There are different kinds of Glass Art: Warm Glass, Stained Glass, Glass Blowing and other types of work that would be part of these mediums.I work in Warm Glass, which is glass that must be fired after you work it. Sometimes it requires several firings in a Kiln at varying temperatures.  I have always been interested in Art and have taught Arts & Crafts at Camps, with Special Needs Children & Adults and teens.  Upon retiring to Sun City Festival in AZ, I became interested in Glass Art.  You may contact Marty about her about Glass Art or if you are interested in a purchase. I have made a variety of Art pieces, but my specialty has become painting on glass with Glass with CFE Glass Paints, and firing the piece and then adding layers of glass pieces and frit (smaller pieces of pounded glass in various sizes) in order to make a landscape. It has been very rewarding and I have been in some of the local Museums and also in a juried show in the Las Vegas annual Glass and Bead EXPO.  I won 2nd place in my category in 2017 and 1st place in 2018.  It has been a passion of mine and I love working with other glass artists in our community and Joined WHAM a local place for artists to gather and share their Artwork.


pumpkins2  We are all looking for new ideas and recipes for the coming months.  Hoping the   recipes and helpful Halloween and Fall ideas will be helpful.  We are currently working hard on a website for beautiful Glass Items that you may purchase.


ALSO –Here Turkey Talk for Thanksgiving!

HAVE A Great FALL and we will be back with you with more News!


Crepe Paper Flowers–Spring or Easter

This was always a fun Spring or Easter project with the special needs children that I worked with, camp kids and also my own children.  These flowers may require a bit of help from an adult with younger children, but most children of about 7 and up, can do these by themselves, once they get hang of it.

You can get help with visuals on this on Martha Stewart’s website  although done slightly different.

Choose Pastel pkgs. of crepe paper and also a dark green.

Leaving crepe paper folded as in pkg. , cut about 3″ to 4″ fold band of crepe paper.  You may flute edges by pinching them out using both hands to make to stretch slightly the top edge of paper.

Start gathering crepe paper at base at base and slowing gather to spread the flower petals out.  When desired size is reached, cut off the rest of the paper. Secure base of flower with fine wire.

Form stem with pipe cleaners and wrap these with green crepe paper, which has been reviously cut into a one inch strip. Wrap tightly among the stem and up to the base of the flower.  This makes a lovely, long lasting flower or flower arrangement.  GREAT GIFTS for Grandma and Grandpa!

(Contrasting center can be made by using different shades of crept paper on same flower).

See flowers on Paper Plate Hats!  This is another use for the flowers.

There are many fun Easter ideas and recipes.


pumpkins2 PLEASE REVIEW the recipes and ideas for Halloween .

     HAPPY FALL and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!  Hoping these recipes and crafts ideas will help make for a fun Fall Season!



Knee Replacement –New Info.

There seems to be more Total knee replacements these days, or maybe it is just our age.   I have noticed recently a trend that is happening regarding the CPM machine.  This is Very disturbing to me as I had two knee replacements –the first surgery in 2004 and the 2nd in 2006.  Both are still doing well with me having full flexion.  BUT—on the RT knee replacement the Dr. ordered the CPM machine to be used the 3 days, post-surgery –in the hospital.  However, it seemed the staff was too busy, the PT came at a time that was too far out from my last pain meds, etc. The surgeon was not happy and she sent me home with a CPM ordered and a home PT visiting every other day.  With the CPM used about 6 hrs. per day and 2 during the night, I was able to get to 65 degrees by day 8.  It took me 2 wks. to get to 90 degrees. LEFT Knee Replacement–I was on CPM coming out of surgery and was at 90 degrees upon release from the hospital.

Why are they NOT using CPM machines?  That is a good question.

Reasons given:  Some Surgeons say–*the patient and Physical therapist can do the work without it.  That is certainly possible–BUT it is much easier to increase the rate of a machine moving your leg, than it is to have someone physically moving your leg on an irregular basis.  * Patients just leave them at the end of their bed and don’t use them.  * Some insurances have stopped paying for them.

RESULTS:  Knee Replacement patients are now returning to surgery several months or more to have manipulation surgery and scar removal.

Talk with your Surgeon prior to your knee replacement about getting a CPM machine right after your surgery and to have one at home within a day of release for 14-21 days and USE it!  You will be grateful that you ahd this helpful device to get you back on the move.

If you are planning a knee replacement in the near future you might want to know what to get for the post surgery recovery.



Fruit Pizza (Fruit Tart)

Pizza americaFruit Pizza AThis is a fun and delicious recipe for summer. Having your children or grandkids help is really fun and the results can be quite attractive!  The America one used 2 rolls of sugar dough and white chocolate chips were used for the white rows.  Raspberries were used for the star.


