My Mother has flown to Heaven.

My Mother has flown to Heaven.
For five years, my Mother fought Stage 4 Breast Cancer with dignity, unbelievable strength and determination.

My mother passed away in September 2013.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014


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

Currently I am keeping the following in my thoughts &  prayers:

-----The safety of those in Chile as they are going through an earthquake and tsunami.
-----A fatal fire in Boston where two firemen died. One firefighter had to be left behind in the burning building. :-(
-----A couple I know who would like to afford getting married this year.
-----My son who is in the military. He is in training to be a combat engineer and that can be a very dangerous job!
-----A friend who is under care at a health rehab. We hope he is strong enough to walk soon and does not get any further complications/hospitalizations. Things are going well right now as he has been able to stand. :-)


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 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.


Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Monday, April 07, 2014

A to Z Challenge.....

F could very well be for friendship...or the grade I would give some of my friendships lately.
I have lost a friend because of refusal to respect (on so many levels). That friend took four other friends started disagreeing with my religion, another with my politics and two used our family as scapegoats in their own issues. Yeah, it's been a banner time.
F is for fracture.
F is feud.
F is for fuss.
F is for FEELINGS.
F is for fine....I will be fine and my life will move on and expand like the brightest Flower.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Saturday 9.....

"50 years ago this week, The Beatles made history with this song (hear it here). They became the first and only act in history to hold all 5 of the top slots in the Billboard Hot 100."

1) In this song, Beatle Paul offers to buy his girl a diamond ring. Do you wear rings?
Not really...lately. Off and on, mainly on, my jewelry has been in storage since 2012. My class ring and another ring are missing....sigh. I wear my wedding ring and tonight I am wearing a "sapphire and diamond" costume ring that Husband bought me at Christmas because he knew I like real rings like looks a lot like Princess Diana's engagement ring.

2) This song was written by boyhood friends John Lennon and Paul McCartney, who went on to become the most successful songwriters of the 20th century. Tell us about your best friend from "the old neighborhood." Do you know where he or she is today?
I did not have friends in our neighborhood. We lived in a bad neighborhood.

3) The Ed Sullivan Theater, where the Beatles first performed to a mass American audience, is now the home of The Late Show with David Letterman. Do you have a favorite late night talk show?
Jimmy Fallon is hilarious. My least favorite is Conan...I think he is cruel.

4) In 1964, when this song became #1, one of top TV shows was My Favorite Martian. Do you believe in life on other planets?
No, at least not in this solar system. I am excited because I just started taking a class taught by Mike Brown (the man who played a big part in Pluto being declared "not a planet").

5) In those days, homes had rotary dial phones, often affixed to the wall, with the receiver always tethered by a curly cord. Does your home still have a landline phone?
No but I am hoping we have one soon. For emergencies.

6) 1964 was the year GI Joe first appeared on toy shelves. Tell us about one of your favorite childhood toys.
Barbies because my aunt made nice clothes for them. I need to learn how to do this.

7) Ringo was the first Beatle to become a grandfather. His granddaughter, Tatia, is now a rock musician. If you were to follow your grandfather into his chosen profession, what would you be doing now?
---One grandfather was a dairy farmer.
---The other grandfather farmed by asking others to use patches of their land. I don't know what he did besides that...maybe just being a soldier before that and then he passed away. This should be something I take up in my genealogy research. I am glad this meme inspired me to think of this!

8) Paul McCartney admits he enjoys watching MasterChef. What show do you go out of your way to catch?
None really. I just watch movies on Netflix. I recently liked "I am Not a Hipster" and "Life Happens."

9) The paparazzi has often caught Paul pedaling a bike around Martha's Vineyard. What's your favorite form of exercise?
Dancing with my children. It can get very aerobic...think Calvin Harris' "Bounce."

Friday, April 04, 2014

A to Z Challenge.....

I had to open with that because my Little Ones are going to be excited about it. :-)

"E" is for Elephant!

Movies added to my Netflix list:
One Lucky Elephant
"In this sensitive tale, filmmaker Lisa Leeman documents a circus producer's efforts to place his beloved 18-year-old elephant in a permanent home."
The Elephant in the Living Room
"Director Michael Webber takes viewers deep inside the controversial subculture of raising the most dangerous animals in the world as household pets."
The Elephant Princess (Series)
"Alexandra Wilson suddenly finds out that she's not an average suburban girl -- she's really the princess of a mystical kingdom!"

