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I'm a survivor. I have survived two major medical illnesses. Why have I arrived on the other side whereas others with similar illnesses have lost the battle or are continuing to fight for their lives—daily, hourly? Why me? Why not me? When I got spinal cancer at age 16, I could have felt pity...
*Updates at bottom of page. Whoa, my plants are huge—both standing over four feet tall! Bud has twenty tomatoes so far. Ben has 19. Update June 20: If my babies survive this heat I will be a lucky mama. It is going to be 107 today. Just gave them two...
Have a V-8 spritzer! In a very large glass with lots of ice, mix a 12 ounce can of V-8 Low Sodium with a 12 ounce can of seltzer. Drink with straw. :) Have one at lunch and one mid-afternoon. Will keep you full, hydrated, and satisfied until dinner at 6:00 pm.
I am in training up in Flagstaff for the next two weeks. I opted to commute back and forth rather than campout in Flag. Needless to say after yesterday's fourteen-hour-day, I am a zombie. Now, I know you know I am not big on fast food—certainly not greasy, salt-laden stuff. I am so...
Last Sunday I planted two new tomato plants. This season I decided to place them below the porch--up on crates--rather than on the porch. Meet Ben. He is a Better Boy hybrid. This is Bud. He is a Big Beef hybrid. I will update this post soon. And keep...
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There is a new Moz book being released in May that claims to have the answers to all my questions. Preposterous. Think it will answer these? When was the last time Moz ate cheese? Does Moz still wear leather shoes? Does he read the forums at Morrissey-Solo? What does he think of the phrase...
I don't believe in godsends, angels, karma, fate, or destiny. But sometimes things just fall into place, our luck seems to have no bounds. What do we account for these things? Chance? Coincidence? Perhaps. All I know is that when opportunity knocks, answer the door and be sure you have your...
This is my year, my time to shine. I have never felt so ambitious, focused, determined, powerful, calm, happy, and deserving. This is my second stage—a new beginning. My career prospects have never been better or more rewarding. I've made some wonderful friends and truly feel like I am a part of...
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Just got home and checked my email. This was in my inbox. I have the best mom ever. To be loved and cherished by a person who is so amazing is truly a gift.
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I'm craving cabbage. It has been three days since my last fix. What a strange thing to be addicted to, right? At least it is healthy. So anyhow, I'm sitting here wishing I had a big head to fry up for lunch. I could go to the market and buy one. Too bad I just couldn't trade a can of pinto beans...
TJust saw the film Mr. Turner. At the end of the movie I was left with a question: What became of the housekeeper? Ever have a question(s) pop into your head after the movie is over... or a day later? This will be an ongoing post—to be modified when new movies come to mind. Warning ~...
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My ballot: My picks in gold; winners in blue.
Like the years before, this is an ongoing list. This one spans January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015. Here are the other years' lists: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011. I will rank each film from one to four stars. 2014 and 2015 released movies seen in 2015: Spy ~ 4 Just Eat It: A Food Waste...
This post is inspired by No1uno's latest blog entry. He visited Baker Beach in San Francisco over the weekend. I too have been to Baker Beach. Back when I went clothes were optional. I opted to sunbathe naked as did my ex husband (not pictured). But as you can...
My paternal grandmother was a storyteller. And I have the evidence to prove it in a large vinyl zipper bag—copies of her handwritten memoirs which read like short stories. She was an intelligent, head-strong woman—a first generation American born into a large family who emigrated from England at...
Happy Thanksgiving 2014. To celebrate this year, I am acknowledging FOURTEEN things I am thankful for. 1. My family. I love them very much. And feel closer to my mom and son every day. They give my life meaning, hope, connection, grounding, joy, security, love, humor, and much more. 2...
Last night the temperature here dropped below the freezing point. I covered Penny and Sid but they were not looking so good this morning. So, I picked their remaining tomatoes. I will attempt to ripen them in paper bags on the counter. If that fails, I will be scourging the Net for green tomato...
I have been eating a lot of cabbage lately—bok choy and green. I chop it up and sautée it in a little oil in a dutch oven on the stove top. After it caramelizes, I add lots of black pepper and some cubed ham (optional). Then I pour in a little water, cover, and steam it for ten minutes. I eat it...
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When I was fourteen years old, I fell in love for the first time with a boy named Brett. He was fifteen, handsome, and tall, with silky black hair. He looked a bit like a muscular Steve Perry—frontman for the band, Journey. At the end of the summer—that summer of my first love—Brett and his...

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