June 29, 2003

The Sights

I went into town yesterday. Chichester is cute but everything closed the minute I got there. I found these panoramas online.

I am staying four miles away, by the Marina

Cheers -- jk

Posted by John Kranz at 7:13 AM | Comments (3)


There is a footpath along the canal from Birdham to Chichester. I limped a mile or so down it and back again. It was a beautiful morning and this land lubber sure likes being by the water.

The canal is packed with wildlife. I saw a family of swans, with mommy eyeing me warily. I am told that all swans in England belong to the queen (It's good to be the queen...). There are also thin birds that run across the surface of the water. Every quarter mile or so, there is a 200 year old bridge or something.

Nice day -- still trying to borrow a camera, hang on!

Posted by John Kranz at 6:35 AM

June 28, 2003

cold silent treatment over

Skylark has finally forgiven me for sending jk away. She kept looking at me like, so what did you do to piss him off. I tried to explain to her that it's the new and improved jk. He works and travels and calls us to make sure we're behaving ourselves.

Jen came over and poof all is forgiven. I'm in Skylark's good graces again. She loves Jen. I love Jen.

We walked in the back again this morning. No bunnies, no balloons. Just a cute little Skylark and a Riza.

I talk to my mom everyday and Diane calls. So I'm not climbing the walls.

A couple of problems have come up.

1) I keep cooking for two even though I'm one. Skylark tries to help if I cook too much ham or beef but she's not much help with bacon or vegetables.

2) How much coffee is overdoing it? I'm used to making full pots of coffee so I have a bit left at the end of the day. I put it in the fridge. Hot weather is here. An iced coffee is perfect. But the question still remains: How much coffee is overdoing it?

Other than the two problems mentioned above, all seems to be running smoothly. Jk calls me everyday. I married a decent sort of dude. We’re good for another twenty years of wedded …

Posted by Riza Rivera at 8:05 AM | Comments (2)

June 27, 2003

Birdham, Chichester

That's where I am: right in West Sussex. The weather has been great and the sunset over the marina last night was suitable for framing. I went into Chichester yesterday to get some coffee (even though the tea is good) and was impressed. It is a cool small city. I would call it a town for its size, but it has a cathedral, ergo, it is a "city."

While it is small, it serves a large community so it has many shops.

I forgot my camera but William has promised to lend me one and I will try to get some pictures up. We worked 'till 3:30 this morning and I am up at six but I will try to get some pix up.

I am well and will be here until Friday, when I will likely fly to Dublin. I have never been to Ireland and look forward to that.

I look forward to seeing y'all as well - take care!

Posted by John Kranz at 11:50 PM | Comments (2)

morning walk

Skylark and I went for our morning walk. This week is sponsored by the letter "B". Yesterday it was a bunny and today it's a balloon. A beautiful hot air balloon.

Jen is coming over today. I can't wait to see her.

Maybe skylark is just mellowing out in her old age and likes spending most of the time downstairs on the couch. She doesn't seem depressed that jk isn't here. I worry too much about her.

Doughnut day today. I had coffee, bacon and eggs, water and my vitamin.
Skylark had dog food and ham, and treats because she's a good girl.


Posted by Riza Rivera at 8:43 AM | Comments (1)

Good Morning!

Slept very well, thank you. The gentle rain and rush of the canal are pretty conducive. And staying up for 4,350 hours doesn't hurt either. That's my buddy William's recipe for avoiding jet lag and I feel pretty good today.

I am staying in a lovely place. I forgot a camera but I'll see if I can get a picture or two up. The best part is the kindness of my hosts. I am treated like family by the family of my future boss.

I miss Skylark but have been adopted by the most affectionate two cats. Alfie is a purring machine who likes to be scratched and petted like a dog. Jenny is sweet as well. Maybe you better not tell Skylark about this, but they are helping out. (Riza: Alfie is all black.)

Take care -- I'll see you all soon!

Posted by John Kranz at 12:30 AM | Comments (1)

June 26, 2003

Made it!

