Thursday, August 10, 2017


Sometimes you learn or hear of things you wish you could un-know.  Things happen to your friends or family that are so unspeakable that you find yourself at a loss for what to do, say, or even how to help.  You wish you could just wave a magic wand or twitch your nose and make everything right in the world again.  But you can't.  You try to find things that will take your mind off of it but that doesn't work.  So you take to your bed with its big, warm comforter and close your eyes for a while because from that vantage point you can almost kind of pretend that things aren't so rough on the outside.  That the truth is what you thought you knew before today.  That the people you love are happy and care-free.  And that we're all safe from the corruption and evil in the world.  Even though we're not.  And at some point you know you'll have no choice but to put your big-girl pants back on and face facts and realize that even though you have seemingly little to offer by way of help, you must try to offer something.  And be grateful for what you do have because you just can't take anything for granted.  

And so.  Yeah.  That was today.   

This is the kind of day that makes you realize that even though life has thrown you a few curve balls several times over, you still have so very much to be grateful for.  It's times like these that remind of of the things that are most important.  It is times like these that remind you that there is always someone else suffering and struggling with something much bigger than the struggles and trials you personally are facing.  It is times likes these that remind you to never take anything for granted and be grateful for everything you have and for everyone in your life.  It is times like these that remind me to whom I can always rely on for comfort, support, help, guidance, a listening ear, and most of all reassurance and forgiveness.  It is times likes these that make me most grateful for the blessings of the Atonement and the blessings that come through repentance.  I feel so very blessed to have a loving Heavenly Father who has provided me with a Savior to show me the way.

There are times in your life when those who you look up to make mistakes and experience some very difficult things sometimes brought on by their own bad choices.  I have found that as those I admire and love work through some of the biggest trials of their lives, just trying to do the best they can, that you see the biggest examples of strength, faith, and an example of what is most important that will effect you for the rest of your life.  Sometimes seeing those around you handle their most difficult struggles become the biggest examples in your life.  I have witnessed this first hand and it has left a lasting impression on my life forever.  One I will certainly NEVER forget and will always remember the strength and determination of these individuals.  What a blessing it is to have these examples in my life.  It is by remembering this individuals determination and will to achieve their goal that has impressed upon me that I too can endure hard things, even though my trials have been completely different.  

It is my hope that I can learn to endure my own trials in this life a little better and hopefully become an example to those around me of strength, determination, and to be remembered as someone who never gave up and keep trying even when things didn't work out the way you had hoped or planned.  I want to be an example to my children and be a source of strength, faith, and comfort in their lives.  I know I have some work to do and I need to try a little harder than I have in the past.  I need to strive a little more to be a littler better.  Life truly is a journey and even though life can be rough and tough sometimes, life is indeed very good.  

Enough said.

I've got a bit of news for you all.  I've decided to try out a new blog.  My new blog 
The Snozzberry Side.  It's still a work in progress.  Bare with me as we get it up and going and start to post there.  So, check it out.  

Take care and we'll talk again soon.
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A Meme and Rambling Thoughts

It's meme time again.  What can I say?  A meme is just a way to keep me busy while I'm sick.  It gets my mind off of the coughing and breathing.

1.  Pool, lake or ocean?  I LOVE the ocean, especially listening to the waves.  It's very soothing.  BUT, I haven't been to the ocean in years so I'd have to say pool since that's as close to water as we ever seem to get.

2.  Camping, cottage or hotel?  I'm not a big fan of camping, so it's a lovely cottage or hotel room for this girl.  I like to be able to shower and have air conditioning.  What can I say?  I prefer the comforts of home.

3.  Favorite ice cream flavor?  Mint chocolate chip or almond pralene.  Although, I do enjoy a vanilla cone from Dairy Queen from time to time too.  -grin-

4.  PJ's, nightgown, t-shirt/shorts or Birthday suit?  In the winter it's PJ's all the way!  But in the summer, I prefer a below the knee, t-shirt style nightgown.  The softer the better, but NOT with any fuzziness.  I found some really nice v-neck t-shirts from an online store that I just love.  If they would make these t-shirts into a nightgown option I'd probably buy a few.  These t-shirts are my favorite!

5.  Fave Summer beverage?  I'm slowly becoming a big water drinker.  I've kicked all caffeine, now to kick all soda.  Although, I do enjoy a nice cold fountain drink Sprite with the crushed ice in a Styrofoam cup from time to time.  It stays nice and cold for hours that way.

6.  Would you rather be hot or cold?  Well, I can warm up easier than I can cool down, so I'm going to say cold.

7.  Sandals with heels or flats?  Heels always.  I do like flats from time to time, but a lot of my sandals have a slight heel.  I only wear a moderate heel but I love wedges that are basically elevated flats with just a slight curve.  Great description, don't you think?

