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Weekend Coffee Share, Doors, and Windows

Thanks to Natalie the Explorer for giving us this time to tell about our week. Debbie of Travel with Intent inspires me to use six words in my title.

It’s been a busy week for me. I only had time to sit down and drink a cup of coffee on Tuesday and Thursday. The rest of the time I’ve been cleaning trying to rid our little condo of every piece of cat hair and dander. Thank you to our neighbors Gail and Roger for loaning me their large air purifier. Thank you to my sister-in-law, Cindy for housing all my fur babies. They are super easy to entertain, though.

Oh, would you like a cuppa?

Doors and Windows

After I left Snooze and Blues Bloggers, This, that and the other thing, Wind Kisses, and Journeys by Johnbo., Vince and I saw this unusual building near our condo. I asked him to stop, and he kindly pulled into their driveway so I could get out and take pictures of these amazing doors and windows.

I couldn’t find any information about the architectural structure of the building, only that it really is an orthodontic office. Isn’t it amazing?

Prescott Weather

Since our friends came yesterday from Sunny California, they wanted to know how to dress in Prescott and Scottsdale. They need two entirely different wardrobes. Scottsdale enjoys 70-80 degree temperatures and mostly sunny skies. Prescott had snow Thursday! It didn’t bother me, I read blogs after I cleaned.

Books and Movies

This week I finished Geoff LePard’s book, Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle which I enjoyed. My friend Carmen calls this kind of book “mind candy.” It’s just fun to read. You probably won’t come out an intellectual after reading it even though it is about a college student and his difficulties with one other student in particular as well as a few dead flies. Geoff Le Pard has such a fun sense of humor.

Wednesday night I watched the Netflix film about Ben Carson. Ben’s mother encouraged him to believe he was smart and “could do anything anyone else could do only better.” He went from being a failing student to one at the top of his eighth-grade class. Transferring to a different high school, he went through a rebellious time and struggled with his terrible temper which almost caused him to injure his mother and nearly kill another student.

I was inspired to watch his metamorphosis into a top pediatric neurosurgeon. He separated twins conjoined at the head, an operation that had never been successful in the past. He removed one-half of a brain from an epileptic four-year-old and cured her epilepsy allowing her to live a normal life. I enjoy movies made from inspiring true stories.

Food, Recipes, and Taste

This week’s WQW is about the popular topic of food. Since I like but don’t love to cook, I decided to share what I did with some of my leftovers this week to turn them into a yummy Italian gourmet dish, Pasta al Pomodoro. It is typically prepared with pasta, olive oil, fresh tomatoes, basil, and various other fresh ingredients. I used leftovers for some of the main ingredients. Not super fancy, but super easy and tasty. Although my post is super late for What’s on Your Plate, I’m including the pingback so anyone who is reading will know where to go the first week in April if they want to be part of the link party. If you just want to read some interesting posts about cooking, you have a good place to start. The post I linked is all about the hostess, Widow Badass’ new air fryer. I’ve been wanting one, so I thought it was super interesting.

Preparation about 10 minutes


Clean Up Thirteen Minutes

This dish is super easy to make and equally easy to clean. While everything cooks, it’s easy to put spices and oil back into the cabinet. I use one of my pots as a dishpan for the things I don’t put in the dishwasher. This saves water in “Arid-zonia” as JohnRH of John’s Space called it. Everything including the stove, counter, and sink were wiped clean and clean pots and pan were put away in thirteen minutes!

If you love to cook or eat, have great taste, feel free to drop in and link your post. Click the WQW link above.

Spirit of Moji

On Thursday, Vince sent me this picture from the condo in Scottsdale he labeled as the spirit of Moji. It’s his coat on the bed.

He’s the project manager for our Air B n B condo in Scottsdale. He hated the loud air conditioner and didn’t want bad reviews. So, to make more work for himself, he ordered a new AC unit that had to be installed in a different place in the condo since the rules have changed since the unit was built 35 or 40 years ago. This resulted in him having to do all the frame and finish work for the ducting and where the unit is going. I almost cried when I saw our beautiful condo all torn up.