Riza is right -- I am alive and well and staying in a VERY nice house that abuts the Marina on the southern shore of England.

I am trying to stay up late to get on a non-jet-lag schedule. So far I am okay, they're making me another cup of tea just in case.

I love you Riza and I can't wait to be home to see ever'body.


Posted by John Kranz at 11:31 AM | Comments (3)

jk Called.

jk called from England. He's staying at a semi-detached mansion for a couple of days. He can see the ocean. Lucky bloke. He survived the 8 hour flight. He sounds pretty good.

jk and Mike are both doing Atkins. Mike says it's hard, all those wonderful starches: Bangers and mash, spotted Dick (of what?), Scones, Scottish tea cakes. jkpacked lots of high protein bars.

It was nice to hear jk's voice. I couldn't believe that he's across the pond. He could have been down the street.

Later, Riza

Posted by Riza Rivera at 10:21 AM | Comments (1)

skylark the wonder dog

We had a rough night. Skylark didn't believe that jk isn't coming home for a couple of weeks. She finally went to bed. I spent a lot of time petting her and telling her we're fine.

We went for a walk in the green belt this morning at 6:30 am. jk , you're right it's beautiful but muddy. I'm using my old tevas so it doesn't matter if I walk in the mud. Skylark very nearly caught a bunny. You didn't say that they hang out right outside our fence. I yelled at her but I felt terrible after. I shouldn't get mad at her for doing what her breed was trained to do. I must admit she's fast but the bunny was faster but I can't say for sure, the bunny didn't have to drag around a human who is trying to drag her back. The things you see when you ain’t got your gun!

Mike called me last night. Wendy is thinking of moving to the other side of the pond if Mike does. They'll find out how hard it is to move a dog to England. Mike is thinking that if it's not so bad we might consider moving to the other side of the pond also. I never care where we live as long as it's together. So we'll see what side of the pond works best.

Planned activities: Craft, hang out with the wonder hound, keep checking my e-mails so I can send out mugs and stuff. Maybe I’ll pay bills.

Tomorrow’s activities: Could be the same with a visit from Jen.

Jk: I hope you had a nice flight. I know how hard long flights are for you, long legs and all. Mike promised me that he’ll keep you out of trouble. Maybe Mike is the wrong dude to ask. Drink!!! No girls!!! Arse!!!


Posted by Riza Rivera at 6:52 AM | Comments (1)

June 25, 2003


Skylark the night jk left for England.
We miss you!!

Love, Skylark & Riza

Posted by Riza Rivera at 7:22 PM

June 24, 2003

Barnes Reunion

jk and I had fun at the Barnes Reunion. We felt like family. Bob's kids and their spouses (girlfriends) are the nicest people. Drea is a Ya-Ya sister.

I'll be doing more trees to add to the Rivera/Kranz trees. I love doing it.

We cut the reunion short because jk is leaving for England tomorrow.


Posted by Riza Rivera at 2:10 PM


Kahlua recipe:

1 pot extra strong coffee (10 cups)
5 cups sugar
Some use a vanilla bean (slice it in half and chop it up (if you use a vanilla bean you have to age it for a month and then take the vanilla bits out)
Some use 8 ozs of vanilla extract. (You can drink this right away)
Lots of cheap vodka or a fifth of everclear.

Heat the coffee and the sugar until the sugar desolves. Let it cool down and add the vanilla and the alcohol.

I've used both the vanilla bean and the extract. I've used the vodka one and the everclear. Do what ever you want.

I love this Irish cream!!!

Irish Cream
1 can sweetened condensed milk
3 eggs
3 TBS chocolate syrup
2 1/2 TBS instant coffee
16 ozs non-dairy creamer
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
1 1/4 cup Brandy

1: Combine eggs, condensed milk, chocolate and coffee in a electric blender for 3 minutes.
2: add creamer, vanilla and almond extract and Brandy to mixture. Blend 12 minutes.

Posted by Riza Rivera at 2:02 PM

June 20, 2003

Genealogy forms

Family worksheet

Family worksheets. These ones are great.

