~♥~ Happiness is a Do-It-Yourself Project~♥~

~♥~ Happiness is a Do-It-Yourself Project ~♥~

~♥~ Enough is as Good as a Feast ~♥~

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tuesday Tails: Wolfie's little sneaky treats...

Mr. Z came up to me in the big room where I was reading in The Comfy Chair.  He held aloft a bone - a REAL one- from when he and the little Wolf came in from their walk.

In his hand Mr. Z held the thigh bone of a chicken.  He showed me this trophy he'd wrestled away from a very reluctant former feral doggie.  I can only imagine that Wolfie saw himself as slipping down even further on the Alpha Male list if ever the BIG DOGS had a shift in their polarities.

I would have taken a picture of said bone, to show you, but, since it was a trashday trophy, and it had been held concealed in Wolfie's little triangular mouth for the better part of their walk, it looked the worse for wear.

This dog will eat anything, as we have found over the years to our horror.  There have been a few unmentionable "treats" that we've had to dig out of that little mouth.  He is a master at sniff and snarf on the sly.
Wolfie considers his "sins". hehe

Such an innocent little face, too.  I never let him lick MY face.  Ahem!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Music Monday: Tibetan Peace Bowls and chimes.

Small warning:  Ignore the comments.  Some stupid person or other is always hacking away on some other agenda.  Click through the ad.

This is long.  Enjoy the time away from our world...... both it's worries and it's cares.... let the sound carry you to another World.
Save the link for a day when you are nearly shattered with the noise of life.  There is a way to make an MP3 for your iPod if you like it.  I"m going to make one.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Summertime Sunday Stealing, on Saturday Night..

July 19, 2014
summer meme
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From: Quizopolis

Note to readers:  As a kid, I looked forward to summer and the freedom to read all day if I got done with chores which were many.  Now, I just dread it because of the heat and the crowded beaches.

Favorite summer flower:  My favorites are the wildflowers, and top of the list is the Queen Anne's Lace that grows wild in Lost Coast.  

I like the ones like Indian Paintbrush and some of the Yellow Water Worts that grow near the fresh water stream at Agate Beach.  HERE is a web page for finding any California wildflower that exists.

Flavor of ice cream:  Chocolate Mousse!

Mode of transportation:  I like to ride bikes.  Of course, I no longer can, but that's not important.  

Music:  Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young for summer concert memories.  Wow, Concerts and picnics on the grass at the Wild Animal Park in the summer past.

Food:  I like potato salad, hot dogs, four bean salad, and I'd reaaally like to make a coconut cake like the one that we had at the Fourth.  Lordie,  that was SO good!

Favorite game to play: Cards?  I like Cribbage.  I nearly always win.  I have NO idea why this is so but Mr. Z says it's because it's a game of pure luck, no skill necessary. hehehe.  I love to throw the frisbee, if you mean that sort of game.   

Earliest childhood summer memory:  At my grandparent's house, in Ohio.  I was about 20 months old, and I remember leaving streaks of my own blood on the stair well walls as I walked down, wailing, and bled from cuts received from a razor blade I found in my newly arrived parental unit's luggage.  It was on the bed, and there was this shiny, amazing looking "thing" in a corner of it.  Little kids like, "shiny".  

Favorite Drink:  I like Orange Julius', and so when all else failed I figured out how to make them.

Favorite Snack:  Fiery crunchy Cheetos!

Place to read:  Curled up on what I used to call The new tall bed, with my little reading buddy by my side.

Most annoying:  From my Youth, I hated the heat and the fact that all the canning HAD to be done in the summer.  Now, of course, you can freeze a lot of stuff but not when I was growing up nor when my own kids were small.  I remember having to the stand in the utility porch, stripping skins off of a THOUSAND pounds of tomatoes, apricots, or peaches.  You have to dip them in boiling water and then the skins will slip off.  Then the packing and the water baths.  I helped my mother do all this but I did learn how to preserve the summer's bounty.

How I handle the heat:  I'm not good at all with heat.  I handle it by standing in the shower with a long dress on and getting dripping wet.  Thank you Suzi for the tip!

Pet Peeve:  I'm not too peeved at much anymore.  Well, the use of Drones.  They make me peevish.

All-time favorite bathing suit:  The swimsuit that I had in my forties.  It was gorgeous.  Aqua blue floral with a crossing top; it was a one piece and fit like a dream.

Best Time of Day:  Evening, when the sun is going down and the birds fly in for a last drink of water from the bird bath.

Most romantic:  Watching the Sunsets, with DH, on Sunset Cliffs.

Summer movie:  My favorite one is a movie that was filmed in Iceland, in the winter.  It's called "Noi, The Albino".  Though it is a bit strange, and this is important, everything is very cold!  I want to watch it again and very soon!

