Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Linda's Quick & Easy Vegetable Soup
1 can beef broth, 1 can vegetable broth, 1/2 can water, 1 can cut green beans, 1 small can whole kernel corn, 1 can mushroom pieces, 1 can cooked diced tomatoes, 1 can kidney, pinto or northern beans, 1 can sliced carrots, 1/3 cup barley, minced onion (I use the dried) & some garlic powder.
Put all these ingredients in a large kettle and cook on medium heat for a couple hours. Stirring occasionally. You don't need to add any salt because the salt in the canned veggies will be plenty. This is so good, very filling & the left overs are good warmed up. And like I said, anyone with a can opener & a kettle can make it.
We had a great Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with Bob's kids. I've retrieved Gabi from my grand daughter and have been busy all day getting ready for my Christmas dinner tomorrow. I'll try to do an entry about our time in Enumclaw, either Sunday or Monday. I hope everyone had a good couple of days....until next time. Linda
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
All the Christmas wrapping paper, ribbons & bows that is. Bob finally finished his shopping this afternoon and wrapped what need to be wrapped. He got his teen age grand kids Target gift cards but he had stuff (toys) that needed wrapping for the 18 month old and the 4-1/2 year old. But now it's done & I've carried everything out to the shed and put it away. I use my ironing board for wrapping so it's been sitting out all this time too. It's been put away also.
My new neighbors made a snowman the other day. It's really cute and it's sitting out by their mailbox~I'm sure the mailman gets a kick out of it. Well, Bob took this picture of it today, I printed it out and he got a frame at the dollar store and we've put the picture in the frame and wrapped it up. I'm going to take them some fudge and a loaf of cranberry bread tomorrow and will give them the picture at the same time. This way the kids will have a photo record of their first snowman at their new house. And I've had a great picture to put in my blog.
We're still undecided about our trip to Enumclaw on Wednesday. They are saying we could get several inches of snow tonight & tomorrow so will play it by ear. Lisa commented that staying in the camper sounded cold....will Lisa it's ok. There's a nice wall furnace in there that will drive you right out of the thing if it's turned up too high. We've stayed at several ski resorts during ski season and we've been very comfortable in there. But thanks for being concerned.
Well that's all for tonight. I'm going to make some popcorn and get out a movie, since there doesn't seem to be much on TV tonight. Until next time,
Sunday, December 21, 2008
There's a little bird over to the left on top of the bird house. Waiting his turn at the feeder.
The snow hasn't bothered my little feathery friends today. At one point there were two of them sitting on the snow on top of the feeder. Notice how the snow is scalloped on the porch railing.
And tonight it's still snowing. I made 4 loaves of cranberry bread today, all but one little one I'll give to neighbors. Monday I'm going to make peanut butter fudge & chocolate fudge. My shopping list for the December 27th dinner is made out. So in the next day or so we'll go to the store and get the needed items. Bob did go to Costco today and bought a bag of frozen meatballs. I'm going to make the "Ultimate Party Meatballs" again-the recipe is on the back of a bottle of Heinz Chili Sauce. Plus we're going to have a spiral cut ham, cranberry molded salad, coleslaw, fresh pineapple, fiesta green beans, baked potatoes and for dessert~dutch apple pie, pumpkin pie and I'm hoping to find a sugar free cheese cake. Sound good? Well, you're all invited to join us.
I got a call from my former neighbor, Mr Newton this afternoon. He and his wife moved to Kansas City, Missouri in October 2007. I miss them so much~they are such dear people. They are really missing the northwest~it's been way below freezing where they are & they don't like it at all. He said he'd rather be shoveling snow here than back there in the bone chilling cold.
Well the weekend is over. I hope everyone had a good one. Until next time..Linda
Many churches have cancelled their regular services and Christmas programs this weekend. The State Patrol has asked that everyone stay home and off the streets & highways unless it's absolutely necessary to be out & about. Interstate 5 that runs north & south thru our area is compact snow & ice~very treacherous !
