Meet CupCake

I mentioned my sisters puppy yesterday, here is a cute picture from when they were dropping us off at the airport.  Cute little thing to add to her busy retirement schedule.


My baby sister is retired

Granted Tureaza is one of the most driven people I know so even though she retired over the weekend from 20 years in the air force she is a solid year into her own growing and thriving business.

IMG_2715Della and I flew out early on Friday morning, we left the house about 4:00 a.m. Since I got home about midnight it was only about 3 hours of sleep.  The connection for us in Dallas was easy but a friend of Tureaza’s, Summer was supposed to be on that connection as well and her connection was late.  My seat was actually both a window and an aisle seat. HA>

It culminated in a lot of driving that day.  We had to get back to Tureaza’s as she had an event for her Prep Cakes that night.  As she finished up the cakes and got ready Della and I drove back to Longview Texas, about an hour to pick up Summer.

We then drove back to Shreveport to where the event was and hung out with and tried to hand out cake samples.  The mosquitos were so bad we ended up giving up and dragging a lot of that cake home.

IMG_2787Saturday was the actual retirement service.  A retired major who was previously her commander drove for eight hours to do the presentation.  Della and I got up and pinned her with the retirement pin.  Then lots of tacos and margaritas later it was done.

The rest of the weekend was playing with her new puppy.  Hanging out and visiting, eating both a nice dinner out on Saturday and then my favorite meal Sunday for brunch I had fried green tomatoes and  crab cakes:



Random Blog Pics

Della and I are flying out in the morning to Louisiana for our baby sisters retirement from twenty years in the Air Force and I am hoping for lots of fun blogging opportunities this weekend, I am just photo dumping these here.

Besides the forty or so baby Coral pictures from the last week, my favorite of the week being this one


I have other random pictures from the week that I take thinking maybe I’ll use it in a blog.

Like our several cloudy days in LA this week:


Or a picture of one of my favorite breakfasts (only better with a poached egg):


Or my constant tracking of Hurricane Jose hoping that it doesn’t actually hit the coast (so far it is not):




Sauce on the vine

Did I mention the heat last week?  It was friggen HOT!  Upper 90’s and into the 100’s for days on end.  Today was only 92, and a relief.

The weather did my tomatoes in.  Although I water them and had been eating them this last week turned a lot of them to mush.  It was just too hot outside for them.

I could have tried to pick them all but my there were to many to do anything with except can them.  My canner is at the house in Calimesa and honestly it was just too damn hot to think about canning.

So this one single tomato plant will need to be pulled out.  Guess I’ll start planning the fall garden.  I have carrot, lettuce and spinach seeds on the kitchen counter ready to go!


Swealtering Paint

Because we do not have enough of our own projects and Lori is back in school so is quite busy on the weekends I agreed to help our friends paint their nursery on Sunday of the Labor Day weekend.

I mean why not, there was nothing else on my calendar.

We got to their house by 8:00 a.m. ready to paint.  That is when we found that Tolan (the not pregnant one) had gotten quite far and in fact had finished painting the nursery.  She had moved on and needed our help…..outside.

It was a small courtyard and we were well into painting before 9:00 but it was darn hot, nearing 100 by the time we finished at 12:30 and all went to lunch.

The twins are due before October and the Dr wont let KD get passed 36 weeks.  She is going on leave middle of next week for six months.  I may have sorta offered to quit my job and be their nanny after that….  lots to talk about before that would happen.

News and look cute baby

The situation in Texas is horrible.  I can’t imagine being one of the thousands without shelter, without clean water, food, medicine, not knowing where family or pets are, without an income source for now and the foreseeable future.

Now there is another hurricane building in the Atlantic, it is at least a week away from possible landfall and a lot can happen in a week.  My fingers are crossed that it turns and heads back out.

President Trump is making lots of threats.  Besides nuclear warfare with North Korea now the possible elimination of DACA.  I remember when Obama was passing it and lots of So Cal folks were leery of signing up because as soon as they did there would be a record and address and if something exactly like what is being threatened happens they could just be rounded up.

There is so much more, Trans-gender ban, the increasing racist alt right marches,  tax cuts for the wealthiest, pay cuts for current government employees.  So much negative headlines that overshadowing other important things.

I woke up at 3a.m. after 2.5 hours of sleep and could not get back to sleep, thinking about how all the boat rescues reminded me of the movie Dunkirk I saw recently.  I ended up watching “Call the midwife” on my iPad until after 5:00 a.m. because at least those tragedies are fiction.  In hindsight I should have gotten up and done the laundry or one of the many things I wanted to get done today but it was just too darn hot.  It was 109 when I left for work, there was no yard work, errands or laundry done today.

All in all my current situation is pretty low-key.  I have a good paying job, good health, family is doing well for the most part (step sister in Houston did not flood).  This was an expensive month but I at least have a job to pay for it.  Compared to the people and destruction in Houston my “expensive” month is minuscule.

We got a new washer and dryer for the rental house my nieces are in.  After two trips from Sears and two trips from a local plumber all is set up, hauled off and they are up and working, quiet and energy/water efficient.   I asked for photos when it was all set up.  The cute baby is the bonus!



Reporting in

Weekends go so fast!  I am sure I shoehorned three days into the two however.

Saturday we got up late, 9:00 am or so, headed out to run errands and get lunch.  Just as we were getting started my little sister text that she was on her way out to drop off her car rental and had some time to kill.  So things changed up.  After we ate Lori started working and I drove out to LAX to pick up my sister.  She had 4 hours or so to visit before she had to be back at the airport.

We drove back to the house and visited for that time and then I headed back to LAX.  LAX may be the most economical airline to fly into, it is also not that far from our house, 20 miles or so straight down the freeway.  It is however the biggest pain in the ass.

As we drove to the airport about 5:30, the freeway opposite, on the way back was completely stopped.  There were fire trucks and miles of unmoving cars.  I am glad I could see that on the way there and so swung all the way down to another freeway to get home.

Once home it was 7pm Lori and I headed out to the grocery store and completed at least one of the errands we set out to do in the morning.  Then I made dinner and my oh my there the weekend is half over already.

Sunday.  Lori worked in the morning.  We had plans in the afternoon to go to Vicky and Emily’s for dinner and swimming.

While she worked I started on a project that had been on the “to-do” list since we returned home from Europe.

Vicky and Emily gave me extra fabric from a reupholster project to make them a valance and some pillows.  I was able in just a couple hours to get all four done so I could take them with us.  I also threw together some bean and roasted corn enchiladas to add to the dinner menu.

This Soiree was Taylor and Emily’s planning and we all brought our swimming gear where the baby had her first pool experience.  She wasn’t so sure of herself but early exposure is good and we are looking for swim lessons.  We had a blast and a very yummy dinner of chicken tacos and enchiladas.  Not to mention needed time with family.  My brother Dale, my sister Della, my might as well be sister Vicky, my wife Lori and my nieces Emily, Amber, Taylor and of course the center of attention Coral.  It was a pretty near perfect day!  Thank you Emily for putting it all together.