Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Please pass this on

I have been following this woman and her blog for awhile now.  She is a terrific writer full of humor and good sense.  But her latest writing is especially good and something we all need to stop and think about.


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Taos, New Mexico

Many, many years ago my dear Sister and I went on a fun road trip from Los Angeles to Taos, New Mexico.  This writing is not about that trip but you can read about it here.
This post is to share some photos taken and short blurb about Mr Doodles and I when we visited the area.

One of my very favorite stops was  El Santuario de Chimayo.    The area is stunning in a very simple way and terrific for taking photos.  Remember when you go be reverent as this is a very sacred spot.

Then we wandered over to the very famous Taos Pueblo.  Just remember when/if you go please be courteous and ask for permission to take photos because it's the right thing to do.  Actually a couple of my photos ended up in a travel magazine back then.


Now if you have read my blog before you will know there is always FOOD involved.  Yep this is one of the very best restaurant we have eaten in in a very long time. It sits on the Northern edge of Santa Fe not all that far from Taos.  Oh and surrounded by three, yep three Indian gaming establishments.  We stayed at a decent RV park for three or four days. I say decent because it was American Indian Tribal owned and they are never fancy at all  just the basics........ oh and quite reasonable.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Caesar Chavez

While spending time in the Bakersfield area one Spring we took a day trip.  We had heard there was a memorial to Caesar Chavez.  One of the most recognized leaders of the Latin community.  What a moving time in history.  We lived in California at that time and I remember how hard  Mr Chavez worked for his people.  It was the first time I ever heard the word activist.  Caesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta were the leaders of the movement which was called the National Farm Workers Association.  The sacrifices theses people made for their cause was amazing.  There was also a movie made about Mr Chavez and the movement.  I believe it was last year.  If you get a chance watch it if you can.

I believe the small community of Keene California is the location the this memorial.

Of course cactus and California Poppies set the scene at the entrance to the memorial.

Now if you wanna see something interesting and if you enjoy trains the Tehachapi Loop is the thing to view

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Moab Utah...........something for everyone

We spent a summer in Gunnison, Colorado a couple of years ago and when we left in the Fall we took our time to head South to Southern California.  On the way we stopped in Moab, Utah.  What a great place for just about anyone.  If you like to take photos this is the place for you.  Some shopping can be done after enjoying some fine dinning.  We found a terrific RV resort where we parked for a few days.  

Now I have always wanted to get in one of those Jeeps and do some exploring.  You realize now I must do this with a guide because my dearly beloved sweetheart of a husband is absolutely scared to death of heights.  So getting in a jeep and climbing all over Arches National Park    was NOT something husband was going to do.  Knowing how much I wanted to do this all he said was "be careful and have fun".

I went late in the day so we would have a Sunset view.  WOW!!!!  But I must admit riding in a jeep at dusk is just a bit uncertain.  I did a couple a white knuckles clutches while coming down at dusk to the flat lands.  All in all I would do it again in a flash.  I hope you get a chance someday.
This is the Jeep and the guy that knew what he was doing

The views were amazing.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

During our travels

We drove by a lot of animals.  For some reason cows took  the prize for taking photos the most time.  They just have some terrific expressions.  And some of these massive beefy four footed creatures are so colorful.

I think we were in Colorado but don't quote me.  This is one pair of bovine we come upon...............I hollered  "Oh my heavens Oreo cookie cows"!!


Sunday, February 01, 2015

Oh Boy.................

I am about to enter into a huge time involved project.  

You see I have a new HP laptop, new laptops do not have CD drive capability, at least mine does not. I cannot tell you how many CD"s I have.  They all have photos, memories of our trips we have taken since we have retired. 

Now mind you that was only eight years ago.  We left the warm state of Florida with 5th wheel RV, truck and cat.  Oh and a brand new Canon Rebel camera.  Husband was quite accommodating when I would yell "oh could we stop here for some photos" PLEASE!!  I'm sure my dearly beloved was getting tired of pulling over.  Especially dragging a 5th wheel trailer that he has never driven before.  He was surely hoping the newness was going to wear off. 

I will share some of my favorite photos here for the next oh I don't know few weeks because that is how long this project is gonna take.  Here's hoping the external hard drive I bought has enough bytes.

