Through Myra's Eyes

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Those times when you say, let's go do something

Baby girl has been talking about this place called "HICCUPS".
It's one of those "hipster" kind of places. Where you go dressed up to be seen.
I had a Pure Peach Tea..a little strong on the peach syrup, but not bad.
Baby girl had some strawberry drink with a fancy name, also not bad.
Next time we just might try the food. 
Then we landed in PetSmart.
I always love to stand and watch the fish. I miss having a fish tank.
I now have three fish bowls. I should be happy with what I have and enjoy them.

I love this fish. I would put it in a tall fish tank so I could look up at it every day.
After taking this picture, they told me I couldn't take pictures of their animal's.
Oh so if I pulled out my cell phone I could walk around taking selfies and random odd pictures, but since I took out my NIKON I can't take a picture.
Well, Long Beach Town center PetSmart, I won't be coming back to your store, it's just not friendly to me. And do you treat your pets like you treat your customers? 

Then I walked into Barnes & Noble, and listen to the loop of Christmas music along with some strange cafe music. Not my choice.
Then I found this page of someones journal.
I love what she did with her thoughts. 

Then I came home and made some oat meal cookies just for fun. I love this plate.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Never give up on a house plant

Look what I found on that corner table...surprise!  Never give up on getting that green thumb to work, it's possible.
I was saying last week as I was cleaning, that this plant should be blooming.  I guess I hurt its feelings so it did something.
I know I get excited about the small stuff but, I love the pot I put it in and then I brought it in the house to give that table something more then an empty drinking glass.  You know who I live with!

That whole table next to the favorite chair..gets the most abuse.  Sad but true.  I put that table there to put some personality into this small living space and well, now it has brought me smiles after all. 
Never give up on getting a smile when you least expect it.  
Keep smiling, I just wanna cry today but, head up high, I will get through this, life has been worse and I made it through that disaster.  I'm not sure what I will be calling this one.  I guess when you hurt your parents feelings, your kids pay you back with the same pain.
I should have listen to my mother when I thought she was just talking out of hate.  She was right a lot of the times.
Have a great weekend and I hope you remembered to go do some Small Business Shopping.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thank you for a great two years!

Some flowers to say..Thank you to all of you who stop in to see what I'm doing or what I have to say about whats in my life.

I made this vase of flowers for my friend who I will be spending some eat time with today.

Have a great day.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Building Rome..setting some goals

Since Rome wasn't built in a day..I found a blog, where on Sunday you make a list of goal and try to complete them by the next Sunday.
You know me, always up for a challenge and never making it to the end. But, since this is only a week not a month worth, I'm going to give this one my best shot.
I made them easy so maybe I will be able to complete them.

So I started off with a 15 min. walk. That is something I'm really doing good at so, I know this one is possible.
Make 10 Christmas cards, the one on the left is one down and nine more to go.
Some of you know I started a new blog on word press and there is this thing called "link" I really need to figure out how to use that.  Making curtains for my kitchen is something I have wanted to do for months now, I just need to sit and do it.  Make a dentist appt...ouch..but my mouth will thank me.
I will keep you posted on my progress.
I should have put on my list to make a list of things I'm thankful for.
Always thankful for...
Being a has made me a complete person
Being able to cook..the way to someones love is food..or something like that. be able to walk out the door when I need some air is the best feeling. is something that comes easy for me even when others would be crying. is the best feeling ever.
Time..i love to find time to waste, it gets me ready for the busy time.
Being creative..time well spent!

I know there are more but these are the top 7.
Enjoy a short work week.

Lets try something different today

It's that time of year when you go for pumpkin spice something.
I'm not a big coffee drinker, so I'm trying out some Maxwell House International cafe.
I'm not going to say it's a favorite but, maybe give it a try with some creamer.
I got the "Chai" for baby girl.  She loves it. Then I got the variety pack for me..oh so good.

Nothing like a good cup of tea in a flamingo cup. The best part of this picture is, all of this is on the washing machine in my wonderful kitchen.
Gotta love a small kitchen.
Happy drinking! Making it strong.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Shame on me

Sometimes a girl just has to get her In-N-Out fix.
This is a number 1 on the menu, also a number one in my likes of hamburgers too!
I know, what happen to that diet. Geez, sometimes a girl just has to cheat.  
I just happen to love to cheat with some good fast food!
Thank You Buena Park In-N-Out for making a great burger and fries.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

A good day with friends

Today I went to see my friend Jenny, along with her Mom Judy, Her Dad Johnny and her brother John.
I love how they all start with "J"!!
WE had some really fun laughs and I said, "Hey Jenny, you need to start a blog".
We thought about what to call it and what she would put on it.
Coming up with a name for a blog isn't so easy.
But, together we get some ideas and now we are going to get her a blog started.
When it's all up and going I will let you know, so you can go visit it.
I think I might have got her Mom wanting one too!  Yes, we will have fun.

