‎LoudStereoMemories‬



Recipes:
-----Overnight Fruit Salad. With marshmallows, pecans and whipped cream.
-----"Dirty Coke
-----Boston Cream Cupcakes






Gingerbread Coffee will be the inaugural use of my French Press.
I got this 12 oz. press for a dollar on iHerb.com (they have flat shipping....so the shipping was $4 for this, expedited and the box included the supplement I had ordered plus a small gift). It is a dollar if it is one of the two trial-priced items your are allowed per order.
I just found out that THIS is my referral code for iHerb...I used them every month for various things. Recommended by my former doctor. The Vitamin D that would cost me at lest $20 a month only costs me a $1-something by using a 30-day sample on here...so MUCH savings in such a short time! Sign up for the site using my referral if you want. :-)








If I could travel, I would love to see the turquoise waters of the Isle of Pine...in New Caledonia which is a territory of France. I don't know where I would stay but I would relish each day's views. I wonder what the sunrises and sunsets are like. #ArmchairTravelingTheWorld



I made Cinnamon Stick Tea to reuse a stick. When the bits of stick dry out, if they are still potent, I will grind the cinnamon.



After a recent downpour.






Sopaipillas Posadas...traditional Chilean rainy day treat. Pumpkin rounds covered with Chancaca Sauce (grapefruit zest,organic sugar, cloves and a cinnamon stick cooked down and strained).
---Husband said it was weird...not excellent but very good.
---We used the leftover syrup for pancakes.
---They were a hit with Preschool Boy who said the name is a tongue twister. :-)



"The whale opened his mouth up and Jonah was pretending the whale tongue was stairs."
-Preschool Boy



-----The last hands to touch the Declaration of Independence for a long time.
One pound of black raspberries. First of this year.
Hopefully, my mother's red raspberry bush will have berries next year...it has quiet a history...it belonged to my grandparents-in-law, then I think to in-laws, then was ours and we gave it to my mother who was so happy to have a red raspberry (they are expensive at the stores). When my mother passed away, the traveling raspberry bush came back to us and it has been growing strong in our garden. I know there are more important things to pray about in the world, but I do hope and pray that the red raspberry bush grows and does well. #LifesBlessings

-----On the annoying side, our Aldi's seems to have stopped carrying frozen raspberries. I will be writing a comment/inquiry.


Sunday, June 12, 2016


I like a good portion of this cover...when turned up loud. :-)

:-)



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