Refreshing Spring Bowl

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I have found a couple of websites for healthy eating. It’s time to take control of what we eat now that we are off vacation.

The websites are “My New Roots” and “Oh She Glows.” Just click each name to go to their website.

I have tried a couple of My New Roots recipes. Tonight I fixed The Spring Abundance Bowl.


This meal is also a “vegan” meal if you don’t use regular mayonnaise. We have used  Vegenaise brand mayo for over a year and we think it tastes better than regular mayo. Especially, the no sugars, no dairy, no eggs and other sundry things that go into making mayo taste and look good. Vegenaise comes in many forms – Grapeseed oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, no soy, or light. No cholesterol in this jar!

I even pickled the radishes but then forgot to put them on the plate. As Dale said, “Next time.”

We also found at Costco a little pouch containing Quinoa and brown rice that we really like. Cook it for 90 seconds in the microwave and it is ready to eat. All organic and delicious.

The Lemon Caper Dressing was also delicious and this is where you choose to use real mayo or not with the Greek yogurt.

I add a bunch of broccoli, spinach to make a bed for the Quinoa and a slice of tomato. A very pretty dish.

After we finished, we both thought this dish very refreshing and enough to fill us up.

I hope you try it and LIKE it too!

Life is good in Sutherlin except for this blasted rain! The fig tree is starting to leave out and the lilac is blooming fragrant blooms!

Bon Appetite.



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While in Lodi visiting Dale’s mom, we celebrated our 14th anniversary. Well, we tried to celebrate. Each place we picked for a nice dinner was closed on Monday, March 17th. So dinner was out was OUT. We thought maybe a movie and lunch but then many errands got in the way for last minute details to be taken care of before we left on Tuesday. So, we decided to celebrate at our favorite eatery when we get home.

This is what my sweetheart got me.


The day before we went to lunch at our favorite place in Lodi, The Dancing Fox. So we could call this an early celebration!


It’s been a good 14 years! Sure, ups and downs, but on a whole a very good life. Thank the Lord for all our blessings and our love.

A Birthday Party

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Our 2 weeks in Lodi were fruitful and gave mom some company. Dale was able to get all of his “mommy-do” list completed and other things. We visited with family and far away family. We also went to Reno to see our new Granddaughter, Lucy Harper and her folks. Scott’s folks came during that time and we were able to meet them. Mindy and baby are doing well. Lucy’s parents are totally in love with her. 


Four generations. 


A birthday cake baked by Lucy’s daddy.


Scott made us a tofu scramble and hash browns for breakfast. All delicious.


Lucy was one month old March 13th and weighed in at 9 pounds.

Was a very good day!

Throw-Back Thurdsay

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Today, my MIL asked her daughter to get her a book about Marvin Hamlisch. Wikipedia says this about him:

(June 2, 1944 – August 6, 2012) was an American composer and conductor. He is one of only twelve people to win anEmmyGrammyOscar, and Tony (also known as an EGOT). He is one of ten people to win three or more Oscars in one night and the only non-director/screenwriter to do so. He is one of only two people to have won those four prizes and a Pulitzer Prize (Richard Rodgers is the other). Hamlisch also won two Golden Globes.


For me, my mind ran to The Sting with Robert Redford and Paul Newman and the wonderful rag time music in that film.


Marvin adapted Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer for the movie. He won the 1974 Oscar for Best Original Song Score or Adaptation Score for The Sting. The Sting won 7 awards that year including Best picture.

A great movie and a classic.

The Hiking Club

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Jojoba Hills Resort SKP park has a hiking group. They meet every Tuesday and may plan an extra hike on the weekends. Some of these members hike every day as their morning exercise. Dale joined the group for two hikes and I did one. Little did I know that we were climbing 1000 feet to the top of a mountain!


We drove to San Marcos, home of Cal State of California. They have a beautiful park system with many walking/running trails. One such trail goes around a lake.


We drove this leg in Miss Scarlet with Rick and Grant riding along. We drove south about 30 miles from San Diego to this town. We had to park at the “trailhead” to make it a good 5 mile hike. Others went to the parking lot at an easier beginning to the trail where we walked a quarter mile to! Going was ok but the 1/4 mile walk after the hike was UGH!


