I’m Melting!!! (Well, not anymore, but I was!)

Friday I get a call from my husband informing me that it was 88 degrees in our house and rising rapidly. Our A/C was out. This is not good news in Arizona in August. It was 108 degrees outside and it was FRIDAY!!

Thankfully we were able to get someone to the house to check out the A/C. Bad news. He said it would cost at least $1200 to fix it, but it would probably break again within a year so we should really consider getting a new one. They’re only $5000+!!!!!!!!!

We decided to get a second opinion on Monday (today) and then talk to the bank about financing.

Yesterday, after both of us being hot and crabby for three days, my husband said to me, “Call someone and get them here today!” So I did. I got online and found Redco Construction. It was 1:30 PM when I called them and the very nice girl on the other end of the line said that someone would be out between 2:30 and 3:30. He was there by 2:30!

This guy was so nice and the company is a small mom and pop business (http://www.redcoelectric.com/). He climbed up on the roof and checked things out and prepared his estimate – $560 to fix the same things that the guy who came on Friday said would cost over $1200! He said that at some point we should consider getting a new, more energy efficient A/C someday but emphasized that it was not necessary at this point in time. This one could absolutely be repaired.

I felt bad for the repairman, it was at least 108 while he was up on the roof working, but within an hour of signing off on the estimate our house was cooling down from a stifling 90+ degrees to a comfortable 78 degrees by the time we went to bed.

Hubby was happy. Kitties were happy. Dog was happy. Fishes were happy.

Ahhhh…what a great night’s rest!

The Y Generation

The Silent generation, people born before 1946

The Baby Boomers, people born between 1946 and 1959.

Generation X, people born between 1960 and 1979.

Generation Y
, people born between 1980 and 1995 .

Why do we call the last one generation Y? I did not know,

but a caricaturist explains it eloquently below…

 

I learned something new today!

Butterfly Wishes

Yesterday a butterfly
Came floating gently through the sky.
He soared up through the atmosphere
Then drifted close enough to hear.

I said, “I’d love to fly with you
And sail around the way you do.
It looks like it would be such fun
To fly up toward the summer sun.

But I have not your graceful charm.
I haven’t wings, just these two arms.
I’ve been designed to walk around.
My human feet must touch the ground.

Then magically he spoke to me
and told me what his wish would be.

He said, “What I’d love most to do
Is walk upon God’s Earth with you,
To squish it’s mud between my toes
Or touch my finger to my nose.

I’d love just once to walk around
With human feet to touch the ground,
But I have not two legs that swing,
I haven’t arms, just these two wings.”

And so we went our separate ways
In wonder and surprise.
For we’d both seen God’s precious gifts
Through someone else’s eyes.

Author Unknown

Pink Lemonade Pie

I was at my sister-in-law’s house today and she gave me a piece of this wonderful dessert! you’ve GOT to try it! YUMMY!!

Here is the recipe:

 

Pink Lemonade Pie

1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 14 ounce can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
1 6 ounce frozen pink lemonade
1/2 pint whipping cream; stiffly whipped
1 graham cracker pie crust
drop or two of red food coloring

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until fluffy; beat in sweetened condensed milk, lemonade and food coloring, color to your liking. Gently fold in whipping cram. Pour into crust and freeze six hours or until firm. Serves 8 to 10 people depending on size of pie slices. Perfect desert for a hot summer evening.

100TH POST

Wow, I can’t believe I’ve actually posted 99 times prior to this! It’s been a lot of fun blogging, I’m thankful to my cousin and others who encouraged me to start my own blog.

In honor of my 100th post I will follow the lead of other’s whose blogs I’ve read (including said cousin)  and post 100 things about myself.

