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Monday, April 13, 2015

What's new?

New Granddog...named Magnum and only 8 weeks old here.
 
Granddaughter's Junior prom
 
 
 
 
 
A perfect match
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Did you know


This is a old medicine from my youth that is used as a poultice for boils or sebaceous cysts. I have a tendency to get the cysts and until recently forgot about this but remembered and went digging in the medicine cabinet and found some. I am happy to report it WORKS!!
Check it out here

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Rejoice!

 
Do not be afraid, I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified...He is not here: HE has RISEN! Just like He said ~ Matthew 28:5-6

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Cat's Claw

This is cat's claw blooming on my back fence and
 
on the little half wall on the driveway.
This plant is very aggressive and has a 3 pronged claw that enable it to climb most anywhere. These blooms turn into 12-18 inch pods that are not so attractive.
 
Cats Claw is a vine commonly known as Una de Gato and is used traditionally in Peruvian medicine for the treatment of a wide range of health problems, particularly digestive complaints and arthritis and to treat wounds, stomach problems, cancer, and more but not used here in the U.S. that I know of.
 

Monday, March 30, 2015

A sewing kick

Many years ago I sewed most all my clothes and my daughters but then she grew up and wanted to wear what the other kids wore and knit went out of style so fit became more difficult to accomplish but now that I am an older lady and am tending to like the loose flowing things I have decided to jump back into my fabric stash and if nothing else whittle it down and maybe hit on some things I really like while I am at it....
Here is my first one:
Hubby and I are going on a Viking cruise down the Danube in June and I wanted something to sit out on the balcony that was a little like a kaftan.
 
This is from fabric that I have had forever and thought I might like to wear a sundress this summer instead of shorts...
 
I had bought this fabric thinking I would make a cropped top to wear over a black dress and then decided I liked the fabric enough to just make a whole blouse (can still wear it over the black dress).
 
This is one I may not keep for long but for now it's okay..
 
I have been enjoying sewing and am hoping to hone in on a few patterns and maybe then get some new fabric with some new ideas....we shall see.
 
 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

It is what it is.........

Well as you can see we skipped spring and went right to summer. The bees decided that that pop out would make a good hive and fortunately they hadn't gotten too far with their plan. Here it is the middle of March and already getting up to the ninety's.

On a sad note had to put my little dog down yesterday. He was 13 years old and worn out. It is a hard thing as most of you know first hand.

On a funny note, I have danced with my hubby for over 50 years barefoot....
video
and he has never stepped on my toe but last week he got me good!
 

Friday, March 6, 2015

This and That

I am not sure why I haven't been motivated to post but it is a fact. I took these pictures to post but it has been a while so it is "old" news. Oh well here it goes...
My modem went out so I had to get a new one and more important, set it up.
With help I got it done and wow!! So much faster and clearer. I should have thought it was time because I had the old one over nine years.



I had a favorite candle in my kitchen and used it all up so I was on the hunt for a replacement. I don't like a lot of the ones they have but low and behold I found this one...
at Walmart and I LOVE IT!! Most interesting, on the side it says "Made in the USA" and as I read it the people began this business in Fayetteville, Ar. We were there as posted here. I am going to have to make another trip and get some more because I really like it:)
 
 
 
Hubby brought me a bouquet of roses and Star Gazers (my favorite flower). It was so very pretty and the star gazers lasted for a week and a half.
If only I could sent the scent  along:)
 
 
 
Here is my little parakeet
                                                          Rico, my pretty baby blue bird.
 
 
Here is a quick as a wink Frito casserole for one.
Put a layer of Frito's, then some can chili. Let it sit for a while or over night and then heat it up in the microwave and put cheese on top. I love to add shredded lettuce.



I leave you with this gorgeous sunset from my Arizona skies.
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Price Tower

UNESCO World Heritage Nominee
Frank Lloyd Wright's Price Tower

 
Because we have stayed here I received a email about this event. Located in Bartlesville, OK. (70 miles from Ponca City, Okla.).  It is the only skyscraper that Frank Lloyd Wright built but it is nothing less than genius.


"This geometry was the first of its type to be used, replacing the designs of a conventional steel frame. 
The hollow concrete spine contains the all the building's plumbing, elevators, and air-conditioning systems and breaks the structure into four quadrants.  Three of the quadrants were designed to be used as office spaces, and the remaining quadrant for duplex apartments.  The vertical central core absorbs the weight of each successive floor, similar to how a trunk supports the branches of a tree."


 
Sleeping area
 
Everything is small scale but it lacks for nothing.

The dinning room is called the Copper Room
I suppose that was a no brainer since the bar is solid copper. The food was wonderful and the view is great. We stayed her two times while I was writing the book and if it were closer I would go back in a minute. Hope they get the award.

