Monday, May 1, 2017

We had dinner out (and breakfast too!) for the past couple of days, to the point where I would have needed a shoe horn to get anything else in our refrigerator. So tonight was an easy meal of leftovers–chicken fajitas, Spanish Rice, and strawberry shortcake for dessert.

Robert began weed whipping the lower level today. He worked for about an hour and then took a break before going back and working another hour. When he tested his blood sugar before dinner, it was at 73–just a wee bit on the low side. I’m glad dinner was something that wouldn’t run his numbers back up too high. It really is a balance thing–the right foods in the right amounts, and exercise. We’ll see what his numbers look like in the morning.

I worked on the binding for the latest quilt while watching “A Pet’s Life” on Netflix. I fell asleep, and so did Robert. Can’t believe that movie didn’t keep me awake the whole time. It was hilarious. I think I was just tired…still am tonight. I do have trouble sleeping through the night — like a newborn baby, I’m awake every 2-3 hours, no matter when I go to bed. Ah me… it’s still a good life.

Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Life is fragile, treat it and others with kindness. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Progress is being made on the railroad–we have the first tunnel laid in place and track leading from the house out onto the layout.

You can just see the first chimney liner there at the corner of the layout. Track will go on top of the tunnel, down the south side of the layout, make a horseshoe turn at the end, and head back through the #1 tunnel before moving around the western end of the layout and back down the north side of the railroad. Should be fun to get the last bit of rail set in place and hear the trains running once more.

The tunnel curves to the left, to go around the corner of the layout. You won’t see the gaps between the blocks once they are mortared in place. And too, there will be black paint on the inside of the chimney flue liners, to simulate a length longer than it is naturally.

It’s going to be good…


Not much else going on right now. My niece and I have been working on our family Tree genealogy. It’s going pretty well.

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


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Saturday, April 29, 2017

The wind is still blowing fiercely today. It was calm and quiet a couple of hours ago, but then it started up again. We had moved all of the chairs around to the alcove, but suddenly we heard a loud scraping noise and we watched as the stacked deck chairs slid across the deck to sit next to the railing — around the corner from the alcove! The wind was coming from the east rather than from the west as it usually does. Strange… and that stack of deck chairs is not light.

Our niece is here this weekend and we’re working on the family genealogy. I have a tri-tip roast in the oven and the house feels warm and cozy. A good day…

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

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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.

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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