Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Hodgepodge - The Roar of the Ocean, The Crash of a Car

Here is this week's questions from Joyce who I'm sure wrote the first one while she herself was on a beach this weekend.

1. When were you last facing an ocean? Using just ONE word, describe how you felt as you faced that ocean.

I won't count the Gulf of Mexico from Christmas since it isn't an ocean. I could say last summer's cruise from Vancouver to Alaska and then time in Seward but is that part of the ocean or is it the Gulf of Alaska? So I'll go with Christmas 2010 when we went to southern California and we stopped at a beach on our drive to San Diego. They had just had massive rains/flooding so things weren't quite so pretty. But there was the Pacific Ocean.

2. What are three sounds you hate to hear?

Car crashes, the annoying emergency test beep on the tv, and phone calls in the middle of the night. Lucky for me I don't hear any of those very often.

3. This question comes to you courtesy of some real life friends. Hi real life (Joyce's) friends! When you shop for yourself, do you try everything on in the store before buying or do you buy, try on at home, and then return what you don't like or what doesn't fit?

I try on in the store before buying. Last time I went shopping I took about 30 things into the fitting room and bought three tops. Then I go home and show Dan to see if he likes them. Because I could have deluded my brain into thinking something looked good since I was trying on so many things. If he doesn't like it, I'll take it back. But at least I know it fit.

4. February 26th is National Pistachio Day...are you a fan of the little green nut? Do you use them in cooking and baking or prefer to eat them right out of the shell?

I'm not a pistachio fan at all. Only pistachio pudding mix in watergate salad.

5. When did you last have to compromise with someone? Were you happy to reach the compromise or slightly irritated it was necessary?

Compromise is what healthy relationships are built on. I don't remember the last time but it happens.

So this leads us to the unhealthy relationship that Congress has. They don't seem to understand the compromise thing. So our country is about to have the federal budget cut across the board by 10%. Not that the budget couldn't use some trimming but across the board is just wrong.

6. Have you ever written a letter to an elected official? Did you get a response?

I've never written to an elected official.

7. We 'March' into a new month at the end of this week...what's something on your March calendar guaranteed to make you smile?

Whitney will be home for a week for spring break.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I read on Stacy's blog (A Life Lived Well) about a place that alerts you of free and reduced price book downloads. So I went there and now I have 10 books on my ipad for free. You get an email every day with titles matched to the type of books that you like to read. I've read three of the free books and one was pretty good, one was ok and one was bad. But they were free and that would happen with books I bought or got from the library. If you are interested, the site is bookbub.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Oscar Gown Review

The only reason I watch the Oscars is to see the fashion so I can review it with my critical eye. Those of you who know me are laughing at that last statement. But really I went to one movie last year so I am not exactly on the edge of my seat wanting anyone to win. I enjoyed the witty banter on Twitter last night with Katie, Kim and Rachel. Finally somewhere I can have instantaneous feedback on my wittiness.

So here are the best and worst according to me. Because I really don't care what anyone else things. :)


Jennifer Garner was my top pick last night. Somebody in color (I don't get all the nude/pale stuff that looks horrible on camera but probably great in person). It had a little flair in the back and fit her perfectly.

My next pick isn't even in the's Robin Roberts. She looked radiant in royal blue. Good for her for making a statement with her dress. Loved it.

As much as it pains me to say this, Helen Hunt looked really good. For some reason she always bothers me but she did look good last night.


Oh so many to choose from. Helena Bonham Carter is always on the list so I'll just skip over her. But Amy Adams usually looks so lovely. Last night it looked like a feather duster that had seen better days.

Another bad one was Halle Berry. She said she wanted to look like a Bond girl. She looked like one from Octopussy in the 70's. Not a good look.

And I'm going to have to put Anne Hathaway on this list. It looked like a construction project gone awry in the back and the front wasn't any better.

There are a few more I would put on the worst but I'll stop for now. I'd hate to be super negative to start the week.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Focaccia Bread Recipe

So what do you do on a weekend that you are at home? Bake bread that's what you do. We pulled this out of the recipe box since we would be around. It definitely takes some time with multiple risings but it is worth it.

