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At a crossroads

I'm nervous; I'm hyped ... I need to be medicated!
Posted:Nov 14, 2017 9:02 pm
Last Updated:Nov 17, 2017 7:42 pm

Come Saturday, I have to board a plane. I HATE flying. I'm a white knuckle flyer. I would like a hypodermic to put me out to get through a four hour flight. I've been around the world and back, literally, even crossed the international dateline, but flying NOW scares the he-be-geebies out of me. This time, if I want to get from point A to point B, I have no option, time wise. I am no longer confident enough to do it behind the wheel on a sole journey. Wisconsin to Arizona, H-E-L-L-O! Ain't happening.

When I lived in Wyoming many moons ago, I thought nothing of getting behind that wheel and driving seventeen/eighteen hours straight through to Wisconsin to be with my kids for a spell - all by myself without issue - no problem. It was a breeze.

Where did all that self-assurance go?? Gone .......... with the passage of time. Getting old sucks!!
This is the most exciting thing I have to offer today ... *YAWN*
Posted:Nov 12, 2017 5:48 pm
Last Updated:Nov 14, 2017 8:42 am
On Thursday, November 16, we are having an early Thanksgiving dinner here on the premises at my senior dwelling, just 2 days before I leave for AZ. Management is providing the turkey and the basic, traditional food items (mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing), and the rest is left to 'potluck'. So far we have 64 parties signed up to participate. I'm looking forward to it.

I have decided to bring two offerings, a dessert and a veggie. I lucked out and got some nice butternut squash from a local farmer who had lots in excess. I happen to LOVE butternut squash. See photo of the work ahead of me.

For dessert, I will prepare a double batch of pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting topped with chopped pecans. They always go over big when I've done potluck.

What do you think?

I was unsuccessful in my attempt to post a photo in my last blog. Try this:
Posted:Nov 8, 2017 7:34 am
Last Updated:Nov 9, 2017 5:52 pm
Yesterday, as the weather was still 'fair,' I strung some lights on the upper portion of my small deck/patio railing. This should have been taken later in the day to be better viewed. I'm really just testing to see if the site will permit a photo ... which did not happen in my last attempt. Dang it! (I'm wondering if anyone else is having this problem.)
This will be my home away from home .............
Posted:Nov 8, 2017 7:22 am
Last Updated:Nov 9, 2017 8:29 pm
....... for at least half the time I'm in AZ. The other half will be split with a sister and brother-in-law that live in Casa Grande, AZ, permanently, and a niece and her hubby who reside in suburban Phoenix at Gilbert ... yet to be arranged.

My younger sis's husband just did a trade deal on the Durango to upgrade to a 'tiny home' being built in Ohio as I speak ... I think he said Ohio. They lugged the Durango out to AZ in September and have decided they won't do that again. Instead, they will place the tiny home on permanent grounds there in AZ and never again hassle with the haul. Unfortunately, (Dang it!) I will not see or stay in the new tiny home until next season ... good Lord willin' and the creek don't rise.

Just sharin' because I'm getting excited about my trip!

Picture this .............
Posted:Nov 4, 2017 10:43 am
Last Updated:Nov 5, 2017 8:02 pm

.... a caricature of The Donald checking FB on his Smarter-than-he-is-phone. He's jubilant in reading:

Vladimir Putin wants to be friends with you on FB.
Vladimir Putin
The Kremlin, Moscow

You have 146,000,000 mutual friends.

Slow traffic, stay right .............. but still be prepared for 'the finger'
Posted:Oct 29, 2017 2:22 pm
Last Updated:Nov 1, 2017 4:29 am
I e-mailed two of my sisters just this morning to share my ever-mounting experiences in my new senior dwelling. One sis is older; in her early 80's, the other, at 72, is the baby of the family ... both reside in AZ.

My message:

"Your sister is getting OLD! Confined to the premises due to below freezing temps yesterday, I joined the BINGO group for the first time in the year I've been in my old foggies' residence. I won THREE times with grand prizes of all donated rewards comprised of a can of baked beans , a box of butter toffee popcorn with eanuts, and a sweet chew bar! (Picture is proof positive.)

