Living in the Present

The present is best, and it only lasts a fraction of time.
The past can be a weird load of terror and trivia, and the future is amorphous.
I'll take the Present.

~❤️~"The Heart Hath it's Own Memory"~❤️~
William Wadsworth Longfellow

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sunday Stealing: Friday Questions...where in I get mouthy

Welcome back to Sunday Stealing which originated on the WTIT Blog with Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. You may have heard the expression, “honor among thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we try to credit the blog that we stole it from, if possible. We also provide a link to the victim's questions in our "Previous Victims" widget. (It's our way of saying "Thanks!") Sometimes we edit the original meme, to make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our players, to select the best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from recently asked questions from a previously post.
Cheers to all of us thieves!

Kim is a vegan architect and runner from a Chicago suburb.
She posts a question every Friday at ilaxstudio.  I collected a bunch of her Friday questions.

~♥~Thank you Bev for hunting down a new MEME every week! ~♥~ 

And if you would like to see other responses or join in to the MEME, Go HERE

I got a little nostalgic this week  

1. Have you ever tried to learn (or re-learn) a foreign language as an adult? Which one? What worked for you?
I'm trying now with both French and Spanish.  I just try to think in either of them.  Not at the same time, mind you.  
But I have my french primers that I used as a child and I'm using them.  
Spanish was learned later, and I retained more of it.  I could talk to my Grandmother a little most of the time.  My cousins made fun of me but my Grandma didn't.    

I learned to speak French when I was a toddler.  My dad taught me before he went totally insane.  That is one legacy I have from him, that I can learn languages with ease.  Elle spoke Spanish very well.  She was fluent.  I was looking forward to having her to refresh mine.  But, Life put it's big foot on that...

2. Do you donate blood? Do you know your blood type?
No I don't donate blood, and yes, I know my blood type. If it were a rare type, I would donate every month, as our amazing soccer-playing friend did.

3. Have you ever been in a play or musical?
School productions. It was fun to do at the time.  But life got less carefree after 6th grade, which used to be the first year of junior high.

4. Do you use certain text or ring tones for specific people? Who gets their own? Or do you just use the default on your phone?
Yes, I use all different ones for each person, anyone I know more than just in passing... and one, a raucous, obnoxious one, for unknowns.  Friends and family tones bring a smile to my face when I hear them on my phone, or even emanating from someone else's phone or from a phone in a movie.

5. When did you get your first digital camera? Do you still shoot on actual film, or all digital now?
I got my first digital, a Riccoh, in 1990.  I used it and my Fujica 35 mm.  It EATS Batteries.
I don't use the analog Fujica at all anymore, and I mourn the loss of my wonderful lenses.  I've seen a conversion kit but it looks very dreadful.  It's not something I want to try using on my precious film camera.  I'm all digital now, using my Canon PowerShot S3IS.  I long for a newer one but cripes, I'm 75 years old!  If I were young, I'd take classes in Dark Room construction, and film developing.  Film isn't dead yet, it's only sleeping.  

And I'd still get a kick a** refurbed EOS Rebel Canon digital or something,  with an additional 500mm lens.... just because....  

6. What do you think someone else would say the most daring thing you’ve done is? 
Other than the School thing, I've never done anything else that is extraordinary.

7. Do you talk with your hands?
A little.  I think other people would to if they hadn't been hammered on not to.  Hands are very expressive.  Actors and Dancers can express so much with just a hand movement.  Gangsta's know this, too.

8. Do you have a lucky number? What is it, and what is the story behind it?
I have two, 13 and 37.  It's because of the book of changes.  Those are hexagrams in The Book of Changes, concerning Fellowship and a woman, respectively.  It's too hard to explain in a few words.  But if you know me, and you read them, you will understand.

9. What kind of milk did you drink, growing up? And now?
We drank both powdered milk and canned milk and goat's milk.  Sometimes our milk was mixed very thin.  But, we made it, and if we hadn't had such a useless father, I think we could have all been happy.  We couldn't afford to keep a cow.  Now I don't drink milk at all.