8.  Shorts or skirts?  This would be a tie because I like them both.  Shorts for around the house and skirts for out and about.

9.  Sit in the sun or the shade?  It would be SHADE with a capitol "S".  Sitting in the sun in Arizona could cause serious health issues both immediately and long-term.  

10.  Water, tea or soda?  Water and soda.  Nothing quenches my thirst like a nice cool glass of water in the summer, unless I'm sick.  Then I need a ice cold Sprite.  

11.  Favorite summer fruit, vegetable?  Watermelon, pineapple, and strawberries!  Yum!!

12.  Sunrise or sunset?  I would have to say a sunset, but we have some pretty amazing sunrises here in Arizona too.

13.  Bike ride or walk?  A bike ride all the way!!  Although, I haven't ridden a bike in years.  I do enjoy a nice walk from time to time too.  Especially when the weather cools off a bit.

14.  Winery or brewery?  Neither!!!!

15.  Garden or no garden?  I have mixed emotions about this one.  I wouldn't mind learning to garden but I'm so afraid of messing things up.  I'm sure it can't be that difficult, right?  Eventually I'd like to try it.  You know, maybe when I retire and have a little time on my hands.  Right now I just don't have the time.  

16.  Big summer concert or music in the park?  I'm not much into big crowds anymore so I'd choose music in the park on a nice cool evening.

17.  Fave cookout food.  It would have to be grilled hamburgers.  They are the best!  Although, I do like a nice grilled hot dog from time to time too.  They have to have grill marks and it doesn't hurt if they are a little bit burn too.  I know, I'm a weird-o, but I can't help it.  The burnt ones are the best.

18.  Dine indoors or patio?  95% of the time we eat indoors, but we have enjoyed some nice back porch dining on those particularly nice days a few times.  

19.  Fave summer destination?  I would have to say some place with lake front property.  Kevin and I would love to own a place on the lake.  Of course it would have to have a dock and be wheelchair accessible too.  

20.  Big theme park or local carnival?  Big theme park.  I never trust the safety precautions at those pop up carnivals.  Although I would LOVE to go to the state fair sometime to see all the exhibits.

21.  Drinks blended or on the rocks?  I like my soda over lots and lots of crushed ice or that lovely ice from Sonic, but my water I prefer cool without ice.  Both with a straw.

22.  Popsicle or freezie flavor of choice.  Popsicles have become my new favorite treat.  I buy these cherry-pineapple ones.  We get 24 for like $2.  I like to let them set out for about 10-15 minutes before I eat them.  That way they don't get me in trouble with my Orthodontist.  They are so yummy and less calories than ice cream, cookies, or chocolate.  And they are great when you aren't feeling well too.

23.  Hot dog or hamburger?  I'm going to have to say hamburger with cheese, bacon, and ketchup.  There's nothing better!  Makes me want to fire up the grill, but there's no way in this heat.  

24.  Do you have Freckles?  No, no freckles for this girl, but I do have skin that scars very easily.  

25.  Do you sleep with your closet door open or closed?  Technically, I don't have a closet.  I've pretty much been displaced and have been sleeping on the couch since Kevin's injury.  (The last two years plus).  I toss and turn to much at night and that would hurt Kevin.  Plus he leaves the TV on blaring because his sleep is all messed up, and that keeps me up.  So, it was just easier  for me to relocate myself, so I moved everything out because inevitably I'd try to get showered and dressed for work and that would wake Kevin up. So right now, my clothes are hung on a rack tucked in a corner of our dining room.  Everything else is either in the bathroom or tucked away.  We need another master suite and maybe another bathroom.  That way Kevin can have his space equipt just for him and I can have a room again with a bed.  Sad that my biggest dream is to have a bed again.  

26.  Can you whistle?  I used to be able to.  Not so much anymore, probably because I haven't tried or felt the need to whistle.  I guess I'll have to try.

27.  Did you wake up cranky today?  No, I wouldn't say cranky.  More like frustrated because my coughing wakes me up.

28.  Zodiac sign.  Taurus.

29.  What is your eye color?  When you first look at my eyes they appear to be brown, but they are actually hazel with green in the middle with brown one the outside.  

Basically the opposite of this eye where the brown is in the middle and the green on the outside.

30.  Take a vitamin daily?  No, I do not. 

31.  Do you sing in the shower?  No.  But I sing in the car a lot.

32.  What did you have for lunch?  Nothing.  Food doesn't taste very good lately.  

33.  Do you watch the Olympics?  Of course I do.  We never miss.  I remember watching them as a little girl growing up with my Mom.  Now Kevin and I watch the events with our kids, depending on who is awake or home.  Besides, anything they keep score on Kevin watches.  I tease him all the time that he will watch anything just as long as they keep score.  I kid you not!  That's why he watches Dancing with the Stars and American Idol.  They keep score and there is a winner at the end.  

