a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Which brew will I choose

I've been working on trying to use up our perishable food and opened food before our move. The moving company will move nonperishable food that is unopened (but will move spices that are opened, don't quite get that), so I've been going through the cupboards and the fridge and freezer and making meals around what we have to use up.

I did realize we had four coffees opened so I'm trying to use those up.  I've been having fun putting different combinations together, especially since I don't want just a pot of decaf (I do have to be awake to work LOL).  My favorite combination so far has been 2 scoops of French Vanilla, 1 French Roast, 1 Dark Roast, and 1 decaf.  I mainly just put one of decaf in every pot of coffee to make sure it gets used up.  So far my efforts are working; I have managed to use up the French Roast and the others are way on their way to be empty by the end of the month when we move.  If we should happen to run out of coffee before the move, we'll use K-cups.  We've been stock piling those when the local store does their $5 Fridays where you can get a box of 12 K-cups for $5. That's more reasonable to me than the $9.99 or more you might pay for 12 K-cups. (I sure like the convenience of it though).

We found a rental house in Prescott. Got approved and now have to send the deposit, the pet deposit, prorated 1st month's rent, etc. In the process of calling the utility companies to set up service.  Silly us, we never transferred the utilities here out of hubby's dad's name into our name but faithfully month after month year after year (4 years in January) have been paying the bills.  All of them are on Ebills and I pay them online through our checking account.  Called the gas and electric company yesterday to see if I could get a reference letter so we wouldn't have to put a deposit down for utilities in Prescott and was informed since the account was not in our name, we had to transfer it to our name and then it would be considered new service so they couldn't give us a reference letter, despite the fact we had been paying it for four years. I get it and I know it was our fault for not changing it over soon, but its interesting they took the money monthly not caring who it came from but now aren't willing to work with us that we had paid the bill.  Lesson learned.  Thankfully so far the electric company in Prescott doesn't need a deposit, they ran our credit and saw it was excellent (that was her words, not mine, but I know we have good credit). We'll see tomorrow when I call the gas company and the water company there if we will need to put deposits down or not.  I'm wise now; putting the utilities in both my name and hubby's and we are also changing over the other utilities here in our names too. 

Probably will move the week between Christmas and New Year's. 

Its weird the difference between there and here.  There in Prescott you pay tax on your rental house, on the rent monthly.  It is a 2% tax added on to the rent.  We never paid tax like that before unless there was a tax assigned here and it just got included in the rent and we didn't realize it was a tax. Now there's two amounts, rent plus rent with the 2% tax.

However, a dog license there is $6 a year, $30 here for 3 years. Driver's license there is $25 and it doesn't expire until you are 65 years old. You just have to go every 12 years to get a new picture and a vision test (this is for the state of Arizona). Driver's licenses here are $31 and last for 4 years. 

I'm sure we'll find a lot of other differences in the months ahead. Looking forward to it.

Monday, December 1, 2014

A decade old

I would be amiss

If I did not tell you this

But today Koda is 10

And what an adventure it has been.

Happy Birthday Koda!

Just some of the MASSIVE amount of pictures I've taken of him over the years. In random order of his age and some I know I've shared before.

Walking; something he always enjoyed doing. Still does, though slower these days.

Sitting in the hot August sun. He would do that at times.  Would worry me if he would get overheated, but he never did.


A pose he did a lot.

Showing off his dog's license after our move 3-1/2 years ago.

Walking by water's edge (not quite, but you get the idea).

Just content I think.

A young pup when we lived in Montana.  Notice he had some black still in his forehead area. He would lose all the black fur he had there and become the red headed tricolor corgi he is to this day.

Sleeping outside in front of son's door; waiting for an invitation into the bedroom.

Yes, we bought the couch to match him. (Seriously).

You guys know we got him from Alabama when we lived in Montana. He flew to us when he was 9 weeks old.  We got him from a breeder.  He cost $400 (this was back in February 2005).  It cost $250 to ship him to Montana.

Out of curiosity, I looked recently at corgi puppies available in Arizona where we are moving.  I saw a cute one, but not as cute as Koda, listed for $2150. 

I love Koda dearly, but I don't think I would have spent that much on him.

Would you spend that much for a dog?

Saturday, November 22, 2014


A lot of you, my faithful followers of my blog, have been with me at least for the last four years and weathered our somewhat disastrous move close to four years ago.  You knew how I did not want to move and all the problems associated with it.  It was an honorable thing to do for hubby to quit his job and move closer to his parents to help out in what would turn out to be their final year of their lives.  I went along with it, but my heart was never with the move and I have to say the first year at least was hard with things slowly but surely improving over time.

One thing that hubby could never establish was a steady base of guitar students to teach.  He needed a certain amount to make the money he needed to help cover expenses that my salary would not.  Although we didn't have a mortgage or rent, we of course had the other expenses of living, utilities, food, internet (necessity for my work), etc.  It wasn't that he wasn't a good teacher because he was, it was just the economy.  First thing when money gets tight are disposable things to go like music lessons, etc. 

