Thursday, December 31, 2009

Tuesday, December 29, 2009


We woke to snow this morning. Doesn't happen in this area every year and as a matter of fact, it has been about 8 years since our last snow, at least as we saw it. Some parts of Luna County may have had some snow. Our newspaper didn't come this morning and we didn't expect that it would. The streets will be full of water as the snow melts. Deming doesn't have very good drainage and it is fortunate that we live in the desert or we would always be walking or driving through water.

Floyd just left to go to Walmart as he wanted to pick up a few things. It will be a messy drive. We took our tree down on the 27th and we will take the rest of the stuff down sometime this week. We needed to get the tree down because we were walking a maze to get seated, lol.

This week should improve weatherwise as highs will return to the 50s with no more moisture. We always need moisture, but not snow!! Strange place to live in some ways, but our winter comes early and leaves early. The worst is probably over now, at least I hope so. Our nights have been bitterly cold, in the 20s and we do not need more of that.

Enjoy the New Year. We old folks go to bed early so we will watch the Rose Bowl Parade and a little football and that will be the extent of our celebration. That is just fine with us. Hope the people that shoot guns and fireworks go to bed early this year, lol

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas is all gone!

Just four more days until 2010. We had our son here from Tucson for Christmas. He stayed for 2 days plus Sat. morning. I just hated to see him leave, but he has work to do and a life in Arizona. Luckily for him, he will arrive home to warmer and generally milder weather.

Christmas morning was fun as was the entire holiday. Our kids were generous to a fault, so we feel very fortunate. I had a long conversation with my brother Rich in Illinois and all is well with him and his family. Holidays are good for catching up.

Our weather sux!! Well, the nights are bitterly cold and that north wind that we get during the day just sucks the life out of you. We have been having highs around 50F, but that wind makes it cold. The only redeeming feature is our sunshine. The sun is most always bright out here in the desert. Now on to 2010, which seems odd somehow. Floyd and I just keep hanging in there. I don't think either of us believed that we would be here for 2010, lol.

We wish you all a wonderful New Year and hoping that 2010 will be a banner year for all!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

One week away, ;)

No, this is not our tree, but I thought it was pretty. This tree is in a library up in Idaho and the picture was taken by an internet friend.

One more week until Christmas Eve. I do minimal shopping, but I do have a few things to pick up. I sound like scrooge. I have a lovely centerpiece that was sent to me and it is live, so my place can smell like the holidays. I have cash to spend that was also sent to me, so I certainly have no complaints. I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday season.

Floyd had an early morning Dr.'s appointment. He had to fast, but he could drink his black coffee and he had extra this morning, lol. He won't be gone long. His tests always turn out good as he is health conscious.

Usual daily chores to do today. Nothing strenuous happening here, lol. Enjoy your day!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Reading Sue Grafton

I have read all of Sue's Alphabet mysteries, but I am reading them again, just for fun. I don't have all of them, but I do have most. I just received ("U" is for Undertow), which is the last one she has published. Previously, I read them from the library, but now I am buying them. They are relatively inexpensive since most have been out for quite a while.

Floyd is outside doing something. He gets claustrophobic if he is inside too long, lol. Our weather is more or less normal now after that really cold spell. In the 50s and 60s. Yesterday was 65F but today is cooler. The sunshine is bright and that helps if one can get away from that north wind.

I have watched a couple of Western movies this morning. Made myself a hamburger for brunch and have been reading since. What a life!!! Woot Woot! I don't have a clue as to what Floyd is doing, but I hear hammering, oh oh! The big dogs are outside with him, but Baby is asleep in the recliner, lol. She's like me, a big sissy.

Gonna fix something easy for dinner. Pasta with meat sauce.:-)

Thursday, December 3, 2009


Way back in 2001 when I first started blogging, this little parrot was on my web page. I still like him. Actually, he is supposed to be animated, he says "hello", but blogger doesn't allow animations. I had nine pages plus two from my high school with lots of pictures that were sent to me by my old classmates. I would spend lots of time uploading interesting tidbits for my old friends and some new ones too. I don't do that anymore and I am letting my domain expire. Now there is a very sweet and much younger person who will pick up where I left off. It sure was fun though.

I had pages about my town of Deming, my adopted State of New Mexico, Native Americans, especially the Navajos. Lots of pages, sigh. My health kind of keeps deteriorating and not much becomes too much for me. I know some of you can appreciate that. Getting old is certainly not all it is cracked up to be.

I am very lucky in that I have a very attentive and loving husband of nearly 32 years. I was married previously and after that awful experience, I know good when I see it. My children have all produced grandchildren. Also, I have step-grandchildren. All sweet kids but I don't really see them except in photos. I am not complaining about that, I know I am not up to visiting with children at this stage of my life. I like quiet and peaceful things which children are not. I loved my children when they were little, but you know, kids don't remember that. My neighbors keep dying off. Our neighborhood has, (or did have), many senior citizens. My next door neighbors, Margie and Joe, moved up to Placitas, NM. More accurately their kids came and got them, put the house up for sale and built them a small place next door to them. Well, Margie used to call from time to time but didn't want to give out her phone number and finally quit calling. I hope she is ok. Joe was getting pretty bad with his cancer and chf, so I expect that he is gone now. My neighbor across the street Connie, whom we saw everyday, was moved out of her house by her son and went to live in one of his apartments so he could have someone look after her after she had a fairly serious fall. I really miss Connie. She died 3 weeks ago. Our longtime good friends from California are getting very scarce these days. Betty and David. Well, I know why, Betty has Alzheimer's which is getting worse and David has already transferred all the property into his daughter's name in Kansas. He is just waiting until he can put her into a Nursing Home and I don't like the way he talks about her.

