Tuesday, February 28, 2017

There's Still Gold Out There

I have a brother that is a little eccentric. He's done all sorts of things in his life. He's worked all kinds of jobs that most of us wouldn't think of doing. So when I saw that today is the day of the beginning of the San Francisco Gold Rush, I thought of him. Now I know there are those of you who are saying, why would you think of your brother when you read about the Gold Rush?

My brother likes the outdoors. In fact, I have often thought he was born in the wrong time. He has dreamt of striking it rich. He has come up with all sorts of methods. And one of them is panning for gold. He told me one time, there's still gold out there. They couldn't have got it all. He's probably right, but to me it isn't worth the effort. I hope he finds that pot of gold he is looking for.


And it's true there is still gold out there. But it is a hobby for most people. And if you live in the right places it is an inexpensive hobby. All you really need is a shovel and a pan. That's probably why there were so many prospectors during the gold rush.

You also have to be in the right location. Most of the streams where you can pan for gold are located in state parks. They have entrance fees around $5. So if you live in California, and you are looking for an inexpensive way to spend the day, you might want to go try digging for gold because there's still gold out there according to my brother.


Monday, February 27, 2017

Theatre Doors

If you know me, I love buildings. I really love old buildings. I love old buildings that are no longer in use. And I love it if they are just a little creepy. And doorways always seem to attract my attention. So when I heard about a theatre in a town close by, that was being renovated. I thought I want to go take a look at this.

Here is some of what I saw.
Let me know which picture you like best!





Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Weight of It All

It's the second day that my mother is home. She has settled in well. But yesterday was a big day for her. She is tired. She tells me there are things she needs so I decide to go to the store to pick them up for her.

She is adamant that she needs weights so she can do her exercises. And I know that the exercises are very important. She says the exercises are what made it so she could come home. And she wants to gain more strength. I'm glad she is taking it all so seriously, but where do I get those two pound weights.

I run to the grocery store to pick up the items she wants. And I completely forget about the weights. She asks about them, and I tell her I forgot. She says it's okay, and says she will do those exercises after I get the weights.

I know that I have to hunt down the weights. They will be easy to find, but for some reason I am at a loss. I go back out later. I find weights, but none of them are 2 pounds. The smallest is the three pounder. Will she want these? Will they be heavier than she is used to. I decide to take a gamble, and I purchase the weights.

I take them back, and she says that she will try the three pound weights. But she reminds me that she only needed one. And then she says she remembers that they only sell them in sets of two.


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Thrifty Finds Week 10

Another week has gone by, and well another round of thrifting has occurred. It seems like each time I go thrifting I find really awesome items, so I have decided that I have to now complete three projects before I can thrift again. It's a challenge, but I have a lot of really great items that need to be made into something else. But let's begin the reveal of the finds of this week.
So there's a picture of the goodies for the week. It was an interesting group of goodies.
Sometimes you go thrifting and you just find the regular items. Clothes, books, and kitchen gear. And there are times when you go thrifting and you find a Pegasus. It's those days when you know Jesus loves you just a little extra that day! I found a Pegasus that day! The wings and horn both light up.
I also found a children's shirt with a kawaii sun on it. Isn't it adorable. Had to have it!
I also found some philosophy birthday cake goodies. I got a box which I always like, plus the body wash for a buck.

And I got a Hello Kitty shirt! It really did kind of feel like my birthday with all of these great finds.

Let me know what you all have found recently!






Friday, February 24, 2017

Boxing Toward Better Health

I'm always looking for a routine that provides me with exercise, and it is something that I actually enjoy doing. That's not an easy combination to find. But I have found that kickboxing is one way for me to get some exercise sessions.

So here are some tips to get you started with a simple kickboxing routine.

Your stance is important. Make sure to place your foot of your non dominant side behind you and keep weight on the balls of your feet.

Protect your face by bringing your fists up in front of it.

Start by making a jab. You'll need to extend your dominant hand straight in front of you. Then pull it back to the starting place.

In order to do a cross you move your non dominant hand in front of you as you pivot your back foot. Then bring it back to the starting place.

Like all exercising breathing is important. Exhale on each punch and focus on using your legs, hips and core for a more powerful punch.

Alternate between jabs and crosses for one minute. Then do squats or push ups for one minute. Repeat this five times.

