Wednesday, April 26, 2017

We had the strangest looking sunset tonight. The sun shone through the clouds like a laser, making the grass across the highway look like melted gold. Very striking looking.

The other day I tried to get a picture of the grasses across the highway — the wind was blowing them in undulating waves. Fascinating to watch, I took a video of it with my camera, but I can’t embed it into my blog here. I’ll have to post it to FaceBook and then put the link to it here.

There was an article in the Tehachapi News recently about the proposed WalMart superstore that’s been in the works for a number of years. The City of Tehachapi is now requiring WalMart to agree to pay a hefty tax  ($99k +) each year, ostensibly for landscaping and roadway maintenance and additional police services. I don’t know if WalMart wants to build here bad enough to pay. We shall see… For myself, I really do want WalMart to build here. We need it. We also need the hospital to be finished, and we need more doctors and specialists to move their practices here so we don’t have to drive to Bakersfield or Lancaster/Palmdale (40 miles in either direction off the mountain). These ‘wants’ aren’t unreasonable, but a certain segment of the community do not want any kind of growth to change their town. Truly, change is inevitable. Best to accept it and make the best of it.

Not much else going on. Speaking of Bakersfield, we’ll be heading there tomorrow. I have a gift certificate for a quilt shop there, and coupons for CostCo. When I come home with my new 2 Terabyte external hard drive, I will hook up the two older computers that have died for various reasons, and download any files left on them. Then I’ll take the machines to a recycling center so they can be re-made into something new. I much prefer recycling to just putting it in the landfill. There’s too much that goes into the landfill as it is.

Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them.

 

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Today’s Thought For The Day from Dan Galvin’s TFTD:
“What I’ve done, of course, is total garbage.”
— R. Willard, Pure Math 430a
I’ve felt like this many, many times after finishing a project. Then, there have been times when I see something really exciting and very well made and am shocked to discover that I’m the one that made it. I was discussing this strange situation with other quilters the other night. Each one of us had experienced this same phenomena about creativity. I commented that when we create, it’s like throwing part of our energy out into the Universe, and once it’s out of us, it’s forgotten. It’s why I take photos of all my work (or try to remember to) — I know if I don’t capture it in a camera or scan it on my printer, I’ll forget that I created it.  Truly strange,  I can remember events, people, all sorts of other things, but I cannot bring to mind everything I’ve ever made.
I have folders on my hard drive labeled MY WORK, but there are also folders for all of the sewing projects I’ve completed over the years. I have photos all over my hard drive and I really need to sit down and take the time to move ALL of my photos into one central folder. This is one of my ongoing quests — to have my hard drive organized so that I can quickly find any photograph I need. C’Est la Vie — such is life.  Next week, CostCo will have a 2-trilobite external hard drive on sale. I plan on buying one and using it to back up my 1-trilobite external hard drive. I never thought I’d ever fill up that 1-trilobite, but it’s now three-fourths full. I was shocked to see that there are 9-trilobite external hard drive available. I can’t fathom that much storage space, but someone must have, for there they were at CostCo. The size of the drives was about the size of an Android phone. Miniaturization is a commonplace miracle today.
When I see these new sports watches that track your steps and who knows what else, I think of the comic strip character, Dick Tracey and his t.v./communicator watch. Years ago, that was fantasy–today, it’s reality. I wonder what 10 years from now will bring to our world.
Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Know that you are loved. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them.
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Sunday, April 23, 2017

What to do when you’re up early and don’t want to wake the house up? You surf the net, do your e-mail and in general enjoy the day coming alive. We’re socked in with fog this morning and that adds to the silence of the world outside my window.

I discovered a really neat web site a week or two ago. It’s called “A Garden for the House”, and it has gardening tips, decorating advice and recipes!!! I read an article just now about winter sowing of seeds. You can subscribe to his newsletter and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I do. He and his wife live in a 191 year old house that they are restoring. Kevin Lee Jacobs is the author, and he shares the various restoration projects that tell the history of the house with photos of the before, during and after restoration.  http://www.agardenforthehouse.com/

I like the idea that you can sow seeds outdoors during the winter — no need to harden them before putting them out in the garden. Of course, I don’t have an actual garden yet, but it’s something I want to work on this year. I need to get more raised planter boxes built, and that in itself will be a challenge!

It’s going to be another great day today as we will be driving down to Sun Valley today to meet up with the younger son and my niece. Richard has purchased some chimney liner blocks for the railroad and rather than have him drive all the way up here or us drive all the way down to San Diego, we’re meeting half-way. We’ll meet at a restaurant and have a late lunch together, visit and swap out the blocks from his car to ours. I know we will possibly have to go to San Diego in the very near future to attend a memorial service for my uncle who passed away two days ago (on my birthday, sadly), but we don’t know if or when that service will be held, and if we get the blocks now, Robert can put them in the layout and continue laying track. I’ll try to get out with my camera today to get some updated photos of the work that’s being done. If we get back before nightfall, I’ll take some photos and post them.

Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them.

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Yesterday was a beautiful day filled with two meals out and lots of wonderful gifts. It was my 73rd birthday!! Whoo hoo! So pleased that the day was a happy one — not all of my birthdays have been happy ones.

I’ve been working on my family genealogy and discovered last night that my maternal grandfather passed away at the age of 62. Hard to believe. I remember him as being very old looking, and I was perhaps 12 years old when he passed. I only have one maternal aunt and one maternal uncle left (the uncle’s wife is still living, but the aunt is a widow, and has been for a number of years.) My mother was the eldest of seven children, and if what I heard earlier today is correct, my maternal uncle has passed. That would leave my aunt as the only one left.