34.  Bottled water or tap water?  Bottled to drink and cook with, but tap for everything else.  

35.  Do you work better with or without music?  It all depends on what I'm working on.  If it's something I really need to concentrate on I prefer quiet.

36.  Can you curl your tongue?  Yes I can.

37.  Is there anything pink within 10 feet of you?  Yes there is.  Pink t-shirts in the laundry basket on the chair in the dining room.

38.  Have you ever caught a butterfly?  Sure I have, as a kid.  

39.  Are you easily influenced by other people?  No, not really.  I'm an independent thinker, especially when I believe in something very strongly like my religious beliefs or my personal opinion about something.  

40.  Do you have strange dreams?  Sometimes, but not very often.  Some of the strangest ones happen when I'm sick.  

41.  Do you like going on airplanes?  Yes, I love to fly.  After all, I'm the daughter of an Air Force flight instructor, at least for half of his military career.  So it's in my blood. 

42.  Name one movie that made you cry?  Oh, there are many, but right now I can't think of any of the names.  

43.  Peanuts or sunflower seeds?  Either one.  I like them both.  

44.  If I handed you a concert ticket right now, who would you want the performer to be?  Seeing as how Depeche Mode and U-2 are coming in concert to Arizona soon, I'd say either one of those.  

45.  Are you a picky eater?  All signs point to yes.

46.  Are you a heavy sleeper?  Usually not unless I'm very tired or sick.

47.  Do you fear thunder/lightening?  Not at all unless it's accompanied by a sky ripe for a tornado, but I haven't been around those since we lived in Texas when I was a little girl and then again when Kevin and I moved to El Paso for about eighteen months.  Believe it or not the southern part of El Paso was hit by one while we were there.

48.  Do you like loud music?  No I do not!  In fact, I remember growing up my Dad use to remind me how delicate the hairs in our ears are and once they bend you start to lose hearing so you have to be very careful to preserve them.  I've never been one for loud noises.  After a while it hurts my ears.  In fact, one of the noisiest places we've ever stayed at was my in-laws home.  They have ceramic tile in every single room and that place could get very loud.  So, if we ever decide to put down tile or wood floors we will use the thickest padding possible and have a few area rugs for sure!

49.  Would you rather carve pumpkins or wrap presents?  Wrapping presents!  I hate the mess and the feel of the pumpkin guts.  Yuck!

50.  What's the next movie you want to see in theaters?  I wanted to go see the new Beauty and the Beast, but it's out on DVD now.  So, I'm not sure.

51.  Been on the computer for 5 hours straight?  Every day at work.  It's exactly five hours from the time I start to the time I take my lunch, except for a teeny tiny fifteen minute break in the middle somewhere.  

52.  Do you like meeting new people?  Sometimes.  It depends on the situation.

53.  What are three things you did today?  Went to the doctor.  Had a breathing treatment.  Went to the pharmacy to pick up three new prescriptions.

54.  Do you wear jeans or sweats more?  If I'm home, I'm in yoga pants (essentially sweats) then when I'm out and about it's jeans.

55.  Name something that relaxes you?  Playing Yahtzee on my phone.  I love that game. Kevin and I use to play Triple Yahtzee for hours together on the computer several years ago.  It was fun entertainment and a cheap activity we could do together, especially when money was tight and the kids were little.

In other news.......
* I saw my doctor again today.  He saw my husband about two and a half weeks ago and I took the day off to go with to that appointment. That's the day I started getting sick.  Our doctor was awesome with Kevin.  In fact, my doctor remembered me pulling out my rescue inhaler to use while we were talking in the examining room.  I couldn't breathe.  Well, today he was just as amazing for me too.  (I usually see the physicians assistants anytime I go into the doctor)  He didn't mess around and he ordered three new medicines for me.  He said I needed a higher dose daily inhaler so he gave me several samples of that.  Then he showed me why I really needed to get on some steroids to kick this bronchitis out of my system.  He got out the online photos of what was happening with my lungs and after that I agreed.  So we talked about me possibly being allergic and he prescribed one and told me to stop it immediately if I get hives again.  Then he ordered a prescription cough medicine so I could sleep.  He said he could hear it in my voice when I talked.  He just knew I was having trouble breathing and he could hear the raspy sound I make when I talk.  Then he gave me a breathing treatment while I was there in the exam room and he filled out all of my paperwork while in the room with me.  It's been a long time since that's happened.  Usually everyone wants me to leave the paperwork and I pick it up later.  Then we went over my pending approval for a CT Scan and my upcoming appointment with the Pulmonologist.  I explained I can't get in to see them until the end of the month and I can't be home from work that long.  We talked about that upcoming appointment and He said do not let them put me on any new inhalers that are considered powders.  Especially if I was possibly allergic to the previous one.  He loved that I saw the allergist and he said as long as I take my antibiotics and the other meds he gave me, and can kick this bronchitis out of my lungs I can go back to work at the end of this week.  He said if things do not improve by then come back and see him.  He was awesome!  I really felt that he cared and took the time to do everything he could to help me.  I'm so glad I saw him today.  So, we are crossing our fingers and hoping for the best so I can't get back to my normal life.  I'm so tired of being sick!!!