Our lady from down the street that walked every day by our place had surgery and died on the table. She always stopped and talked. She was from Michigan. She gave me cabbage and broccoli plants and enjoyed talking gardening.

See the problem with getting old, I am 75, is that you lose your friends. My good friend Don who lived in Gladstone,Mo. was the best. He knew all my secrets, and he died last year after a long hard battle with diabetes. My old classmate Bobby had a serious stroke last year and is living on borrowed time, because they cannot reach the blood clot behind his brain. My husband Floyd takes walks and has a few old guys he still stops and visits with, some are in their 90s and it gives him some contact with people, and gets him out of the house.

My health problem is mostly CHF and poor vision. I can stand and work for about an hour and then I must rest. Some days are better than others. I like to cook and if I do it in stages, it works. I can still go shopping but do more and more online. I can walk in the market, but not more than one hour. It will get worse. I am not renewing my driver's license this year, just gonna get an ID Card. I just need it to cash checks. Floyd takes me everywhere and doesn't complain. Rides are not much fun because if we are gone more than about 45 minutes, I get very anxious and I don't know why. Doctor said I cannot fly and of course a long drive is out, so what I enjoy is basically my home, my dogs, books and TV plus the computer. I think that is a good deal. We get a daily newspaper which gives us local news and Floyd listens to the local radio station.

Life changes when we get old, for some the aging process comes about slower than for others and some folks are able to be active well into their 90s and now, even beyond.
I wish my children a long, healthy life. To some extent, we are all a product of our genetics. Hopefully, that genome map will aid in extending life for folks in the near future.

I enjoy reading about just about everything and love TV, but without my computer, I would be so messed up. I enjoy reading blogs and have added two more to my friend's list. I love reading about active outdoorsy types, lol.

Here is something cute I stole from Melody:

Friday, November 27, 2009

Christmas Time!

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Our son was able to come visit us from Arizona and it was so good to see him. He hooked up some external speakers to our TV and now the sound is so much better..thanks Stewart!!!!

Now on to Christmas!! We enjoy some decorating and the radio has already begun with the Christmas music.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thanksgiving Feast!

Just 2 more weeks!!!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Shopping for Thanksgiving

Everyone enjoys good food. I enjoy shopping for Thanksgiving Dinner. Always Turkey, dressing (cornbread), mashed potatos, gravy, candied yams, fruit salad, boiled New England Vegetables, cranberry sauce, black olives, sweet pickles, pumpkin pie, apple pie, banana pudding with lots of whipped cream. Hot rolls and butter. Yummy fixins.

Do you like to fix a nice big meal on Thanksgiving???

Friday, October 30, 2009

Month is almost gone :)

So what do you think, another month biting the dust. Also, another time change. Today is rather mild considering that Winter came into town and hung around a few days, yuk!!!

We went to Walmart this morning and we bought so much junk, lol. Floyd said "let's get candy for the kids". I said "floyd, the kids just don't stop by because of the dogs." And, he said "well, it's an excuse to buy candy"..which we did and then some. We bought this big, big, bag of peanut butter cups, huge bag of peppermint candies, cookies, apples, a pumpkin and lots of "stuff". I told him that I planned to bake some pumpkin sugar cookies tonight, but oh well. He wanted to buy a pie for dessert tonight but I nixed that. Old folks are like kids, I believe that. :)Oh yes, floyd did pick up a case of diet coke for me, YEA!! When we shop for groceries, he always says "what's for dessert?".

Beautiful coolish day here, lots of sunshine. I'm surprised that our trees still have leaves after that awful wind of this past week

Enjoy Halloween and don't forget to turn back those clocks Sat. night.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Cold weather hits Deming. :(

This photo was taken this morning in Deming. The temp. at our house was 35F for a low and we are getting this cold weather a good three weeks early this year. I'm not too surprised since the entire year has been odd as far as weather is concered. We have an RV Convention in town and I feel bad for those folks who thought they would be far enough south to avoid this cold. They will most likely never come back!

President Obama is spending money on a new elec. grid for our country. There is a large fibre-optic line coming across the southern U.S. thru NM and AZ and the purpose is to carry the electricity from local windfarms and solar farms so we are on our way, :)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Happy Birthday Hillary!

They looked so young!:) Hillary is 62 today. She has had a wonderful life with some exceptions and she has always worked so hard for others. Wishing her a wonderful day!

Friday, October 2, 2009

October! !


Halloween comes this month and then Thanksgiving in November and then Christmas in December. Lots of holidays this time of year. Also I have a November birthday and floyd has a December birthday, so yea!!!! I enjoy the holidays still, but keep it simple and inexpensive. We do not spend much money on them, that is for young employed people. I can remember the day when I enjoyed shopping, but no more.

Time for us to put out some pumpkins for decorations. I don't bake pumpkin pies anymore. We just buy them. Today was a beautiful day weatherwise. We did have a plumber come by and cover our cooler and service our furnace so if it gets cold we will have heat. Luckily, our winters are on the mild side, but still too cold for me, lol. Being an older person, I just cannot get warm or stay warm so I bundle up when it is cold.