Very soon after hubby realized the teaching was not going to accomplish what he needed money wise, he started looking for a job back in the field he had left.  He diligently searched for a job high and low literally. He signed up for lots of different job search sites, shifted through hundreds (literally) of emails daily from such sites and applied for pretty much everything and anything that would remotely be part of his former career.  In the almost four years he had done so, he sent in a multitude of applications and got a handful of responses and barely went on five interviews if I'm counting correctly. 

We weren't even picky where the job might be.  Our preference would be this area because of family and the gorgeous weather,  but we were realistic.  There were parts of the country that for various reasons we didn't want, but lets just say we were open to at least 40 of the 50 states.

We thought perhaps it was his age that was hindering his getting hired because he had tons of experience and glowing references.

I kept praying but I really wasn't sure he would ever work in his field again.  I knew God would meet our needs as he had so faithfully done over the years, but I wasn't sure how it would happen and we were even thinking of hubby taking early retirement next year when he would be eligible to do so.

Then, out of the blue, but that's how God seems to work; when things seem like they are hopeless or impossible, etc., something opened up.  A job he had applied for back in August.  Hadn't heard anything since then.  Pretty much had written it off.

Got a call for an interview.  They wanted him to come out by a certain date.  I had so happened arranged for that day off of work even before the call had come and the interview got arranged for that day so I could accompany hubby.  And that's where we went for our whirlwind car trip last weekend. 

While he interviewed, I drove around the town. (Thank God for GPS is all I can say).  I really enjoyed what I saw.

Hubby came away from the interview saying they really liked him.  But he had other interviews where they really liked him and then he never heard from them again. 

He was one of three interviewed. There was one before him, he in the middle, and the final one this past Monday.  Tuesday morning around 8:15 our time, his cell phone rang.  He didn't recognize the number and we were getting ready to shoot Koda (insulin shot) so he let it go to voice mail. 

When he picked up the call a bit later, it was from the facility he had interviewed with.

He called back.......

and you know what I'm about to say.....


he got offered the job......

not only did he get offered the job, but it was more of a salary than his previous job he had quit four years ago.....

substantially more.......

He told them he would talk it over with me, but he was pretty sure he would accept the job and would call them the next day.

Long story short, of course he called them the next day and accepted the job.

We are moving.  Yes, 13 moves in 26 years, but I guess that's how we roll.

Where you may ask?

Prescott, Arizona.  Its a city of over 40,000 at 5300 feet altitude.  It gets the changes of the season more than we do here in the San Diego area and gets some snow.  Cooler weather (I have to admit I will miss the 80 degrees in December days.....)

But hubby will soon be gainfully employed again (thank you Lord).

His first day is the first week of January 2015.

We get a generous moving allowance so more than likely we won't even have to pack ourselves but can have the moving company pack for us and move us (for that I'm grateful).

We are still in the planning stages of things but this I know:

1.  We will rent there.
2.  We will fix up the house here and rent it out through a property management company.
3.  Koda will go with us.
4.  We are in the same state where son lives, much closer to him than we are now.
5.  I will continue working where I'm working now. I can work anywhere as long as I have Internet.

I'm really excited about this move.  I think it will be a good one in so many ways.

I'm grateful to God for answered prayer in his timing.  I've learned a lot over these four years. 

I look forward to sharing our new adventures with you all.

My new blog header picture is from right in front of the courthouse there in Prescott.  Those are Arizona flags lined up.  I thought the bench would enjoy that view as we prepare for our move in the month ahead.

Monday, November 17, 2014

way too......

My weekend in words and pictures.

Way too long car trip on a whirlwind hubby and me took Thursday evening to Friday evening; 850 miles in 27 hours (including some downtime for meetings hubby needed to attend). 

Way too old to check into the hotel at 1:30 a.m. and be up at 7 a.m. the next morning.

Way too early, tree decorated where we went on whirlwind car trip. While hubby had his meetings, I had some time to look around the town and spotted this tree already up.  Too early in the season for me.

Way too much we are attached to technology. Having lunch in McDonald's, sign on wall "No loitering, limit your time to 60 minutes while you are consuming food." Got to admit, I did use their free WIFI (but only for 30 minutes).

Way too easy to forget where I would park the rental car when I stopped to do things.  Lots of silver small cars like what we had rented.  I had to really concentrate where I parked it to remember where to retrieve it. 

Way too exhausted.  We boarded Koda, though I know I said I don't like to board him. But he did fine at the vet. In fact every time he was taken out for a walk and walked through the reception area, he got a treat from the receptionists on duty.  But he was tired when we picked him up Saturday. I don't think he slept the whole time we were gone. He made up for it Saturday and Sunday.

Way too delicious. Dinner Sunday evening.

Creamy garlic chicken

Sauteed carrots and broccoli.

Leftover potatoes from last night.

Way too many calories I would imagine.

Way too short of a weekend.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Paula over at Smidgens, Snippets, and Bits nominated me for a Liebster Award.  Here's what I need to do:

1. Post 11 random facts about yourself.
2. Answer 11 questions asked by Paula.
3. Nominate bloggers with less than 200 followers to do the same.
4. Let those bloggers know that you chose them.

