Saturday, May 30, 2009


I just opened another shop in Bonanzle...its called Dani1951's Book Shelf....we see alot of abandoned books in foreclosed homes and I hate to leave them. I have about 11 listed so far...thrillers, mysteries and some cookbooks......and will put more as I can...I'll be putting children's books in too and Christian ones....Bonanzle is a newer site and free to list so I can't really lose anything. I've been checking out the site today and setting up a very warm friendly welcome too. I send out books in Media mail so shipping isn't too bad either.

Its been very windy on and off today...lots of mini whirlwinds going up and down our street and backyard...its stirred up a lot of pollon and dust so my allergies are going a little crazy...
Inspecting the garden this morning, Alan came in the house all excited....and brought me out to show me our first pepper....the peppers were flowering but we hadn't seen any fruit set until today......they are yellow and red peppers ...hope to see more...and all our tomato plants have fruit too...can hardly wait to bite into a juicy just picked tomato....yum!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Thursday Inspiration

How wise the Lord is in all His works of creation!

God's wisdom is revealed in His arrangement of sections and segments, as well as in the number of grain
The Lord specified thirty fold, sixty fold, and a hundredfold - all even numbers.

God's accuracy may be observed in the hatching of eggs.
For example,
The eggs of the potato bug hatch in 7 days;
Those of the canary in 14 days;
Those of the barnyard hen in 21 days.
The eggs of ducks and geese hatch in 28 days;
Those of the mallard in 35 days.
The eggs of the parrot and the ostrich hatch in 42 days.
(Notice, they are all divisible by seven).

How lovely to think about the way our Creator God planned everything so carefully and perfectly, everything with a plan. As His highest creation..we are "fearfully and wonderfullly made".

God's wisdom is seen in the making of an elephant.
The four legs of this great beast all bend forward in the same direction. No other Quadruped is so made. God planned that this animal would have a huge body, too large to live on two legs. For this reason He gave it four fulcrums so that it can rise from the ground easily.

The horse rises from the ground on its two front legs first.
A cow rises from the ground with its two hind legs first.

Each watermelon has an even number of strips on the rind.
Each orange has an even number of segments.
Each ear of corn has an even number of rows.
Each stalk of wheat has an even number of grains.

All grains are found in even numbers on the stalks.

Every bunch of bananas has on its lowest row an even number of bananas, and each row decreases by one, so that one row has an even number and the next row an odd number.

The waves of the sea roll in on shore twenty-six to the minute in all kinds of weather.

God has caused the flowers to blossom at certain specified times during the day, so that Linnaeus, the great botanist, once said that if he had a conservatory containing the right kind of soil, moisture and temperature, he could tell the time of day or night by the flowers that were open and those that were closed!

Thus the Lord in His wonderful grace can arrange the life that is entrusted to His care in such a way that it will carry out His purposes and plans, and will be fragrant with His presence. Only the God-planned life is successful. Only the life given over to the care of the Lord is safe.

thanks, Diana for sending this.....

Frank and Marlo Cowan, married 62 years! He turned 90 in February...playing the piano at the Mayo Clinic..

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Wednesday Dog of the Week and Paperbacks

Meet Chaddar...he is a boxer mix. Occasionally Don lets others use the website to advertise their dog and this is the case here...he is living with his family but they can no longer keep him. He is very healthy, 4 years old, loves children. He also has a micro-chip and all his shots..and a PetSmart dog school graduate! He knows many commands and is very can find our more about Chaddar through the Sun City K-9 rescue site....just click on our dogs.....

I am selling some paperback books through my other blog.....Michael Critchton books...we find alot of paperbacks and these are very exciting a little scary but compelling if you or someone you know likes thrillers....Michael Critchton was the author who wrote Jursasic Park...each of the paperbacks I have were made into movies but the books are better in every case.
If you are going on a vacation this summer, these would be great to take along.....I read the one"TimeLine" 3 a Christian, I was intrigued by the science involved, quantum physics and dimensions...couldn't put it down.
Just email me at if you are interested. I will mail these out media mail so the shipping is tiny and included in the price or if you have something to trade, I am open to that too.....I can't list these in my shops as they are not vintage and Ebay just isn't friendly anymore.
I have also have several Janet Evanovich paperbacks...some of her Stephanie Plum series...

