My Grandmother Eva holding my Cousin Emily, ~1973
My sister posted this on Facebook and I just love the shot. I don’t have a lot of pictures of my grandmother and she remains one of the kindest people I’ve had the pleasure to know. Love, love, love.
Dec 03 Reblogged
Early this morning while some of you were sleeping…this is what I was doing. It just does not get any better than this.
NJ Wight - Wonderful shot!! Wow. Gorgeous animals
I had a guy who flirted with me at the gym. I was ending a relationship and I was miserable. This guy asked nothing of me, but it was clear that he liked me - fat, no makeup in a bathing suit. What’s not to love, right? He showed up every day, and we chatted every day, sometimes for hours on end.
I knew a lot about him personally, but never asked if he was married, we didn’t exchange phone numbers, I didn’t even know his last name.
As I got healthier, I got stronger. He and I started hiking in the local hills. One afternoon, after hiking we were sitting on the lawn by the trail head and he leaned over and kissed me, it was sweet and gentle.
Then he looked over my shoulder and saw a rattlesnake moving through the grass about five or six feet away. He jumped up and reached down for me. I looked at the snake, looked at him calmly, and said, it will go away*.
And it did.
P.S. Funny thing, he called me this morning, after three years.
*I don’t know what the hell I was thinking.
Dec 03 Reblogged
TT - irrational anger at a droid voice
Last night I drove up to Lake Casitas to pick up the chicks the Craigslist guy hatched out for me. Lately, I have to rely on Siri on my iPhone4 to get me from Point A to Point B. There’s a diagonal route that keeps me from driving out to the ocean then heading back inland for 30 miles. However, Siri is fond of the freeways, so I end up trying to find the shortcut myself while she directs me to turn left, then turn left…* The roads between here and the guy’s house are dark, narrow and twisty. While I should just suck it up and go out to the ocean, I never want to drive the extra distance.
I always get lost.
Last night, I ended up yelling at Siri when she repeatedly couldn’t find an address that she’s taken to to before, then I lost signal for a good 15 minutes and panicked. I’m learning that these chicken people really live in remote areas — I wonder why that is? :)
I need help, I’m not familiar with the area. Most of the time Siri trips up on the Spanish names that abound in So. Cal, but last night it turned out that I was repeatedly giving her the wrong street name Casitas View, rather than Casitas Vista. When I realized it, my anger dissipated and I laughed for a good 5 minutes.
*I do realize that I could map the route before I leave.*I do realize that I could stop the car to confirm the route / address.
Dec 02 Reblogged
Rose Trellis, gravel Beautiful
This is what I want my yard to look like - but currently the chickens have eaten nearly every plant and it’s 4” deep in mud. But in my mind…
I got strident at the bank
I used to have my own company. Technically, maybe I still do, but I’m working full-time. Clients are paying me for work I’ve done for them and most write checks to me or to me and the company which is fine. Occasionally, like today, a client writes the check to my company only, and therein lies the problem. I have a new bank, the dba is at the old bank. To get a new one, I have to run new banns in the paper pay again for a business license. Crazy, since I’m working a full-time gig and back-burnering the company. The new bank gives me a hard time. They push, I push back, and with luck the check clears into my account and we all move on…
Dec 02 Reblogged
"I’ve got a whole stack of books in my cart. Most of them are advance copies. I know a place where they get thrown out."
“How many books have you read?”
“So why are you homeless?”
“I’ve tried to work a job a bunch of times. But then I get sad, and then I get high, and things fall apart.”
One summer I took the bus to and from an apartment I rented in New Haven, CT. I’d transfer buses at the Yale Green. There was a well-read homeless man who would find me sitting on the grass waiting for the bus. He’d sit beside me and start to read aloud. He was a little guy with a deep, soothing voice. He remembered from day-to-day where we left off, would recap briefly, then start reading.
I don’t know that we ever had a conversation, but I love that he did this.
He read me most of Great Expectations, then his girlfriend was arrested. They were gone a long while, someone said he sat outside the prison waiting for her. His girlfriend Chantal was a free spirit, maybe a little crazy. She called me Vergie — thought I looked like the Virgin Mary. I’d be crossing the Green I’d hear her a long way off yelling Vergie! Vergie! Vergie?!I wonder what happened to them.
They borrowed the books from a free book bin behind the local bookstore, then returned them for another.
How Lucky is This?
I forgot my handbag / wallet this morning. I have a check to deposit, but no ID and my car is running on fumes. I picked up my mail as I was driving to work. I just opened everything, and as luck would have it. My new passport arrived! Suddenly, I have the ID I need to run my life until I get home. :)
Relationships are complicated….
- A friend of mine asked me to follow her cousin on FB as he also has chickens (seriously folks that is just ONE facet of my life) Anyway, I did. Here’s his post this morning…
Yes we ” Were friends ” before you did me dirty girl! Now because you are on your way to Las Vegas you wanna hit me up for a plug cause you know im from the town? Nah chick keep it movin, i gots NADA for you.. DUECES….
- Along similar lines - I play WWF with a kid who works for my buddy of mine. He’s a really good player and we have fun. He has a new girlfriend. So here’s our chat dialogue yesterday…
Winter Months - Help the Homeless
Just a reminder, as the temps drop, the number of homeless showing up in shelters skyrockets across the country. Shelters are currently scrambling for beds and supplies to care for their needs. If you can spare a few bucks for your local shelter, or ask what they need, it may be the best holiday giving you do.
Even here in balmy Southern California it’s not unusual that the night time temps drop down into the 30s and 40s.
Animal shelters are also looking for donations and blankets.
- I was speaking my friend's daughter's buddy Tyler on Thanksgiving eve. I'm not sure what we were talking about prior, but he suddenly got all excited and asked...
- "Do you know Brené Brown?"
- I laughed. "Yes, I'm a huge fan of her work."
- "In fact, I'm currently taking her Gifts of Imperfection class online."
- He smiled wide
- "I like you so much better now!"
Dec 01 Reblogged
Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
Photo by: Steve Evans
Beautiful composition / photo.