Friday, December 26, 2008

Xmas 2008

Multi-cultural Xmas Eve 2008. Tinsel on head- Scandinavian Santa Lucia. Homemade (but not by me) tamales- Mexican. Cat in my arms- Russian. Xmas Bonsai tree- Japanese.

Akyla the cat. The wonderful, wonderful cat.

Akyla & I both loved having a fire in the wood-burning stove. I must look into getting a cord of wood. There's something delicious about heating a home with a fire that central air just can't duplicate. (Thanks to my roommate -VJ- for this photo as well as the one of me on Xmas Eve.)

Tower configured from Jenga Party Blocks.

Xmas day hail. Its easier to see the pea-sized hail in the close-up of my patio blocks. That hail might be small, but it sure smarted to walk through. (I braved it to take out the compost... the compost bin being just out of the camera's shot on the right.)

Xmas Dinner= ham, rice, salad with veggies & pomegranate seeds, homemade-watery-cranberry-sauce, Martinelli's Sparkling Cider, milk, & Sees candy.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Seven Things........

Thanks to Kristabel, here's seven things you might not know, or might not want to know, about me. ...and thanks to my digital camera for deciding to work, just a little longer, so I can continue to upload pics. (Don't you just love the one of my cat in my mailbox?)

1. I often take my cat with me when I check the mail. She volunteers when I jingle the mailbox keys and I enjoy the company.

2. I like "Its A Small World" ride at Disneyland. As I child I wanted to learn the song in every language it was sung during the ride; but my memory wasn't good enough and I only managed it in English. (Sorry if I've gotten the song stuck in your head.)

3. I considered writing 2. on a postcard and sending it into Post Secret.... but its underlying philosophy seems to not only be secrets that no one else knows; but also secrets you wouldn't want anyone else to know. I obviously don't meet this contingency.

4. I'm queer.

5. I have a penchant for pens.

6. I miss baking gluten-filled things more than I miss eating them. For about a year now I've known I was gluten intolerant, and have since adhered to a strict gluten-free diet. Though I dearly miss sourdough bread and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, I miss the affinity I had with baking more. No other type of cooking affords me the same ease as I had with baking and my ability has not translated to gluten-free baking.

7. I like crochet better than knitting. Oh wait, I forgot to finish that scarf I was knitting. I love this. I like knitting better than crochet. Here's a neat crochet pattern. Oh my, this is way fun. I like crochet better than knitting............

The End

AND-------> If you're reading this and your name appears on the following list, well then--- Tag, You're It:

Dwarf with a Spoon AKA Dwarven Chef (voted least likely to respond as hasn't blogged since 21 August 2008.)
Tracy AKA T-Rex
Cousin Greg (Voted 2nd-least likely to respond as hasn't blogged since 30 September 2008.)

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

Halloween was a crazy bid deal at work. I've never worked in a place that made it such a big deal. I'm in a big room with a total of 8 units, each unit has 2 rows of desks. Most of the units went all out in decorations and costumes, each creating their own little haunted house or themed story... except mine. I was in the unit that won the party pooper prize. I wore an orange shirt w/ a black cat on it and was the most dressed up..... Anyhow, one unit did a Zoo Theme, another did a Swamp Theme, another was a Mad-Scientist's Laboratory. A lot of units completely partitioned off their area and created an enclosed world inside. The room I'm in is only one room of one building at the social services "campus," as its nicknamed. Other areas were also decorated. One was the Wizard of Oz, another did a Pirate Theme, another was Robin Hood in the Sherwood Forest, and one of my favorites was The Wild West-- complete w/covered wagon, jail, stable, sheriff's office, and saloon. And there was food, lots and lots of food. By the time I got home I was way over-stimulated and was glad I had planned a quiet night in.

In between oooing and ahhhing at kids in costumes, I made gluten free brownies, popcorn, and my dinner; all while listening to Micheal Jackson's, "Thriller" on LP. I only had 6 groups of trick-or-treaters, but it was still fun. The strange part was that very few of them actually said "Trick or Treat." Most said "Happy Halloween" and one said, "Hello, May I please have some candy?" The last one came from a little boy, just out of toddler-hood, who promptly took a huge handful of my Jolly-Rancher Lollipops, much to his mother's chagrin... I thought it was cute.

