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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 pepper¼ tsp. oregano¼ crushed red pepper1 T chopped parsley 
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. 
Shout out to: pri…

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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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 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!

An Easy but Yummy Recipe!🍽

Apple🍎Streusel Sugar Cookies
Cookie Base and Topping 1 pouch (17.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ sugar cookie mix 1/2 cup cold butter, cut into pieces Filling 1 can (21 oz) more fruit apple pie filling (about 2 1/3 cups) 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon —- Directions: 1.Heat oven to 375°F. Spray        bottom and sides of 9-inch        square pan with cooking         spray. 
In large bowl, place cookie mix. Cut in butter, using pastry blender or fork, until mixture is crumbly (do not overmix). Reserve 1 1/2 cups cookie mixture for topping; set aside. Press remaining mixture in bottom of pan. Bake 10 minutes. In small bowl, mix pie filling and cinnamon until well blended. Spread on top of partially baked crust. Sprinkle with reserved 1 1/2 cups cookie mixture. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely, about 4 hours. Cut into 4 rows by 4 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.

Kick-off 🏈 Quote for your Work Week

“The greatest secret of making something work in your lives is, first of all, the deep desire to make it work; then to hold that clear definite vision in your consciousness and see it working out step by step, without one doubt or disbelief.” -Eileen Caddy

How are those New Year’s goals working out?
If you’re struggling(or even if you’re not!)tape the above  quote in a place where you can refer to it daily!

List #2
List the routines in your personal life and work.

Reward yourself!

Hey there, friends!  Tomorrow marks one week into the new year!  How are those resolutions coming along for you? I’m doing well, too! Reward yourself! It can be as simple as indulging in watching a favorite movie or better yet, DESSERT!! I learned this trick of “Rewarding myself” from a college professor.  She said she used to reward herself with a small bowl of chips or her favorite treat for each assignment, chapter, study session, etc. that she accomplished. It worked for her! It worked for me, too, since I didn’t particularly like her course.  She helped me land myself on the Dean’s list time and time again!  That doesn’t mean anything now but at the time I needed that for my own feeling of success.  That’s the point!  Reward yourself for each success and I promise a lot more success will follow! So my friends, today I will be enjoying a Starbucks chai tea latte, lunch out  with a friend, a new book I’ve had my eye on and some “me” time!  That’s one reward for keeping in tune with each re…

People Spill...

I found myself racing to pick up the nuts I accidentally spilled on the living room carpet so I wouldn’t get into trouble. You’re not supposed to eat outside of the kitchen, you know! What?!? I’m 51 years old and it was not intentional!  Do you find your childhood fears sometimes follow you into adulthood? Do you think you have to be perfect?  Do you only have heated family discussions if the windows are closed? It’s crazy!
People spill!

People “spill” in more than one sense of the word!  It’s okay to show your flaws. To “spill” what’s on your heart and mind. To be raw and vulnerable. This actually makes us more acceptable. The “perfect” facade gets old and many of us sure don’t want to only see and hear the highlight reel. None of us should feel less than what we really are which is perfectly imperfect beings.  We are human, we make mistakes. Tell someone...spill it! As for that unintentional nut spill on the carpet... Well...I missed a nut which was found and mistaken for a bug. Now I’m p…

Another 5:36 a.m. wake up

I seem to always wake up at 5:36(or earlier😔).  I’d love to sleep in. Fantasize about it really and then...boom!  I’m up.  It’s good in the fact that I usually can get this blogpost up by 6 a.m. and I have a friend who wants it up no later than that. It’s her time. Her “Coffee, paper and Angela time”, she calls it.
It makes me feel loved!❤️ I just really want to sleep in sometime!  I’ve always been an early riser and my mind is always going. Probably ADHD. You know they didn’t readily diagnose it when I was a kid now everybody has it! I’m trying to find ways to keep on sleepin’ in the morning. I could potentially sleep until 7:00 a.m. most days...if only! So here’s my call for help, dear friends and readers. Leave me a comment or private message me your “sleeping-in” techniques. Please don’t suggest going to bed earlier as some days I can and some days I can’t!
Just like gamers need one more level...
I need... Just one more hour, just one more hour!
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Attention Gilmore Girls Fans!!

A few years ago I put out a Facebook plea...What series can I watch on Netflix? My daughter’s best childhood friend suggested that I watch Gilmore Girls. She told me growing up she thought the relationship between Alyssa and I was so Gilmore Girls. After watching the first couple episodes I was hooked. I mean the comedic timing and character brilliance of this dramedy had me at hello! As for the reference of my relationship with Liss, I thought, “Were you visiting the right house?” I’ve since recognized her comparison as one of the highest compliments!  I strive to be a Loreali!
I’ve got the fast talking down to a science!
However.... the Paris’ in life can drag you down! I have a bestie that must deal with a “Paris” on a daily basis. You know the KIND. They deplete your energy, take the wind from your sail, try to outdo you in every capacity, want your advice and examples only to tweak them and make them just a smidge better in order to take credit and THEN walk away thinking they are KIND…

Call me Bridget Jones!!

Just like Bridget Jones, I have ideas of bettering myself in the new year! Thankfully, unlike Bridget, I’m free from the battle of the bulge and smoking!

Here goes...and let’s not be a part of the 80 % of New Year’s resolutions that fail!  Wish me well and I’ll do the same for you!

*Resolution number one: 
To write and blog daily.
My son, his fiancé and my precious grandgirl gave me a book of 52 Lists for Happiness. I will share one weekly( each Monday on kick-off quote day!).
If you enjoy journaling like I do, I suggest you purchase the book by Moorea Seal. 

I actually haven’t missed a day of blogging since starting on Thanksgiving.  I have however incorporated the lazy days of kick off quote and sharing an easy recipe to give my mind a break(but not really as who can stop the thoughts!) Thus the reason you’re getting this post on January 3rd instead of January 1st.  I’ve also had a ghost writer a couple of times who may soon become a cowriter on the blog.

**Resolution Number Two:
To live more …