Family, Pets, Pony Lady, Recipes, Spiritual, Travel

Blog Overview July 2020

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There may be only one story on this blog that is fiction, artistic license claimed. The stories of the Pony Lady are life experiences with my grandmother now departed. She was a legend. Her stories are gutsy in an era when women did not drive bull doziers and dually 3/4 ton trucks.

Check into the Pony Lady she is a legend with Jimmy Drew Expeditions and my sister and I grew up hauling ponies to fairs and setting up her rides. Her ponies were family, as a matter of fact my pony Judy Lynn used to come into the living room and watch cartoons with me and sometimes Gilligan’s Island, when we were not jumping ditches or pretending to be circus performers.
There are some encouraging spiritual posts, including many books and experiences that have helped me g...

Family, Spiritual, Travel

Traveling to MOMs Collectors 28 Chairs and NoWhere to Sit

Have you ever been to a collector’s house? A serious collector of spoons, silver, antiques, statues, china, oyster plates, books, lamps, linens, furniture, add to the list…..



An amazing trait in these personalities is that they find beauty, purpose and interest in each and every item in their gallery collection. Lots of items, broken, imperfect fixer uppers, adaptable items – like Fred Sanford – “I gotta have it, keep it, save it, store it, dream of a purpose or need/use for it.

Recently a great revelation came to me, visiting my mother as I was making a cup of tea early in the morning. The house was quiet, yet very much not quiet as I panned the various landscape of each room. I was looking for a  sitting  spot...

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...

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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, 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...

Family, Spiritual, Travel

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...

Spiritual, Travel

Covid 19 has It’s Moments

Finally back. Had some technical difficulties. Have I got a great story for you.



First, did you know Realtors are an essential service during the “safer at home” lock down? At first this was a not so happy moment when we learned this news.

After being in lock down, only going out for groceries and meds, we got a phone call that the home we are renting is being listed. So same day came the realtor to put the lock on the gate so the home could be shown. That was on friday. Saturday nine am we get a call from the same realtor that she has a client who wants to see the house at one that day.

First reaction, how is this possible? Where would we go? We discuss having time on the back porch while they tour...

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...