Losing everyone in the next generation up from me makes me feel very old in a way. I don’t feel my age, and don’t think of myself as old, but numbers don’t lie. LOL I’ll just do as my friend Mage does, and PERSEVERE! Stay active, give to others, and live my life to the fullest, each and every day.

Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Your happiness comes from within — it’s a mental reaction to life as you experience it. So much depends on your attitude, and how you interpret the events of your life as they unfold. Choose to be happy. And never miss an opportunity to remind those you love that you love them. If my uncle has passed, I will have lost forever the opportunity to say, “I love you and will miss you when you are no longer here with us.”

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Our weather was truly strange yesterday. We had sunshine, rain, clouds, and fog, all in one day. This morning, the sun is shining and there’s a few clouds in the sky, but nothing angry looking at all. The photo below was taken yesterday afternoon. The lights in the sky aren’t a UFO, but merely a reflection of the fan/light in the ceiling of my office. But they sure look like a UFO, don’t they?? LOL

Today is a fairly busy day — breakfast this morning with the Depot Signal Crew group and then a Loose Threads quilters meeting this afternoon at 4:00 p.m.

We’re making progress getting materials for the railroad. We should receive a shipment of track today, and on Sunday, we’ll meet up with our younger son and take delivery of five cement chimney liners. We use the liners as a tunnel for the railroad. The first tunnel is at the first corner of the layout. Hard to put into words, but the track will come out of the house, span the walkway and onto the layout for a straight section and then pass into a tunnel as it goes around the corner and heads for the straightaway to the right. We’ll partially bury the liners/blocks in the DG, and cement the track onto the inside of the blocks. 

This photo is of the blocks that our son Richard is buying for us. We’ll meet up with him and our niece on Sunday. They’ll drive north and we’ll drive south. When we reach mid-point in the drive, we’ll find a restaurant to meet at. We’ll have a nice meal, exchange the blocks and visit. Not a bad way to acquire materials for the layout!!

My niece helped me get my DNA tested a few weeks ago through 23andMe.com . There are a number of other organizations/companies who offer genetic testing, but I opted to go with this one. My niece has signed up with three different DNA testing sites, but then she’s searching for long lost relatives. For myself, I was just curious about my ancestral make-up. Fascinating…turns out I’m 55% British-Irish. No wonder I like anything British or Irish!! LOL I guess I’m going to be spending more time on the computer working on my genealogy. Our younger son is having his DNA tested, as is my eldest half-sister’s son. It should be very interesting to learn what their DNA looks like.

On other fronts, I worked on the quilt for the Depot gift shop and managed to get the binding attached and pinned, ready for hand sewing to close up the edge of the quilt. It’s going to look really nice, as I found some red with tiny white polka dot fabric in my stash that almost matches the red polka-dot fabric areas in the quilt. It will look really nice when it’s finished. I’ll take it with me tonight to the quilt meeting and start the final hand stitching there.

Not much else to report, so will close this with blessings to all. Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them.

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday, April 17, 2017

I don’t know if you can see the pink flowers or not, but our Redbud tree is blooming. I imagine when it gets bigger, it’ll really stand out. We have three other trees in the front that are leafing out, but they don’t have blooms. I’m going to buy a fruit tree to add to the mix and it will surely have flowers. (and fruit!)

The Irises are blooming, as are the California Poppies. I have some really beautiful hybrid Iris bulbs but they bloom a bit later than the standard purple Iris bulbs.

I finished the two aprons for the Depot gift shop and have two more cut out and ready for sewing. I think I’ll go back and finish that quilt first. I delivered the aprons to the Depot and saw that they didn’t have any quilts for sale. I also have some fabric that will make a nice pillow front, so will work up a set of pillows for the shop. They usually sell quickly.

Not much else to chat about, so will close with blessings to all. Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them.

 

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Saturday! Saturday! Everything is alright! One of my all-time favorite musicians…

What a morning this has been. Robert’s blood sugar number was high this morning — not outrageously, but enough that we had to think back to yesterday to go over what he’d eaten that may have caused the number to be high this morning. We decided that it was the late night snack of cheese, ham and crackers. This is actually a fairly healthy snack, BUT it was eaten late at night and that’s what drove his numbers up this morning. No more snacking late at night. And if I do give him a snack, it’ll have to be sugar free Jell-O or something like that.

Robert says it’s HIS fault, and I came back with the statement that it was my responsibility to make sure he had healthy food in the house — notwithstanding, I offered him the snack, giving him a choice between the sugar free Jell-O that I had fixed earlier, and the usual cheese and crackers.

When I saw what his numbers were this morning, I went to the computer to look for healthy snacks for people with Type 2 Diabetes. They were all the things that I typically gave him to eat. So the only thing we could come up with as an explanation was that he ate too late in the day. Duly noted…

Living with Type 2 Diabetes has got to be a life-long learning process. Choices in everything you eat, and WHEN you eat, are ultimately the controlling factor. Because it’s what’s called a ‘silent’ disease, we wonder (worry!) that the disease continues to progress, although we’re doing everything we can to keep it under control. My grandfather died from diabetes and heart failure–died in his sleep. I had two aunts and an uncle (my mother’s siblings) who were diabetic. I think it’s really strange that my mother was the eldest of seven children and of those children, three had diabetes. I realize that it’s genetics that dictate who develops a disease inherited from a parent, but why does one child develop the disease and not the other? How many generations will the gene for diabetes carry through?

Robert read an article in the paper the other day that stated Diabetes was the leading cause of death–more than heart disease and lung disease combined. I don’t know where that statistic came from, but seeing the rise in diabetes numbers these days, I don’t doubt the validity of the statement.

There are worse diseases to have to live with on a day to day basis. I’m grateful that we only have diabetes as our burden in life. We are blessed.

Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Know that you are loved, and you can get through anything life brings your way. Be sure to remind those you love that you love them. Life can be incredibly short at times.

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