Focaccia Bread
Recipe found at recipezaar

1 1/2 coupes water
1 T olive oil
3 cups bread flour
1 tsp salt
1 T sugar
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp yeast

Put all ingredients in bread machine and use dough setting.

Take dough out and on a lightly floured surface knead gently for 10 minutes. Put dough in a well greased bowl, cover and let rise for 30 minutes.

Knead the dough gently for one minute in bowl. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a rectangle.

Put dough on a greased sheet pan and let rise again for one hour.

Pour 1 T olive oil over top of dough. Poke the dough with your finger in two inch increments. Sprinkle liberally with kosher salt and Parmesan cheese.

Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

The bread is really tender. I like this recipe because the rosemary and oregano are in the dough instead of just on top like most recipes I've seen.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Friday Fragments - Bundle Up It's Cold Outside

I'm joining Mrs. 4444 for this week's installment of Friday Fragments. Everybody join in now.

Mommy's Idea

As my post title suggests it is cold outside. That's really the first time I've said that all winter. We've had a mild one but the last two days has been cold and snowy. It doesn't take much to get us excited when it precipitates of any kind. Everyone was taking snow pictures yesterday.

I know it doesn't seem like much but it was so pretty...big fluffy flakes. And then it rained and melted it all away. :( Although I am not unhappy about the rain just that it made the pretty go away.

So that was Wednesday. Thursday brought sleet (yuck). They ended up delaying work by 2 hours, cancelling all the public schools because it hit right around 6:30-7:00. There was no way the buses could go anywhere. By 10 when I drove to work, the roads were pretty good.

Instead of stupid criminals this week, I bring you stupid legislation. Someone in my state introduced a bill that would make married couples unable to divorce for "incompatibility" if they had been married for more than 10 years or if there are children in the home. Now I'm all for marriage but you can't tell people they can't get a divorce because they've been married too long. Really? I'm hoping that this dies in committee.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Thunder sleet

Woke up this morning to thunder sleet. An interesting thing. If you've never had it, it is best enjoyed while lying in bed all toasty warm. Before the phone rings at 6:40 to tell you that work is delayed until 10 because the roads are too slick to drive. And you turn on the tv to see that the interstate is full of accidents. And you realize that thunder sleet isn't that nice unless you are back in your warm toasty bed.

Which I am!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wednesday Hodgepodge - On Top of Old Smokey

Here we go again. Thanks to Joyce I don't have to plan out my Wednesday blog post. Thanks!

1. When were you last 'on a mountaintop'? You may answer in the literal or figurative sense.
Joyce keeps asking me questions that I have to answer from our Alaska trip. I'm picking when I was "over a mountain" for this one. We flew around Mount McKinley and it was fantastic.

2. Do you establish and maintain a strict budget in your household? What is one piece of financial advice you would offer someone just starting out on their own?

We've been married so long that we don't have a strict budget. Neither of us are big spenders so structure right now isn't as important as it was early on in our marriage when we barely made any money. Dan used to have a sheet where he wrote every single expense so we could keep track of it because his income was flexible and not a steady pay day.

My advice would be don't over spend. You may think you need the fancy stuff or clothes or vacations but you eventually have to pay for it. I'm very proud of the fact that we've made it on our own. Debt isn't bad but make sure it is manageable.

3. Cherries-yay or nay? Cherry pie, cherry cola, black forest cake, or a scoop of Ben and Jerry's Cherries Garcia...pick one.

I'll go with black forest cake. Not that I ever eat it but that sounds the best of all of those.

4. Should you ever discuss religion or politics with people you don't know?

Never. I don't even like discussing it with people I DO know.

5. When you take a road trip do you prefer to be the driver or the passenger? Where were you headed
on your last road trip?

Last road trip was to the Texas Gulf Coast for our Christmas vacation. We traded back and forth driving. I used to always be a passenger but a few years ago started driving and I like to do it.

6. If we peeked inside your closet, what color would we say is most prevalent?

Probably deep red/maroon/plum shades. I look good in those colors and am always drawn to those clothes when shopping.

7. Who's your favorite senior citizen and why are they special?

I would hate to classify anyone as a senior citizen so I respectfully decline to name someone. :)

8. Insert your own random thought here.

So I was wrong about the Harlem Shuffle. It is the Harlem Shake. I'm showing my age by not even being able to name something correctly. Here's the version that Whitney's sorority did.

