~❤️~ May you Walk with Beauty All Around You~❤️~
A Navajo Blessing

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

~❤️~ "There are men too gentle to Live among wolves."~❤️~
James Kavanaugh

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Wishing you peace.  I'm a little tired and after an auto post on Wednesday, will return at the weekend. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Monday Music: The Best of Leo Rojas- the Full Album

Cortesia de Pina.  Muchas Gracias my Amiga...

I will be posting the most comforting music I can find for awhile.... You know, Spread the Peace.  ✌

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday Stealing Double Header.. Last week's first..

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Gleep.  Bud has been very nice to me, but now it's my first week!  While I'm getting my feet wet, I'm posting a meme I found a long time ago at http://simplyshannon.com/, a site thathas moved around a bit but is apparently still active.  As this is my first Sunday Stealing, it seems appropriate to do a list of firsts.  I'm hoping I get Mr. Linky to work...still trying....

Sunday Stealing:  Firsts 

First Job: Baby sitting

First Real Job: Library Assistant.  Local Branch.

First Favorite Politician:   IKE!!!

First Car: My first car was a truck.

First Record/CD: "Rock Around the Clock", by Bill Haley and the Comets

First Sport Played:  Baseball, softball actually.  In grade school

First Concert:  The way back machine tells me that it was an open air concert by the Redland's University Symphony.

First Foreign Country Visited: I originally thought it was Mexico, in my 20's but, it was Canada. You see, my grandparents owned a share of a cabin on the edge of Lake Erie with the rest of Grandpa's family. This was when I was a tiny 4 year old kid.  We went across the lake into Ontario, Canada, from whence my Grandpa and his family had come. 

First Favorite TV Show: 
"Rocky and Bullwinkle" 

First Favorite Actor: 
My mother was crazy about Alan Ladd, so I sort of picked that up from her.  You did say the "first". 

First Favorite Actress: 
drawing a blank here.

First Girlfriend/Boyfriend: 
Girl friend.  Vi was my BFF almost all the way through grade school- K thru 5th.  She "grew up" before I did and there was some  trauma/drama involved at one point, with professions of love on my part.  I have NO idea to this day what her reaction was all about, but I can now "Guess"....I just meant I loved my Bestie.  But, apparently, she was too mature to understand this meant nothing more than undying filial love. Well, there's a first broken heart, for ya.  First Boyfriend was Mr. Z.  So romantic.  

First Encounter with a Famous Person: 
Santa Monica Grey Hound Bus Terminal, etc etc.

First Brush With Death: 
Walking into a school shooting to rescue some kids.

First House/Condo Owned: 
A sweet little three bedroom in Nestor, CA.

First Film Seen: 
I thought it was to be, "The Red Skeleton".  Actually it was Red Shelton in a comedy.  But I thought my youngest auntie's had said, "The Red Skeleton" and I was having nothing to DO with that!  They finally convinced me to come with the rest of the little cousins. However, the two aunties (who were 7 and 8 years older than me) as well as my grandparents, older aunt, and my mother, all thought my mistaken idea was a Royal Crack up!  UPSHOT...I enjoyed the film very much!

First Favorite Recording Artist: 
Bill Haley (and the Comets)

First Favorite Radio Station: 
It's really too far back to remember the call letters.
I think it was probably the one with Huge Power wattage that broadcast from somewhere in the mid west.  I listened, with my little brother, to the Lone Ranger, The Shadow, and Gracie Allen on it.  This was in the late 40's.

First Book I Remember Reading: 
I remember my Dick and Jane and Spot books.  I still have one of them, though it's thoroughly loved to death.  It was sent to my mother when my grandmother died, and then I received it back when my own mother passed away and I got her Hope Chest.

First Meme You Answered on Your Blog:
I think it must be the now defunct Friday Fill-ins.  It was a lot of fun!  There were prompts and you filled in with whatever you thought would be a good finish to the sentence.  It had a long run and there's nothing like it on the web that I can find.

