Thursday, August 4, 2016

This past weekend was spent at a family reunion.
My heritage is Basque.
Spanish Basque.
When we went to the Basque festival last summer, I got goose bumps
listening to the Basque men talking. It reminded me of my childhood.
My dad raised sheep just like his father before him.
Growing up, I spent just about every weekend with my dad
 (until I was 14 and then I discovered boys, more specifically, I discovered my husband and well, the rest is history)
 I could not wait till the weekend.
 I loved riding around with my Dad in his pickup truck.
 Stopping by the sheep camp, where all the men were gathered,
 waiting for the orders of the day from my Dad,
 checking the sheep, hauling water,
 and my favorite thing to do,
 moving the sheep down the road to another alfalfa field.
 I can still here the bells of the leader sheep and the smell of the wool.
That is an aroma that you don't forget.
Occasionally, pulling out a rifle to shoot a coyote
 that had found his way into the field for dinner.
Making our way back to the sheep camp for lunch,
which always included lamb
and the best part,
 rice con leche
 with cinnamon or dried apples that had been soaked.
My mouth is watering just typing that last sentence.
I miss those weekends.


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Hank playing with my mom's kittens

busy, busy, busy
getting ready to do our annual San Diego beach trip
stopped drinking starbuck's lattes
I miss them
switched to diet coke for a couple of weeks for the caffeine
I hate diet coke
but I need the caffeine

playing poker with my mom and sibling's
so much fun
I love playing cards
I miss playing with my Aunt
she was so good at poker
no matter what, she always had a hand
I was amazed by her card playing skills

we recently made a trip to Tennessee to pick up two bird dogs for my husband
shoot me now...
I can't believe we are doing this again
I was so ready to be done with taking care of animals and children

doing the Junk in the Trunk in San Diego in July
lots of picking and painting going on
I literally have no more space to put anything
I need a shop


Monday, May 23, 2016

Up to my Eyeballs in Tomatoes

I think my husband's tomatoes have done quite well this year.
I posted this pic to my instagram account and he said last night,
"that's a really nice pic of the tomatoes you posted, but you should have turned a few of those tomatoes around to hide the bad spots".
I'm sure the people that follow me on instagram, looked at the pic and thought ewww, look at those tomatoes with the big cracks in them.
they were looking at the abundance of tomatoes and thinking, look at all that work that Petie has to do...cutting, cooking, canning...
What is wrong with that man?


Sunday, January 10, 2016

My Mom is 84 going on 85, 
smoked everyday of her life since she was 14 (disgusting, I know)
 has never lifted one weight or done any exercising what so ever, but she did raise 5 kids, 15 grandkids and 14 great grandchildren (and one on the way) and I call that being a superwoman.
Who needs to exercise with all that.
Her list of accomplishments are to numerous to list, but you get the point.
 Has never drank a smoothie,
eaten margarine and butter and probably everything else
 that we have been told that is bad for us
 and will shorten our lives and she is still going strong.
 I don't know another person as strong as her.
The reason for writing this post,
 is because of this  article,
 I saw the link on the blog, Tales of me and husband

 I think all this new age eating is killing us and that is my humble opinion.
 Bon Appetite...


Monday, January 4, 2016

The aftermath.
Every year, I downsize my Christmas stuff. 
But this year, I'm loving just about everything that I have for Christmas decorating.
 So I think, I will keep everything.
 It's mostly baubles, plastic trees, plastic garland and a few knick knacks.
 I started buying fresh garlands, wreaths, trees, tree cuttings and other Christmas clippings, and after the new year, it all gets thrown away.
 No more storing a bunch of stuff.
 It's bitter sweet taking it all down.
 My january is already looking busy, so I am glad to get it done.
 Next up, my office.
 I have procrastinated to long in that room.
 But of course, that is when I do my best work.
 It will definitely be a load off my shoulders,
 once I get organized and up to date with my hubbies quickbooks for the year. 
The whole year.
 That is what I have to enter.
  See you in February (wink wink...)


Monday, December 28, 2015

Can we just put the pause button on life right now...
I can't believe that winter with all its glory  is just about over here in Arizona.
Right after Thanksgiving,
we decided to put tongue and groove on a few walls in our house and
add a much needed vent above our stove.
It was the best Christmas present my hubby could have given me.
I can't quit staring at it.
The painter laughed at me, when I sighed with a big smile and said "what a transformation", I love it".
My daughter and her family arrived Tuesday night,
and we did manage to get the raviolies done on Wednesday for our
traditional Christmas Eve dinner after Mass on Thursday.
Of course, I had big plans on baking up a storm,
and the only thing that got baked was about a thousand sugar cookies to share with my family at our annual family Christmas party.
The whole reason for me writing this post is to share this recipe that has been pinned to my pinterest board forever.
They were consumed within minutes.
If you get a chance, make them.
They are at the top of my to do list this week.
Priorities, people...
see you in 2016


Monday, October 5, 2015


We recently added another monkey to the mix
and I had the pleasure of taking care of these two
for a couple of weeks to give their mommy time to rest and bond
with the new little one.
I love their little and individual personalities
so much fun...