10. What is your favorite kind of pie?
Well my friends. I really never met a pie I didn't like.  I like them all but would probably never eat a game pie.  I don't like hunting for the sake of killing something.  I will be glad to be done with that part of a human beings existence.  My grandpa fished and hunted and we ate everything he got out of necessity - the war and all.  There were many mouths to feed, and game meat was free, more or less.  I don't understand shooting a dove and ripping off the breast and just eating that.  Just throwing away the rest of that little life.....   

11. Are you a note taker?
I am now!  But only Just... I really do try to remember, and some days I'm better at it than others.  I float away a lot anymore.  I'm told it happens.....I'm good with it.  It's a comfort.  I think I'd like to be UP all day sometimes.. It's a rest....
I would link this image but it has an obnoxious political ad in it...
I'm so through with that shlock

12. Do you have an eclectic mug collection, or is your stuff all matchy matchy?
Eclectic.  I see, I like, I buy one.  Some come from potters at Farmer's Markets.  But that mug buying is now in the past, though there is one I'm planning to buy from Pistachio's collection.  I love that little bird.  Instagram readers will know about tiny Pistachio. 

13. Do you have a junk drawer in your house/garage/at work/wherever?
I have three junk drawers.  There are two in the kitchen, but they aren't junky.  I have one in my sewing room that's a little junky.  String and such.  pins, etc. 

14. What is the longest amount of time you’ve worked at one job – and what was/is it?
I worked approximately 9 years as a carpenter, starting at the ground up when I was 11.  By the time I quit I was putting in windows and hanging doors as a finish carpenter.  I still have a love affair with all things wooden.  I am so in LOVE with wood.

15. How old were you when you took your first commercial flight? To where did you fly?
It was in the mid eighties.  I was 40 or so.. ???  It was to Colorado. I'll  tell you a story of my life experiences....
My mother was almost on a flight that crashed and killed everyone aboard.  She had the ticket; she was going home to Ohio to see her dying mother.  My paternal unit and his drunken buddy ran a car straight into a brick wall the night before she was to go.  He was hospitalized, and she cancelled the flight. This incident left me with a very spooky feeling about airliners.  I was 10. 

Years later, when I was 19, I still wanted to fly fighter jets.  It was a no go for women in those days.  (1961) I told the Air Force test givers (or what ever they were called) who wanted me to join because of my high scores, that I wanted to fly fighters.  They tried to talk me into joining anyway.  I  told them it was the only thing I was interested in.  After that, there weren't many opportunities, or the money for Airplane tickets.  Until I flew out to Colorado to spend a weekend with my hubby who was in school for the company he worked for.  We saw Leadville, which is a little mining town in the Sangre De Cristo Mountains. and went down the Arkansas River on a raft.  Well, part of the way down it.  It was brilliant fun!   
I'll put a plug in for Wikipedia.  You can link things without some UTTERLY obnoxious AD coming up!  I donate to them every year.  

Friday, January 19, 2018



Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!

Saturday 9: Jump (1984)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
Sam, I love this song! Great Vocals and a fantastic drummer and lead guitarist.  ♥  Thank you!

Like to play along?  Go HERE to see other Saturday9rs memes... 

1) David Lee Roth does a lot of jumping in this video. He credits his flashy moves to his study with marital artist Benny Urquidez. Have you ever tried karate, judo, or jiu-jitzu?
Never tried any of them but sort of wish I had.  I am drawn to Jiu-jitzu.

2) Dave claims to be fluent in Spanish. Say something "en español." 
¿Por qué?  No es posiblé.  Esto es una computadora.

3) Dave appeared as himself in an episode of The Sopranos, playing poker with Tony Soprano. Are you a good poker player?
No.  I just don't have the poker face nor the card counting abilities for it.  Therefore I play Crazy Eights, War, Go Fish, or Cribbage.  Sadly, there aren't any kids around to play it with.  Where did they all go?  