  1. I turned 46 this year.
  2. I don’t think 46 is as old as I used to.
  3. I love my kids very much!
  4. I love my husband very much, too.
  5. I’m almost 8 years older than my husband.
  6. I love books.
  7. My favorite stores are bookstores like Barnes and Noble, Borders, and The Tattered Cover.
  8. I also like used book stores.
  9. I look for books at yard sales and on eBay.
  10. I have read Little Women at least 50 times since I was 10.
  11. I am a Christian.
  12. I grew up in the Baptist church, but I attend an Evangelical Covenant church now.
  13. I don’t think the denomination of a church is as important as what they believe and how they act and treat other people. 
  14. I love to take photographs.
  15. I got a new camera for Christmas last year so now I’m all digital!
  16. I have boxes of pictures to put into albums!
  17. John Grisham is one of my favorite authors.
  18. A Time to Kill is my favorite John Grisham book.
  19. My favorite book of the Old Testament is Psalms.
  20. My favorite book of the New Testament is Philippians.
  21. I like most foods, but I am not crazy about curry.
  22. I couldn’t believe that there was something that I didn’t like, so I tried curry three or four times.
  23. I still didn’t like it.
  24. I’m not crazy about sushi, either. Raw fish…blech!
  25. I love cherries and watermelon.
  26. I loved living in Wyoming.
  27. I’m getting used to living in Arizona…finally.
  28. I love the unique beauty of the desert.
  29. But I still miss the mountains.
  30. I have lived in Arizona almost three years, and have not been to the Grand Canyon yet.
  31. I have been to Yellowstone several times, and would love to take my husband and stepsons there to see Old Faithful and all the wildlife and beauty there. (And to take pictures, of course!)
  32. I would rather ride shotgun than drive.
  33. I had my first child when I was 20.
  34. I wish I had been older; I think I would have been a better mom.
  35. I had a daycare business in my home for 9 years when my kids were growing up so I could be home with them.
  36. I homeschooled my kids for three years.
  37. I am an adult child of an alcoholic.
  38. Because of this we moved a lot.
  39. I went to at least 12 different schools before 8th grade.
  40. I went to a Christian school from 9th through 12th grade.
  41. I graduated by myself…there were no other seniors in my school.
  42. I spent part of every summer of my childhood, that I can remember, with my grandparents in Wyoming.
  43. I loved being with my grandparents.
  44. I have two younger brothers and a younger sister.
  45. I have a cousin who is like a sister to me. We have the same grandparents on both sides of the family.
  46. I got married when I was 18.
  47. I did not go to college until I was in my 40’s.
  48. I still want to get my degree.
  49. If I can figure out what I want to be when I grow up.
  50. I like working with computers.
  51. I am an office manager at my current job.
  52. I like what I do, but wish it was a more creative job.
  53. I broke my arm when I was 44.
  54. On April Fool’s Day.
  55. While changing a light bulb.
  56. I love the color green.
  57. I’m a mommy to three cats and one dog.
  58. I love wearing jeans and t-shirts.
  59. I’m happy that I can dress like that for work.
  60. I like dressing up, too.
  61. I would like dressing up more if I weighed a lot less.
  62. I have red hair, naturally.
  63. I have red hair from a bottle, now, but it’s still red underneath.
  64. I love the show Army Wives.
  65. I have no idea what other series are on television right now.
  66. I like to play golf on the xBox 360 with my husband. I’m Vijay Singh.
  67. I lose at golf…a lot.
  68. I play anyway.
  69. I used to bowl on a league.
  70. I give change to panhandlers when I have it.
  71. I’ve also given panhandlers food or bought them some at the store or fast food place.
  72. I love musicals, especially Fiddler on the Roof, and The Sound of Music.
  73. Oh, and Mary Poppins!
  74. I don’t like horror movies at all.
  75. I love going to watch movies in a theater rather than renting them and watching at home.
  76. I like chick flicks, dramas, and comedies.
  77. I love watching sports.
  78. The Denver Broncos are my favorite football team.
  79. The Phoenix Suns are my favorite basketball team.
  80. The Arizona Diamondbacks are my favorite baseball team.
  81. I don’t have a favorite hockey team, really.
  82. I don’t have a favorite NASCAR driver, either.
  83. But I have a least favorite NASCAR driver – Tony Stewart!
  84. I cry easily when I get angry or frustrated.
  85. I do not bite my fingernails.
  86. I love getting massages.
  87. And manicures and pedicures.
  88. I’ve never had a facial.
  89. I’m afraid of heights, but still love roller coasters.
  90. I am almost totally deaf in my right ear.
  91. I have worn glasses since I was 5 years old.
  92. I like to sew (I think I got that from my grandmother, who sewed a LOT).
  93. Even though I like sewing, I haven’t done it much lately.
  94. I used to be certified to teach Red Cross First Aid and CPR.
  95. I’d like to get involved with teaching again, but I’d have to update my classes as my certification has expired.
  96. I like helping people.
  97. I LOVE babies!
  98. I wrote a really good poem when I was in 6th grade that my teacher thought I plagiarized. I didn’t plagiarize, it was my own work.
  99. I competed in a spelling bee when I was in 6th grade, too. I lost, but it was fun.
  100. I like taking tests.

