#WeekendCoffeeShare – May 06, 2018

Hi everyone. Thank you for joining me. Sorry I missed last weekend’s coffee share. Can I interest you in a cup of coffee? I made up a mix of my Sumatra/French Roast blend and Toasted Pecan this morning.

Okay, let me first start off by saying – the next time I decide to do the April AtoZChallenge (official or unofficial) remind me not to!! I don’t have anything against the challenge and think it’s actually a wonderful thing but every time I attempt it, I end up falling short somehow.

This last week was our Passover. We actually follow a different calendar than the better known “calculated” calendar typically followed by most jewish sects. The week leading up to this (including last weekend) was quite busy with all the shopping, cleaning, and prepping that needed to be done which is the big reasons I wasn’t around last week and the reason that I fell short on the April AtoZ Challenge.

One of the things I remember most about passover growing up was making (or rather helping to make) something called Sponge Cake. A full size sponge cake is a bit too much for our small family and there’s a pretty good chance a lot of it would end up going to waste. I tried to look for a mini sponge-cake recipe but was not successful. I did, however, find a recipe for mini victorian sponge cakes that used coconut flour in place of wheat flour. The only problem with coconut flour is that it doesn’t seem to absorb the liquids as well so the batter came out super runny. I decided to add some cake meal acceptable for passover. The cakes turned out pretty good though they were a bit dense (probably from adding a little too much cake meal).

Another traditional part of the seder meal is Matzah Ball soup, which also came out really good.

In other news, I am now signed up to take 3 HIT classes for fall term (HIT = Health Information Technology).

  • Intro to HIT
  • Medical Terminology
  • Health Info Employment Policies

Have I mentioned yet that my son has earned his green belt in martial arts? It just gets harder from here. He’s now learning a new kata…. (I’m hoping this video upload works)

Well that’s pretty much it for me for this week. Hoping everyone had a great last couple of weeks and wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

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#WeekendCoffeeShare – April 22, 2018

Good Morning everyone. Once again I feel like I’m back to feeling like I don’t really have that much exciting to write about. Not much has happened this past week and it’s been pretty mehhh.

Hope you’ll at least join me for some coffee. I’m having Toasted Pecan with Southern Butter Pecan creamer myself. There’s also the usual dark French Roast/Sumatra blend and Super Dark coffee beans available as well.

My Miss Meekah has also joined us in her favorite chair

Lately she’s had a habit of stealing my chair when I’m not in it… I think it has something to do with the nice warm blanket I’ve been using as a cover

This next week will be busier and perhaps a bit more exciting… We actually follow a different calendar than the “traditional” sighted calendar, so our Pesach is actually going to be coming up next week. This week we get to do what many would call “Spring Cleaning” to get the leavening (flour, yeast, etc) out of the house. It’s also getting to the end of the April A-to-Z Challenge. I’ll mostly be finishing up this next week, with letter “Z” going in to next week.

So, that’s pretty well it for me. Hope everyone had a great week last week and wish you all a super week ahead. Also hope you’ll take a moment and check out the Weekend Coffee Share get-together, with our host Eclectic Ali.

#WeekendCoffeeShare – Sunday April 15, 2018

Good Sunday Morning. Just made up a fresh cup of coffee (my second cup of the day). Care to join me for a cup? I can make up a fresh cup – Dark French Roast/Dark Sumatra blend or Super Dark, your choice.

It’s been a crazy week, mostly dealing with getting the car through DEQ and registered. Here in Arizona (or at least in Tucson) if you have an engine light on your car WILL NOT pass (doesn’t matter the reason for the light).