NOW, I know you're all jealous! Believe me, if I could share my good fortune with the less fortunate, I surely would. LOL

I'd like your input ..........
Posted:Oct 27, 2017 6:17 pm
Last Updated:Nov 16, 2017 7:14 am

Liszt indicated to me in an earlier blog posting if I used his name in my blog titles I would gain ground on the popularity list. I took him up on it. Here is his final assessment of the results of my experiment:

"I'd say it worked -- you used my name and got all these people to comment on your BLT recipe. As CP would say, YOU'RE WELCOME! "

What do you think .....
You - meaning ME - can't make it here without Liszt. ;)
You - meaning ME - can hold your own. ;)
29 Comments , 23 votes
Try this .... (Liszt)
Posted:Oct 25, 2017 6:31 am
Last Updated:Oct 27, 2017 5:57 pm

This is a test. I'm told if I use Liszt's name in a blog title, I will draw more readers and achieve a coveted space on the most watched/read blog list.

Actually, this is a homegrown recipe for a delectable, open-faced sandwich. I did find it an excellent accompaniment to some really, really, good, homemade French onion soup, but it need not be limited to that. ( I walked away from my second marriage with this innovation, conceived of by my ex, so you might say it's a part of the 'reward' .... even tho it's about all I walked away with. )

Postscript: At age 77, I really don't give a rat's patookie who likes or dislikes what I write or how POPULAR I am, because teaching for as many years as I did, I see it as silly, junior high school 'kids' stuff". I continue .............

What you will need .... it's personalized:

One fresh loaf of uncut Italian bread (I get mine still warm at a local deli ...crusty outside, soft inside)
One sweet onion from the Farmer's Market
One - fresh from the Farmer's Market - green bell pepper
One large, vine-ripened, sandwich-sized tomato - fresh from the Farmer's Market.
Sliced, Swiss cheese from the local cheese factory (I'm a Wisconsinite)
Prepared garlic spread (or garlic powder)
Optional: a couple of crispy fried bacon slices


*Thick slice Italian bread and toast lightly for firmness ... I do mine in my toaster oven because it's too thick for a regular toaster.

*Saute' lightly the chopped onion and green pepper together ... don't overdo ... I like mine a bit on the firm side ... lightly salt/pepper.

*Crispy fry bacon

*Spread prepared, buttery, garlic spread on the toasted Italian bread (or butter the bread lightly and sprinkle with garlic powder.)

*Scoop the onion/pepper saute' atop the bread.

*Cover with two slices of crispy-fried bacon.

*Place a slice of tomato atop the bacon.

*Cover with sliced Swiss cheese

*Place on a cookie sheet and place in a medium temperature oven just long enough to melt the cheese. (DO NOT ZAP ... it's overkill!)

Wah-lah ( I will be criticized for this spelling, but I use it all the time and don't give a tinker's damn about the spelling because it adequately expresses what I mean. )

Seriously, this recipe is a real treat, by itself or with a favorite soup.

TRY it and ENJOY!
Just watch this happen ............
Posted:Oct 15, 2017 8:02 pm
Last Updated:Oct 19, 2017 6:32 pm
Trump will build a monument to himself before he leaves office. He will be shown sitting on his throne.

A very unscientific survey within my senior housing complex of 64 units, ages 55+ ..
Posted:Oct 10, 2017 9:34 pm
Last Updated:Oct 29, 2017 2:08 pm

... though I did not reach them all. Will you help me out by surveying your 'community' of acquaintances to contribute?

I mustered some resident help with this ... a very informal inquiry. I posed a simple question with a requirement of a one-word response: "What is your overall feeling about our country's state of affairs?" (I did not mention TRUMP or ask whether they were conservative or liberal. It's a blue collar community.)

These are the responses I've collected thus far:


Not a single response was POSITIVE! NOT EVEN ONE!! This is Wisconsin, a red state. I have enough information to confirm I am not alone.


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