He said, “It looks like progress to me.”

I answered, “It looks like a disaster to me.”

Since then he’s cleaned it up some and worked so hard getting it at least livable for our guests. He puts a lot of stress on himself to do house projects that sometimes (like in this case) seem unnecessary to me. But the deal is that he wants the best for people who stay there – including us!

I’m proud he’s such a hard worker and that he cares for the needs of others. The best news is that the AC and furnace work so quietly and efficiently you can hardly hear them.

I told him, “No more projects for a while. I want to play. Arizona is like a huge Disney Land for adults, and I want to check out some of the wonderful sites.”

He agreed. We’ll see what happens. He’s as addicted to projects as I am blogging.

Blogging Is Beautiful

This month’s Story Chat “Sweet Feeling” by Yvette Prior has already attracted 170 comments, 59 likes, and 100 comments. Come by and check out what makes Story Chat such an interesting experience. It’s not for the faint of heart!

PPAC posted Friday, and I hope you enjoy my ancient boats as public art. It’s doing well, but can’t hold a candle to Yvette’s post after just a day! More than that I hope you’ll share the public art you’ve seen on your blog and link to PPAC. It’s a blast.

WQW, all about food this week, started out strong with 146 views, 52 likes, and best of all 67 comments. Hopefully, most of them aren’t mine, LOL!

See you soon.

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  1. Marsha your dinner creation looked so good! Yum. Sometimes I forget that I can create something new with leftovers…sometimes I just reheat or make something completely new because “there aren’t enough leftovers for everyone”. That building is so neat. Sounds like you’ve had a busy week.

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  2. You’ve been a busy bee, as usual, Marsha! So much for retirement! What you described will be my upcoming week with two sub jobs, a couple of appointments, and prepping for a family dinner at our place on Saturday. And dealing with my internal clock robbed of my hour of sleep as DST takes its toll on us once more. I would almost move to AZ to leave it behind! You covered a lot of territory…and I’ve been loving the blogs sharing you’ alls’ pics when you had your blogger meet-up! I know Vince works hard on his projects (just like Hans), but fixing your condo’s AC will be so worth it. The architecture of the ortho building is pretty sweet! Talk soon!

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    • Today is catch up day. Finally got my post published at almost 10:30 – an hour and a half late. I can’t imagine working on top of all of this! You are a busy soul! My neighbor has been subbing, and this week is break, so they are headed for Utah today to ski. Our friend arrived during PST and left during PDT. So they did their adjusting a few days prior to going back. ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t know if that made it easier, but it was a seamless departure.

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  3. Good on Vince for undertaking the DIY improvements. Mr ET is like that too. He won’t pay for someone else to do a job he can do, even if it takes hours and hours. He is very particular. What is the name of the Netflix movie?

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  4. Marsha, Sounds like you and Vince both had a busy and productive week. Your pasta looks yummy. I like quick and easy to cook and clean recipes. Thank you for the mention and your weekend coffee share. Have a wonderful week!

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  5. wow a great post and so accomplished.. omg removing cat hairs? is it even possible?
    ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ It’s on the bottom of my list right now. you got a lot done my friend! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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  6. that orthodontic office is impressive. what a nice place to go to work each day, at least on the outside…

    I hope you get to do lots of playing!


  7. I’m sorry, I don’t know if I would want to visit an orthodontist whose practice looks so medieval – stretch you out on a rack, bring out the cruel cast iron instruments… no thank you. lol


  8. Thank you for another shout out! So glad you enjoyed Harry’s first adventure. Mind candy is the exact genre though I hope you don’t become a pre diabetic reader..


  9. That is a beautiful building, unfortunately, defaced by the signage (in my opinion.) Given the gorgeous architecture, I’d have opted for a sign in front of the building. But, the owner didn’t ask me. >grin<





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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