Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Happy Birthday Alyssa!

Today is the girl's birthday! It's hard to believe she is 5.
Here she is just about a hour old.

It was 5 years and 4 months ago that Mark was diagnosed with cancer. At the time he wasn't sure how long he would live. He set a few goals the first was to see and be there when our first grandchild was born. He was so happy to see that day. He got to hold her first, right after the doctor, the nurse and her mom and dad. Funny thing is she had more hair than he did. Not only was he there when you were born, he also made it to your first birthday. He passed away a month later; I know you may not remember him, he loved you. I also know that no one can take his place, I'm glad you have your other grandpa's and Poprock that love you too!

Happy Birthday little girl!

Friday, April 15, 2011


I love modern technology. I really love to be on the computer when it suddenly reboots itself and then comes up with a great message like "39% of hard drive missing", what? So suddenly you find yourself becoming a rocket surgeon and trying to remember everything you have ever known about a computer...wait....I program in COBOL...where are my key punch cards and where should I stick them (ha ha). Oh, restart computer, follow the prompts, try the fixes, here's a good one, buy this to fix that problem, oh no....blue screen of death....what the hard drive is now missing...? Breath deep the fragrance of new electronics, (is that smell carcinogenic?) who cares! New tower, that goes zippy fast, better video and graphics card, which makes large flat screen monitor look even better, what is this some new software (can't wait to start playing with Photoshop), two new games (have already mastered one) and a totally smoking deal on a new printer that prints amazing photos. Oh yes one happy girl. Don't tell Poprock, cause she's even more excited about this then him.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

It's April!!!!

So much time and so little blogging. I'm sorry! Oh I have a blog follower, a real live confirmed blog follower. She is not family or someone I have begged (like Jenny) to read my blog. I'm so excited. That's not really why I'm writing this post. I have had so many thoughts and ideas go through my mind lately that I really needed to post. We got this new really cool rug. Of course Poprock saw it first and liked it. When I saw it all I could think of was how cool and fun it would be to drive the match box cars on. Both Precious and Ralphie have given it their approval. The boy was shown by his mom how to drive the cars and follow the curves, which then got the girl and their daddy doing the same thing. The boy however did find some humor in following the curve under the coffee table as far as his little fingers could push it, Poprock did not find the humor. The baby has found it soft and easy to wiggle on.

There was a rainbow the other day over our backyard. I love rainbows.

We watched the movie "Julie and Julia" It made me feel inspired and reminded me that I love to cook. I hate doing dishes. It really has been a long time since I've cooked everyday, I have Poprock, he cooks and does dishes (I'm so blessed and dang lucky). When Mark was sick with cancer cooked food usually didn't taste good and the smells, smelled bad to him. I stopped cooking except for what he wanted. It was the best of times and the worst of times....that's from a book. I'm not saying I'm going to do like Julie and cook all the recipes from Julia's book, trust me I have no desire to bone a duck. I do however have some great cookbooks, magazines and know how to use the Internet if I need more ideas. I am however going to starting posting once in awhile some of the good things I find. I tend to find a recipe and use what I have at home to make it. These lasagna roll ups were surprisingly quick and easy and I was able to use what I had because I didn't buy everything the recipe called for. The recipe called for ricotta, I had bought some cottage cheese, so I used it. I had mozzarella rather than the called for Swiss cheese. I did however remember to get the pepperoni. We had the sauce at home. For the seasoning I used "Herbes de Provence" which I had previously purchased from World Market. The quick CindyLou version, cook the noodles, mix 2 teaspoons seasoning into 2 cups cottage cheese, slice the mozzarella rather thin. This made six roll ups. After noodles are cooked layer, cottage cheese, 6 slices pepperoni, mozzarella and roll, put seam side down in lightly greased baking dish. Top noodle rolls with sauce and bake at 350 degrees until bubbly. Great with a salad and bread.

Saturday, February 5, 2011


I missed December and January, where did they go?