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Spring is in the air-It’s time for change!

Seasons change so the saying goes...I love expressions and  I am a believer in fanute not ‘twas ever thus!  Some of the weather this past week has reminded me of spring and for that I am grateful. Luckily, I’ve always been a spring girl! My birthday is in spring!  My friend’s mom was a Mary Kay-lady and in high school informed me my face/skin tone  is spring!  Spring is the time when many plants begin to grow and flower. I recently read the book, How to be Happy, Dammit. A Cynics Guide to Spiritual Happiness.  By Karen Salmansohn.  It is quoted in the book that some plants are only meant to last for a season or a certain time. If you try to make them live longer, you will be a bad gardener.  It goes on to say this is true of people, jobs and problems in general.   Perhaps, page 41 of the book was the most helpful to me.  In short it stated if you give a plant direct sunlight and plenty of water when it thrives best in darkness with very little water it will die.  I’ve never had a green thumb. M…

Kick-Off🏈Quote for your Work Week!

“Any man can be by your side on the sunny days. The real test of character is whether or not he will hold the umbrella over you during the stormy days.” -James Michael Sama
What a great reminder!!  Choose wisely when it comes to partners/relationships. You only get one life!!
List #9
List all the little things that happened today that bring you joy

Kick-Off🏈Quote for your Work Week!

“I had a tight grip on hope until with wise eyes I looked at the other end of this particular “hope rope” and saw that it was attached to nothing. Then and only then was I able to let go.” -Angela Burnett
If “hope” in some area or aspect of your life is unwarranted; let go. It’s certainly not worth your time and thoughts anymore. Have a great week. 
List #8
List the things you like to do that don’t involve technology

Kick-Off🏈Quote for your Work Week!

“Change is the end result of all true learning.”  ~Leo Buscaglia
I had a psych professor that made us read a lot of Leo Buscaglia’s works on love. I was hooked.  This quote reminds me of another quote, “When we know better, we do better.” We are all learning!  Have a great week!
List #7
List the greatest compliments and encouragement you have ever been given

Farewell...for awhile!

Sorry to my loyal readers. This daily blog is one resolution I can’t  keep up with...I’m physically and emotionally exhausted right now.  I always try to do what I say I’ll do; It’s the type A personality in me. But... Life Plan A (A is for awful, right?!?) didn’t quite work out the way I planned and dreamed so I am working on Life Plan B (B is for better, right?!?)  I will continue to post weekly kick off quotes and the new list each Monday, but am taking a break from blogging. I will probably drop down to monthly blogs for now. Can’t guarantee they’ll even be worth reading!  It’s what I must do to heal myself at this time. My hope is to eventually go back to daily blogging.  For those of you who like deadlines like I do. I promise to post on March 2 which is Dr. Seuss‘s birthday. Isn’t that just like a teacher?
Enjoy your month and wish me well as I wish you well!

An Easy but Yummy Recipe!🍽

Extra Easy Lasagna

Ingredients 1 pound lean ground beef 4 cups tomato-basil pasta sauce 6 uncooked lasagna noodles 1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese 2 1/2 cups (10 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese 1/4 cup hot water
Directions Cook beef in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring until it crumbles and is no longer pink; drain. Stir in pasta sauce. Spread one-third of meat sauce in a lightly greased 11- x 7-inch baking dish; layer with 3 noodles and half each of ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheese. (The ricotta cheese layers will be thin.) Repeat procedure; spread remaining one-third of meat sauce over mozzarella cheese. Slowly pour 1/4 cup hot water around inside edge of dish. Tightly cover baking dish with 2 layers of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Bake at 375° for 45 minutes; uncover and bake 10 more minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
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Kick-Off🏈Quote for your Work Week!

You can’t control everything. Sometimes you just need to relax and have faith that things will work out. Let go a little and just let life happen.”  ~Kody Keplinger
Love this quote even knowing how hard it is to let go.  Try today...  Let go; Let God!

