Saturday, February 09, 2013


Today turned out great. The bake sale was a rousing success, due to help from many people. My invitation for people to bake things brought out fantastic yummies from all corners of the park. Three tables were filled maximally with displayed goodies, while three others were packed with extras to put out as the first ones sold.

People bought, tables were restocked by a team of very capable merchandisers, and we wound up making $419 -- most ever.

I left our sale at 10, and got to the church on time...for the fashion show run-through. It began with lunch at 11:30. Quiches made by some of us, salads, and cake paired with tea, lemonade, punch, and water to fully energize us to walk the walk in our Dress Barn fashions.

Each of us had two outfits and, not only did we have a blast, the ladies in attendance loved the show. Everyone is already saying that they want to do it again next year. I'm all for that, but I do hope it's not on the same day as the Entertainers' Bake Sale!

Location : 7451 S 5th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85710,

Friday, February 08, 2013

Bake bake baking

Today reminded me of when I had Blackberry Hill Dessert Company. I made 4 different recipes, doubles of 3 of them, packaged all the things, labeled them, and kept the kitchen clean the whole time. I also helped Jack in making another recipe and sliced and packed his zucchini bread. I did Candied Cinnamon Pecans, Krave 'Ems, Date-Oatmeal Chocolate Chippers, and Peanutty Peanut Butter Brownies.

This is for the bake sale tomorrow to support our entertainers group. It is supposed to rain and be cold, but oh well. Anything of ours that doesn't sell we can take to church for coffee hour.

Location : E Centrepark Dr, Tucson, AZ 85710,

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Good day

This was a good day. Jack and I went to a discussion on gun control at church this evening. The discussion was intelligent and sane. I think we all agreed that controls on assault weapons, or an all-out ban, would be reasonable. We agreed that people need to be responsible for keeping their own guns secure, and that there needs to be more teaching of morality --though school is not the place.

Location : E Centrepark Dr, Tucson, AZ 85710,

Monday, February 04, 2013

Putting up siding

That's what Jack and I did for several hours today. I've discovered that I have a low tolerance for Jack's impatience, throwing things, and sarcasm. Oh, and my being told to get out of the way, when I'm just trying to help also tends to drive me crazy. I guess I can't hope to change him, but in trying to just put up with such behavior, I feel trampled. /rant

Location : Maricopa, Tucson, AZ 85710,

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Love is God

This day began for me early. I got up before 6 to compile the things I'd be reading as Lay Leader in church today. This was a day about humor, joy, and fun, so it was right up my alley. :D

After church, it was lunch and just chill time. I did the Sunday puzzles from the paper, played my tin whistle, and did my dishes (whoopee). At 4, Jack and I left for Jan and Dick's Super Bowl party. We had a grand time!

So here's a question: If you run out of anything before you do dishes, what would it be? For me, it's bowls and/or spoons.

And here's another: If God is Love, can it also be said that Love is God? I believe that these are two really different statements, but that both are true, at least in my reality. The first, that God is Love, seems to be a way to personalize, humanize, and soften the idea of God to people who already acknowledge the concept of God.

To me, though, it's much more powerful to say "Love is God." This gets right to the root of the question, "Is there a God?" or "Do you believe in God?" I don't think anyone would say that they don't believe in Love -- like a Love that's sort of bigger than we are, a force that's beyond our control or understanding. Well, so let's just say that Love IS God. And there we are.

Personifying the idea of God is something people do a lot. Who can say that they don't believe in Mother Nature, Father Time, the Hand of Fate, Santa Claus, Lady Luck.... or Love? All of these are just personifications of ideas that we all share. So just call it God.

Is God more than that? Does God need to be more than Love? I don't personally need a God who's going to toss me into a fiery pit, or decide that I'm ok to be with lyre-playing angels sitting on clouds. I'm good with the idea of evolution and the Big Bang Theory, and I don't need a divine explanation for that. But, if, by saying I believe in Love, I can then say that I believe in God, this simplifies a lot of things for me.