Family, Spiritual, Travel

A Day to End

It has been a wonderful trip. We  arrive early to get the luggage checked in and what a bright happy curb check in guy……….all good, right? Till we get to the final destination, yikes.

Neither bag made it to the arrival baggage carousel. The flight got in early so we are optimistic, so optimistic we hang out for four hours watching other people on our flight find their luggage.

We file a claim and since its 2:30 in the morning we look for a near by hotel so we can come back in the morning if our bags show up.

Never leave medication in the checked bag, well we did but never again. Oh and the parking ticket is in the checked bag as well...

Family, Recipes, Spiritual, Travel

Window Sill Herb Chicken Salad

So moving during a quarantine, packing, organizing, planning furniture in a new space……on it goes. Then there is lunch…..”Honey, you make the best chicken salad, let’s have that for lunch.” Really? We just packed up the kitchen utensils and all that is left is the refrigerator contents. We like eggs in the chicken salad, oops no pot for boiling. Then there is one iron skillet – ahah! Never boiled eggs in an iron skillet? Heat and water on the stove. It works. So shredding chicken with two plastic forks, okay. Then to the other ingredients, we like Dave’s Hot pickles chopped coursely. The usual salt, white pepper, already packed and moved in boxes.

Then a glance to the window over the sink and there sits my herbs. So snipping parsley, chives, thyme and then there was dill in the back yard...

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Hero’s Heart

Hero’s Heart




H: hope, heart, honest, helpful, hearing, healer
E: earnest, enthusiastic, eager, expert
A: ample, artist, authoritative, active, anticipative
R: reliable, real, rightous, responsible, respectable
T: trustworthy, talented, true-blue, tried & true,THERE

? There was a girl in high school, she dreamed of helping others
? There was a boy in grade school, he wanted to change the world
? There was a lady unhappy in her career, she searched for a job that appreciated her
? A man of great vision worked hard to advance his education
? A young mother struggled to get her GED, she wanted to support her family
? A second generation immigrant makes plans of being the first college graduate in generations of laborers
? An immigrant you...

Family, Travel

Vegas – A very Clean City

My last week has been spent in Vegas on the strip…….what a very different experience from five years ago.




The streets were being swept by giant street cleaning machines picking up any loose dirt from road construction. There were workers sweeping the sidewalks. Truly an impressive new front compared to the historical Vegas we visited where fliers were shoved in your hands at every corner and in-between.

This was a very pleasant visit at the Westgate for a four day visit and to the Stratosphere, aka Strat. One thing about hotel rooms in Vegas, often there are no coffeemakers in the rooms. At the Strat we upgraded (totally worth it) to get a refrigerator, coffee maker, safe, modern walk-in shower vs an old tub with shower...

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Covid Exit Strategy

Got to credit Alistair Begg for sharing this one: Two goldfish were in the fishbowl. One says to the other one “what is our exit strategy?”




After it soaks in, you realize, are we like the goldfish? Uh oh! A few ideas have come up since “safer at home” like if you were Mary the mother of Jesus – when you go to heaven are you God’s wife? Then you realize in studying the book of James that this was Jesus younger brother who became a disciple after seeing Jesus in the appearing after Jesus crucifixion. There is an amazing sermon by Alistair Begg this last resurrection sunday that brings to light the disciples that were following Jesus were on lock down after Jesus crucifixion...

Family, Travel

GMC or Wife

When “safer at home” lasts weeks and weeks we learn alot about our spouses. My hubby was feeling estranged from his truck. In the past occassionally he would see another GMC Denalli on the road and say “nice truck”. Or he would comment on being able to accelerate in a tight passing or cutoff and move quickly to another lane.




He would spend time washing his precious truck as much as half a day. After he would comment again on some mark that happened by a coworker or by moving something.  We chalked them up as personality and memories. Afterall the GMC was part of the family.

However, recently not being able to drive the truck except for short runs to the grocery store I wondered if we needed to make a spot in the living room for the G...

Family, Recipes, Spiritual

Covid Home Cooking

Shanghai Dumplings, Le Creuset inspired Shepherds’s pie, revisited The South Beach Diet for salad dressing and salmon recipes. The most cherished is finding my Great Aunt Bessie’s recipe book from 1992 where I found salmonburgers, some retro cake recipes and chicken strata.



Still working thru the cake and desserts, remember Coca Cola Cake and Apple Brown Betty. It was better than I remembered. Came across Watergate salad. Not going there.

New top favorite: Creamy Chicken with Asparagus. Recipe is on the side of Better Than Bouillon we got a Costco. Here goes:

Saute 12 ounces of cut chicken and 1/2 cup diced red onion in 1 tablespoon butter...

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Covid Humor

A friend sent me this and we can all use humor these days. Proverbs 17:22 A joyfull heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries the bones.

! Half of us are going to come out of this quarantine as amazing cooks. The other half will come out with a drinking problem.

! I used to spin that toilet paper like I was on Wheel of Fortune. Now I turn it like I’m cracking a safe.




! I need to practice social-distancing from the refrigerator

! Still haven’t decided where to go for Easter —The Living Room or The Bedroom

! PSA: every few days try your jeans on just to make sure they fit. Pajamas will have you believe all is well in the kingdom.

! Homeschooling is going well...

Family, Spiritual, Travel

How to Move Your Senior Year in High School

Moving happens and it is very difficult for a teenager. My parents changed jobs and they were with the Federal Government so we knew the drill every few years. I was very established in a large four A school, was major into sports. Reached the achievement of 14 varsity letters in sports in three years.




Needless to say it was not something I wanted to do. My coach asked my parents if I could live with he and his wife. We gave it a-lot of thought but ultimately kept the family together.
As a matter of fact I attended summer school at my new school. There were three schools in the county where we relocated. A huge public school going through a-lot of discord and disruptions, a small private school start up that had sixteen students...

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How to Clear the Coronavirus

Have you heard guys refer to the Corona virus as the Beer Virus? There is a myth incorrectly reported according to the manufacturer that Corona sales took a major dip in sales since the virus came out with it’s name.




My thought is that Corona beer drinkers are much more discerning than to confuse the two. This is being referred to as a pandemic as infected people are showing up sprinkling the USA and saturating other cities.

If you feel extremely vulnerable, or know someone who is, there are several machines that do not use chemicals and are safe for people with breathing problems. The website is www.cleanersolutionsintl.com and the owner of the business is a retired Air Force Veteran.

Sandy Watkins is his name and he obtained the lic...