Now what to do with those CD's once I have transferred the photos.  Any suggestions?
Winslow,AZ is an odd little town with a ton a history.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

It's that time of the year AGAIN!!

The title of the blog is referring to CHRISTMAS!!

Yes I know Thanksgiving is not here yet.  But is y'all look at the calendar you may be surprised to notice that the Christmas season is quite short this year.  The dreaded "Black Friday" is November the 28th.  Do the math folks, y'all got a lot of work to do before the company shows up.

 I say all of this for a reason......................my dear husband and I have managed a Christmas tree lot in Southern California.  We have done this for the past 7 years.  And in spite of the very hard work managing a Christmas Tree lot entails we love doing this.  

So suffice to say we won't be around much here on this blog.  I might post some photos if time permits.

So time to get ready, find all the decorations then wait for the trees to be delivered.

Oh I forgot to mention............we are going to be in Agoura  Hills this year

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Family.............it's what it's all about!!

So family came to visit.  Had an absolutely wonderful time.  Of course there was food involved.  There always is food discussion and enjoying  when we get together.  More about that later.

We did a bit of wine tasting.  We are in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley of some pretty spectacular grapes.  More about that later.

We did a bit of sightseeing.  The La Purisama Mission is just a short drive down the road from us.  Family enjoys history and some photo taking  so it was a perfect morning venue.

A couple a senior citizen donkeys

Beautiful old structure
love the bells.................top bell is wooden
I promised a flower and these are a favorite

Friday, April 25, 2014

When the temps reach 101*

Ya pack up and get outta town.  And that is exactly what we are going to do.  Woot!!  Woot!!

We absolutely love being in Southern Arizona.  However  once the temps reach 95*, ya step out the door and it feels like Mother Nature left the oven on it is time to move on.  This is our home for a few months during the winter.  We will miss the fine folks here but we shall return.

But where we are spending the summer is an area to die for REALLY!!  When I tell you I know y'all will be jealous.   OK picture the Santa Ynez Valley and one of those beautiful communities is a town called Buellton. 
See you are just green with envy.  I know I would be.  Take a minute and read about the area.  What's not to like 12 wineries, one gaming casino, a ton of farmers markets and a Trader Joe's reasonable close as well as an In-N-Out.
See I knew you would be sporting a bit of envy.

We shall enjoy our summer  and like I always say

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Mother's Day

Do you celebrate.  Or do you maybe honor a Mother that has passed.  We do the honor thing because both of our Mothers have passed.  I always enjoyed Mother's Day because we would sometimes venture out for a big meal at a fancy restaurant.  And on the drive to our destination I would remember all the flowers that had popped up along the way.  And then arrival at the restaurant the flowers were always in abundance on the tables.  So Mother's 
Day is a fond memory of spending time with my Momma and a reminder that it's spring.  

We always got our Momma something special for Mother's Day but I know her fondness for cards.  She loved getting cards from her girls.

I found a great shop on Etsy by a terrific artist. She makes the sweetest cards.  Go take a look  here

Now maybe you might find that smell good stuff suits your Mothers taste.
Check out this shop here  or here  or here.

I am not a Mom but boy I would enjoy any or all of the above.    

 If I run across any more ideas I'll be happy to share.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Something tasty for you

I don't often put recipes on this blog.  Sister, niece and I have a food blog.  Or actually had a food blog as our lives have become so busy food blogging is not at the top of our list.

Having said that I am posting one of the most delicious crust less quiches I have ever made and or eaten.

This is how it started with this recipe I found while poking around.  That's how I find all these marvelous recipes.  It's almost like an adventure.  And like some adventures you can make a wrong turn.  But not with this recipe.  Find it here

Give a huge shout out to Beth over at Budget Bytes for this recipe.  First time I made this I made it exactly like her recipe.  This week, now that asparagus is everywhere you look I thought hmmmmm.  And I'll add some mushrooms.  I'll use cheddar and jack cheese.  And a small amount of cream cheese.  Here's my method.  And I'll tell you right now this was so good husband said "can we have this again soon".

First of all I used a small, non-stick quiche pan that I liberally sprayed with cooking oil.