You'll have a great work out that has used all sorts of different muscles.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Zero K

Ever wonder what a world where money could buy a version of immortality? Have you ever asked yourself, if I could choose to come back in  a different time would I? These are some of the questions asked in the book Zero K by Don DeLillo.
\

The Story

Jeffery's father is a multi billionaire. His father, Ross, has invested in a heavily in a remote location where it might be possible to cheat death. The cause for this investment is Ross' younger wife, Artis, who is suffering from a terminal disease. Can they actually, end their time in this world now, and reawake to a new world?

What I Think

I have mixed feelings about this book. I felt like Jeffery is an average guy, who is faced with some really weird twists in life. His father is part of a research program that could change the way people see death. He becomes angry when his father, who is healthy, wants to follow his step mother into this induced state of non existence. I could imagine how this kind of decision would feel to him. There were some humorous moments when Jeffery is meeting with the pastor of the group his father is supporting.

But overall, I found the book a little creepy. The videos of natural disasters, and awful accidents that played in the background in the hallways of the facility was just strange. It felt like they all believed there was no hope for mankind. And while the book did explore some interesting ideas. I didn't like the character Ross. He seemed kind of self centered. And he really didn't seem like he cared for his son very much.

But the book is well written, and it does make you think about issues of death and dying that we often don't want to think about.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Brown Rice Artichoke and Salmon Salad

Recently, I've been talking a lot about herbs. How to grow them, and how to cook with them. Now, it's time for a simple, but tasty recipe with some of those herbs.

Here's What You Need

2 cups cooked brown rice
1 cup black olives
1 cup artichokes
4 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon
2/3 cup olive oil
4 cloves peeled garlic
1/4 cup fresh chopped chives
1/4 cup fresh chopped oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1 can chunked salmon

Here's What You Do

Combine the rice, artichokes, and olives in a bowl. Set them aside. Next mix the lemon juice and olive oil together. Press in the garlic and mix thoroughly. Next add the oregano and chives. Now toss the salmon and olive oil mixture into the bowl.

Related Post




Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tips For Cooking With Herbs

We all know that fresh herbs taste so much better than purchased herbs, but there are a few things you can do to make cooking with fresh herbs easier. And the herbs will contain more flavor.

Washing

Wash your herbs in the garden before you bring them in. Spray them down with the hose, and allow them to dry first. Then cut them. That way she you won't wash away any of that fresh flavor when you cut them.

Drying

If you are wanting to dry your herbs, put them in a pillowcase. Take them outside, and swing the pillow case around in the air. It really works. And you get a little exercise in the process.

Cutting

Use a sharp knife when you cut your herbs. A blunt knife can bruise your herbs. Bruised herbs oxidize quicker. This leads to discoloration. If you're using a food processor, make sure the blades are nice and sharp.

Choose

Choose the right cooking and chopping technique for the dish you are making. Rustic dishes do better with chopped herbs. The flavors are yielded more slowly, which adds a more homey feel to the food. Finely chopped herbs blend easier with other ingredients, but loose their flavor more quickly.

So put these tips to use, and let me know which one works best for you.

Monday, February 20, 2017

What's Playing On My Radio

Music has always been important to me. I enjoy listening to all types of music. Just ask my faithful followers if you don't believe me. So here are my most recent musical picks.

Paradise City by Scuba

Emiliana Torrini Jungle Drum

Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band performed by Jimi Hendrix

Blonde Redhead Messenger (Actually the whole album it's on)

Sia Cheap Thrills

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Martian Successor Nadesico

Anime is a source of entertainment that is often made fun of. It's seen as a true geek form of entertainment. And being a true geek girl. I occasionally binge watch some anime. My most recent binge was Martian Successor Nadesico.

The Story

It's 2196, and earth is at war with an alien race. The leaders have built a ship that is state of the art called the Nadesico. The crew of the ship is top notch, but they have a few eccentricities. They face battles and personal challenges.

What I Think

I really liked this series. I like how it pokes fun at the anime. I've always thought it shows great self esteem when someone or something is able to make fun of itself. The characters are interesting, and you will like them. It is sci-fi. And it's a good sci-fi show. It shows exploration of space, and what weaponry could be like in over 100 years. And there is a commitment to sending humans to Mars. So the development of a colony on Mars is not too far fetched. And like all good science fiction it takes a look at society now. There is a point when everyone realizes the enemy isn't so different from themselves.