100TH POST, originally uploaded by lyndaspix2004.

Butterfly on Leaves

Butterfly on leaves, originally uploaded by lyndaspix2004.

I shot this photo in March at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. Isn’t he/she pretty? If you ever get a chance to visit the Desert Botanical Garden you really should take advantage of it. Try to go around mid-March to see all the flowers blooming! The Butterfly Exhibit cost a little extra, but was well worth the price, especially if you like to take pictures!

There are special exhibits and tours year round if you have a specific interest. Right now there is a group of expert birders who do a Monday morning walk along the trails and point out all the various species of birds that you find in this desert paradise! They also have a flashlight tour that is especially nice if you’d like to tour the garden after dark (much preferable in the summertime if you don’t tolerate heat well).

I’m looking forward to the Mariposa Monarch Butterfly exhibit that begins in September!!

There is so much to see and do at the Desert Botanical Garden!! Check it out for yourself if you are visiting, and especially if you live here! It’s truly a magical place!

P.S. Clevergirl, who teaches photography, suggested some edits that I could make to improve my photo. Below is the result of my attempt at implementing the improvments.

Click on the photo for a larger version.

Grandad



Wyoming Trip 079, originally uploaded by lyndaspix2004.

This is my Grandad. He’s well into his 80’s now, but I think he still looks pretty darned handsome! Don’t you? I took this photo of him back in November of 2007 when I took the other Wyoming photos I posted in March. His health hasn’t been good lately, and I was thinking about him today.

When I was really little I used to like to help Grandad do chores around the place where they lived. Many times he’d go to pull back the hammer to pound in a nail only to have my little red head right there in his way and he’d have to stop! One time he swatted me and sent me back to the house. I cried all the way, rubbing my bottom dramatically while I told Grammy that Grandad “broke my little heart”. He probably had to break my little heart several times before I kept my little noggin out of the way.

Grandad has been the one man in my life who has always been there for me, right from the beginning, for my whole life. I can remember the summers spent with Grandad and Grammy in Wyoming as vividly as if they were yesterday. I used to love going to work with him…and he took me, even though I probably made his job a lot tougher.

Every morning we woke up at 6:00 to the radio blaring the Star Spangled Banner. That was his alarm clock; it was in the kitchen and you could hear it through the whole house! Grandad always liked Cream of Wheat for breakfast, and I remember making him a special bowl at ceramics class, one with a handle on it, for him to slurp his hot cereal out of. We would have our breakfast and off to work we’d go. I have no doubt his job would have been easier without me tagging along, but I think he liked having me with him as much as I liked being there.

Grandad took me to church, he prayed with me and prayed for me. He paid for me to go to church camp and watched my little programs at Bible School when I was younger. Even when the rest of the family would stay home because it was snowing or something, Grandad and I would go to church. And afterwards we would go with my friend, Bonnie, and her dad, Don, to the Village Inn for cokes and dessert.

Grandad and I have a running joke where he says I’m a donkey and I say he is one… It’s okay, you don’t have to think it’s funny! But it is funny to us!!

Grandad has been there through all the times in my life, good and bad. I’m so grateful for being allowed to love him for 46+ years.

I love you Grandad.