This weekend is the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta and it is very special. Before 911 they had over 1,000 balloons but now it is around 600 because of all the restrictions and regulations of overseas entries.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Fall already

This is a picture of green chiles in Deming, NM. Fields of them being harvested. The aroma of roasting green chile is everywhere in the county. Our county Fair starts today, (SW New Mexico State Fair), and green chile cheeseburgers are the best, yum, yum! Roasted corn is also a yum. :)

The air is cool, but not cold. By weeks end, we will be back to the l0 80s. If you are driving I-10, stop off in Deming and check out the Fair, Rodeo, Wineries and all the fun Fall stuff!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Country Drive

We went for a drive yesterday out toward Rockhound SP. Actually, we went to the State Park, drove around,just checking things out. It has been a while since we were there. We also found a new restaurant on hwy 143 about a mile from the intersection of Rockhound Rd. and Hwy 143. It is a brand new building and looks good, they specialize in BBQ. The also have a paintball course behind the restaurant and behind a tall fence.

Didn't see any stray cattle or horses which have been wandering around out that way. It is open range, but the news reports horses running into cars and vice-versa. One young man driving a small pickup hit a horse, killed himself and the horse.

The new Hampton Inn is nearly completed and will open next month. It will be the tallest building in Deming.

Tonight they have the burning of Zozobra in Santa Fe. It is an annual tradition and I love it. People put their problems, troubles, mortgage notes, etc. Write down things you want to get rid of and put them inside this large character made with cloth and wood. He is set on fire and all your troubles disappear. He is 50+ feet tall.

Have a good Sunday everyone. :)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

September already!

Here is a cute little green chile. It is roasting time in Luna County and the green chiles are being roasted in parking lots at Peppers and Walmart and where ever there is a roaster. People also have home roasters and for just a couple of hundred dollars, you can get a smaller version of the commercial roasters and do your own.

Here in SW New Mexico, school has already begun and the next holiday is Labor Day. Lots of bbq, beer, watermelon, etc. being sold for the holiday. We just fly our flag and eat some of the good stuff. No special plans here.

We are getting new neighbors across the street. After Connie moved from her house, her daughter and family moved in, but the son in California who bought the house last year wants to sell it, so maybe more new neighbors in same house. Also the house next door to them has new tenants moving in. Floyd knows the owner and he said that he already has people ready to move in. The former residents have moved to Albuquerque. This has been a very stable neighborhood but now new people.

September is an OK month here in Deming but next month is October and nearly perfect weather. We don't really get cold weather until the middle of November. However, this has been an odd weather year, so who knows??

Hope you all have a good weekend out there and that the weather cooperates. Those terrible fires in California should abate soon.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Monday, Monday....

We did get some nice rain from several thunderstorms that moved through our area yesterday. Monsoonal moisture, finally. All is going well here in Deming. The Duck Races are all over for another year. Two winners who each won $1,460. Two young boys won the money and are already making plans on how to spend it, lol.

Several cooler days on tap and that is always welcome this time of year. Floyd went for a long walk today, the weather made it enjoyable. What did I do,...not much!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

August will soon be over :(

Lots of days of sunshine. We sure could use some rain. Actually we did get a thunderstorm a week ago but no measurable rain and we haven't seen or heard from the Monsoons yet, how crazy is that?

I haven't felt so peppy these past few days so floyd has been taking care of things. Hopefully, tomorrow will be a better day. :)

Kids are back at school and some adults too that I know. The start of school always conjers up thoughts of Fall. In our part of the world, Fall doesn't really begin until October. By the time Thanksgiving gets here, it is nice and chilly, but usually warm enough during the day that we can have our dessert on the front porch.
My son is coming to see us next week, YEA!! He can only spend the day because he has obligations back in Tucson. Then, he will be here for Thanksgiving all day!! YEA again!!!!

Floyd is going to get a haircut in the morning. He gets up very early and chances are that he will be gone when I get up. He goes to bed early and is up early. Probably why he is so healthy, lol.

Hope all is well with all my readers out there. We are basically fine, no real news to report. Oh yes, Duck Races this week but I imagine floyd will go alone again, just kind of too much for me. I don't think he minds, he knows what he likes to do.

Talk to you all later.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


I love summer, heat and all! By the end of this week, school will have started here, the Duck Races will be on and the temps will be in the upper 80s or low 90s. That is cool for our summer and just means that Fall cannot be far away.

Our supply of zucchini is endless, lol. No rain from the Monsoon season which appears to be nonexistant this year. If we don't get our southern moisture, then we will have a severe drought. Since we live in the desert, most won't even notice the lack of moisture. What it means for us, is a lot more watering of our trees and plants. Our local farmers use irrigation to keep their crops and pecan groves healthy.

The local merchants have their green chile roasting bins in their parking lots all ready for the demand.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Eventful week

Seems it doesn't take much these days to make our week eventful. For starters, we were planning on doing some plumbing changes to our bathroom and it now proves to be too much for us, so that's off the books. We had a leaky toilet and so are removing the floor tiles and must fix toilet problem. The tiles are proving to be more of a project than we anticipated, so it will take a while...visitors don't look! New tiles will look nice though, that is the upside, lol.