I mix and match. I'll use one form from one site and the family worksheet from another.

Posted by Riza Rivera at 12:39 PM

Genealogy Forms

A great place to get free genealogy forms. I use them all the time.

Posted by Riza Rivera at 12:36 PM

June 18, 2003

jk is going to England

jk's going to England a day after we get back from the Barnes family reunion. He's going to be filling me in via this blog.

He worries about me. I'll be fine. I'll miss him like crazy but that 's good. Let there be spaces in your togetherness. An ocean apart is not so far. We have e-mail, we have a blog and we can say "Howdy" on the phone.

So this is the first entry on the two weeks that we'll be apart. We've never been apart this long in our marriage. Should be an adventure for both of us.

Everyday an adventure, some days more than others.


Posted by Riza Rivera at 5:33 PM

June 14, 2003

Taste of Louisville, CO

We went to the Taste of Louisville today. I bought a really cool tapestry backpack and a hip bag. I love them. They will last me a lifetime. A dude and his wife make them in Boulder. I talked to him and he helped me pick out the bags. The theme: sun, moon & stars ( jk calls me his sun, moon & stars).

We went to Druid's Arms tavern for lunch. I liked it. It reminded me of being in England.

Bob and Diane came over to see and take the Barnes family tree that I've been working on. My work is done.

We're going to do e-music. They have a very nice jazz collection.

'Nuff said!!

Posted by Riza Rivera at 5:54 PM | Comments (1)

June 13, 2003

Thanks Richard H. Kranz


GOLDEN RETRIEVER : The sun is shining, the day is young, we've got our
whole lives ahead of us, and you're inside worrying
about a stupid burned out bulb?

BORDER COLLIE : Just one. And then I'll replace any wiring that's not
to code.

DACHSHUND : You know I can't reach that stupid lamp!


LAB : Oh, me, me!!!! Pleeeeeeze let me change the light bulb! Can I?
I? Huh? Huh? Huh? Can I?

GERMAN SHEPHERD : I'll change it as soon as I've led these people from
the dark, check to make sure I haven't missed any, and
make just one more perimeter patrol to see that no one has tried to
advantage of the situation.

BEAGLE : Let the Border Collie do it. You can feed me while he's busy!

JACK RUSSELL TERRIER : I'll just pop it in while I'm bouncing off the
walls and furniture.

POODLE : I'll just blow in the Border Collie's ear and he'll do it. By
the time he finishes rewiring the house, my nails will be dry.

COCKER SPANIEL : Why change it? I can still pee on the carpet in the

DOBERMAN : While it's dark, I'm going to sleep on the couch.

BOXER : Who cares? I can still play with my squeaky toys in the

CHIHUAHUA : Yo quiero Taco Bulb.

IRISH WOLFHOUND : Can somebody else do it? I've got this hangover.....

POINTER : I see it, there it is, there it is, right there....

GREYHOUND : It isn't moving. Who cares?

AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD : First, I'll put all the light bulbs in a little

OLD ENGLISH SHEEP DOG : Light bulb? I'm sorry, but I don't see a light

HOUND DOG : ZZZZZZzzzzz.z.z.z..z..z..z...z

CATS : Dogs do not change light bulbs. People change light bulbs. So,
the question is: How long will it be before I can expect light?


Posted by Riza Rivera at 3:41 PM

June 12, 2003

Barnes Family Trees

I finished the Barnes family tree today. I still need to do the CD. jk has to print up the labels.

It was a labor of love. I started doing the trees a year and six months ago. The reunion is in a couple of weeks. jk and I are going. It's at Grand Lake, colorado.

Now I can work on my crafts.

Posted by Riza Rivera at 5:46 PM

June 11, 2003

Family Business

jk and my 20th anniversary is next month. My sisters are throwing us a party. It's so kind of them.

My niece, Katey is going to be in jr. olympics this month for volleyball. She's a killer on the court. You go girl.