List #6
List the things (from your past and present) that feel like blockades in the way of happiness

My Face Shouts “Grandma” and I’m okay with that!

I feel young. I act young, I’m active!  Then, I look in the mirror and remember I’m not actually young. I’m 51 and already have so many wrinkles and lines on my face it looks like a road map! I don’t care!   My Face Shouts “Grandma” and I’m okay with that! My face shows a lot..worries, life trials, tears shed, heartbreak and age!  It also shows laughter, surprise and time well spent. These are the lines I choose to focus on. 
I look like a grandma and guess what?  I am one!  I wouldn’t change that for the world. She is the best kid!  So  adorable, fun, smart and full of life. I doubt she cares about my wrinkles at all. Well, not in a negative way; once she used her finger to follow the lines on my face! Giggling the entire time. Ha! She’s probably thinking, “ Look at grammy’s lines...isn’t she wise?!?”

My grandma face shows wisdom. 
Thanks time!

My “go-to” Girls!

I have a lot of friends. I take pride in that and try to take care of my friends. I have one friend in particular that can make friends anywhere/anytime. Once she made some “elevator” friends on a mini trip we took when our kids were little!  She thinks I’m like that, too.  But here’s the thing. There are friends and there are my go-to girls!  These are the friends I hold most dear. More precious to me than any tangible item in the world. We look after one another, put each other up and go after the jugular of anyone who tries to hurt the other. That’s true friendship. Some of these friends I don’t see often but the real and true friendship remains. We can pick up where we left off even if 7-10 Years has passed. This, my friends, is rare!  Hold these people dear! Also, don’t be afraid to cut loose a fly by night friend that would trash talk you any chance they get. That is not who you need on your team. Sometimes these friends are hard to recognize. Their expertise in “two-facidness” i…

It’s Groundhog Day!

As long as the movie Groundhog Day has been out it’s been tradition to watch it on the day! This year I feel like my life is like the movie. Everyday I wake up to the same ol’ stuff hoping it will be the next day but it’s not.  Hopefully that will all change soon. Here’s to Andie McDowell finally falling for me! Ha! Until then this will be my mantra...
“Only I am responsible for my happiness!”

Silent but Talking...

I love writing this blog!  I love that I have daily readers! It gives a voice to the crazy thoughts swirling in my head.  Lately, I haven’t felt much like engaging in conversation. Shocker, I know!  But the blog allows me to be silent but talk! We all have things to say. Not everyone wants to hear it...this allows the people that want to hear it a choice in doing so. I like that idea. 
I’m not only a talker, however... I’m a listener. I’m understanding and compassionate and care about the people that matter in my life. Don’t EVER hesitate to reach out if you need someone. Let me be your someone as you have been mine!❤️

Hanging on by a Thread

I’ve got this great green sweater with the coolest two hole oval wooden toggle button. The babies I nanny for love it!  They play with it and pull on it as if it’s a toy.   Therefore, it’s usually literally hanging by a thread! Doesn’t life feel a little like that sometimes?  You’re played with and pulled on emotionally so much sometimes that it feels like you’re hanging by the proverbial thread? Well, just like when my button is hanging off that sweater and I securely sew it to fasten it back on; so we should do with our life.  Mend it. Do what you need to do for you! Will eating healthier make you feel better?  Then do it! Will joining a gym or working out in some way make you feel better?  Do it! Whatever it is that gets you out of your head and makes you feel better you should do! I’m not talking about major life changes or things that could potentially hurt others in the process.  That’s selfishness to an extreme!   It is however ok to be a bit selfish and indulge in what makes you feel s…

An Easy but Yummy Recipe!🍽

Two ingredient banana pancakes 
Ingredients 1 Ripe Banana sliced2 EggsInstructions
Place the eggs and banana in the blender. Blend until a smoothHeat a nonstick skilletSpray the skillet with non-stick sprayAdd the batter to the skillet in the shape of a pancake and let space them out since they tend to spreadWhen bubbles start to form, flip the over and cook for 10 seconds on the other sideRemove from heat and enjoy!

