Non present – Present

We received this HUGE number search book in the mail.  Addressed to us both with NO tag or idea who it came from.

Needless to say, I was a couple puzzles in before we then got a jigsaw puzzle in the mail from Vivian.

It actually didn’t have a tag either, but it was of the historical Harrisburg Post Office so 2+2 equals I asked her and yep, she sent the puzzle.  So I asked about the book, Yep, except it was supposed to go to her mom.

So today I bought the book and sent it back to her, 995 puzzles to go!

Women’s March

I was planning on going to the women’s march today with friends. The plan was to be at their house and take the train downtown.

The very moment we set a time on Tuesday I couldn’t shake this feeling of dread or fear. It lasted all day on Tuesday, kept coming back around at every pause in the day,

Wednesday when I woke up it was the first thing I thought of and my heart started racing, I texted them and cancelled and the feeling lifted.

I am not sure what it was about, they are there and this is for sure a time I Do Not Want To Be Right, But I also am learning to honor my feelings. At almost 55 years old you would think I would know better how to do or not do what I want. But I’m still learning,

As it turns out Thursday was a very late night at work. Followed by a co-worker coming down with the flu and my heading back into the office at 8:30 in the morning, a short 6 hours after getting home, I got home by 11pm but the getting up to go this morning at 6 would have been difficult. Maybe the dread was the universe knowing I would want to sleep in this morning.

I will write extra letters this week on women’s rights. I’m sure my senators are sick of hearing from me. I have gotten several “thank yous” back so at least staff is getting them.

March on all you fearless ladies. I’m there is spirit.

Wrapping up a week


When life is so busy with a road trip and days off that one is not near a computer for days so there is no blogging, the hardest part is figuring out where to start.  So a wrap-up it is.

I took three days off last week.  We don’t get any time off once February starts for several months.  That coupled with Lori being on break between semesters it was the perfect time for a road trip.

My brother was a dear and stayed with the cat and in the house so it didn’t look empty.  With one car in the shop and another on a road trip, five days empty is not a good look for our neighborhood.  (Besides whos gonna feed all those ferals)

We left Wednesday, drove up through Santa Barbara to Monterey.  Went to the museum, stayed in a lovely hotel on the water with a fire place that we built a fire and spent some great down time.

Friday morning we drove over to Manteca to stay with friends.  We went to lunch, spent hours visiting and catching up.  Saturday we went to Sacramento and spent HOURS walking around the Crocker art museum.  I was so impressed with that place.  I want to go back this weekend if it weren’t a 7 hour drive.

Sunday morning we went out to breakfast and then home.  Sunday’s are always iffy in LA traffic but we got home in under 5.5 hours without much delay at all.

Now the week is well underway.  We went grocery shopping yesterday, today was trying to get the rest of the to do list processed, laundry, bedding, yard waste.  Tomorrow food prep, yoga and wash my filthy car from the road trip.

Some of my favorites from the museum….  They never look as good as in person.  I was so surprised by the Georgia O’Keeffe “It was a man and a pot”



Agave Americana

Agave out-of-control-a

Yesterday after finishing the fence and going to work, Lori tackled this Agave all on her own.  Well her own and my sawzall, because without powertools on this thing, it is pointless.

There is enough cut off to fill both of our yard waste bins several times.  Unfortunately they are already full for this week from the weekend escapades.

She also pulled up 100 pups from underneath it.  I just saw on amazon someone selling the pups for $29 bucks each…..maybe I should save them from the pile and sell them.  Nah.  We will have more in a few months.

Yes, it stands several feet above our 6″ fence.

On-Call Weekend

I was on call this last weekend so I had to stay near the house, especially on Sunday.

Great reason to move all those rocks we chose not to do on the 1st.  Five large bags (9 cubic feet each) into the wheel barrow and around the front yard.  Filling in bare spots, making sure every thing got a good solid covering.  It took us several hours to get it all done.  (photos are bad, too bright when I tried taking them)

Once my shift started that evening I was pretty tied to the computer even having clients send in copy at 3 in the morning.  But I got an 8 hour reprieve at 6:30 am Sunday until 2:30 while someone else was covering.  So New Project here we come.

