Dec 29, 2010

One year checkup after Lasik

Left eye - 20/20
Right eye - 20/30

That's a HUGE improvement for both!!! Still need reading glasses as expected, but distance and mid-range is great. It was all worth it.

Dec 7, 2010

Poway Walmart doesn't need to be bigger

Right in the middle of our residential neighborhood, it wants to grow even bigger and stay open 24 hours.
Do we need this?

Dec 4, 2010

Brown Widow Spider

I have never heard of a Brown Widow spider! They are shaped just like the Black Widow and make a similar web. They are brown with an orange hourglass, instead of black with the red hourglass. They're also poisonous. Their eggs are all spikey, while the Black Widow's eggs are smooth.

Inside a telescope that's been in the patio for quite awhile...
Black Widows love pipes, boxes, wood, anything they can crawl into and hide while their web does the work. Apparently so do Brown Widows.

Nov 27, 2010

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish...


Babysitting my neighbor's fish named Frank...

Nov 8, 2010

Praying Mantis

He even looks kind of like Zorak...


Nov 3, 2010

Newly re-elected Poway Mayor won't listen

Poway Mayor, in his own words, states that he can't make commitments to the people of Poway.

"I've never made a promise in 24 years up here, because it's difficult to do."

Listen here:

No promises to Poway

So, it's too hard to do? Then maybe being mayor is too hard to do, too.

Poway Mayor tells people of Poway he doesn't want to hear from them.

"I don't want emails from you, from your buddies, from your friends..."
"What I don't want is a barrage of emails, it won't do any good. In fact, it will probably turn me the other way.... I'm just tellin' ya."

Listen here:

Won't listen to Poway

Thank you Merrilee for correcting him:

"Last time I checked, our job was to listen to the input of the people!"


Nov 1, 2010

Stavros for Mayor of Poway

Nick Stavros is the best choice for Poway Mayor.

He cares about Poway and its people. He Listens.

Unlike our current mayor:

24 years and still can't commit

Mayor doesn't care what citizens have to say

Poway deserves better!


Poway Election Choices

Since this is my blog, I can say whatever I want.

Poway has reached a stage where it has a choice to either drop the word "country" from the phrase "City in the Country,” or to preserve what "country" still remains. This crucial decision is in the hands of Poway's voters.

We can continue in the direction we are going, with more traffic, pollution, crime, empty retail spaces, and housing projects with insufficient open areas for families with children. Or we can strive to put a stop to this gradual erosion of Poway's "country" charm and instead preserve the quality of life for Powegians.

Drive down Poway Road and think about it.

Electing incumbents assures us that current trends towards crowding and congestion will continue. Fresh ideas of a new mayor and council members can provide Poway with the opportunity to change this course.

Stavros, Grosch and Babich can give our City in the Country the best possible chance to thrive.


Oct 29, 2010


Put Poway PEOPLE First!
Vote for Stavros, Grosch and Babich.

Vote out incumbents Higginson, Mullin and Kruse


Oct 5, 2010

MORE Marzipan

Newest attempts, this time the recipe is different:

First the stuff was too sticky and the blobs flattened out, so I added more sugar like the directions say. That seemed to help a little. The eyeballs were an afterthought, and I just dabbed some food coloring on with a toothpick.

Sep 30, 2010

ooooh, thunder!

During a big thunderstorm Jem was shaking and hiding under my chair.



Aug 17, 2010

Wig for Burning Man

I decided to make crazy hair to wear at burning man...
Never did this before... and it started out to be just a little hair piece but I got carried away.

It has some strings and lots of beads that glow!

Jul 28, 2010

Baby doves

Discovered a nest in our back yard!

Off with his head!

This was darned freaky to find in the front yard!
We have owls nesting in a palm tree and find all sorts of weird things under it, but this??

Jul 16, 2010

Jem and the Flowers

Smells nice, but can I eat it?

Then can I eat these?

Then what's the point of flowers?

Mailman, bring me steaks!

Sunflower and a Carnivore

May 5, 2010

Apr 28, 2010

Fibromyalgia Awareness Time Again

May is the month for fibromyalgia awareness. Many of us are aware of
it all the rest of the time as well. It touches the lives of family,
friends and co-workers.

Imagine waking up in the morning after a short, restless sleep. Your
body aches like the flu is coming on, yet there is no flu.
You can't move your head without feeling stabbed in the neck, and your
lower back aches when you roll over.
You get out of bed and take a pill for pain, have a little decaf, and
wait to feel like a human being. In a couple of hours, you're
already exhausted and need to rest. On top of that, you feel kind of
useless and guilty for not accomplishing nearly as much as you feel
you ought to, and this makes you feel sad. Welcome to a day in my
life when fibromyalgia is in full bloom. It may vary from person to
person, but one thing in common is pain.

Fibromyalgia can cause depression and anxiety. It's what's left after they rule out everything else. I had just about every test imaginable.
There is no cure, just management of symptoms. The cause is unknown.

It can come on alongside another condition, like arthritis or lupus.
I have osteoarthritis in all sorts of places, and am too young for that.

On a good day, I can get some things done. But if I do too much, I
pay dearly the next day.
On bad days I have to ration my energy out to basics, and take naps.
The dust will wait. Prioritizing is important, and things-to-do lists
are mandatory but flexible. I find that I'm becoming more forgetful
all the time, and that does scare me.

As far as I know, most fibromyalgia sufferers do not want pity. But
we'd gladly accept some help with the housework, cooking, a shoulder
massage, or just a friendly visit.

Family comes first, even if it's only a phone call or email. There's
never too much pain to hear news like my son(s) buying a new car or
getting a promotion at work, or to have time with my husband or sing
with my grandson.

Love is not enough. But sometimes it's the best one can do.


Fibromyalgia Awareness Day
May 12, 2010

Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread
musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and multiple tender points. It may
cause sleep disturbances, morning stiffness, digestive disorders,
anxiety, TMJ, cognitive or memory impairment, visual disturbance, and
other symptoms.

Apr 20, 2010

My shoes

A woman's shoe collection is important, even if it is made up of mostly flip-flops and athletic shoes.

Apr 2, 2010

President Obama Mocks Death of Grandmother

"Nobody had pulled the plug on granny" spoke our president on April 1, 2010 soon after he signed the new health care bill.

Is this the way the President of the United States, so very lacking in tact, speaks to us about the death of our loved-ones?

Having recently been a part of the most painful decision my family has ever had to make, I can certainly say that it was not humorous at all. It was heartbreaking when my family had to make the decision to stop life support in the hospital and put my mother in hospice care to be kept comfortable until she slowly slipped away from us. It was not funny at all.

We brought her home to die.

Her grandsons sat for hours by her bedside, their hearts broken at having to let go of their dear grandmother who gave them nothing but love and kindness.

"Pull the plug on Granny" indeed.

How dare the President of the United States so heartlessly mock us about the death of someone we love so dearly.

Shame on you, Obama. That was pure cruelty and evil. When your time comes to make such a decision about a member of your own family, I wonder if you'll think it's a laughable subject then.

Mar 15, 2010

Puppy Love

I think that every child could benefit from growing up with a furry friend.
Aside from being a loyal protector which is so important in today's world, dogs teach important lessons... responsibility (even if it's just putting out some food and the grownups do the rest)... respect (pull my tail and I won't play with you right now)... unconditional love... and eventually saying the painful goodbye...

And it's just plain fun playing games with a dog! We got Spot when I was two. She lived 14 years until old age took her away.

Now I lay me down to sleep..

I'm Roy Rogers, you be Trigger..

Piranha girl attacks dog