I still don't know what it is. LOL.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Monday, February 18, 2013

Weekend Wrapup - No Pictures

So this weekend has no pictures and no recipes. In fact I keep thinking it went by fast and what did I get out of it?

The big thing was Saturday we went to see Whitney for parent's day at her sorority. It was very nice. We got to meet several of the girls and they are all so nice. No pictures though.

Then we went to an appliance store to look for a new stove/oven. This place was huge and had good prices. We found one we liked and a new range hood. I wanted to go home and research online reviews before purchasing it so I wrote the model down and we came home. It has excellent reviews (it is a Frigidaire) and we will be ordering it later this week after Dan decides if he can change out the range hood himself or if we need to pay to install it. So that should cross another thing off the list.

Because of all that going around on Saturday I didn't make it to the grocery store until Sunday. Good thing I had something in the freezer that I could thaw out quickly for dinner on Saturday.

Sunday was grocery shopping and some house cleanup. We went out to dinner using a groupon I had bought for a local restaurant. So no cooking then either.

The evening ended watching Revenge. There was a death and I had guessed who it was. What was surprising was a certain characters reaction. And now we have to wait two weeks to see what else happens. Darn it.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Friday Fragments

Joining up with Mrs. 4444 for the usual emptying of one's mind. And so we commence...

Mommy's Idea
What the heck is the Harlem Shuffle and why do I keep having youtube videos pop up about it?

Stupid criminal of the week comes from Florida. Seems like a young man dressed as Batman drove a vehicle into a house. The stupidity was it was his parent's house. I think they could ID him.

I wore red for Valentine's Day. Nothing else special about the day. Which is just fine with me.

My bible study this semester is tough. I'm not quite into it and I don't know what to do. It was suggested that I buy the book that goes along with the study guide. But shouldn't the video and study guide be enough? Maybe I just can't relate to the topic. It is only five more weeks so I can get through that.

Did you watch any of the Westminster Dog Show? The dog who won is called Banana Joe by his family. I have to admit I've never heard of a dog called that. It really doesn't fit him.

Well after our little snow earlier in the week we are back to sunny and 60 degrees. Really, I would like more snow or rain. The sun is nice but we need precipitation. I'm afraid I may have to pull out the old rain dance moves if it doesn't happen soon.

Abby's infection cleared up nicely after just a day of antibiotics. She is such a good dog that I hate when she doesn't feel good (which has only happened a couple of times in 8 years).

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Hodgepodge - Love Potion #9

Joining up with Joyce for this week's hodgepodge questions. 

1. This week marks the beginning of Lent...will you be giving something up or adding anything to your life during this season of the year?
I grew up Catholic and I remember having fish on Fridays. But I never gave up anything for Lent. I still don't. I'm not Catholic anymore but my church will do occasional fasts and I'll do those but it never is for 40 days. Last time I gave up wine for a week.

2. The day before Lent is Shrove Tuesday... tradition states you eat pancakes on this day. In some parts of the world Shrove Tuesday is actually known as 'pancake day'. How do you like your pancakes? Or don't you?
I like pancakes but I don't make them very often. I would make Whitney "Mickey Mouse" pancakes. You know ones that are connected and look like the mouse head.

3. I'm sure there are many, but what's one love song you really love?
Time to date myself. I like Rick Astley Never Gonna Give You Up. Horrible video but I love my 80's music.

4. What are some things you do to let others know you love them?
Doing things that are nice for others without them asking you to do them.

5., pink, or do you prefer another color? Can you recall the last time someone gave you flowers? Given your choice would you like to open the door and see a dozen red roses, a dozen purple tulips, or a dozen pink peonies?
I like purple and pink roses. Last time I got flowers was probably last fall from Dan. And I would rather see a dozen red roses than those other flowers.