4) Though known for his prowess on the guitar, Eddie Van Halen wrote the opening of this song at the keyboard when he was still new to the synthesizer. When do you recently venture outside your comfort zone? Was it a success?
Years ago, I was asked to give a Eulogy for a friend.  I think it was fine, though I'll never do another one. But, at least no one came up to me with a seething look on their face.  She was a really great gal. It was easy to do this for her and her grandson.

5) Eddie's older brother Alex is the Van Halen drummer and his son, Wolfie, began touring with the band in 2007. Have you ever worked with a family member?
Nope.  I've sat at farmer's markets with my DD's but they were the only ones working.

6) Van Halen's first manger was Marshall Berle. Mr. Berle's uncle was Milton Berle. 
Does the name Milton Berle mean anything to you? 
Oh ya!  I still love that guy.  He was funny!   

7) In 1984, when this song was popular, AT&T/Bell Telephone was broken up into 24 separate companies. Today, who is your phone provider?
AT&T.  And, I'll have you know that the rats have returned and rebuilt the ship!  Take that, you Union Busting SOBS!

8) Also in 1984, Michael Jackson was severely burned while filming a Pepsi commercial. Would we find any Pepsi in your kitchen right now?
Really?  Frankly, anything that flammable shouldn't be in the kitchen. *winks*  
Stage Pyrotechnics are not child's play.  

9) Random question: Have you ever been so angry that you kicked or hit an inanimate object?
Yes, I have.  I plead either the Fifth, or Insanity.  And here is a handy video of how to mend that which thou hath wrought.

Thank you Crazy Sam!  It's been fun!

Friday Funday: The Funny Papers....

Friday was once a regular posting on my blog.  But it went the way of all my good intentions. I suppose that the road to hell still contains many of mine, but I'm trying to re-group...

And that sucker is stony!
Does anyone remember when there were four full pages of comics in the Sunday Paper?  If so, do you feel cheated?  I certainly do.

If  Newspapers (the owners of which LOVE to make a ton of money on bad news)  plan to stay in business, and to keep people buying their newspapers, they should sign on a lot of young cartoonists and give them a chance to relate to us with humor.

Ya Think?

Here's one strip that I like, and mostly because of it's irreverent sarcasm and wit...

Here are, "The Fusco Brothers".  Make it BIG.  My blog is so old I'm running out of free space.  I'm economizing....

I'll try to Highlight a comic strip offering every Friday...  Or at least something that's FUN.
I don't believe in hiding bad news and just pretending we are all fairy godmothers(and the God Fathers are all dead) but once a week should be a fun day...

HERE is a link to all the pages that came up from a search for Friday Funday, which is one of my Labels.  I've never investigated making actual Pages, but maybe it's time.... 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Thursday 13: Cloud watching, with a little preaching..... It can be a

Skies and clouds and what to call them..

I am a career sky watcher, and from early in life.  It's been a joy, mostly, to watch the sky and learn the names of all the clouds types above my head.

If you'd like to have more information, go to this Meteorology site link of a world wide network of enthusiasts.

So, Here are Thirteen types, out of an amazing variety, of clouds:

1. Mackerel  which some also call Buttermilk clouds. This one looks a little fishy to me.  More like pure Mackerel.... i.e. Altocumulus

Irene Baker's Blog

2. These are also in the  Altocumulus cloud group, but they are called Altocumulus lenticularis

Photo by Matthew Clark

3. Cumulonimbus, or Thunderheads
Smithsonian Public Image
These, above, are both beautiful and terrifying, but isn't it good to be scared out of your wits by nature every once in awhile.  It puts human life back into perspective.

4.  I know this is cheating, but couldn't resist when it came up in the search:

 The Virtual Cloud  An interesting ( and a little, um, "salty" in places) article to go with clouds today...   Do you ♥ the Virtual Cloud?  I sort of do.. and sort of don't.  The cloud picture captured my fancy.  I think it's real-i.e., not photo-shopped.  At least not TOO much...It came up listed with the Cumulus,  But, maybe it could be called a "Bologna" sky?