 
 

 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Hassaysmpa Inn


Several years ago I read about traveling alone and the things you could learn from it so I took a few trips on my own and indeed it is an awaking. For one thing if you aren't haven't a good time there is no one to blame since you are totally in charge. I also found it interesting how differently I did things like waking, napping, eating and etc. Less routine and more spontaneous. I forget how helpful that kind of venture can be but when some circumstances arose here at home I decided to take a little jaunt up North on my own. I not only have gone here (Prescott, Az.) many times but lived here with my Grandmother when I went through beauty school, although it is a very different place now. 

I stayed at the Hassayampa Inn that is located right down town and have posted about this before http://monirae.blogspot.com/search/label/Travel?updated-max=2011-01-19T08:49:00-08:00&max-results=20&start=50&by-date=false

It is a lovely historic hotel and I love everything about it except the stairs! They have a elevator but since it is the original one you have to ask them to take you up in it and hate to bother people. The other disadvantage is that it is at the top of a hill and of course going down is a breeze but that coming up.....oh boy. I will say I exercised without intention:) The weather was lovely so spent a lot of time out and about.
 I will share some pictures with you.
Just heading down the hill and saw this old clock
 
Went past that street light and found the cutest restaurant called "The Lone Spur". Had breakfast here with this cowboy picture looking over my shoulder
and the horns chandelier overhead
 
It was quite a cute place and the food was excellent!!
People were standing in line waiting to get in as I left.
 
I walked around the courthouse (where hubby and I came to get our marriage license) and saw this statue....
Funny, I had never noticed it before. The trees are all bare but will be green this summer.
I found a bench and did a little knitting and people watched for a while and as I was leaving I snapped this picture of the restaurant....they have a sign saying they will be expanding to the building next door so that is a sure sign that business is good.
 
 
Although my room was on the third floor I did enjoy it as I had two windows that looked out over the streets and of course it was filled with antiques like this beautiful chest of drawers...
Don't you wish they could talk and tell you the stories they know (every drawer had a lock).
 
 
Well, I spent two nights and one full day and it was very good for me.
Need to remember to do this more often:)
 
 


 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

True Freedom requires responsibility



We all read the headlines:


"On this day in 2008, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois defeats Senator John McCain of Arizona to become the 44th U.S. president, and the first African American elected to the White House."

 
This was a lie from the start as pointed out by Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman
when speaking on NPR  he stated Barack Obama is "not America's first black president. He's America's first mixed-race president"
 
But to take it a step further Dr. Jack Wheeler points out that Barack Hussein Obama is half white and half Arab not African American. He did not come from descendants of enslaved Africans brought to America chained in slave ships. He hasn't a single ancestor who was a slave. His middle name, Hussein is derived from Arabic and  his Arab ancestors were slave owners. Slave-trading was the main Arab business in East Africa for centuries until the British ended it.





No matter what his name....Barry Soetoro, Barack Soetoro, Barry Obama, Barack Hussein Obama or what his color or mixture, many people were duped by the race card and his brilliant "Hope and Change" theme in which people inserted their own idea of hope and change and did not look for the qualifications needed to lead our great country. Consequently, a high percentage of people are very unhappy today. It might be good to remember that you not need to be on a southern plantation to be a slave, if you are dependent on government entitlements you just have a different slave owner.



"True freedom requires responsibility"

 
 
 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Basket of Hope



As most of you know the Super Bowl will be played here in Arizona next week and this event was held at my church today. So many people willing to help and wanting to make a difference. It is a shining light is our cold dark world for sure.


 
 
 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Lombard Street

This is the famous Lombard Street in San Francisco, Calif.


wow


It is said to be the crookedest street in the world. Built in 1922, the design was intended to reduce the hills natural 27% grade. It is about 600 feet long and is paved with red bricks. The sign at the top recommends 5 mph. It is lined in flowers and greenery and is beautiful but because of the tourist is have become bit of a hazard.
 
Lombard Street

But how about going down it on a skateboard with no brakes?

Not for the weak hearted

 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Can you pass?




 
 
New Exam, you only need 4 correct out of 10 questions to pass.

1) How long did the Hundred Years' War last?

2) Which country makes Panama hats?

3) From which animal do we get cat gut?

4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution?

5) What is a camel's hair brush made of?

6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal?

7) What was King George VI's first name?


8) What color is a purple finch?


9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from?


10) What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane?

Remember, you need only 4 correct answers to pass.


Check your answers below
....



ANSWERS TO THE QUIZ
1) How long did the Hundred Years War last? 116 years

2) Which country makes Panama hats? Ecuador

3) From which animal do we get cat gut? Sheep and Horses

4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution? November

5) What is a camel's hair brush made of? Squirrel fur

6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal? Dogs

7) What was King George VI's first name? Albert

8 ) What color is a purple finch? Crimson

9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from? New Zealand

10) What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane?Orange (of course)

What do you mean, you failed?


Me, too!

(And if you try to tell me you passed, you LIED!)