Just gotta to say..Thank you Jenny for always being my friend and keeping me laughing when I wanted to cry.
Thank you Judy for being that extra hug that I need when all else failed.
I'm so lucky to have friends like you.

I have something new to bake..thank you to Dad Johnny.
It's called Apple Cider Pumpkin Muffins with apple cider glaze.
All it take is a challenge and I'm up and ready to make mine better!!
Yes, it's a challenge...who can make better or him.
He's changing his up and I'm going by what is on the paper.

Tomorrow is baking day and I am up for it!
See you here tomorrow and I will show you what I baked.

Lottery tickets & Candy..what a gift

Another birthday gift, this one is for Maya.
I'm getting better at this fun gift arrangement
I used the instant coffee container with the red top and put foam in it. Then put lottery tickets on sticks and poked in the candy.  I wrapped the container with craft paper and punched out "Happy Birthday" with my Martha Stewart punch, added a ribbon and its beautiful!
A gift under $10..and fun.

Have a great Sunday.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Baking mistake

Lemon Strawberry Pound cake, sounds safe enough for anyone to make.  I guess not in my kitchen.
I put all the ingredients out so beautifully.
I thought I knew what I was doing. 
To zest a lemon, well, I have a cheese grater..I'm working on getting the right tools.
But it looks like it did the job.
I should have turned the plate around, love these plates. 
Mix in three different bowls.
My Mom would have loved to see I'm using her bowls and loaf pan.
Sometimes you are given things that you use everyday but, when they become part of the picture they seem so much more part of your childhood. 
I'm thinking this is where I went wrong. I think I shouldn't have used so many strawberries on top.  I think the heat couldn't get in.  But, the bottom did good. 
Now for the whole truth.
I failed at this one, truly a failure here.
But it was a great day to bake.
When I plated it up I put it on a plate that looks like a sign that says..STAY
I scooped the top off and it was tasty.
You could really taste the lemon. 
So this what we do know
   1) I can stir or mix well.
    2) I have a loaf pan
      3) I have an oven that heats
But, somewhere in between I just need to go easy on those strawberries.

I hope Jodi doesn't laugh to much when she see's that I destroyed one of her easy to make pound cakes.  She makes some really easy cookies, I'm going to try and make those next.
It's funny but, my kids ate this and said, keep the strawberries off next time.
Don't let this stop you from trying it.
Happy baking, :) Myra

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Today on the VIEW..YOU can WIN a Louis

I was watching the VIEW this morning, you know that fun show that the women talk about everything.  They  said to like them on "facebook" and you could have a chance to win a bag.
So like a good viewer, I, went and liked them. 
Do you think there are many women who take photos during window shopping of the Louis Vuitton store?
Well, I do. Because I have said for so many years that before I die I would like to have just one bag from this store.
Since my middle name is Louise that is close to Louis. I could see myself carrying one of these fine bags.
If I am not the winner of a beautiful bag the women of the View are giving away, I will still dream and save my money and buy one myself. But, a gift or free is always good.
I can always dream.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Playing with letters

I found these letter while shopping at that craft store. How could I not put them together and make something for her wall.

But lets look at the floor. Ouch!
Those poor feet. Unpolished, unloved and why are they holding on so hard to the floor??
Notice the candy wrapper..hahaha.I need to clean better.

I have had that table cover for such a long time. But, it makes this very small kitchen have some love.

I'm out looking for somewhere else to live..looking for a change...looking for some happiness, that is possible. I think it's been time and why not try now that I have time.

I hope you have a crafty Monday.
I'm off to bake a strawberry pound cake, yum-yum.
Keep on that smile.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Water & Color equals FUN

Remember those days when you saw someones art and you thought, I can do that!
I follow this blog, Jodi does so many things I know I can try to copy some of it but, I haven't had the time due to that thing called a job.
Now I know I failed in that art class I took a long time ago. But, water color looks like something that is fun and with a lot of thought, maybe I could do this.
I will just copy Jodi.
It's Sunday morning, what else do I do when everyone is sleeping...I play!
I got two cups of water, I figured I would mess up one quickly.
Picked a brush, that took some thought. Dipped it into the water and off I went into my new adventure of water color.
The girl at the art store said just play with color's first and drag the brush to see what you come up with. SO that is what I did at the top left.
It's so funny, no matter how old I get I still go for my safe place of flowers, balloons, my name and then I made this fat bird.
Why this fat bird..yes, Jodi made one and I thought, I can copy that.
Not as good as her's but, its my first try at this so I'm pretty happy with it.
It has a personality and I love that eye. A girl has got to have lashes!
That's Sunday.
I'm still good at making balloons.
There's a blog where they paint a bird on the 8th of every month..Looks like I did it!
I just might make this bird into a card.
My far away friend will laugh when she gets it.