Weather has been warm but not too much so. Inside has stayed nice and cool and we are grateful for our swamp cooler. They use just a fraction of the electric needed to operate air conditioning. We have had zucchini up the wang, but still tasty! I baked a couple of apple pies from apples given to me by my neighbor and they were yummy if I do say so myself. One went to the neighbor of course. I hope she was able to enjoy some of it, her chemo takes her appetite away. Her son stops in every day, so I know he could help her with her pie. She gave us a seedless watermelon which I will have today. Summer can't really be summer without watermelon.

Son Stewart has been giving excellent instructions on how to do plumbing and we are so grateful, saved us a fortune in plumbers. One of the disadvantages of living in a rural area, is that good tradesmen are often hard to find. Well, now I need to find someone to fix my dishwasher or purchase a new one..which will it be???? I had a Maytag dishwasher when I lived in the country and I loved the thing so I probably need one of those.

My daughter Teresa is heading for another California trip and class reunion. Should be fun and daughter Phyllis will enjoy her visit. Son Stewart in Arizona is having an excellent week so all my kids are happy, and that is all it takes to make me happy. :)
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Friday, July 24, 2009


Just throwing in a pretty painting of New Mexico. So another weekend coming up and we wish you all a very happy weekend.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Weekend! :)

Another weekend and we are quietly enjoying it. Yesterday I made a large pan of red chile beef enchiladas and that is what we had for lunch. The balance will go in the freezer for several meals. Easy way to cook ahead.

Floyd bought himself a new radio at Radio Shack. He really goes through radios; listens everyday and most new portables have push buttons and they wear out. I think that you are supposed to keep them for a year or so then discard them. Anyway, this one has some push buttons, but alternative dial knobs. Just what he was looking for. I remember when we had lovely radios that were nice pieces of furniture and lasted forever. Now, use and discard, just like the cigarette lighters.

No complaints about the weather. Naturally it is warm since it is summertime in the desert, lol. Late afternoon and evening thundershowers since it is the monsoon season. Lots of zucchini and we have shared with our neighbors. Connie keeps us in tomatoes.

I think I need a nap, talk with you all later. Sure hope this weekend is good for you.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

GD Gignormous Skip Loader!!!!!

:Honestly, sometimes I get so angry with the City of Deming that I could just scream, not that it would help. Early this morning, they sent this huge noisy thing out to clear some gravel from our street. Needlesstosay, it was not efficient and left about half the rocks on the road. We do have road crews here that know what they are doing, but NO, they send someone who barely knows how to drive and probably (you can bet on it), speaks little or no English. If I told you how I really feel, I would be kicked off blogger!

So then we go to get my meds. The new girl at the Walmart Pharmacy says "none of your meds are ready and one is out of stock". I told her "why don't you check those bags down there to see if just maybe my meds are in there?". She did and they were, except for the one med that was out of stock. Guess what was not even in the building, NITRO! Yes, the worlds largest pharmacy cannot save a life if someone dropped right in line to get their meds.

I don't think I can talk to anyone today, I just am unable to be civil. Maybe I will be better tomorrow.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Ground is broken for Spaceport America!

LAS CRUCES, NM – The New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) has selected two contractors to provide services for the construction of Spaceport America, the world's first purpose-built commercial spaceport that is now being built in southern New Mexico. After reviewing proposals from several contractors, the NMSA Board of Directors awarded construction of the airfield to David Montoya Construction, Inc. The board also awarded the Site Enabling contract to FNF New Mexico, LLC. The airfield for Spaceport America is a 10,000-foot runway designed to accommodate horizontal launch space and air operations that complement the existing vertical launch infrastructure. David Montoya Construction, Inc., of Alameda, NM, has provided construction services on many large-scale projects since being established in 1985. The company has provided similar concrete paving services for Albuquerque International Airport and Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo. David Montoya Construction, Inc., is recognized by the Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the top 500 Hispanicowned businesses in the United States.

FNF New Mexico, LLC, of Albuquerque, NM, has extensive experience in large-scale construction projects including airports and highway construction. FNF will design and execute a plan to facilitate the construction of the spaceport. The activities include preparing the site for construction and coordination with all contractors for site security, dust control, and other crucial functions. Less than one month after the groundbreaking of Spaceport America, NMSA officials are excited by the current pace of development. "Spaceport America is fully underway, and we continue to make rapid progress," said Steve Landeene, Executive Director for the NMSA. "NMSA will continue to issue Request for Proposals (RFPs) and Invitations to Bid (ITB) for more services and construction at the spaceport, and awarding contracts to the best qualified contractors." The latest RFP/ITB information can be found online at

Gerald Martin Construction Management and HDR of Albuquerque, NM, were awarded a contract in 2008 to oversee the spaceport's construction phase for the NMSA. After marking the official groundbreaking ceremony for Spaceport America on Friday, June 19, officials are moving forward with the construction of the airfield. Spaceport America plans to have the 10,000-foot airfield complete by late summer 2010 with the Terminal Hangar Facility projected to be complete by early 2011.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


We should have temps around 100F starting tomorrow and off and on for several days. We are under a high with a bright sun and few clouds. This is normal for this time of year. We do any and all shopping early in the day or online.

This year I am glad the 4th is over. The day was enjoyable, but the fireworks went on until early am and our dogs were terrified. One thing I did was buy some Tony Roma shortribs from the frozen food aisle. They were delicious. Pricey, but yummy.