Carol the elephant who was shot in a drive-by is back to preforming. :-)

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Welcome Ultimate Blog Party-ers!!! :-)

Ultimate Blog Party 2014

Have a drink:
-----I am working on a post of all the daiquiris I find interesting. This includes a Strawberry Shortcake where the sauce is made with daiquiri mix. :-)

Have some dessert:
-----Bourbon Pumpkin Cheesecake
---Pumpkin Ginger Cheesecake

Things that might be a part of my future parties:
-----Green Tea Cupcakes. A recipe that I found on the Stash Tea blog. The frosting looks pretty (it has green tea powder).
-----Bavarian Apple Cheesecake :-)

This post is a work-in-progress. My party for this event. :-)

A to Z Challenge.....

"D" is for Daiquiri!!!

-----A simple Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri. Perfect for kids, Valentine's, the 4th of July...yes, I think we will use it for all of these. :-)

-----Strawberry Daiquiri Shortcakes. There is Strawberry Daiquiri Mix in the sauce. :-)
-----Double R Daiquiri. Rhubarb and rosemary.
-----Watermelon Daiquiri. Only a bit of sugar.
-----Hemingway Daiquiri. Hemingway was a big fan of relaxing in bars.

-----Strawberry-Lime Daiquiri Poke Cake. A Betty Crocker recipe.
-----Lemon-Line Daiquiri Layered Dessert

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

A to Z Challenge.....

"C" is for Comfort Food!!!

-----Koshary. An Egyptian comfort food. It doesn't seem like it's for every palate...but we will likely try it this month.
-----We are sneaking some zucchini into the picky Preschooler's tummy this month via a Moist Chocolate and Zucchini Loaf.
-----I don't think we could find some of the ingredients, but I want to try Chocolate,Chestnut and Sherry Cake. :-)

April is National Grilled Cheese Month! :-)
This is the recipe for the Grilled Taleggio Sandwich With Apricots and Capers in the video. :-)

I want to go there. :-)
The Rusty Duck's Facebook page

Fettuccine Alfredo
Biscuits and Sausage Gravy
Chocolate Cake (mmmmm)

Mmmmm....and Carrot Cake...definitely craving carrot cake! My Mother made the best Carrot Cake and it had baby food in the recipe.

A to Z Challenge.....

B is for.....

Ballistic Stretching
Yeah, I won't be doing that in my exercise goals...but I do remember it. Ballistic stretching is all that repetitive bouncing that people used to do in the middle of stretches. This pushes beyond endurance and is an easy way to get an injury. I am puzzled that some popular workouts, like P90x, still include this and wonder if they are referring to something else.
Won't be doing this either (below) :-)

-----Chicken Curry with Basil. A friend is undergoing extreme physical therapy. I hope he is home, walking and cooking lots of curries soon. Please keep my friend in your thoughts and prayers...thank you.
-----A recent interview with Toni Basil. :-)
This is my Blip channel I do not use it as much anymore but the playlist feature is really great for parties.


B is for Breakfast:-)
I hope your April Fool's Day went well yesterday.
For us, a Breakfast-y lunch was April Drool's Day...yummy. :-)

Note that Husband arranged his like a flower. :-)

Monday, March 31, 2014

A to Z Challenge.....

A is for.....

-----Animal rescue.
Our Doggie is a rescue dog and was a stray. She weighs about 25 pounds now as she is supposed to. When we got her, Doggie was a full grown puppy and only weighed 12 pounds. She was very sick and we weren't sure if surviving was going to happen. Doggie had been eating out of the trash to survive when she was found and it is clear, from her unusual fears, that she has been abused by at least two people. We are happy to have provided Doggie a happy place for the past five years of her life.

-----Arcadia Cafe in Ames, Iowa.

I love their amazing is fluffy and not brick-like (like so many other coffee shop cheesecakes are.) I want to try their "Alarm Clock" as someone asked me to report back to them on how it juice with caramel and cold-brewed coffee will be an adventure.