* We got some very sad news today.  A member of our church leaders was released and excommunicated today.  This man was my bishop when Kevin and I were getting ready to be sealed in the Temple.  My dad was his executive secretary at the time and later served with him in several other callings before he left to serve as mission president of the Washington DC South Mission (same mission Kyle served in just before Kyle's time serving in that mission) and eventually as an area Seventy.  My heart goes out to him and his wife and family.  I'm still in shock.

That's about all for now.  Take care and we'll talk again soon.
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Sunday, August 6, 2017

A cool website, Rambling Thoughts, and a Recipe

I feel absolutely terrible. The kids are better, except for an occasional cough here and there.  Now Kevin has it too.  (Not good). Thanks for all your kind comments and helpful tips for next time (heaven help us, please no!) this happens.  We've had so much going on around here but not much worthy of posting.  You all know I've been sick.  Like, sooooo sick.  I'm not even kidding, not even a little.  I've been in bed, asleep, coughing to the point of literally passing out, runny nose, running a fever for most of the past seven plus days.  Except when I've been to the doctor.  That's when the fever disappears every single time.  I think sitting and waiting in their nice cool waiting room before my appointments drops my internal temperature or something.

Remember this????

  I did feel well enough to sit on our front porch and watch the rain come pouring down the other night.  It was actually nice outside that evening.  But then I felt like crud yesterday and today.  So much that I couldn't take it anymore, and went out and tried a new Urgent Care first thing yesterday morning.  I found one that was awesome and is open from 7am to 10pm every day of the week and they treat you very well there.  In fact, they had no one in their waiting room when I got there, but when I was done they had several people there.  The other place never had anyone waiting and was always empty.  I'm starting to see why.  They are mean there.  I cannot say enough about how this Dignity Health facility treated me!  They were awesome!  I was given a new antibiotic called Levofloxacin (or at least, new to me) that will work on all my issues.  I have bronchitis and on top of that I have a bladder/kidney infection now too.  Arg!  But Mom's aren't really allowed to be sick, are we?  I've got so much to do. (Like get back to work!) I wish I could just pass on this whole sickness thing and get on with things, but it won't let me be.  

It's Sunday now and I'm feeling a little bit better than I did yesterday.  I'm hoping I will continue to improve and will be back to work by sometime this week.  I've got several appointments lined up.  My doctor wants me to see a Pulmonologist, but I can't get in to see them until the end of August.   I tried calling them twice to get a better date, they had nothing.  That's not gonna work.  I can't be out that long.  I've also got another appointment with my allergist and my yearly appointment with my cardiologist coming up soon too.  I'm covering all my basis, can u tell?

I did want to share something really cool with you today.  Something I personally just discovered myself to help with meal planning.  No, I don't get compensated to promote this site.  I just think this site is so great I'm just shouting it from the rooftops for free!  Okay.  I've said it before that I do really well planning and cooking meals at home when I have a plan, but I HATE making the plans and the accompanying grocery lists, and checking all the store sales because I'm on a budget.  It takes FOREVER!  

But then I found Food on the Table.  It's a meal planning website based on the stores you shop at.  You can sign up, in less than a minute, choose the exact stores you want to shop, and then they provide you with a bunch of recipes that can be made with the items on sale at your store.  Once you've selected your menu for the week, you can print out a shopping list and you're ready to go.  My family loved the chicken fajitas I made from the recipes on this site.  And it was so simple I could make it even though I didn't feel good!  It's an easy way to save a little money if you don't have time or the desire to use coupons.  I have to admit, I only use coupon if they are really good.  Most of the time I am faithful about using my Savings Catcher App from Walmart, but I'm told that only captures sale prices on the major competitors and not some of the smaller grocery store chains in our area.  Although, I've saved $413.25 so far this year just using that free app.  Anyway, this website won't save you tons of money like CouponSense (not a free site) or other similar sites will, but those sites don't help you with meal planning and grocery lists either.  It would be awesome to use Food on the Table, Savings Catcher, and CouponSense could save really big that way.  Food on the Table has a limited version you can use for free to plan up to three meals a week or there is an option to upgrade for unlimited use of the site.  When I signed up there was a promo code for free lifetime upgrade that looks like it is no longer working.  (I bet if you Google it you could find another great deal in the coming weeks.)

Anyway.....that's my little plug for my newest favorite thing.  I'm always on the lookout for new, budget-friendly recipes and this site really fits the bill.  

In other news......