Saturday Komeekz

heehee.. for the old folks, at home......You know, the ones who even remember who this is!

Johnny Cash Saturday 9 Live. hehe

Ring of Fire

Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!

Saturday 9: Ring of Fire
(because country music was recommended by Colletta's Kitchen's Sink)

If you're not familiar with today's song, you can hear it here.

1) Recorded by Johnny Cash, "Ring of Fire" was written by his wife, June Carter. Johnny's daughter Roseanne says it's about "the transformative power of their love." What's your favorite love song?

The First Time, recorded by Roberta Flack.  Sorry about the motorcycle revving at the end.  Gah!

2) Though more than 50 years old, this song is still popular today. Country Music Television named it one of the best and most requested of all time. Are you a country music fan?
I love nearly all music, and Country music is one of my particular favorites.  

3) This recording features mariachi horns, inspired by Mexican folk music. Have you ever been to Mexico?
I love Mexico so much.  It's beautiful there!  Unfortunately things have changed for the worse over time.

4) Cash's birth certificate said, "J. R. Cash," and "J.R." is what his parents always called him. When he enlisted in the Air Force, Uncle Sam refused to let him simply go by initials, so he chose the name "John." If you could choose a different name for yourself, what would it be?
 I'm OK with my name but sometimes I would like to have had my mother's name. 

5) Cash and his first wife, Vivian, had their first date at a roller skating rink. Tell us about one of your first dates.
Our very first date, was a sailing date.  We took a sailboat out on the bay at Newport Beach. We had a terrific time sailing around the bay.

6) Cash died in September, 2003, four months after he lost his second wife, and love of his life, June. The cause of death given was complications from diabetes, but his children believe he died of a broken heart. Do you think that's possible?
Yes.  I think my mother died of a broken heart.  Lately, I think these events actually have been given a name: Broken Heart Syndrome.

7) Cash was known as "The Man in Black." What color do you wear most often?
I seem to get a lot of pinks and browns.  I mostly buy used clothing, and those colors are my favorites.  Updated to say, I certainly have a lot of blue as well.  Blue and brown go well together.

8) There's a Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville. What's the last museum you visited?
I think the very last one was The Museum of Natural History in Balboa Park.  If you come here, don't miss the wonderful museums there.  Also, the very last ones we went to may have been several in San Francisco a few summers ago.  San Francisco has gorgeous museums!

9) A stretch of Tennessee Highway 31E is known as "Johnny Cash Parkway." What street in your town is named for a famous person?
San Diego has Martin Luther King Highway.  I was just on it today for a stretch.

Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" Enjoy your weekend.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Carnival time! friday5

Friday 5 for July 18: All’s Fair
This is friday5 a little late.  It wasn't up when I checked last night.  

Hello, and welcome to this week’s Friday 5! Please copy these questions to your webspace. Answer the questions there; then leave a comment below so we’ll all know where to check out your responses. Please don’t forget to link us from your website!

How do you feel about carnival rides?
I like the Merry-Go-Round, period.

How do you feel about carnival games?
They are mostly a scam.

What’s your favorite carnival food?
These were my favorites when I was still going to the fair.  Who can pick only one?  They are: a big gooey cinnamon bun to start the day;  Hot dogs on a stick with an Orange Julius; Indian Fry bread.  Yum!

Which animals do you look forward to seeing at the fair?
We always went to see what ever animal was up for that day, but the chickens and rabbits were mine.  There were no horses or I would have just hung out at the horse barns all day.  Forget the other stuff, even the food.

How much does it cost to ride the bus in your city?
Somewhere around 3 bucks.  And you know what?  I resent that bus drivers are now paid so little even though the fares went up astronomically.

Thanks for participating, and have a Tilt-a-Whirl of a weekend!

Have a great weekend, y'all!

Five Minute Friday: Bloom......

First, Five Minute Friday:
The rules are that we write flat out for five minutes, based on the prompt word, not stopping for spelling, grammar or punctuation perfection.  Just stream of consciousness writing.  And then, we put up our link at the Five Minute Friday Page and try to encourage at least one other poster, the one next to your link, by reading their post.  This is a very refreshing and freeing sort of writing, and I hope you will join in the project. Have fun writing flat out, for five minutes.  The link is in the side bar under MEMEs.

This week's prompt word is "Bloom".
I'd like to talk about the Counter Culture.  We Counter Culturists are not outlaws, nor Anarchists, but a group of people who had our beginnings in the Back to the Earth movement that started during the very  destructive and illegal intervention into a civil war in Vietnam which had initially started out as a war of independence from France..

In the early 60's my generation was told, "Bloom where you are planted."  Oddly there are no original printings of the poster which was EVERYWHERE at the time.  It, like so much of the movement, was co- opted, first by hippies who were wild and had so little to do with the Counter Culture, and then by people wanted to bank on it.