You Can’t Remove all Sadness from Life

I recently read somewhere...”One of the simplest ways to stay happy is to let go of all the things that make you sad.” We all know this, right?  It’s so much easier said than done. 
What if the things that are making you sad can’t be let go?
It makes me sad when I think of those less fortunate. If I just let that go how is that being helpful? I can however think of small ways to help. Last year I bought gloves to hand out to any cold hands that took the offer.  -OR- What about that we can’t change the fact that people die and leave this earth. We can, however, know that the person that passed on wouldn’t want us to be sad and dwell on his/her death.  -OR- Sometimes relationships end and that makes us sad, too. Try not thinking about someone you’ve loved and lived with for the majority of your lifetime. The reality is that person has spent more days with you than the family he/she was born into ever will.  So, yes, it’s easy to SAY let go of things that make us sad but the reality is, we can’t…

On My Mind...

Life. It’s a funny thing.  There are things you never think of until you experience them or are in the midst of them.  The good, the bad and the ugly in life are things we must endure.  Wouldn’t it be nice if life was just one big “happy” birthday party? That can’t be...
So, buckle up and enjoy the ride      because we have no other choice. The ride will be over soon and it’s on to the next thing. Good or bad. 
What do you wish would just go away?  Think about it, cry about it; then let it be.

Something to think about...

This was part of a prayer from a daily email I receive. I think it is beautiful and something to think about. 
“Things are different now, and I need to learn from my frustrations, not add to them. Help me in this.”

Nothing stays the same. Change can be sad but it can be good. What changes have helped you to grow as a person?

Do you know how you like your eggs?

There is nothing more genuine than breaking away from the chorus to hear your own voice.  -Po Bronson
I’ve always been that “Yes” girl, followed all the rules, played along... I’m over it. It’s time to break free and see who I REALLY am!
When I first saw the movie Run Away Bride.. I thought...”This is me”.  Not in the sense that I changed myself up to get guys to like me, but I did try to be as normal(whatever that means!)as I could be to fit in.    Well...It’s time to see how I like my eggs! It’s time to find out what fits for my life.  Lately I’ve been thinking...”What the...?” Life sure hasn’t played out the way I thought/hoped it would.  I don’t know how it will play out going forward.  We never do...I must trust. 
Are you with me??  It’s 2018! I’ve been on this planet almost 52 years pleasing others. It’s time to find me!

Resolution Check-in

How are your resolutions coming along for the new year? They say it takes 21 days to make a habit. We’re past that date in January! I’ll review how mine are going with you here... I have been blogging daily. It is not easy. I hope to be able to continue and keep you interested and engaged. The first time I see that I have no readers on a particular day I’ll be cutting back. It’s not easy!Living more honestly and freely has been my favorite resolution so far in this new year. It’s not easy, either. People disagree and challenge your decisions, thoughts and opinions daily. I do the same.   Pescatarianism is a great, healthy idea and I’ve been doing well except for an In and Out Burger excursion out west. I mean, it’s In and Out Burger!  I’m not going to lie...I love and miss roast beef the most and may have to tweak this resolution.  Not swearing is hard, too!  I can honestly say the only swearing I’ve done this year I have caught myself. I haven’t used swear words much. Less than a dozen …

