April 18, 2009


It's been nice and sunny here the past few days, so it's been good days to go to the park.

I took Lela to the park yesterday and it was both funny and embarrassing. There was two little boys there with potato chips. She kept asking them for some, and they kept saying no. Finally their grandma asked me if it was ok if she gave her a cookie. I said it was....Lela wouldn't leave the grandma alone after that. She ate 6 cookies! I never seen her eat that much before! They were sugar wafers, she had never had them before. I went to the store afterwards and bought her some, so next time at the park I don't have a beggar.

I've been really liking Panera Bread's chicken salad sandwich on honey wheat bread. So I ended up going to Panera and buying the bread and then experimenting on my own making the chicken salad filling. I used sour cream and just a bit of mayo, with celery seed, garlic, dill and a touch of sea salt. It is good but not Panera's. I'm pretty sure now I need to try yogurt. I'll see how that goes next.

April 13, 2009



We had a wonderful Memorial on Thursday. It was such a lovely evening. Leaving we viewed the beautiful moon. It was the most beautiful I had ever seen it. Afterwards we went out for Chinese with my father in law.

Friday we cleaned out the car. Boy was that a job. lol We found things we forgot we even had! But, at least it is done.

Saturday was our congregation talent show, it was so much fun. We were two hours late because the flyer listed the wrong city, but we finally made it and had a great time. I took Cookies and Cream Dessert, I didn't like it, so I won't be making it again. However it was all eaten up, so at least I didn't have to bring home left overs. I think I'm going to work on the recipe making it into a pie and I may like it more. I also took my usual Layered Party Pea Salad and it was good, as always. This time though I used green onion instead of regular onion and I think I will continue to do that. I really liked the flavor they gave. Lela danced the night away! She never wanted to stop. Even in the car, she kept saying let's dance some more, let's go back and dance.

Yesterday was just a lazy day. We went to meeting, then went to my inlaws home and helped them with their computer. Seems they got some virus and had to pay a lot of money to have a company fix it over the phone for them, with Vince's help. Then we came home and just had a lazy day.

April 4, 2009



It was windy, windy, windy today!

But, we made it to the Universoul Circus. It was really good, not as many animals as last year but still good. Lela loved getting her picture taken with the elephant. And was up real close to them during the show too. This was Vince's first time to this circus, as we went last year with out him. He really liked it! I let Lela pick out which hat she wanted to get with the cotton candy, from a elephant, a tiger and a giraffe, they had more animals but I thought 3 were enough choices, and I knew she really likes elephants and tigers, but the giraffe was so cute, I had them bring one of them to her to look at too. I really didn't think she would choose it over the elephant or tiger though, but she did! It was so cute! She wore it in some of her pictures. I'll post them later. It was a really fun day. We even got one photo with Vince's grandmother. She went last year with Lela and I too. I'm so glad she was able to come again this year. I don't know how many more years she may be with us, so it's nice to have her along when we can. Lela also got to hit one of the great big balls that goes through the crowd, during a song part, and she was proud of her self! I wish I could of gotten a photo of that, but the camera at that very moment decided to act up! Oh well, I'll post a few photos we did get later.

April 3, 2009



It was very rainy today, but it was still a great day. We went to the home show, I've been wanting to go for years, but I've had a hard time finding when and where they are here in NYC, as there is no advertising for them. I finally found when one was, and was able to go. It was great. First when we went in, if we filled out a simple survey we got our tickets free, so of course we did that. Then I ended up using our regular vacation money on items we've been needing for a long time, since we aren't going on vacation this year.

First I finally got a few good knives, they were so expensive, I only got the steak knives this year, next fall when they come back, I'm hoping to get the chopping knife, then I would like another knife I seen in the catalog, and the kitchen shears. My dad bought some from this company from his local home show a few years ago, and when I tried them at his home they were so good, I knew I had to get myself some too. It'll just take us a while to collect all we need. But, they are great knives, if they survive my father and his families abuse, they'll survive anything! lol As they have even ruined cast iron, which his grandmother had for 80 years, and how that was possible, I don't know!

I ended up also getting a few things I didn't even plan on, I went for the sole purpose of getting the knives as my dad said that was the only place they sold them. But, ended up coming home with a steam mop. I LOVE it. I haven't really cleaned our kitchen floor in a VERY long time, as nothing will clean it, I've tried every thing, and the only way to clean the horrible flooring is by getting down on my hands and knees with a SOS pad! And it ends up taking me about 3 days to do the whole kitchen and about 10 SOS pads! It's really horrid! So I gave up on it, after doing that several times, and a week later having to do it all over again (mops don't work on this flooring!). Any way, the steam mop has already made it look 110% better, with little effort, and in a few minutes, not DAYS, and not me having to be on my hands and knees! So YEAH! I can't wait to use it all over the house, it makes me smile already though finally seeing a clean kitchen floor. I've tried every swiffer, and every mop on the market, before to no avail. So this is wonderful.

Then I ended up with some all purpose cleaner, I normally only use vinegar for every thing, but we have been needing something better for a few things, and the way it made my jewelry shine, I ended up bringing some home. Boy does the TV and PC look better!

So all in all it was a great day at the Home and Garden show. Lela ended up with a ton of free stuff, just like I remember when I was her age! lol She got a lot of magnets which she likes to play with on the door, a hat, a ball, and of course candy!

Then yesterday I found out our local grocery stores have gotten much better then they were when we first moved here. As I went there a few times and they were so horrible, I just stopped going. Out of desperation I went back yesterday and they had really cleaned up and had most the foods I eat for half the price I usually pay, and I didn't have to pay gas to get there, as I could walk!

Well, I decided to go back with Vince and Lela, and take paper and pen and write down prices, to compare both stores, and compare against my normal stores, and even though I have lived here 8 years, the store manager didn't know me, and asked if he could help me. I was like no thank you, he kept insisting, then finally just said he thought I was the new sales representative. lol hahahaha The way I looked, I'm scared to know what the real one looks like. lol I looked like the typical haggard mom, and had brought my child with me! lol hahahaha

Well, tomorrow we take Lela to the UniverSOUL circus, so that should be fun, it's a small cheap circus that is held in a park down the street from our house. But, it's really really good, and so small that every person in the audience usually gets to participate in some part of it! It's mainly a African American circus, with a few Asian, and a few Hispanic acts. But, it's really fun. The whole family gets to be involved, which is neat. And it's so cheap, that's a huge plus, even their toys and food is cheap, which again is a great plus. So I'm sure Lela will love it.