Las Madres '80 East

back to school

1st    Chris Tsafos
2nd  Tina Cuneo
4th   Ginny Gomez
         Lou D'Agosta
8th   Denise Heinrichsen
10th Greg Wilson
        Bruce Kranak

15th Michael Cuneo
17th Robin Nevoli
        Rich Claverie
19th Darren Heinrichsen
25th Leah Verhoeven
        Cathie Martinez
27th Doug Eastman
28th Cathy Hennig

Month of September
Saturday Coffees

9 am
LeBou at San Felipe/Yerba Buena
Contact: Randi
September 4
Las Madres 30th-ish Reunion

10 am - 3 pm
  Alum Rock Park
Contact: Kacey
September 15
Annual Bocce Ball "Meeting"

6:30 pm
  Fowler Creek Park
RSVP: Sally
September 17
Coffee Field Trip

9 am
  Panera at the Plant
Contact: Randi
November 4-6
Fall Fling
Half Moon Bay
Contact: Randi

September Meeting
When: Thursday, September 15, 7:15pm
Where: Fowler Creek Park
What: Our Annual Bocce Ball & Dinner

Please join us for the third (fourth?) annual BOCCE/DINNER at Fowler Creek Park, on Fowler Road at Cortona Dr., San Jose, CA 95109.(near Matsumoto and Chaboya schools)
We start promptly at 6:30PM, to get the play in before it is dark.  Eat first at home or bring some take out to munch between your turns. Bring a jacket.  After, we will go for hot tea and dessert locally. Sally will provide one bocce set, please bring your set for the second court.
No previous experience with bocce needed, the newbies usually win!

RSVP to Sally

Bunco Nite Recap.....Robin
What a great evening 12 couples had at our annual "Bunco" nite.  The weather was perfect and the good times and life long friends was even better.  Thanks for all the help in getting this evening pulled off.  Let's make sure we put this on the calendar again for next year.
But some people had to win:
Most Wins by an Individual was split between Gary Gerlinger and Don Pitcher
Most Losses by an Individual was Sharon Simmons with 19
Most Buncos was Randi Heinrichson with 5
Highest Individual Points was Shirley D'Agosta with 514
Least Individual Points was Sue Butler with 239
Highest Combined Points for a Couple goes to Shirley and Lou with 969
Couples Most Wins goes to Don and Cindy Pitcher with 29
Most Wipeouts was split between Ginny Gomez and Bill Simmons with 5 each
Middle of the Road score went to Jim Cuneo

LM Fall Fling
We decided to go to Half Moon Bay for the weekend of November 4-6.  Deposit checks for $25 have been received from the following people:  Shirley, Randi, Janis, Vicki, Sue Ballard, Merrilee, and Mary Ryan.
If you plan on going, contact......Randi and send your check to Sue Ballard

Napa Holiday Tour
$55.00 per person December 3, 2011
Butler's will be staying at the Embassy Suites again this year for Sat. and Sun. nights.
Check out the website to see the B&B's, and food and wineries that will be served.

