Saturday, December 31, 2011

Paying It Forward

I year ago I made a pact to give a gift (whether it is to a stranger or to a friend) that is handmade by me sometime in the year of 2011. The gift is not an exchange but paid forward to the first person who responded to my post when I made the promise.

I just finished my project today and it's all wrapped up and ready to go in the mail. The bow will probably be crushed in the mail. That too, was tied by my hands. Something I learned from my sweet and talented in all she does mom-in-law, Maggie. She was so supportive of my project and by my side in search of the supplies. If it weren't for her I may not have finished my project in time.

I know I am down to the wire as the clock is about to strike midnight in less than an hour and the year will come to an end. You could say I waited until the very last minute (and yes I did) but in my mind I am a step ahead and starting the year off with an accomplishment, however small, hoping that my handmade gift will bring a smile to the recipient of my pay-it-forward gift. I won't say whether that person is stranger or a friend. Perhaps they'll send me a photo when they get it so I can show you what it is.

To 2012 I say, 'bring it on!' and a Happy New Year to you my friend. May this year bring you all the very best and nothing less!
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Friday, December 30, 2011

Best Friends

John sent these photos today. There are two cat beds by the office window which looks out to the front of the house but they like to cuddle together.

Near the bay window of the kitchen, they hang out together on their cat gym and observe the golfers and birds in the back yard.

Even though there are three levels to the cat gym, they perch together on one. Either they are best friends or perhaps they're just competing for the same space.
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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Rancho San Rafael Park

During lunch my co-worker and I took a brisk walk to the Rancho San Rafael Park across the street.

It was a nice day and so there were others enjoying the outdoors...families and people walking their dogs.

It is here that the annual hot air balloon race takes place and so I look forward to seeing that in person this coming year.

From one of the hilltops, I can see all the peaks of the surrounding mountains and ranges. I can't wait to go back there again!
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

What Motivates You to Change?

Change is hard and sometimes the fear of moving forward is what keeps us where we are.  Then I read that, "[...] true change happens when the fear of staying where you are finally overshadows the fear of moving forward." Source: Daily Worth (  What change will you make today?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

One Tank

Tomorrow it will be a full month since the last time I filled up the gas tank of my car (which was November 21) and there is still some fuel left. My drive to work is five miles each way on surface streets. Sometimes I take the freeway which is about 9 miles one-way because the route isn't direct. Now that I am off from work for several days, I won't be driving my car for a while. Nice.

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Squeeze In Breakfast

We tried a new breakfast place this morning called Squeeze In.  Casual dining, eclectic furniture, friendly and attentive staff, and fresh, good food pretty much sums up the restaurant.  It's the third location, one of which was challenged in The Food Network "Throw Down with Bobby Flay". John tried the Racy Tracy omelet (bacon, avocado, mushrooms, and Jack cheese) which was the dish challenged in the cooking show.

I thought about trying the The Spanish Flay (what Bobby Flay cooked up for the competition: finely diced red bell peppers and potatoes sautéed with smoked paprika in butter, and folded with jack cheese into seasoned eggs) which I believe won the show but went for A Thadder (shrimp, bacon, spinach, mushrooms, soy sauce and jack cheese) instead.

Later in the day I went for a seven mile walk/jog to and around Virginia Lake and back.  I use to run...nearly ten years ago so I am glad I got out to enjoy the gorgeous day and do what I once loved.  Tonight will be mellow since we were out the night before at a dinner party. A quiet night before the start of the work week.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Manzanita Lake

Part of the lake is frozen and the ducks are coming out of their ice bath and gingerly crossing the sidewalk like nothing. They're tougher than I.

Monday, December 12, 2011

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Winter

I missed the perfect shot of geese flying south in a "v“ formation over the mountainin the back with the low clouds Hovering near the peak.

I write this to remind me of the beauty of winter since it's not my favorite season.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Viet Pho

The day after Thanksgiving, we did some light shopping and ate lunch at Viet Pho on Plumb Lane near Virginia Street. I had a small bowl of the Special Vietnamese Noodle Soup for $7.25 and John ordered the 12" BBQ pork Vietnamese Sandwich which was $8.25 and included a can of soda.
The pho was good but a little overpriced for casual dining in an area shared with Port of Subs inside a strip mall. A large bowl of the same soup is $9.25 and perhaps that's why a group of people walked out after seeing the menu). The sandwich was one of the best Vietnamese sandwiches we've tried (it had plenty of BBQ pork and fixings unlike many others we've tasted that were on the skimpy side) and the bread was toasted which made it taste even better. We'll go back for the sandwich but I'm not convinced it's Reno's best pho for the price.
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