20 June 2017


i'm needing to be away for a bit more time .. 
tending to my father and things in Florida. 
i'll be back home in about a week.

 you are you know .. loved.

16 June 2017

the chili relleno twist..

and so, while in Albuquerque the hubs and i sought out the best chili relleno and chicken enchiladas in town. every day we had lunch in a different local restaurant .. he had the enchiladas and i had the rellenos. we found our favorites, mine: if you count one restaurant as having the best red sauce, another the best actual relleno, and yet a third the best salsa .. the salsa: the best was a smokey sweet entrance to the tongue then wait a few seconds for the fire! my eyes were tearing and nose running. awesome stuff. kept going back for more. 

... and sometimes putting peppers (italian and bell) to the flame and filling them with cooked ground chicken, onions, seasonings..in a baking dish drenched with enchilada sauce and topped with cheese then baked at 375 until bubbly ... makes for a fine twist on chili rellenos minus the egg and deep frying. each was about 7 ww smartypants points and no i can't remember the recipe because i figured out the ingredients and points then forgot the details. my apologies..............

13 June 2017

a week away..

a couple weeks back the hubs and i flew to Albuquerque to attend a wedding .. the precious daughter of dear friends 
{the Mrs has a blog i follow
was marrying her special man. 
truly a heaven-sent match .. 
we've known the bride since before she was born. in fact, we've known the bride's parents for 26 years. the birth of their sweet little one was icing on the cake twenty some odd years ago.

the weather was perfect and the setting breathtakingly beautiful ..

every element of this day was planned and carried through with precision .. and filled to overflowing with meaning and significance. wish you could all have been there .. but crashing weddings isn't advised among polite company.

i don't have permission (nor did i ask..) to share a picture of the lovely couple on their special day, but us old folks took a few selfies i'll share. wink.

my friend claudia had the grand idea to grab a stack of chocolate bars .. thus stealing them for a few moments of picture taking. so we did. cuz we're daring that way. and it was silly fun. and we put them back neat and tidy because we're thoughtful that way. 

then the hubs took this selfie .. 
i don't think we'll be invited back. double wink.
our friends are probably questioning their original invitation at this point. poor dears. 
they have good 's and don't deserve this abuse.
but ...
back to the selfie..
i think we're using our bifocals to figure out if the phone thingy took the picture. glamorous. claudia's the only normal one .. though normal is merely a setting on one's hair dryer.

it was fun to dress up and stay out a bit later than usual. at home we're in bed by 8:30 or 9:00 tops .. to read, and then lights out. the night of the wedding? 11:30!!! we're not 25 anymore, Alice.. come morning, coffee never tasted so good.

rather than staying in a hotel, we rented an adobe home in the countryside, built in 1930.. here's a peek at the living room. 

the house has a large kitchen, dining, office, bedroom, den, and bathroom. such a treat, though the price was less than what we would have spent on a hotel room. my favorite room was the living room. the chair and ottoman on the far side is where my morning liquid life was consumed.

lovely home.
lovely people.
lovely wedding.
lovely life.