Who Should Watch This

Anyone who is a fan of science fiction will probably like this show. Fans of anime will also love it. But this show is also a good introduction to that world. It does have a humorous side so it is a little light hearted at times. And if you enjoy animation at all you will like this show.

You may have to look for this series though, it was originally shown in Japan in 2005. But there are English copies available. I watched it in English. But it is worth searching out.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

So When Are You Going Home?

I arrive at the facility after the six hour drive. I am tired, but I feel like I need to go there first. That way, I can see mom right away. That is the reason for the trip after all isn't it? She is excited, my brother arrived the night before. He had pictures of the new baby, and that made her day. That is currently the most adorable baby in the world, if you ask anyone in my family.

She is excited because she is getting stronger. She walked around last night for several hours without the oxygen. She tells me that she doesn't have to have anyone walking with her when she is using her walker.

Then she tells me the best news of all. She is going home soon. But then I ask how soon is soon? She asks if I'll be able to come stay with her when she gets out. I tell her I think I'll be able to, but I need to know exactly when so I can get time off work. She says we're going to have a meeting today to find out when. I ask her what time the meeting is, and she says to ask my brother. I tell her that I really need to get cleaned up if I am going to meet with more of the staff at the facility. So, I tell her I will come back later with my brother.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Thrifty Finds Week 9

I have once again scored big at the thrift shops. I was reminded this week, that there are a select few of us who truly enjoy thrifting. There are those who simply turn their noses up at the great thrifting hobby. They do not truly understand just how great it feels to get that treasure that is unique at such a great price. They do not understand what it is like to put together the perfect outfit in a store where nothing is meant to match. So for those of you who truly enjoy thrifting, here are my finds of the week.

I got this really cute blue green top with lace at the neckline. It will be great for spring and summer. And then a book about a dragonfly. The face of the dragonfly looks just like a dragon. And a friend of mine is using a stuffed dragon as part of his motivation to loose weight. Those dragon faces will come in handy. And there are a few little pieces of jewelry that I picked up. I also scored that cute little duck hat, and a green blue scarf. I plan to use the scarf to make more of the DIY Magic Wands, I made earlier this year.
You can see some of the jewelry a little closer up. I really liked the heart bow ring. And I didn't mention that centerpiece I found. It's made of mango wood, and I've got a plan for it.
And I also found some other cute little animals for the jars.
That ring reminded me of some of the great Hello Kitty items I absolutely love.
That's a close up of the lace on the top.

Tell me what your favorite find of the week is, and what items have you hunted down recently?







Thursday, February 16, 2017

Can You Speak English Please?

There is a lot of talk about immigration recently. It seems like I hear everyday about immigration reform. I hear people say that newcomers need to learn to speak English. And I could go on and on. And so many of these things make me wonder if immigrants are a problem like so many individuals make them out to be.

About the time I started wondering about this, I came across this video put out by The University of California.

In the video Waters brings up some really interesting ideas. One of them being that immigrants want to learn English. They are filling up classes to learn the language. I thought about all of the people who I have heard complain about people not being able to speak English. And I wonder if they have thought about just how difficult it can be for an adult to learn a new language. But still there are members of the immigrant communities lining up and taking the challenge to speak English.

SbSIIIIIII

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Igraine

Every once and awhile you want to read something a little different than your usual picks. So when the chance to review a historical romance with Merlin in it, I thought why not? The book is entitled Igraine. And it is the first in the Camelot Uncovered series by Jane Godman.

The Story

Igraine happens to be the most beautiful woman in the world. She is part fairy, so every man falls in love with her. Her husband is a domineering man, and she finds herself in love with another. But Merlin promises King Uther that he will marry the woman Igraine. But Uther finds that his desire to marry Igraine may divide his kingdom.

What I Liked

I like that the author used the King Arthur legend as the basis for this novel. Then she made some twists in the traditional story, and it became a new one. It was like spending time with familiar individuals, and then realizing they are a little different than you remember. It was entertaining. And it was a little different than what I usually read. It is a typical historical romance and heavy on the romance. There are some steamy scenes in the book. Will I read more books in the series? I'm not sure, I think that will probably depend on my mood. But if you enjoy historical romances with a taste of fantasy then you may enjoy this book.

