Friday, August 18, 2017

The Crap Car

Have you ever owned a crap car? One that no matter how well you treated it, just seemed to give you trouble right and left? I did. It was this car.
It was cute. It was sporty. It was something every college girl needed. But I owned it three days and something went wrong. The water pump went out. This was the beginning of a cycle. Once a month I took that car in for repairs. I was determined that the crap car was not going to get the better of me.

It just never worked on a regular basis. But I stuck with this cute little car. I racked up credit card bills right and left repairing this vehicle. I paid my monthly loan payment. I dream of the day when this car would be paid off.

I put a new engine in the vehicle, and I of course thought it will be paid off someday. Someday, there will be a time when I will no longer have payments on the crap car. And it did happen, I paid the car off two months after it emitted it's last fume.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Angel's Hand

I went with a friend of mine to Crown Hill Cemetery last week. If you like to explore cemeteries this is one you really need to check out. John Dillinger is buried there, as well as Benjamin Harrison. It's located in Indianapolis, and it's pretty easy to find. While I was there I wanted to find a tombstone with a great angel. You know one of those sculptures that can only be found in one of two places. One of the places is a church, and the other is a cemetery.

I found one. This tombstone was a life size angel. It was missing the angel's hand though. I thought about how an angel could loose it's hand. I mean a real angel not one carved in stone. Can there really a one handed angel who has fought some ethereal battle? I don't know the answer to that question, but I really liked the statue of this angel.
Let me know what you think of the photo.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Our Father's Fought The Second World War

The past couple of days, I've been thinking of that song Allentown by Billy Joel. In fact, I've really been thinking about one line in the song. Our Father's Fought The Second World War. My father did fight that war so it does have a little meaning to me.

These lyrics have been on my mind due to the events that occurred this past week in Charlottesville. An event where Neo-Nazi groups protested. An event where hateful slurs were yelled at counter protesters. An event where a member of the Neo-Nazi group utilized the tactics used in London by terrorists. He drove a car into a crowd of counter protestors.

I struck me as odd, that a member of a group of people who claims they don't want members of other races and other religions in their country would employ the tactics of another group of twisted individuals. And I thought to myself, these far right individuals have one thing in common with some of the individuals they claim to hate. The commonality is they only want to hate and injure.

My father fought against Nazi's in that war of the past, and I wondered to myself what would our fathers who fought the second world war think of the events of that day. Is that what they fought for?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Sugar Skull Bear

I know there are people who think I'm a pack rat. They are probably right. I do enjoy my thrifting. But I do use the items I thrift, and I create new items. And a few months ago I found a paper mache bear. I knew I wanted to do something fun with it. And I decided to go with a sugar skull theme. Here's what I made. It's the sugar skull bear.
I like the way he turned out, let me know what you think of him.

Monday, August 14, 2017

August Star Blog Hop

I used to tell everyone that the longest day of the work year is the day before your vacation begins. This past week I've wondered if that's really true. Because it seems like this year the longest day of the work year was the day I returned from vacation. It just drug on. Enough about that my vacation was wonderful, and it's Monday time for the blog hop. Please share your posts, and

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Welcome to week#3 of the August "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:
This past week I shared a post called Simple Inspirations. Take a look at it, and let me know what you think.


WELCOME to FAMILY feature week of the
August "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your FAMILY week Host & Cohost 
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This week is FAMILY feature week
Swing by the Family hosting team's blogs:
Miranda @ The Myrabev Life
Linda @ Country Loving Mom
Elizabeth @ Family Farm School
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#3 FAMILY - parenting, fitness, health, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc -  anything family friendly)

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(These features were chosen from the July "You're the STAR" blog hop)
 Homeschooling:  It's Not Meant To Be Easy by Homeschool Insights

New York City - The MOMA & More by Not In Jersey
The MOMA & More

DIY Rustic Tic Tac Toe Board by Welsh Design Studio

Looking After Your Body by Comfort Spring

If you've been featured then please grab a STAR button below:

You're a STAR
We are in need of more Cohosts (click HERE to view a list of our current hosts/cohosts). 
If you are interested in joining us as a Cohost then please click HERE & fill out the form.


All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )


What I've Been Watching This Past Month

I realized that it's been a while since I shared with all of you the movies I've been watching. So I'm sharing some of the ones that stick out most in my mind.

Atomic Blonde

If you are a female that likes action movies, then this movie is for you. There is loads of actions, and hey it is so great to see a female take over kind of a James Bond role. She is great! And the plot has a few twists and turns that you will love. You think you know the whole story, but make sure to watch that last scene because you really don't. This is a great summer movie! And one of the things I really liked about the movie. The heroine uses items in her surrounding to fight with, a freezer door, a hose, whatever she can find. It is cool!

The Last Word

There are those individuals in life, that seem to never get the praise they are worth. Harriet is one of those individuals. She decides that she needs to have someone write her obituary, and well the writer can't find anyone that has something good to say about her. But Harriet decides to do something about all of this. And she decides to change lives. And she does. This movie is more of a chic flick. But it is fun to watch, and it reminded me that we shouldn't judge a book by it's cover.

Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?

There is a reason some movies are called classics. They have a great story line, and they are acted out perfectly. This is one of those movies. I've found that most people haven't watched the movie. If you haven't you should. It's the story of a sibling rivalry that has gone all so wrong. I watched it on youtube. So take a look at it. Bette Davis and Joan Crawford are excellent in it.

So, these are a few of the movies I've been watching this past month, what's been on your viewing list?


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Brown Rice and Beans With Ginger Salsa

It's time to cook again, and you don't want to run to the store. You want to be able to just use items you have on hand. And of course you want the meal to be healthy. Brown rice and beans with ginger salsa is a super easy meal that fits all or most of the criteria listed above.

Here's What You Need

2 Tablespoons olive oil,
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup brown rice 
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 15 oz cans black beans
1 cup vegetable broth
1 garlic clove
1 Tablespoon chopped ginger
1 Tablespoon grated lime zest
2 jalapeno peppers
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 avocado, halved, pitted and chopped
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Here's What You Do

Heat your olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add 1/4 of the onion and cook until it is softened. Add rice and stir it to coat. Add two cups water  to the mixture. Cook until the rice is tender. Remove this from the heat and let it stand cover for about 10 minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork, and add a 1/4 cup of the cilantro.

While that rice is cooking add a little oil to a saucepan. Add 2/3 of the remaining onion and cook until it is softened. Add the coriander and cumin and follow that up with the beans and broth. Bring this all to a boil and reduce the heat.  Allow it to simmer until the sauce thickens. It should be 8 to 10 minutes.

Now add the chiles, garlic, ginger lime zest and lime juice into a food processor and pulse it. 

Finally take the rice put it in a bowl, top it with beans, salsa, avocado , cheese, salsa and lime wedges.

It's such a simple meal that tastes wonderful. And of course brown rice and beans with ginger salsa is so healthy. Let me know what you think of the recipe.

Now add your