             FRUIT PIZZA

1 Roll Pillsbury Sugar Dough
1  8 oz. pkg. of cream cheese
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. lemon juice

Oven temperature 375 degrees

4 or 5 fruits of your choice.  Picking fruits in different colors & textures makes it more attractive.

Let Sugar Cookie dough set for about 15 minutes at room temperature. Then spread on ungreased cookie sheet or Pizza pan.

It will spread easily with your hands. If it is a large cookie sheet (like the America one shown) you may need 2 rolls of cookie dough.  Bake dough for about 10 minutes–just turning a light golden color.  COOL dough until it is cool at least 30 minutes. Mix cream cheese, powdered sugar & lemon juice.  Spread carefully over cookie dough.  Arrange your sliced fruit o the cream cheese and refrigerate.

If it is not to be eaten right away, youcan make a glaze for it which adds some flavor and keeps the fruit fresh.  cut in slices and ENJOY!


3/4 cup water
1/2 cup orange juice    

 1/8th cup lemon juice
1 1/2 tbsp. corn starch
1/2 cup sugar

Mix well, cook and bring to a boil.  Put in small pan and bring to boil.  Cook for about 2 minutes, Cool and spread over fruit.  Refrigerate







THANKSGIVING seems to start the Holiday Season.  There are so many great recipes  available.  There are  Great Ideas for children.  It is nice for them to write down some of the things for which they are Thankful and have them recite them either at the dinner table or with the family on Thanksgiving Day.

Thanksgiving is a special time to gather with family and friends and share memories. As with many families, we always have each person at the table, including children, say something for which they are thankful.

An excellent website having to do with the origin of Thanksgiving, traditions, recipes, stories & jokes is  Great website!

I would like to do a little “Turkey Talk” regarding turkey preparation. Proper cooking of a turkey is imperative if you do not wish to spend the evening or the next day in the ER with food poisoning.

1. Cook a fresh turkey within 3 days.    2. Thaw a turkey in a refrigerator or for quicker thawing use a chest cooler with ice or frozen cold packs.  (It should be started in the fridge about 4 days ahead of the day you wish to cook it and spend no more than 2 days in a COLD cooler.)    3. Do NOT thaw a turkey at room temp as bacteria will grow.    4. If you stuff your turkey, place an unpeeled apple in the opening rather than sewing it closed.  The dressing will pick up a nice apple flavor and the apple will absorb extra grease.  (APPLE NOT EDIBLE–although it WILL look like a baked apple, after removing from turkey)    5. I rub the turkey with mayonnaise and salt and pepper it.  After putting in a roasting pan, I tent the turkey with aluminum foil and place it in a 425 degree oven for 1/2-1 hr., depending on size of turkey.  I then turn it down to 325 degrees for the duration. 6. I remove the foil about 1-2 hrs. before I think it is done.  It will brown the skin.     6. DO NOT overcook or undercook a turkey.  If it does not have a pop-up timer or meat thermometer, move the turkey leg back & forth to see if it is a little loose. Then cut into the breast mid turkey–you do not want to see pink meat, but you also do not want it dry.

“We may give without loving, but we cannot love without giving.” author unknown    Thanksgiving



FALL and HALLOWEEN Recipes and Crafts

FALL is HERE and HALLOWEEN is coming up.  There are Kids Ideas and also some great recipes for this time of year.  It is Apple Cider time.  How about some Great Easy Chili.    There are many ideas for Halloween Kid fun available.  Have a Great Fall season!


Arrange 1 Qt. sliced or cut up Apples ( about 8 apples) in a shallow 9″ by 13″ baking pan.  Sprinkle with 1/2tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp. lemon juice and 1/2 cups water.

1 Cup Sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup flours

Blend until crumbly. Press on top of apples.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes.  May be served with whipped topping.



Easy Ghost Suckers

Need round suckers such as Tootsie Pops. Kleenex Tissue Licorice whips or orange yarn Black Marker

Wrap tissue over Sucker and secure at base of sucker with licorice whip or orange yarn.  Make eyes with black marker.



1 gallon apple cider 1/2-3/4 cup brown sugar (adjust for taste) 4  sticks cinnamon ( Break in half) 2 tsp. whole allspice 12 whole cloves 3-4 fresh lemon slices ( optional)

Pour cider into large pot.  Add spices and simmer for at least 20 minutes.  The longer the cider is simmered the stronger it gets.  Makes the house smell great and so nice to sip with   friends on a cool night.  ENJOY!



If you have suffered unbearable leg and foot cramps during the night, you will appreciate this very simple, inexpensive solution that has helped many.  It is something that we ALL have in our home–A BAR of SOAP!