An Easy but Yummy Recipe!🍽

Garlic Butter Salmon in Foil
Ingredients: 1 ¼ pound salmon2 T. lemon juice2 cloves garlic, minced3 T. melted butter1/2 tsp. salt¼ tsp.black pepper¼ tsp. oregano¼ crushed red pepper1 T chopped parsley 
Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 Line a baking sheet with foil. The piece of foil should be big enough to fold over and seal the fish.In a small bowl, add lemon juice, garlic, and melted butter. Whisk everything together.Place salmon on prepared baking sheet.Pour the butter mixture over the salmon.Season with salt, pepper, oregano, and red pepper flakes.Fold the sides of the foil over the salmon. Make sure it is well sealed so the sauce does not leak.Place into oven and bake until cooked for about 20-25 minutes*.Open the foil and broil the fish for 2-3 minutes. Be careful not to burn the fish!Remove from the oven. Using a spoon, pour some of the butter sauce left in the foil onto the salmon before serve. Then, garnish with parsley.Serve it with veggies, salad, rice or quinoa. 
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On the Road...5

Another week of adventures to come but last “On the Road” blog. Going back to normal blogging tomorrow.It’s too hard to blog about adventures when they’re happening. I’ve already thought of some great funny stories and lessons on the road to write about in the future however so stay tuned! Back in Phoenix today for some trail hiking and adventures. Also, laundry, workout and a movie!
The national parks have been lovely so far. Let’s hope the government doesn’t end up shutting them down. What a crazy world we live in right now. 😢

On the Road...4

Yesterday hiking in Joshua Tree was very great with temperatures of 70 degrees. Hiked 3 different trails and were able to take a tour of the Keyes Ranch. Only 25 people four days a week can go on this tour during this off season. Very interesting and I want to know more about this family now. No cell service in this area. Woke up to snow falling!  I’m talking can’t see in front of you kind of snow!  So funny to go from a hiking skirt to being completely bundled in a 10 hour period!
Making our way back to Arizona now...

On the Road...3

Last night we arrived in Vegas. Such a crazy place. I’ve only been here once before and I’m as amazed this time as I was the first at how crazy this city that never sleeps is...for the record I slept great in the conversion van! Today was 5 Miles of hiking at Red Rock Canyon National Park in Nevada. Although beautiful in it’s own way, I wasn’t as impressed as I was with Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park. 
We’re on our way towards Joshua Tree but first Hoover Dam!
Stay tuned...

On the Road...2

We tried the lottery for the Wave a second time, but didn’t get it...again!   Hiked Bryce Canyon and several trails at Zion National Park.  What beautiful land and great hiking trails! Made our way to Vegas to hike Red Rock Canyon. Then on to Joshua Tree. 
Stay tuned...

On the Road ...1

So we rented a conversion van for over a week(still going...). It’s name is Geo. It’s named Geo for the geometric pattern, but I like to think it’s name is short for George!My dad’s name! It’s the first thing we both thought!
First stop after a fun night in Phoenix was Sedona. Hiked Devil’s Bridge and Cathedral Rock.  Next, The Grand Canyon which was a first for me!  Are there even proper words to describe it?   Today we’re headed to Utah for the Wave Lottery. Luck🍀needed...fingers crossed. Ten people a day are chosen. Usually about ten times that amount try for the pass.  After that on to Bryce Canyon. 
Stay tuned...

An Easy but Yummy Recipe!🍽

Campfire Cinnamon Rolls!
Ingredients 1 package crescent rolls1/4 cup sugar1 tbsp cinnamonWooden Skewers
Instructions Combine cinnamon and sugar in small bowlSeparate crescent rolls and wrap them around the skewerRoll it in the cinnamon sugar mixtureCook over campfire for 5 minutes, rotating frequentlyOptional - Mix 1/4 cup powdered sugar and 2-3 tbsp water together to make a glaze and drizzle over cooked roll-u
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almostsupermom.com

Kick-Off🏈Quote for your Work Week!

“The six best doctors: sunshine, water, rest, air, exercise, and diet.” ~Wayne Fields
I’m going to take advantage of these doctors the next couple weeks while on vacation.  I suggest you do, too. Even if you have to find a window spot like a cat to get your sunshine in the cold!!
List #3
List the things that you are really good at

Oh, the Places we will go...

