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Thursday, July 28, 2016

The transition

It official...Granddaughter is now a college freshman!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Do you know?

What is the only animal besides a human that can get a sunburn?

                                                                                                                       a pig..............

And here are a few more facts: Pigs are extraordinarily intelligent. They are curious and insightful animals who are widely accepted as being smarter than young children of at least 3 years of age, dogs, and even some primates.
  • Pigs are extremely social animals. They form close bonds with other individuals and love close contact and lying down together.
  • Pigs are very clean, keeping their toilet area far away from where they lie down and eat. Even newborn piglets will leave the nest to go to the toilet within hours of birth.
  • Pigs are very peaceful animals, rarely showing aggression. The exception, as with many animals, is when a mother (sow) with her young offspring is provoked or threatened.

  • Monday, July 18, 2016

    Do you know?

    Do you know what this is????

    A banana tree flower....................

    Friday, July 15, 2016

    Little Free Library

    The structure outside Barbara Hinske's downtown Phoenix home looks like a fancy birdhouse. But instead of being littered with bird seed, it's brimming with books.
    Dubbed Hinske Hall, it's one of a growing number of Little Free Libraries decorating dozens of front lawns, storefronts and parks around Arizona, connecting to an international movement that encourages neighborhoods to share books.
    Little Free Libraries can look like houses, animals or any other object that can hold and protect books from the elements. Hinske's is a mini-mansion with a granite exterior, marble front door and a little window with a dog looking out.
    Anyone can visit Hinske's Little Free library, she said. The concept is simple: Take a book, leave a book.
    The first Little Free Library was built in 2009 in Wisconsin, according to Since then, Little Free Libraries have graced front yards in Honduras, Uganda, Pakistan and elsewhere.

    Wednesday, July 13, 2016

    Uplifting Wed.

    I am starting a new tradition for my blog. I recently found these wonderful, creative pictures of Bible journaling on Pinterest. I just fell in love with them and decided I would do a weekly "uplifting" posting one at a time. I hope they inspire you as they have me. Can you imagine inheriting a Bible with drawings like these.


    Thursday, July 7, 2016

    Only in Arizona

    Only in Arizona will you see...

    Metal trees!!

    This are in front of the main Glendale library. Withstand 115 degrees with ease.

    Monday, July 4, 2016

    Friday, July 1, 2016


    I enjoyed reading this blog this morning about her bringing in a hitch-hiker but I recently had some that were very un-plesant!


    I noticed I had these bites but they didn't itch...
    (taken from the internet)
    Then I noticed after I washed our sheets there were these blood stains all over and while showing this to my hubby I looked up to a drape that hangs over our bed and that's when I saw them!!!!
    Then we looked on the matress
    (from the internet) ours wasn't this bad

    Fortunate for us we were able to sleep in a spare bedroom taking precaution to not bring any clothing and washing our pillows in hot water.

    Trust me by the time you realize you have them you have a infestation.

    Adult bedbugs have flat bodies about the size of an apple seed. After feeding, however, their bodies swell and are a reddish color.

    Bedbugs do not fly, but they can move quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings. Female bedbugs may lay hundreds of eggs, each of which is about the size of a speck of dust, over a lifetime.
    Immature bedbugs, called nymphs, shed their skins five times before reaching maturity and require a meal of blood before each shedding. Under favorable conditions the bugs can develop fully in as little as a month and produce three or more generations per year.

    Although they are a nuisance, they do not transmit diseases.

    They are very easy to get if you travel or are out and about a lot and although I knew that, I had become lax in precautions and I guess this is the result.

    Here is my advice..
    Never bring your luggage in your bedroom. Never bring your nightgown/robe from a trip into your bedroom without washing it after a trip. If you think you may have been subjected to them remove your clothing and put them in a hot drier for 20 min. and then they will be fine.

    If you get them, don't mess with it, call the professionals and have them treat your home, It is EXPENSIVE so be sure to use a company that warranties their work.



    Sunday, June 26, 2016


    A forever promise....

    Genesis 9:11-13 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be cut off by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.
    And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come; I have set my rainbow in the clouds and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

    Thursday, June 23, 2016

    Silver sneakers update

    I posted about the Silver sneakers group I joined here

    Thought I would give an update. We got a new instructor and he in not so low keyed, in fact he works us pretty good so I have no need to "move up" to a more intensive class. These classes are offered in many adult centers all over the USA and is sponsored by many insurance plans. It is very nice to go to a exercise group that is mostly people around my age. Maybe you would like to try one out too.


    Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis

    I just finished listening to this book and must say, I learned a lot. There have been many pictures of her in so many different settings and from the time she was very young...
     she was striking.
    Her whole life she was surrounded by womanizers including her father.
    I won't give away many of the things that surprised me in the book but simply say that things are not always the way we assume, including her reasons for marrying J.F.K.
    I understood that she desperately wanted to avoid the press but always thought it was because of  her children, there was a lot more to it than that.
    She made us proud how she stood by her husband in great sadness..
     but we have no idea how alone she was with it all.
    It was hard to understand why she married Onassis but this book shined some light on that as well.
    I am so glad she didn't live to see her precious John, John die and recently heard a rumor that the plane crash was suspicious due to the result of him seriously considering running for President. After listening to the book, one might wonder.
    In all the pictures taken of her only few are without her broad smile..
     How easy it was to assume she was happy...
     even when dying of cancer.
    How much we assume and how little we know.