Rika is training for a marathon in San Fran in October. She did the Boulder Bolder. Wow. Two thumbs up!!!

Kyler is going to soccer camp next month. She's driving. She and RJ are in High School.

Thoughts and prayers go out to Ann and Richard.

Posted by Riza Rivera at 12:47 PM | Comments (1)

June 9, 2003

Craft Women

Last month I went to visit my mom the day after her birthay. The Apartment where my mom and dad live had an open house. Mom wanted me to meet a friend of hers. Her friend had a stroke and is in a wheelchair. She has a PhD in physics. She paints wonderful watercolors and she crafts now. She really loves my mom. They give each other support.

I used to worry that when I got older I might have to give up some crafts. Maybe, maybe not. This one lady to the apartment had to give up woodwork but now she makes beautiful quilts.

I am always welcome in clubs of women who craft. We are not experts, we never claim to craft better than someone else. We just craft and learn more crafts from other crafters. We are crafters of all trades, masters on none.

These women inspire me. jk's Grandma Ashby inspired me. She was working on quilts up until the day she died. I inherited her quilts and some of her embroidery work. We are connected because we craft. jk's mom couldn't craft but she had an eye for crafts. She loved crafts as much as I do.

Later. I'm off to do more crafting.

Posted by Riza Rivera at 12:47 PM

June 8, 2003


Max Ehrmann's Desiderata. I love this bit of inspiration.

Posted by Riza Rivera at 6:35 PM

EST Graduate

jk and I are EST graduates. We did it right before we tied the knot.

The Truth doesn't mean anything. It just is.

In life, understanding is the booby prize.

Happiness is a function of accepting what is.

What did I get out of EST? I'm responsible for my life. I signed up for it. Why am I a conservative? I'm responsible for my life. I signed up for it. If I can make it, so can everyone else.

Posted by Riza Rivera at 6:24 PM

Journaling site

Here's a great journaling site. I enjoy journaling.

Posted by Riza Rivera at 6:15 PM

E-bay experience.

I did my first e-bay transaction. It was okay. My husband John (jk) thought that I'd get hooked on it. Nope. E-bay is not for a Riza. I'm an instant gratification kind of woman. Waiting a week to see if I won it and then getting into an almost bidding war 20 minutes before the deal is done just isn't my idea of fun. Finding a find is, so I'll probably do a few more deals.

I like Amazon. I sell my stuff and I buy new (or used) stuff on Amazon. Instant gratification. I know the beloved thing is mine the moment I put it into the cart. In a way I also have the delayed gratification thing happening because I have to wait for the thing to come in the mail if I buy from a vender or UPS if I buy from Amazon. I love to shop in the comfort of my own home not because I shop in my underpants but because I can take my dear sweet time and even enjoy a cup of coffee and some great jazz.

I like shopping on the web because I can't always get the craft things I need. I found some of the nicest tatting shuttles made by one of the tatting brothers. They both tat but one brother makes shuttles because his brother couldn't find a shuttle that he liked. (gr-8 shuttles, check out my links)

I'll let you know the end of the e-bay experience when my pentel 8 color pencils arrive at my door. I need them to design cross stitch patterns. There goes that crafting obsession again.

Later--- I'm off to do some tattin' N craftin'.

Posted by Riza Rivera at 12:57 PM | Comments (1)

Jimmie Spheeris

Here's a tribute to Jimmie Spheeris. I've been listening to his music since I was a senior in High School (1976-1977). I played his stuff for jk on our first date. I finally have his music on CD.

Posted by Riza Rivera at 9:41 AM

Silk Sarongs!!

silk sarongs. A bit of aloha on the main island.

Posted by Riza Rivera at 9:31 AM

Silk embroidery Floss

Here's a collection of silk embroidery floss. The prices are reasonable and they ship the products the same day or the day after you order. I was impressed.

Posted by Riza Rivera at 9:08 AM

New Blog

I'm using a new blog system.
I'm trying it out.
Pretty cool!!!

Posted by Riza Rivera at 7:11 AM | Comments (1)