Thursday, November 30, 2017
That's Jeff Daniels pictured, but the women are really the stars in Godless.
It's violent and rough, but that's the Wild West for you. Some beautiful
photography, especially of horses. From the Flix®.
Then last night we watched two episodes of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
on Amazon Prime. The 50's in NYC ~ great fun. It's a comedy and I
feel free recommending this to everyone. Enjoy.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Nap time for twelve puppies at the SPCA. One mother doing double duty
for her six and then the other six pups whose mom could not be found.
Soon the pups will be eating and mom can rest and go to the spa. She
deserves it. It is amazing to watch them sleep like this. Each one already
has a name because the vets need to check them out and administer meds
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Fresh Dungeness crab ~ hooray. This is the first year in ages that there
hasn't been some reason to delay the bounty. The crab fishers will strike
or there is a suspected ailment or buyers and sellers can't decide on a
price. But this year it is on time, not expensive (this whole beauty for
$9.95 cleaned and cooked) and simply luscious. Reason enough to live
in the Bay Area as far as we are concerned. Don't forget the fresh
sour dough bread and say "Yummmmm!" every three minutes.
Monday, November 27, 2017
Sunday, November 26, 2017
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
|RR's 14th birthday!|
|Our lovely dinner|
Husbando and I did the dishes and napped after she left. Then we started
on "Godless" on the Flix® and that gets our seal of approval, so far.
(A cooking note here with a nod to Chef Sarah ~ we soaked the mini
turkeys in buttermilk the night before, then a dollop of duck fat so
they browned beautifully and seemed extra tender.)
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
I had lunch with Frances yesterday and she was in a happy state of mind
because of the new addition to their home. Meet Tayto, named after an
Irish potato chip. The windows at Macy's are full of dogs and cats and
soon I will go down to see for myself and pester passerby people for donations.
Tayto is a brand new kitten, weighing only two pounds. Sweet.
Monday, November 20, 2017
|RR (right) and her mother the Blogmaid|
I felt so special being invited to the Open House at Mercy High School in
Burlingame yesterday. It is an all girls school and RR will probably be
going there for four years beginning next year. I had a wonderful time
going into classrooms, gym, library, chapel and meeting lots of students
and teachers. And yes, RR is taller than her mama and will soon be
taller than me.
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Saturday, November 18, 2017
IQ ~ the initials of a young black man in L.A. who is brilliant and who
solves crimes that don't really interest the police because of their
"who-cares-about-the-ghetto?" philosophy. This is fresh and fun and a
wonderful escape from the perils of the holidaze.
Friday, November 17, 2017
Because I use this blog as a reference tool, I will share my b.day happiness
here ~ thank you, dear friends. Today to the gym and normal food:
- Sunday ~ Zuni brunch with Pamela and Joe (and walk to Stuff)
- Monday ~ lunch with Steve Olian at Noeteca
- Tuesday ~ Farina on Valencia for luscious lunch with Doug and Barb
- Wednesday ~ dinner with Husbando at Chez Marius (escargot!)
- Thursday ~ lunch with Ginger at Kokkari
Thursday, November 16, 2017
A Glass of Water
I pour a glass of water for myself.
I watch what greys it gathers from the room.
It's not to drink. I want the wanting of
a glass and water sleep can come between.
The glass of water sits there half the year.
Its level drops. Its bubbles bloom and burst.
I get the glass of water's hardly you,
and still I rise to mouthing arid toasts:
to hunger, thirst; to bliss that goes without;
to love abstained, the lull until the flood;
to near enough to touch it hurts, and not;
all windblown wishes, thistles in a field.
I tilt the glass of water to my lips.
I hold like this, before the wanting stops.
The Gallery Press
The Gallery Press
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
After our Sunday lunch we walked from Zuni to Valencia Street to
checkout the strange and wonderful Stuff store. Two floors of used
items, all for sale. It's a treasure trove and always a lot of fun. (On
Friday I will recap this Foodie Festival birthday week and other stuff.)
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
This is the new security guard at the SPCA. I believe it is a giant
camera, but I'm not sure. Yesterday a man walking by thought that I
was controlling K-9 with my iPhone. It's huge and heavy, but I
still think it might end up in the back of a pick-up truck. It probably
goes inside at night, freaking out the dogs and cats as he rolls by.