Now it's your turn to try something new.  I spent almost $20, it didn't make me fat, it wasn't a loss, it made me sit and think that is for sure.  I'm happy with the end product and that is all that matters.
Thank you Jodi for helping me start something new. It made my day.

Monday, November 2, 2015

A soup mistake

Here is the start of a bowl of soup.
It looks simple and tasty.
All I had to buy was the broth, apple cider, half & half, butternut squash, onion and garlic.
It wasn't to expensive. 
I know, why don't I have a pretty book..well, its just not that important.
I found this on someones blog. 
Cutting this butternut squash wasn't that easy and I got out the big knife.
It smelled really good. 
I really wasn't sure how to cut it into chunks and peel it too. 
This is how it ended up.
That knife is my all time favorite.
It was my mom's and I remember using it as a kid now it's mine for my kitchen. 
I added the cut up onions.
Then put in the olive oil. 
I baked this a little more time, more like 30 minutes.
Looking at it now, I should have just plated this and served it.
But I put it in the blender and added all the ingreds.
It really made a lot, well more then I was expecting. 
This is it.
I can honestly say this is not my favorite soup.
It was like baby food.
Maybe I just don't like pumpkin as much as I thought I did.
The clean up was awful and I won't do this again.
But don't let this disaster stop you from trying something new.
My kids had ideas for this like maybe more butter.
This went down the sink....sorry. But, worth the try

I found this on cincyshopper (.) com   She calls this Copycat Panerna Autumn Squash soup.
I hope you find it and try it too.
Happy cooking!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

It's another week to take a fun picture

I think I can do this one!
Since I don't have a job anymore, I should have lots of time.
SO, picture for tomorrow is "flat". What would that be?  Cutlery is very easy. 
Let's get started.
Have fun and can't wait to see what you pick for flat!!

November 1st...Day of the dead

November 1st. is a day to remember Sydney Ramirez in the saddest ways.
This memory plaque is at the crosswalk where she was sadly hit by a car walking to Kennedy High school, on a dark morning.
For a while there was always flowers on this pole that was put up in her memory. Sadly, time has gone on and this site has been just a picture of a beautiful girl with her smile that looks onto the tennis courts of the school she didn't get to graduate from.
This is the park that she hung out at, or that is what I have been told by my kids who weren't her friends.

She was hit on a Monday morning. The Friday before I had stopped at the crosswalk for other kids and the car behind me tapped my bumper from going to fast.
But, on Monday morning I had dropped off my kids and turned out of the parking lot and I then saw the sadness that would change a families life forever.
The motor cycle cop who sat in the small parking lot in front of this cross walk was already by her side holding her hand. Her friend was running on the sidewalk crying. Sydney was laying on the street with her shoes off and a small smile on her face, with her eyes looking up to the sky. As I slowly passed by, I could see that she was ready to go to heaven.  The lady who had hit her was standing alone crying what confusion in her eyes.  I didn't know what to do. Should I stay and help this lady of go on?  I choose to go on.  I texted my kids that a girl had gotten hit in the crosswalk.  They already knew. The news went fast in this high school in a small town.

It has been five years now, but there isn't a day I think before going down this street.  If I do find myself driving on it, I stay on the right side of the road, because I don't want to drive over where I last saw her.
I made this little card to put with the flowers I left on this pole.
This accident changed me in a big way. My kids have all graduated from this school, I was lucky that they didn't get caught up in drugs, hang out in a park because that was the place to be, or had to cross a street that was unsafe.
My kids said to me, Why do you bother doing this? Because I will never for get her face, her thin body laying feet away from where she was last walking. That is why I did it.
My card says..
We never met but, I will always remember the morning I saw you looking to the heavens.
You were ready to say good bye.
So many miss you, now so many have someone looking after them with a smile. Years pass But, you are not forgotten.
I just hope those who knew her will understand that I did this because I am a Mom who loves her kids and am so sad for her Mom.