  • Sauteed  a package of mushrooms until they were nicely browned and just toward the end I add a small pat of butter.
  • Asparagus up next.  I think I used about a dozen spears.  Trimmed the ends and cut into one inch pieces. Saute till almost cooked as the aspargus will continue cooking in the egg mixture
  • Next up the eggs.  I used four eggs I wisked untill well mixed with 3/4 cup of  whole milk.  I also added a few splashes of Frank's Hot Sauce just to give it an extra kick.  
  • Three quarter cup of shredded cheese of your choice.  With this mixture I used extra sharp cheddar and jack.
  • Now assemble.  Spread the mushrooms on the bottom of your dish.  On top of that put the asparagus.  Next put a few spoonfuls of cream cheese just a few dollops here and there.  Don't worry it will melt into the egg mixture.  
  • Combine the cheeses you are using with the egg mixture.  Then gently pour that on top of the veggies.  Make sure the shredded cheese is spread evenly.
  • Place the pan on a cookie sheet and put in a 375* oven after fifteen minutes turn down to 350* and cook till a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  about 50 minutes total.  Now please remember all oven are different and cook differently.
I served this with a tomato, finely chopped cilantro and avacado salad  with a lime vinegarette.  

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

A collage of my kitty Bogart!!

Turn the heater on I need a nap

I'll just go get on my pillow

and take a mid day snooze

Friday, March 28, 2014

Why do these things happen to me

So every summer it seems I break a toe.  I cannot say whether it is because I am accident prone, a klutz or just plain careless.   

Well this broken toe is NOT my fault!!!

Here's what happened.  Yesterday while out and about running errands I decided I would treat myself to an iced carmel macchiato at Starbucks.  Get to the entrance hold the door open for the elder lady coming out.  Right behind her is her husband.  He is driving a motorized wheel chair thing.  Well he came screaming out that door right behind the wife.  Ran over my  sandal'd foot and nearly knocked me on my  keester.  I hollered "hold it".  Elder wife turned around and said  "oh Robert who have you run into now"?  Seems old Robert is new to this fancy, schmancy machine he's piloting and hasn't mastered the technique of not running into objects including people.

They were lovely people in spite of the fact that  Robert was a terror on wheels.  They were both concerned about my well being and the fact that I wasn't hurt.  What's a broken toe?  Hey I got nine more.  

Well today it's an odd color and it is splinted with two popsicle sticks and some bandages.  No I didn't go to the Dr they wouldn't do anymore than I have done.  Remember I'm quite experienced in the broken toe department.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Some random thoughts..............

Things that just pop into my head.  I knew, from experience, hernia surgery is a bit awkward to bounce back from.  But for a male it's a big pain, really big pain in the nether region.  And when a male who has never had a headache or pain meds, when he pulls up his pj top so I can look at his stitches and he sees the bruising  well the poor guy goes into a state of decline.  Trust me he will mend.  It;s just going to take longer than what he thought.  I dearly love my husband but he is far from accustomed to any pain even in his advanced years.

So on to another thought.  This thought came from our cat Bogey  "where the hell are all the birds"?  Bogey is quite used to sitting at the big window  gazing out, tail swaying side to side, bit of purring can be heard checking our those feathered creatures.  There ain't no birds in Yuma.  He has no form of entertainment other than the yarn balls sister made for him.  Oh and he confiscated the felt rooster my niece gave me.  Need to import some birds for the poor cat.

Now to Yuma itself.  Happy birthday Yuma you are now/almost 100 years old.  Guess we will be seeing you on Willard Scotts birthday list. Due to the surgery mentioned above we just might be around for the celebration.

But prior to the centennial/birthday celebration there is Midnight at the Oasis
What a spectacle this is for the city, the residents and the snowbirds.  If you are in the area buzz on over this weekend.

I have a lot more thoughts than this but my patient requires attention.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Refried Beans

Now I know they are not everyone's favorite.  But maybe it's because they opened the can and just heated them up. Don't ever do that again.

Well as luck would have it  a friends mother made us a dozen of the very best tamales I have ever eaten.  Perfectly spiced and the masa was not thick.  Damn scrumptious!!

So what do you serve with tamales.  I like refried beans but up until now I was just adding a bit of milk and green chiles to pump them up a bit.   Not anymore.  My friends mother told me to add  about a quarter cup of chicken stock, sour cream to the desired consistency.  Then add your green chiles and/or hot sauce.  Finish off with shredded cheese of your choice.  You will thank me I promise.