No real news at our end. We do have lots of zucchini and we love it. Produce has finally become reasonable locally. Our neighbor is supplying us with tomatoes.

Floyd keeps our grass cut and the yard looking nice. He manages to do this before the heat sets in. Just the routine stuff going on around here but all is good.

Friday, July 3, 2009

July 3, 2009

Tomorrow is our country's birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA. Also, it is our granddaughter Kimberly's birthday, HAPPY BIRTHDAY KIMBERLY!

Kind of drizzly, cloudy day here and we have flood alerts, oh sure, it hasn't flooded in our area in 500 years but the weather bureau has to have something to do.
Went shopping this morning and bought a few necessities. Finally got some of those little sliders that you can put under heavy objects to move them. We need them all the time. Got some red flowered placemats which clash terribly with our tabletop. Time for a tablecloth.

Friday, June 26, 2009

June 27th - Happy Birthday Phyllis

Tomorrow is my eldest daughter's birthday. How time flies as I can remember that day as if it was yesterday. Wow, life is short at best.:(

We can tell that it is near the 4th as I hear fireworks all around the place. One thing that happens in Deming every 4th of July, everybody buys and uses fireworks. The city puts on a very nice display free of charge, but still we can sit on our front porch and see and hear fireworks until the early morning. They come from all directions, big pretty things. This may be a depressed area of the country, but folks spend a lot of money to celebrate our country's birthday.:)

So we wish all of you a very happy weekend and 4th of July. Enjoy outside activities if you can and weather permits.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Sad news day.

Today Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson both died. She was 62 and he was 50. Both were too young to die, but her death was expected, his was not.
I remember that I bought two copies of "Thriller", just in case. He was quite a talent.

Nice weather day today and the real heat that we have been expecting all month just hasn't materialized. June is traditionally our hottest month. We have been lucky.

Things are going well around here. Floyd had an excellent Father's Day and thanks everyone who thought of him which turned out to be all the kids.

My neighbor Connie gave us a huge bucket of peaches and tomorrow I am going to bake a couple of peach cobblers. One for her, one for us and if I end up with three, one goes in the freezer for another time. Don't you all love peach cobblers??? I know I do. I like them just slightly warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Yummy!!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Great June weather!

Normally, June is our hottest month. The main reason for this is the clear sunny skies. So far this month we haven't had one day that has reached 100 F. The 100s are expected in June. Today's high will be in the 80s, imagine that!

I now have some fresh zucchini squash which we love. I cut them into strips, dip them in batter and deep fry them. Then serve with ranch dressing for dipping. Even our doggies love them. Of course, I also put them in soups and stews or serve as a vegetable.

Finally picked up the balance of my meds as did Floyd. Walmart had mine all mixed up, but the problem is corrected now. My health regime consists entirely of taking the proper medication. A beautiful day here today. My new kitchen curtains are so cute, but they do make my kitchen darker, oh well! I like the "cozy" look anyway.

I sure hope everyone has a great day and weekend. Wish all the dads a great Sunday.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Monsoon Season

According to our weather people, today marks the first day of the official Monsoon season. Normally, it doesn't begin until July 1st, but this entire year has been different weatherwise, so I guess the meterologists look at the oceans and long term effects of the El Nino and declared today as the first of the summer Monsoon season.

It is a lovely sunny day with some white fluffy clouds about. Yesterday we did have some thunderstorms with just a little rain but with lots of thunder and fireworks.

My zucchini has buds on it, lol.

Time to stop and finish dinner. Hope this is a good day for everyone.:)

Saturday, June 13, 2009

For all you cat lovers and actually everyone else too, this is a cute site. Also coming soon: for dog lovers. We pet lovers will take whatever we can get.

Happy Flag Day. :)

Monday, June 8, 2009

Plumbing problem

This week our challenge has been to repair a water line which Floyd has taken of. It happened over the weekend and we couldn't get anyone to work on it. Began as a little pond in our yard.

Nothing much new going on around here. Nice week weather wise and surprisingly cool for June which is traditionally the hottest month of the year for us. It has been a strange year as far as weather is concerned, warmer winter, cloudy May and now cooler June. Very different for us.

I need some new kitchen curtains but am having trouble finding the design I want. I will just keep surfing until I do. I did order myself a pasta maker. I love homemade lasagne with the soft pasta and I want to be able to make my own.

Hope everyone is enjoying their summers. Our school was out May 15th, but we haven't seen all that many kids around. Maybe they left town, lol.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Starmax Open

Some landscaping has to be completed but other than that, our new Starmax Entertainment Center is complete and open for business. Also, a new Hampton Inn should open in October. The building looks complete, but much inside work needs to be done. Deming is growing and that is prompting new construction and new business.

We went to Walmart this morning and did a little routine shopping. Weather is near perfect and we are enjoying getting out and about in these nice warm temps. I am so glad that I live in the Southwest U.S. In the midwest and south, the views are obstructed by trees. Here we have wide open vistas and the large expanse reminds us daily of the old west before so many people came from the east to settle. We still have land to spread out and when we go for a drive in the country, we can get away from houses and people in a short time. I love it.

Thursday, May 28, 2009


Beautiful day here in southern NM. The air is dry and clean, the sky is blue, and the little white clouds are just drifting by. We haven't seen or felt a mosquito yet, even after that one inch rain we had last week. It is so nice to be able to have the doors open and the windows too with no cooler on.

