Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Well let’s talk about excited. That’s what I am because I just received my new Janet Jackson CD “Unbreakable” in the mail. To order tickets for her concert before they went on sale to the public I had to pre-order her CD and I am so happy I did.

Big names like her don’t normally come to Duke City during the height of their career. So when she announced her world tour, to see what would happen, I sent Janet several messages on Facebook and Twitter saying something like “Gurl you coming to Albuquerque, right?” and “I’ll see you Albuquerque, Gurl!” Apparently she listened because she will be in concert here in May! Boy was I surprised when I found out.  So I say she is coming to the ABQ because of me! Yes I am taking all of the credit.

I grew up with Janet, we are the same age, and I have followed her career from the very beginning when she used to make appearances on television variety shows and imitate Mae West.

I told the Hubs to buy some ear plugs because I don’t want to hear anything about “It’s to loud” or “My ears are hurting.” I got good seats, we gonna put on our good dancing shoes, and sing and dance and shout all night long!


Super Blood Moon

Monday, September 28th, 2015

The super blood moon lunar eclipse took place last night. I have been attracted to the moon for a very long time and last night’s moon had me hooked!


The moon was gorgeous and it was the first super blood moon since 1982. The natural beauty will reappear in 2033 so if you didn’t get a chance to see it first-hand I managed to take a few snap shots with my phone for you to view. Enjoy! I just love the Albuquerque sky!


This moon brings about many rumors of doomsday prophecies but most folks, like me, were excited just to see it.



Cane Corso

Saturday, September 26th, 2015

So we adopted another dog. I wasn’t too pleased with the idea but because I love dogs, I let the little sweetness grow on me.

Her name is Maia (like Maya Angelou). She is 5-months-old in the photos and her breed is Cane Corso. Maia is a bit hard-headed so training is necessary. She’s been studying obedience for about a month and she is coming along nicely. Bolo, our 3-year-old male Rottweiler, is all in love.

Check out some of Maia’s beauty shots below.


At a social doggy function being unsocial.


Maia driving me around town.


5-month-old Maia playing with her adult dog friend at the park.



Homemade Shea Butter Castor Oil Cream

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

After four years living in New Mexico I am still battling dry hair issues. Naturals already deal with dry hair so couple that with brittle weather and there you have it, #naturalhairproblems. I’ve mentioned a few times that my hair likes pure castor oil so I have been using that with other products. It was soft, moist and conditioned at the beginning, however, there was still something wrong. It didn’t stay like that. I needed to come up with something new fast because my hair was brittle and breaking off. I tried many things but nothing really worked.

So recently I made a simple cream that included castor oil (1/4 cup) and shea butter (1/2 cup). I incorporated the ingredients using an electric mixer for 30 minutes, let it rest for 30 minutes, and mixed it again until I liked the texture. Then I put it in a glass jar.


I use this mixture with my favorite leave-in conditioner (Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-In Conditioner) and the results are pleasing. My curls stay soft, moist (kinda greasy) and conditioned for a few days and I like that. Thus far no breakage.


By the way, I no longer use a variety of butters, essential oils, oils and other stuff to make my hair creams. Keeping things simple and doing less seems to be working. Besides, when I add essential oils to my hair butters my curls reject the recipe which ultimately causes breakage. Maybe I put too many drops in. I am not sure. Whatever the case I don’t use them on my hair anymore.

Old School

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

I’m old school!!


Welcome Home!

Friday, August 21st, 2015

At the extreme last minute I decided to have a dinner party/BBQ for my nephew and grand niece to welcome my nephew, Jachin, back to New Mexico while in town for a short spell.

I told everyone a BBQ when I should have said dinner party because I was envisioning hosting a dinner party like the way “Barefoot Contessa” does it on the Food Network but since I said BBQ people thought just that and bought things to eat when I said not to that was not dinner party food but BBQ food.

It sprinkled rained on and off which sort of messed up my table setting, and because of the rain, I couldn’t light the Chiminea (it would have cracked) to roast vegan marshmallows for the girls. But even with all of that the dinner party/BBQ turned out to be very nice and I was happy to share my home with family and friends.



Holding my grand niece, Hollis. The girls had a blast running in and out of the house, crawling on the floor chasing each other and screaming at the top of their lungs.

Fenton Lake Camping

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

We have to put our camper pop-up to use so this summer we are trying to squeeze in as many trips to the woods as possible. Our last trip was to Fenton Lake Campgrounds. We stayed three nights and four days. Check out some of our pictures below.


Site 28 offered the most privacy. However, the garbage for the campgrounds was close by, and that meant people came near the area to dump their trash.


Pop-up shower. This is great to have when the campgrounds do not offer showers. But then again even if showers are provided having your own is always best.


Before we had this cover around our eating area we were doing it all wrong. What a difference this made when keeping bugs away from our food.


Fenton Lake.




The campgrounds.


Roasting vegan marshmallows by the campfire.


I like my marshmallows burnt!



Rib eye steak for the Hubs. Everything taste better when cooked on an open fire.


My favorite vegan camp-trip meal cooked on an open fire.


Chillin’ in the pop-up at night. The Hubs, Bolo the Rotty, and meet, Maia the Mastiff. (4 months).


We thought something broke on the pop-up, but thanks to the proper insurance, 24 hour assistance stopped by to say it was nothing serious at all!

My Favorite Childhood Author

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Who remembers, “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.” As a ten-year-old that book truly spoke to me. After reading the book I felt, the author, Judy Blume knew me personally and understood my childhood thoughts. Like, she just got it when no one else did. As a skinny child, who ate everything, I was convinced that there was only one way to increase my bust.

When a friend told me she was on book tour promoting her new adult book titled, “In The Unlikely Event,” I had to take the drive to Santa Fe to meet her. I wanted to say so much more to her than I did but I got tongue-tided. However, I did let her know that I have loved her since the fifth grade and she pointed out that she noticed my bright smile in the audience.




See, this is what I am talking about!