6. President's Day will be celebrated in America next Monday. Does US Presidential history and trivia interest you? Many Presidential homes are open to the public and offer guided tours...Monticello (Jefferson's home), Mount Vernon (Washington's home),Montpelier (James Madison's home), Hyde Park (FD Roosevelt's home) and The White House (home to the sitting President) to name just a few. Of those listed which would you be most interested in touring? Why?
I've actually been to four of five of those (never been to Hyde Park). I've even been to others not listed like Calvin Coolidge and Harry Truman. My funny story about Montpelier is when we went there in the 70's I remember they were painting it for a paint commercial. And the story about how Jefferson designed it and made the kitchen door short so Madison would have to bow down every day he left through the door to Monticello (they are near each other).

7. Are you good at keeping secrets?
I think I am good at keeping secrets. I don't think I have any at the moment to keep but I could if needed.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
It rained/snowed here on Tuesday. Big news in a drought state. It was big wet snowflakes that looked very pretty from inside my office. Of course my pictures didn't turn out too well.

The entry outside of my office.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

General Tso's Chicken

In honor of Chinese New Year (well not really but I lucked out in timing) I made a new recipe...General Tso's Chicken. It was from my go-to show of the moment...The Chew. This one was from Clinton Kelly. I know, not a chef, but he loves to cook and experiment. Hey like us "home" cooks. Perfect right.

General Tso's Chicken
Recipe courtesy of The Chew

For Sauce:
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 cup cold water
4 garlic cloves (sliced)
2 teaspoon fresh ginger (grated)
3 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
1 pound broccoli (blanched)

For Chicken:
3 tablespoon cornstarch
1 pound boneless (skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch pieces)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoon vegetable oil

For Side:
1 1/2 cups white rice

1. Prepare rice as per instructions on the package and blanch broccoli.
2. Begin sauce in large bowl, mix together 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 1/2 cup cold water until smooth. Add garlic, ginger, honey, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes. Set aside.
3. In a separate bowl, mix cornstarch for chicken, salt and pepper together until combined. Add chicken and already blanched broccoli and toss until coated.
4. Heat a large nonstick skillet with vegetable oil. Shake excess coating off the chicken and cook in batches until golden, 4-6 minutes.
5. Add the sauce mixture and cook until the sauce has thickened.

This packed a subtle heat mixed with sweetness from the honey and the ginger flavor definitely comes out. We cooked it all in a wok at the same time (no batches for us). Only thing I would do differently is not mix the broccoli with the chicken before cooking. I probably blanch mine more than normal and it is pretty cooked so it doesn't need to be cooked again. Dan thought maybe a touch more honey too. But overall pretty tasty.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Weekend Wrapup

Quite a busy weekend but very productive.

Saturday Dan was sick so I decided to make soup. It was a dreary day and it just made sense. So I made Carla Hall's Tomato-Sweet Potato Soup. I was a little worried because Dan doesn't like sweet potatoes but I wanted this one. It turned out really well and it wasn't overpowering in any one vegetable (it had carrots and onions along with the named ones). I even got to use my stick blender. To go along with it I made super tasty grilled cheese.

Since he was sick, I decided to go shopping. I made out so good. First was the weekly Walmart trip for less than $50. Then I hit JCP and got a Liz Claiborne sweater for four dollars thanks to a $10 gift card they sent me. Then I went to Kohls and spent $20 and got three shirts, two candles ($2 each) and a snowflake bowl. I was super excited with my purchases.

And most importantly I bought fabric to make a curtain for my utility room.

Sunday after church I spent two hours sewing the curtain. I impressed Dan because I didn't use a pattern but really it was just a big rectangle and I had to measure a few times. I'm super happy with the result and I get to cross so etching off my list. Less than $20 for my custom curtain.

For dinner I made General Tso's Chicken from The Chew. It turned out pretty good. Spicy, sweet, good chicken.

Only bad part of the weekend was Abby got an infection and had to go to the vet and get antibiotics. You know something is up when she doesn't eat her food in the morning. But she was all excited about a cat in the evening so the pills must be working.

The weekend ended watching Revenge. I couldn't believe she shot her. I can't wait for next week's episode.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Friday Fragments

Here's this weeks fragments joining with other bloggers at Mrs. 4444's place.

Mommy's Idea

Did you hear that Monopoly is getting rid of one token and replacing it with another. People vote and the iron is out and the cat is in. I guess that covers most pet owners now. The dog is the most popular piece. Personally I like the wheelbarrow so I can wheel my money around the board. :)

Stupid criminal this week is three men who robbed a church of its audio equipment. They took it to a music store to sell. Guess who was in the store? The reverend trying to replace the stolen equipment. He saw what the men were trying to sell and called the cops. Moral of the story...don't steal from church. God will hunt you down.