We usually get some snow here each winter but maybe just a dusting for a day or two & then it's gone. For it to drag out like this, complete with the below freezing temperatures is unusual. And it's especially difficult because of the hills everywhere. You can hardly go anywhere with out going up and/or down a hill. Some of course are steeper than others and all of those streets remain closed. The mayor of Seattle was on TV last night and said that even garbage service was being suspended in some neighborhoods because it was too difficult for the trucks to navigate the hills.
I'm so glad I have everything I need, for Christmas Eve & Christmas Day. I do need to do some shopping for my Christmas dinner on the 27th, however.
Yesterday, I posted a video of Amy Grant singing a Christmas song. I plan to do this each day thru Christmas Day. I hope you will all take a few minutes, go to that entry and enjoy the first musical video. I'll post another one this afternoon. Until next time, Linda
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Bob, his daughter, son in law & two grand kids made it here safely. He was dropped off here about 9:30pm last night and the rest of them continued on to Enumclaw, they called about 10:45pm and said they'd arrived there safely. In all they were on the road for 30 hours when in fact it should have taken 17 - 20 hours to drive straight thru from Pasadena to western Washington. There were 4 of them driving, so it wasn't the lack of drivers....it was road conditions.
Our weather forecast for later today and thru the night is very dismal. High winds (up to 50 or 60 mph) with snow are predicted for all of western Washington. Of course we have so many convergence zones that it will be a little different from city to city. I'm going to try & get out for another gallon of milk this morning and other than that we should be fine. If the power goes out (that's expected) we have the wood stove for keeping warm & cooking soup & heating water. I've told my son, if the power goes out he needs to come here until it's back on. There's no reason for him to stay in his apartment freezing to death when he can come here & be warm. My daughter & family also have a wood stove that they use in times of emergency~hopefully this weekend won't be one of those times.
I finally have all the Christmas gifts wrapped except for one item I ordered on line last week. It will be here any day. The only thing left to buy is the ham & meatballs I'm going to serve for my family Christmas dinner on December 27th. That can even be done on the 26th so I'm not worried about that. Everything else is taken care of. I always have this dinner in the Clubhouse here at the mobile home park. So in the next week, I'll be packing up serving dishes, silverware, etc that needs to be taken there Saturday morning. I'm getting better each year at remembering everything I need so I don't have to go back & forth between the Clubhouse and here to get the missing item(s). There's a full kitchen there so I do all the cooking & all the dish washing up there.
Well, that's all for now...I hope everyone has a good weekend. Stay warm & stay safe. Until next time~Linda
Friday, December 19, 2008
Breakfast Egg Casserole
With a mixer beat 10-12 eggs, add 1 pound grated jack or cheddar cheese, 1 small carton of small curd cottage cheese, 4 teaspoons baking powder, 2 tablespoons flour, 1 small can of mild diced chilies (drained), a pinch of salt & pepper. Mix all these ingredients well and pour into a 12 x 9 baking pan, that you've coated with melted butter. Bake at 400* for 10-15 minutes, then turn oven down to 350* and bake for an additional 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Holiday Cranberry Nut Bread
Mix together; 2 cups flour, 1 cup sugar, 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. Stir in 3/4 cup orange juice, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, 1 tablespoon grated orange peel and 1 well beaten egg.
Mix until well blended. Stir in 1-1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries (coarsely chopped) & 1/2 cup chopped nuts. Spread evenly in a well greased 9" x 5" loaf pan and bake in a pre-heated 350* oven for 55 minutes(Or an inserted tooth pick comes out clean). This recipe will make one full loaf or two small ones. This is a great holiday treat.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
The top surveyed names in order of popularity were:
Chateau Traileur Parc
Big Red Gulp
World Championship Riesling
I Can't Believe it's not Vinegar
The beauty of Wal-Mart wine is that it can be served with either white meat (Possum) or red meat (Squirrel).
