Tuesday, August 22, 2017


Lincoln City, OR eclipse

Did any of you see the solar eclipse today?  How much of it was available in your area?  Here in Philly it was an 80% eclipse.  Originally I wasn't going to be able to see it because I had to take Joe to a doctor's appointment, but he changed it to another day.

The day started out with bright sun and then got cloudy.

Then the sun came out.

Then it clouded up again.

I didn't have any glasses and never got around to making a pinhole viewer, so I watched it live stream from our science museum, the Franklin Institute.   It was amazing watching the sun be covered up by the moon and then reappearing.

You can tell the cameraman was using a filter because of how orange it is.  I made a short video for you too.


I also grabbed a couple of pictures off of our news broadcast.  They were much clearer.

Just ignore the date on the pictures.  I accidentally set it to the wrong month.  Duh.

Did you feel a difference during the eclipse?  It didn't get pitch black here, but it got dark like a storm was about to come.  It felt like a storm too.  All the air was somehow charged.  And I was in the house!
Now to try to get a few hours sleep before I have to get up to teach.  This is going to be a busy day.



Sunday, August 20, 2017


I hope you will enjoy this series of photos taken by my friend Sarah.  This is taken in her apartment.  What an artsy shot!


Saturday, August 19, 2017


Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers.  After two days of a very strong antibiotic, I am finally beginning to feel like a human being again.  Still a ways to go, but I'm definitely on the way to being well.

But it's Saturday and time to share another week of my great-granddaughter's pictures.  For those of you who asked, yes, this is my first great-grandchild.  And the way we are related is... she is the daughter of Joe's son's ex-wife's daughter.  So really we are not blood relation, but  I was told again yesterday that I'm her great-grandma.  I'll take it.

Isn't this a beautiful picture of Hadley and her daddy?

More Tennessee orange!

My little princess.

Trying to figure things out.

"My name is Princess Fussy-Pants."  And it is.

Her first night in her crib.  She looks so little.

Not happy about wearing a frilly dress.  In fact there was a picture after this where she was throwing a temper tantrum about it.  I have a feeling she is not going to be a "girly girl".

Finally, I thought I'd show you a picture of her with her parents.

 She won't be this little forever so they are enjoying her while she is.

Hopefully next week I will have something interesting to post.  This week all I would have to show you is me laying on the sofa blowing my nose and coughing my lungs up.  Not very attractive. 



Thursday, August 17, 2017


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Fever, sore throat, itchy ears, stuffy nose, coughing...  I have it all.  Going to the doctor this morning.  I am not ignoring you, just feeling lousy.  Will be back soon.  I hope.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017



This was another wonderful meal.  I cut the recipe down to just two servings.  It came out beautiful except that the garlic clove I used was very... uh... pungent shall we say.  I could still taste the garlic the next morning.  Whew!  But that being said, and not all garlic being equal, it was so good and I would definitely make it again.  The only change I made was in the salad.  We are not big arugula fans, so I substituted spinach and used a touch of Italian dressing on the salad.

Prep time:  20 minutes
Cook time:  15 minutes
Serves 4

8 oz. whole wheat spaghetti
1 (8.8 oz.) package cooked, peeled beets
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted
1/2 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
3-4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
4 (4 oz) cod fillets
4 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1. In a large pot cook spaghetti aldente according to package directions.  Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Drain pasta, return to pot.  (If pasta appears dry, gradually add reserved water and toss to coat until moist.)

2. Meanwhile, for the pesto, in a food processor combine beets, garlic, walnuts and Parmesan; pulse until finely chopped.  With food processor running, gradually add 2 tablespoons of the oil, adding an additional tablespoon of oil if necessary. Process until smooth.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Add pesto to spaghetti; toss to coat.

3. Pat fillets dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper to taste.  Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat.  Add cod to skillet; cook 4-6 minutes per side or until fish flakes easily with a fork.  Drizzle fillets with lemon juice.

4.  To serve, spoon spaghetti evenly onto 4 plates, top with fish and serve.

Per serving:  540 calories, 25g fat, 4.5g saturated fat, 60mg cholesterol, 620mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 7g total sugars, 0g added sugar, 32g protein

Make it a meal:  Serve with a pear and arugula salad.

Sunday, August 13, 2017


My friend, Sarah, is an excellent photographer along with being a single mom of two small children and a full time dental assistant.  I was admiring her work and I asked if she would allow me to share some of it with you.  She told me she would be honored and told me to take anything I liked.  I decided that Sunday was the perfect day to share her work with you.  I hope you like it as much as I do.



Saturday, August 12, 2017


My great-granddaughter Hadley is one week old today.  She is so adorable.  You know I'm going to brag on her -- at least for awhile.  She was at the doctor's this week and is doing wonderful.  Here are a few pictures.  Don't worry, I won't overload you.

 Her second day in the world.

Day two.  Her top says "Daddy's Princess has arrived."

Day 3.  She already has her Tennessee orange.