Bedroom: what’s your sleep schedule?
I have finally learned to take NAPS!  We go to sit in bed and read about 10 pm.  Then DH almost immediately falls asleep because he gets up at 4 am, C/O of the little doggie.  Little pestilence!  And I go to sleep about 11:30 and wake up around 3.  That's it for me!  And, thus, I am learning to take, and relish, the naps!

Kitchen: favorite comfort food?
My favorite comfort food is home baked bread.  Not the machine kind, mind you, but the real deal.  Since I no longer make it, that's giving way to chocolate, which is not a bad trade at all.

Washroom: showers or baths? bubbles? bath bombs?
I like to take baths but can't anymore.  So it's showers, which are nice because they are so quickly and easily dealt with.

Closet: sum up your style in a few words.
I have half a main closet and a full closet in the sewing (box) room. Is there really such a thing as style for closets?  I guess I try to hang all of the nightgowns together at the left, and then the shirts, and the cloak closet I hang my slacks and some fleeces.  Ooops, that's another closet. Oh well!

Parlor: favorite party or board game?
I would like to play chess, but am too lazy to learn, so I guess the is favorite now is LRC or maybe, scrabble.

Living room: what do you like to do with your family?
We watch Netflix in the living room.  I like to sit out there and knit with the kids when they are here.

Dining room: favorite special occasion food?
Pies of the season!

Garden: favorite tree? flower?
We used to have two elms, ones which my mother started in coffee cans for me.  That was before the years and years of this miserable drought.  Flower?  I think I like all the lilies.  But flowers are so special how can one chose just one?  Actually, that applies to trees, too.  Who can pick a favorite without thinking of all the other amazing ones in this world?

Attic: what’s one thing you have a sentimental attachment to and you will never throw away?
Thanks to the California ranch house mania of the last 60 years we have no attic.  I can't even remember a house of a friend which has one.

Library: favorite book genre?
Non-fiction, I like history.  Fiction, I like Mysteries.

Office: if you could have any job in the world, what would it be?
Well, not in an office, that's for sure.  I would like to be a seascape artist.  Or, a field Anthropologist.

Guest room: have you been to a sleepover? if so, when was your first? do you like them?
I like the ones that the Girl Scouts used to have.  The camping ones.  I like those sorts of sleep overs.

Foyer: do you like small gatherings, large parties, or one-on-one meetings?
I like small gatherings.

Pantry: favorite meal to make?
Lasagna.  It's so much fun to make Lasagna.

Laundry: favorite and least favorite chore?
A chore is a chore, but, having said that, I like keeping the kitchen clean.  I don't like it when it isn't clean.  

Garage: favorite mode of transportation? favorite car?
I like our Jeep.  I love that little booger.  I especially liked to go off road with it.  It was so much fun!

Panic room: what was the most nerve-wracking experience you’ve had?
The shooting at the school in '79.  I cried myself to sleep for weeks, and had nightmares for months afterward, and I kept thinking I had to go up there and put blankets over the  two men who died there.  It was horrible.  Now they have sold the school and are ripping everything out.  It feels so wrong.  I'd move away if I could.

Powder room: do you wear makeup? if so, what one item can’t you live without? what’s your favorite look? 
I don't wear it.  I'm beyond the ability of make up to "make it better".  My favorite look?  A smile.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Saturday is Fleetwood Mac: "Don't Stop"

Don't Stop

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: Don't Stop (1977)... because Country Dew recommended Fleetwood Mac 
Thank you, Country Dew.  It's a great Group!

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

1) Since we're not supposed to stop thinking about tomorrow, let's talk about it: What are your plans for Sunday?
I plan to stay home, stand/sit up straight, eat good things, do the laundry, and watch Netflix. No Gym, no dashing about.  Just PEACE!  I've had enough organized madness of any kind to last for the rest of my life.

2) Fleetwood Mac was formed 50 years ago in London. Fifty years is considered a "golden anniversary." Do you wear more silver or gold?
I like silver best and wear it almost exclusively. 

