Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sports News - Hockey

Dylan, our middle grand, got back into ice hockey last fall. He has always loved it as you can see from this June 2006 photo. Both of the boys were in hockey then.  Dylan is on the left and Jackson on the right in the split photos below taken that summer by their dad. Jackson has left ice hockey behind to focus on his love of football and baseball. Dylan will also play baseball again this year but it seems hockey is his main sport.

Never one to be left out, that year their little sister had her very own hockey stick even though she wasn't taking lessons. Every time they went to the rink, she marched in oh-so-proudly carrying her pink hockey stick.

Recently Dylan started on a team for the first time, rather than simply taking lessons. He has often talked about wanting to be a goalie. Last Tuesday was the first hockey game where he got to be the goalie. They won 4 to 3...pretty great for a first time goalie! That evening he sent us the following e-mail...

GUESS WHAT? GUESS WHAT? I GOT THE GAME PUCK IN HOCKEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I GOT THE ACTUAL GAME PUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



When I talked to him on the phone, he was also excited about getting "dogpiled" by his team at the end of the game. I did figure out that getting "dogpiled" is a very good thing and, for those who may be wondering, it means that the team all piled on top of him in celebration of his huge role in their win.

More Sports News...

This was the first year that Jackson had actual tryouts for baseball which resulted in him getting moved up to AAA ball and Shelby has a new pink batting helmet so expect more sports news about all the grands as baseball season gets underway!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Pot Roast...the ChefBev Way

When I started blogging, I knew this day would come. It seems that if I want to be a successful "big girl" blogger, I'll have to include some posts about is the first.

My favorite blogger, Pioneer Woman, appeared on GMA this morning teaching the world how to make a delish, tender pot roast along with her suggestion that mashed potatoes are her favorite to serve with it. You can catch her appearance by clicking on this link or read her Feb 25th blog post where she details how to fix pot roast at

Not to be outdone, even by a pro like PW, here is a photo of the pot roast and mashed potatoes I prepared recently. The pot roast was melt in your mouth tender with a thick, rich gravy; the mashed potatoes were a perfect texture to accompany the robust flavor of the beef.

Is your mouth watering? Are you tempted to head for the grocery store to pick up a nice roast and a bag of Golden & Russet potatoes? Will you have the patience to let your roast cook for the hours it takes to achieve such tenderness?

It's time to stop torturing you with photos of all this good eatin' and let you in on my little culinary secret so that you too can serve this succulent meal to your loved ones. I picked up the roast at the membership warehouse store and the potatoes at the grocery. And now here is your shopping list...

ta da...

Take it from ChefBev...this is seriously the best pot roast and mashed potatoes to come out of my kitchen in a very long time...both products are delicious and such timesavers too!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Armed…not Charmed

Having seen the photo and read about Butch Cassidy, which is what Rich had named our “lone” coyote, you must know how charmed I was to occasionally see it on the golf course behind our house. Then last Wednesday as I drove in from work, I saw four coyotes on the opposite side of one of our small lakes. The most active one, which we think was our “Butch” kept trying to get the others to play. I picked up Rich and the camera and we went back to get these shots. In the first photo, there is one standing next to the tree, one barely visible at the left edge, and two curled up sleeping to the right. IMG_0793a
I was still charmed to be able to view such beautiful animals right here in our neighborhood. The next evening, Bella was barking at the patio door and when I went to look there were two coyotes frolicking and tumbling and playing in the freshly fallen snow…a bit too close for my taste since that’s where we let the girls out. But then, on the weekend friends told us that in another neighborhood across the street, TEN coyotes had been seen…YIKES!
Sunday we went to a sporting goods store and Rich bought a BB pistol. We would never injure them but may try to communicate that they are no longer welcome right in our backyard. From charmed to armed in four short days…

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentines Day!

Rich and I Send

To All Of You

On This

Day !!!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Spring is Coming...the Sun has Promised!

During the work week I leave the house by 6:00 a.m. when the world is still quite dark, inside and outside. For most of this winter we have rarely seen the sunshine at any time of day. So, what a welcome surprise greeted me this morning when I awakened at 7:00 to see the sun shining on the shelves in the corner of our bedroom for the first time in months. It magnificently illuminated the silk rose in one of my favorite vases and the pillow (a gift from my sister many years ago) that reminds me daily to consciously hold on to thoughts of all the joy in my life.

Spring is on the way as the sun, in its ascent, promised in such a glorious manner this morning.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Stressed. Depressed. Blessed!


I'll be retiring on April 30th. For several years I've been essentially a one-person function in an office with a tremendous amount of staff turnover. That resulted in my knowing pretty much everything about everything in our area. Over the past year, the administration has changed with a new President of the institution and two new VPs in our department. Since the new folks don't know that they don't know what they don't know, all my pleas for a schedule of times that I can provide training, insight, history, etc. have fallen on deaf ears. Me being me = Stressed.


The changes at work include many new VP positions in addition to the four we had for many years. The primary role of some new administrators seems to be the elimination of staff. A few of the folks are leaving voluntarily after accepting a puny early retirement offering figuring that something is better than nothing. Others who are leaving have simply been terminated. I have worked with these fine people for many years. The last day for all of them is June 30th, fiscal year end, so at least I won't be there for that sad day. Me being me = Depressed.


Not only am I retiring at the absolutely most opportune time to be leaving there...not only am I able to retire at the "young" age of 60...not only is Rich also retiring the same day...not only are we looking forward to endless unscheduled days together...not only are we planning some great RV trips...not only do we still love the home we built 11 years ago...not only do we have great friends...not only do we have fun times with mom, Pauline, siblings, in-laws, nephews, nieces, etc...not only am I still madly in love with my husband after 24 years of marriage...not only do we have two great kids...but...perhaps the very best part of my life at this stage is the joy brought to our lives by our three grandkids! I wish there were words to express how much fun we have together and what a gift it is to travel, explore, experience the world along with them. The very best part of me being me...Blessed!