A Day Without Coffee????

weight-watchers-caribou-coffeeIt is no secret that I love(d) my Caribou coffee, however, since moving to Texas they don’t have them down here so I’ve had to settle for Starbucks. I say settle, but I’ve come to love their coffee too, and they can literally make the same coffee’s that Caribou can make…!  They are NOT better than Caribou, but they are still really good.


I use the K cups for my Keurig coffee pot and noticed yesterday that I was out of coffee….OH NO!!!  My local grocery store carries the Starbucks K cups which makes it easy for me. So I stopped by the grocers to pick some up and…..OH NO!! again, they were out of my decaf! I didn’t start to panic because there were a couple other options…GO TO STARBUCKS! So I get the my favorite Starbucks and….OH NO!! not again…they were out of decaf. Ok, now I just might be panicking a little bit…but there were still options.  I went to my second favorite Starbucks….Yayyy!!! they had my decaf…BUT….because it was Mother’s Day and they had a BOGO for Oprah’s Chai tea..(yuk) there was literally 25 people waiting in line for coffee, not to mention the drive thru was backed up for a block and a half…you guessed it, I left without my coffee  😦  and NOW I’m in a panic. “on a side note” when you have a stent in, standing for long periods of time is not an option! I get into the car and explain to my husband what had just happened again and he said…”What about Target”….YES!!! they have Starbucks and it was in the same parking lot…..

Now, Here’s the REST of the story and you aren’t even going to believe it….

I get into Target to the Starbucks and there is NO line at all, I walk up to the counter and ask for my favorite decaf K cups…WHAT? You don’t carry them? NOOOOOOOO!!!  I couldn’t say anything, I just walked away. I decided that coffee of any kind was better than NO coffee at all, so I headed towards the grocery section of Target. On the way I spotted the Keurig coffee pots, they always have the K cups there.  Yup, you’re right, NO decaf….no biggie, I was on my way to the grocery section anyway. I get to the coffee isle and you won’t even believe what I saw….boxes upon boxes of DECAF Starbucks coffee….WHAT? AND it was on sale. I was so excited I almost cried, I bought TWO boxes! I am good to go for a while 🙂 Oh and yes, I got my Iced Caramel Macchiato DECAF while I was there 🙂

I guess there is a moral to this story as well….NEVER give up!!

Have a blessed day everyone and enjoy your coffee

JT “Portable Quarry”

Happy Mother’s Day To all the Mom’s AND Dads!



How to Love Your Mother

Read | 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

As children, we showed Mom love with hugs, drawings, and cuddles. But now that we’re adults, some of us are uncertain how to demonstrate love to her. At times this is because the relationship is challenging: Meeting her needs as she ages can be emotionally draining and time-consuming. Or perhaps resentment over experiences of conflict, mistreatment, or rejection in childhood have created a barrier.

Yet despite past histories and present challenges, we cannot ignore the Bible’s command to honor our parents (Eph. 6:2). Let me suggest four ways to respect and love your mother regardless of what has happened in your relationship.

1. Love her patiently. There are no perfect mothers. We all make mistakes and carry emotional baggage that shapes our actions and responses. Just consider how patiently God deals with you, and do the same with your mom.

2. Treat her kindly. Rudeness only reveals our own imperfections and does nothing to benefit Mom or improve your relationship with her.

3. Act unselfishly. We are called to follow Christ’s example of selfless service instead of seeking convenience or our own comfort.

4. Remember that love requires forgiveness. Holding a grudge not only poisons us; it also prevents a good relationship from developing.

I truly hope you all have a very blessed and awesome Mother’s Day

JT  a/k/a “Portable Quarry”

Good Morning


Hello everyone, yes, my hiatus was a long one. Many many things have happened since I last posted, numerous kidney stone surgeries and a big move to Texas. We’ve been here in Texas for a year now and I think I’m finally getting settled in. Do I like it here? The jury is still out on that one. I do, however, like the weather. IT DOESN’T SNOW HERE at least it better not…everyone who knows me know how I hate that fluffy white crap. It was an excruciating move, as we hired what we thought was a reputable company to move our belongings and what a mess that was and a lot of our stuff didn’t even make the trip. We drove down in the car with our 3 Brat Terrorists, one of whom cried and whined the whole way down. We kept giving him benadryl (as suggested by the Vet) to calm him down, but that didn’t really work very well. Emma and Lilly did ok, but Frosty was a basket case, I think he needs therapy. Absolutely HATES being in a vehicle. After arriving down here we stayed in a camper for a couple months until we found a house, that was fun :-)…NOT!!  I love camping but not with 3 dogs. Got settled into the house and then “BAM” the kidney stones started and has been going strong ever since with only a month in between bouts. I was extremely nervous to have surgery down here since I was not familiar with any of the Doctors here, well I found a really good DR and the first time I had surgery, I was sent to a surgery center in a strip mall….WHAT?  I was shocked, scared and flabbergasted that this was where I was having surgery instead of a hospital. Have surgery, wake up and go next door for lunch…YIKES!!  All went well, and it seemed almost like a hospital, but they did do things a little differently than what I was previously accustomed to. Not really sure why they don’t do the surgeries in a regular hospital and have never asked, guess I’m afraid of the answer…lol