5.  Plain old Cumulus floating about the sky and making all the Earthlings happy.  It's nice to see these after a rain storm.
Image from HERE which may or may not
 be a defunct website.
The author Is Ely B, according to the partial blurb that appears

Stratus, and think of them as, well, fog or mist.  Drizzle?  Works for me! this one is stratus opacus

Cirrostratus Clouds.  I'm only putting up ones I've actually seen, so here 'tis.  And that is from an interesting page for Children, HERE.  This page tells why clouds float, among other interesting facts about the Clouds we see on our lovely planet.  These make me very happy.  It's part of the insanity that helps a person survive long enough to write a blog for adults.

Looks a lot like a buttermilk sky to me, too
Cirrocumulus clouds that actually look like Buttermilk clouds to me,  and this image is from HERE

Alto-stratus Clouds - these are the clouds that you can look down on from the mountain tops from time to time.  Photo is from WikiPedia, and HERE's the link.  And to go with it, here's a time lapse of them from YouTube..

10.  An amazing Stratocumulus Volutus cloud.  Long and lenticular.

This picture is from Popular Science Magazine.  HERE'S that link

11.  The funnel of a Tornado cloud formation...

Everyone in the US knows about this one!

12. Asperitus

Apparently known formerly as, Undulatus Asperatus this form, Asperitus, was newly named in 2009.  Please go HERE  to find out more about it.

13.  Next, newly named,  Flammagenitus  aka Pyrocumulus Cloud, forming above this Huge column of Smoke from a brush fire.

This one above is forming around a Wildfire's smoke pollution.  These clouds, especially if they form up over oceans, are now of some concern.  The conditions they create can have dire consequences, especially for coastal cities.. HERE is the article about this cloud.

And for something else about clouds and Climate Change:
There are about twice as many thunderstorms being generated along trans-Pacific Shipping lanes, a new study is suggesting..  This is science, and I won't tolerate any back chat from Minions of Jerks like you know who... I will not speak that name again..

HERE'S the article about that.. You can follow links and do more research on your own.  The OWB doesn't know or much less understand, so much as HALF of Scientific Data on this subject.

I like to think of some of this as Mother Earth trying to wash something out of her lung, or perhaps her eye.  I also try to remember Revelations, 11:18...  "I will bring ruin to the ruiners of the Earth...."

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sunday Stealing: Get off my Island!

Welcome back to Sunday Stealing which originated on the WTIT Blog with Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. You may have heard the expression, “honor among thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we try to credit the blog that we stole it from, if possible. We also provide a link to the victim’s questions in our “Previous Victims” widget. (It’s our way of saying “Thanks!”) Sometimes we edit the original meme, to make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our players, to select the best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from recently asked questions from a previously post. Cheers to all of us thieves!

I want to get this up fast..  Bev, thank you!  And Bud, too!  This is a great meme and we owe it all to you two!

Here is a link to today's post at Sunday Stealing...go to the Linkie to see other's offerings.

Conversation Starters

Cheers to all us Thieves!

1. What are some small things that make your day better?
You said small things, so here they are: Tea, hot or iced, a little bit of dark chocolate, my MMPOLG, reading, knitting, and getting a shower and washing my hair.  

2. What shows are you into?
The ones I watch on Netflix or Amazon.  Or, sometimes, on PBS

3. What TV channel doesn’t exist but really should?
There's not a single one that comes to mind that doesn't already exist.  Since I don't watch it, TV is sort of a myth to me.

4. Who has impressed you most with what they’ve accomplished?
Elizabeth Warren,for her guts and grit, and her ability to get up everyday and go right back at it again.

5. What age do you wish you could permanently be?
35, but only if other people didn't age, too.

6. What TV show or movie do you refuse to watch?
TV, all of it. Movies?  I won't watch a Zombie Flick (unless it's totally campy.  "Shawn of the Dead" is Campy.)