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
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JHTMF - Just Here To Mooch Followers
SICS - Seizure-Inducing Color Scheme
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I woke up to 20* this morning, I have eBay sold items to get to the Post Office & Avon to deliver, so at noon, when the temp is supposed to be up to 29* I'll head out carefully and hope the snow on the roads has been worn down and/or melted. My son called and said when he went to work at 6:30am, it was icy but he didn't have any problems. Bob only got as far as Medford, Oregon yesterday afternoon. There were signs along the freeway "Chains Required Ahead" and "Expect Delays." He decided he didn't want to put chains on in the dark & the snow...so hunkered down in a warm motel room, watching movies and eating KFC. He called this morning and said he was going to wait until the noon check out time to leave, so the traffic would grind down the snow & ice on the freeway. At this point he's about 1-1/2 hours from Siskiyou Pass in northern California. I don't worry too much about him, as he's driving in snow & blizzard conditions hundreds of times. When his kids would have a snow day at school, he'd load them up in the family car and head for the mountain to take them skiing. So he's got lots of experience driving in the white stuff. Although he said yesterday, going thru Portland, Oregon was some of the worst road conditions he's ever encountered. At least after getting over the Siskiyous and thru the Redding area, it should be smooth sailing all the way to Pasadena.
Ok, I'm out of here to get ready to go out into the perma~frost. I hope everyone has a wonderful Monday. Until next time......Linda
Update~ Bob has called and he made it thru that northern California mountain pass ok. He went thru just as the "Chains Required" order was lifted. He said there was so much sand & gravel on the highway it was like driving on a dirt road. He was about 70 miles north of Redding and taunting me with the In-N-Out burger he would be getting once he got there. The rat!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Bob's on his way to Pasadena, he's covered lots of ground today but was slowed almost to a halt going thru Portland. He said there is compact snow and ice on the highway running thru Portland and cars & semi trucks were all over the freeway. He managed to snake his way thru all the wrecked cars and jack knifed semi's with no mishaps. He's was hoping to get thru the Siskiyou Mountains in northern California today but last time he called he said it didn't look good. Darkness was closing in and the snow was pretty heavy.
I'm thankful I don't have to go to work anymore......snow was not an excuse to be late or not there at all. I'll be home in my nice warm house thinking about all those out there heading for the office in the morning.
And the thermometer out there is reading 28*. As you can see there's just a whisper of snow here, other areas north of Seattle really got dumped on. And the mountain passes are a mess. The weather guys on the TV are saying it's going to be cold like this for the next 5-7 days.
I put my two hanging baskets in the shed yesterday morning, I'm not sure I'll be able to save them, but I thought I'd try.
I guess summer is over.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.
7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.
10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention.
Friday, December 12, 2008
I did go out in the car this afternoon, briefly and it was a trip I'll never forget. Not too far from me there's a Franz Bakery Outlet over behind what's known here as the B & I store. I decided to go over there so I could another loaf of bread & some English muffins. The bakery outlet is on a road that goes behind this big B & I store and there are big speed bumps along it so people will go slow. Anyway , I was creeping along and this white car with real dark windows pulled out of the B & I parking lot in front of me. I almost got the notion that it looked like an old police car other than the fact that the windows were so dark. Next thing I knew, I heard sirens and saw two police cars coming in my rear view window so I pulled over. Then 2 more came from the other direction.....3 of them pulled in to block off the white car and the 4th one pulled up along side of me. All of the officers jumped out of their cars with their guns drawn and the one that pulled up next to me, yelled at me to "back up, back up." This old lady shoved it into reverse and backed up as fast as she could. Before it was over, there were 8 or 9 police cars from Tacoma and 2 police cars from the city of Lakewood and 2 county sheriff cars. There were 6 young men in the white car and they came out one by one with their hands up. They were cuffed up, searched, etc. The last one was cuffed and an officer had him over the back of the police car right in front of me. After the officer patted him down, he pulled out a wad of bills from the kid's pocket. There were so many, that some fell out and they were blowing down the street past my car. The officers were chasing the money down the street and eventually gathered it all up. Anyway, he nicely suggested that I turn around and go to the bread outlet from the other direction, explaining that "this is going to take awhile" so I did. It's probably about a mile to go back & come in from the other direction and when I got there, did my shopping and left to come back home, they were just wrapping things up. There were still 3 police cars there and a tow truck was pulling up to get the car. There were passengers in the back seats of all three remaining cars.....I think they may have been getting a ride to the Cross Bar Hotel. Christmas in jail~not a pleasant thought.
