Fort Lowell Mission Bell

Fort Lowell Mission Bell
Fort Lowell Mission Bell, Tucson, AZ

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Oh My Goodness!!!

I just didn't realize it has been almost a month since I posted.  Time has gotten away from me.  Hope all is well with you all and I will get around to see your posts.  Been busy with outdoor work and catching up on my reading.  My friend emailed me to see how I was doing and I must confess that I really did not know time has flown so fast.  Maybe I am getting a bit forgetful in my old age...

Not a lot has been happening except working in yard, trying to catch up on the weeding, and some new plants.  Mowing and trimming.  It is all a bit much for me as I get older so it takes me a lot longer to get it all done.

When I was visiting my niece she had bought a walking doll from ebay for her granddaughter which led to the discussion about dolls we had when we were young.  I told her I had a Ginny doll when I was little that I absolutely loved.  Guess what I received in the mail, yep, you guessed it....

This pic came out a little better.

She also sent me a pattern so I can duplicate the little dress my doll had.

The doll I had was dressed in the plaid dress with the ruffle blouse and I also had the cloak.  When it is a quieter time this winter I will make these for my Ginny doll.  This brought back wonderful memories of a time when I was young....

Till next time, lots of hugs to you all....

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Fitbit Charge 2

I have been trying to lose weight - like forever!!!  Every time I try I get past 5 or 7 pounds and then I just stagnate!!!  My friend has a Fitbit and she loves it.  So while shopping I checked them out and found the Fitbit Charge 2 on sale because they have come out with a newer, smaller version.  Yep, I bought the charge 2 on sale.  I have a penchant for gadgets.
I love gadgets!!! 

I mean if I hadn't bought the vaporizing cigarette I never would have quit smoking. That was soooo instrumental for me quitting.........YAY.......  By the way, cigs are going for $85.00 a carton now so besides being healthier, I am 85 bucks to the good every week.
Back to the Fitbit. 

I have it set to time, steps and bp.

At 9:33 I am at 563 steps and my bp is 69 because I am sitting at the puter and not reading anything that makes my blood boil, lol... (That is another goal, stop reading things that make my blood boil)...  My goal is 8000 to 10000 steps a day. I haven't been for my walk yet which is usually a mile and 1/2.  It is raining and I am procrastinating.  I may ride over to the outlet and walk under cover. Decisions, decisions....

You can download the app to your phone, tablet or puter or all electronic devices you own if you want.  It gives you all kinds of incentives to help you on your way.  It keeps track of  your sleep pattern.  Has a place to keep track of the calories you eat all day. Water you drink.  Tells you how many times you go up and down stairs and various exercises, biking, running, etc... At the end of the week it breaks everything down for you.  I went away a couple of days and even though I did eat and had a couple of drinks, I still lost weight.  I was at 150 and now I am down to 143.5.  So this is the crucial time of my diet.  I have lost 7 pounds....  So lets see what happens.  I am thinking positive, lol....  Also I keep looking for very healthy things to cook and eat and am staying away from sugar the best I can.  Tonite, I am trying

Creamy Avocado Pasta

Servings: 3, Prep time: 5 min. Cook time: 10 min.


9 0z uncooked pasta
2 cloves garlic
1/4 C lightly packed fresh basil leaves, plus more for serving
2 T fresh lemon juice, to taste
1 T extra virgin olive oil, more if needed
1 medium avocado, pitted
1 T water
1/4 to 1/2 t fine sea salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
lemon zest, for serving


Bring large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the instruction on the package. For a lighter option serve avocado sauce over zucchini noodles.

While the pasta cooks, make the sauce. In a food processor combine the garlic and basil and pulse to mince. Add the lemon juice, oil, avocado, and 1 T water and process until smooth. Stop to scrape down the bowl as needed.  If the sauce is too thick add a bit more oil.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Drain the pasta and place it back in the pot.  Add all of the avocado sauce and stir until combined.  You can gently rewarm the pasta if it has cooled slightly, or simply serve it at room temp.  Top with pepper, lemon zest and fresh basil leaves if desired.


Because avocados oxidize quickly after you slice them, this sauce is best served immediately.

Make it grain-free:  Serve this sauce with spiralized or julienned zucchini or on a bed of spaghetti squash.

Off to walk.  Hugs, LJ

Monday, May 29, 2017

Happy Memorial Day



our soldiers and all they do,
all who have served in war and conflict,
all who have died in service to our great Country.
we still are a great Country because we can vote our conscience.


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Bunny Rump

At the mini meet last week we made this cute little bunny rump sticking out of a flower pot.  I used spring colors for my flowers to resemble hyacinths.  This little guy is gracing the stoop on my brownstone.

Hugs, LJ

Saturday, May 6, 2017

New Bible For My House

This and the last post are from a trip to AZ...
While out west we visited the Miniature Time Machine Museum.

Such a neat place to view lots and lots of minis....

My niece bought this very nice Bible for my brownstone.  If you open it, it reads like a real bible with teeny, tiny letters. 

I didn't take a lot of pictures because my brother sent me a lot on a disk when he visited.

I will dig them out and post a few sometime.

I  love my Bible....

I bought a chicken for the chopping block!!!

Hugs, LJ

Always Good To Be Home

I hadn't been out west for years to visit my family.  So I grabbed my friend Jean and off we went.  We had a lovely time.  We visited my family and rented a car and went on excursions.  Got lost a few times but that was part of the fun even though at times a bit nerve wracking visiting in a city I haven't seen for years.

See some pics of the trip

Just a few shots to get the ball rolling.

Jean should be posting some  also over at " A Romantic Country Home".

Till next time, Hugs, LJ