What we in the Counter Culture wanted was something more out of life.  A more human sized and humane sort of governance for ourselves and our children.  There would be, had to be, a more spiritual and community oriented approach to solving problems.  

Many a board room eventually filled up with ex-hippies, but the people of the Counter Culture wanted a more REAL life into the next century. 

A big majority of the ex hippies, who were just fooling around to see how far they could go with rebellion, ended up going after power and money, the most discontenting couple of things ever invented by humans as a social structure or as a means of survival for any but the most aggressive and greedy.

What about the ones who didn't follow the hippy movement mass exodus from sweet natures and calmness?  Did the ones who wanted to live counter to culture survive long?  The answer is yes, we did.

Yes, we did.  We've made a humane world. albeit mostly ignored.  But we have a different view of what's important and believe me, it's not money or social position.  We bloomed and prospered, knowing full well that "enough was as good as a feast", and that IF we took care of the Earth, she would take care of us.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

About developers and Gnatcatchers.

This is a bulletin from from Audubon California:

ESA protections should be upheld for CA Gnatcatcher
Audubon California is opposing the latest attempt by southern California developers to remove the California Gnatcatcher from protection under the Endangered Species Act. The delisting petition relies on a new study claiming the California Gnatcatcher is not a genetically unique subspecies, but a number of avian experts contend that this study is based on inadequate data and that the petition should be rejected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We are keeping a close eye on the developing situation."

My personal notes:

These little birds have gotten increasingly scarce since the whole area around the lake was developed for reasons other than birds.  This occurred sometime in the 80's or 90's, I've lost track of just when it happened.  Meadowlarks, as well as Gnatcatchers, are now getting close to numbers that will be below their ability to keep a steady population, and Meadowlark song was just all over the lands where there is now a huge parking lot.  They needed that Meadow and no one was able to stick up for them.

Let's start standing up to developers who don't have anything else on their minds than to develop for MONEY, and to hell with everything else that stands in their way!

Thankful Thursday: Patio Plants, Salads, Feasts, Books

The shade patio plants are watered already! Yay!

Picture Source
Today I am grateful for being able to eat delicious salads all year long.   We are so spoiled in California, and I hope the drought will stop soon.  We'll see.  Mr. Z washed the car on Friday, and it rained  Monday.  In truth, it was not enough rain to do anything but get the car all dirty again, but it DID rain!

Also I can eat some of the ethnic foods we love, like falafel, even though I can't eat pita bread, or, indeed, any wheat breads.  Lord, I do miss them but am grateful beyond rejoicing and reveling, that ancient wheat still exists!  Though not plentiful, the flour is available, and I can still make tortillas.  Yay!

Tortilla making is on a list of things to accomplish PDQ, though I might cook them outside in the shade patio on a camp stove, doing that  in order to save the cool air in the house.  We cool the house down with the outside air, over night.  California air conditioning. Lol.

This brings us to Feasts:
I always remember that adage, "Enough is as good as a Feast."  It's now going up on the header.

Around the old Homestead:
Our Heater/ Air conditioner project is on hold at the moment due to a little snafu in paper work.  I'm still hoping to work everything out and have the first company do it.  I like them a lot!

I just finished reading Etched in Sand, by Regina Calcaterra.  She more or less had a childhood like mine.  And she came out of it in triumph!  You Go Girl!  And, she also pretty much had that good/bad experience of being a foster child.  This book made me wish that I had not gotten sick in my 50's so that I could have taken in the 18 year olds who are forced, or were as I have no idea if it's been changed or not, to leave foster care rather cruelly and abruptly, at age 18.

We did, unofficially, foster a couple of teens, who where our older daughter's friends, when they lost their homes at 18, though this was not because they were in the foster system.  Since I loved to cook, and feed people, it worked out quite well for the most part.  I remember them with fondness.  Anyway, this is a gritty book that shows just what a child who has good teachers and some good foster parents can do to survive whenever a bad, rotten parent, who doesn't deserve them, continually snatches them right back under some pretense or another.  I'm writing on the fly here, sorry.  Too many commas and not enough proof reading!

I'm presently reading Come to Grief by Dick Francis.  I think of it as a mystery, with horses in it.  To me, that is a very good read, indeed!  I just started it.  Dick Francis is one of my all time favorite authors.

There's another book waiting at the library, Operation PaperClip, which I didn't quite finish reading.  The footnotes and bibliography are two things worth delving into.  Ghastly but not at all out of line for a budding world power to play this "War" game instead of pursuing Peace by making sure people were punished for what they did during WWII.  What commenced was an odd way to make sure some other little monsters didn't just hitch up their bandoleros and do it all over again, which they have done, on a smaller scale, several times hence.

 I guess we can all be grateful that it hasn't turned out worse.  See, something to be grateful for!