Beach and Movies

My dear friend Katherine flew in on Thursday night.  I took Friday off and after a good sleep in and breakfast in the backyard we went to Seal Beach for an afternoon in the sand.

It ended up being quite a bit sandier then we thought due to the very windy conditions.  We started out with the bigger umbrella, but after we lost it once and a young man named Clayton caught it for us we switched to the smaller, earlier to tie down to our bags umbrella. Katherine ventured down to put her feet in the ocean, I didn’t get that close.

Saturday we went walking at Eldorado nature park, my usual walk.  Besides a lot of turtles we watched a couple hawks swoop through.  One landed right above it and I got this picture although it is hard to see amongst the branches.  Katherine captured our 2 mile and then 1 mile loop on her watch app.  It made for a pretty cool map of our walk.

Saturday we also went to see the movie DunkirkIt was a very interesting movie, on the rescue of hundreds of thousands of soldiers from the city of Dunkirk after the German invasion.  It isn’t actually a move I had heard about but I found it very captivating.

Katherine also introduced me to Netflix and the show Call the Midwives. I realize “introduce me to Netflix” sounds like I am living under a rock, but the last time I had Netflix was when you got a couple DVD’s in the mail and returned them when you were done and they mailed out the next one on your list.  Needless to say, I’m almost through the first season.



Prep – Cakes

My sister had been making Prep-Cakes for over a year now.  She has built the business from her home to a rented kitchen, hired an employee and can’t keep the refrigerators at a couple of local body building full.

After a 20 year career in the Air Force she is retiring today.  Her next endeavor is to open a store from for her Prep-Cakes.

Sugar free, low carb, macro balanced cupcakes and deserts.  She made us some last Thanksgiving and we ended up having them for breakfast, I mean why not, sugar free and macro balanced.  So. Damn. Good.  (Link below takes you to her Kick starter)

Post Removal

I recently accepted a Facebook invite from my step sister.  We don’t see eye to eye on a lot of things but we are still family. 

I tend to just ignore a lot of what she posts. But after today’s horrific events she shared this meme from Trumps page I just had to respond. 

So I responded with the following.   Only to have here delete the whole thing a short time later:

You’re kidding right.

If the issue was only so elementary, so simple that we could boil it down to “this hasn’t happened to anyone I know therefore it no longer exists.” Let’s not forget I am JUST younger then the end of segregation.

White privilege is alive and thriving. WE have lots of privilege just because our skin is white. I do not fear being pulled over for speeding and losing my life because of it. I don’t even fear being pulled over just because my skin color automatically makes me a suspect and more than that simply guilty just because.

We are not expected to change the way we talk, dress, shop, travel or simply exist. These factors alone afford me, you, whites more opportunities. With more opportunities comes more frequent, or easier success. With more success perpetuates the “race” differences that whites are better than blacks.

We are not better. They are not better. We are all Human and all equal, but until another 100 or so years go by and hopefully by then things are more equal we (WHITES) must fight for the equality of all.

Silence equals approval.  I do not approve. 

Not your fathers root beer floats

Every weekend from now until October are booked, except this one.  Actually I haven’t even looked into October yet but I am sure there are things on the calendar as school will be well underway.

This weekend we work in the yard.  Up early, work until we can’t stand it or need food or both.  Shower, sleep, repeat.

For this I bought a cool treat for the weekend and since a friend is stopping by who can’t have dairy I bought soy vanilla ice cream to go with my GROWN UP Root Beer.

Yep.  5.9% alcohol.  I bought one single last week to try it and today got a six pack and the ice cream.  You can say it is also a test drive for next weekend when my friend Katherine is in town or a test drive for the end of September when we have a Palm Springs weekend planned with friends.  EITHER way, good reasons in the name of science to try these things out.

Goings On

I went looking through my photos to see if there was anything blog worthy.  Most are of my great-niece as I still request daily photos of that little peanut.


IMG_2440There were also some pictures of Air Force One that is housed as the Ronald Regan Presidential Museum.  My niece Taylor and I drove up last Saturday to take in the Titanic exhibit that is currently there.  We spent a couple of hours going through it and then rushed through the Presidential part.  I was interested in seeing more but it was crowded and just seemed more like propaganda than a museum.

Besides baby pictures I have food pictures so I guess I have done some cooking.  I made a peach crostata because the peaches were magnificent.  I also have this picture of chicken wings I made on the same day, trying to use up some panko I had opened and also bake in the convection oven and not heat the house too much because it is in the 90’s.  Saturday before Taylor and I drove up to museum I made biscuits for breakfast as well.

It may be Summer but that doesn’t mean that Lori is not crazy busy getting ready for fall classes.  Her office shows her dedication to the upcoming school year.

What we should both be working on is the yard, but I did mention the 90+ degrees and that coupled with hot flashes has meant that we have gotten started a couple of times, but boy oh boy are we behind.  I am sensing a pattern here.  I keep thinking, If I could just caught up then I could maintain it.  However the last time we had help to get caught up then peak happened, or travel, or finals or a myriad of things that got us way behind again on the weeding.  It is on the list for this upcoming weekend.

Time for something else

We have been home for three weeks.  For three weeks I have been working on baby blankets for friends who are having twins.

I finished the second blanket at midnight last night and we had lunch with them today and passed them off.  They were thrilled.

Now there should be more time for chores, fun, blogging and even more projects.  Most spare moments have been spent crocheting these blankets.

whirlwind week

Besides being both drunk and hung over from the news, here is a little more of what has been going on.

This really cool turtle was seen on our walk this week.  I got a lesson from a little girl letting me know it was a yellow bellied scrub turtle.


These are not the same cupcakes.  There have been two birthdays at work since I returned from vacation

We also returned to find a baby shower invite.  Friends we knew were “trying” but we haven’t seen in a bit and didn’t know the status.  Status is:  Having twins, a boy and a girl!  Baby shower in a month….

So that first weekend we went and bought yarn for two blankets and I started crocheting.  Well even though two of each seemed like enough it was not and last weekend we went out for two more of each.

Well one blanket is already completed and now I am starting on the second one.