* The other day Curtis had Lexi take a few photos of him quick like on our front porch.  They turned out so well I just had to share one of them.  I don't know why he doesn't smile though.  He has such a great smile too.  He looks so serious in this photo.

He looks really good, if I do say so myself, doesn't he?  And Lexi is becoming quite the little photographer too!  I can't get over it.  I also can't get over the fact that my babies ( I can't let them hear me refer to them as babies.  I'll never hear the end of it.) will be off to college in a couple weeks too.  

* Since Lexi is on a roll with taking everyone's picture I've decided to use some of the shots she takes to get some new photos of my kids.  I want to hang them in our family room eventually.  Like I mentioned before, I want a new family photo, but Kevin isn't up for it yet.  So, I'm making due with the last family photo we had taken just before Kyle left on his mission.  Yes, it's been that long.  I've got a whole bin full of picture frames I've been going through to find the right ones for my wall.  They've been sitting in a bin in my family room and now my living room for months.

I know, I could have a huge garage sale just with picture frames and these aren't even all that I have.  I have a few more stashed away in totes and some in a closet.  These are just the ones I've been mulling over recently.  I want to paint a few of them, but I'm not up for that just yet.  At this rate my kids will all be grandparents themselves if I don't get a move on.

So far I've decided on two photos and two frames.  Here's what I have so far.

These aren't my favorite photos but they will do for now.  Like I said, I have plans to get new ones taken as soon as possible.  This way they will include Chance too, since he's a part of our family.  Our family is growing and that's a good thing.

I found a yummy recipe I want to try sometime.  You know, once I'm better and won't get everyone sick.   

Oreo Cheesecake Cookies
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
8 tablespoons salted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
10 Oreo cookies, broken into pieces


  • In the body of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides as needed.
  • Add the sugar and beat well.
  • Add in flour, a small bit at a time, beating in on low speed, just until incorporated. Fold in oreos until evenly distributed.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 45 minutes, and up to 2 hours.
  • 30 minutes prior to baking, preheat oven to 350 degrees .
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Using a cookie scoop, scoop out 2 tablespoon sized balls of dough, roll them into rounds, and place them on the cookie sheet. Lightly press down on each cookie.
  • Place pan in the oven to bake for 10-11 minutes, or until just golden at the edges. They will still be very soft when you remove them from the oven - that's a good thing!
  • Cool on the baking sheet for 10 full minutes, then very carefully transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

  • That's about all I have for you today.  Wish me luck at the doctor this week.  Hope you have a great week.  Take care and we'll talk again soon.  Life is good.  Even with being sick.  It's good.

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    Thursday, August 3, 2017

    Random thought and a couple recipes

    * My back is killing me.  I'm sure it's from all the coughing.  I'm still feeling under the weather, but slightly better today than yesterday.  I just have to stick close to the bathroom (need I say more?).  This bug seems to linger for everyone for weeks, but it seems to have taken up residence with me.  Lucky me....NOT!  I really would love to just sick and get it over with.  Is that a bad thing to wish upon yourself?  

    * Kevin woke up this morning with a sore throat.  That's how it all starts.  So, he's getting it.  Yikes!  I'm worried about him getting it.

    * Curtis came home and went over to a friend's house right after he came home from work yesterday.  He went to get a haircut.  His friend just got her cosmetology license and she's always been great with hair even before she went to school.  She just has that gift.  Anyway, Curtis came home with a very short haircut.  He doesn't have a missionary haircut anymore, which is fine with me.  

    * I hope that I don't cause anyone any offense.  It's not intended.  BUT.....please tell me what the heck is up with all the women in America thinking that they need Fuller lips?  Full is one thing.  But oh my!  What is wrong with these women?  Are they of the mind set that if a little is good, a lot is twice as good?  Do they really think they look good?  Have you seen some of these women of Hollywood lately?  They look HIDEOUS.  Just HID.E.OUS!  (Can you tell I've been noticing other people's lips lately?  Especially after my own fat lip).  Some of these ladies look like they were recovering from being smashed in a Quickutz!  Do you know what that is?  This is a Quickutz...
    It looks like it could do some damage doesn't it, especially to lips?  Have you seen Meg Ryan or Goldie Hawn?  Eeeewwww!  What the heck is wrong with normal lips?  They just look like inflated fat lips?  Stepping down now before I trip over someones fat lips.  Oh, excuse me, I meant to say "full".

    * Maxi skirts and t-shirts make excellent lounge wear when you're sick.  I have three maxi skirts that I've been rotating through.  I love them because I can hike them up to my knees when I'm sitting and feeling hot, and they are just enough to keep me warm at night.  I just wish I had more of them.  

    * I think it's time to re-order new checks.  I'm down to about ten left.  Oops.  I rarely use them and the last batch I got lasted about three years.  Wow! 

