Saturday, October 12, 2013
Saturday, September 28, 2013
A lot has happened since my long ago last post. In a nutshell.. I moved to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, lived there eight months, and then this May I moved to Houston, Texas. Culture shock ensued going from small town USA to big city living. I've decided that "home" is inside me and I belong wherever I am at any given time.
Houston has been good to me. I have a great walking/biking trail right down the street from my apartment, and I have tons of great places to shop and eat. Since moving here I've tried more varieties of ethnic cuisines than I have in the whole rest of my life! And I've enjoyed all of them. I've been to some wonderful museums and last weekend I enjoyed a fantastic play produced by a small local theater group.
Life is fun! I don't ever want to give in to the stereotype of what someone in my age group 'should' be like. I won't base my decisions on what stage of life I'm in, or by what someone else thinks is right for me. I'll be 58 years old next month and I'm finally learning to trust my inner voice to guide me. Aww sweet freedom.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
I love goat cheese pizza! and I love easy peasy cooking! You can't get much easier than my concoction. It's very flexible and you can use whatever veggies are in the fridge.
Start with a Naan bread (I like this best) - or pre-made crust, like Boboli
Place it on a pizza stone, or baking sheet
Brush with olive oil
Sprinkle with favorite herbs; oregano, basil, etc (fresh or dried)
Cover this with:
thinly sliced tomatoes
thinly sliced onion - I like red, but I just use whatever I have
thinly sliced squash, red peppers, mushrooms (all optional - and I use whatever I have in the fridge)
Then put small chunks of fresh goat cheese all over it
Sprinkle with more herbs, salt and pepper
Bake at 400-degrees for around 15 to 20 minutes, or until the crust is golden and crispy, and the goat-cheese chunks are wearing brown caps
Let it sit for a few minutes; slice and enjoy.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Hey, it's me Casper! Finally our mom let us get back on her computer - we've missed you all - I know you must have been missing me! -- oh yeah, and Angel, too.
It's been a confusing week for us. Let me tell you about it... Our mom came home Monday evening and we heard her on the phone with our big human brother talking about having implant surgery earlier in the day..'no, it's not too painful'; 'doctor said healing was pretty quick', etc.
Now, here's where the confusion comes in. Mom always says, about women having implants, "Why would anyone want even more of this baggage to carry around? Reduction I understand, but implants? No, I don't get that." So why the sudden turnaround? Is mom having body image issues? What's up?
Excuse me a second - sheesh, doesn't she know I'm communicating with my public??
"WHAT, MOM?" "Huh? Dental implant? Wha's that?"
Oh.. well never mind..
Hope you all have a purrfectly wonderful Cinco de Mayo!
Hugs and purrs~
Saturday, April 28, 2012
If my slower pace leaves me in your way, as you rush through life, please feel free to zoom around me, shaking your fist and swearing as you do, if you must. It's okay and I won't even mind, because life is just too short to live intolerant and offended.
But, if you care to join me, we'll savor the time.. and enjoy each other's company. Come on, let's go sit in bright yellow chairs, enjoy a tall cold drink and share some laughter and time together. Maybe together we can slow down the pace of passing time.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
I'm glad to report that I, and my family, were out of the path of these twisters. But, my heart goes out to all those that were personally affected.
I've met some wonderful people through blogging! You all know who you are... :)
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Brown 1-lb of ground beef, or turkey, with 1 small chopped onion
Drain the fat, if there is any
1 can Ro-Tel tomatoes
1 can Beef Broth
1 can Black Beans
and 1 Cup corn
Simmer for about an hour
Don't burn your tongue - enjoy.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
|It's the picture and the story behind the picture that should be the focus|
• Don’t fall prey to the hype from advertisers and pushers. This includes conventions and scrapbook stores. I’ve bought more stuff than I will EVER use, just because I wandered aimlessly in stores and just ‘had to buy’ something that was so cute – and who knows how long they will have this particular cute thing. I’ve gone to conventions where there are rows and rows of booths with people telling me why I absolutely needed this awesome, life-changing gadget.
• Be aware that once you fill your space with tons of STUFF that you’d have to live 4 lifetimes to use, it bogs you down, it causes inertia, and the wonderful experience of creating now becomes a burden, causing you to not want to do it anymore, producing even more heaviness in you because so much of your hard earned money is sitting there tied up in what now has become just so much obvious waste.
Just as in life, if you follow tip # 1, you’ll create, you’ll enjoy it more, and it will be a pleasant experience. I’m currently paring my scrapbook supplies down to the basics. I can’t even begin to know how much money I had tied up. I was more engaged in the accumulation of STUFF that I lost sight of the reason I started scrapbooking. I won’t make this mistake again. A hobby should bring joy, not stress and immobility.
• Keep it light and remember, as in all of life, to ENJOY the EXPERIENCE!