 













 



 

 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Parcel post

“After parcel post service was introduced, at least two children were sent by the service. With stamps attached to their clothing, the children rode with railway and city carriers to their destination. The Postmaster General quickly issued a regulation forbidding the sending of children in the mail after hearing of those examples.”


A little history is you please:)



Sending packages via the U.S. Parcel Post Service began on January 1, 1913. Regulations stated that packages could not weigh more than 50 pounds but did not necessarily preclude the sending of children. On February 19, 1914, the parents of four-year-old May Pierstorff mailed her from Grangeville, Idaho to her grandparents in Lewiston, Idaho. Mailing May apparently was cheaper than buying her a train ticket. The little girl wore her 53-cents worth of postal stamps on her jacket as she traveled in the train's mail compartment.
 
After hearing of examples such as May, the Postmaster General issued a regulation against sending children by mail. This picture was meant as a humorous image to the end of such practice. (Picture courtesy of the Smithsonian Institute.)








 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Computer








With all the computer issues I have had, I have learned a few things and I thought I would share.
First off I downloaded the two programs below and I run each one once a month. They are free and safe and make a huge difference in how your computer runs.



After purchasing the new computer I wanted to donate my old one to a school but of course you have to be careful that all your personal information is erased and just deleting them is not enough. Fortunately, I found on the clearer program a erase for the hard drive and if you set it to swipe three times you can be reasonably sure that nothing can be brought back to life.


Malwarebytes Anti-Malware



Cleaner
http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner


 I wish you smooth computering  for 2015!!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Out with the old and in with the new

Had a nice Christmas Eve with family and daughter brought this darling cake to share...
Sadly it looked better than it tasted...it was sooooooo sweet!!!
We drove up North Christmas day and had a little white Christmas at Little America. They were super busy with a special brunch and of course packed for dinner but they had pretty decorations like this cute Santa...
and all the pine trees outside were lit up.
Went on to Payson and spent a night there and then home. I put up our Christmas decorations rather late so didn't take them down until today.....will miss this sweet little spot....
 
It has been unusually cold here and wouldn't you know that we hadn't filled the propane tanks so we couldn't have a fire but got that done today. Heard on the news it is suppose to be up in the 70's this coming week so guess we won't be using it soon.
As you know I had to buy a new computer recently and you know how it is to get use to things and if that wasn't enough we switched from Dish TV to Direct TV due to the problem with Fox News so now we have to learn all the channels and etc. When I told the lady I was discontinuing my service she said "but you have been with us for 12 years!" Must say that I am glad we did, we get twice the reception and almost all the channels are hd and less money for the first year:)
Wrote my first check today with 2015, they just roll by don't they?
 
On a side note; Horse & Guns magazine published a nice two page article on my hubby in the  Feb/March 2015 issue .
 
 
Happy New Year!!
 

 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas

 
It's Christmas Eve morning
 
 
with my early cup of coffee in my happy cup ...I see so many wonderful pictures that would be fun to share...
but mostly I hope you will have peace this Christmas and coming New Year
 
 
 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas in Arizona


Here are a few unusual, only in Arizona, Christmas sights:

A blooming prickly pear cactus and here is the recipe if you want to make some of that famous Prickly Pear Jelly:


PRICKLY PEAR JELLY 

1 gal. prickly pear cactus fruit, very ripe, deep garnet color
4 c. juice
4 c. sugar
2 pkgs. fruit pectin
Gather the fruit using tong and gloves. Put fruit in sink with water. Using tongs, swish in water to remove stickers. Cut fruit in half. Place in large pan. Boil until fruit is shriveled. Mash with potato masher. Strain through jelly bag or cheese cloth. Bring juice and pectin to boil. Add sugar and boil to jelly stage. Pour into jelly glasses and seal.


 
A rooster pulling a decorated wagon (matches the chili peppers I think).
 
My computer screen saver and it isn't even close to below freezing outside:)
 
 
 
 
 
 



 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Finally!!

Well the computer was a little better for a short time and then went crazy again so decided it was time to buy a new one....

Of course the fun now is getting everything transferred and working but at least on the blog I can  grab the pictures again.

Here are some things that have been happening on the home front.
We decided to update our master bath....
 Before


Of course you first have to tear it all down..



After a lot of mess we now have the results...
I am very pleased and the dust and dirt prompted a good cleaning:)

We were invited to a friends house for his 65th birthday and he has restored Tom Mix (old famous western actor) car in which he lost his life here in Florence, Arizona. Seeing pictures of it and reading about it is one thing but to see it in person is overwhelming. Well, here is a picture anyhow...









You can go to this web site and see so many great ones along with the before pictures and awards and etc.






And the granddaughter's volleyball team placed second in the State Championships! Good job Cobra's!





Got to see them play a couple of times (Granddaughter is fourth from the left).

We had Thanksgiving at Black Angus Restaurant this year because Granddaughter got a job there and promised she would work that day. It was pretty good and we had a nice time.

It is already Dec. and I am procrastinating about Christmas.....that is a bit of my norm I am afraid.