The crockpot recipe I spoke about yesterday was very very good....our youngest absolutely loved it and so did we....there is enough left for tonight too as it serves 6 people and there was just the 3 of us.....highly recommend you try it.....a lot of flavor, good textures and very tasty.
You can just click on the recipe photo to get the recipe...very easy too which is ok with me...

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tuesday Chat

I recently acquired this little cook book and am making a recipe from it after I get off the computer....I have another of this authors books and like it so thought couldn't go too wrong trying this one out...
I will let you know how it turns can use either chicken or tuna and fairly frugal...I plan on serving it with a green salad with fruit for dessert.
We spent yesterday being empty nesters.....Donny had to work and Matt spent the day at the beach with friends...we enjoyed the garden and watched old movies on TV..they had alot of old war movies on....we both enjoyed the movie, "The Longest Day" , about WWII storming the beaches of Normandy...neither of us had seen it before so it was new to us...of course, we put our flags out too....
Did you know there are over 10,000 of our war dead in Europe? We couldn't believe it when our President went around apologizing....they'd all be speaking either German or Russian if we hadn't stepped great uncle is buried in France.

We worked this weekend on the garden, doing weeding, cultivating and Alan staked up the tomatoes...they are mostly full of small green ones right now but in a few weeks! Some of the corn is over waist high and below you can see the shallots I planted... I knew we liked them but never grew any before.....the shallot plants are the ones in the center with the spiky leaves...I just bought a bag of them at the store and planted them....

Our big old toad watches over the garden for us.....he is such a crack up...I just had to bring him home....

Just a note....I have opened up my Daniv1951 shop to international sales...just sent a small order to Canada......I wanted to share one of my other favorites that I am surprised hasn't sold yet.....this is a pattern for making very cooling looking rugs from recycled grocery bags...its for crochet

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Wishing you and yours a great Memorial Day.....

Friday, May 22, 2009

Friday Evening

The hollyhocks are starting to bloom...looks like they are mainly white this year....last year mainly red....the tallest are over 6 ft. I sent seeds from last year to one of my groups members...they like to garden....we had to put some Sevin dust on the leaves as they were getting eaten up by some critter...they'll be even prettier in a few days when they are in full bloom....
Our weather has been really nice, in the 80s...the garden is growing right along...we have some corn waist high now..soon the zucchini will be coming as well as more of the crookneck summer squash..we have green tomatoes too so can hardly wait to taste some good homegrown tomatoes soon.....the best!
I hope you enjoyed the video I posted yesterday.....I thought it was is another one that is just as good if not better......although I think their costumes are a little "funky" there is no denying their talent.

no instrument but the voice...I found this on Tangle, the Christian video site...although the songs are not "spiritual", there is alot of joy and fun..."a merry heart is as good as medicine"

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Thursday, Politics and Bunnies...Julie Andrews?

I haven't posted much political stuff in some time...its almost overwhelming the changes occurring in our country in such a short period of time....I just wonder where it will all end? We do what we can to make our voices known....but it will take everyone to be heard..seems like congress is only interested in its own left wing agenda and the few there who have common sense are not heard.

The states are trying to exert their sovereignty and over 30 have takes 2/3rds of the states to call for a constitutional convention...and I believe its the only way for Congress to notice...they are so self absorbed in their own little left wing bubble.

and if they'd like universal health care...ok....but all the members of congress need to sign up first!
No special health care for when they have to get on a waiting list to get a test done or if they get too old and get denied..too fat and get denied, smoke and get denied, they will have only themselves to blame.

The people of California has hopefully sent a message with us not voting for more taxes...most people are getting really fed up with our government and their big spending. Sacramento has
told the feds they don't want a bail out but that remains to be seen. I don't think there is "anything too big to fail". That statement is pure arrogance.

