Saturday, September 27, 2008

Tough Week!

Boy it's been a tough week. With all of the talk of financial crisis and what it might mean to everyone's life, all the back-biting and finger pointing of politics, and the uncertainty of the outcome of the presidential elections, I'm whipped! I admit that I have allowed the fear of this week's headlines to freak me out! I'm having trouble staying focused on anything else as well as waking up in the middle of the night and laying there for hours torturing myself with doomsday visions. Let's face it, I'm exhausted! I heard someone (I think Bill O'Reilly) say yesterday, "Do something fun this weekend; relax." In light of the stress of the entire week, I think it's a great idea. Curl up with a good book. Go to the beach. Work on a project that makes you happy. Eat chocolate. Laugh with friends.
Myself, I think I'll go to my happy place. Yeah, that's the one...
Feel the cool breeze and smell the fresh, clean ocean air! I'll just lay here for a few minutes with my glass of iced tea in one hand, and pet Shasta, who has nestled up next to me in the shade of the beach umbrella, with the other, close my eyes, and listen to the waves lapping the shore and the gulls calling to one another. Yeah, this is great...
Eeeewwwww! Ah geez! I didn't see him coming! Wilson licked me on the lips!!!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Pics from St. David

Isn't it pretty? So peaceful. And green. An oasis in the desert, right? We camp right on the water's edge. Yeah, mosquito heaven but we sprayed from head to toe every day. We've had to do that at home too since it was such a wet summer. After reading up on the campground at St. David, I found out there are 265 sites. Doesn't look that big when you're there. I love all the ducks. They look like they're smiling all the time. I can't help but smile back.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

St. David

Welcome to our maiden voyage in our building on wheels! We're sitting in a pretty little resort in St. David, AZ. It's about 35 miles from our house. Just far enough to feel like we've "gotten away" but close enough that we can do it in a weekend.
St. David sits atop Artisian wells so it's like an oasis in the middle of the desert. Many properties have ponds and there are huge Cottonwoods everywhere. There is a beautiful monastery in town that is very lush and canopied with trees where they have an arts and crafts fair every year. We like to go just to walk around the grounds. Here at the St. David campgrounds there are probably 150 campsites. On the lower level, where we like to stay, there are two "lakes" full of fish, about 20 ducks, and a couple of geese. The ducks and geese have no fear of people or dogs and for some strange reason, thankfully, our dogs don't have much interest in them. There are probably only 7 or 8 campers on this level but when we walked the dogs to the upper level we were very surprised to see LOTS of RVs up there. Full hook ups there. :) But it's like camping in a parking lot up there...not for us. This time of year we get snowbirds from all over the country and because of the price of gas we were happy to see that we are not the only crazy people in RVs.
When we left home on Friday, we crated Willy since he can be such a spaz about this house moving. After about 20 miles we let him out and although he acted like he was going to have a heart attack and was shaking like a leaf, his laid down next to Shasta for the duration of the ride.
This trip was also to figure out how we were going to get on the internet and send/receive email on the road. Poor Ron worked for a day and a half to figure it out and obviously he did. So now when we leave town next month for Santa Cruz we'll still be hooked up! Just need to figure out how to download pictures while away from home. I'll try to post some Monday when we get home.
Gotta go...Ron's turn at the computer. :)

Sunday, September 7, 2008

High Protein Fruit Salad

We LOVE this fruit salad. And because this is the season, it's a perfect time to give it a try! We like to have it mid-morning or sometimes as a snack before bed. It's super easy and delicious!
(This is not a picture of my fruit salad but I figured we needed a picture to get in the mood.)

2 medium apples, cored and chopped
1 1/2 cups grapes
1/2 med. fresh lemon for juice
1 cup cantaloupe, cubes or balls
3 cup low-fat cottage cheese
2 Tbs. honey
1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts

Combine apples, grapes, and cantaloupe in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons honey and the juice of 1/2 fresh lemon. Toss to coat thoroughly. Add cottage cheese and mix well.
Cover and chill. Just before serving, stir and sprinkle with crushed nuts.
Hope you love it as much as we do!!!

Flora & Fauna

Books I have known & loved

  • Life of Pi
  • A Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Kite Runner
  • The Way the Crow Flies
  • Fall on Your Knees
  • Poisonwood Bible
  • East of Eden
  • Shantaram
  • I Know This Much is True

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