Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
|a neighbor's yard|
|latte time - Valencia Street|
|a school on Valencia Street|
|24th Street - almost at Mission (grrrrrr)|
|our own painted ladies on Folsom Street|
stay in the moment than to take my iPhone, LindaKindle2, comfy shoes
and "oooooh look at that" attitude on such a bright, sunny day. It's been
Spring here since November, but now all sorts of flowers are blooming
and since I'm walking in Paris with the wonderful book that SBC sent me,
I thought I'd take two walks on the same day. Some quiet pleasure - much needed.
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Saturday, April 26, 2014
heavy marital discussions on whether or not we should plant our Early
Girls soon, or forget them this season due to the drought. But then, like
a message from on high, it rained yesterday - and a good rain it was. So
soon we'll be planting our 2014 crop. Whew.
Friday, April 25, 2014
|Pamela and Flora|
|view of the fog over Frisco|
yesterday. She had the fireplace going and we talked of many things. I was
so pleased with the GPS because this is not an easy place to find - I don't
use the thing very often, but when I need it, hoooooooray! Lucy is planning
to move back to Indiana with her husband and 9 month old Flora, so I am
gearing up for another goodbye. You know by now that I'm not too good
On the other hand, Carlini is returning to the Bay Area (probably Walnut
Creek) and this is just plain GREAT news.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
when we are home. Love/Hate is all about the Irish underground and
even though they sell drugs and kill each other and innocent people
too, there is just something about this show. Great acting, wonderful
scenes of Dublin and so easy to stream from the Flix®. Plus, it gives
me something to talk about to our Irish tourists at the museums - over
there they are hooked and beginning their 5th season on the telly.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
downloaded the app on my MsminiPad and am already fracturing French.
It has this microphone thing and whoever is listening will sometimes
reject my pronunciation (the nerve), but I love the graphics and the
way it is set up and I hope Dancing Jen is reading this today. I keep
telling her that I don't want to embarrass her in Paris, so now I will be
able to order red apples (one at a time) in any arrondiseement where
we might be lost (perdu - I think, I'm not there yet). What an app(le)!
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
the lobby at the SPCA. I just go in and say, "hello, goodbye," because
they will be adopted out by the end of the day. These four are temporarily
named after our bullpen: Romo, Casilla, Mitchi, etc.
Monday, April 21, 2014
Street and then we settled down to ham and scalloped potatoes and lots
of laughter. We have known Rich Carlini for more than 25 years and in
that time he has moved about 10 or 12 times, all across the country. He
was an army brat and continues to have this nomadic need. Of course the
last winter in Philly was beyond horrible, so he is ready for another
move. Back to California? We'll see...
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014
|my city by the bay|
|my friend on the bay|
|a ball of wood|
|inviting store display in Larkspur|
down at the Ferry Plaza and she said, "Want to go to Larkspur?" So off
we went and it was such a beautiful ride and in 1/2 hour we were having
coffee at Larkspur Landing. My, that place has changed from 20 years ago -
now it's all restaurants with lots of outdoor seating space and a few chi
chi shops. We imagined how nice it would be to commute from there every
day and then we had lunch at the Rustic Bakery and were back in SF
before 2:30. Good to have some time with Ginger, we always have so much
to discuss - women friends rock.
Friday, April 18, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014
|new Salon Doré|
|looking out the front of the Legion|
|My lunch spot|
had lots of art breaks (and gossip sessions) which I desperately needed after
that bout with insomnia. Then last night the Giants won early (thank you!)
and I slept like the very weary woman I was. Feeling great today for in-
person baseball - first game of the season!
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
better this year. Chocolate! Thanks to the Blogmaid for this much
needed Spring treat...just when I needed it most.
Last night the Giants didn't win until midnight and I am pissed off and
exhausted. We are in for another season of one run torture games, or
so it seems at this early stage. I'd like to win 12 to 0 in the 9th inning, OK?
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
this year, but I got too involved with the Jews and the Egyptians, not to
mention all the delicious food. Above we have Bron's friend Lilly, then
Sam and Chef Sarah. Another new addition is the orange which we learned
represents WOMEN rabbis. It was good gathering together again and I
know how much work is involved and we are grateful to be included in
this festive event every year.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Time was, your hands were on me night and day.
(The thrill along my spine!) Of course I flipped
for you, from A to Z and back to A,
not once suspecting our romantic script
was doomed (and how), you fickle, shallow fool.