Here's the 11 random facts about me:

1.  I hate to move, but have moved 12 times in 26 years and might be moving again soon.
2.  I don't like to fly and if I never fly again, that would be okay with me.
3.  I love chocolate, milk chocolate Hershey the best.
4.  I don't like cold weather yet lived in Montana for 8 years and loved the time there.
5.  I work in a dying field (medical transcription), I just hope it stays alive for the next 9 years I want to work.
6.  I think sometimes people post a lot of personal things on their blogs, which is okay for them, but more than likely you'll never see a picture of me on my blog.
7.  You will see lots of pictures of Koda on my blog, he looks like every other tri colored red head corgi.
8.  I never had a cat but I threaten Koda upon his demise I'm going to get a cat.
9.  I don't like driving on the freeway yet I live somewhere where it is almost 95% necessary to get on the freeway to get any place; it is at times like this I'm glad I work at home.
10.  I love Jesus.
11.  I never thought I would enjoy having a tablet as much as I'm enjoying the tablet I inherited from son.

Here's the questions to answer as asked by Paula:

1. Why do you blog? I blog for the friendship and fellowship I have found online.  Working at home, I miss that social interaction.  I get it through blogging.

2. How did you chose the name of your blog? All my blogs previously to this one had things to do with corgi in it or something related to Koda in the name of the blog. One day taking a Sunday afternoon drive, I saw a bench overlooking the ocean with a wonderful view. I snapped a picture of it and then later the thought of a new blog with "A Bench With a View" took place.

3. What makes you laugh out loud?  Koda.  He never ceases to make us laugh in some way.

4. Are you a morning person or a night owl?  Morning person.

5. Favorite TV show and why?  I don't watch a lot of TV, but I have been known to get involved in some shows like American Idol, Hell's Kitchen, and Master Chef. I like the competition parts of them I would imagine.

6. What do you want to be when you grow up? A mother.

7. How do you cope when things are not going well in your life?  Cry. I firmly believe a good cry can be very soothing (and God stores all our tears). Also pray.

8. A Favorite quote?  A bible verse Jeremiah 32:27 "I am the Lord, the God of all mankind, is anything too hard for me?" and truly nothing is too hard or impossible for God.

9. Your favorite food to snack on when no one is around. Chocolate.

10. What is your favorite social media?  Blogger.

11. What is one destination that you dream of traveling to? Israel.

I'm going to cheat a bit and not nominate anyone else, but will leave 11 questions at the end and request if you have made it this far, that you answer one of the questions in the comment section below; thanks :)

1.  What is your favorite Christmas song?
2.  Pumpkin or pecan pie?
3.  Did you go to any of your high school reunions?
4.  What was the last book you read?
5.  Favorite day of the week and why?
6.  Have you ever been hunting?
7.  Facebook, friend or foe?
8.  Did you play board games as a child? What was your favorite one?
9.  Do you play the lottery?
10.  Cat or dog?
11.  Do you think Koda is the cutest corgi you've ever seen?

Thanks Paula for nominating me.

Monday, November 3, 2014

empty nest once again

The first time son moved out, he was 19 years old and clueless what it took to live on your own.  He lasted 3 months and moved back in with us.

The second time he moved out, it lasted just about a year.  He was a few years older and they could have, should have made it work, but they didn't, and in retrospect I'm glad they didn't.

So when he told us about 6 weeks ago his plan to move out by the end of October I wasn't sure it would all come together.

But it did. They packed up the truck Friday, Halloween, hit the road Saturday morning, got settled in a bit to their new place over this past weekend.

He got a job where they are moving.

She can transfer her job where they are moving.

For privacy sake, I won't say where they are moving, but it is within a day's drive of where we live.

Though likely we won't go and visit them unless we board Koda.

And we have mixed feelings about that.

Although he loves his car rides, he does fidget and I think this would be longer than he would like.

The first time son left, I cried for days.

The second time, just a few tears shed.

This time, a little more than a few tears shed, but they were mainly happy tears if one care shed happy tears, and I think one can.

Its a good move.  It doesn't seem like it should be a good move, but I think it is. A few months ago I told him "I think you are on a brink of something really good, I don't know what it is, but it is good." And then it happened.

I will miss him.

Yet it is good.

It is what our jobs are that we do.

Prepare them to leave.

He came back twice.

I don't think he'll come back this time.

And that's okay.

I just have to learn how to cook again for two.

And that is okay too.

Lord, please watch over him.

You always have, you always will.

That's good enough for me.

And so he moved.

Changing of location.

Cliff hanger revealed.

Yet who knows, maybe there's another move in store.

Stay tune......

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

he never....

....ceases to amaze me where he will wedge himself.

He got a clean bill of health from the vet today.

He only had to wear the cone of shame for one night.  He seemed to catch on and stopped scratching the next day.  Hubby tied a little bandana around his neck the next day after the cone of shame and that helped him not to scratch. He's healing up pretty well.

Remember when I said the cliff hanger about a month ago?  I promise, an update soon.  If not this weekend, then next Monday.  Things are coming together, they just aren't quite there yet.  Hang in there.

In the meantime, is anyone else other than me dreading the time change this weekend? I love the extra hour of sleep, but not the early hours of darkness.