You know, years ago there was a big controversy about allowing the lottery, and we were promised it would take care of our schools....that the schools would be entirely paid for by the lottery...well, that didn't happen...personally, I have no idea where the lottery money goes.

But its not all together Sacramento's fault...last year for example, we had an election and a lot of expensive things were voted a speed rail to Las Vegas..alternative fuels..some of them were great ideas but like we asked ourselves, who is going to pay for it? We pay the highest tax rate except for Hawaii, and our state is hemmoraging, lots of people and businesses leaving. This is not the California I grew up with and know.

Have you noticed that all the states that are in trouble are blue states run by Democrats? every one of them...California, New York, New Jersey, etc. ...both parties have gotten away from our Constitution but for the most part, Republicans are fiscally responsible. I am a registered Republican but am seriously thinking of re-registering as an Independent

All the while, the President is saying things are getting better....kinda like Nero fiddled while Rome burned....we haven't even seen what will happen when the commercial foreclosures start...we have many large empty commercial buildings here...there is one whole mall almost empty except for a mattress shop and a fast food restaurant...there are entire housing tracts boarded up ....things getting better? I don't think so.
and with that note.....

Philippians 4:6

"Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done."

I just got a shipment in of really nice crafting patterns.....and put a few of them in my
Etsy shop...I posted others in my regular store blog but couldn't resist showing off this pattern.

I thought these little bunnies are so darling...almost didn't list the pattern and use it myself..these are made out of socks, believe it or not....the pattern gives directions for making the bunnies and has different clothing styles...Christmas also....cute, cute, cute...especially the baby bunnies...
I also got a pattern to make these cute sitting hen and rooster....

both the above items sold, thanks!
I have another pattern for recycled grocery store bags...and much times are bad, handmade gifts are the way to go......and summer is a good time to start for the holidays....

and of course, Julie Andrews...this was done in Antwerp, a train station... On a Monday morning, with no warning , a recording of Julie Andrews comes on the public address system singing “Do, Re, Mi.” As the curious passengers watch in amazement, some 200 dancers begin to appear from the crowd.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wednesday Dog of the Week- Mary

Mary was found in an area of Menifee, called Quail Valley....she is a young German Shepherd mix..the man who brought her in said he really liked her and wanted to keep her but his room mate didn't agree....she is about a year old and quite the character, delightful personality and loves playing with the other large dogs..very intelligent..Mary is healthy, spayed and ready for her forever home.....she loves children can find Mary at the Sun City K-9 Dog Rescue !

news flash............................Mary was adopted today!

If you've ever wondered about any of the featured dogs..if they've found is a link that lists all the ones who have been adopted ....many are ones I've featured...Adopted Dogs
and if you'd like to help..they do accept donations through Paypal....right now with our economy so bad, so many have had to give up their family pets...I've personally seen people come in and cry as they leave....they have the comfort knowing they've given their dog a safe haven until he or she finds a new home...I like to think of it was an oasis in troubled times....

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Before and After

just two weeks ago

that middle cabbage is going to be huge..these are supposed to be 50 pounders. The beets will be harvested by the end of the month or so....we don't like them when they get too big...we both dearly love beet greens too so nothing is wasted.
this one zucchini plant is huge it to the other one beside it on the left.they were planted at the same time

It has many tiny baby zucchini growing around the center of it too....

Its been really warm here most the high 90s or low 100s....but its dry and not too bad...the plants seem to like it although we have to keep them watered well....the hollyhocks are starting to bloom and are over 6 ft. tall...I will post a photo when they are in complete a day or so with this heat....the jasmine is blooming too....we covered the strawberries with shade cloth...

Alan got a call for a REO locksmithing job with a familiar Vista, where we used to live in the same condo need to print out a map! He will be going later today.....we lived there almost 20 years before we sold and bought this house.....Matt would love to move back there as its home to him....we not so much.....there are only 40 units there so we knew most everyone and Alan was board president for 5 years until we left.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

I happened to be stumbling around on the internet and found this very interesting, at least for me.. this was in the Albuquerque KRQE website. The title is a link to the story and there is a video of the scientists is from close to here in California...the Azusa Pacific college..a excellent private Christian college...

