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Saturday, May 26, 2018

May 26, 2018

Today is my hubby and I's 51st wedding anniversary!
I wanted to do something different so what did we do???

Went on a sunrise hot air balloon ride! and trust me, the hardest part was getting these two fat people in and out of the basket hahahah.

one of our fellow ballooners.

Phoenix gets our water from the Colo. river and it travels via the canal. This runs clear to Tucson.

Our shadow on the mountain
The basket laid on its side. The pilot in the front with four propane tanks which he switches out in flight and three people on each side in the back. Climbing in when upright is accomplished by those foot holes you see in the back but it is still a big stretch down. We landed like this and crawled out.
I leave you with a little video...
It was indeed different and so glad we were able to do it.....

Monday, May 21, 2018

Tues. night dinner

Beef Tenderloin with Creamy Risotto
2 beef tenderloin steaks
3 tbl. Kraft Sun Dried Tomato vinaigrette dressing (I could only find sundried tomato dressing)
3/4 cup chopped zucchini
1 small carrot, shredded (about 1/4 cup)
1/4 cup chopped red peppers
1 cup instant white rice, uncooked
3/4 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup milk
2 tbs. Dijon mustard

Cook steak in part butter and part olive oil in skillet on med. heat 10 to 13 min. on each side or until done to your liking. (Note: I tenderized these and pounded them out so not to be so thick and sprinkles them with garlic powder)
Meanwhile, cook veg. in dressing in a large pan 5 to 7 min. or until crisp-tender, stirring frequently. Stir in remaining ingredients and bring to a boil; cover, Remove from heat and let stand for 5 min.
Served with a Asian salad and delicious!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

A day at the hospital

As most of you know I have started volunteering at a local hospital in ICU and basically my job is to greet people when they come in and get the name of the person they are wanting to visit and then contact the nurse to be sure it is okay for them to come back to visit and then let them in. We are given a list with the names of the patients and nurses but sometimes there will be a notification of NINP which means "no information, no patient" and that is easy you simply have no information of that person but it gets real tricky when on top of that notification they give a password to be used to see the patient. So basically you are suppose to sit there waiting to see if the visitor will give you the password because you can't ask for it because that would affirm the patient is there. Just a little sticky... Yesterday a code gray came over the loudspeaker and that means there is a combative person, in just a few minutes there were lots of cops and a k9 coming though the elevator and a very short time later they all left with the problem solved. I find that comforting. You see so many different people, young and old and many going through such a hard time with loved ones so sick or so seriously injured. The hospital is a trauma 1 so many come there for care.  

Monday, May 14, 2018


Our pool is 27 years old and it is covered in pepple tec which was only warranted for 10 years. We are having it resurfaced.

I think we got our money's worth.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Tues. night dinners

Made this old recipe:
Chicken Breast Geneva
2 tbs. butter
1/4 cup veg. oil
2 stalks celery, cut into thin 2 inch strips
1 large carrot, peeled and cut into thin, 2 inch strips
1 med. yellow onion, finely chopped
2 slices boiled ham, cut into thin strips
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 cup flour
1 whole chicken breast cut in half
2 thin slices Swiss cheese
Melt 2 tbls oil and 2 tbls butter over med. heat and add celery, carrots, onion and ham. Lower heat and cover and cook for 10 min. stirring occasionally. (the vegetables should not brown.) Meanwhile, blend the salt, pepper and flour in a small bowl.
Remove the contents from the skillet and set aside, and in the same skillet heat the remaining butter and oil. Coat chicken breast with the flour. Place in skillet and brown for 3 min. on each side.
Arrange the chicken halves on a aluminum-foil-lined baking pan, and top with the veg-ham mixture and then with a slice of cheese. Broil just until the cheese melts. Serves two

Also tried a new asparagus recipe which we did not care for and ended up washing off the sauce and eating them plain and had a bowl of fruit salad to round it off.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Dress a Girl around the World

  If you have followed my blog you know that I have knitted for charity for a long time and continue to do so but the other day I got to thinking about the pictures I have seen of the pillowcase dresses they make for children in Africa and so I googled that. To my great surprise there is this very large organization  called Dress a girl around the world and they have many ambassadors/group leaders all over the U.S.  and even internationally. I checked it out and there was only one ambassador for the state of Arizona and they were meeting within miles of my home at a local church for their once a month work/serve day. This is what was said on the facebook site: The Phoenix DAG group meets once a month to sew, sort and size dresses. We have fun and good fellowship while working together and a yummy potluck lunch is always shared. New friends are welcome, check out the Facebook page: Dress A Girl Around The World – Phoenix for details of our next Serve Day.  A goal for 2018 is to start sewing classes at the Phoenix Dream Center, teaching the residents there how to make dresses for DAG, please pray for this project as we look ahead to next year! Well it sparked my interest so I fixed a salad and went to the meeting. I can't tell you how amazing this was. There were at least 20 women all in my age group and all simply wanting to bless someone. I sorted, bagged and packed more pretty dresses than I could count. If you go to the face book page above you will see pictures of the work day and I will share one that included me at a serger machine ( I am on the right) and look at the pile of dresses in front of us waiting to be sewed. I think I have found a new heart place.
 If you go to the main web site you can find out more about it and how many lives have been touched through this  ministry. They hand deliver all these dresses around the world and who knows maybe I will be able to go on one of those trips one day.