Monday, November 13, 2017
...has its conservatives. Not to judge, but they are always the worst ~ even
our own Christian evangelicals. When we were in NYC I was fascinated
by the Hasidic Jews ~ long black coats on the hottest days. Women always
with strollers filled with babies. One of Us is a Flix® documentary about
several Jews who are trying to leave the Community. There are way more
Hasidics than I knew and they stay strong by subjugating women and
educating their young to avoid people on the outside and never, ever
use the internet. This movie left many questions, but answered a few.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Husbando devours restaurant reviews and recently read that we needed
to try the sliders at Original Joe's in Westlake. Off we went yesterday
to sit at the counter and eat too much. Yes, delicious, and of course one of
the benefits of this restaurant is that there is free parking. We also split
a huge chopped Italian salad, yum.
Friday, November 10, 2017
|Crushed tea leaf salad|
|Dry fried chicken|
How different various parts of the Bay Area are. Yesterday I met Bev over
in Rockridge (Oakland) and I arrived early to walk around for awhile. This
is a vibrant neighborhood and I enjoyed the College Avenue experience
so much. We had a delicious lunch at a Osmanthus (Chinese for some plant
or other) and we did a fine catch-up on each others' lives. So handy for
me with BART and easy parking for Beverly who drove from Walnut Creek.
Thanks to Bev for finding this spot!
Thursday, November 09, 2017
Some very positive news after Tuesday night ~ elections in Virginia and
New Jersey and a few other places. Women and people of color taking
office while crowds came out to vote. Now if Trump can keep his fat
little fingers off the nuclear code we might all get out of this alive.
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
When I was a girl growing up in staid, pretty Pasadena, my happiest
memories are when I would get on a bus and go in to L.A. I knew
then, but didn't articulate it, that I was a City Person. Cities make me
happy ~ I know other (probably normal) people who find calm and
inspiration at the ocean or walking in the woods, but for some reason
my center lies in the city. I have a couple of excuses for errands this
afternoon and then I will go to my Peet's and sit with my latte and a
sweet and watch the world walk by. The experience is even better now
that I have the handy iPhone so I can record some special moments.
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Yesterday was our final American History class and Professor Rothmann
spent the whole time discussing Trump and how treacherous he is. He can
be removed from office but it will not be easy. Impeachment is a political
act, not a legal one. It is his belief that Mueller will go after and get
Trump's income tax returns and those will tell us so much. Trump's
rhetoric should concern everyone because it is very dangerous. During
the Q&A only one person in a class of 200 seemed to disagree and he
mentioned how great the stock market is doing. Oh, please...
Monday, November 06, 2017
We just keep sending our prayers to the victims and their families. SO
much easier than enacting meaningful gun restrictions. Somewhere
someone is planning another massacre right now and buying up all
sorts of Ruger AR-556 rifles so he can massacre a whole bunch of innocent
people and that's probably because he believes in the 2nd Amendment.
Call me discouraged, call me pissed off and sick of the bloodshed.
But let the NRA (a terrorist organization) do their dirty work in
the name of freedom.
Sunday, November 05, 2017
Back to Hawkins, Indiana in the 80's. The kids have grown since Season
One of Stranger Things and there is a wonderful new character to study.
We watched two episodes yesterday and I can honestly say that I think
it might even be better than last year. Pray for rain so we can do some
daytime TV watching here! On the Flix®, as well you know...
Saturday, November 04, 2017
I took my three departed friends to hang their photos on the Day of the
Dead clotheslines ~ they (Michael, Jane and Irving) would love being
there, that much I know for sure. Sometimes I think other cultures
"do" death better than we do. I left them some marigolds and thanked
them for adding so much to my life, each one changed me for the
better. Marsha and I decided that the homemade altars are better than
some of the artistically beautiful ones we have seen in museums.
Friday, November 03, 2017
Now this is the way to mourn! I finally made it to the Day of the Dead event
which is only a few blocks from our home. Marsha picked me up at 5pm and
we easily found GREAT parking on 24th Street. Walked down to Garfield
Park and enjoyed all the altars, then had a bite to eat and walked up to 22nd
and Bryant for the procession and by 7:30pm the streets were packed and
it was all so colorful and delightful. I will show you more tomorrow...
Thursday, November 02, 2017
I finished and gave five stars to The Reluctant Fundamentalist and just
started this Little Fires Everywhere novel. It's my favorite setting - one
of those "perfect" American suburbs, this one in Shaker Heights, Ohio.
Beautiful writing, don't bother me for a few days, please.
Wednesday, November 01, 2017
I attended the final Universe class yesterday. Try to accept these facts:
- the universe is 13.8 billion years old (after the Big Bang)
- our solar system is 4.6 billion years old
- human civilization is 11 thousand years old
We are the youngest civilization in the universe and who out there
would want to communicate with babies? But Professor Fraknoi
seems to think that there might be other life out there and he
recommends the movie Contact with Jodie Foster. Will do and
well done Fromm.