Artifacts may identify biblical Sodom

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - An Albuquerque archeologist and his team have returned with artifacts from a dig site near the Dead Sea which they believe reveals the lost city of Sodom.

They've been digging for 4 years and there is the direct website you might like to read about..
its called the Tall el-Hammam project...there is some great links with lots of photos....I would love to volunteer on one of these digs....dirty work with some meager living arrangements but well worth it....they have actually found pottery with the workman's finger prints imbedded in the clay....they only work in the winter months with the nice 50 to 70 degree temperatures so heat isn't a problem...... you do get to stay in a hotel and there is a spa close by.....hmmm, doesn't sound too bad.....
Its been fairly warm here ..yesterday it was 100 and we had to turn the AC on..The garden is doing well and we had harvested some baby yellow crookneck summer squash this morning, had them cooked, mixed in our scrambled eggs for breakfast...we also added yellow and red was delicious...with iced tea for can add onion, or peppers (ours aren't there yet), chopped other veggies, and some grated cheese. It makes a easy frugal and delicious meal any time of day....

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Happy birthday!


Today is our oldest son's birthday......21 years old!

Happy Birthday, Donny!


My friend Kay, sent me this link...a wonderful WOW testimony of a Muslim woman who came to Jesus....HIS CHANNEL you do have to download a widget to listen but only takes a few minutes to download....the video is a little long so listen when you have the time but well worth it.....there are alot of inspirational videos on this site, my favorite is Chuck Smith but there are others, I haven't checked them all out yet....

Hope you all have a great day!

Friday, May 15, 2009


We were called to re key a house in San Jacinto, ca and on the way back, happened across a ranch...we were surprised to see the group on long horn cattle enjoying themselves in the morning sun.....not something we see every day.....beautiful animals, aren't they?

There were two babies but they were hiding behind their mother and we weren't able to get a photo of them....she's the one laying down.....Alan thought the one with the ring in his nose was a steer.........San Jacinto has several large dairy farms and ranches...when the wind can tell for miles off.....but today it was very nice.....evidently the wind was blowing away from us...

We also drove by fields of potatoes growing..they looked just like the ones we have in our garden.. I never knew that California grew potatoes...did you?

Thursday, May 14, 2009

I was just looking at headlines and saw this one "Wholesale Prices Rise More than Expected"....this has to do with food more than anything....with the San Joaquin valley being virtually closed down over a little fish....the country's vegetable basket is drying up.....
The green environmentalists here in California are very aggressive and I believe have turned from worshiping the Creator to worshiping the creation....and the rest of us are going to suffer for it....hence, you'd better start a garden or know someone who has one....

The last time we went to Winco, our favorite discount grocery store, I got alot less for my I am going to a different tact, using as many coupons as I can, store brands and hit all the sales....Winco is still good for some things...their produce is still less than the regular stores but not by staples like flour, oatmeal, etc. in bulk. we can get 50# bags of flour at Costco and keep it in the freezer until needed. much cheaper that way.

Looking at the garden, we think we can start harvesting a few things in a few days...mainly the crook neck squash and perhap a few tomatoes....we planted quite a bit of squash....crook neck and zucchini....may get sick of it after awhile but I do have quite a few recipes for zucchini based things from my favorite of fried zucchini with scrambled eggs, to zucchini breads and cakes...which can be frozen and used this winter.....
we are also lucky in living in a climate with two growing seasons...we can replant this fall and have peas and cooler crop items almost to Christmas....I'd like to plant some pumpkins and winter squash too but don't really have the room, unless we dig up more of the grass....perhaps as the corn grows up, I can plant some between the rows...

