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Aug 28, 2014

Aging: The Mailbox is Just Not any Fun Anymore!

We used to get things like offers for free vacations and catalogues from exotic companies in the mail box. Now we get some really strange stuff aimed at people that are old and bills of course. Seriously, the mail is just not what it used to be.

Did you know that you can actually buy a fake mailbag online...I mean isn't that illegal or something? Isn't there a law that only mailmen can carry the trusty bag? If there isn't, there should be...I'm just saying.


Speaking of mail, we did get some today. My Fitbit wristbands came and they are just as beautiful as I thought they would be.

Now if my Fitbit would just give me my 15,000 steps I earned today walking 18 holes of golf, I would be all set. My husband got them and they are equal to 7 miles or something. I want mine but NO...I only got 8000 even though I am much shorter than he is and I hit the ball a lot more times. I love the bands but the Fitbit is really making me mad!

Then there was the offer from the National Cremation Services...I know...do they know something that I am not aware of?  Seriously, this was not good news. My husband thought it was contest and we might win a free one...cremation that is. I just reread the flyer and I don't think it is a contest. I think it is a warning of some future storm. I am going to do what Scarlet O'hara would have done and think about that tomorrow.

So there you have it from the virtual mail bag (I did not buy one...really) of b+.  Just in case you do want a mail bag,  here is a beauty featured on Amazon.....


Have a wonderful day.

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Aug 26, 2014

4 Best for a Retiree's Summer

Best Summer Fun:
Celebrations: Son-in-law's Retirement with friends.

Gatherings: Nutty Family

Seeing children at work:
Son Getting Head Shots for New Job

Travel: Husband Photo Bomb

Grandchildren: A Walk with My Babies

More Grandchildren: Peaches and Peaches!


Best Funny Video: My Husband's Ice Bucket Challenge before the Craze Hit the News!
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Best Book: My favorite book this summer.




Amazon Best Books for August (Click this Link to see them all.)

Aug 24, 2014

Blogging (and other stuff): On Messing with Perfection

You know the old saying "if it's ain't broke, don't fix it"? That is the way I feel about this blog of mine. The little old thing just keeps perking alone and, in spite of what I do...not because of what I do, it continues to draw people.

For example, today my readership was down markedly but my earnings were up. My last post about bean salad was not a winner exactly and the one before that about expats dogs did even worse. BUT...in spite of my poor showing today, did I tell you that my earning were up. Strange but true!

When I look at what people were reading I found post on How to be a Snow Bird, How to Add "Reply" Function to the Comment Section, and a post with a List of Kindle Books. All of those post are quite old. The post on Happy Hour and Why Do We Reread Books I wrote last week also made the cut. I suppose an experienced blogger would say that those older posts were "evergreen" meaning that even after a period of time, people still want to find that information.

Although things go very well around here, sometimes things are not so perfect. A fellow blogger wanted to write about this blog but could not get the link to work. I have had this happen before. It seems that, with this blog at least, you have to add the www in the address. It will not work without it. I was disappointed that I had missed that opportunity but I suppose she might come back.

Arizona in the Spring...blog header maybe?
As for perfection, I still feel that urge to change the blog header as fall approaches. Before we leave for the desert in October, I will find a new beautiful picture to add. I love to design them and I always have to relearn how to do it so that is fun too. But I am not changing it until them.
We are going to Mexico in September and I need to get myself in good physical shape...which I am not. So I have begun wearing my Fitbit Flex again, I have it synced with my computer but the 15,000 steps I walked today show up for last Thurs. Darn. I walked 18 holes of golf, my husband's Fitbit shows 15,000+ and my read out shows just over 6,000. If my husband walked 15,000 steps I surely took 20,000...I have to take 2 steps for his one. I want my statistical reward and I want it now! I may need to meditate to get my "perfect" back!

So life is almost perfect. The blog is doing good and in spite of the small glitches, I am not messing with any of it...life or the blog that is.

Have a great week!

