I'm not a great cook. I'm not a picky eater, but I prefer simple foods, therefore I only cook simple dishes. Also, I do not cook a lot of meat dishes. So at family events I often contribute appetizers or desserts. This weekend we have four events to attend. I will be making cookies, apple pies, deviled eggs, pickle platter, veggie platter, dip, more cookies, million dollar salad, and pozole. I also ordered tamales. We joke around that I don't so much "cook" as "assemble". Nevertheless, all my dishes come back empty. And no one ever complains that there's not enough....more


I grew up in a small close-knit community. I have a large extended family. I was surrounded by love and good wishes, yet I couldn't wait to go away to college.. I left home at seventeen and between college, marriage, grad school, and work, I lived two to twenty hours away from "home". Of course I still visited a lot, but it wasn't the same as having aunts and cousins just a few blocks away. When my husband and I moved back here eight years ago, I really didn't expect that we would stay this long. I thought we would miss "big city living" and move within a year or two....more

the foosball

I know just enough about football to follow a game and care only enough to sit through two per year. The Super Bowl is an event because my husband loves it so much and I love to see him enjoying it so I watch, too. Well, I sit in the same room and catch up on magazines and crafting in between glances at the TV and watching the good commercials. The other is the Big Game between my alma mater and our main football rival. Most years it isn't televised so we go to parties where the game is telecast and we get to hang out with friends....more

I'm back

Had to take little blog-cation, but I'm back now. Belén blogs at and tweets at

first mammogram

I was nervous. The tech said she could tell it was my first by the expression on my face. At the time all I could do was smile. Now I wish I had asked her to take my picture. Just for kicks. It wasn't nearly as bad as I had feared. It didn't hurt at all, though it wasn't the most comfortable ten minutes. I was cold and I just wanted to get it over with so I could put on my deodorant. She didn't take any "extra" x-rays so I'm hoping that means everything looks fine.  ...more

Family night

I have a large extended family with lots of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Many of them live in the same county, so most major holidays are huge family parties. Last night was my cousin's birthday party so I saw a lot of them then, but tonight I got to spend the evening just visiting with my aunts while the uncles and my husband watched boxing. It was really nice. Caught up on family news news and made plans for future gatherings....more

the blogging habit

I find myself thinking about blogging a lot during the day. I notice something and I think "That would make a good blog post." So far I've been using my Notes app to write myself little reminders. I would love to be able to post to my blog via text message. I have to ask my husband if there's a way to do that. Belén blogs at and tweets at


Where's my post for Nov 8th? I know I've been posting every day. Argh. Belén blogs at and tweets at

The Santa Ana Winds

"There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands' necks. Anything can happen....more


Why are so many robes for women made only in pastel shades? I need a new robe and I want something very specific this time. I've been everywhere and online and I can't find the right one. Some come close enough, but then they only come in pastels and I want a dark color. Frustrated. Belén blogs at and tweets at