I have been faithfully carrying my camera with me for days~but did I have it today ??? NOT !!!!!!!!!
That's was truly enough excitement for this old lady for the year.....
This is too true to be funny. The next time you hear a politician use the word 'billion' in a casual manner, think about whether you want the 'politicians' spending YOUR tax money.
A billion is a difficult number to comprehend,but one advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into some perspective in one of it's releases.
A. A billion seconds ago it was 1959.
B. A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.
C. A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age.
D. A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet.
E. A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes, at the rate our government is spending it.
While this thought is still fresh in our brain... let's take a look at New Orleans ...
It's amazing what you can learn with some simple division.
Louisiana Senator, Mary Landrieu (D) is presently asking Congress for 250 BILLION DOLLARS to rebuild New Orleans . Interesting number...
what does it mean?
A. Well... if you are one of the 484,674 residents of New Orleans (every man, woman, and child) you each get $516,528.
B. Or... if you have one of the 188,251 homes in New Orleans , your home gets $1,329,787.
C. Or... if you are a family of four... your family gets $2,066,012.
Washington, D. C ~ HELLO !!!!
Are all your calculators broken??
Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL License Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Hunting License Tax
IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax)
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax Luxury Tax
Marriage License Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service charge taxes
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
(Truckers) Sales Taxes
Recreational Vehicle Tax
School Tax State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Tax
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?
Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago...and our nation was the most prosperous in the world.
We had absolutely no national debt...
We had the largest middle class in the world...
and Mom stayed home to raise the kids. What happened?
Can you spell 'politicians!' And I still have to press '1' for English. I hope this goes around the USA at least 100 times
What the heck happened?????
Thursday, December 11, 2008
We all have dusk to dawn lights on the post that holds our mailboxes. So I took off the round white globe and put my plastic Christmas soldier on my light.
I found this mat in a closet~it was still new & unused It most have been one of those after Christmas bargains I got one year.
I decorated my old milk can with a few silk poinsettias and bright red bow. This sits at the top of the porch steps and greets the UPS guy or anyone who might stop by.
I took the usual cat theme wreath off the front door and put the Christmas wreath there instead.
And I put some silk poinsettias on the little white table that sits out on the porch. My hanging baskets are still blooming but our friends in Canada are sending a cold front our way & we are being told to expect snow this coming weekend. My precious flowers are doomed!
These little snowmen sit on the white table in front of the pot of poinsettias. I found them at our local Goodwill Outlet. They are new, still had tags on them. The GW Outlet sells everything by the pound, so the snowmen probably cost less than $1.00. I got 2 big sacks of stuff including some Christmas dishes for just under $12.00. Bob put the icicle lights on the outside of the house. It doesn't look as good in the picture as it does in real life. Since my house is blue with white trim, it really looks nice with the lights.
In this picture you can also see my Christmas tree. My house has minimal outside decorations compared to some in the park. There's a place down the street from me that is totally covered with lights and has a large Nativity scene, plus Santa, Snowmen & other figures all lit and many of them are moving. Then there are some houses that have nothing.
And I'm happy the little birds have finally found the bird feeder I hung out last week. They sort of line up on the porch railing and take their turn at the feeder. I took this picture thru my sliding glass door and it's screen so it's not real clear.