I remember this happening years ago...when Jimmy Carter was president, times were tough too....high inflation, stagnet economy....we will survive but it will probably be quite a while before things get better......I can not understand anyone thinking that you get get out of debt by spending more....its like finding yourself in a hole, and keep there any common sense anymore?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wednesday Dog of the Week..Bam-Bam

The rescue gets in quite a few chihuahua and chihuahua mixes....I suppose because of the popularity of the movies.. like Beverly Hills Chihuahua.....Bam Bam is about 2 years old, really likes children and people..healthy and ready for his new forever home. He has all his shots and they say he'd make a good guard dog....most chihuahua's don't know how small they are! Lots of personality and easy care....not much in the way of grooming, just a good brushing and a monthly bath......they are sensitive to cold, so its a good excuse to dress them up occasionally....our winters here get very chilly so a nice crocheted sweater or jacket is just the ticket. And although they love the sun, it doesn't love them, they are sensitive to heat stroke..
Chihuahuas live a full 11 to 18 years so Bam Bam has a long life ahead of him.....if you'd live to visit Bam Bam or just check out the Sun City K-9 Dog Rescue....just click the link!

Here is the progress of our fig tree experiment...I think its a success...the stick is now a tree with branches..
Those two branches coming off the main "trunk" weren't there a few weeks ago.

Yesterday, I happened to find a box of Miracle Grow plant we treated the garden.. and couldn't believe the difference when we got up this morning...everything seemed like it was twice as big and thriving...guess that is what all the plants I am posted a few photos I took the morning..

I've been busy getting ready for a Christmas in July sale in my etsy shops and have posted some of the things I am working on in my other blog, plus many good links for free needlework and craft patterns, some interesting adsense ads and videos....right now I posted one about a antique knitting machine, I found fascinating but then I am a little weird, I guess...I just love to learn about how people used to live.

Monday, May 11, 2009

We took a road trip (locksmithing) on Saturday to Cathedral City near Palm was really hot up there..I took a lot of photos + the agent wanted us to take photos of the house for him which we did.....when we got home, Alan took out the memory card and when he put it back in...all my photos were gone!
Just a little frustrating...if we find them, I will be sure to post several shots I got of Mt. San Jacinto with snow on the foreground are horses....another shot was of the windmills....

The above photo is one I found.....its a date palm which is very common in the Palm Springs area....they even serve date shakes! and there are roadside stands where you can purchase all types of dates, nuts, grapefruit, etc.

We thought we were going to be rekeying a house near a golf course and we did, but it wasn't what we was a old desert house (1960s?) with a huge backyard of was so hot working in there...I think it must have been over 100 degrees. Cathedral City and Palm Springs are cities of great have multi million dollar homes and just a few blocks over are very old rundown neighborhoods.....sparkling pools, palm trees, green golf courses, and then dry sandy backyards with rusting cars..when I say sand, I mean beach type sand with rocks and cactus.
We both starting feeling weak and sick, so as soon as we finished, we drove to where we could get cooled off a bit and got a cold drink. Alan parked the van in the shade, we opened all the windows and got a cool breeze as the day was winding down...evenings in the desert are wonderful....neither of us wanted to go inside anywhere as they keep things too cold...too much of a shock when you are as hot as we were.

We were both really happy to get back home! I hope we don't get too many jobs in the desert...this is only the second time......the AC in the van doesn't seem to be working which made it hard and it was very very windy with blowing sand......

Today Alan had jobs in San Diego county, but I didn't go along....the agents he works with always meet him there so they can take their photos...

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mothers Day!

I woke up to flowers and Starbucks!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Just a short post today...its just too nice to stay inside....Alan is cutting the lawn and I need to do some gardening myself while its still is a photo of the apple blossoms...there are quite a few, although the tree isn't covered...hopefully we will get more.....
the nectarine tree was covered with blossoms but most of them fell off and not much fruit...that February cold snap didn't help.....
We did order two of the tea bags with our name on them to be delivered to our local representative...

