Thursday, December 5, 2013

Plane Site Versus Plain Sight

I read this today:

Don't leave your purse, wallet, phone or other valuables in plane site.

It should read:

Don't leave your purse, wallet, phone or other valuables in plain sight

Poured versus Pored

I read this today:

I poured over the album.

It should have read:

I pored over the album. 

Watch your words, folks!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Just In Time Turkeys

I wasn't planning to decorate for Thanksgiving.  

Why, you ask?
We are not hosting this year. 
I'm working again.
Taking care of my Mom consumes a lot of time.

However, the closer to Thanksgiving week it got, the more I started to twitch. 

The twitch went into high gear when The Husband said, 
"But, we've got some really nice Thanksgiving pieces."

I didn't pull out everything, but we do have a couple of turkeys to look at now.

Plus, a Pilgrim and an Indian!

How about you? 

Do you decorate for Thanksgiving? 

Or, are you one of "those people" who decorate for Christmas before Turkey day?

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Birthday Cards

The Husband's birthday was last week.  The Sister's 10 and 7 year old daughters made cards for him.

The 10 year old's card:

The 7 year old's 3 page card:

She even made a special art gift from a paper plate a pink yarn.

She made one for me also.  I think she is watching me.

Sweet girls.

The 7 year old stopped the "light the candle, sing the song" portion of the evening because there were no sprinkles on the cake.  

Uncle Steve must have sprinkles!

After she applied a sufficient number of sprinkles, 
we proceeded with the "light the cnadle, sing the song" portion of the evening.

A good time was had by all.

Happy birthday to The Husband!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

A Roast Story

We fed my Mom a roast dinner tonight. There's a long, involved story about the roast:

  • We started cooking it last Sunday.
  • There was a large piece of meat in an inappropriately sized cast iron skillet, with lid. (Heavy!)
  • As the roast cooked, juice was created.
  • As the juice expanded, it started dripping out of the pan.
  • As it dripped out of the pan in the hot oven, it began to smoke.
  • As it began to smoke, I began to panic.
  • As I began to panic, I tried to lift the pan out of the oven.
  • As my recently arthritc thumbs balked at the weight of the cast iron skillet and lid, I was alarmed.
  • As I was alarmed, I dailed The Husband's cell phone and said, "I need your help!"
  • The Husband quickly drove home and found me with all the kitchen windows open and the vent-a-hood on.
  • I had figured out that taking the cast iron lid off the cast iron skillet would allow me to lift the skillet out of the oven. 
  • I turned the oven off.
  • We allowed the roast and fixin's to cool, and then put them in the fridge.
  • The Husband cleaned the oven the next day. (Bonus for me!)
  • The following day, The Husband finished cooking the roast.
  • That evening, The Husband and I had the roast for dinner.  It was delicious.
  • The Husband took the "fixin's" to The Mother the next day.
  • I fixed the "fixin's" for her dinner tonight.
  • She loved it!

Hey...and guess what?  The smoke alarm never went off!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


I could not help but laugh this morning when I overheard a conversation in the office next to me.

A guy was telling my office neighbor he had been voted the "Popcorn Colonel" of his kid's class.

In other words, he was in charge of popcorn kernel sales. 


Am I the only one amused by this? Because I laughed out loud!

Is this a common title in your local school systems?

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Plotted versus Plodded

I read this sentence today:

"I plotted out and ...."

What it should have read was:

"I plodded out and ...." 

Phase versus Faze

I read something a few days ago where the author said:

"XXX doesn't phase me anymore when it shows up in my workplace."

The correct word to use would be:

"XXX doesn't faze me anymore when it shows up in my workplace."

The offending word is spelled correctly, but was used incorrectly.

Do synonyms confuse spell check?

Does spell check consider context? (It needs to be perfected.)

Do you think people depend too much on spell check?

I may start posting every time I see incorrect word usage.
It happens more frequently than you may imagine.

It ticks me off every.single.time!