Giveaway


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure

I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Just The Facts On Growing Herbs

Some of you will be planning out your gardens this month. It is February, and in some places in the country you really need to start your seedlings soon. And then there are those of you who read my post Mother Nature's Way of Freshening Your Home. You know that an indoor herb garden can help keep your home smelling fresh and clean. You have decided to plant a little indoor herb garden. Here are some basic facts about growing herbs.

Soil

Your soil is important. Herbs need well drained soil. That means if your soil has a lot of clay in it. You really need to add organic compost to the mix. It adds nutrients to the soil as well as allowing it to drain easier. (The secret to finding if your soil is high in clay is check to see how long it takes water to drain. If it takes more than a minute, you may need to add some compost.)

Nutrients

If you want your herbs to have a great flavor, you need to provide them with organic fertilizer and water. Water your plants when the soil seems a little dry around the edges. Be careful not to over water. And fertilize it once or twice during the growing season.

Sunlight

Most herbs are natives of Mediterranean climates. That means it's just in their makeup to like warmth and plenty of sunshine. If you want great tasting herbs make sure to provide your plants with lots of natural sunlight.

Flowers

Like other plants, once it flowers the leaves taste different. Dandelion greens become more bitter after they have flowered. Make sure you nip the flower buds off your herbs.

Homework

Learn as much as you can about the plants you are going to plant. This way you can plan out your garden. You want your herbal garden to look great don't you?





Monday, February 13, 2017

We're All Working Towards

The phone rings and it announces that it is a call from mom. I think to myself I had better answer that. Perhaps, she needs something. I think to myself, that's kind of stupid. I can't go get her anything, it takes six hours to get there one way.

I answer the phone, and she asks if I called her. I tell her no. She says she thought the phone said that I called.

She is excited. There is big news. She is probably going to be able to go home in two weeks. That is good news. I ask her about the oxygen she is using. She says they are going to start weaning her off it. And I am relieved to hear this. It means she is getting much better.

She tells me we're all working towards me going home.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Mac and Cheese with Chicken and Brocolli

Mac and Cheese is a wonderful meal in the winter. It just makes you feel warm all over. It's almost as good as soup. And while there are those who shun homemade mac and cheese for the boxed version. I am one who enjoys the homemade versions.

Here's What You Need

1 lb rotisserie chicken breast
2 heads of broccoli cut into florets
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups whipping cream
2 cups almond milk
1  cup grated fontina cheese
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 pound cooked pasta shells

Here's What You Do

Cut your chicken breast into cubes and set aside. Steam the broccoli for about three minutes and set aside. Next melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the flour and cook for 2 minutes, stirring it constantly. Gradually mix in the cream. Bring it to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes stirring it frequently. Then add both the cheeses and stir until the sauce is smooth. Add the pasta, chicken and broccoli mix together. And then you can serve your meal.



Saturday, February 11, 2017

It Would Have Tasted Better

I walk into her room. Her back is facing the door. She doesn't see me come in. I feel bad I am running later than I planned. She is sitting there eating. She seems so alone. I know she probably doesn't like the food. She is a picky eater after all.

I say hi. She turns around. I tell her I brought something for her, and I show her the Red Lobster bag. She immediately pushes aside the tray of food she has. She looks so excited. She asks what I got her. I tell her what you asked for the shrimp scampi.

I pull the food out of the bag. She tells me to set that tray over on the dresser.  She wants no part of that right now. I pull all of her food out. She asks if I got anything to eat. I told her I was going to eat her salad since she avoids lettuce products. I didn't think about how lonely eating must be. It must be difficult to eat food you don't like all by yourself.

She digs into the food. I have never seen her so interested in eating a meal. She tells me it tastes good, but it would have tasted better if I ate it there.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Thrifty Finds Week Eight

A thrifting we go. Yes, I completed another two projects for the week, and I have been able to go thrifting once again. And we all know that I love going to those thrift stores. You never know what you will find. Sometimes it is something absolutely necessary. And then there are those purchases you just don't know what you were thinking when you bought them. Let's take a look at what I found this week.
Here are the goods from the find. Looks like a good haul doesn't it? Well, it was. All of the items will be put to good use.
I found some really cute little animals and a Dora the Explorer for the jars that I make. All three cost under a dollar. It was a major score.

