Will at play

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Will's Garden Close

The items in this post, the Egyptian Cotton Linen Spray, the Rosemary and Lavender Sachet and the ingredients for the Marjoram White Wine Vinegar all came from Will's memorial garden created after he died in 2009 by the Men and Youth group of the parish. Now that the garden is over 5 years old, Dr. Bertita Graebner from St. Bede's made these beautiful and wonderful items from Will's Garden for the annual parish Gala. Our family's hearts are full of love for our friends at St. Bede's.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

December 2014

December 23

Yesterday Alison and Dick went to the doctor and dentist in Palo Alto. I stayed and worked for June. Nails done, ornaments put on the top of the tree, heater/ac repaired. They had dinner with Christine and Alex at the Green Elephant. They also saw Matt Goldman. Did not get home until 11pm. Got updated by Dick in the middle of the night. He is taking on water again and needs to watch his salt intake. I am hoping 2015 will be a better year for me career wise. To take advantage of an improving economy. Maybe insurance, maybe PM. Maybe something else. Hopefully telecommuting. Want to go to Bay Area once a month at least. Volunteering at SCLH keeps me engaged. Get more involved at Church with Dick. Keep working for June until I get something else. Quit worrying about Alison. She certainly has a path and a network and the intelligence to follow her path productively if she chooses to do so. We have raised her and given her the tools to be successful if she wants to be.
I have done something different, put on PJs instead of black cover up.

Ginger Joy is curled up on my lap purring and snoozing behind Millie, also snoozing, so warm and cozy it it 6:42am. Norah is sleeping with Aly. Billie? Not in his usual spot. I am looking forward to seeing everyone at Mom's on Christmas Day.

Today or tomorrow, I may bake Grama's nut bread, pumpkin pie and cookies, maybe. Tomorrow is the pagent at Church. Make the most of the season, all seasons. Try not to let others influence my mood so much, especially Aly and Dick. Do my own thing.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Carmel Highlands - October 2014

Sitting here in our villa at Carmel Highlands with a wonderful view, drinking a cup of coffee, writing and doing my thing. Dick is asleep. Woke up this morning at 5:19 am, went outside where there were at least a million stars in the sky. Wow, came back in and Dick and I talked for a couple of hours reminiscing about old times, trips, family, how many states and countries we have visited, friends and careers which took us to many interesting places. I would not trade it in. Life's road trip with it's many twists and turns.

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.