Saturday, September 3, 2011
I've looked for balance most of my life, teetering, making adjustments and awkwardly centering myself once again. Today I began a de-cluttering project in my house, and I am once again looking for balance in ridding myself of things that bring no value to my life while keeping those things that are necessary, bring beauty, peace, joy and sentimentality into it. I've read, and enjoyed, many essays written by self-proclaimed minimalists. Many say not to worry if you offend loved ones by ridding yourself of things they've given to you. I find that those gifts do bring me joy because they were given in love. Anything taken to an extreme cannot bring balance.
So...off I go, back to my de-cluttering project, hopefully in balance.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
What a great way to start the day!
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Sunday, June 5, 2011
We talk an awful lot about the weather here in Oklahoma - not always because we are especially bad at coming up with topics to discuss - but because it's just so fascinating - from heaters to air conditioners in a day's time. Storms that scare the dickens out of you, followed by gorgeous rainbows and sapphire skies with friendly fluffy white clouds.
Now we'll be talking about how early the hot weather has hit. "Didn't even get a glimpse of Spring this year.", and my favorite, "Hot enough for you?" Arrrrggghhhhh.
Oh well, bring it on, Summer. I'm ready for you.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Yesterday Mom took me to the Vet's office because I had a urinary tract infection, and I tell you what - I didn't like it - nope, not one bit. On our last visit, there was actually some blood shed -- I'm Still sorry about that, Mom! Now you know that I do not advocate violence, especially against the hand that feeds me. I was just so scared and stressed that I reacted without any thought of the consequences.
But...I have to admit there were definitely some payoffs. The human beans were very aware of the possibilities of more stress leading to more chomping down on tender skin. They were most accommodating and handled me quite gingerly, with utmost care. I have to admit - I'm smiling the Cheshire Cat smile just thinking of how the beans were all - you know -- "It's okay sweet baby... we won't hurt you... you're such a good girl.." A few hisses and swats of the paw was all it took and they were fawning all over me.
But, that's not even the best part. Here are my favorite payoffs:
Vet Tech: Should we try to take a temperature reading?
Vet: No, I don't think it's necessary.
Hahaha - gotta' love that one.
Vet Tech: What about a fecal sample?
Vet: No, no.. let's not chance it - no need to put her through that right now.
Yeah, sure Doc.. you don't want to put ME through that..
Like I said, I don't advocate violence to train your human beans, but sometimes it only takes one accidental blood letting to remind them who's the boss.
I wish you good feline health, and a well-trained staff.
~Hugs and Purrs from Angel~
Saturday, May 28, 2011
When I learned that Debby had written a play that was going to be performed in a dinner theater production in my hometown – which Debby still calls home – I couldn’t wait to go see it. The premise of the play was right up my alley, too – “Extra Ketchup, Hot Flashes and Rum” centered around two 50-something friends who had a lot of shared excess baggage to try to unpack and sort through together. The women in the menopausal phase of their lives were hilarious and, trust me, I could relate! These gals were discovering some of the freedoms that come with being over 50. As for me, I consider it exploring and embracing my inner bitch.
The playbill promised that as viewers we would laugh, cry and maybe even pee our pants – and, indeed I could have benefited from a Poise pad. What a huge release laughter can be...
It was also awfully nice to see my childhood pal again after all these years . Thanks, social media!
The acting and directing were excellent, and the play had two sold out performances; and there is welcome talk of an encore presentation.
Congratulations, Debby! Keep up the good writing.
Tootles all - Have a Safe Weekend!
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
When storms are approaching, the news stations here in Tulsa have continuous weather coverage. Anybody who lives in Tornado Alley knows how to read those radars pretty well, and we can speak the weather lingo fluently. So... my night consisted of three hours in front of the TV tracking the storms and trying to decide when and if I needed to take cover. Thankfully no tornadoes developed in Tulsa.
Monday, May 23, 2011
And for all of us animal lovers, we don't want to forget the fine people dedicated to helping the frightened, injured and displaced pets, such as the The Joplin Humane Society.
My heart aches for all the people who are suffering in the aftermath.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Last month - it took me two days to shovel all the snow off my sidewalk and driveway.
Today - my neighbor's tulip tree is full of beautiful blooms,
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Neil Gaiman, 2001 (via emphasisadded)
I can't wait to see what is in store for this coming year. It's exciting to imagine what wonderful experiences we will create for ourselves and others. I resolve to go through 2011 - mindfully - experiencing life!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
So instead of going to the sites of all my wonderful cyber buddies, I hope you'll understand - it could actually be a matter of saving my eyesight - if I pass along my heartfelt Christmas wishes to you all in one fell swoop.
I wish everyone a lovely, peaceful, fun- and awe-filled Christmas season.
God bless us everyone!!
