~🌻~ May you Walk with Beauty All Around You~🌻~

~❤️~ "The Heart Hath it's Own Memory.."~❤️~
William Wadsworth Longfellow

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Women's solidarity march in San Diego.

We are usually the reddist dot in California.  I think that Trump was idiotic to think that over half the voters in the country were just going to be rolled over.  Duh!

Here's the SCOOP on the march.  There are lots of men in the crowd, too.

Photo is courtesy of PBS

Sunday Stealing: Breaking the Ice...

The Icebreaker Questions

Welcome back to Sunday Stealing which originated on WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud Weiser. 

We believe she's the author but...
It is hard to say where we got these questions. They are from a martial arts site and we think are meant for questions to ask your opponents when you meet. We “think” because most of the site is in French. Also, you’d never ask any of the original questions to someone that you just met. Those questions (i.e. What celebrity would you like a threesome with?) were not what we’d ask someone when we met. But there were 50 questions that we both stole and edited to become today’s massive event. We got the title from the original site. Oh, and feel free to answer the threesome question. And leave the question out for others to read. They will never look at you quite the same way ever again.

Cheers to all us Thieves!

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1. Are you loud, outgoing or shy?
At "familia" gatherings, I'm shy and quiet.  I've learned some hard lessons.  I don't need the grief.  With friends and some relatives, though, I'm confortable enough to be warm, vivacious and animated. 

2. What’s coming up where you’ll see an old friend?
Darlin', most of my friends are dead and buried, sadly. And my #1. BFF is on the other side of the Earth. I'm a little worried about her because of where she lives.
Online friends are also very sweet to have.  I'd like to trek to Missouri to see my other BFF#2 , who is always so much fun to be around!

3. Are you easy to get along with?
I think so, as I love to laugh and also really love people, even having just met them.  Like most Mother Hen types, if you hurt my kids, you are banned from my Realm.  Queen Hen's Rule!

4. Have you ever given up on someone, but then gone back to them?
Yes.  Psycho Dad.  Forgave it all, and then he did something unforgivable.  God will work this out.  It's beyond my abilities.   

5. Who was the last person that you had a deep conversation with?
My neighbor and long time friend.

6. Are you okay with being in a big crowd?
Yes, unless there's a lot of anger around.  Then I want to leave, as I'm prone to throwing bricks.

7. Do you believe in luck and/or miracles?
Used to.

8. What good thing happened during the summer? (It’s good to think about summer when you are freezing your butt off in January.)
We all seem to have had a draconian summer/year.  I was glad to see the backside of 2016. 

9. Do you think there is life on other planets?
Yes, and I also believe that there are parallel universes.  As in "the kingdom of Heaven is all around you but you perceive it not".

10. Who was your first crush on?  
Richie Valens was my first Dream Boat.

11. What are your bad habits?
I'm a messy Arts and Crafter who tends to save just about any sort of paper/wood/ dried plant/stick/thread/bead or bug "for future use"  I've got a dragon fly that was stuck in the grill of the Jeep that I want to "immortalize".

12. What’s your favorite part of your daily routine?
Getting up, finding beauty in something, and drinking tea, watching Netfix,laughing with DH- All good.  I like that we are retired and, essentially, as free as the birds.

13. Other than your significant other, who are you most comfortable with?
I'm most relaxed around my daughters, my Lil Sis, and Bro, my nieces, and my younger SIL.  
14. Has an ex ever told you that they regret breaking up?
Oddly in this fast paced world, I only have had one suitor.  He hasn't left me despite my sometimes emotional reactions to animal cruelty, yadda yadda yadda.

15. Why should your celebrity crush drop everything to be with you?
Um, I have not idea.  I don't like, and never have, "Celebrity".  And to not put too fine a point on this, look where Celebrity worshiping has got us as a nation - 20 second attention spans and Bread and Circuses.

16. What would be the hardest to give up and why? Books. TV. Music.
Music, and that's because Music informs my chaotic brain, and it makes it orderly and gave me long range thinking. 