I try very, very, very hard to make sure I don't use words incorrectly on this blog.
If you catch me out, please call me on it.
I love to learn and there is nothing better to learn about than a word!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Back to Work

I started a new job last week.
It's a 4 month temporary assignment at a local oil and gas company.

Here's the view from my new office.
Downtown Tulsa.
Looking south from the BOK Tower,
down Boston Avenue.

The people I work with are very nice.

The work is repetitive.
 Some folks would consider it boring and tedious. 
I don't agree.
 I am learning new things about the oil and gas industry.

I like learning new things.
How about you?

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Fall Decorations

I put out fall decorations this morning. 
My sweet 7 year old niece helped me.
The genie bottle belonged to her great granny, Jewel (my granny).

She was fascinated by the fake acorns.
She asked me two or three times,
"Now, where did you get these Aunt Cindy?"

When her mother arrived to pick her up, she had to show her the fake acorns.
I think a trip to Hobby Lobby or Michael's is in their future.

Have you decorated your house yet?
Do you decorate your house?

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Celebrating the Freedom to Read: September 22-28, 2013

Did you know it is Banned Books Week next week?

Why don't you plan to read a banned book to celebrate? By clicking on the link above, you will see a list of the 10 most frequently challenged books in 2012. I've read two of the books, Fifty Shades of Grey and The Glass Castle.

I have not read The Kite Runner, but I have a copy of it. I believe I will read it next week as my protest against book censorship.

What will you be reading?

Monday, September 16, 2013


The Husband and I drove from Tulsa, OK to Taos, New Mexico in August.

We drove through the Oklahoma panhandle as we have done 
for years and years and years.
We were very happy to see wildflowers 
along the side of the roads and in the pastures.

The drought in the mid-west has been so bad for many years 
that we were shocked to see the wildflowers.
Honestly, we couldn't remember the last time
we saw them on our annual drive to NM.

In Taos, we also saw fields full of flowers.

A close-up. 
(Professional photographers we are not!)

The bright yellow flowers everywhere made me happy!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

A Magnificent Tree

The Husband and I ran errands a couple of days ago and, on a lark, we meandered through a mid-town Tulsa neighborhood. The Husband loves to meander.

Lo, and behold, what did we find?

A magnificent tree.

It's huge.

It is fantastic that this tree is still standing tall and proud.

Especially given:

Thousands of trees have been lost because of these events.

Thanks to the owners of the property were the Pin Oak is located.
Trees need good guardians and you are doing a great job!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Remembering Daddy

Billy Wayne Carnahan

July 17, 1928 - September 10, 2001

Photo taken August 27, 1994

Thursday, September 5, 2013

27, 54 and 81?

I was born on September 4, 1959.

My 27th birthday, in 1986, was not good. I was desperately unhappy.

I made a number of difficult decisions that year and changed my life for the better.

The milestone birthdays that people struggle with?  All were good for me!  29, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 - fun, fantastic, lovely!


Not so much.

I think a lot of my feelings have to do with my Mother's increasing age. She had her right knee replaced a couple of months ago. She needs her left knee replaced. She has a shoulder bone spur that requires surgery. We are taking her to physical therapy twice a week. She has other, miscellaneous, issues that require one-off doctor's visits.

It is exhausting.

She's 81. I'm 54.

27 was a bad birthday for me.

27 + 54 = 81

Is my 81st birthday going to be bad?

I guess 3 bad birthdays in a life span of 81 years isn't bad at all.

Is it?

I think I'm just whining.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Labor Day and Gooey Butter Cake

Hi. How was your holiday weekend? Ours was great. We were invited to cook outs on both Sunday and Monday. My contribution on both days was Mom's Macaroni Salad.

A few years ago, my sister-in-law started making Paula Deen's Gooey Butter Cake. My niece had a piece at a family function and the rest is history. I believe the quote from the niece was, "I want to marry this cake, I love it so much!"

The cake was made today:

A happy niece!

Funny thing, when I googled "gooey butter cake" to find the recipe I found a Wikipedia page about the history of the cake. Very interesting!

The Sister also wanted to make Mom's Banana Pudding. She tricked Mom into standing and stirring it for her. (That's the B-i-L in the background.)