I loved the color of this bowl. And lord knows I need bowls for the soups and oatmeal that I eat. And it is one of those heavy stoneware items that I really like. It will be a perfect bowl for that Easy Black Bean Soup I make.
I found a white peasant blouse with lace along it's V-neck collar. I'm a sucker for peasant tops. And that blue thing is a ring. Of course I like the color, but the ring is pretty interesting too.
I really liked the pink lace fabric with this. It seems so dainty. And it will go well with a project I have planned. You'll see!
Here is a sample of one of the pages in the book. It had great photos, that could be enjoyed as a coffee table book. Or it used as part of art journaling.

All of these items are going to be put to use. In fact, the book and the ice cream maker became part of really great present for a friend.






Luck of the Irish Giveaway



This year is different than many years. I normally take a week of vacation to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. But someone beat me to the punch this year. And I could not take the week off. So, like many of you I will be at work on St. Patrick's Day. But person with the Luck of the Irish will be able to make up for the lack of Irish celebrations by winning an gift certificate. I hope it's one of my readers.

Welcome to the Luck of the Irish $50 of choice Giveaway!

Hosted by: Southern Mom Loves


One winner will receive $50 via Paypal cash or an eGift Card of choice!


With St. Patrick's Day coming up, Holly of Southern Mom Loves wants to show one person just how lucky they can be in her 2nd annual Luck of the Irish giveaway!

The winner can choose from Paypal cash or an egift card. Just about any store is up for the egift card; If she can purchase it online and have it emailed to you, you can choose that store for your gift card! Amazon, Target, Sephora, Starbucks, Best Buy...which gift card will you choose? Enter through the widget below and good luck!

Giveaway begins on 2/10/17 at 1:00 am CST and ends on 3/10/17 at 11:59 pm CST. Must be 18 years or older, open Worldwide (void where prohibited.) Once winners are confirmed, they will be added to the Winner's List here.



Disclaimer: The participating blogs were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per IP address. All entries will be verified. Void where prohibited by law. Winner will be contacted by email; Please add southernmomloves@gmail.com to your whitelist. Southern Mom Loves will be responsible for prize delivery to the winner. This giveaway is in no way administered, sponsored, endorsed by, or associated with Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest, or any other social media platform.

Contact Holly at southernmomloves@gmail.com if you have any additional questions or comments, or would like Southern Mom Loves to organize your next giveaway.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Faith In Every Footstep

Sometimes we are all faced with decisions to make. If you are like me you don't really like to make some of the decisions. So when I had the chance to read a book that is all about decisions I grabbed it.
Faith in Every Footstep by Wesley Banks is the book I'm going to talk about today.

The Story

Dog sled races are tough, and the fear of every team is a storm during the race. Kyle wants to win the big 1000 mile race. But then that storm comes, and he is presented with a decision to make. Should he help a girl named Faith, or should he keep trying to finish the race he wants to win.

What I Think

I liked this book. Like I said in the intro I was attracted to it because Kyle is faced with a decision. I like how the author found a way to add a twist of drama into the story. The story isn't just about the dog race. It's about doing the right thing. It's a story about survival. It's a story about adventure. And the action doesn't stop. And of course King is an exceptional dog. And who doesn't love stories where animals are a main character?

If you are looking for a well written, and thoughtful book this is the book for you. I couldn't believe it when I read the author's bio and saw that he was an engineer. I wouldn't have expected a story like this from an engineer. But there I go trying to fit people into a pigeon hole. Must remember not to do that.

There is another great thing. Right now if you go to Amazon, the book is free for Kindle Unlimited readers.

Disclosure

I did receive a free book in exchange for an honest review, but the opinions are all mine.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

What Really Sounds Good

Mom is sitting up when I arrive. She is glad to see me. And I feel bad because I am unable to see her more frequently. I have to remind myself that she decided to live six hours away from where I live. It's not my fault that I can't visit more often.

She tells me about her therapy. She has been walking in the hallways with the therapist. She seems proud that she is making progress. She states that the best thing has been the therapist who is helping her learn to eat again. She has had difficulty swallowing for a while, and it got worse with the heart attack. She feels more comfortable eating and drinking than she did before. She doesn't feel like she will choke.