Our local radio station plays oldies on Thursdays, so Floyd is tuned in. He enjoys listening to the old guy who does the spinning, "Spinnin with McKinnon" - a scotsman. This old guy goes to the same eye doc that we do, we've seen him there. Oh well, where else can he go, it is a small town, lol.

One day is about the same as the rest around here, weekends have no special meaning. We must get over and check out the new Entertainment Center. It will be open 365 days a year, so no hurry. Next week we are going to get David & Betty and take them out to lunch. This week they have procedures scheduled.

Hope everyone is enjoying their day. Talk with you all later.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Special Day!

Today is my son's birthday.


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Beautiful Day!

We have been having some great weather. Even received an inch of rain last Saturday. We had a nice quiet Memorial Day. Our high school held it's graduation ceremonies and now school is officially out for the summer.

We had a simple menu for Memorial Day. I made a bunch of hot wings and a homemade pizza also we had watermelon. Our friends David and Betty stopped by later for some pie and coffee. They are fine, just dealing with problems that older folks have. Her Alzheimers doesn't seem any worse but he is having some cardiac problems. Always something for old folks.

Our tomato plants expired, lol. We really don't know why. The onions and squash are looking good. Two out of three aint bad.

Heard from daughter Patsy last evening and she was visiting her hubby in the hospital, he will need surgery. We wish him all the best.

The Entertainment Center opened amid reports that there were long lines waiting to get in. It is sure to be a success. Now Deming can have first run movies, the bowling leagues can begin anew and the kiddies will have an arcade and games to occupy their summertime.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Memorial Day weekend

Nice long weekend! We don't have any special plans as of now. I have enough food for the holiday so we probably will do what we usually do and stay home and just enjoy being with our doggies.

Hope you all enjoy the holiday, be sure and put that flag up to show support for all our veterans.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Country Drive

Yesterday we went for a drive in the country. We wanted to see how the crops were faring. The onions should be ready to harvest in about a month, and Alfalfa was ready for the first cutting. We get 4 harvests a year in this area.

It is amazing how many new residents have moved in. Traffic is getting worse by the day and even in the country there is much new construction. The Pit Park has been completed for some time now and really looks good. Our long awaited Entertainment Center should be ready by July 4th and the Sports Complex is still in the planning stages, although the grounds have been ready for some time. I sure wish we would get another grocery store. The parking lots at both stores (Peppers & Walmart) are so crowded and parking is a problem most of the time now. There is an increase in graffiti from practically none to alleys and dumpsters in many neighborhoods. We have more judges and police now too, but it doesn't stop the kids.

I know I sound kind of disenchanted with Deming. Right now I feel like moving, but I am sure I will change my mind when I am in a better state of mind, lol. More coffee, that's what I need!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

gopher snake

Funny thing happened this morning. Floyd called me to come see this big snake that Duke had been barking at. It was really big. He said "this thing is as big as your arm", lol. So I went to look and we decided that it was just a gopher snake. Just as soon as we got the dogs out of the pen, he left. I imagine Duke had it scared to death.

Beautiful time of year out here in the Desert. My little garden is doing well. The cactus is blooming and my Ocotillo is green and blooming. For those of you unfamiliar with the Ocotillo, it looks dead most of the year. We had several nests of baby birds who have flown the coop. Nothing to do now, but enjoy the nice warm weather.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Hump Day

Wednesdays are nice, means the week is half over. I had a very nice Mother's Day and hope all the moms out there did too.

Our little vegetable garden is doing just fine. The zucchini plants are poking their heads out of the ground and I have blooms on my tomato plants. They seem to be happy plants.

I've been on Facebook a lot lately. They have interactive games to play and one is "Farm Town". I really enjoy it because you can send people gifts and people can send you gifts, like animals, trees, fences, bldgs., you know "farm" stuff. The little farm animals make noises which are cute. You plant seeds and then harvest your crops for money, lol. I think this App. would be especially fun during the dark, cold days of winter.

Facebook is perfect for families to keep in touch as well as friends. Pictures can be put on there and notices too. I am waiting for granddaughter Allison's wedding pictures to be put on there. Thinking that I am going to go to bed early tonight. I plan to make a list of things I need to do tomorrow and I can only think of one thing,... that is not good. Hopefully I will remember by tomorrow.

Sunday, May 10, 2009


Things my mother taught me

"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside - I just finished cleaning!"

My mother taught me RELIGION
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."

My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle
of next week!"

My mother taught me REASON
"Because I said so, that's why."

My Mother taught me LOGIC
"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me."

My mother taught me FORESIGHT
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident"

My mother taught me IRONY
"Keep crying and I'll give you something to cry about."

My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper!"

My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM
"Will you "look" at the dirt on the back of your neck!"

My mother taught me about STAMINA
"You'll sit there 'till all that spinach is finished."

My mother taught me about WEATHER
"It looks as if a tornado swept through your room."

My mother taught me how to solve PHYSICS PROBLEMS
"If I yelled because I saw a meteor coming toward you, would you listen


My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY
"If I've told you once, I've told you a million times--Don't

My mother taught me THE CIRCLE OF LIFE
"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out."

My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION
"Stop acting like your father!"

My mother taught me about ENVY!
"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do!"

My Mother taught me about ANTICIPATION
"Just wait until we get home."

