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Coffee Share Catch Up: Square Odds, Doors, Trios, LAPC #185 Change

Today I’m using Natalie’s Coffee Share to help me catch up with some of my challenges.

What’s For Breakfast?

So what’s your pleasure? I have caramel mocha coffee with chocolate Muscle Milk, orange juice, or several flavors of tea.

Instead of offering you a choice of protein bars, I’m thinking about making my egg casserole for you. It’s super easy. I used to make this for Kiwanis when it was my turn to take breakfast. Sorry, I don’t have pictures of my own to share, but here is the basic recipe.

Egg cheese casserole
  • 10-12 eggs
  • 1/4 heavy whipping cream or more to make it even fluffier
  • small can of Ortega peppers
  • bacon bits, optional
  • 1 pound shredded cheddar cheese

Beat together the eggs and cream, then add the other ingredients and pour into a square greased baking dish. Bake until a fork comes out clean when inserted in the middle about 35 minutes. You can add any ingredients you like with eggs – be creative: spinach, artichokes, chicken, broccoli. So easy and so delicious!

Busy Week IRL

It’s been a busy week of cleaning out my sister-in-law’s garage where we stored furniture and boxes that didn’t fit in our house. We both found items we’d missed for a year. Then I labeled everything I didn’t want to keep with a colored circle price tab for our spring garage sale.

Today Vince and I went back and started to clean the furniture since the garage roof leaked and some of the furniture got drywall all over it. Next, I start on our garage and clean it out. Whew! This curating thing has really taken hold of my life.

Prescott Library Trip

I love the reflection of the red door across the street!

What’s On Your Bookshelf?

DONNA, SUE, JO, and DEBBIE host this fun challenge. I think I’ve already entered it once, but if you’re a reader and want to join their link party, they post once a month. Since I’m finishing up all the links in this post at 3:00 am, I’m not going to take the time to check right now. But please do if you love reading.

This month I checked out four rather than the 50 books allowed!

  • The Perfect Daughter by D. J. Palmer which I just started tonight
  • Hush Hush by Jamers Patterson and Candice Fox which I finished yesterday – a murder and lost person mystery. Many of the characters were not super believable or even likeable, but the action kept me turning the pages anyway.
  • Talk to Me by T.C. Boyle set in the 70s about the time when Chimpanzees were learning sign language. This book took it a step farther. What happened after no one cared that chimps could communicate and they just need them for research?
  • Night Sleep Death The Stars by Carol Oates, I’m saving for last because it is very thick.

Kindle Read

Apprenticed To My Mother: A Memoir Of Barbara Le Pard 2005 to 2010 by [Geoff Le Pard]

Apprenticed To My Mother: A Memoir Of Barbara Le Pard 2005 to 2010 by Geoff LePard. I loved the relationship Geoff brought out between his parents and the love and respect his father shared about his wife through his poems to her. I loved her spunk and utter disregard for letting anything hold her back including her own infirmaries. Geoff covered her life with a great deal of humor. Typical of Geoff he gave everyone names that revealed a tiny bit of their characters. He also let us in on a bit of his private family vocabulary. You will learn a little bit of English history and a lot about Geoff and his family. I loved the book.

Geoff is also a regular Story Chat author and chatter. When Gratitude Is Hard to Come By, Trophy Cabinet

That brings me up to three books read this week.

Next up: Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle by Geoff Le Pard

Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle

Dateversary February 11th

For our 27th First Dateversary, a term coined by Janis of Retirementally Challenged, we drove to Sedona to lunch at Butterfly Burger. We started to sit outside but they said it would take longer to get served. We were both hungry, so we opted to eat inside instead. Oddly everyone that came in after we did got served, ate, and left and we still had nothing to eat.

When we finally got the waitress’ attention, she asked, “Do you want your check?”

“No, no, no, no! We want our food, ” we answered.

She told us our food would be coming shortly and it did not. Finally, when it came, my hamburger dripped blood and the bun was soaked. I thought about not saying anything when she asked how everything was, but I opened my big mouth and showed her the drippy burger. She whisked my plate away faster than I could blink, and I groaned inwardly and wished I hadn’t complained. Within five minutes I had a completely new meal, which was comped and very good. The manager came up to us and apologized and was very sweet.

The hiking parking lots along Highway 179 were full, so we walked around Tlaquepaque Shopping Center. This car caught our attention because he backed his car in front of the sign that said “Head In Parking Only.” We thought that was odd enough to warrant a photo

I also see an odd alien face in the shadows. Do you? Square Odds There are more Square Odds scattered through this post if you can find them.

Sedona Thursday Trios

Mama Cormier hosts one of my new favorite challenges. I have to really look to find trios. As we walked around, I was on the prowl. Mostly, the mall decorators liked to arrange potted plants in threes. Some of the pictures didn’t show the trios clearly.

Sedona LATE LAPC #185 Change

I’m sadly past the date for John’s first post as a regular Lens Artist, but he’s such a great guy and a good friend, I’m going to post a few pictures anyway. Change is something that happens second by second. We hardly notice until we look back over a longer period of time. We’ve been going to Tlaquepaque for years and have seen quite a few changes. But things change from day to night as well.

People Change (DUH)

As I told you the other odd day, I have a new toy for scanning old pictures. Some of these were already scanned, but it’s fun for me to see how some of my family changed over the years. I start with all the players when I was a baby. That’s it for my extended family – three only children in the group, actually four with me at that moment. That changed a year later.

Dad and I are at center stage. Behind Dad (26) are Grandma Golda (46) – Mom’s mom, Grandpa and Grandma Morris (dad’s parents) and at the other end, Mom. Behind me are Great-grandpa (68) and Grandma Birchfield (61) Grandma Golda’s parents and Grandpa Bud (51). my mom’s dad.