7. What is something that is considered a luxury, but you don’t think you could live without?
Being Retired and not being in the daily grind.

8. What’s your claim to fame?
Obviously, I haven't got one.

9. What’s something you like to do the old-fashioned way?
I'd say cookery and include baking in that.  But there's no way I'm going to cook much of anything again.  I liked to cook a lot, too.

10. What’s your favorite genre of book or movie?
Books? I like non-fiction or Mysteries.  Movies? I like comedy.

11. How often do you people watch?
I never do just that.  So I guess the answer is, never?

12. What have you only recently formed an opinion about?
The train wreck at the White House. I'm waiting for the body count to do higher.

13. What are you interested in that most people haven’t heard of?
Grinding cabochons.

14. What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?
2400 miles.  That's the distance from eastern Ohio to Alhambra.

15. What is the most heartwarming thing you’ve ever seen?
This will have to be a whole body of work created by the animal rescue people.

16. What is the most annoying question that people ask you?
It would have to be about my views on the racial question of marriage I suppose.  It happens, but not as often as it once did, and I just don't, can't, forgive or forget it.  I can't stand bigotry, and just wish to hell it would stop!  

17. What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
Historical Geology.

18. If you were dictator of a small island nation, what crazy dictator stuff would you do?
Everybody eats!  Our dear Harriet once said that in answering a question, and I thought it was TOP! 

Also, I would make sure that my little Island people got great medical care, inviting doctors to build and run the best medical facility in the world, and I'd  tell all the rich, "exploitatives" to get off our Island if they didn't co-operate, no matter what BIG ass country they had come from.  With the conquest of Hawaii is my model, I'd make sure the villains didn't succeed.  I'd make sure my people didn't get thrown under the bus.  

19. What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
Try putting Earth First.  We'd better save those bees!  

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Is your forte the Piano? Saturday 9... Thanks Sam!

Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love to answer the questions, however, and here is today's questions! 

Saturday 9: Piano (2013)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
And if you'd like to play along... go HERE
1) As she sings, Ariana muses about the songs she could compose on her piano. Do you play the piano?  No.  But I really regret getting rid of our little piano because, now, I probably would play it.  It would be an ease to my mind.  And the kids could play it when they come to visit.

2) She compares love songs, saying there are sad ones about how hard love is, and happy ones that make you want to dance. What's your favorite love song? Is it sad or happy?  
It's sort of Happy and Sad at the same time, almost like a real life love story....

I sort of always believed, 

true or not that it may be, 
that the "three part Harmony" 
was from Heaven, 
And was the Holy Trinity.  

*I typed that out as a sentence but it turned out to be one of my bits of accidental doggerel. I do like it's cadences.

3) Ariana's mother always told her that they took her name from Princess Oriana in the 1988 movie Felix the Cat. Who is your favorite cartoon character?
I like Foghorn Leghorn.  He didn't get a lot of LOVE from all the cartoon fan clans, but he was just hilarious to me. But of course, this was at a time when I had Bully, my Leghorn rooster....

4) Ariana's favorite board game is Monopoly. What's your favorite board game?
I liked playing Acey Deucey,  sort of Backgammon, but not. But what about cards?  I like Cribbage.  That was fun and no darn cards to count.  

5) She relaxes by baking. When you feel keyed up, what do you do to relax?
I knit and watch old movies, but lately I just run all over the Land of Insta, in search of birds.

6) She is a huge Florida Panthers fan, even though once, as a little girl, she got hit by a puck. Now that the NHL season is underway, how's your favorite team doing?
I never watch Hockey.

7) In 2013, when this song was popular, the NHL reached an agreement with the players union and averted a strike. Have you ever belonged to a union?
No.  But I used to walk picket lines with Mr. Z, who was a steward in a union. And, I have very few kind things to say about what I feel has happened to the American Worker or about their devalued place in the American economy.  Chickens will come home to roost - maybe sooner than vulture capitalists want to admit.  

