Monthly Archives: February 2013

Sad To Say

It is always hard to deal with a loss in the family.  Today we are mourning the loss of a wonderful man, Ralph’s brother-in-law, John, husband of sister Kathy.  John was one of those people who always had a smile and could light a room just by entering.  If you weren’t in a good mood, seeing John would put you in a better mood.

I’ve shown you all some examples of his amazing way with carving.  In a post in 2011 at Christmas, I shared some of the beautiful pieces that John has made over the years.  Each year for Christmas, everyone in the family would get a treasure, carved lovingly by him.

I showed you more of his artistic talent in June of 2012 when we celebrated his 70th birthday.  John and Kathy’s home had a room on the lower level with shelf after shelf of his carvings.  I took lots of photos and shared them.  It’s just amazing what he was able to do.

It’s impossible to sum up a person in a photo or a few paragraphs.  I’m distracted and upset and not doing John the justice he deserves.

I do believe however that I have one photo of him that for whatever reason, I feel is the essence of him.


He’s wearing a tee-shirt with his and Kathy’s photo taken on their honeymoon.  We were also celebrating their 50th anniversary that day.  He was about to blow out his candles and cut his cake.  Not the kind of guy who liked a fuss made about him,  I can just hear him saying, “Gosh, is this all about me?”   Yes, John, today it is all about you.  I’m a better person for having known you.  I don’t think I’d get an argument from anyone on that.  We’re all better people for having known you.  God Bless You, John, we’ll miss you.


Happy Valentine’s Day To Me

I often talk about the many interesting and wonderful things I find on my kitchen counter when I wake up in the morning.

Valentine’s Day is no exception.  Ralph and I had gone on an excursion yesterday because he wanted me to pick out a box of candy.  I was going for something small, about the size of a saucer.  He would have none of that.

This is what I picked out along with what I found with it on the counter this morning when I got up…



Nearly a pound of truffles.  What shall I do with them?!   😉     I love the drawing he did for the front of the card.  Take note that the envelope is cut and the drawing is set into it. That’s because the envelope to my card was red and Ralph doesn’t like to draw on the dark color if he doesn’t have to.  So he added it!

The inside was the best though.  I don’t know how many of you are familiar with Animaniacs.  It was a wonderful, hysterical animated series done by Stephen Spielberg back in the 90’s.  It’s always been one of our favorites.

Well, Ralph thinks I look like Dot, one of the characters.  This was the inside of my card…



If you’re not familiar with the show, you should become familiar with it so that you can appreciate how amazingly good this is. He is hysterical with things like this.  He’s crazy and I Love Him!

Happy Thursday!  Happy Valentine’s Day!


WIAW~All in All

Hello, All!  It’s that lovely middle of the week time when we all get together to drool and snoop and look at each other’s food.  Sound like fun?  Then you’ve come to the right place.  Well, actually the Real Right Place is Peas & Crayons where Jenn has cooked up What I Ate Wednesday!  Be sure to check it out when you’re finished here at BCDC…there’s lots of good food to wish you had eaten.  That’s how I always feel!    😉

Peas and Crayons

Ok, I know we’re supposed to be doing Veggie Love again, but I haven’t gone to the produce market in Too long.  I did manage a few veggies though.  You’ll see…

First a few familiar faces.


Greek yogurt with apple and of course, Cinnamon!



Caramel rice cakes with peanut butter and…oh, yes, Cinnamon! This is one of my favorite snacks or breakfasts or lunches.  Heck, I’d even eat it for dinner if given the opportunity!

Saturday was the day with two breakfasts. First, right after Weight Watchers, Debbie, Kristen and I went to breakfast.  My choice…oatmeal with…all together now…Cinnamon!


So good!

Second breakfast…I looked but I could not find a single Hobbit!!  Only Ralph, who suggested we go even though he knew I had just had breakfast.



Greek omelette (tomato, spinach, onions and Feta) with my happy side of cottage cheese to replace the potatoes.  There…Some veggies for you!

Sunday lunch…



Pepper and egg sandwich, my favorite.  They forgot to put on the American cheese I requested so I put my own on. Frustrating sometimes.

Monday took us unexpectedly to one of our favorite spots and I got my favorite menu item…the Athenia Burger.



You’ve seen it before because I have it almost each time I go there.  It is Greek salad with a burger…meant to be a regular burger, but they have a delicious veggie burger which I substitute.  I’m never sorry…tasty and filling.

I guess that All in All, I did pretty well with the veggies this week.  Just wait until I get to the produce market and I’ll show you what veggies are all about.    😉

Be sure to make your way over to Peas & Crayons, check out all the yummy treats and leave some comments!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!!

Breathe Deep

I’ve mentioned before that I have been trying to add meditation to my daily routine.  I haven’t spoken about it much.  Last time I was working on meditation, I did the recommended 40 days, then I stopped.  I didn’t get back to it for quite a while.  I’m not sure why, that’s just what happened.

When I started again, I decided to log when I did it and figure the number of days I have been doing it.  As of today, it is 106 days without a lapse.  I’m pretty proud of myself.  I’m not sure I’m always doing it correctly, but, hey as long as I’m doing it this consistently, I must be doing something right.

I have an interesting photo as the desktop photo on my computer.

Buddha with quote


I love this and I have it on the screen as I’m meditating.  No other lights on.  It’s usually still dark out.  I do have a candle burning.



With my Buddha that Ele gave me for Christmas and my mala beads which I made.  I’m still amazed that I just decided to make them and I did!