After the near sugar- induced coma I had thrust upon myself at work, I was keen on savory for dinner.

For Halloween dinner I skillet-cooked some guere cheese and turkey sausage with apples. As it cooked I sprinkled on nutmeg, and cinnamon, but no sugar. I completed the dish with a hearty helping of sauerkraut.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Happy Songs and Doodles

Apple Remote Meme

Adding to T-Rex's way-cool apple remote story...
...something that's bound to become a meme.

For more info, go here.

I do tend to be entertained by
the little things in life.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Have Avacado, Will Travel

Just before heading home on a recent trip to Santa Barbara, I thought of all those avacado deprived people back in Humboldt County and knew the perfect (and free) souvineers to bring everybody.... avacados.

This tree was my bedroom view for numerous years growing-up. It was always plentiful and has continued to increase its generosity with time. The curtain rod and its holders were handmade by my father. Back in high school I complained that there were no curtain rods made long enough for my window. The curtains I wanted to make required there to be a solid bar w/out a supporting bracket in the middle, so dad went into the garage and made this curtain rod to my specifications.....
....I never did get around to making the curtains.

Here again, is the avacado tree through the bedroom window. Its surprising now, but there were times in my life when I was sick of eating avacados. When I moved out of the house and had to pay for avacados, I was also surprised by how expensive they were. In my mind, avacados were always free and bountiful things, like rocks or pill-bugs.

Dad and I picked avacados for just 20 minutes or so and were able to gather this huge container full. He esitmated we only picked about 10% of the available fruit. Yumm, plenty more for future trips.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Dad & 3 "Cubs"

Mom's internment helped me realize that she's really gone. Before the service I found myself sitting in my childhood home expecting her to walk into the room and tell me to keep my hair off the couch, or call me from her bedroom asking me to bring her a cup of coffee. Seeing her ashes lowered into the grave was a very concrete image.

On the net I chanced upon a poster of a bear and three cubs. I knew I had wanted to give dad-- lover of bears-- a little something. This was the perfect way to remind him that he's not alone, he still has his three daughters who love him very much. Here's wishing us all well!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Take A Picture of Yourself Right Now

.....adding to the meme:

Take a picture of yourself right now
Don’t change your clothes, don’t fix your hair
Just take the picture
Post the picture with no editing
Post these instructions with your picture

Monday, September 08, 2008

Skeeter Season

Thousands of mosquitos would gather around the rosemary bush outside my back door and stay there for hours, especially around dusk. The landlord cut down the rosemary bush to paint the house, but I've seen the same curious behavior elsewhere, like in these photos I shot of a neighbor's tree. At first I thought it was a local annual oddity, but have since heard much town-talk about how bad the mosquitos have been this year. I'm quite familiar with mosquitos and their bites, but have not seen this behavior before.

***I'm assuming the fuzzy dot on the top-center of all the photos is a speck of dirt on my camera's lens-- all the other dots and dashes around the tree are mosquitos. I did donate blood in my efforts to capture the spectacle... but not as much as one might think.***

Twilight over McKinleyville, CA

Friday, July 04, 2008

Moonstone Beach with Sadie

July 4th, 2008. Sadie, my roommate's dog, and I take a trip down to Moonstone beach along the hazy Humboldt coastline. Newly discovered the day before, Moonstone instantly became my favorite local beach; having everything from sand to seashells, rock-climbing to water wading, and all from the safety of an RV inaccessible parking lot.

Sadie is a trained bird dog. She obediently and single-mindedly loves, loves, loves to play fetch. I do not. After what seemed like an eternity, I did something that I had never done while out with Sadie before-- I put away all the tennis balls and encompassing retrieving paraphernalia.

What I discovered was a pretty cool companion dog that was part billy goat. We climbed rocks and boulders, mingled with people, and met 2 other dogs named 'Sadie'.

Flowers are hidden treasure that dot Moonstone's rocky crevices and cliffs. I found them in purple-blue, pink, yellow, and white.

I also found that where-ever I pointed my camera, a Sadie-dog tended to come into view. Quite magical, indeed.

Photographer and doggy model continued to explore, first a big cave, then its little neighbor with a surprise trickle waterfall, before it was off towards home. Where a well-deserved nap awaited us both.