3) This song is from Rumours, which has sold 40 million copies. Is it in your collection?
Oh ya.  I have almost everything Fleetwood Mac recorded.

4) It was written by keyboardist and vocalist Christine McVie. She was born Christine Perfect, a name that earned her a fair share of teasing when she was a school girl. Do you recall being teased in school? What about?

Hold onto your hats,Ladies. It's a mini rant!
Teased, no.  I got the usual brass plated bullying - I was beaten up in second grade by half of a class of 6 year olds because of my "race"??  If any of them missed hitting me, I didn't have time to take note.  I am Species: Human Being.  And I'm 8% Native American, and 92%, fracking WHITE European!  
Plus there was the really heavy duty behind the scenes fragging from bigoted teachers and staff.  All teachers are NOT created equal and/or fair.  Los Angeles County School Districts used to be teeming with bigotry, and may still be.  Who knows? I think bigotry is the downfall of civilization. Sorry Gal, Meme's are not even a close second. 😉

Kids out there are still going through this..  Come ON America!  If you are too lazy or "MEH" to get your arse out there to vote, since 40% did not, think about doing it for the KIDS!  

5) Before Fleetwood Mac, she was in a band called Chicken Shack. If you were to order out for a chicken dinner, which restaurant would you turn to?
I never eat chicken out.  Not any more.  

6) Before she could pay all her bills with her music, she supported herself as a window dresser for a London department store. Do you enjoy walking along, just window shopping? Or do you consider "looking with no intention to buy" a waste of time?
Window shopping is fun for those who like it.  It's probably a great pleasure.  But for myself I'm extremely focused, and window shopping is time better spent doing something else.  My sister loved to window shop.    

7) When she found herself making big money, one of the first things Christine bought was a pair of matching Mercedes for herself and then-husband, John McVie. If you were handed a check for $1 million, what's the first thing you would do with the money?
I would buy as big a house as possible, in or near Santa Cruz.  The the kids could live in it.  That would make me happiest right now.

8) The other girl in Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, founded the Soldier's Angel Foundation. She believes in the healing power of music, and so she's proud to provide wounded soldiers with iPods already loaded with music. When you listen to music from your phone, MP3 player or iPod, do you use ear buds or headphones?
I listen with headphones or speakers.  My hearing is already fading and I don't want to push it over any cliff. I need new speakers for the nano.  Thanks for reminding me!

9) Random question: Let's pretend your high school reunion is coming up. Which classmate are you more curious about: the one who was your first date, or the one who was too cool to give you the time of day?
My first date didn't happen in high school.  But, the one I'm curious about is my friend Steve.  He wasn't headed for college, and I think of him a lot. The reason?  I am a war baby, and lived through the Vietnam war protests as a teen and young adult.  I detest a war culture for very good reasons.

So,anyway, I've only kept track of one other person from high school. Somehow, maybe because he was married, or was playing in the major leagues, he didn't go to Vietnam like almost all the other young male classmates.  A lot of both mine and Mr. Z.'s classmates did, and far too many of the ones who made it back were all messed up.  
Anyway, the second part of your question: at my last high school, the cool ones were always nice to everyone!  I hope they are all doing well. 

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Saturday 9: Fastball's "I Will Never Let You Down"

*A big thank you to The Gal, for this fun meme!  Want to play along or read other posts?  Please Go HERE to the Saturday 9 blog post for this week's edition.*

Saturday 9: I Will Never Let You Down (2017)
... because Smellyann recommended Fastball

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

 1) Fastball is a trio from Austin, Texas. Austin is the capital of Texas. When you were in school, did you have to memorize the state capitals?
Yes, I think everyone did before the bean counters took over the Curricula. But, well, that's just me.

2) Have you ever visited your state's capital? 

Rant alert.. in which I get mouthy:
Sacramento is not along the coast but inland. For a Southern Californian to visit the capitol, it's a long trek.  Unlike Albany, in  New York, Sacramento is over 500 miles up the Central Valley from San Diego.  This route is hot, inland, and smoggy in places.  And you still have to go through L.A.  or even through poor little overgrown Fresno.  So, No. 