8) Also in 2013, Pauline Philips died. Ms. Philips was better known to millions of readers as "Dear Abby." At its height, her advice column appeared in 1,400 newspapers across the country. Do you still read a printed copy of your newspaper?
Is this the daughter who took over her mother's column?  I don't read either of the two sister's columns, though I once did.  And yes, we get a printed paper, but we don't read it.  We like the crosswords in it.  Generally speaking, it's a rag..

9) If you could get the answer to one question about your future, what would that one question be?  The future being as short a time as a second from now, I want to know if the movie we got two days ago is any good.  Since this is being answered on Friday, dinner is pizza.  Friday is Pizza and Movie Night!  Little Moments.. Little Joys!  Sometimes you just have to, have to, have such treasured times out there for ya...  

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

San Diego FIshing Boat basin, during the last fires....

As with all fires, they create a sort of  "Terrible Beauty"...  God Bless all the Emergency Workers!  May you all be safe!


We finally got a good amount of rain, in fact too much and too soon, from Mendocino to San Diego counties, but the Northern Counties got it the worst.  Everyone knew that the slides and flooding would happen, sad to say.  Welcome to the world created by "The Borgs"!

From my neck of the woods, I'd just like to say that, since 2013,

2013 January little owls and stuff

We were off line all last evening and last night,  and this was due to a construction accident that resulting in the power pole along the street being leveled.  Happily, no one was hurt, or electrocuted which is a definite very Good Thing.  The crew was trying to move heavy equipment off the site ahead of the storm.  Or maybe just because they were finished with it.

Anywho......  All is well at our house, The electric came back up around 6 am, and last night we enjoyed reading books and camping atop the big, comfy bed with the Wolf, surrounded by battery operated light devices.   I would have liked to be able to eat all the ice cream in a frenzy, but alas.... *winks* Hopefully those enormous piles of dirt up there at the construction site will stay put.  We will see......

Monday, January 8, 2018

Monday Whatever: Knitting finished, crochet to finish

So that I don't put off finishing to crochet this tablecloth.... I'll put it here like a sore thumb or a challenge.

80's Crochet Tablecloth wide

These are the cammo short fingered gloves for Bee-  I want to make all the others that aren't mitts with this pattern.  This is a worsted weight yarn.
Cammo short fingered gloves

This is the Aran sweater sleeve I've started. I still must finish both sleeves and also knit the yoke and flat knit the front and back above the split (the In the Round knitting) to complete the sweater body.

There was a few other things I was going to add to this but first to get Christmas put away.  I'm calming down a little and focusing on straightening out this craft ridden house.  I think the girls would be glad not to have to deal with all my stuff. ;o)  or not.....

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Sunday Stealing: End of the Year Questions.


Welcome back to Sunday Stealing originated on WTIT: The Blog with Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. You may have heard the expression, “honor among thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we try to credit the blog that we stole it from, if possible. We also provide a link to the victim's questions in our "Previous Victims" widget. (It's our way of saying "Thanks!") Sometimes we edit the original meme, to make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our players, to select the best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from recently asked questions from a previously post.

Cheers to all of us thieves!

Please go HERE to join the meme...

End of Year Questions

1. What did you do last year that you had not done before? 
I barely made it.  How about you?

2. Did you keep your New Year's Resolutions/goals for the year and will you make/set more for next year?  What are they? What are your new ones?
I didn't and I won't and I may never do that again.  I'm beginning to live in the moment and frankly, that is the best place to be.

3. Did anyone you know give birth? Or become pregnant?  Or adopt?
No one I know did any of these three things.  Well one of the families adopted a little dog.  She's very sweet.

4. Did anyone you know die? Or have a serious illness/injury?
Not this year, no.

5. What places have you visited? 
Santa Cruz.  

6. Any new pets? Lost a pet?
No, but I’d like three 🐕   Happily, we didn't lose any pets.  We didn't need that to happen.

