Saturday, February 27, 2010

Oklahoma Hit by an Earthquake

Haiti, Chile, both had powerful earthquakes. Haiti, last month. Chile last night, and Oklahoma today. Though the Oklahoma earthquake was only a 4.4, what concerns seismologists is that that region has been having seismic movement when there was no knowledge about there being a fault there.

I'm no seismologist but it concerns me, too. Read the article on

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Doing away with the Superfluous

Making choices to get in a better financial position is a decision and a process. What to cut and how to cut them? Do I really need to have 150 channels if I only choose to watch a handful? Do I have to go out to eat every weekend? Must I stop to buy a drink on the way home if I can have one in my lunch bag for my ride home? If I want my hair dyed can I do it myself? Do I need a big house or can I downsize? I have seen other people do it and be perfectly happy. In fact, I have a dear friend who had a one bedroom apartment in Houston and it looked like a little dollhouse, it was so cute. Now she has a larger apartment across from her elderly mother's house. She doesn't pay rent, and is happily part time employed and enjoying her family and is much more relaxed. These are things I am seeing and considering. If I were to say things work themselves out, you might understand. What I really mean is, "God makes all things work for the good of them that love God and are called according to His purpose." It is a promise. It is a promise I am banking on as I make one decision after another so I can have victory over the challenges, I am facing . One choice at a time.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Sopita de arroz con leche

Milk and rice soup. Today, I miss, mom fussing over me and making me some "sopita de arroz con leche." I don't know if it was the horse slobbering my hand (which I later washed with a generous lop of hand sanitizer, maybe MSG in the sausage patty I had at Peach Valley, or perhaps a virus, but yesterday I was ill in the afternoon and this morning more of the same. A tightening of my stomach, etc. and I called in, said I could not go into work, which I think was the right call because I probably would not have made it through the day and definitely not the drive to school. So here I am, waking up three hours later, a little better and wishing mom would make me some of that "sopita de arroz con leche." But mom is in the nursing home and it is out of the question. It always made me feel better, especially remembering her standing over the stove, stirring the rice, and it sometimes bubbling up in a white balloon somewhat like it is doing right now. So I ran over, popped it and stirred. Not ready yet. The rice has to be on the verge of disintegrating and it wasn't salty enough. So I added a couple of spoonfuls of water and some milk and have to wait another 10 to 15 minutes at least. This is trial and error you know with a lot of fuss added as a tender ingredient. Mami, gracias por todo ese amor. Mom thank you for all the love, even in the simple minute things we often take for granted, when no one thinks anything has happened. If you have loved someone, be encouraged.


I researched sopita de arroz con leche and found this blog with several good recipes. It's Recetas de la Abuela. In other words, Grandma's recipes. It hasn't been updated since 2006 but recipes never grow old, do they? Do a Ctrl + F1 and type in sopa de arroz con leche in the box that should appear on the bottom of the page. She also has a nice Mangu recipe that sounded good, too. Perhaps when the "weather" is better.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Endevour has landed

It was like 10:15 when it landed and I didn't need to read the paper nor see the TV broadcast. No, the Endevour let us all know it was on its way home! The house shook, we heard the boom, and it rattled our windows and vibrated through us. Welcome home, Endevour, welcome home.




Nature is interactive art with depth, width, texture, height, and probably much more than what is visible to the eye.
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Seminole Bike Trail Beauty





Exit 98, better known as the Heathrow exit, off of I-4, is a great place to catch the Seminole Bike trail. If you want beautiful scenery, a rest area for breakfast or lunch, and bike tune up this is the place to start you bike ride. The pictures speak for themselves.
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Seminole Bike Trail 2





Just discovered a new place to go have breakfast or lunch. The Peach Valley Restaurant in Heathrow FL. Eat inside or out on the patio. It's your choice. The view of the lake behind the restaurant or the rolling hills on the meadow, is breathtaking. What a delightful place to have a restaurant and a bike trail. Today was the perfect day to go since the temperature was in the low 70's. You couldn't have asked for better weather.

Then my friends and I ran into a man with a bag full of carrots. I engaged him in conversation, and I asked him if he didn't mind my taking his picture. "Are these your horses?" to which he said,"yes," but he laughed when I asked their names and jokingly told me, "this one is Blazing and the other Star", and he admitted, they weren't his but that he has been feeding them everyday for four years since he has been living in the condos adjacent to the trail. So they are his "in love." I think the horses know because they came quickly to the fence when he arrived. He got me to feed a horse with a cut up carrot. I am not an expert by any means, and I got my hand slobbered on and almost bit off, but I tried and that is alright! Thank goodness they were such gentle horses and I still have my finger. It was great fun, though. Hope you enjoy the pictures.
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