Monthly Archives: January 2012

Super-Fast Spinach, Pesto and Cheese Lasagna

Yesterday I made Lasagna for the first time. Ever. It came out really good.

  • 3 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 10-ounce packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry
  • 1 7-ounce package prepared pesto
  • 4 cups bottled chunky pasta sauce
  • 12 no-boil lasagna noodles from one 8-ounce package
  • 2 cups grated Fontina cheese

Blend ricotta and Parmesan in medium bowl. Season cheeses with salt and pepper; stir in egg. Blend spinach and pesto in another medium bowl.
Brush 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish with oil. Spread 1 cup pasta sauce in prepared dish. Arrange 3 noodles side by side atop sauce. Spread 1 1/4 cups ricotta cheese mixture over in thin layer. Drop 1/3 of spinach mixture over by spoonfuls. Repeat layering with sauce, noodles, ricotta cheese mixture and spinach mixture 2 more times. Top with remaining 3 noodles and 1 cup sauce. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cover lasagna with foil. Bake 35 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with Fontina cheese. Bake lasagna until heated through, sauce bubbles and cheese on top is melted, about 15 minutes longer. Let stand 10 minutes.

Thank you Alexandra for inspiring me to cook once again.

Her First Formal Dance


Courtney went to the Winter Formal last week. A few of her friends spent the day at our house, primping and getting ready for their big night. They were giggling and having a fun time.

We snapped just this one picture before she went off for the evening. Courtney is blossoming into a very beautiful woman.

Look out, it’s a ….!


Last night Savannah was driving home after a movie and she hit a deer. The old Altima took a dent in the hood, Savannah got scared and the deer, let’s just say it didn’t end well there.

Some days it feels we’re living on the edge of disaster.

China and Most of the 7 Deadly Sins

Well, this is the world we are living in. … We can’t make these products in the United States. Nobody could afford to buy them if we did. … And, though we talk a good game about how we insist on workers being treated with dignity, blah blah blah, well, I mean, come on. … We know what goes on there. We know how they open your mail, and listen to your phone calls, and let their factories pollute like crazy and exploit workers, all in the name of progress. And we turn a blind eye to it…
We all know that there’s no fucking way in the world we should have microwave ovens and refrigerators and TV sets and everything else at the prices we’re paying for them. There’s no way we get all this stuff and everything is done fair and square and everyone gets treated right. No way. And don’t be confused — what we’re talking about here is our way of life. Our standard of living. You want to “fix things in China,” well, it’s gonna cost you. Because everything you own, it’s all done on the backs of millions of poor people whose lives are so awful you can’t even begin to imagine them, people who will do anything to get a life that is a tiny bit better than the shitty one they were born into, people who get exploited and treated like shit and, in the worst of all cases, pay with their lives.
You know that, and I know that. Okay? Let’s just be honest here. Just for a fucking minute, let’s all be honest.

Redneck Woman


Savannah gave me a few CD’s to rip into her iTunes collection. One of the albums is by country music artist Gretchen Wilson. Some of the songs on it are:

When I Think About Cheatin’, Homewrecker, The Bed, Here For The Party

and the aforementioned…

Redneck Woman

Where did I go wrong?

Chris Volbrecht Can Kiss My Ass


I’ve gotten a couple of disparaging comments recently on this blog. I traced the IPs. One post pointed back to an in-law.


I don’t deserve to take this abuse. Not from in-laws. Not from neighbors. Not from people who have nothing better to do with their time but gossip on the web. Do not fuck with me anymore. I’ve had it.

November 2, 2010. I’m at the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Evidence Room to retrieve my possessions that were seized under warrant five months earlier. The Deputy and I load up my car. He says that’s all he’s got for me. I’m still missing my cedar chest. The one that has all my kids photo albums in it. Vacation photos. Photos of our holidays, birthdays and special occasions. I hadn’t seen it since Janet died.

I ask him if they had my chest. He goes in and calls the Detective. The Detective says they have it. Oh god, I feel relief. He instructs the Deputy to release it to me. I learned that the Detectives never opened the chest. I learned that Chris Volbrecht had the chest, and that she gave it to the Detectives, and I quote, “for safekeeping”.

Chris Volbrecht lives next door to me.

I get home and unload the car. I move the chest into my bedroom and open the lid. On the top of the stack is the photo that you see on this post. It’s from my college days. Yeah, that’s me shooting the moon. Big deal.

Chris had gone through my chest of family photos. I felt supremely violated. She invaded my privacy. And that’s not all.

Chris posted this on

6/29/2010 at 4:17pm

…the investigation is still ongoing, while the coroner released the Body and has been flown back to Ohio for funeral services, this case is far from over and those kids are not safe if they return to the area with their father.
…Most of us while greiving (sic) over the loss of our dear friend, fear for those kids even if the father is found to have nothing to do with this.
His mental problems and verbal abuse alone have those children terrified of him.
My prayers go out to them, but we as Janet’s friends must step forward and do what we can to protect those children. Many of us have given statements to the police about what we have been told by Janet or have witnessed, so any of you out there that have knowledge about this- I urge your to report it to the lead investigator on this case. He already has many letters and statements so you will not be alone in your testimony nor will you have to fear that “he” will find out what you said and why.
Please do the right thing for these kids…please!

07/01/2010 at 9:39 pm

I am…making a plea for the childrens (sic) safety in this very sad and dangerous situation! The more of us who come forward – the better off the children will be- in this instance I don’t feel this is gossip for a blog- it is real and the children need to be protected from their father whether or not he did anything to Janet- if you knew what some of us know you would be reaching out in every way possible.

07/02/2010 at 12:50 pm

I will protect the kids from Ken anyway I can…I will stand by every word I have written here! Even if Ken was not the cause of Janets death- the kids are in danger of returning to California with their father.

Janet used to complain about Chris trimming the plants in our front yard. Janet wasn’t pleased Chris was intruding on our property. She remarked to me that Chris was a “snobbish rich bitch”. Janet was right about that.