17. Do you believe in second chances?
Yes, I very much do believe in it.  Many people have completely turned their lives around after being given a second chance.

18. What would like to do next in your life?
Edit here: I really misread this question.  I'm so focused on the NEXT life that I thought this said, ..."in your next life."  Duh!
I want to play the Piano, Irish tin whistle, Concertina and the Guitar; I want to also be a Master Gardener, have and adopt children, and have a PhD in History.

I will let this stand but add:  In this life I'm just living it and trying to look for beauty everywhere.

19. What’s the meanest thing that anyone has ever said to you?
My MIL asked me did I want "a bunch of little "pikininis" running around" at my feet?  I was shocked into silence.  This was in a genteel conversation gone bad.  It was about who I would accept as a marriage partner for any of my daughters.  The question was about something in the news.  What I said was that I didn't worry what color the man was that married my daughters, just as long as they provided for, and loved and cherished my girl, and the children.

Two female family members, in laws, climbed right up into my grill about it.  One even ran off to shout at my husband.  All this occurred while we were all three washing and drying dishes in the kitchen. I'm now even more sensitive about Bigotry and Racism. Now you all can see how my hackles where raised about Bigotry running rampant.  It is abhorrent to say the least!

C/o an Amnesty International mailing.

And now for that song about In Laws....

20. What’s the nicest thing that anyone has ever said to you?
That I had a natural kind of beauty.  I've never forgotten it because I never thought I was, in any way, considered beautiful.  

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Peace & love-

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Saturday 9: Want Summer right now?

~*~A Summer Place~*~

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: A Summer Place (1960)

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1) This song highlights the soundtrack from the movie A Summer Place, which is about two teenage lovers named Molly and Johnny. Did you ever have a youthful summer romance? If so, what was his/her name?
Yes, Mr.Z and I met at a neighbor's party the spring/summer that I was 19.  I was their baby sitter, and he was invited by the host because he was a young and good natured man from work.  'Twas Kismet! 

2) The "summer place" of the song/movie is a resort along the Maine coast. What "summer place" are you day dreaming about this winter morning?
Really none, as there's not a better summer place than San Diego. Just ask all the tourists who come to enjoy the surf, the diving, and the sunsets in less than Phoenix temps.  Moderately hot even on the worst days, though not recently, when it's gotten up to the "broil" setting, I'll choose San Diego.  If you come expect a cold ocean current.  It's not like the east coast, which is warmer, and this is due to the effect of the Humboldt Current.

3) In the movie, Johnny was played by Troy Donahue, who is remembered as nice looking but not terribly talented. Can you think of one of today's actors who you could describe as "nice looking but not terribly talented?"
You mean the ones who have trained at the bad actor's school? *wink* *wink*.  Honestly I can't think of one in what I watch.  I've seen bit players who were not up to snuff but can't name them.  Even the teeny child actors are seeming like they were born to it. 

4) Molly is played by Sandra Dee, a perky blonde who was one of 1960's bankable movie stars. Two other blondes -- Doris Day and Debbie Reynolds -- joined Sandra Dee in the Top 10. The only brunette to sell a lot of movie tickets that year was Elizabeth Taylor. Do you believe men find blondes more attractive than brunettes or redheads? 
No.  I do believe opposites attract, though.  

5) "A Summer Place" was by far the best-selling record of 1960. Also in 1960, two brothers in Ypsilanti, Michigan, opened a pizza place called Dominck's. That was the beginning of a chain now known as Domino's. What's the last food you had delivered to your front door?
Other than Mr.Z bringing in the groceries he bought, the last ordered pizza was years and years ago.
This may all change if it turns out that I can eat pizza again.  Fingers crossed that I can.

6) In 1965, one of the brothers sold his share of the business to his brother for cash so he could buy a VW Beetle. Tell us about a time you had buyer's remorse.
About an hour ago, I ordered a ring from Amazon and five minutes later went back in to cancel it.  It was from a jewelry importer who doesn't do enough due diligence of his products.  Sheesh.