It seems that regardless what kind of day I expect to have or if it’s one of those nights that I wake up in the middle and can’t go back to sleep, I feel better after I’ve meditated.  I’m still working on getting the breathing right, but as I say it’s a work in progress.  In fact that’s what I hear so often when I read about meditation.  Just doing it is the important thing. Even if I never get it “right” I’m still getting great benefits from it.

I’ll be going away next week and I hope to be able to continue with this.  I still wake up before everyone else so there’s no reason I won’t be able to.  It is such a calming and positive way to start the day.

Keep Calm and chant om


Every Day.

Happy Tuesday!








It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?~February 11

It’s that happy time again, when I get to hang out with all the fun readers at It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?  Of course, this link up is the brainchild of Sheila at Book Journey.  Be sure to check out some of the other blogs when you’re finished here and leave a comment or two.  I’ll be there as soon as I finish here!


I started out the week with The Gilly Salt Sisters by Tiffany Baker.

The Gilly Salt Sisters

I really enjoyed this book.  The characters were richly drawn and in my head I was involved with their lives.  As I read, I kept giving them advise, telling them to do or not do something.  I love  a book with a touch of magic in it.  Here you’re never really sure if there’s magic but it makes it more enjoyable to think there is.  Well worth the read, give it a try.

I jumped into The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis the second installment of the Chronicles of Narnia, although Goodreads calls it the first.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

I’m enjoying the series.  I’ve said this about other books, I don’t know how I missed reading these books all these years.  Lewis weaves his characters in such a way that you either love them or hate them, as is appropriate to the story.  I didn’t realize when I read the first book, The Magician’s Nephew, but I believe it was true with that book as well.  I felt like he was there telling me the story rather than I was reading it.  Such fun…I have five to go now.  I’ll probably feel sad when I’m finished the series.

I’m enjoying my current read, Think Twice by Lisa Scottoline.

Think Twice (Rosato & Associates, #13)

I’ve said before that I had no idea Scottoline had written so many books in general and this one is number thirteen in the Rosato & Associates series.  I know I’ve missed a few in the series.  I’ve been reading them mostly (as Usual!) from Goodwill and thrift store finds.  A few months ago, I found four of them and I’ve been able to read at least this group in order which has been helpful to get  a real feel for the series.  Think Twice has really captured my interest.  In fact, I’d like nothing better than to spend this rainy day reading.  We’ll have to see how that works out!

Hoping that the weather improves because I do have some outdoor things I need to accomplish.  Why does it always rain on the day I want to go grocery shopping?!  Just my luck.

Don’t forget to check out all of the blogs linking up over at Book Journey.  I get the best suggestions over there!

Happy Monday!  What ARE you reading?


I’d have to say that we’ve been pretty lucky in recent months.  In October, the hurricane (for us at least) turned out to be nothing more than a rain storm with a little extra wind.  Sadly so many others suffered real damage and loss.

During the last few days, we’ve been getting phone calls from friends all over the country asking if we were ready for the big storm.  Unlike with the hurricane, I was actually checking the weather prior to when it was supposed to hit.  I told everyone I talked to what I saw on the Weather Channel-rain and a chance of light snow.  No one believed me because as seems to be the trend lately, the national news sources were blowing everything into more than it was and completely out of proportion.

I won’t get on my soapbox about this, I’ll get on to other things.

I must admit that my early rising on Saturday was a good thing.  As I prepared to go to Weight Watchers, I knew I would need to do a little clearing of my car and it needed to warm up.  I must admit it was icy.  My car door took three serious pulls before I could open it, it was frozen!  But I was armed with my broom, great for clearing the snow and I don’t end up with snow all over me thanks to the long handle!  I’m clumsy, remember?    😉

Found my scraper, which was in the car, but I wasn’t sure where…have I mentioned that my car is part of my storage…well, yes, it is.  I was actually on my way in about ten minutes time, which gave the car just enough time to warm up.

When I got to Weight Watchers, I was just about the only person in the parking lot.  I had the pleasure of watching the comedy of the people who were supposed to be clearing the parking lot.  Several trucks with snow plows on the front but, there was no snow on the ground only ice.  They didn’t seem to know what to do, so they were riding around the parking lot as if there was snow.  I’m not kidding.

Then there were the people, I use this term loosely who were spreading salt, also using the term loosely.  They were wandering aimlessly with their little spreaders while using a cup to spread the salt rather than allowing the spreaders to do their job.  I felt like I was caught in an episode of The Walking Dead.

I was able to find a parking spot not far from the entrance to the building and I was able to get in without incident.  There were a lot of people missing from our meeting, I know some were probably afraid of the conditions and I understand that.

After all this, I was rewarded…I lost a pound and a quarter!  I was pretty excited.  I then proceeded to have two breakfasts out, but that’s a story for another day.

Happy Sunday!  So glad the storm passed us by!


Snapshot Saturday~February 9

I don’t know what today will bring.  I’m writing this on Friday afternoon and they tell us a storm (of Biblical proportions again?!) is heading our way.  It’s merely cold, damp and dreary and is making these old bones hurt.  Don’t know what will happen  but I do know that I get a kick out of participating in Snapshot Saturday, the wonderful link up started by Alyce from At Home With Books.

The weather has been getting me down.  Most people who know me are pretty sick of me talking about New Mexico and my love for it.  Those who have never been to the West probably scratch their heads as to why I think it’s so spectacular there.

There are a lot of reasons but my plan is to keep this short and to the point today.

One of the best reasons for being in New Mexico is that some days when everything works out just right, you get to see sights like this…



The view from the deck off of our kitchen.  I have nothing else to say.

Happy Snapshot Saturday! Go visit At Home With Books, check out some great photos!