She did say thru the translation of her son, "sometimes I add chopped onion, or jalapeno peppers chopped or even salsa.  Depends who is sitting at my table.  This lady is an amazing women comes from a very small town outside of Guadalajara.  Speaks very  limited English but she knew when I told her how good her tamales were  because a big smile broke out.

No no photos....................we ate them ALL!!  Will order some before we leave to freeze and take with us.

Do you do this?

Denim—Wash less (or not at all)

Yes, that’s right, don’t wash your jeans. I was kind of grossed out at first but you’d be surprised how many people do this! Washing and drying jeans cuts their lifespan in half, and if you’re buying nice jeans this can really add up! The trick is to spot treat any stains and when they are starting to feel dingy you fold them up, put them in a ziploc bag and put them in the freezer for a few days. The low temperatures kill bacteria, remove any stink, and somehow, make them feel freshly clean. Try it for a couple months and see how it works for you, I’m betting you’ll love it!

Since I don't pay a lot of money for my jeans I don't see the need to do this.  But I do know people that do.

BTW I found this on a blog recently and if my computer hadn't crashed I would give her credit.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Olympics

Have been amazing!!  That is my humble opinion of course.  I'm sure if you were a Russian fan your heart is broken.  And you are hoping the team doesn't get sent to Siberia to live.  For those readers that don't know or care I'll explain.  The head Russian, Putin is pretty pissed the Russian hockey team did not even medal.  Look out for the Russian team in the next Olympics which is in Seoul South Korea.

Now the women USA hockey team are about to play those meanie Canadian women for the gold medal.  So I'm about to cut this short and watch the USA women play.  Hopefully, fingers crossed and with their skill level and this great coach they have I will come back here and talk about the game.

The Olympics on the other hand have been terrific.  Not because USA has won so many medals but the amazing athletes that are able to do the most difficult things in cold weather while it's sleeting, foggy and rainy.

Go Team USA Women's Hockey!!!

Well I'm back to tell ya it was a disappointing  finish for the USA Mens hockey.  It wasn't that they didn't play well it that they didn't play every minute of the game.  Much like the women.  But the women were fortunate to receive a Silver Medal.  

Being I am married to a Canadian I know Mr is secretly quite happy the Canadians won.  He says when a Canadian team wins he always says "lets take that Cup back to Canada where it belongs"!!!  I say pffffffffffttt. 

Can't wait to talk about the Winter Olympics in Seoul South Korea. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Dust if you must..............

The poem goes on....

Dust if you must.
But there is not much time
With rivers to swim and mountains to climb!
Music to hear, and books to read,
Friends to cherish and life to lead.

Dust if you must.
But the world’s out there
With the sun in your eyes,
the wind in your hair,
A flutter of snow, a shower of rain.
This day will not come round again.

Dust if you must.
But bear in mind,
Old age will come and it’s not kind.
And when you go, and go you must,
You, yourself, will make more dust.

...and is attributed to Mrs Rose Milligan from Lancaster. The poem was first published in the September 15th – 21st edition of The Lady (magazine) in 1998.

 One day I'll illustrate it all! (and nicely!)

What do you think of these wise words? Agree wholeheartledly or yearn for a tidy house? ; )

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

What is your personality type?

Take your test here          http://www.ipersonic.com/test.html

Mine is below

Harmony-seeking Idealists are characterized by a complex personality and an abundance of thoughts and feelings. They are warm-hearted persons by nature. They are sympathetic and understanding. Harmony-seeking Idealists expect a lot of themselves and of others. They have a strong understanding of human nature and are often very good judges of character.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Could the solution of credit card hacking be solved

by just using our index finger or an eye print?  The problem with ANY of this is the information has to be stored somewhere and that somewhere must have a keeper of the gate.  And that gate keeper must be knowledgeable in keeping out the bad guys read  teenage boys in Russia. 

Sorry Russia I do not mean to cause ill will but you are housing and keeping under wraps a fellow who hacked his way into a lot of trouble.

Just heard on the NPR leave your computer at home and don't use your phone for anything important like banking etc.  Guess the hackers are out in full force.  Sure sounds to me like the hackers that are working overtime.  Terrorists without guns.

BTW I am not to fond of Microsoft right now.  On my way to Best Buy to have Windows eight removed because of all the bugs and replaced with Windows 8.1.  Hoping the guy that invented Windows 8 has gotten 40 lashes.  Boy are a lot of people PISSED!!