Will at play

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Alaska trip 2014

Oh my Gosh, what has happened in these past days is unbelievable. First let me tell you about now. I am on the ship in our room with a view of the mountains, wearing Uggs and wrapped in the wool pashmina that Christine gave to me, burgundy, the one that was so beautiful and big that I thought that I would never wear it. I am wrapped in it now with my leggings and all. Dick is finally asleep in bed in the room. He has been doing very poorly breathing since getting out of the hospital in Dawson City. I am surprised that he made it this far after Whitehorse last night, he had a rough night. These long early days have taken their toll. Yesterday, nine hours on tour bus from Dawson City to Whitehorse, a very long journey indeed. Then today about 5 hours by coach to the train from Whitehorse to Skagway. I just watched a helicopter land, with the view in the background, fresh air green forests and mountains.

Saturday, May 31, 2014


Somewhere over the rainbow way up high, there is a young man by the name of Will. The sunshine of my life, most always smiling and happy. The memories of a lifetime, seventeen years in our lives on earth. The impact he had on so many people that had the pleasure of knowing Will. The twinkle in his eyes, so kind, polite and generous. A true son and friend. He lived with the courage to help friends through difficult times. This is the last day of May, your birth month, Will, take care and be safe where ever you are today and always. Love Mom

Aly's Won Tons

Friday, May 30, 2014

Aly's Vegetable Won Ton Recipe

Aly's Vegetable Won Ton Recipe
Perfect every time

4 cups cabbage, shredded
1 heaping cup carrots, shredded
3 green onions, minced or 1/2 cup pre-chopped
2 Tbsp. Fresh cilantro, chopped
1 garlic clove minced
1/2 Tbsp. Soy sauce
12 won ton wrappers
1-2 Tbsp. Coconut oil or canola oil
1-2 Tbsp. Water

1. Combine cabbage, carrots, green onions, cilantro, garlic, soy sauce and oil in a bowl and mix well.
2. Put a small spoonful of filling in each won ton wrapper.
3. Fold to make triangle, then fold in the sides. Repeat for each won ton.
4. Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, until hot.
5. Place won tons gently in pan and cook until bottoms are crusty and brown, about 3 minutes.
6. Pour water into pan, cover, and steam for about 2 minutes.
7. Remove from heat and serve.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Milestones Missed

Milestones Missed

Will, my son, you're twenty one. Sadly, another milestone missed. Similar to the others, getting your driver's license, turning eighteen and voting, graduating from high school, going to college, finding the love of your life and soulmate.

All that is left for us to cherish are memories of your childhood, wonderful memories, our trips to your favorite places Kauai, Disneyland, San Diego, England. Water Polo games, you were so good, proud parents we are. Playing with your sister, nephews and nieces and cousins hiking outdoors, go carting, water slides, so full of life.

What a handsome young man you turned out to be, those green, green eyes, your beautiful smile your kind and gentle spirit. Shining so brightly with your life ahead of you. I am so sorry that will never happen for you. I love you and miss you, enjoy your twenty first wherever you are! love Mom

Thursday, March 27, 2014

WIS Cake for Cherrill Spencer

The cake that the WIS group had for Cherrill Spencer at her retirement party on March 26, 2014

Cherrill Spencer and WIS

Yesterday, I went to SLAC for Cherrill's WIS retirement. WIS has been going strong for 23 years now thanks to Cherrill and the planning team. There are 3 books of archives with articles, pictures and other information, oh what memories. Cherrill introduced me as the founder of the group.

It was so nice to be there. There was also a talk about Emotional Intelligence. I met a new person, Peggy. She is recently retired from sales and her husband is an insurance person. Cherrill is ready for new adventures. She plans to look for work as an experimental physicist, replace her 30 year old carpet, travel, volunteer at the symphony, paint the house and garden. I hope she and Rick can make it up here sometime to visit.

The drive yesterday was very challenging. Not only are the Peninsula and South Bay Area so crowded, it was raining, a good thing, sometimes pouring with windshield wipers on max speed. Went via 5 and 505, went about 40 miles out of my way. Cut through Hayward then over the San Mateo bridge and down 280. Left at 7:15 got there at 11:15. Went to visit Will at St. Bede's then over to SLAC. After the workshop visited with Cherrill for about an hour. Sierra is spending spring break in Morocco with a girlfriend from St. Andrews. Sierra likes it there.

Went to Mom's house for a visit. She is feeling much better. We had a very nice visit. She lives in a great location in SJ, right in the heart of it, no back roads, though, to escape the traffic. So I left at 3:45p and tougher it out via 680 to 80 to 505, road 27, i5, 99, Riego, Fiddyment to home, arriving at 7:15p. along the way rain and a Tornado, very atmospheric skies indeed.

Today it is cloudy and cool. Now off to "layer the day".