Friday, April 29, 2011


I have a nasty cold and am REALLY out of sorts. Couldn't think of anything to write, so decided to compose a few Haiku verses for the occasion. Read and comment, or not, I don't care.... :-P

I have a bad cold

It really irritates me

Grumpy grumpy grump

Having a cold sucks

I’m irritable and mean

Stay out of my way!


Oh NyQuil, how I love thee!

Take me to bed! Now!

Friday, April 22, 2011

What Was Her Dream?

Since I was brought up in the church, I am very familiar with the Biblical accounts of major events, among them the birth of Christ and then His crucifixion. Very early in my life, I was intrigued with the passage in Matthew 27:19. That’s where the wife of Pontius Pilate sends him a message: “Have nothing to do with that just Man, for I have suffered many things today in a dream because of Him.” (NKJV)

I don’t know how old I was when I first became interested in finding out just what that dream was all about, but as time went on, I became more and more intrigued. Since this was way back in the day when I was so phobically shy I couldn’t talk to anyone, all I could do was search through my Bible. (No Google back then, either!) I was so frustrated when I discovered that it was ONLY in Matthew where this incident is mentioned. A couple of times I would check other versions than NIV or KJ (which was all I had) to see if there was anything else, or check a commentary. Nothing. The dream was important in that it was mentioned in the Bible. But I really wish there had been a little more info. Every year when this passage is read during Lent, I ponder it. What was so bad about the dream that Pilate’s wife would interrupt her husband?

The dream also comes to mind whenever I have had a particularly horrendous dream about a loved one. Thankfully, those are few and far between, but there have been some doozies. It had been a while since I’d had such a dream, but I had one the other night. Woke up heartbroken. The feeling persisted most of the day. That’s what has prompted this Good Friday blog.

Now that we have such a marvelous source of information via the Internet, I have been able to look a little further into this. There are a lot of apocryphal stories and legends, but nothing new regarding scripture. And there it will have to end.

I’ll always wonder about it.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

March Book Report

Only 4 books read in March, but they were all keepers.

Small Town Reality” by Carolyne Aarsen

This was a Grace Chapel Inn book. Always good. A reality show wants to showcase the local beauty shop and ‘real’ people to show what can be done with products the average woman can get and use. You don’t have to be a celebrity or rich to look good. The side story was about a retired editor that started up a tabloid paper to skewer the small-town ideals of the locals and try to drag them into the dirty 21st century.

“We Have This Moment” by Diann Hunt

Another Grace Chapel book. A gentle romance about an older couple that were sweethearts in school, but went separate ways. A chance meeting 46 years later shows them that you are never too old for love. The side story was about Jane secretly making Louise a scrapbook about her life.

“Hakon of Rogen’s Saga” by Erik Christian Haugaard

This book was from the Youth section of the library, but Mr. Haugaard says he writes for all ages. And this is a great story for all ages. I love the old Norse myths and stories about that era. This one is about the local chieftan, Olaf, who is killed by treachery. His son, Hakon, is young in years, but grows up fast to take revenge. His courage earns him his birthright as the new chieftan.

“The Hours” by Michael Cunningham

This is the book that the Meryl Streep movie was based on. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but intend to. I haven’t read any of Virginia Woolf’s works, but I loved the style of the author, who was apparently trying to mimic Woolf’s. The book gives a glimpse of three different women (Virginia Woolf, Laura Brown, Clarissa Vaughan) in three different times, all within a 24 hour period. Very enjoyable and I look forward to the movie.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Sloppy Josés!

A couple years ago I wrote about my first experience with that wonderful food, Sloppy Joes. If you’re interested, you can find it here:

That’s always been a good last-minute, don’t-have-any-time, starving-and-wanna-eat-NOW kind of meal. I’ve made Sloppy Joes from scratch and from a variety of canned mixes. All of them yummy.

The other day I was in the Dollar Store looking for a new toothbrush holder for the bathroom. As usual, I go up and down every aisle there looking for new/fun stuff, sparkly socks, things for Lia, etc.

When I got to the food aisle, I was browsing the microwave noodle dishes and saw a can of Sloppy Joe mix. I had taken a pound of hamburger out of the freezer the previous day and thought, “Hmmmm. We haven’t had Sloppy Joes in a long time…” So I got the can of mix and then backtracked to see if I could find hamburger buns. No buns, but there was a huge display of tortillas. Never had Sloppy Joes in a tortilla. How novel. So I got a package of them.

Great idea! Put it on a tortilla, sprinkle with cheese, zap in the microwave, roll up, and YUM! Not only is it tasty, it’s actually neater than the bun method. I don’t know what the Spanish word for sloppy is, so I’m calling them Sloppy Josés. Although Less Sloppy or Tidy Josés would be better. Don’t know the Spanish for those words, either.

And don’t say that all we had was a burrito. Different flavoring entirely.

And BTW (because I know you care deeply), I did find my toothbrush holder. The previous one was a pretty blue plastic one, but since it had been knocked off the sink ledge many times, it was all cracked. What I found was a nice-looking ceramic one in a sage color that went with the bathroom colors better. And since it’s ceramic, I got 2 of them…so when the first one is broken, I will have a replacement and a little time to start looking for more…

Friday, April 1, 2011

Girls Day Out

I can’t remember the last time I had a day out with one of my gal pals. It’s usually Mary, and we haven’t gone out in a long time. Yesterday was with both Mary and Paula, and I had the time of my life! I really hope this was just the first of such outings.

We started at an antique store none of us had been to before, and spent an hour and a half and still didn’t get to see it all. I scored a fabulous brass cat holding a mirror, the mirror being removable. You could just as easily substitute dried flowers for the mirror. After I got that and put it in the car, I went back over some of the area I hadn’t seen yet and scored another bargain: a bin full of mega blocks for only $4!! I snapped that up fast! Lia will love it!

Then we went to Taco Bell out by Trader Joe’s. The taco salad was great, but the shell was a bit stale. We hit Trader Joe’s then on to S & S Produce (natural health store and organic produce) and then to Baskin & Robbins. I had a coupon for a free pint of ice cream that I got one of the times I donated blood. Got a mix of Snickers, New York Cheesecake and World Class Chocolate and 3 spoons. YUM!

After that, it was on to Kohl’s. It was mainly so Paula could get something, but I though I might take a look and see if they had any white purses. They did, but they were way out of my range and I didn’t even like them that much. BUT….I found a hat I could not live without! My next profile pic will be of me wearing that hat. I love it! I haven’t bought a new hat in ages. And it was on sale! I also got a pair of slippers on sale. All in all, a very good trip.

Got home and was stunned that it was 4:30! Had no idea it was that late. I had lots of Ravenwood and Cityville stuff to take care of and some Scrabble to catch up on. Did Cityville, then let Marv have the computer while I ate dinner. Then I did Ravenwood for the next few hours. Love that game!!

Really great day. Not much in the way of pain, although I am a little creaky today. But it was worth it.