More Missouri Musings
    Where did August go? Life in Missouri has flown by but looking back I guess we progressed quite a bit. Our house is coming along and as of yesterday the roofer is almost finished putting composite shingles on, and all the soffits are enclosed. This was new for me. When you look up at the eaves you can not see the 2x4s. Windows and exterior doors are in and the deck is completely framed. It is beginning to feel like a house now- except Walt continues to walk "through" the walls instead of staying on the path. We have met with the plumber and electrician and they have begun their work. We have met with the cabinet maker and the tile guy, the carpets and wood flooring are chosen. Tomorrow is a trip to Springfield to confirm all the appliances and lighting. It takes about 40 minutes to get to Springfield which is about as long as going across town in San Jose but because it is wide open territory, I feel like it is a long trip. We have gone twice this week. The highways are not bumper to bumper and it is all stacked stone bluffs and green hills so it is a beautiful drive. It is amazing how we can spend an entire day making choices. So far the plumbing has been the hardest task I feel like I have a masters degree in toilets and faucets with a new appreciation for ADA requirements, sani-gloss flush, rough-in, valves, soft close seats. All this time I thought all toilet flushed and all faucets were equal.
    Life is not all "house"- we did have time to see family. Greg and the girls made a surprise visit to my birthday dinner. We met the McElligotts from San Jose for lunch. They relocated years back to a community outside St Louis. I went to the movies with ten gals to see "The Help". Great movie and nice to meet some new faces but it just isn't quite like the gals of Las Madres. I also joined a book club in my new neighborhood.
    Walt and I go out in the boat "exploring" the lake as often as we can. The water is still quite warm so we plunge in to cool off. It is hard to ski with only two of us so it is nice to take company along at times to keep us legal.
    I am applying at the school district as a sub. Thought it would be a good way to meet new people and not be committed to working if there was anything fun going on. Besides after I teased all you girls for you "school talk", I decided to jump in to the education system. The schools here have a good reputation so we will see. Classrooms are at 20 I do know that and lots of kids ride the busses. Everyone shows up for Friday night football at the high schools. We have missed the first two games because we went to the free concerts on the Branson Landing river walk. (Guess only Sharon knows about Branson Landing and the dancing fountains.)
    I hope the Reunion coming up is a big success and there will be photos to share. Trevor will represent us on his whirlwind trip to CA for the weekend. We will see Trevor for a week in October on another of his travels back from New Orleans via Branson.
    Below is a link to some of the construction zone. Once there click on the "My Gallery" tab in the top left and hopefully you will see three groups of shots.

Miss you guys......Joan

Saturday Coffee Clatches Continue
We meet every Saturday morning at 9 am at Le Boulanger at San Felipe and Yerba Buena.  There is a Starbucks across from it if you need something "special" to go with your bagel or pastry.   For our away coffee on September 17th, we will go to Panera at the Plant.

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DID YOU KNOW? monkey

Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store.
If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.
cheeseStore your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil.
It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!

pepperPeppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating.
Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef.  It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.

                   eggsTo really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream; then beat them.

onionAdd garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.
pizzaReheat Pizza
Heat leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove; set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the food channel and it really works.

eggsPut cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal; mash till they are all broken up.  Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy; squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done - easy clean up. 

Reheating refrigerated bread biscuit
To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave next to a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster. 

 newspaperNewspaper weeds away
Start putting torn newspaper in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers, put layers around the plants, overlapping as you go; cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic; they will not get through wet newspapers.

Broken Glass broken glass

Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can't see easily.

vacuumFlexible vacuum
To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.

Reducing Static Cling
Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and ... Ta DA! .. Static is gone.

Measuring Cups
Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup. Next, add your ingredient (peanut butter, honey, etc.) and watch how easily it comes right out.

Foggy Windshieldwindshield
Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!
 envelopeReopening envelope
If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals easily.

Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like when you tried it in your hair.

potGoodbye Fruit Flies
To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2 with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

Get Rid of Antsants
Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it 'home,' can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!


The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things around the house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load of clothes.) He took the filter over to the sink and ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material . I'm sure you know what your dryer's lint filter looks like. Well .... the hot water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn't go through it at all! He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh - that's what burns out the heating unit.

You can't SEE the film, but it's there. It's what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free. You know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box ... well this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen. This is also what causes dryer units to potentially burn your house down with it! He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out and wash it with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush at least every six months.

He said that increases the life of the dryer at least twice as long! How about that!

Learn something new every day! I certainly didn't know dryer sheets would do that. So, I thought I'd share!

Note: I went to my dryer and tested my screen by running water on it. The water ran through a little bit but mostly collected all the water in the mesh screen. I washed it with warm soapy water and a nylon brush and I had it done in 30 seconds. Then when I rinsed it ... the water ran right thru the screen! There wasn't any puddling at all! That repairman knew what he was talking about!

welcome back

Nude Clock
This is extremely clever and it does actually work, in BOTH formats!!!!
And it's actually on YOUR correct time.

Click anywhere in the clock and it becomes digital, another click and it returns to normal.

President - Merrilee Claverie
Treasurer - Sue Ballard
Newsletter & Webmaster - Ginny Gomez
Coffee Coordinator - Randi Heinrichsen
Executive Committee - Randi Heinrichsen, Joan Wilson and Sally Brooks-Schulke ???