My Mother taught me about RECEIVING
"You are going to get it when we get home!"

My Mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way."

My Mother taught me to THINK AHEAD
"If you don't pass your spelling test, you'll never get a good job."

My Mother taught me ESP
"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you're cold?"

My Mother taught me HUMOR
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."

My Mother taught me how to BECOME AN ADULT
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."

My Mother taught me about SEX
"How do you THINK you got here?"

My Mother taught me about GENETICS
"You're just like your father."

My Mother taught me about my ROOTS
"Do you think you were born in a barn?"

My Mother taught me about WISDOM OF AGE
"When you get to be my age, you will understand."

And my all time favorite...

My Mother taught me about JUSTICE
"One day you'll have kids ... and I hope they turn out just like you!


Friday, May 8, 2009


Tomorrow is my granddaughter Allison's Wedding in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Lots of people will be there and it should be great fun. I am sorry that we cannot be there. She is a lovely girl.

My tomato plants are blooming, Yea! I love tomatoes and the one's at the store have absolutely NO taste. Even the "hothouse" variety have no taste!

It has been hot here and I guess there is a heatwave all out west. The fire in Santa Barbara caused the temps to spike to over 100 at 11:00 pm last night, but thankfully the temps are much cooler today. I don't mind the heat here, since it seems that I have waited all year for it. The cooler keeps our house plenty cool.

Floyd went to the store today and brought home some apple pie. Think I'll have a cup of coffee and some of that pie.:)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Now we have veggies in the ground.

We have our tomatoes planted, lots of onions (texas white sweet), and some zucchini. We love zucchini and I guess it grows well everywhere. My doggies like it cut into strips, battered, and deep fried. We use to buy it this way at Tommy's in California, yum!

I know I will have too many onions, but so what. Our neighbor Connie has lots of tomato plants and her son Dan told us we can have some of her tomatoes. We should be all right. Maybe I will make some Salsa.

So this morning we went to Walmart and bought fertilizer for our plants, also Rose Food, although our roses look great this year.

I found some donuts that looked yummy - good with coffee. A big Yum.:)

Friday, May 1, 2009

May 1, 2009

I've got men walking around on my roof, they are working on my cooler, very loud! Hope they don't fall off, lol. Our little house has a steep roof, and it is slippery and made of metal!

It was a high of 90F today with a nice little breeze. After a quick trip to the store, I have been watching Westerns all day. Just like a Saturday. Life is hard, lol.

Tomorrow is a good day to pick up some tomato plants. We should have a nice weekend, hope the same is for you.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Pontiac - all gone. :(

No more GTO, No more Trans-Am, No more Firebird. How sad that we lost Pontiac. I guess we are to have no more fun cars, just sensible NRG saving vehicles. Might as well walk!!!

Friday, April 24, 2009


That's a field of red chile in Luna County! Actually, it was green chile before it turned red, just like peppers do. There is a new machine that can pick chiles, however, I believe that it is very expensive and needs a little tweaking. It is getting difficult for the farmers to compete with chiles from Mexico due to the high cost of labor and housing for the migrant workers.

Granddaughter Jennifer is getting married tomorrow in Forest Falls, CA. She is a lovely young lady and we wish her all the best.

Do you all Twitter?? I know Jim does, but what about the rest of you. I am considering it. No special weekend plans except I am going to the library in the morning. Have a good weekend everyone.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Gosh, I am back and just been surfing.

Surfing and catching up. Naturally it is nice and warm here, in the 80s these days. I need to get back to the library. I have read all my books.

Not much new going on. Stewart was here over Easter and we had a good visit. We had HAM, lol.

My neighbor who was from Holland, Mich. passed away a week ago and her husband took her back home. She always looked so healthy, she loved walking in the neighborhood and would always stop and chat. Seems odd that she is actually gone.

Now I need to start answering my emails. Thanks for all the great ones Connie. I have been fine, just away from the computer.

Talk with you all later.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Helloooo out there!

Omigosh, I am having pc problems so I haven't written in a while. We are all doing fine and now I am reading a lot. Didn't want anyone to worry. Lovely day today and we are going shopping. Take care and I will talk with you all later.

Friday, February 6, 2009


Well, it is a beautiful day here today. I had my final doctor's appointment today and he said everything was good and I can let him know when I need more meds! Yea!!!

I see it is cold and rainy in California and we should have some of that by tomorrow night. Then, we have several days of upper 50s - to 60s. I don't know how warm it was today, but I saw 75F downtown.

Oh yes, my plum and peach trees have buds now, so it won't be long. Sure hope the Spring winds don't blow all the blooms away like last year.

Hope you all have a good weekend!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Hump Day!

Ahhh, the week is half over and what in the world have I done. Nothing, lol. I made it to the library and got some more of those inane books by Debbie Macomber, went to see the doctor and now I must go back every day for three days for them to do a "blood pressure check". Bought a pickup truck from son Stewart at a great price, Thanks Stu!

Floyd always has the local radio station on and I realize that when they give the menu for the schools or for the senior center, they always mention: red enchiladas! Ha, the simple joys of living in the Southwest. Our local newspaper, the Deming Headlight has never mentioned one word about the Superbowl. Our Entertainment Center that was to be completed over 5 years ago, seems to be coming along - slowly.