    * My jeans pulled down over my hips without unbuttoning or unzipping them yesterday.  I think it might be time to get some new jeans.  Yay!  I prefer boot cut but everyone only has straight or skinny jeans now.  I'll have to hunt around a bit I guess.  I know, I know, time to get with the trends.  What can I say, I don't like how the straight or skinny jeans fit over my calves.  

    * It's Thursday!  Normally I'd be celebrating that it's Friday Eve with co-workers today, but I'm spending time on my sofa being sick.  Arg!

    * I don't usually forward things, but I think this one impressed me enough to share...
    A wonderful poem written by Audrey Hepburn when she was asked to share her "beauty tips".  It was read at her funeral years later.

    For attractive lips, speak words of kindness...
    For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
    For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
    For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day.
    For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone...

    * It drives me crazy when people who have lots and lots of money act as though everyone else should just naturally do things they way they do things.  For example, several years ago I remember Oprah would keep a bowl of blueberries on her desk to snack on because they are so healthy and good for you.  (Which they so are!)  Of course, she has her own personal doctor, trainer, and chef to help her every single day.  If I could afford a $5 bowl of blueberries every day I would.  If I had a personal trainer, doctor, and chef I'm sure I'd even use a tread mill every time my trainer came to visit too.  Accountability is what it's all about.  There.  Got that off my chest!

    Chocolate Chip Pretzel Bar Cookies

    2 cups all purpose flour
    1-teaspoon baking soda
    ½ teaspoon salt
    1 ½ sticks of butter, softened
    1-cup brown sugar
    ½ cup granulated sugar
    2 large eggs
    2 teaspoons vanilla
    1 – 12 ounce bag milk chocolate chips
    1 ½ cups mini pretzels, crushed

    Preheat the oven to 350. Mix flour, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, using a mixer, beat the butter with both sugars at medium speed for about 1 minute. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in the chips and pretzels.Spread the batter in the pan. Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. The center will still be a little gooey. Cool completely. Cut into squares and serve. Enjoy!

    Garlic Rolls

    3 T. Yeast
    2 T. Sugar or honey (I used honey)
    3 1/2 cups warm water
    1 T. salt
    8 cups flour
    Mix until doughy and form into bread sticks.
    Before baking, mix:
    2 sticks butter
    1/3 heaping cup mayo
    ½ cup Parmesan cheese  (I use half fresh and half out of the green canister)
    Roll out breadsticks then fold in half and twist.  Roll in this butter mixture and place on pan about an inch apart.  I let them raise for half an hour but my friend never does.  Season to taste with garlic salt.  (I use lots.)  Bake 400̊ for 15 minutes
    Oh, am I ever rambling today.  You'd think I had noting to do.  I should be doing all kinds of other things, but as soon as I try to even do dishes I cough my head off.  One last random thought.  The weather app on my phone said we had a 20% chance of rain today and it was to be sunny with a few clouds all day.  Well, it's pouring down rain in buckets at my house right now. 

     It just goes to show that no one can really predict the weather.  The only people that are any good at it is Farmer's Almanac.  The rest are just weather speculators in my opinion.  I'm still sick.  Have another doctors appointment tomorrow.  (Wish me luck).  All in all, life is good.  That's what's mostly been on my mind today. 

    One last random thought.  It's not every day that you get to see your daughter curling your son's hair with a curling iron.  I have photographic evidence but I am not allowed to share.  I know.  Darn darn.  

    Gotta go.  Take care and we'll talk again soon.

    Wednesday, August 2, 2017

    Quick Ten and a Recipe

    It's one of those busy days that started way to early in the morning!  I had scheduled a doctor's appointment at seven this morning because I was far to sick to make it to my originally scheduled appointment Monday.  Well, I was still to sick to make it this morning so I'll call tomorrow to reschedule again.  I'm so ready to be done with all this sickness!  Since I'm still not better, we'll make this quick with a fast ten and a recipe, then I'm outta here!
    1. I've lost all the extra weight I packed on while taking the countless rounds of steroids I was on a few months back.  Yay!
    2. Kevin had his first appointment with a new pain specialist today.  I guess the specialist could not understand how Kevin suffered a SCI a the level he has on his back.  He couldn't understand what the doctor who tried to place a nerve cord stimulator was trying to do at that level.  When Kevin told him they tried to tell him he had had a stroke, the guy wanted to know why no cardiac or neuro consult or work up.  Kevin said, that has been our question all along.  Another medical professional with the same concerns we all had.  Interesting. 
    3. I'm seriously considering starting to look for a new family doctor.
    4. It's super cloudy outside and it feels like it should be raining but it's not yet.  It's nice and cool though!
    5. 2017 is flying by! 
    6. Food doesn't taste good anymore.  Only things I can drink taste best.  I made burritos/tacos for dinner and normally I'm good with that, not anymore.  I'd rather have a smoothie or Popsicles and my throat isn't sore anymore.
    7. I've made the switch from Mucinex DM to Advil Cold and Sinus.  I'm hoping the change will stop this madness once and for all.  If I'm not slightly better by tomorrow I'm off to the doctor again to demand an antibiotic or something to get rid of this stuff.  Enough already!  Arg!  
    8. I've got a thousand phone calls to make or return.  
    9. Time to settle down and watch some TV or a movie.
    10. I feel like baking, but my body says NO!!!
    I want to try to bake Orange Rolls.  They look pretty yummy and super easy.  Here's the recipe....