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Aug 23, 2014

Food: Best Green Bean Salad Ever courtesy of Jamie Deen

Okay, my husband is done with green beans for a while. I have tried giving them away to the neighbors but they are not biting. They were picked and in my huge Tupperware bread bowl...what to do now. 

The darn beans were going to be used or I am going to die trying. 

And to think I was begging the plants to give me some vegetable just a short while ago. Darn!

Sooooo....to make a long story short...we had our neighborhood party today and I figures I would feed them to people I don't see all that often. They have to eat a little bit of everything at a potluck whether they like it or not. 
I chose the Jamie Deen Green Bean Salad Recipe from Food Network. It was just perfect and I had every ingredient in my fridge or in my garden! The wine vinegar was homemade from our own stash. No special shopping.

Ingredients

Kosher salt
1 pound slender green beans, ends trimmed
1 cup feta cheese crumbles
1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
2 tablespoons chopped red onion
1/2 cup slivered almonds
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 large clove garlic, minced
Freshly ground black pepper

Directions
Boil a large pot of salted water. Add the green beans and cook until tender crisp, 1 to 2 minutes. Use a spider to remove to a bowl of ice water. Drain well, pat dry and place the beans in a large bowl. Combine with the feta cheese, tomatoes and red onions.


Toast the almonds in a small skillet, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove to a plate.
Whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, basil, garlic and some salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the green beans and sprinkle with the toasted almonds. Let marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour before serving. 
Recipe courtesy Jamie Deen 
SHOW: Home for Dinner with Jamie Deen 
EPISODE: Dinner for Two
Read more at: Food Network
I served the salad on a bed of greens garnished with Nasturtium blossoms and olives. It was very beautiful to look at. But better yet, it was delicious.

I will be making that dish again soon...when we have company. Did I mention that my husband is done eating green beans for a while?

I did not use all the blanched beans so I put them in a freezer bag and froze them to be used in soup later. I am getting to be such a pioneer woman...again!

Oh by the way, Jamie Deen has done his mother Paula Deen one better and his show is all about healthy food...no deep frying for him!

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Aug 22, 2014

Links: How Expats Move with Their Cat or Dog

A cat and dog, the two most popular animals ke...
A cat and dog, the two most popular animals kept as pets. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
My son and his family just moved from Shanghai, China to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and not only did the children and wife come with...so did two dogs! Only a few years ago I would have thought it was impossible to move the dog from the house to the back yard. It had never occurred to me that animals could follow a family half way around the world.

In the case of my son and his wife, the moving of pets just did not seem to be a problem. When they left the Middle East 8 years ago, they brought a cat named Lester and a dog named Jake with them. The dog was a given I suppose but the cat was...well just a cat. (I'm sorry RV, my cat, and all the other cats in the world. That is just mean I suppose.)

But, you see, Lester was an Arabian cat that had gone through a terrorist attack on their compound in Saudi Arabia. He got himself locked out of the compound for several months and turned up one afternoon sunburned, bald and generally unrecognizable. The thinking was that any cat that was that brave needed to be taken care of for the rest of his life. He was not "just a cat". Not at all.

While there are many websites that offer information, I thought that Mary Richardson over at Matador Network had the best information I had seen. She said:
Moving abroad can take a lot of preparation and planning ahead, especially if you hope to bring your pet with you.
She decided to leave her cat behind when she moved to Japan...a choice she regretted. In the list below her's is the 7 Tips for Moving Overseas with Pets.

So, want to take the cat/dog with you when you leave the states or even fly across country? It requires some jumping through hoops and not a little expense is involved. There are vets, consulates, and airlines to be dealt with. Start a long time ahead to get all the information you need. Here are a few websites that will help you:


We plan on flying with our cat when we do not take our car to Arizona anymore. He is a stinker so I suppose I will need to do a little reading and make a visit to the vet for tranquilizers for him and my doctor for tranquilizers for me.

Have a wonderful day.

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