I was able to meet the ladies (and guys) in the group and we would all spread out and chat along the way. When RVers and Full Timers get together there is a lot to talk about.

The more hardy hikers took off and left us in their dust. I was just glad I wasn’t the only “lagger” in the group! The climb for the first hour was straight up. Even with a great path, the steepness almost did us in. (proof I need to get on the exercise!)

Then we hit a flat stretch that was also shaded. The sun was hot and I was able to get a good tan. Along the trail others of the group would wave to us across the canyon. So we waved back and just followed. We came to a fork in the trail and turned left to follow them. When we arrived at the rest stop not far off the freeway we knew we made the wrong turn. Come to find out this group lost the first group too and we should have turned right at the fork to go to the top of the mountain.


So we took advantage of the facilities at the rest stop and ate our snacks and got water. We all decided we did not want to go back and find the trail to the top of the mountain and were finished for the day. 3 miles was good and we had 3 miles to go to get down.


Here’s a view of San Marcos. As you can see there is a “marine layer just hovering above the mountains. I was told by 81 year old Billy that California does not have smog. They have a marine layer. This actually was a marine layer but he can’t fool me!

Yes, Billy is 81 and he can out hike all of us. There was also a man hiking who had a 3-way bypass and he went to the top. Of course, my Dale went to the top. He was waiting with the others at the fork in the trail when we came back.

It was a good day. We all stopped at Nessy’s, a long time hamburger joint in Temecula that is just a trailer like building and eating outside. It was full and the line backed up. The hamburger was good (we shared) and had a drink and fries. Them some of the group went off to Rite Aid for ice cream. Our car didn’t want ice cream so we went back to the park.

Once there, the tradition is to go right to the hot tub. So we did and enjoy more chatting with the folks. We will miss them.

Life is so good!

Psalms 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.”

Quilt Club

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Here at Jojoba Hills the one exciting thing for sewers is the sewing/quilt room. When we knew we were coming here my first thought was “the long arm quilter!” So I bought material in Yucca Valley to make a quilt for our bed in the trailer. The material was 108″ wide, so no seams. And I could get it quilted for a lot less than a regular quilt store.


And the tools they have for anyone to use! This room is a gold mine. Just a sample!


We were hooked up with Yvonne who said she would quilt my quilt. So Dale and I laid it out and cut it on this cutting board above. We then layered the quilt – top, batting, bottom and Yvonne and I went to the long arm and pinned it on.


We couldn’t proceed because a meeting was taking place in the friendship hall. So we all went to lunch. Dale and I came back a couple of hours later and Yvonne almost had the quilt quilted.


It is beautiful and adds so much color to our bedroom.


Yes, I know…pillow shams are next!

Here is some of the quilts that come out of that quilting room.





And we all know……………


Like many things in our life that we like to do, this quilting can become obsessive!!

Throw Back Thursday

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I am joining the ranks of bloggers who post TBT on Thursdays. I think this is a great idea to remember the past!

Since I have gotten back into sewing – only crafts and quilts – I thought I would post one of my favorite comedians ever!

She was born August 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York.

In 1927 she had started calling herself Diane Belmont, found work as a model, first for fashion designer Hattie Carnegie, and then, after overcoming a debilitating bout of rheumatoid arthritis, for Chesterfield cigarettes.

In the 1930′s work soon followed, including a stint as one of the 12 “Goldwyn Girls” to promote the 1933 Eddie Cantor flick Roman Candles. She landed a role as an extra in the Ritz Brothers film The Three Musketeers, and then in 1937 earned a sizable part in Stage Door.

On April 26, 1989, she died from a ruptured aorta following open-heart surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

A little something about Lucille Ball courtesy of

And since I am a quilter/sewer this is my tribute to this wonderfully, funny woman who made millions of people laugh.


I don’t even want to know what happens to this poor sewing machine! Our favorite movie by Lucy and Desi is the “Long, Long Trailer.” And if you haven’t seen it, please do so. It is hilarious. It is also an RVers cult movie!

We like to listen to Old Time Radio on Sirius XM and found Lucy on “My Favorite Husband.” This radio show she was on became so popular that a spin off happened. Yep, I Love Lucy was born

And that is the first of TBT!!