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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Break Time

If you could count them there are 25 all for one customer and hubby says he needs a break so we are off to a competition for him and a little road trip for me.................................

Sunday, August 28, 2011

In your hands

It is hard for me to understand what it must be like to live in the Hurricane alley and face destruction year after year. I am getting so I can't watch the news anymore because it seems it is nothing but bad from politics to weather to economy and now add the cost of these storms and loss of life.....I place it all in  your hands Lord. 

Monday, August 22, 2011


When I hear the word "Macy's" this is what comes to mind. A retail store that is rather expensive and where I don't shop so you can imagine my surprise when after seeing this picture
On Daily Photo Stream  to discover that this portrays Ida Straus, wife of Isidor Straus and co-owner of Macy's. They both perished on the Titanic on April 14, 1912 when Ida refused to leave her husband and the officer filling up the boat told Isidor that he could get into the boat with his wife, but he refused and instead sent his wife's maid, Ellen Bird, into the boat. Ida was quoted as saying "I will not be separated from my husband. As we have lived, so will we die together. Isidor and Ida were last seen on deck sitting in the deck chairs holding hands when a huge wave washed them into the sea.

They are portrayed in the 1958 film "A night to remember".

A memorial plaque can be seen on the main floor of Macy's Department store in Manhattan.

New Hork City Public School in Manhattan is named in memory of Isidor and Ida Staus.

The Isidor and Ida Straus Memorial above is located in Straus Park at the intersection of Broadway and West End Avenue at W. 106th Street (Duke Ellington Boulevard) in Manhattan.

who would have guessed such a love story could be found at Macy's.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Lunch for a week

One package of grilled chicken =
Two chicken salad's with celery, boiled egg, green onions, cheese and Honey mustard dressing...yum

Chicken for lunch

Frozen baby peas (thawed)
chicken pieces
American cheese cut into 1/4 inch pieces
Mayonnaise to moisten
(I added celery and chopped hard boiled egg)

Served with crackers.

Two days of (Sensational chicken noodle soup)

4 cups chicken broth
1 medium carrot sliced
1 stalk celery sliced
1/2 cup uncooked noodles (I doubled this)
1 cup cubed cooked chicken
Cook the celery and carrot in broth til tender..add noodles and meat and cook til noodles are tender but still firm.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Who is watching you?

The young learn from watching the older.....

Baby quail in my backyard

Just a friendly reminder.........Someone IS watching you.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Elks Opera House

Daughter and I spent a night in Prescott, Az. recently and to our delight found that the restored Elks Opera house was offering free tours.

Such rich history within these walls. It originally opened Feb. 22, 1905 featuring
Florence 'ZaZa' Roberts

Picture of the original stage and boxes. The restoration has been magnificent and my phone picture just doesn't capture it...

900 seats but back in the day the Chinese were not allowed to sit with the white folks so they had to enter the theatre from the back door and their seating was at the very top of the balcony 

Hard wood benches.

After the death of Vaudeville the Opera House eventually became a movie theatre in the 1940s, and  the opera boxes and ornamental finishes were removed to accommodate wide-screen movies. The copper elk statue atop the roof and an inside box office also eventually disappeared as did a second set of balcony stairs.

The copper elk was visible for blocks in every direction and served as a landmark.  It is made of copper donated by the United Verde Copper Mine in Jerome, Az and sits proudly atop the building once more.


Along with tours there are many events being held here including this
Much talked about upcoming New Years Eve celebration...for more information go here .

It is so wonderful that the Elks Opera House Foundation fought to hold onto this  landmark and didn't  allow "progress" to replace it or time to destroy it.  

Saturday, August 6, 2011

This and That

When I planted this cactus in this glass, the long thing broke off the main plant but I just stuck it in the dirt and can you believe it is growing!

The other day I read that if you stored your celery in water it would last longer.....It really does!

Trying to use up scraps with this log cabin blanket pattern.

Found this sweet journal for my granddaughter.......

Pages of inspiration as well as blank for her to write on picture to read the quote.

My African violet has decided to bloom:)

This is a picture of my friend (Caroline) grand kids and can't think of anything sweeter......


the one of him getting a bath in a pot............................................

TIPS TO STAY COOL...................