We went to the hardware store and bought 5 pieces of bamboo fencing.  Removed two older pieces we had hanging from the oasis and proceeded to tear down all the broken down reed fencing we had up against the chain link and wire the bamboo to it.  It looks so nice, much cleaner look and should last a good long while.  The reed fencing lasted quite a few years but it was deteriorating and the cats (see guide to cats page) climbing it did not help.

We did however keep (make?) the kitty highway on the side yard.  The way it has been is they jump up on the window AC unit on one side, jump to the window AC until on the other side of the fence and go about whatever, terrorizing one another, eating, taking safe haven from the coyotes and dogs.

But with the fence there they can’t jump, so since this was an older piece of bamboo, we took out a couple pieces, and made a 2×4 bridge for them to walk through the fence from one unit to another. (Yes, we are being controlled by feral cats)

It was dark when we were trying to finish and I kept having to go in an work so we finished up behind the shed this morning before I had to go to work.  It looks very nice!


2020-Day 1

Well we did NOT move the rocks today.  No excuses, just didn’t want to.

I did make my usual cornbread, black-eyed peas and collard greens.  I put the greens in the soup and they really are sturdy enough to hold up to a long cook.  Luckily I rembembered before bed last night to soak the peas so I was ahead of the game this morning.

My brother is currently on his way over for dinner (New Year and his Birthday), sadly he gets the same thing from me every year.  At least its tasty.

We did a puzzle today.  We have been on a kick and have done 7 puzzles since the end of October.  Part of that is the down time without electronic devises.  Having removed most social media from our phones because we are either too busy studying, or just wanted to re-capture the 5 mintues of scrolling here and there and there and there unil it added up to several hours a day has given us more puzzle time.  Its a great way to spend the little bit of time we have together and talk and do something that doesn’t involve a phone, iPad or television.  Besides I LOVE PUZZLES.

Today’s puzzle, on the new fancy puzzle board Lori bought was easier then we thought.  All of these book covers just became puzzles within puzzles.  We finished it in less than a day and was a fun way to kick off the year.  Thing is, we are missing a piece.  This happened in our tiny home in a small amount of time.  [shrug]  Lori, made a piece to fit in (cause she is funny like that).

Great start to a new year!  Welcome 2020.

End of the month/year/DECADE

Here we are on the eve of 2020.  Remember when 2020 seemed like a ridiculous ways off.

In my New Years theory, you spend the year doing what you do on New Years Eve.  So I guess I’ll be working this year but at least from home.  That and grocery shopping, having breakfast with Lori and errands at the house.  Sounds a lot like this year.

Tomorrow is a lovely 67 degrees and I’ll be making my usual New Years day meal and my new-year birthday brother Dale is coming over.  Looks like a great start.

The week leading up to New Year itself has been a bit chaotic.  We had another lovely weekend weather wise and were able to get the front yard fully weeded on Saturday.  We do need to work on the back yard but since we had gravel being delivered for the front we worked on that instead.

Tomorrow we start new year off by putting these rocks in the front to fill in where we have moved plants and there is too much exposed dirt for this many feral cats…..if ya get my drift.  Rocks are my favorite mulch.  They don’t really move around, take hundreds of years to break down, add trace minerals to the soil and beats concrete for being permeable.

After weeding on Saturday we went for lovely massages on Sunday.  Getting the kink out of my neck was fabulous.  On our way home we were in a wreck.  EVERYONE IS FINE. But boy did it ruin that just massaged feeling.  We were traveling and a car in the middle of the row of people waiting in the turn lane decided that they no longer wanted to turn and pulled right into Loris car.

It is now in the shop, we wont know now long it will there.  We have a rental in the drive way and its more of a pain in the rear then anything else.

That wraps up the year and the decade.  What a way to end.