Throughout the years clothing styles changed. Furniture styles changed – mostly not pictured, but you can tell the eras by the furniture and accessories as much as our faces, hair – or lack of it, clothing, and possibly even activities, though none of us are very active in any of the photos.

Dad and I chatted about 25 years later. My hair is relatively real – no color, maybe a perm, no wig. Dad’s is not.

Grandma’s hair is her natural color. I think she might have had a perm for her 50th wedding anniversary. Grandpa Bud was all-natural.

Me in Sedona on our 27th Dateversary (70) My hair is only a tiny bit streaked, no perm, not much hair.

Now It’s Your Turn

I love to hear what you have to say. I’m not a total angelic narcissist! How was your week? If I forgot anyone’s link, please forgive me. Love you all. Have a great Sunday or Monday depending on which works for you!

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  1. I’m doing some catching up on commenting. Still need to write my writers quote wednesday post….hopefully. That egg cheese casserole looks really good. What a cool looking library. I haven’t read any of those books you mentioned, but a few sound interesting. I’ve been doing better with taking time to read. I like the term dateversary…so fun.The photo challenge sounds fun, though I probably don’t have time to do another challenge. Sadly. I love old photos. The ones you shared are so awesome. Now I need to go try and get some posts written today and tomorrow…between working and other things.

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    • Kirstin, I always look forward to your posts. You really can’t do everything. I am retired and I can only do a few. There is so much involved when you join a challenge, and I love every part of it, but it also means visiting at least some of the others who have left links. At the very least, you comment on the host or hostess’ post. For the hostess or host, it means visiting all of them. WQW is still small enough that it is manageable for both hostess and players. But something like LAPC with hundreds of links, could be overwhelming as well as very rewarding. Thanks for being such a foundation to WQW, my friend. BTW, are you going to be near Portland in August or Sept?


  2. Hi Marsha,

    I’ve read a couple of Geoff’s novels and agree, his writing is a treat and a sure way to insert some laughs into the day while learning often weird and obscure things about his world.

    I’ll also grant that while you may not be an angel, you do look pretty good in those wings.
    Thanks for a fun read. I look forward to any time we get to share writing across the venue of blogging.


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  3. You are one busy lady!
    Thank you for including What’s On Your Bookshelf. Our next link up goes live this Thursday at 2 pm (Vancouver Time), Friday at 8 am (Brisbane Time). Anyone interested can link up through Women After Well After 50, Deb’s World, And Anyways or Retirement Reflections. We’d love to find out what everyone is reading. I haven’t read any of the books that you highlighted here, Marsha. But I have heard great things about Apprenticed to My Mother.

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    • You definitely want to add Geoff’s book to your list, Donna. I’ll link my next Natalie’s post, then. I should have two more read by then. You woke a sleeping giant with your library post. I’m going library crazy!


  4. Prescott Library looks so amazing as you definitely visited on such a lovely day.
    And you are absolutely right about experiencing change by looking at old family photos. I haven’t seen my family’s old photo albums in a long time and I’m think about showing them to my son as he had no idea about it. Would be a fun nostalgic trip for me 🙂

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    • That is wonderful, Hammad. I spent many wonderful hours learning about these people from my mother, going through all our albums. I wouldn’t trade those hours for anything. That is a huge gift to give your son.

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  5. Breakfast sounds good. I’m out of eggs and don’t feel like shopping tomorrow so I’ll be round! About 10am? Though I imagine that’s the middle of the night for you. Ok, I’ll just read a book. Joyce Carol Oates is always a good read. Happy Valentine’s for tomorrow!

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  6. Marsha, Looks like you had a busy week and you nailed it meeting the different blog and photo challenges. I can’t wait to try your casserole recipe. I’m glad your date dinner experience ended well. Thank you for linking up with #weekendcoffeeshare.

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  7. Great post, Marsha! I can’t wait to try your egg recipe 🤤, though I’ll sub the cream and cheese for the dairy or lactose-free variety.

    Oh, Jez told me to drop you a line on your contact page about a week ago. I don’t know if you got it, or I’ve been sent to the spam folder–there seems to be a spate of that going on lately.

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  8. I’m looking at your egg recipe and can’t help but think there is something missing. In the photo it looks like there is pasta in the casserole but I don’t see it in the list of ingredients. Looking at your family photos was fascinating. Your great grandmother had to be all of 15 when she had your grandmother. One of Kevin’s cousins who is my age just became a great grandmother. She got married the same year we did but she started having children right away and her kids and now grandkids are doing the same. Our kids waited till they were 33 and 38 before they had a child. I’ll never become a great grandmother unless I live to be 96 or older.
    Happy Dateversary. Looks like you had a great time and I would have definitely sent that meal back. Nice trios by the way. Thanks.

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  9. Wow! Lots of coverage in your post today! Thanks for joining in on my first Lens-Artists post as a host. (Is that a rhyme?)
    I love that blue hour shot of the belfry. It is framed so beautifully by those trees and the sky is just the right brightness. Lovely composition!
    We are doing a lot of planning here, getting ready for two short trips in the next couple of weeks, so we are going to be extra busy as well.
    Nice work on the challenge posts this week! You hit the mark, for sure.

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  10. Thanks for linking to Thursday Doors. Quite the adventure this week. I did see the alien face – I love finding things like that in the shadows. Thanks for starting my Sunday with an enjoyable read. I hope you have a nice week.

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  11. Well, as you know I’m deeply grateful for the mention and delighted that you enjoyed a bit of mum time via my inadequate words. And now a second book. Hopeful you’ll get a bit of an insight about growing up in the English countryside in the 1970s. In fictional form. Looking forward to how you get on. Oh and I need to check the cover art. I’ve changed it recently but maybe it hasn’t made its way to all outlets!!

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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