Sunday, December 5, 2010
The book is about a very troubled girl, growing up in a very troubled family, in a troubled world. She goes through more crap in her life than imaginable. It did become a little more than necessary to make it work but, the book offered so much that it was worth wading through all the trauma. She develops several defense mechanisms, one of which is an entertainingly acidic tongue and biting sarcasm. I marveled at the male author's ability to get into the female psyche, and I could truly identify with this character - not that my life had the trauma and drama that she endured, but so many of her thoughts rang a bell with me.
So, in spite of Oprah's okie dokie, I loved this author's first book. I'm glad I found Wally Lamb's writing, and I'm already reading another. So far so good.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
As a follow up to my last blog post, I have no juicy jury stories to impart. I got excused after two days! They had all the jurors they needed for the week and I had not been selected. For once, I had no insecurities about being rejected! Also, there is a light beginning to shine at the end of the tunnel at work and I believe I will be doing only one job soon. The stars must be aligning in my favor once again.
...or that may just be the endorphins talking.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Not complaining, just explaining why I haven't been to visit all my favorite bloggers lately. I've been leaving early in the morning and coming home late in the evening, with time to feed my kitties and myself, get ready for bed, grab some zzzz's, rinse and repeat.
I really believe the county sits back, watching citizens, seeking the exact worst time to hit them with a jury duty summons. Mission accomplished. But, then again maybe I'll have some juicy jury stories to report... one can only hope.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Yesterday the Heating/Air Conditioner repair guy came to our house. Mom said he was here to do preventive maintenance on the furnace to make sure we have heat this winter. But, I'm pretty sure he was here to see me.
I met him at the door and he was quite taken by my floof. He petted me and talked to me. Then he asked Mom, "Are cats easier to take care of than dogs?" Now that's a strange question! But, he seemed sincere. He said he had a Yorkie, but he had never had a cat. What?! Never had a cat?!
He said his dog had so much personality. Mom assured him that we have loads of personality! and that cats are low maintenance compared to dogs. Our mom loves all animals, so she wasn't saying this out of a bias for us felines. It's just the way it is.
He said dogs could be trained to do lots of things. Mom agreed, dogs could be trained, but cats came into the world already knowing everything they need to know!
Way to tell it like it is, Mom. I think Angel and I have done well training you!
Saturday, October 2, 2010
I'll have to figure out what to do about the 65 mile - one way - commute from my home in Tulsa to Bartlesville.
Cons - I love Tulsa!, my best friend will be farther away, it puts me an additional hour from my kids and grandkids, smaller community with fewer places to go and things to do, I'll have to sell my house -- packing, moving.. arrrgghhh.
I'm very pleased that I don't have to go on any more interviews!! and I won't have to try to make ends meet on unemployment!
Life really is good.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Remember those high school days, when you started dating that oh-so-cute football player and life completely revolved around him? You obsessed over him when you weren't together, and the rest of the world disappeared when you were? Then suddenly, one day, you realized you hadn't seen your girlfriends in ages.
Unfortunately that's the way I've been with my relationship with Laptop. I would sit down to spend an hour with my oh-so-cute Laptop, maybe share a few insights with him and receive the sweet nectar of his feedback - such a great give-and-take relationship. Then I would look at the watch my sweetie wears religiously on the right side of his screen, and realize four or five hours had flown by -- and once again my other friends, (you know, like reading a real book, walking, puttering in the flowerbeds, playing with my kitties, knitting, straightening up around the house, and, although not really a best friend, an important temporary companion -- looking for a new job), had all been neglected.
Laptop and I have not broken up; we have been 'taking a break'. I am quite certain he and I will always be great friends; we totally run into each other all the time, like when I pay bills and do that job search thing, or check to see if I have any money in the bank, and lots of other little things. He's always there for me for those tasks, but I am just no longer able to spend those hours upon hours staring into his mesmerizing eyes.
It's not you, Laptop. It's me. I have some issues to work out.
Monday, September 6, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
But then, the other night, I went to take a peek at the outside world. As I reached the glass door, I couldn't believe my eyes, there was a beautiful white cat looking right back at me!! Could Mom have really... no, no, no way. But there he was looking right into my eyes. He looked kinda' see-throughy, not quite as solid as me, but otherwise just like me, you know, gorgeous.
I don't have the explanation yet, but I'm pretty sure my mom hasn't been knitting a whole lot lately, but then again... No, I'm sure that wasn't it, because Mom wouldn't make that beautiful kitty stay on the other side of the door where the scary outside world is.
Well, I'm off to look for that outdoor kitty.
Have a happy rest of the week! I know we will.
Hugs and purrs,
Here Kitty, Kitty.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
She always says, “I don’t know why you want my brushes.” Well, I don’t know why either, but because I’m a cat, I don’t analyze it, I just go with it.
The other morning, I sensed the presence of a brush in another drawer, not the hidey hole she picked out for all the others. Now let me tell you what, I went after it!
We’ll meet again, little brush… we’ll meet again.