Finished product. The individual servings of pudding without the bananas or the wafers are for me and the little niece. We are picky.

This is a long standing family favorite.

Mom's Banana Pudding

1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
dash salt
3 eggs
2 cups cold milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
Nilla Wafers
4 or 5 bananas sliced

Mix sugar, flour and salt in a cast iron skillet. Blend in 3 eggs and milk. Cook, uncovered, 10 to 12 minutes or until thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.

Layer custard, bananas, Nilla wafers on the bottom of a 1 1/2 quart dish. Repeat layers twice.

Cool completely. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Top with Nilla Wafers just before serving.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

New Mexico

We took a road trip in August.

We drove through the Oklahoma Panhandle.
We had dinner at our favorite steakhouse in Guymon the first night.

Driving out of town the next morning, we saw this vision of loveliness.

Her name is Calamity Jane and she was a 60th birthday present for the man of the house. The woman of the house loves it when people stop and take pictures.
The dogs on the porch weren't so sure about it!

Hello, New Mexico!

Hello, Taos!

We stayed at the La Dona Luz Inn
This was our fourth stay at the Inn. 
It is very charming and homey.
I loved these beautiful flowers on the breakfast patio.

One day we walked the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.

On the way back to Taos, I noticed these road signs.
I love that New Mexico is strange.

We walked lots of galleries and saw beautiful art.
Paintings, photographs, furniture, jewelry, fabric art. 
This was posted in one gallery.
How true.

We ate a lovely restaurants.
Lambert's of Taos - This is our favorite. Go in and say "hi" to Frank at the bar.
Mosaic Fine Dining - The food here was good. The owners are a nice young couple.
Martyrs Steakhouse - We just had an appetizer here. It was delicious.

We took a nap every afternoon when the clouds rolled over the mountains and the thunder, lightening and rain came.

We read books.

There was a car show on the Taos Plaza our last night in town.

We drove home through Texas.
See those big fluffy clouds and beautiful blue sky?
The sky was beyond gorgeous the day we left New Mexico.

We stopped in Amarillo for the night so we could eat at The Big Texan.
No, we didn't eat the 72 oz steak.
There was someone there who was close to finishing it,
but we didn't stay to see the final result.
I knew I could check the Hall of Fame later.
He didn't conquer the steak dinner that night.
Poor guy.

Home the next day.
Laundry storted and started.
Suitcases stored away.

When's our next trip?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Road Trip - July 28-29, 2013

Yes, I'm posting about a trip from a month ago. Sorry, but my OCD does not allow me to skip it.


Sunday, July 28th we took the train out of Chicago to the western suburbs. We visited the daughter of some of The Husband's oldest Connecticut friends. We met her adorable twins and spent a pleasant couple of hours visiting and playing with the babies.

The Husband was very happy to meet the babies. When he moved back to Oklahoma from Connecticut, their mother was about the age they are now!

We returned to Chicago by train and started walking. It was a glorious day.

I love these iconic Marina City buildings.

Beautiful flowers.


Monday, July 29th we slept late, walked Chicago streets again and then took a train to Wrigleyville for a Cubs game!

We had a great time in Chicago, but it was time to the head home the next day.

Monday, August 26, 2013

BlogHer13 - July 25-27, 2013

Below is the post I drafted to describe my BlogHer13 experience. I just can't seem to get the mojo to finish it and we've even been on another trip since then. So, I'm going to hit "publish" on this post and just move on to new blog posts!


The agenda for BlogHer13 was jam packed.

Thursday, July 25

I started off by attending Evening at the Expo.  On the shuttle bus from the hotel to McCormick Place, I met Juliette of Mahogany Mommy and Francesca, who uses her Facebook page as a type of blog. They were kind enough to include me in their conversation, when my shuttle seat mate didn't want to talk to me.

We all checked into registration and then waited for the Expo to open. We walked around and took silly photos.

Here I am with the Lazy Boy guys. Their suits are made of upholstery material available for their furniture.

I've wanted to meet Poppin' Fresh for years!