    Orange Rolls

    1/2 cup warm water
    3 Tbsp. Yeast
    1/2 cup sugar
    3/4 cup warm water
    1/2 cup shortening
    2 tsp. Salt
    3 eggs
    4 1/2 cups flour

    Soften yeast in 1/2 cup warm water and set to the side. Mix sugar, water, shortening, salt, and eggs together.  Add yeast mixture.  Beat in the flour.  Dough will be soft and sticky.  Refrigerate overnight in a covered container.  Make sure that the bowl is large enough for the bread to rise in.  About 3 hours before serving time, roll dough on well floured board into a large rectangle.  Cover with a generous amount of melted butter.  Sprinkle with sugar and grate orange peel over the dough.  Starting on the long edge, roll the dough into a long roll.  Slice the roll to fit into muffin tins.  Let rise until quite high.  Bake at 375 degrees until golden brown.  (12-15 minutes).  Makes about 2 dozen rolls.  Grease pans generously.  Always double this recipe!

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    Tuesday, August 1, 2017


    • A is for August!  
      I can't believe it's August first already!  Where has this year gone?  Seems like we were just getting over the holidays and celebrating the new year yesterday, doesn't it?
    • B is for Big Mistake.  I've been racking my brain, trying to figure out who we've been around lately that was sick with this "crud" we've all had, and I've narrowed it down.  The last time I bought deli meat from the deli counter at our grocery store the guy behind the counter was sick.  That has to be it.  I knew I should have refused to let him serve me when I found out he was sick.  I thought most deli counters do not let their employees work sick?  Arg!  That's the only person I remember being around that was sick.  Sure, there could be others but this one stands out in my mind for some reason.  
    • C is for Car.  They are redoing or relocating the sub-station where Kyle works so for the next couple of weeks no one has access to the locker room, which means Kyle has to leave home completely ready for work.  Yesterday he went in uniform  and about melted in his  car.  So, today he might take mine so he doesn't melt since the air works better in my car.  He doesn't like driving to work in his uniform.  He'd rather no one know where he works for safety reasons.  Frankly, in the world we live in today, I can't say that I blame him.
    • D is for doctors appointments.  Arg!  I'm so tired of them.  Tomorrow I've got a couple of them and I'm not looking forward to any of them.  I just want to be better and back to my normal routine already. 
    • E is for Ellsworth Road.  I had no idea just how far south that road goes until I checked it out on Google maps the other day.  It goes all the way down to Hunt Highway right where you make the turn to go to San Tan.  I wanted to buy something from a lady off of Ellsworth the other day.  I'm so glad I didn't because she lives to far for me.  Live and learn.
    • F is for fast food.  Let me tell you, fast food sucks!  I hate it! About the only think I want that can be ordered through a drive through lately are chili cheese fries from Del Taco, a large sprite from Sonic, or a strawberry banana smoothie from McDonald's.  I'd prefer a Jamba Juice smoothie, but I'm not up for walking into any place right now.  I long for a home cooked meal, but it's better that I not cook right now so Kevin doesn't get sick.  He's been lucky enough to not get this yet.  Yay!
    • G is for grass.  It's time to mow ours!  Holy cow it grows fast!
    • H is for home.  I wish I felt well enough to get in and do some deep cleaning.  There's so much that I want to do.  I tried to pick up just my own mess in the living room and I end up coughing me head off.  So, no lawn mowing or deep cleaning for me yet. Frustrating.  
    • I is for I Love My Husband.  Need I say more?
    • J is for Just fascinated, by the fact that kids today use words that we never dreamed of using years go.  I've heard the word "image" instead of saying "picture" or the word "delete" instead of "erase".  I've also heard nine year olds talking about "pixelizing"???  How crazy is that?  When you'd think they were talking about balls or bikes.  The digital age is upon us.
    • K is for Kettle corn.  The other day one of my co-workers brought in a bag to share with the rest of us.  Normally I'm not to keen on kettle corn, but this was pretty good.  It was sweet and salty.  Just enough sweet with a hint of salty.  It was really light and yummy.  I wish I would have got the brand name.  I'll have to ask her next time I see her. 
    • L is for laundry.  With five people living in this house there seems to always be a huge pile of laundry to be done.  Thankfully, that's one thing I can actually do right now.  That's right folks, I can turn on a washer and turn on a dryer now.  That's improvement, let me tell you!!!
    • M is for Monsoon.  We are right in the middle of Arizona's monsoon season right now.  This is the time of year we can see some incredible dust storms like this....
      Some amazing light shows like this.....
       as well as see some major flooding in areas you'd never expect to see it, like this.....

