Well, last Friday of April has arrived + the last weekend of April.
Monday is May 1st.
Does anyone remember (as a kid) picking some wild flowers or gathering *cough* neighbors’ garden flowers and placing the tiny bundle on a front porch – ringing the bell – and running?!
For a May Day surprise? I raise my hand.
We totally did it as kids. Cool memory.
PICTURE LINE UP:
HAPPY SIDEWALK ART I spotted on a walk. Thank you, artist, whoever you are. So wonderful!
ON THE SAME WALK – LOOKED UP and it felt like Heaven opened a window and said, Hello, to me. Hello, back!
LITTLE HANDMADE SIGN in a garden on another walk … true that! Ha
WHAT A CLEVER USEFUL TOOL Little pricey – but can totally see how it can be beneficial to young and old! Check it out here C-Pen
Dear Annie’s column is super worthy of a read. “Steven” wishing you the best!
Lil’ Pizza recipe assembly is easy, good and a lot of fun!
Playlist – is, well, music for your ears. Hope you have a little time to give it a listen.
Thank you so much for sliding by and giving us a read on this last Friday of April.
Appreciate one and all!
WHEN WAS THE MOST INAPPROPRIATE TIME YOU BURST OUT IN LAUGHTER?
BY ANNIE LANE
FACING OBSTACLES WHEN MAKING FRIENDS
How can my husband, “Steven,” make new friends in retirement? He is medically retired (blind) from work. He is a non-smoker and non-drinker. We are spiritual yet not religious. We don’t have children, and our extended families live on the other side of the state.
So, the usual recommendations are not working for him:
No. 1: Meet people at work. He has been retired for more than six years and does not have much in common with his old co-workers.
No. 2: Join a club. He is a non-smoking, non-drinking blind guy.
No. 3: Join a church. He tried multiple churches of different denominations. Our beliefs don’t match.
No. 4: Volunteer. Nobody wants a blind volunteer. He can’t drive, and our town is too small for public transportation. Taxis are expensive.
I am not a great resource because my work requires me to be gone for months at a time. He tries to come with me, but my graveyard shift requires him to be quiet during the day, when I am trying to sleep. He doesn’t know the areas that I’m assigned to, and sightseeing doesn’t quite work out for him.
He bakes for fun and shares the goodies with the hotel and housing staff and some of the other guests. He is on the spectrum, and by the time people get to know him, my assignment is over, and it’s time to leave.
He is in his 60s, and I am at a loss on what to do to help. I’m wracked with guilt about not being enough.
He needs someone to talk with, not just talk to. To paraphrase a wise woman, “Help me, Obi-Wan, you’re my only hope.” — Friends in Retirement
Dear Friends in Retirement:
Your husband sounds like a wonderful man. You spent the first half of your letter listing all the reasons that he can’t find friends. What about listing all the reasons that he can? He sounds like he has a wonderful talent: baking. He could always volunteer at a bakery or, even better, start his own and sell them. With an online presence, he could do really well, especially when buyers find out he is overcoming such a handicap. It will be all the more reason to buy his treats.
~ Send your questions for Annie Lane to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Next to the Taco Bell (*sigh* gone) on Grand Avenue in Billings, Montana, was a super popular eatery- “Lil’ Pizzas” (*sigh* gone) – at least it was with my family and friends and almost everyone in town.
It was mainly a drive-thru sort of thing.
Lil’ Pizzas were made to order, delicious, and “just-perfect-size” for lunch or maybe 2 for dinner.
Lil’ Pizzas are great for slumber parties, birthday parties and families-having- fun-together-time on a Friday or Saturday night.
Here’s my make at home version:
CHOICE OF INGREDIENTS
PEPPERONI * SLICED MUSHROOMS * SMALL DICED GREEN PEPPER * SMALL DICED ONION * COOKED ITALIAN SAUSAGE * COOKED HAMBURGER * QUARTERED SLICES OF CANADIAN BACON * SLICED BLACK OLIVES * DRAINED, CRUSHED, CANNED PINEAPPLE * SHREDDED MOZZARELLA
PREHEAT OVEN TO 350*
On individual large flour tortilla shells, brush on jarred pizza sauce or marinara sauce. Lightly layer choice of ingredients and sprinkle with mozzarella.
Place on a baking sheet.
When your Lil’ Pizzas have been assembled and on baking sheet, pop them in the oven and let bake until cheese is melted and ingredients are hot. About 8 – 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and let stand a couple minutes – until they are cool enough to handle.
Then roll up the Lil’ Pizzas like a burrito. Serve to smiling faces!