Today I'm thinking of my dear Grandma Smith. (She was my dad's mom). Today would be her 116th birthday. She was born December 11, 1892. She passed away September 24, 1978 and lived here in town. In fact, after she retired from the Milwaukee RR, she and her father lived across the driveway from our family home in a duplex my dad created for them. (My great grandfather died in 1958 and then grandma's sister moved into his side of the duplex) She wasn't the apron wearing, cookie baking grandma like my other grandma but she was a great lady. She made the best peanut butter fudge in the world and my cousins and I don't have a clue where that recipe is. I can remember her taking me downtown when I was little. After shopping we'd go to Manning's lunch counter and get these fat, yummy tuna sandwiches, served with a big pickle and potato chips. For dessert we'd cross the street to Woolworth's and sit up at the counter and she'd order each of us a Cherry Soda. She would also take me to work with her during the summer months from time to time. She was a telegrapher for the Milwaukee and the shack where she worked was between Milwaukee & Union Pacific tracks. She worked the graveyard shift and I loved being out there with her all night. Although, when she had to walk out into the darkness to change a switch~it was kind of scary for a young girl. But grandma would carry her lantern and a Billy Club with her on those walks. Grandma Smith was near by when my daughter Julie was growing up. Since my mom babysit Julie, all she had to do was walk across the driveway to "great-great's" house to get treats and spoiled. Grandma was older of course when my son was born, so other than when he was a baby she didn't have as much interaction with him. He was 7 yrs old when she died and by that time she was in a nursing home. However we visited her frequently. Happy birthday grandma~I sure miss you.
I've received so many lovely cards and I want to thank you for them. I have to admit, I didn't send many out this year. I've barely started wrapping...but I'm going to do better here soon. It seems like I keep getting distracted. Bob is leaving for California Sunday or Monday (but he'll be back for Christmas~it's a long story). Once he's gone, I'll do better except by then Barbara will be back from her trip to New Orleans, and there's lunch out with the girls next Thursday and a doctor's appointment next Friday.....it doesn't look good does it? In the old days, when I was working full time, I could get the wrapping done in a day or two. Now, retired, I have all the time in the world and can't seem to get anything done in a timely manner. Too many distractions, me thinks.
Well I hope everyone is having a good week. Like I said earlier, they are telling us that a cold front is coming down from Canada and we can even expect snow here in the lowland this weekend. That will take some getting used to after the days and days of moderate temperatures. Until next time, Linda and Gabi
P.S. I haven't updated my travel blog for awhile. Perhaps this weekend or the first of the week I can continue. The next entry will feature our day (October 1st ) on Catalina Island. http://packyourbagsletsgo.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Remembering today all those who lost their lives in December 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor. May we never forget that day. However, I'm afraid many have forgotten already...I didn't see any mention of it in my Sunday paper today. Maybe the article was so small I missed it. It should be plastered on the front of every news paper in this country. In another 60 years will what happened on Sept 11, 2001 be forgotten too?
Saturday, December 6, 2008
As I was going thru my various video's I couldn't help but think about each one and which one pleased me the most. There are a couple from past cruises that remind me of pleasant vacation events. But one stands out from all the others. For anyone that's new to my Blog, you may not have seen this one when I posted it originally. It's bath time for my little sweet kitty. Gabi is a rescued Exotic Shorthair (aka short hair Persian). Gabi took over my house on October 4, 2005. At the time, the Vet felt she was approximately 2 years old, so I gave her the birthday of 10-4-2003. She is now about 5 years old and still weighs just under 5 pounds. She's a petite little girl but that doesn't stop her from letting me know what she wants & when she wants it. When she's ready to eat Fancy Feast in the morning, if I'm not up~she runs back and forth across me making her soft little throaty cat talk noises until I get up. She is definitely the Princess of this house. And did I tell you that she has a crush on Possum, Raisin and all of Lisa's (Bison Farm) male cats~well she does. And two of her best girlfriend's are Katinka & Nina over in the U.K. She's got a huge network of feline friends......
Friday, December 5, 2008
Northwest where~on any clear day Mt Rainier is always there.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
This was taken om Mother's Day 1962 at "the farm" where my folks lived. You can see the pasture in the background.
Here she is with grandpa blowing out her four candles in 1965. She loved horses & my dad worked for the railroad so every once in awhile my mom or I would make a sheet cake and decorate the top with a pasture scene with little plastic horses and a plastic train running across the pasture. But this particular year the cake was strictly a girl's cake.
Here she was in one of her Christmas nightgowns. She has always received something with a Christmas theme for her special day.