It was a bit surprising to read about people fundraising to help a woman who left her children in the car make bail. A mother of a 2-year-old and a 6-month-old in Arizona was homeless and going to a job interview. Some accounts say the children were by themselves for 75 minutes! Many people say the children shouldn't have been taken away or should be returned. What do you think??
In any case, this brings up another "A" that we need to start having many dialogues about in America.....assistance.

July 3-6, 2014.

At the fairgrounds in Champaign, Illinois.

Sean Michel is one of the artists who performed at AudioFeed Festival last year and will perform again in 2014. As you can see from the video, he is a VERY talented guitar player.

And a blog.....

This blogger's honesty makes me smile. :-)

Friday, March 28, 2014

A Friday Meme.....

Feeling Beachie

I love to ____________in the _____________
I _______________a lot when I’m ___________________
My least favorite household chore is _______
When I walk through the ice cream aisle at the supermarket, I think _______

I love to surprise husband with breakfast-in-bed in the morning.

I cry a lot when I am lonely. i have never been very good at loneliness. I don't mean this when I have alone time, I mean LONE time...the vast realization of loneliness.

My least favorite household chore is taking out the bathroom trash.
I hate when the trash bag did not stand up the weight of whatever was thrown in. I get upset when people throw things that are going to smell quickly and don't bother to tell their host. I don't like when feminine products are visible in a gross manner.

When I walk through the ice cream aisle at the supermarket, I think what new thing we can find.
There are so many ice creams with stuff in it that is not good for, we don't buy ice cream often. I really want to get an ice cream maker.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Today's lunch was leftovers and use-ups.
-----Rainbow Rotini with Greek Kalamata Olive Oil and Italian seasoning. The olive oil was the last of a bottle from Trader Joe's.
-----Kielbasa. We have a lot of kielbasa at our house.
-----Skin-on Mashed Potatoes. With a 1/2 cup of butter. :-)
-----Gorton's beer-battered cod with British Pub malt vinegar.
-----Cucumber slices with Newman's Own Honey French.

Of course, I made sure to go out and exercise after lunch. :-)

Dinner created a few more leftovers and use-ups.
Spanish Rice and Tropical Fruit Salad with Brown Sugar Vinaigrette.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Happening Right Now.....

---Leftover brisket for lunch.
---Deep cleaning the kitchen sink (vinegar and baking soda down pipes, soaking basin, detailing edges).
---Got some aerobic exercise dancing to German reggae/dancehall music with Infant-Soon-to-be-Toddler and Preschooler.
---Infant-Soon-to-be-Toddler stood up by herself longer.
---Preschooler is watching "Curious George Swings into Spring," playing with his Bumblebee Transformer and headed towards a nap.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Give me a M-E-M-E!

Feeling Beachie

Fill in the blank:
Saying ____ is ____for me.
I am ___ by nature
If I stay in a hotel it must have ___
If someone gave me ___ I would ___

Saying what's on my mind lately is hard for me. I both like and detest how small Facebook makes the world...that about sums it up.

I am stubborn and hopeful by nature. I never give up if it is something important to me...ever.
If it looks like I have given up, look closer. :-)

If I stay in a hotel it must have a fridge and microwave. We save by still doing our regular cooking. We prefer having an actual kitchenette.
Extended Stay America :-)

If someone gave me stepstool I would feel accomplishment.
I cannot reach my top bookcase shelves or top kitchen shelves....12 shelves unreachable unless I use my 5 Iron to nudge things or wait for someone to help. My previous stepstool was borrowed and misplaced.

Friday, March 07, 2014

A Friday Meme :-)

Feeling Beachie

Fill in the blanks:
This week I had to _____
Honestly do you think ____ or _____
Only the ____
If I had ____ I would ____

This week I had to think about some stressful/worrisome things and how I was going to feel about them in the future.
I avoided a couple of encounters that it would not be at all good for me to have, my son enlisted in the military and I am still having a hard time dealing with pressures that are being put on me to compete in areas I don't want to compete.

Honestly do you think life in prison or the death penalty is the right thing?
Does your opinion change if it is a homicide case where the person is unmistakably guilty.

Only the Lonely. The Roy Orbison song.

If I had a little more money I would take the kids to visit elderly relatives more often. :-(

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