If the weather map means anything, then much of the western U.S. should have some nice sunny mild weather.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Cardinals lost :-( We had good weather!

Oh well, they played great and the Steelers won in the last 2+ minutes. At least it wasn't a blowout.

We had a beautiful day here today. It was sunny and warm with no wind. Floyd watered everything. Since we live in a desert, we have to make sure our trees and plants receive water. It hasn't rained in a really long time. Yesterday, we went for a drive in the country and it was nice, but a little windy in the afternoon. I talked with Stewart today and his temp in Tucson was 76F. That is a good temp for this time of year. I think I would like living there. We should have those kinds of temps next month. It gets very hot there in the summer, but it also gets very hot here. I enjoy the heat since apparently my circulation is impaired. I think we feel the heat more here because of the elevation, at least that is what the literature tells us. We are told to "protect our skin from the sun." At this stage of my life, I cannot imagine living where the weather is cold.

I've been watching a program on TLC about Polygamy. It is illegal, but these people in Utah, live so far from a regular population and nobody else lives out there. Nice large homes with lots of kids. Of course the men love it. It seems an odd way to live.

I have a few errands tomorrow but nothing important. I hope tomorrow is as nice as today.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Super Bowl Sunday!

Great weekend with big excuses to just snack all day. I've got to decide what to prepare.:)

GO CARDINALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, January 26, 2009


It isn't windy right now, but this afternoon the winds should blow. Our high is predicted to be 68F and no warmer because of the wind.

I went to the library the other day and just kind of grabbed some books. They are by Debbie Macomber so they are kind of romance and kind of not. They are interesting but I can read an entire book in a couple of hours.

It is still very cold up north and since we have had a couple of weeks in the upper 60s or low 70s, it seems kind of odd. Luckily, the cold waves have not reached this far south since December. I always wonder if the cold will come down here, but we have been lucky.

My large dog Casey can't get up on the sofas any longer so Floyd went and bought her a big doggie pillow, 40" x 50" and really soft and fluffy, she will love it. Casey sleeps on the floor beside my bed these days. We are both getting pretty old and I sense that she knows it. It amazes me how perceptive my dogs are. I think that is because we are with them 24/7. The seem to read our minds. Really, they are such a comfort to us, I don't know what we would do without our canine buddies.

All is well in Deming, NM. Talk with you all later.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


We hooked up to Vonage and we love it. Our phone service is nice and clear and loud. Our old connection was faulty and our phone had static and was difficult to hear. You can't imagine the improvement.

We went to a Chinese Restaurant for lunch and it was very tasty.

FWIW, today is the National Day of the Squirrel. What do you think??, lol.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

An amazing day!

The TV has been on all day, we have been watching the Inaugural activities. We have really enjoyed all the festivities. I think we had the best view right here at home where it was warm and comfy. Now I am watching the Balls, imagine having to go to 10 different places!! I know Obama will get busy tomorrow and begin work. So much to do. We just wish him all the best. He knows what he wants and he has a history of accomplishing his tasks.

Tomorrow Floyd has a doctor's appointment and then we are going out for lunch to celebrate our Anniversary. Then I need to hook my phone up to Vonage. It is a good deal, Vonage! 24.99 per month with just over $3.00 in taxes. My Qwest phone bill has over $10.00 in taxes of every which kind.

Gosh, I ordered a gift basket for baby Owen and it never arrived. I know I was notified that it was shipped on the 7th and my bank account was debited, so that is another thing I must do tomorrow, call them and find out what happened.

Hope everyone is as happy as I am with our new president. Talk with you later.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

nice mild weather

We are in the upper 60s for most of the week, except for Thursday when it just might cool enough for us to have showers. Stewart has completed his move to Tucson and is happy there. He is surprised at some things. Qwest is the phone company, but do not provide high speed internet in Tucson. How crazy is that?? He can use Cox Cable for his high speed internet, but since the phone company wants 2 weeks to schedule, he may not have phone service/internet until February 2nd.

They are at least 10 degrees warmer than us with a high of 77 today. We see the Arizona Cardinals are going to the Super Bowl, Kurt Warner is still going strong.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

January 12th

What's new?? Well, for one thing I have another adorable great-grandson. His name is Owen and he is just over one week old. My other new great-grandson is nearly three months old and his name is Austin. How cool, two new babies. Their pictures are on Facebook and if you haven't joined, I would love to see you there.

This month is nearly half over and am I very glad. Winter is not for me! Next month begins Spring in our neck of the sand, lol.
Just about my bedtime, talk with you later.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

January, 2009

I love that it is 2009 because last year was not a very good year by anyone's standards. We have a brand new great-grandson, Owen, who is an adorable,and I think he will probably have a normal lifespan of 100 years. Babies born this year should expect to live to 100 if nothing interferes, like accidents. It is comforting to know that even as one ages, life continues.

We have a lovely sunny day today and we should have a good week weather wise. In the 60s except for Sun. & Mon. when it will be in the 50s, then back to 60s. The best thing about January, is that Spring arrives in this part of the world in February, lol. That is when the cottonwoods start greening up.

I am glad that the holidays are over even though I did enjoy them. Now back to my normal (dull) daily routines. Today I am doing laundry. pretty routine all right, lol. Next week I can start my library trips again.

No more holidays, but there is the Inauguration, we will enjoy watching that on TV. That's about the extent of our involvement. Wishing Obama the best of luck.