       One minute it's sunny and super hot, and the next we are seeing dust, rain, and lightning and thunder.  It can be incredible to experience and very scary at the same time.  
    • New TV show on ABC called Doubt.  Starting Katherine Heigl.  I like pretty much anything with her in it.  I think I like her because her entire family converted to be Mormon after a traffic accident that killed her older brother.  Plus she lived in New Canaan, Connecticut which is one of the places where Curtis served while on his mission.  The show is pretty good.  It started out rough and then disappeared for a month or two.  I HATE the way the TV seasons run.
    • O is for Oh no!  I can't think of a thing for O.
    • P is for phone calls.  I received a call the other day someone at work leaving me a message to call them back.  Today I've tried and tried to call but I can't get through.  There's something wrong with the phone lines.  Luckily they called me about an hour ago.  Yay!  One thing I can check off as accomplished today.  
    • Q is for QT.  I haven't been to a QT in forever until my braces got tightened about a month ago.  I stopped one morning for a drink and to find something to eat that wouldn't hurt biting down on it.  Well, I settled for their chicken taquitos.  They are usually soft and hot so I at least felt like I was getting something decent.  I'm craving a taquito right now.  
    • R is for reporting.  As in, reporting and doing my visiting teaching.  I did much better when I was able to email my sister's, but now that the email address is null and void it's harder now.  What can I say, I'm a creature of habit.  My calling at church is Visiting Teaching Supervisor.  You know, nothing to crazy and nothing to difficult.  Yet, I struggle with bothering people about visiting teaching.  I know how difficult it can be to report that it isn't done, but at the same time I also know I don't want to make it difficult for someone to report no it wasn't done either.  Trust me, I totally understand how life can be!  It's hard enough to take care of myself and my family most of the time, much less reach out and check up on someone else too.  That's why I'm so grateful there are options when it comes to visiting teaching.  A text message can be counted now a days.  It's awesome!  Now to find out the best way to get a hold of the sisters I visit.
    • S is for School.  I have to admit, it's a little weird not trying to get kids ready for school this month.  In a sense I'm still "helping" to get a couple kids ready, but it's very different when the kids are in college.  It's more like creative persuasion instead of motherly advice or help.  -wink, wink. I'm still trying to get use to having four adult children.  Can you tell?
    • T is for tithing.  I feel so much more "protected", if you will, once it's paid.  
    • U is for umbrella.  Do we need one or not is always the question these days??  Today it's cloudy and it looks like it should be a lot cooler.  I keep getting weather alerts and I'm hoping it rains again.  Time will tell.
    • V is for vehicle.  Curtis still doesn't have his own work truck yet.  They had him take a truck and do his own job Monday and he was hoping he'd get to keep the truck he used that day, but it didn't happen.  Kevin and I think they are waiting until his birthday next month.  That way he's a little bit older and it's easier on the insurance too.  Either way, and no matter what the hold up is, Curtis enjoys his time working with one of the other guys so he is okay with it taking some time.  They seem to have a lot of fun together and they get along really well too.  It's all good.
    • W is for water.  As in, the dog water dish seems to get filled up at least 100 times a day lately.  It's amazing how much a dog can drink.  You'd think we had camel's around here or something.  
    • X is for eXcited!  To get better and back to work.  Come on sickness, just go away!!   I'm so over being sick.  Danielle just text me asking if his all started with a sore throat and it did.  Sounds like she has it now.  I knew we never should have let her stay for that hour.  We should have made her leave her key and go.  I feel bad, but we did warn her before she came over.  She knew what she was dealing with.  So, I can't be held completely responsible for this.  
    • Y is for "Y".  As in, Y is it so hard for me to find a decent PG or PG-13 movie on Netflix or Hulu that I haven't already seen a million times.  You know, something without so much language.  I think the movie industry must get points for every f-word and every gay sex scene in a movie these days.  It's awful!  And I'm SO over it!!!  Clean up your act Hollywood.
    • Z is for Zimmerman.  Our niece, Ashley, (we have two nieces by this name) is expecting the first great-grandchild and her first child.  Kevin was teasing our daughter (who happens to be the oldest grandchild on my parents side of the family) telling her that she's let us down because we weren't the first with a great-grandchild.  He is totally teasing, of course.  We aren't pushing for grandchildren or even great-grandchildren until she and her husband are ready.  We want them to be ready, who cares about when the grandma and grandpa are ready.

    I found this little illustration on Instagram and just loved it so I had to share.  Enjoy! Take care and we will talk to you soon.

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