You've traded everything you shared with me—
defining moments, leisurely, old school—
for quickies with your laptop, your PC,
your iPad, iPhone, iDon't-Give-a-Damn:
amid their breathless litany of news,
blogs, tweets, directions, recipes and spam,
they will, at any moment that you choose,
look up a word (or dozens!) in a flash.
Well, here's a definition I find merry:
Comeuppance (noun): when all your gadgets crash,
and you crawl back to me—your dictionary.
Walking in on People
Able Muse Press
Sunday, April 13, 2014
to seeing Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson as the adoptive parents of
Liesel who loves to read. It's a rough story with those damn Nazis
and we were exhausted when it was finally over. I can't really recommend
this film, sorry to say.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
be about dogs and now I see that Ms. Moore is talking about tree bark.
No wonder people have trouble learning English. In any event, this is
fabulous and each short story is an absolute jewel.
Friday, April 11, 2014
riding Derby and they are having a splendid time. The Blogmaid has such
camera talent and this photo in her email last night helps me set the world
back correctly on its axes. For some reason lots of sadness lately - too
many goodbyes, friends hurting, family member in hospital (but out soon)
and now the fog is back every morning. I thought we had outgrown that!
Anyway, RR and Derby cheered me right up, thanks Blogmaid.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
wandered in this week to test the lattes. Very pleasant - it's on Folsom
near 20th (or so) and since we had just watched "Silicon Valley" on
HBO last Sunday night, I thought for a while that maybe I was sitting
with the cast and crew of that funny program. Yes, these dudes do speak
a different language, but that's OK, the setting is delightful.
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
loved LindaKindle2. I also now have my laminated Streetwise Paris
map and the 2014 Rick Steves' Paris book right here on my desk, so
it is all looking very positive and I can do some research as I noodle
around down here in my office.
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Opening Days and all the fun and excitement. It is gorgeous weather
here in SF, more like summer than spring, and the Jewel will be rocking.
Go Giants and I'll see you next week.
Monday, April 07, 2014
|view from Sutro Park (Cliff House in foreground)|
|goodbye dear Tanya and Ruby|
glorious weather we are having. Then I had my official Goodbye Tanya
Time and that was not easy, the tears flowed. Ruby feels the stress of the
move, but she was able to run a lot of it off at the playground in Holly Park
and I admired how quickly she has learned to master the various swings
and things, even climbing ladders. Honestly, she reminded me of when we
had Sidney, the Jewish Irish Setter, who just had to run every day, or else...
Sunday, April 06, 2014
Stow Lake while I drink my coffee and read the New Yorker. Heaven.
And since the rain it seems like all sorts of flowers have emerged in
Golden Gate Park. My next goal is to arrive early enough to visit the
Japanese Tea Garden, it is right next to the deYoung and now it's on my List.
Saturday, April 05, 2014
here in Bernal. I love the two blue chairs on the highest deck - what a view.
You probably can't see the shark teeth, but they represent the SF skyline.
From what I've read, the home owners gave the artist free range and I think
the result is spectacular and we've put this on our To Do List for out-of-town
visitors. At this point there are no homes behind this house, just Bernal Hill
and so far the 3,557 dogs (daily) love the scene.
Friday, April 04, 2014
walking book on my LindaKindle2. Here's a line, "Paris belongs to
the pedestrians, one goes naturally on foot - it's only on foot that one
discovers its richness and variety." I am already loving this book and
I thank you sincerely ~ it will be used often before I go and even more
while we are there. A treasure!
Thursday, April 03, 2014
90 minutes so if one doesn't quite understand masochism (me), one
can still enjoy the dialogue between Vanda (Brenda Meaney) and
Thomas (Henry Clarke). The novel (1870) is updated cleverly to include
cell phones, some clever current slang words and that horrid striped
bag lady bag in the background.
But first we met Ginger for her post-Paris news and too much food at
Lefty's. Always a highlight!
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
new Anna Quindlen novel on my LindaKindle2. Still Life with Bread
Crumbs is about a successful 60 year old photographer who leaves
NYC for a year to live in the country and recharge her batteries and
lick her wounds. Yes, I am recommending it.
Now, baseball. The new replay rule worked against our less-than-perfect
Giants last night. Honestly, our pitching wasn't so hot either. And it
would help if they would hit the ball instead of striking out. Ahhhhh,
so nice to have baseball back in our lives. Focus.