Then I ask, do you want me to bring you something? I ask if she wants Steak and Shake. She says no. But then she says what really sounds good is Red Lobster. I am a little surprised. She says she wants shrimp. I tell her that they have carry out, and I could bring her something.

I ask the nurse about her dietary restrictions and I tell her what she is asking for. The nurse says that shouldn't be a problem. After all shrimp scampi is a soft meal.

I go back to mom's room, and I tell her that the nurse says it's okay. So I will bring her a meal when I come back later.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Where's The Class?

School is different now than it was when I went to school. Math was different. We learned how to cross out numbers. I understand they don't do that anymore. English was different. We learned how to diagram sentences. I hear they don't do that anymore either.

But there were also so other differences. They were the classes we took. In fact two of the classes that left the greatest impact on my education aren't offered at many schools anymore.

The first class was visual communications. Yes, we studied all sorts of things in this class. I was introduced to so many ways to communicate. We drew, we took pictures, and we printed items. It was loads of fun. And it taught me some valuable skills. One was to be able to print in a very small space. In effect this class taught me how to write legibly. I also designed a house. All of these things have come really handy in my everyday life.

Then in high school I took a class called criminology. We studied famous crimes throughout history. We studied Jack the Ripper, we studied gangsters, and we studied the Manson family. We learned about how society reacted to the crimes. It was fascinating, and we ate up what the teacher taught us.

Sadly, many schools don't offer classes like that anymore. There isn't enough money for them. But I believe that we are missing things in society by not allowing students to explore their world in this fashion. I think we may have a more thoughtful and creative society if we do things like that.

So President Trump, if you really want to make the country a better place to live. Bring back the creativity in education. We really do need it.



Monday, February 6, 2017

That Tastes Just Like Strawberries and Cream

The nurse comes in the room. She provides mom with her medicine. Mom asks what is this? I haven't taken this before. It is comforting to hear this. She knows what is going on. She is aware of what she is supposed to be taking.

It's a liquid. It's brown. And the nurse tells her that it tastes just like strawberries and cream. She informs mom that it is a protein drink that will help build muscle. It sounds like a good thing. She needs more muscle.

She takes a sip of the liquid. I can tell by the squished look on her face that it doesn't taste like strawberries and cream. In fact it probably tastes quite awful. I feel bad that she has to take something that tastes so awful just to gain some strength.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

For The Love Of Pink Floyd

Some bands come, some bands go, and some bands remain. Pink Floyd is one of those bands that remains. The band's music has been near and dear to my heart for years. And if I want to date myself. It has actually been decades.

It all began in junior high. There was this album that came out called The Wall. My friend's sister had the album. We listened to it, and I was hooked. Somehow every song on the sounded good. I have to admit that I wasn't sure what all of them meant, but I totally understood Another Brick In The Wall.



I attended a Jr. High where I had quite a few friends, and I was happy with my social life. But in my heart I knew that the school administration saw me as just another brick in the wall. I was one more adolescent there were putting up with. Some put up with us a little better than others.

As a teenager I got to see the midnight movie featuring The Wall. It was awesome. And for some reason the song Mother stood out to me. My mom wasn't bad, or anything that is described in that song. But it really made an impression on me.

Then college rolled around, and Comfortably Numb was the song that was favored. The lyrics jumped out of the Cd and made an impression on my mind. I could listen to it for hours. And the guitar in the song was perfect.

Then in the 90's The Division Bell was released. I spent hours listening to it. I also read while I listened to this album. And somehow one day I was reading The Stand by Stephen King while I was listening to this album. The two seemed to be a perfect match. And they are forever intertwined in my
mind.

My friend Billy and I even took the tour bus to see Pink Floyd play live. It was a memory. And I was sad last year when I finally had to send the tour t shirt to the grave because it was just had too many holes to wear anymore.

So do any of you have any memories of Pink Floyd?


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Punch That Red Button For Me

I walk into her room. The nurse has already told me she isn't feeling very well today. She told the nurse that she thinks she has a bladder infection. But they have to get a sample to confirm it. And that is the problem. Push fluids if you can.

I walk into the room, she is breathing so much easier than the last time I saw her. That is a really good thing. But she tells me she hasn't slept well. She is having some pain, and she didn't like the staff who was there last night. They just didn't take care of me right.