Anyone watch Smash this week? That Megan Hilty can sing. And Jennifer Hudson was so amazing, she blew Katherine McPhee out of the water. But I could have told you that after watching American Idol. I never liked Katherine.

The gumbo we made on Sunday has been so tasty this week as leftovers. There is still a little left but I think I've had enough. Three times in a week is my limit.

Revenge comes back Sunday and it is going to be so good. They promised no more breaks for a bit which is good because we are coming up to revealing who is going down in the boat that they showed briefly in the first episode of season 2. I can't wait.

I'm going to make a plug for an app from work. It will help researchers determine how well forecasts/radar is accurately predicting precipitation. It is called mPING and is for both Apple and Android phones. Simple to use. All you do is pick the type of precipitation that you are having (they even tell you the difference) and submit. The app can tell your location. Read all about it in the press release from NOAA . I know the researchers involved and it is a great way to help science move forward.

And so ends another version of Fragments. Join in today or wait until next week to see what I have to share.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Blogging A to Z Challenge

I decided to go for it and sign up for the A to Z Challenge in April. I was number 605 on the sign up list. So many people. Hopefully I'll find some new blogs to read and I'll get some new readers myself.

This is the take the bull by the horns mentality speaking. I'm just going for it!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Hodgepodge - Cold Hearted Snake

Time for some hodgepodge questions from Joyce.

1. Chinese New Year will be celebrated on February 10th, and 2013 is the year of the snake. When did you last see a snake? Are you okay around snakes or do they give you the shivers?

I do not like snakes. I avoid the herpetarium at the zoo. I don't remember the last time I saw one in real life but it was a long time.

2. The color red in Chinese culture usually means good luck. Do you believe in luck?

I think some people are lucky. Say my child and her scratch off cards. It never fails that when I get them for Christmas she is the one to win something.

3. sledding-ice skating-building a snowman...if given a choice, which activity would you choose? Which of the three have you done most recently?

If I could be a great ice skater I would choose that. But with my skill level I would say sledding is better suited for me. My snowmen never turn out (of course we usually don't have the right snow). But I don't own any clothing that would be appropriate for playing in the snow. No boots, snow pants, waterproof anything.

I think the last I would have done was attempt to make a snowman. We don't own a sled but once when Whitney was little we did "redneck" sledding. We got a laundry basket and pushed her around in it. Let's just say we really don't have a hill to sled on either.

4. Ralph Waldo Emerson is credited as saying, "The years teach much which the days never knew." Where have you seen this quote played out in your own life?

Here we are again with the quotes. I'm horrible at these questions. I guess it means that you are able to look back with years in between instead of seeing something that day?

5. When was the last time you ate a cupcake?

Last cupcake would have been at a Christmas party.

6. What's something you can't say no to?

I can't say no to answering the hodgepodge every week!

7. Are you a doodler?

Only at meetings that are totally boring. Then my doodles are more just shapes and lines. I like to put lots of dots on a piece of paper and connect them. Then color in the shapes.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

My title today was inspire by the year of the snake. Which reminded me of the Paula Abdul song...Cold Hearted Snake. What can I say, my mind connects words sometimes.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Weekend Wrapup - Super Edition

At first I didn't think I did anything this weekend. Then I realized I was wrng. It was jam packed.

First and most important we went to lowes and ordered the back door. With all the extras (they are painting it and got different hinges) I walked out with a can of spray paint and $1000 charged to my lowes card. Two weeks the door should be in and installed!

Because it took forever to get it ordered ( computer issues) we were late getting home. My plan to make a new recipe beef bourgignon was not going to be dissuaded however. So we ate dinner at 8 Saturday night. It was so dried out. Which was sad because it cost a lot of money to make. Next time crockpot cooking.