So last Friday I had emergency kidney stone surgery, a stent placed and was sent home. The next day my husband came down with a horrific cold, I thought “uh oh I know what that means” and sure enough a day later I came down with it too. We both went to the Dr yesterday and were told we both had a severe case of bronchitis….yippeeee!!   So we both got a bunch of drugs and hopefully they will start working soon. Coughing with a stent in is well how should I say this….THE PITS!!  All in all my frame of mind is really good, I just think they should put me on the surgery schedule each week, then I’ll have a standing spot…lol  I still have some stones in my right kidney that will eventually give me fits, unless when I go in to have this stent removed they can go and get them.  It just amazes me that with all the technology in the health field that they can’t figure out why we create these and try to find a way to avoid them. As stated in my author bio, I just have bad gene’s that causes them…and just have to live with it.  And you know….it could be a lot worse!

I’ll close for now, but I will be back posting on a regular basis again, stones or no stones…

Have a blessed day

JT  a/k/a “The portable quarry”





August | 2012 | Traveller Chris

August | 2012 | Traveller Chris.

This is an amazing and a must see blog, it takes me to places I have only dreamed about.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

I’m Thankful for……

Thanksgiving is the appointed time
for focusing on the good in our lives.
In each of our days,
we can find small blessings,
but too often we overlook them,
choosing instead to spend our time
paying attention to problems.
We give our energy
to those who cause us trouble
instead of those who bring peace.
Starting now,
let’s be on the lookout
for the bits of pleasure in each hour,
and appreciate the people who
bring love and light to everyone
who is blessed to know them.

Happy Thanksgiving!

By Joanna Fuchs

Off We Go…


Just want to let all my fans know (which is 0 at the moment lol) that we are moving to a new house this weekend, so my posting time is very limited unfortunately.  I still have some packing to do and so forth.

I’ve almost convinced myself that I’m a aspiring hoarder, not really, but when I go through things, it’s like why do I keep this stuff, it just blows my mind.  So for this move I have literally gotten rid of a ton of stuff, actually donated it to the Disabled Vets.  My problem is when I’m out at flea markets or garage sales I look at something and go…”I can use this”, and then I never do, so I’m pretty much done with that.  Unless I find something I just can’t live without and can find a legitimate reason for it’s use, but from here on out it has to be something really special that I just absolutely can’t live without, not even sure at this point if there is such an item…

I’ve pretty much decided that my next move is going to be in with my kids (oh dear) or a nursing home, I so dislike moving.  It’s not that I have to do the actual moving, but I have to sort things out, then pack it all and when I say “all” I mean just that, for some reason I seem to be the only one that knows how to pack a box.

I’m actually pretty good at packing boxes though, we moved a lot when I was a kid, seems like my Mom moved every time the house got dirty.  Personally I’d rather stay in one place and clean as opposed to moving.  I think, however, moving is harder on my dogs than it is on me, I don’t have to sniff around the yard for an hour to find a potty spot that’s all mine.  They will be very clingy for a few days, but they already are sort of, they follow me everywhere.  My favorite time of the day is Doggy Nap Time, for two hours in the afternoon I am totally left alone, of course I don’t dare move out of my chair because one of them takes her nap beside me in the chair, but that’s ok, I’m thinking that’s going to be good blogging time.

Of course when I find out I’m moving I look for the closest coffee shops in the area, oh and Chinese Food places, my two vices, I’m in luck, there are several in the area I’m moving to, I’m so excited.

So, I will try and get back to blogging as soon as I can and of course if I find some time before the move I will post.

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day.


Baby It’s Cold Outside

Ok, I woke up this morning and looked out the window already knowing it was freezing cold outside because I had my window opened a crack all night….Lo and behold (not to my surprise) there was a coating of the fluffy white crap on the ground, ANYONE that knows me knows that I absolutely hate snow and cold….I have said and always will say “I like my clothes, I just can’t see wearing them all at once”.   Really, it should be illegal to live in Minnesota during the Winter.  The Summers here are ok, however, last Summer was unusually hot, but at least I only had two pieces of clothing on at one time.

So, since it’s freezing cold outside and there’s a dusting (too much) snow on the ground I decided it would be a good day for soup.

Here is my rendition of Olive Gardens “Zuppa Toscana”…I love, love, love this soup, it’s definitely a comfort food and will fill you up…Enjoy!

Zuppa Toscana

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound mild Italian sausage
1/3 pound of bacon, diced
1 large onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 quart  chicken stock
1 cup heavy cream

1 tsp Red pepper flakes (optional)
1 pound Russet potatoes (2 large), cut into 1-inch chunks
1 small bunch kale (or Swiss chard), torn or chopped
Fresh ground black pepper


1. Heat oil in large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Remove sausage from casings and saute in the oil, using a wooden spoon to break up into small chunks. Drain excess fat and set aside.

2. In the same pot, saute bacon, onions and garlic over medium high heat for approximately 10 minutes, or until the onions are soft. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until soft, about 20 minutes. Pour in heavy cream and cook until thoroughly heated. Stir in the sausage and kale. Top with fresh ground pepper, if desired. Optional topping, grated parm cheese.  ENJOY!



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