We have a very long state.  Also, we've been up close to the Capitol, as we went the inland route across the valley, stopping at a private "Camp Ground" along the Russian River.  That was the most terrible place we've ever had to stay overnight.  It was just dreadful to see and have no ability to help. There was such misery there it was horrible. Be aware, it's not all nice wine resorts.  This place had turned into a migrant worker's camp and it was heart breaking to see and to smell.  I know it's worse in Africa and inner cities, but this just wasn't right in one of the most productive and beautiful counties in the Country.

3) Fastball played dates throughout Canada this past spring. When did you last leave the US of A?  
That would have been years ago, on surfing excursions just above Rosarita Beach in Baja.  I would really love to see Canada though, if for nothing else but the birds up there.  I don't want to go through the check points, though. Now, to be honest, I'd rather fly up to Alaska and bird list all the birds there.

4) Tony Scalzo is a founding member of Fastball. He's the singer in the video for this song, and that's his wife, Jennifer, playing the organizer of the speed-dating event. Have you ever gotten a job because you knew somebody?
 Sort of.  I knew two people who worked for Pacific Bell, one was my soon-to-be hubby, and so when they told me I should apply for an Telephone operator's job at PB, I did.  It was fun except for split shifts.  They are very hard and I hated them passionately!

5) In this pitch to a perspective lover, he admits he doesn't have much money. Last time you went to the ATM, how much did you withdraw?
It was years and years ago, when you couldn't withdraw anymore than $300 a day.  I would get money for Grocery shopping - So, probably $150.  So, as you can surmise, I didn't have to have that much cash on me for long. 

6) He sings that at times, his mind is hazy. Do you have a good memory for names?
I remember faces forever but names, not so well.  It takes a few times, and then the face gets fixed to a name.  

7) Fastball guitarist Miles Zuniga admits that he once had a crush on Carrie Fisher (aka Princess Leia). Tell us about one of your one-sided love affairs, either with a celebrity or someone you knew in real life.
How about two?  I had a wee crush on a redheaded boy in grade school, then on a star football player in high school, a very tall and husky redhead who also played basketball.  He was a very nice guy, and still is. Anyway, he didn't have a clue.  

I seem to have had a "thing" about redheads my whole life.  Mr. Z is/was a redhead.

8) Fastball's drummer Joey Shuffield is partial to drums from Pork Pie Percussion. This company was started by Bill Detamore, who began making drums as a hobby. Do you have any hobbies that, under the right circumstances, could make you money?
I once did.  Now that my hobby craft business is over, it's just an "embarrassment of riches", i.e., an unmanageable pair of stashes, "une duoleur  royale"!  

9) The fast ball is the most common pitch in major league baseball. Now that the MLB season is past the halfway mark, how is your baseball team doing?
Gee, another rant?  Here we go:Really, I would have to look that up.  I have no idea at all.  I'm still P.O.d that they built a stadium before a new central library was built.  $271,000,000 worth of stadium.  Oy Vey!  Happily, the rose colored glasses came off the citizen abuse, and the San Diego Chargers are not to be "treated" to such public tax "largesse".  Am I sore?  Yah.... WTH?

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wednesday Music??: "Sita Sings the Blues"

As suggested by Rusty Ring....

This work is Long, but Lovely, Touching, and Eternally relevant.  It's actually a "feature length" piece.  I especially love the dialog of the shadow puppets.  Enjoy!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Easy way to get photos from desk top to Instagram.

Duh!  Mr Z pointed the way.  You email your own photos to yourself and pick them up from your email app on the iPhone or iPad.  Sheesh...  *slaps forehead*.  So very easy and Backward intuitive.  Could it be called Ghetto Hack?

Anywho...Forget about having to plug your phone into the DT, having first put all the photos into a folder, then having to transfer the folder to your phone, yadda yadda...

I am SO going to have ice cream tonight to celebrate this victory over app techno complexities.

Ta Ta!