She says she is doing much better, and I agree with her. She is much stronger. She then tells me to punch that red button for me. She wants to talk to one of the nurses. I push the button. And we wait, and then we wait some more. I ask her what it is she needs. And she tells me that she wants a nurse. I go look for one.

But it is a busy time of morning, and an aide finally sees that the light is on. She comes in, and asks how she can help?

She needed someone to help her to the restroom. It was a simple thing that I take for granted. She apologizes for being such bad company, and I remind her that she isn't feeling good. So it is alright.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Thrifty Finds Week Seven

Another week of thrifting has come about. And I know that everyone is interested in what I have dug up this week.
So here are the finds of the week. It's a pretty good haul. Let me see if I can give you a better look though.
First I have a friend who absolutely loves horses, and I figured those horse notecards would be great for her. I think I like the one with the blue ribbon around it best.
I saw these socks and my eyes got huge. I love sugar skulls, and I really liked the pink flowers on them. I had an idea of how to put these to use. It will show up on another day.
I needed a gift for a friend of mine. And I thought the Lucky Charms shirt would be fun for her. So it jumped into the cart.
The little plate with the flowers on it caught my eye. It was less than a dollar, and I like that the roses were part of the ceramic design. Those roses aren't glued on. And well I had an idea for it too.
These shoes were just way too cool. They are bright, they are flashy, and they are different than what you see most of the time. I had to have them. As I went through the check out line, I was thinking do I keep these for myself, or do I give them away as part of a gift package. It was a tough decision to make.

So what is your favorite find of the week? And yes, there will be a post with the outcome of some of the items I have purchased. I promise.






Thursday, February 2, 2017

Orange Date and Almond Salad

We all know that salads are great for us, but sometimes you want a twist on the regular garden salads that we serve with our meals. So this salad adds some different items to the everyday salad.

Here's What You Need

Mix of lettuces including romaine, and colored lettuce
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
oranges cut into slices
dates halved and pitted
fresh shaved parmesan cheese
almonds

Here's What You Do

Mix the lettuce with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and lemon juice. Top the lettuce with the oranges slices, dates, and cheese. Then drizzle the remaining olive oil over the salad. Next throw on the almonds, and you are ready to serve your salad.




Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February 2017 Goals

It's a new month, and it's time to set up some new goals. First let's take a look at my Goals For January. The month of January was not a good month for me completing goals. I had a couple of hiccups in my life, which threw me way off. First my internet went a little wonkie, and I was unable to get online. And then there was that big issue with my mother having a heart attack. I did a lot of things during the month, I just didn't complete the things I wanted to when the month began.

My first goal was to put together a Luna Lovegood Costume for Harry Potter Day. I didn't get this completed. I started working on the Quibbler which was going to be part of the costume, but I lost my internet, and I was unable to print out the items I needed to complete the project. This made me sad. But I have time to put it together for Halloween. It will happen. But I did attend Harry Potter Day. And it was way cool as always. Once again thanks to the folks at Sweets So Geek for putting together such a great event.

Next, I wanted to organize my clippings. I had several magazines, and books all over the place. I thought it would help me with my clutter issue if I could put these items in one place. I was right. I completed this goal. I cleared out a stack of papers and books. And it made me feel better. I placed the clippings in plastic provider sheets.

I also wanted to put together a logo for the crafts I have been completing. I didn't get this accomplished. It just took a back seat to everything that was going on in my life.

And due to the emergency trip I took, I did not save for vacation. In fact, I wound up taking a vacation. It just wasn't what I planned it to be.

The new goals for the month of February,

Taxes

Yes, I want to file my taxes early. I am expecting a return, so I want to get this going early on. I can use that extra money.

Storage

I got the clippings organized. Now I want to store some items in a little more organized fashion. I have a book shelf that I am not utilizing very well. I plan to set up the book case as a place to organize many of my projects. It's kind of a big project for me, but I think I can complete it.

Mardi Gras

I usually do nothing for Mardi Gras, but this year I want to add it to the fun things I do in life. I have no idea where to start. So if anybody has any suggestions on something simple I can do let me know. I'll come up with something I'm sure.

Downsize Videos

I have too many online video memberships. I need to downsize. I am paying for services that I don't use that much. This month I am going to decide which one is more important to me. And well I need to see what can go too.

So it's time to get busy and get some of these goals accomplished.