7. What would you like to have next year that you lacked this year (doesn't have to be a physical thing i.e. love, job security, peace of mind...)? 
I'll go with "Peace of Mind".

8. What date from last year will remain etched in your memory and why? 
June 8th because that was Elle's birthday, and though we were all sad we went to her memorial and brought flowers, planted new plants, and we blew bubbles until Dusk closed in on us.  
*White Lilies for Elle*
A lady gardener who was there brought some of her lovely
White Roses and added them
to the vase.

9. What was your biggest achievement last year?
I'd say that breathing in and out and looking for Beauty was a big achievement... and it was enough for me.  No matter what the distance and time, it is never far enough, and as anyone whose been through it knows, it never closes, that chapter of your life.

10. Did you get sick or injured?

11. What was the best thing you bought? 
I'm sort of beyond buying much that I'd consider  a "best" item.  Maybe it was dinner out with the kids.  Yes, that sounds right to me.  The roof, though infinitely more expensive, was not something to be described as "best".  I'm happy to have it, though, to be honest, it has hardly done more than be drizzled on; it's still up there being very good at keeping out bugs and mice.

12. Where did most of your disposable income go (money leftover after you pay for food, medical care, basic clothing, transportation and shelter)? 
My god, have you no shame?  I bought a one way plane ticket to Mars..

13. What song will always remind you of last year?  Doesn't have to be a song released last year.
The Title song to "Star Trek, Enterprise." It always brings tears to my eyes.

14. What do you wish you would have done more of?
I really wish I had done more knitting and walking and ignoring political train wrecks.  But, this is my country, and I feel for the innocent people who are going to go down over all this....

15. What do you wish you would have done less of?
I would say eating.  I need to get a handle on this thing.

16. What was your favorite new TV program? Movie? Album/Songs? Or if you didn't pick up any new ones, what are you still watching/listening to? Any recommendations?
I would recommend anything by Helen Reddy or Ann Murray.

17. What was the best book you read this year?  How many did you read?
The best book would be Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann.  
I've read about maybe 20 books last year, but probably more than that.  I don't keep track.

18. What did you do on your birthday and how old were you? Did you feel differently? 
I turned 75 and didn't feel much different than I have for the last five years.  Mr. Z and I went out and had some delicious pizza, a little wine, and a free dessert.  I won't tell anyone that it's my birthday if we go out again.  I can't be eating dessert in late December. lol

19. What political or social issue stirred you the most? 
Guess.  I can't believe that the people haven't risen up and snatched the voting system back out of the hands of the trash that rules us with it.  I can't believe it.  I'm sick that we have such an unworthy person sitting in the same room that Ike or Jimmy Carter sat in.  

20. Who was the most interesting new person you met?
I just don't meet new people anymore.  And so, that honor would go to Rosie.  She is an adorable little person..... of the four footed ones.

21. Describe how a relationship changed. 
I'm more tolerant of a person that I feel was the author of my family's unhappiness.

22. Do you think you are still the same person that you were at the beginning of the year?  How so?
No.  I am not.  I'll never be the same person I was 17 months ago.  I'm just driving myself through this and, really, who knows where it's going?  I certainly don't.  I used to believe in the American People.  That they basically had the same goals of  realizing the common good.  I know it's not so anymore.  Sure there were always jerks in it for themselves but basically we stood for something, collectively.  Freedom as we knew it was attainable for the world.  Now we are just the land of renewable warriors.  

23. Summarize the year in three words or less. Bonus points for doing it in one word. Explain. 
Sobering, Emasculating, Tawdry.  That really doesn't need an explanation.  

24. How have people around you changed? 
Everyone I know is waiting for the other shoe to drop.

25. What have you learned throughout the year? (Other than crafts) 
I've learned that I'm a lot tougher than I thought I was.  I've learned that there is a whole other dimension to living on Earth.