    Friday, June 10, 2016


    God does not work by only one method, paint in only one color, play in only one key, nor does He makes only one star shine onto the earth. (Eberhard Arnold)

    Saturday, June 4, 2016

    I LOVE cookbooks

    Maybe you don't think that is unusual but if you were to understand that I RARELY cook, you may think it a bit strange. Howerever, nothing makes me happier than to sit down with a cookbook and figure out what I might like. I have tried to curtail my puchasing but this is my stash at the moment.....


    and if I see a deal on amazon....I just can't resist so I recently bought this cookbook at a smoking deal
    It didn't say how old this book was so I was a bit surprised and confused when the recipes read like this.............................
    Do you you see how she is refering to a "Menu-ette skillet"? Do you know what that is? Well, I didn't so had to go to google and guess what it is?
                                                                              This is it!
    Well I don't have one of these and was not too sure I wanted to buy one but I do have these....
     and somewhere in the recesses of my mind I remembered these....
    Bought one so now I have a Menu-ette!
    Did you also notice that she leaves a blank space on each recipe? That is so you can fill in how much time is needed for your kind of microwave. She was cooking on a 700 watt one which is pretty outdated now. Still it has some good sounding recipes.....................

    Wednesday, June 1, 2016


    Little Tony had been playing outside with the other kids for a while when he came into the house

    and asked, 'Grandma, what's that called when two people sleep in the same room and one is on top of the other?'

    She was a little taken aback, but she decided to just tell him the truth. 'It's called sexual intercourse, darling'

    Little Tony just said, 'Oh, OK,' and went back outside to play with the other kids. A few minutes later he came back in and said angrily, 'Grandma, it isn't called sexual intercourse. It's called Bunk Beds. And Jimmy's mom wants to talk to you.

    Monday, May 30, 2016

    Friday, May 27, 2016


    Yesterday was.....
    If you have followed my blog you know that back in Feb. hubby got a concussion from a fall and we are still dealing with some after effects of that. Not being able to sleep and feeling anxious about things. We talked about taking a anniversary trip and he suggested Mexico so I checked out  Cancun since it is a place we haven't been and he said he didn't feel comfortable about that so I checked out a couple of road trips here in the states and he said no but maybe we could go back to Mazatlan, Mexico where we have been before so I booked a trip there. Early this week he had a bad dizzy spell and asked me to cancel the trip so I did. I asked if he wanted to go to a casino (something he normally enjoys) and have and nice dinner and spend the night and he said yes. So I booked a night at the Talking Stick Casino and as soon as we walked in I knew he wasn't comfortable. We had a couple of drinks played a penny machine for just a little while and it was time for our dinner reservation. The first time we tried to go here we couldn't get in because we did not have reservations so I was excited to see it............well, it wasn't exactly breathtaking. I did step out and take a couple of pictures...
    The results of water in the desert...a golf course:)
    For some reason they had this pool on the patio..
     Didn't make a lot of sense to me.
    I did like this little table decoration..
    This is one of those resturants that you have to order and pay for everything seperate so we shared a salad and hubby had scallops and I had crab, but it was already all cracked and soaking in a butter sauce.......
    It was delecious!
    They presented us with the sweet desert above and hubby leaned over and said..."I think we should go home" We went up and got our things and checked am I upset????
    Not as long as I still have him with his arm around me!

    Monday, May 23, 2016

    Did you know?

    This is what President Roosevelt wrote in his diary on Feb. 14, 1884

    and here is why.......

    On this day in 1884, future President Theodore Roosevelt’s wife and mother die, only hours apart.
    Roosevelt was at work in the New York state legislature attempting to get a government reform bill passed when he was summoned home by his family. He returned home to find his mother, Mittie, had succumbed to typhoid fever. On the same day, his wife of four years, Alice Lee, died of Bright’s disease, a severe kidney ailment. Only two days before her death, Alice Lee had given birth to the couple’s daughter, Alice.


     The double tragedy devastated Roosevelt. He ordered those around him not to mention his wife’s name. Burdened by grief, he abandoned politics, left the infant Alice with his sister Bamie, and, at the end of 1884, struck out for the Dakota territories, where he lived as a rancher and worked as a sheriff for two years. When not engrossed in raising cattle or acting as the local lawman, Roosevelt found time to indulge his passion for reading and writing history. After a blizzard wiped out his prized herd of cattle in 1885, Roosevelt decided to return to eastern society. Once back in New York in 1886, he again took up politics and took over raising his precocious daughter, Alice, who later became a national celebrity.

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    What you don't know won't hurt you....

    Several years ago we made a trip to Funchal,Portugal
    and only recently did I read that their airport is the most dangerous in the world!!

    If I had seen these pictures before I may not have gone...

    Well we had a wonderful time so glad I just didn't know about it.

    Thursday, May 12, 2016

    A most unusual church

    Chapel of the Holy Cross

    Sedona, Arizona

    A special use permit was required and this chapel was built in 1956 in 18 months and at the cost of $300,000.

    The American Institute of Architects gave the Chapel its Award of Honor in 1957
    In 2007, Arizonans voted the Chapel to be one of the Seven Man-Made Wonders of Arizona

    In the sculptor's words, “Though Catholic in faith, as a work of art the Chapel has a universal appeal. Its doors will ever be open to one and all, regardless of creed, that God may come to life in the souls of all men (and women) and be a living reality.”