UPDATE:  Have used small soap bars for 4 months and still works.  SOAP must be shaved or REPLACED about every 2-3 wks or as soon as it stops working!  10/13

My Experience:

I have had severe leg cramps, starting with RLS (restless leg syndrome)which then develop into in painful cramps in legs and feet for a several years. I have tried the usual remedies like magnesium, magnesium gel, potassium, quinine (tonic) water and  several prescription drugs, with no lasting  effect on the leg and foot cramps.  On a recent trip to Spokane, WA ,a client of  my daughter’s Pilates class told me to place a bar of soap–unwrapped–between  the mattress pad and the sheet between my knees and feet. I thought it was a bit
odd, but thought “hey it costs nothing and I am not putting medication into my body” and have tried everything else suggested. So I tried it! I have used the method for a month and my cramps have completely  subsided. It is really quite unbelievable. I am not one that gets placebo  effects on anything, so know it is a WINNER–at least for many! Wish that more people knew about  this, it might save many from taking medications that do NOT work.

There are many Testimonials out there regarding the great results using this method. Learn More about leg Cramps and Soap!  Some recommend not using Dial or Dove Soap.  There are many theories as to why this works but no Scientific evidence why, but the number of people that have had great results, is indisputable.

Hoping this information helps you if you are suffering from night-time Leg Cramps.  If you find relief, PLEASE share your experience by making a comment on this website.







1/2 cup cooking or olive oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 cup honey–slightly melted in micro–low
dash pepper

Mix Marinade and pour over meat.  Pierce the meat with a fork
and refrigerate for at least an hour for best flavor.

Pork Chops or Pork Steaks are great for grilling and basting
with this marinade.  Also good fro chicken.  Do NOT save left
left-over marinade if utensils used have touched the meat
and then the marinade.



With the season of fresh vegetables and outdoor grilling, great easy recipes are a must. I have compiled a few of my favorites to share.


The amount of this dressing depends on the size of the salad. For a 2-3 quart bowl this is the amount that we make.

1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup of lemon juice (we find the “Real Lemon” brand is the best)
1/2 tsp. of garlic salt

Shake ingredients and pour over salad and toss well. (above ingredients can be altered, depending on your taste). We actually do not measure. We have had more compliments on this simple, refreshing salad dressing than prepared dressings.



1/4 cup of water
slightly less than 1/4 cup of Soy sauce
2  Tbls olive oil or vegetable oil
Mix and our over salmon that has been placed in a container. Marinate for about 2-3 hrs before grilling. Sprinkle “McCormick’s Montreal Chicken” spice over marinated salmon before grilling or broiling. DELICIOUS!



Any garden vegetables can be used in this delicious marinade. Some favorites are zuccinni or yellow summer squash, cucumbers, green beans, cauliflower and red, yellow or green bell peppers. Cut or slice vegetables into bite size pieces. Mushrooms (halved or quartered are especially good with the vegetables). I try to have the vegetables colorful so I add different shades of vegetables. Vegetables such as green beans or Cauliflower should be blanched (placed in boiling water  for 2 minutes) for better marinade absorption.

1 1/2 cups water
1 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup cooking oil or olive oil
1 clove garlic–minced
2 tsps. Salt
1 tsp. peppercorns (unground pepper)
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
Fresh cilantro may be added. Experiment with whatever vegetables are available or that you like.  A GREAT PARTY RECIPE!
Combine all ingredients and pour over prepared vegetables. Put in airtight container or marinator that can be turned easily or stir often for marinade to coat all vegetables. IT is GREAT!



After years of gardening and making dozens of loaves of zucchini bread, I decided to get creative.  Everyone loved the “NEW” zucchini breads.  TRY them!      

Basic Zucchini Bread

3 Eggs
1 cup oil
1 ¾ cups sugar
2 ½ cups grated zucchini
(not necessary to peel fresh zucchini as long as it is washed)
1 tsp. Vanilla

3 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. Salt
2 tsps. Cinnamon (optional)
1 tsp. Baking soda
¼ tsp. Baking powder

Combine wet and dry ingredients separately. Mix the two together thoroughly and pour into 2 greased and floured bread pans.  Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes.  Test for doneness by inserting a wooden toothpick in center of bread.  It should come out clean.  Cool bread for about 20 minutes and removes from pans.

CREATIVE VARIATIONS:  Cut back on the amount of zucchini by the amount that you are adding of one of the following: ½ to1 cup of blended peaches, pears, bananas or fruit cocktail. The fruits need to be blended in a blender prior to adding to the wet ingredieants.  You can also add nuts or raisins.



¾ cup catsup
¾ cup water or beer
1 tsp. Paprika
1 tsp. Chili powder
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
2 TBLS Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbl. dried minced onion
* Note: If using sauce for spare ribs, use 2 large sliced onions.

BBQ Sauce may be used on your favorite meats or with pulled pork for sandwiches.