26. Did you learn any new crafts or techniques? What was your favorite thing you made? 
I haven't learned anything new.  Nor have I made anything this year.

27. What changed about your physical appearance? (Hair? Wrinkles? New makeup style? Etc) 
I've aged a lot.

28. What are your hopes and dreams for the new year?  (Some suggestions-family, travel, work, lifestyle, hobbies, pets, appearance)
I'm now nearly without any hope, but......My hope is that the justice department doesn't get emasculated... there's that word again.... and that it can get at the truth of Russia's involvement in tossing our election.   This is the future for our children, for their lives, their happiness and the core of their spirit.  

NYT Story: Woman who rescues cats who ran from fires in Sonoma.

This work is noteworthy.  So much Kindness.....  I hope that you will be inspired in some way by this.  Communities can survive if enough people step up and help.  No matter WHAT is going on in Washington, help in your communities when it's needed Heals the Heart...

Cat Rescue after the Sonoma fires


I'm adding this as a test... It's a Mule fat plant from the Nature Interpretive Center in Mission Trails Park.  Google is a poot!  But flickr is great!  at least I hope they are as great as I think they are.. We'll see!

Mule Fat plant
Flickr Is GREAT!

I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm Saturday 9

Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions
every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love to answer the questions, however, and here is today's questions! 

Saturday 9: I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (2006)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

(Want to play along in the meme or see other pages for players?  Go HERE and follow the linkie....)

1) Bette Midler sings about the storm that's raging outside. How's the weather where you are today?
sunny and too warm.  We've had a messed up fall and winter and many of the Carolina Cherries never lost their leaves.  Well, the orchid trees are blooming their heads off.

2) She mentions her gloves. Tell us about your favorite pair of gloves or mittens.
Of all the ones I made, I think I liked the short fingered ones that I gave to my daughters.
Those that didn't show were for Bee.  I will make the ones for the Dominican using the pattern for her gloves, and from  this pattern pictured below.

I hope this now shows.  This is another pattern I made for someone.

Purple Hempathy Fingerless Mitt
These are the fingerless mitts I made for my Elle. 
I might just make these, as she asked me to
make the patients ones like hers. 
I made a lot more of these than I remember.
That's major surgery for you!
It takes away your brain!

I just figured out how flickr works.  Whew!

3) Does your home have a fireplace to keep you warm?
As does most of California, a fireplace is decorative.  I like ours but it needs an insert that we've never gotten around to purchasing.  It could help keep us warm if we'd ever do that... 

4) Bette's father, Fred, supported his family as a house painter. Have you ever held a job that kept you outdoors a great deal of the time?
Yes, I worked as a carpenter, holidays, weekends and summers, for many years of my youth.  From the time I was 11 until the time I was 19.  

5) Her mother, Ruth, was a talented seamstress. How about you? Can you sew on a button? Raise a hem? Darn a hole?
I sew very well and actually did custom sewing for a few years, plus alterations. I never did re-weaving.  I would have liked to learn but life moved on....

6) 2017 was a big year for Bette. At the age of 72, she opened on Broadway in the revival of Hello, Dolly! and won a Tony. As we kick off 2018, what would you like to accomplish this year?
I want to knit about a dozen pair, one a month, of short fingered gloves.  Anything else that happens is just going to be a side dish of whatever.

7) Bette and her husband Martin have been married for nearly 34 years. Their wedding was officiated by an Elvis impersonator. Are you looking forward to any weddings in 2018?

8) Bette and Martin are very proud of their daughter, Sophie, now 30, who graduated from Yale in 2008. Do you expect to attend any graduation ceremonies in 2018?
No.  My darling grandnieces won't be graduating that soon.  I think our grandnephew already graduated the Coast Guard.  Sometimes I lose track of things... old timers. 

9) Random question: Yesterday, who did you spend the most time with?
Instagram   I thought the question said what and not who.  I spent the morning with my dog, and then wolfie and Mr. Z.

Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" 

Let's hope it's a great year.