There were only photos of Minions, I didn't see any in person.

I was happy to meet Amy Goyer at the AARP booth.

After walking through the entire Expo, I took the shuttle back to the hotel and met The Husband for a bite to eat at Shula's Steak House.  The Husband left me and I chatted with Kel and another very nice lady. I would tell you who, butI can't find her business card. (bad blogger)

After leaving Shula's, I stopped in at The People's Party. I found Juliette there, with a group that included Lianne of The Makeup Girl and Karen of The Not Mom. I had met Karen at the BlogHer12, so was pleased to see her again.

Friday, July 26

My first session was Find Your Instagram Style. I joined Instagram a week or so prior to BlogHer, so I have a lot to learn and this session was very helpful.

Then it was lunch time and the keynote with Guy Kawaski.

Followed by returning to my room to lay down, due to my aching lower back! Oh, my aching lower back! I don't know what caused it to hurt so much. I wore sensible shoes the entire time, I promise.

After I rested for quite a long time, The Husband and I went to dinner at Ruth's Chris, which we thoroughly enjoyed.

We returned to the hotel and I attended a couple of the late night parties.

Saturday, July 26

This day started with Breakfast and the interview with Sheryl Sandberg.

After the interview, I participated in a Lean In Circle.

I had lunch and watched the presentation by Lourds Lane.

I walked through the Expo again and visited more sponsors.

I then attended the Midlife Bloggers session.

At then end of the conference, I attended the interview with Gale Ann Hurd, the producer of The Walking Dead.

I wrote about BlogHer11 and BlogHer12 in these posts.

I'm ambivalent about attending BlogHer14. While I enjoy traveling to different cities for the event, I'm not sure I learn enough new information to make the trip worthwhile. However, once they announce the location for next year's event, I might change my mind!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Roadtrip - July 25, 2013

Beginning odometer: 56,656
Ending odometer: 56,914

After sleeping late, we opted to pick up a quick breakfast and eat on the road. Nothing exciting happened during the drive, other than the stop for our sign picture.

While The Husband was setting up the tripod, some people stopped to make sure we were okay and not having car trouble. How nice of them!

We continued on our drive and finally arrived at our destination at 4:00 p.m.


Specifically, the Sheraton, which is located right on the river.

And, why you ask, were we there?

For me to attend BlogHer13, of course!

My next post will be about my BlogHer experience.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Roadtrip - July 24, 2013

Beginning odometer: 56,417
Ending odometer: 56,656

After a quick breakfast, we drove to the Missouri state capital and took a walk around.

We walked to the Lewis & Clark Trailhead Plaza.

The Husband wanted to be part of the action.

He'd be a great explorer.

We found a perfect spot for a photo of the two of us. 
Here's The Husband setting up the shot with our little tripod.
Why, yes, we are dorks. Thanks for noticing!

After leaving the state capital, we went to a couple of antique malls. 

I walked into the Missouri Boulevard Antique Mall 
and the first item I saw was a beautiful Wilendur roses tablecloth.

I have a couple of cloths in this pattern already, but needed another one 
so I can layer them over my dining table when it is fully extended.
I've been watching them on eBay, but they can be very pricey.  
I picked this one up for $12. 
Yes, $12! 
I was doing a happy dance, I must say.

We also shopped at Yellow Moon Antique Mall.
We didn't purchase anything there, even though the place was full of goodies.

After shopping, we got in the car and headed to Burlington, Iowa.

Here I am waving to a tour bus full of people. The driver waved back.
I couldn't see in the tinted windows to know if any of the passengers waved.

And, here's my posed photo!

The Husband picked Burlington, Iowa as a stop on our trip,
so we could attend a Burlington Bees game!
He loves baseball and makes it a point to see games at stadiums, 
large and small, during our travels.

The mascot was greeting fans at the gate.

It was a perfect night for the game.
We had awesome seats.
The weather was pleasant.
The beer was cold.
The crowd was enthusiastic.

Unfortunately, the Bees lost.
Other than that minor detail, it was a great night at the ball park!