FAREWELL DEAR FRIEND…

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The unbelievable news came by Facebook that our dear blogging friend Rebecca Bowers had passed away over the weekend. It came as a shock to everyone. She was not ill and was of young age. I came to know her at MSN Spaces as she and her husband blogged and became part of a big family of  bloggers. We learned of her life and family,pets,job,accomplishments and heart breaks. Our Bob, her husband, was a cherish friend and with his passing in 2011 we held Becky up in prayer and shared the loss with her. They are now together with the angels and someday we will see them again. You will be missed Becky…give Bob a hug from all of us. becky

SHARING THIS…

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DSCN6948This is my latest addition to my new place. I loved the colors and the garden look of it. It is a watercolor and the artist name is T. WEEKS. I am not sure if it is a local artist or not. It is something I could look at all year around. White walls are so boring. I have not settled on a place for it yet, but where ever it is I will enjoy it. 

SUPERBOWL SNOW STORM

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YES INDEED.. it is Superbowl Sunday and we have a white out today in my neck of the woods. Travel is treacherous and not advised. It probably will change a lot of those Superbowl parties and plans. We could get a foot of snow out of this system. The heaviest we have had all winter. We are sooo lucky. 

DSCN6878In the past I had restrictions on what I could serve for our Superbowl dinner. This year is different as I am in my new place and I can fix whatever I like. I LIKE homemade Pizza so that I will do but for snacks I found a new chip I like a lot. Pringles makes a TORTILLA chip. You can have 15 chips for one serving. (I won’t eat that many, I hope but I like the idea of it. ) This changed my menu  a little bit. I decided to make some dip to go with it. WHAT KIND?? I went with Mr. Food’s recipe for Six Layer DIP. It looks rather simple and of course I will scale it down for just 2 servings. Will let you know how I like it later. 

AS for picking a team to win the game this year.. I have to go with the SEAHAWKS. I think they are a really strong team with a win last year they are on a roll! I am just glad they are playing the game in a warm climate, and not fighting the cold and snow like last year.  SeattleSeahawks22012

 

 

THE WHEELS ON THE BUS….

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YES I am a senior who rides the bus. I like it. I see the whole city sometimes before I get to my destination. I think of it as an adventure. I never get the same bus or driver twice. I see all sorts of people. Living in a new town it is nice to meet others.

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I overheard a conversation on the bus between two very elderly women that made me sad though. One was going to a store to buy something for a woman who had been place in a nursing facility. She said her room was so WHITE and needed color. She wanted to cheer her up. She had a cart with wheels on it similar to the one I had with me. The other woman told her to be careful because the workers in the store will hassle you with a cart, thinking you might be stealing something. It had happened to her. It occurred to me then, all the looks I got going into a store with a cart, even one that was folded down with nothing in it. I have had those looks. If you have no ride you have to carry every item you buy with you until you ride the bus again. Sometimes it can be quite a lot of bags. I have learned to ask about leaving my cart up at the front of the store. Most employees are fine with that, if it is not too loaded and there is room. It helps me not keeping track of everything while I shop too.  It’s an all new world out there learning about how to do things differently and how others deal with problems.  On the way home, my cart was loaded and the driver put it and me way in the back of the bus. He almost forgot I was back there as he delivered others and picked up others. I have learned to ride along and wait but this was a little bit of a LONG wait. I spoke up and the expression on his face told the whole story. So I was next to be let off at my complex. I was glad I was not in my 80’s and tired and left to sit there a long time.  It made me think though.  

The wheels on the bus go round and round…and I will take many more trips and learn all new things each time I go. Ready for my next adventure…I hope from the front of the bus.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015!!!

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ARE YOU READY FOR 2015?? HAVE YOU MADE SOME RESOLUTIONS FOR THIS YEAR??

I felt the need to clean and try and organize before the new year came around. How much can a person do in such a small place? You would be surprised. My disposal was on it’s way OUT when I moved in back in August. It finally quit and had to be replaced yesterday on New Years Eve day. The cabinet under the sink had to be cleared out and YES, you guessed it I had to re-do the whole cabinet. Found stuff under there I had no idea was there. WHY I kept it all I have no idea.  I got all done and still it looked too cluttered. Just cannot win I guess. It has been YEARS since I really lived in a one bedroom apartment for a long time. In California, I had plenty of storage area and managed well. Here, I have found storage of my things and some of my mother’s, really hard to manage. I keep moving  things around hoping it will work. I remember the saying over and over again..”If you bring something in, you must take something out”. 

MY walk-in closet is so nice, but soo full! Must get cracking at trying to make it hold more and KNOW what is in each area. I bought new hangers, the skinny kind. WORKED great. I highly recommend them,they save a ton of space.

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Good thing I am not a big shoe person, or I would be in real trouble. Any good ideas or hints will really be appreciated on organizing things better, especially on a tight budget.  This new year truly will be full of changes. I hope it will be a healthy, happy and prosperous one for us all. 

COOKIE PARTY

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I just had to share the great time my sister and I had the other day making cookies for the holidays. It had been years since we sat and made pans of cookies to give out to friends. There has been mild weather and no snow here, so what better way to get into the holiday spirit but make goodies for others to enjoy. Christmas is just not here until I bake my sugar cookies and decorate them. It would not be the holiday without Grandma’s Coconut Bon Bon’s  or Rachael Ray’s Five minute fudge. DSCN6752

DSCN6772 (2)111DSCN6755Well it took most all day long, but it sure was fun. The happy faces receiving  them sure made me glad.  Our family traditions are still alive this and well this year.

Hope your family is busy making many happy memories too.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS

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Posting here on a very unusual day 12-13-14.. won’t see this again for 89 years. Many are getting married today to have a special wedding anniversary. I noted here before that I had put up a tree in my new place, but the longer I looked at it, it was just too small for my living room. I set out looking for something larger. I went to my favorite place first..GOODWILL. Yes indeed they had at least two large 7 foot trees inside the boxes and they had lights on them. That was just way too large for me, so I kept on trying. I found a strange smaller tree that I bought.  It looked like something from a store display. It had felt Elves all over it. I added some lights and the tree kept tipping over. Frustrating trying to keep it upright, I took the two elves off the sides and it finally stayed upright. I noticed that the back of the tree was mostly FLAT and there were very few branches back on it. Darn! I bought a small lamp and it did not work so I had to go back to the store to return it. After my lunch, I went back to the store, about an hour or so had passed. In that time ANOTHER tree had been brought from the back of the store. I was so surprised.DSCN6728

This tree had a trunk that looked like a real wood, but was it??? It stood about 6 foot high.

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Such a real “Charlie Brown” kinda tree, I grabbed it quick and brought it home. Research told me that this was like a PONDEROSA PINE. Reminded me of my many trips to the mountains when I lived in California years ago. I decorated it with ornaments from our local dollar store, sadly I have very few ornaments from our trees from childhood.The angel was on top of a small tree that mom put on our old tree. It’s a work in progress for me because I am one who constantly will re do a tree for a week or two until I get it right. Sooo here it is. The elves from the other tree are hugging the trunk.

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