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Cookie's Review of Starbucks Apple Crisp Macchiato

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I have been wanting to try the apple crisp macchiato from Starbucks but keep forgetting.  Today I went into Safeway & was going to get a mocha with blueberry flavoring- YUM!  A couple was at the counter ordering, so I was waiting for my turn.  I happened to glance up at the menu & noticed the apple crisp macchiato- so that's what I ordered.   I have to say I was not impressed.  It was okay, but not one of the best drinks I have had from Starbucks.  In fact, I didn't even finish it.  I really like mochas with blueberry flavoring and love pumpkin spice latte.  The sweet cream cold brew is pretty good too.  Pumpkin cold brew is okay too, but I like vanilla sweet cream better.  And don't even get me started on the lemon loaf- lol.  I can't get enough of those. So...if you were looking for something different to try, why not try one of my favorites?  

What Rabbits Eat, Why They Dig - And Other Handy Things To Know Before Getting A Bunny

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A lot of people think bunnies are cute and cuddly, and that they are.  But there are some pretty important things that a person needs to know before getting one.  Something that is really important to understand is they need ample space .  That may seem odd to some people, but bunnies love to run and hop.  They do not like being all cooped up anymore that we do. Bunnies are characters Bunnies also have very unique little personalities.  Some will like to sleep a lot.  Others like to have lots of toys.  One thing I noticed about my last three bunnies was they all loved to look at the water.  Any time I took the previous two that I had near the ocean they seemed mesmerized by it.  Kevin is the same way.  He loves looking at large bodies of water.  They also tend to throw tantrums- especially if you spoil them like I do.  One time, the bunny I had before Kevin did just that.  He wanted more hay & I wouldn't give him anymore so he picked up his water dish & threw it across the

Kevin Pays It Forward

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It is always nice to do something kind for someone else, and we often hear the expression " pay it forward ."  Some may wonder, though, how they can pay it forward.  A lot of times when we hear this expression the first thing that comes to mind is somehow helping someone out financially.  But that doesn't have to be the case.  It doesn't always take a bunch of money to show kind assistance to another person.  Sometimes, it doesn't take any at all. There are people all over the world who have a share in paying it forward.  It has been happening in restaurants and coffee shops all over the place.  It doesn't take much to help someone out and spread a little joy.  A little generosity can go a long way.  Kevin and I were able to do a little giving this week.  This isn't the first time we have participated in giving.  We do so on a regular basis- but this occasion was just a little more special- at least to us.

Hiking In Otis Johnson Park In Fort Bragg, California

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When I was living in Fort Bragg , California, I discovered a park when I was running around town one day.  I decided I wanted to investigate it, so one day one of my friends and I went to check it out.  It was a pretty cool little nature hike. Otis Johnson is the son of a man who played a major part in the establishment of Fort Bragg.  He took over the lumber mill his father had built when his father retired.  They owned a large portion of property in the town. There is a lot of natural beauty to explore in Fort Bragg.  There are oodles of hiking trails and miles of beach.  It is my favorite place in the world and I really miss it.  

Freedom Friday- Conquering All Challenges

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This little journey has definitely been an interesting experience.  I am discovering things about myself that I never would have imagined.  I knew it would be a process, but I never imagined I would learn that there are certain foods that I really need to avoid because my system just does not react well to them.   That's okay though- I am finding new foods that I thoroughly enjoy.  Just a couple of things I have incorporated into my diet are dried broad beans and chick peas.  I have always loved chick peas- or garbanzo beans- on my salads, but they are pretty good dried too.  Plus, you can get the broad beans and chick peas in different flavors- so, I don't really miss chips. I have rediscovered some of my old favorites too.  I love pickles and olives- both green and black.  I usually get the garlic stuphed green olives- so nummy.  I enjoy different types of nuts too- but not walnuts YUCK!  LOL.  And have you ever had Clamato?  YUM!!!  I especially like the picante Clamato.  An

There Is So Much To Do At The Old Faithful Geyser In Calistoga, California

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In 2016, I had the opportunity to visit the famous Old Faithful Geyser in California.  It was a pretty neat place to see.  Of course, it is sad that it has been so commercialized , but the attraction is in the middle of a beautiful park-like setting.  People often enjoy just sitting near the geyser as it bubbles and spurts almost constantly.  About every 15 to 30 minutes, it has a fairly large eruption.   Visitors are welcome to bring a snack or lunch and eat it in the picnic area.  There is even a picnic station that is stocked with picnic items such as blankets, games, and even doggie bowls.  Picnickers can munch away near the geyser or in a shaded area not far away.  After lunch, why not play a game of checkers or bocce?  Better yet, spend some time with the animals in the petting zoo. The museum tells all about the history of the area and various local natural elements.  You can learn how the geyser actually foretells earthquakes.  Spend the afternoon learning about geothermal syst

Freedom Friday- Three Months Into My Healthy Weight Journey

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So, I didn't make it to my 50-pound goal by the end of September- but that's okay because I know what happened.  For one thing, I just couldn't live without a wrap.  I love bread and had black bean wraps a couple of times.  Bread just doesn't work for me.  It's not that I can't have it ever, but if I do decide to eat it I just have to be okay with the fact that I will not loose any weight and might even gain a couple of pounds, which is actually what happened.  It's a pain that this is happening.  I'm not sure why my system does not process bread well anymore but that's just how things are.   Another thing that happened is there were a couple of days that I did not even get 1000 calories in.  This is really bizarre, but if I don't eat enough calories it's not good for me.  I have heard of this phenomenon before.  It's like your body locks onto the calories and goes into starvation mode because not enough food is coming in.  It's just

How Does Domestic Violence Affect You?

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Whether or not domestic violence affects you personally, someone you know may be dealing with it.  Some domestic violence situations are blatantly obvious, but that is not always the case.  You may know someone who is living with domestic violence and you are not even aware of it.  Some people are very good at disguising a situation in which some sort of abuse is occurring.  It is important to be aware of what may be going on with others because you quite possibly could save someone's life.  I am not condoning or promoting being a busybody, but there are signs you can look out for that may indicate that abuse is taking place. Can Domestic Violence Be Non-Physical? Abuse comes in many forms .  Often it is physical but not always.  Many abusers would never physically cause harm to another person.  However, they may act in a way that causes mental or emotional distress.  Statements may be made about the victim's appearance, speech, or behavior that are intended to demean or deva

Cookie Checks Out the Oakdale Cowboy Museum

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A few years ago, I was visiting with some friends in Oakdale, California, just before I started out on my nationwide tour.  While I was there, I ventured out to see what was in the quaint little town- about a half hour away from Modesto. I found a cute little museum in an amazing part of town.  The surroundings around the museum made me feel happy.  It is something I think everyone should see- but I know it is not possible for everyone to travel to the area, so I am delighted to share my pictures with you. The streets and sidewalks have been formed with cobblestone-type tiles to give the area a pleasant, historical atmosphere.  A plaque outside the museum tells of the history of the area, and a sculpture of a horse and rider mentally transports visitors back in time. The museum contains all kinds of artifacts that belonged to residents of long ago.  Many of the relics highlight the ranching history of the town.  Visitors can learn about the rodeo and why Oakdale has been referred to as