Half the fun of travel is the esthetic of LOSTNESS! -Ray Bradbury
My seventh grade English teacher in Morton Illinois is the one who helped cultivate my love of literature.  Therefore, I felt it fitting to quote Ray Bradbury as each day this wonderful teacher would read Ray Bradbury’s short stories to our class. Yes!  He read aloud to seventh graders!  Isn’t that wonderful?
Here’s the thing...I just arrived in Arizona yesterday for a two week adventure with my love and best friend in this world. No relationship status can change that... I hope to blog during this time and keep you posted on our whereabouts and thoughts. If I have no service you’ll know as there will be no new blog for the day! Wish us well!  When I asked where all we are going, I was told...”We’ll figure that out together!”  I can think of no better destination!

*As a side note...read Ray Bradbury’s The Veldt. It was one of my seventh grade favorites. No wonder I’m skeptical about technology.

People can say and do as they Please

It’s funny how sometimes you learn the best lessons from a child. This happened for me about a month ago. I was with one of my best friends and we were traveling in a car with her grandchildren. The three of them were snuggled in the back all cozied up and playing on their iPads. I had no idea that they were listening to our conversation. I should’ve known better! I raised two children, taught for 25 years and have nannied for several families. Children are always listening! Anyway, the story goes like this... We were driving in the neighborhood of an old mutual friend. I have no idea what’s going on in her life as we haven’t spoken in forever. I love her and had no intention of bashing her in anyway. She’s been single forever, raised a daughter all on her own(a wonderful daughter in fact!) Who is now married and has a baby of her own. I noticed she had two large vehicles, an SUV and a van, in her driveway. My friend said they both belonged to her. I casually questioned my friend,”Why on…

Conversations at a Bookstore

Ok. It’s going to sound like I was eavesdropping and I guess I was sort of. But, here’s the thing...I was sitting at my table drinking my chai, reading my borrowed books long before this older couple(at least 15-20 years my senior)sat down and started talking at a normal conversation if not louder level. So cut me a little slack.  The gist of the conversation was the upcoming holiday (family, from what I gather) celebration. The menu... what they could and couldn’t serve because of a picky daughter or daughter-in-law (probably the latter!😉), gift giving, room arrangements, and just some good ol’ family bashing. It was all in a negative tone. 😔 This made me sad.  Now I know we all do this. We are human. It’s natural to vent and when you’re venting it’s rarely positive! Suddenly...hearing it helped put it into perspective for me. A life lesson...” Listen to this conversation and stop doing it yourself!” It sounds awful and it’s not productive for building connections.  No offense but I wa…

Knowing Right from Wrong(?)

“Reject the wrong and choose the right” (Isaiah 7:15).
I’ve had this right and wrong conversation with both of my kids on separate occasions.  One particular conversation with my son while he was still a teenager stands out in my mind often. Both of my kids are very smart.  I know I’m their momma and am probably prejudice but if you’ve met them you know!  They can also be very deep and profound sometimes to my frustration.  I don’t recall exactly what started the conversation but my son had us discussing that...we as humans create our own sense of what is right and wrong. Sure, we have a conscience that helps guide us with that “gut” feeling but ultimately when someone says she/he was right or wrong in a particular situation they are using their own judgement and sense of the word. An example that comes to mind is; alcohol and drug use may be unhealthy and something against my or your character/standards but who are we to say it is right or wrong to partake?
When it comes to Isaiah 7:15; I…

Life Lessons are Everywhere!

I’m learning that life’s little lessons are everywhere if you’re paying attention.  It may be from a conversation you’re having with someone(read tomorrow’s blog) or a conversation you’ve overheard(read Friday’s blog). It can come from observing others and their behavior...good or bad. I’ve seen some pretty scary and some pretty sweet parenting observing people in public! Lessons can come from your own life experiences; positive and negative.  These lessons help you if you let them. Open your eyes to the wonder of life’s little lessons. 
Have you learned a lesson from life lately?  See if you can today!