1) Go tropical
Take the lead of those who spend most of their lives in tropical climates: loose, lightweight cotton and linen clothing rules.
The guayabera, sometimes called the "Mexican wedding shirt," is constructed to cool you naturally. A relative of the traditional Filipino barong, the guayabera wicks moisture from the skin and is worn untucked to promote air circulation. Madras is another good summertime choice for both men's and women's clothing.

Don't forget the old standard of the American Deep South: seersucker. Originally an Indian import, its crisp cotton and cooling ridges make it a hot weather classic.

2) Cool that pulse point
When you were sick as a child, your mom may have brought you a cold facecloth. This idea works the same way.
Chill your pulse points by running cold water over your wrist for a minute or so each hour. Splashing water on your temples or face can produce a similar effect. And be sure to put some of that tap water into a glass and stay hydrated.

3) Don't eat: Graze
Ever notice how you feel hot after a big meal? It's not just because the food was served warm.

Big, protein-laden meals force your body to stoke its metabolic fires. The solution is to break up your eating into smaller, more frequent meals. You'll feel cooler — and it's better for you, anyway.

4) Eat to sweat
Latin America, India, Thailand — some of the world's hottest places. And they happen to serve some of the world's hottest foods.
Scientists have argued for years over why this is the case, but the most likely reason is that spicy foods make you sweat without actually raising body temperature. Chalk it up to capsaicin, a chemical found in things like hot peppers. Once your skin is damp, you'll feel cooled by its evaporation.

5) Stay cool under the covers
A lot of people find it difficult to sleep in hot weather.

Want to cool the bed down? Fill a standard hot water bottle with ice water. Use it to cool your ankles and the back of your knees — it works. You can also try bagging your sheets and tossing them in the freezer for an hour or two before bed.

Cooling your head cools your entire body. Opt for a cool and absorbent pillow of organic cotton it at all possible. Put aside down and latex pillows until the weather cools down this autumn.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Silent Film star.......Tom Mix

You may or may not have heard of Tom Mix.......a famous silent film star.
His early beginnings found him working as a bartender in the Blue Belle Saloon in Gutherie, Okla. , wrangling horses, and he even performed at the 1904 St. Louis Exposition as the drum major for the Oklahoma Cavalry Band. This exposure took him to the Miller Brothers 101 Ranch Wild West show near Ponca City, where he performed from 1905 to 1908 as a bronc buster for thirty-five dollars a week (many stars got their start at the 101).

Tom Mix became a genuine Hollywood legend and his lavish lifestyle reflected that status. His name equalled big screen adventure and thrills. His- fancy stunts, trick riding, flashy clothes ... perhaps best described as showmanship over reality drew in the crowds and his salary at Fox reached $17,500.00 ... PER WEEK in 1920. 

So why is there a gully named (Tom Mix Wash) in Arizona? 

It is where he lost his life........ On the afternoon of Oct. 12, 1940, Mix was driving his 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton near Florence, Arizona where he came upon construction barriers at a bridge previously washed away by a flash flood. A work crew helplessly watched as he was unable to brake in time and his car swerved twice then rolled into the gully, pinning his body beneath. A large polished aluminum suitcase containing a large some of money, traveler's check and jewels, which he had placed on the package shelf behind him flew forward and struck Mix in the back of the head, shattering his skull and breaking his neck. The 60 year old actor was killed  instantly. Eyewitnesses said Mix was traveling at 80 mph before the accident.

This is a memorial erected close to the crash site and the plaque says "In memory of Tom Mix whose spirit left his body on this spot and whose characterization and portrayals in life served to better fix memories of the old West in the minds of living men".

Our friend, Bob White, from Scottsdale, Arizona purchased the Tom Mix car

and is in the process of having it completely restored. Just about every piece of the car was taken apart and restored. His goal is to have it ready for a series of displays in Ponca City on Sept. 23rd at the Marland's Grand Home before beginning a long  tour in California. Bob is a big collector of 101 memorabilia and allowed me to use several pictures for my book.

This is the Tom Mix Museum in Dewey, Okla. and although his guns that were displayed here were stolen in 2003 there is still a great many things to see including the deadly suitcase. I am pleased to say that you will also find my book here as I just filled my second order with them........ Bessie would be pleased:)