Hadley looks just like her daddy.

I wonder what she's dreaming about.

Gotta love that big bow.

She looks so much older than five days here.

 "No, mom, I don't WANT a bath!"

 I think she's just adorable.  Every time I look at her I think of what a miracle each and every baby is.


Thursday, August 10, 2017


Yesterday I met up with Donna and Carol for lunch.  Both of them wanted to see my new car, so we went to lunch at East Coast Wings.
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We have been trying to have lunch together once a month and it was fun seeing them again.  They both loved the car.  Donna said it's strange to look for a gray car when she was so used to the blue one.  I told her it was strange to me too!

We had the nicest waitress.  She was so funny and pleasant and gave us advice on what to order.  So Carol ended up with a big bowl of chili, and a small side salad.

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Donna had shrimp tacos and fries at the suggestion of the waitress and raved about how good they were.

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I had my usual chicken wings and homemade potato chips.  I go to a wing place for the wings!  They have over 50 different toppings and this time I had honey garlic.  It was very good, but very sticky.  I had to go wash my hands when I was finished eating.
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I didn't want dessert but Donna and Carol did.  I talked them into getting a cookie skillet.  It's a pan with a warm just baked chocolate chip cookie and topped with vanilla ice cream.  They were over the moon about it.  I had one little taste, but it was too sweet for me.

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 I forgot to say you eat it with a spoon.

We were there for over two hours.  Finally I had to leave because I had to take Joe to the VA Hospital.  His back has been hurting him and he wanted to get it checked out.

We waited about half an hour to be seen.  What else is new?  Finally a really nice doctor took him in and examined him.  Then he came out to talk to me.  He thought Joe's bulging disks in his spine had gotten worse and sent him for an MRI.  He told us it would be about 2 hours.  It was no where near that long.  About 45 minutes later he was done and we were told to go home.  The doctor called while we were driving home and said that everything looked good.  So now he goes back next week to try to have some pain management done.  It is always something.

Well, I have to get myself together and get going.  It is afternoon and nothing is done.  I hope you all have a good day.  Enjoy the view below.  I wish I were there now.


Tuesday, August 8, 2017


I haven't done a meal of the week in awhile.  Here is the one I did tonight.  It turned out good.  Only one problem -- I was in a hurry and didn't measure.  I think I could have used a little more cider vinegar next time.  Well, next time I will measure.

Prep time:  5 minutes
Cook time:  8 minutes
Serves:  4
15 minutes marinate time and 3 minutes stand time extra

4 (6-oz.) boneless pork chops
2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
2 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup cider vinegar
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme leaves

1.  Place chops in a large resealable plastic bag.  For the marinade, in a small bowl combine mustard, oil, vinegar, garlic and thyme; mix well.  Pour marinade over chops; seal bag and turn to coat.  Refrigerate 15 minutes to 1 hour, turning bag occasionally.

2.  Coat grill rack with nonstick cooking spray.  Preheat grill to medium-high (350*F to 400*F).  Remove chops from marinade; discard marinade.  Season chops with salt and pepper to taste.  Grill 4 minutes per side or until an instant-read thermometer registers 145*F.  Transfer to a platter; let stand 3 minutes before serving.

Per serving: 190 calories, 7g fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 80mg cholesterol, 170mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate, 0g total sugars, 0g added sugars, 29g protein. 

Make it a meal:  Serve with a spinach salad and grilled corn on the cob.

Monday, August 7, 2017


Going through my pictures I found a lot of miscellaneous things I've never shared with you.  So this is the time.

Red, white and blue flowers I bought for the Fourth of July.  Did I show you this?  I don't think so. They were so pretty and lasted about a week.

 Philly in the rain and fog.  We were driving home from one of Joe's doctor appointments and I asked him to take this picture.  You can't see the tops of the tallest buildings.

 I got temporary metal tattoos in one of my Julep boxes.  I use them in place of a bracelet.  They last about a week before they fade away and peel off.

 Pretty flowers outside of the Golden Eagle Diner where Carol, Donna and I had lunch one day.

 Candles to end a busy day.

 And finally, Joe had me drive him to South Philly to run an errand.  That part of the city always reminds me of Europe -- Italy in particular since the people that live there are mostly Italian.  I sat in the car in the parking lot and waited for him to come back.  While there I was looking around and saw this house next to the lot.  It just looked like an Italian house to me.  Well, really any place in Europe.  I thought this was a good composition and took the picture.  I really like this one.  Hope you do too.

And now I think you are up to date.  Enjoy!


Sunday, August 6, 2017


My former step-granddaughter, Tori, had her first baby yesterday.  Even though she is not biologically related to me, the family has said that I am little Hadley's great-grandmother.  I always say the more people a child has to love them, the better off that child is.  So I am honored to be a great-grandparent.  Am I really that old?

Welcome little Hadley Jeanne.  Everyone is so happy you are finally here.

7 lbs. 7 oz., 20 inches long.

Happy birthday, Hadley!