We were getting the code for a bad PCM which we changed out Thursday mornubg. After dropping my son off at school I headed down to DEQ, with said engine light then off –

I really should have known better because the test showed “OBD Sensors Not Ready”. Driving around doing the rest of my errands that day, the engine light came back on 😠. Hubby looked some stuff up and it appeared that it could’ve been related to something in the car’s memory so I did some driving around, following a specified driving procedure to see if the light would go out – No Such Luck. I decided to drop by our Mechanic to talk tohim about the code we were getting since they were old codes that had been cleared out way before we ever changed the PCM. Turns out we were missing a hose (as in completly gone). They replaced the hose (no charge) and read the OBD which showed all the sensors up and ready. I headed down to DEQ to have the car tested but it was still showing that 2 of the senors were not ready”…. Back to the Mechanic I went. Turned out that the first mechanic that had read the OBD monitor missed the fact that there were indeed some sensors not ready. The second mechanic read it and there was indeed a sensor not ready (the other, likely cleared during the driving back and forth between DEQ and the Mechanic. One of the head mechanics signed a thing on the back of the DEQ form certifying that enough of the the OBD sensors were ready according to rules & policies of Arizona, and then back down to DEQ for a retest…. This time to my great relief, the car passed 😅. The test is good for 2 years and we also registeredthe vehicle for 2 years, so we don’t have to deal with that mess again for another 2 years. I can’t even begin to say how frustrating this whole situation has been and I’m glad to be done with it.

In better news, I baked up a couple batches of cookies and was out a few days last week delivering them to a couple local Fire Stations as well as shipping of a dozen for Soldiers Angels.

This was just some of the cookies baked

The last set was delivered to the local Police Station yesterday (or rather to dispatch who was going to leave them in the officers room for me).

Joining the WeekendCoffeeShare with Eclectic Alli

#WeekendCoffeeShare – April 08, 2018

Hi, Good Morning… Come Join me for a cup of coffee – super dark or a french roast/sumatra blend. I can also heat up some water for hot tea if you’d rather = mint, mandarin orange, cinnamon apple. I also made up a batch of cold tea (mint & lemon) but it’s not ready yet.

So what’s been going on with everyone this last week? Anything new & exciting? How about anything new? No…. Me neither, not really. The most exciting thing was probably volunteering at the Drug Awareness event with our local police department. I had lots of fun helping out with kiddos doing the bean bag toss game to earn prizes. Our department had a couple of cars out as well as one of our motors. Watching the kids get to climb in and on the cars and motorcycle, and play with the lights & sirens and PA systems was a blast. The event, itself, was huge with a number of departments there.

I didn’t get a chance to take many pictures but here’s some that I took.

Another exciting part of the event was getting to meet one of the newest news anchors from my favorite news station (KOLD)… Even though I don’t have a TV and thus can’t watch them, I still follow them on twitter & FB and am a regular watcher of their FB Live most every morning.

Another event was the annual “Tip-A-Cop event, last Wednesday , to raise funds for the Special Olympics.

I didn’t volunteer at this event but still had fun stopping by, and even managed to get a few pictures. There was also a video of one of the bomb squad robots, but I cant seem to get it to upload to my blog.

Well, that’s about it for this week’s Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Eclectic Alie. Sure hope you’ll check her blog out and join the fun. Time for me to switch gears and work on my “Letter G” post for the AtoZChallenge, see ya all next week. In the mean time Take Care and Stay Safe out there everyone.

#WeekendCoffeeShare – Friday March 30, 2018

Welcome to another Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Eclectic Alli.

I’m really at a loss of what to say here (what else is new, huh).

Can’t say that there’s been much new and exciting this past week. The Hubby had a couple doctors appointment Mondays & Tuesday (he was suppose to have another appointment Thursday but ended up having to cancel it). I’ve been continuing to work through analyzing several different “tests” that I’ve taken (some in the past, some more recent), trying to make some sort of decision on what I should go back to school for — Stupid huh…. I mean how hard can it be to make a decision. I think I’ve managed to narrow it down somewhat:

  1. Business
  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Legal
  1. Computer Info Systems
  • JustComputer Programmer
  • Systems Admin/Networking
  1. Health Related
  • Clinical Research
  • Health Info Technology

There’s also journalism which in some ways I think I would enjoy as I enjoy investigating things and learning but at the same time writing skills and communication is not my strong suit.

Just got a bit of sad news for those who watch Chicago Fire… DuShon Monique Brown, who played the No Nonsense assistant to the chief, has died. Apparently it happened last week, bur I just learned of this at the end of the latest episode when a “In Memory” popped up. Here is a link from USA Today and if you google her name there’s more info out there.