Sunday at church we had tailgate Sunday. Lots of inflatables for kids and grown ups. Free burgers and hot dogs. Ushers wore referee shirts. It was a lot of fun but hectic. Our church started a new satellite church yesterday so a lot of volunteers went there plus we closed a satellite church in town so we had a lot of those people come in. I was acting head usher and I was scrambling. We ran out of seats and had to put out chairs. Not my finest example of ushering but hopefully people will be back next week and well be better organized.

Since we had to buy new locks for the back door, we also decided to get new front door knobs and locks. We installed them after lunch. It took longer than we planned because one of the holes in the door wasn't big enough and we had to get the drill out. But dan was great and got the job done.

This is the 20 year old crappy looking stuff.

The hole that wasn't big enough.

The finished project.

Of course now we need to change the door knocker and the door handle on the screen door to match the black but we can do it.

And finally there was the game. We made gumbo which wasn't ready until 8 because the door took longer than planned. Do you sense a theme here. But it was worth the wait. I've posted the recipe for it last year. Delicious.

I was also on the USA Today ad panel I got to rate all of the Super Bowl ads. We had a lot of them online so we could rate them earlier because it had to be done by the end of the fourth quarter. I'm happy to say that the ones that I thought were the best did come out on top. Budweiser Clydesdales were my number one. The other good ones were Doritos princess and the jeep one saluting the military.

I'm not going to even mention the worst one. Lets just say it is always on the bottom every year and if I could have given it negative numbers I would have. I don't often say something was disgusting but that one was.

And so as you can see, I did have a busy weekend. Bring on the week!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Roast Chicken with Lemon and Thyme

In my quest to expand my cooking horizons, I finally made a roast chicken. I can't believe I've lived this long and not done it before. Really it is much easier than a turkey and doesn't take but an hour to cook.

Roast Chicken with Lemon and Rosemary
recipe courtesy of Food and Wine

1 chicken (3 to 3 1/2 pounds)
1 tablespoon dried rosemary
Fresh-ground black pepper
4 3-inch-long strips lemon zest
1 small onion, quartered
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon plus 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 cup water

Heat the oven to 425°. Rub the cavity of the chicken with the dried rosemary, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper and then stuff with the strips of lemon zest and the quartered onion. Twist the wings behind the back of the chicken and tie the legs together. Put the chicken, breast-side up, in a roasting pan. Coat the chicken with the oil and sprinkle it with 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/8 teaspoon of pepper, and the 1 tablespoon lemon juice.

Roast the chicken until it is just done, 50 to 60 minutes. Transfer the bird to a plate and leave to rest in a warm spot for about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, pour off the fat from the roasting pan. Set the pan over moderate heat and add the water. Bring to a boil, scraping the bottom of the pan to dislodge any brown bits. Boil until reduced to approximately 1/4 cup, about 4 minutes. Add any accumulated juices from the chicken along with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Serve the bird with the pan juices.

Comments - A whole small onion did not fit in the chicken but we got as much in it as we could. I didn't make the pan juice in the last step but really the chicken was so moist it wasn't needed. I will say that the breast meat was juicy but not flavorful. So next time I'll find a different recipe that will make it taste better. But not bad for a first try. I'll be cooking more of these birds.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Friday Fragments

Joining up with Mrs. 4444 (eventhough she felt the need to empty her mind early early this week) for this week's fragments.

Mommy's Idea

The geese have taken over the neighborhood. They are just everywhere, blocking traffic, acting like they own the world. At first it was cute, and now I think it may be a sign of an animal revolution.

Stupid Criminal of the week hails from Oklahoma. Seems a woman keeps drunk dialing 911. They have tried and tried to talk to her and tell her it isn't an emergency but she keeps calling. They have reached out to her family to no avail. They arrested her this week and will continue to arrest her every time she does it.

The church event went well Monday night. They sold 1,300 tickets but not everyone showed up. Which is good because the auditorium only holds 1,200. They set out the extra chairs and had overflow rooms ready but they only needed a few of the extra chairs. Wow is all I can say.

Remember Sunday is the big game...the PUPPY BOWL on Animal Planet. 61 puppies playing with toys and trying to score touchdowns. Watch for the kitty halftime show and the hedgehog cheerleaders. All puppies were from rescue shelters and are either up for adoption or have been adopted.

I'm considering to the Blog A-Z Challenge in April. My posts are usually random but maybe I can do this. I'll let you know what I decide.