Friday, May 8, 2009

Yesterday evening Alan and I watched a life pod cast from a joint venture of the
Independent Caucus and the 9/12 Project..rather amazing.. please think about joining if just to hear about the tea parties..the main stream media and the government hasn't really noticed or cared so we are now doing something a little different...they will be delivering to every local representatives office, tea bags with voters name on them (more info on site) plus a video of the life pod cast showing that we know about what really happened with the Tarp funds/bail outs. ....there is way more information than I can talk about here..but they will be doing a rebroadcast soon so if you are interested in hearing it...please sign up so you can get the email...just go to this Independent Caucus
site...if you'd like to add your name to the teabags, you can find out about that here
They want to get 1,000 tea bags to each representative at the same time and the same day.
The first podcast was a great success and they had over 700 in attendance....people from all over the country participated and chatted while waiting.....very interesting.

I had photos of the apple tree and the new blossoms that are appearing on I posted before...the tree had leafed out but no blossoms...Alan had been worried that we may not get apples this he contacted a local apple orchard north of us who was so nice to quickly email back to let us know the trees were late this year do to the unusual weather...we got a very hot spell in February and then a cold snap....we've been watching the tree daily and behold! yesterday little white/pink blossoms are appearing! Alan took photos but somehow they were deleted from the camera...
The tree is new and only 14 months in the ground...when we planted it, there was fruit on it..the Beverly Hills apple is for this part of the country and can take the warm weather....the fruit is yellow with pink veins and has a wonderful crisp, sweet/tart flavor....medium sized.

My friend, Nancy, sent me a nice German tablecloth to embroider.....I started it today and will show a photo soon.....worked on it while I was waiting for my son to get out of his Geometry class. I may have to take out what I started though as its a light linen material ....two strands of embroidery floss looks heavy.
Its been very hot here in our valley, in the 90s all week and they say it will be the same through the weekend......drinking lots of sun tea......feels like July more than May. Too hot to cook so we've been having sandwiches for supper this week......the corn sure likes the heat !

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Something that is quietly happening on the political front is that there is a state sovereignty movement afoot....
" Almost half of the state legislatures are currently considering or have representatives preparing to introduce resolutions to reassert the principles of the 9th and 10th Amendments and the idea that federal power is strictly limited to specific areas detailed in the Constitution and that all other governmental authority rests with the states". Hopefully, this was help control the runaway expansion by the federal government...
the latest state is Oklahoma and their House has just approved HR can
read about it here

there is also a movement to get enough states to ask the federal government for a constitutional convention in order to repeal the 16th amendment (income tax) and cut funding to the federal government entirely.....I think just the thought of such of this seriously will shake up the Congress and perhaps get them to listen....

Hopefully, the above video won't be our future....!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Wednesday Dog of the Week....Dixie Lee

This is Dixie Lee, a mixed breed Papillion...she is about 4 years old and needs someone who will be patient with her as she is distrustful of strangers but very loyal to her family....probably not for a family with children, but for a single person who needs a loyal companion, she would be a faithful friend...she is small, about 8 lbs or less.....I met her on Saturday when I was at the rescue...she barked when I first entered the patio...but showed no real aggression....stood off when the other puppies piled on me and I could see she was curious but wary....very pretty little dog...just like people...some of the rescue dogs have special needs....Dixie is one of those.
You can find Dixie and many other rescued dogs at the Sun City K-9 Dog Rescue

Yesterday I did some dead heading of the roses and picked some for the house...these are from our climbing rose bushes...I think they are gorgeous....the bushes are just loaded right now...I did feed them with some epsom salts earlier and I think it really helps them to bloom.....
I wanted to also share what our vegetable garden looks like.....thought you may like to see its progress...Cabbages, beets, and yellow crook neck squash


Tomatoes and peppers

We went to the town meeting last night...they had a contest for the new town seal..Alan had put in a was invited to come for the announcement of the winning is our new
Menifee town seal.....

No, its not his but nevertheless very colorful and does reflect Menifee's rural background..this entire valley was once all farm land and there are still wide open areas. We still have barns, tractors and sheep.....many houses are on large plots of land.
well, that's about all for today....if you want to see what kind of crafts I've been making, please check out my other blog...the link is on the left...or click here