7) In 1960, novelist Ernest Hemingway returned to the United States from Spain and settled in Ketchum, Idaho. Tell us about the last book you read. Was it a novel or non-fiction?
It was non-fiction, which is mostly what I read.  It's called, The Daredevils.

8) In December, 1960, John F. Kennedy, Jr. was baptized in the Georgetown University Chapel. His godparents were Charles and Martha Bartlett, the couple who originally introduced young John's famous parents. Do you have godparents?
Yes, but they are neither of them still living.

9) Random question: You're at dinner with a married couple who begins to fight. Would you intercede and try to make peace? Or would you just sit back stay out of it?

If I didn't know them well, really well, I would back off.  If they were old friend's I would start showing my discomfort.  If that didn't end it, I would say, "Goodbye", excuse myself and leave.  I'm assuming that this dinner is at their home.  If at mine, I would go start uncoiling the garden hose or, maybe fetch the pepper spray?

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, January 20, 2017

Friday5 for Jauary 20: Questions to Make Your Hands Clammy

I've tried 3 times to correct this, and stripped it out and if this does not work, I'll have to stop doing friday5.

Friday 5 for January 20: Questions to Make Your Hands Clammy

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!
Ha.  I was pleased with this week’s theme.  I wrote the questions and then checked my archive, and apparently it’s such a good idea that I thought of it two years ago.  I was pleased that I didn’t repeat myself.  If five questions aren’t enough for you this week, and if you never answered those, feel free to tack those questions onto these and make it a Friday 10!

Who’s been a ray of sunshine lately?
My youngest daughter, as she has reached some place in her life that seems to suit her very well. 

When do you next expect to be stuffed to the gills?
That has already happened the other night.  We ate at the Mall Food Court before seeing a concert.  I was trained early to eat everything I put on my plate and it was a hard lesson.  So, not being able to ever waste food, and not being able to take it home either, I ate all my food.  I was stuffed.
Among people you know, who can really tell a whale of a tale?
Our old and now deceased rockhound friend Bob could tell the best stories.  Very fun times at the rockhound camps.

What’s something you’ve been herring good things about?
The Women's March On Washington.  I hope it goes well.  Wish I could be there!

Which of the S.S. Minnow‘s passengers or crew do you think you’d get along best with?

The Captain. In the few shows we watched, I remember him as jovial and capable.  I know, he did crash his boat onto an Island.  Demerits!
But he was portrayed by a superb actor, Alan Hale, Jr.

Thanks for participating, and may you find a peaceful place to perch this weekend!

Thank you so much for the wishes, and the Meme.  And I wish the same for you. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Thursday Thirteen: Keeping an Even Keel

These are instruction for myself, alone.  I've been writing them out as I tried to keep my little boat from sinking in a now stormy, melodramatic sea.  I have now only three daughters, and I worry what their future in "this land" that is "our" land, will be.

You may find them helpful.

1. Remember your heritage and carry it lightly, and happily, as the Divine lives within us all.

From this Clip Art Page

2. Listen to the wind- in the trees, at the seashore, in your garden as it sings it's way through and around all your plants, and rejoice in it.

3. Knit and make things for others.  This outreach will be more and more important to hold Community together.

4.  Write letters for Amnesty International again, and keep doing it.  These " stormy seas" are going to affect the whole world.

5. Ignore politics, as it is a tug of war. And, it's a covert, nasty, greedy thing.   Take the advice you've been given at least three times.

6. Do not ignore your "leadings".  They are the most important part of "following" your "path", and the purest voice.

7. Help everyone who needs it, especially the voiceless and powerless.  Just "be there".

8. Stay true to your spiritual ethic and your path.

9. Meditate.

10.  Stay in touch with friends everywhere.

11. Organize

12. Quash bigotry

13. Remember the admonishment: "If kindness is recognized as your virtue, you will have fulfilled you purpose completely."

Until then, you may wish to know that we are moving house, and this is addressed especially to CountryDew, to this HOUSE  ;-)  link c/o Pina!!

Since myself, Mr.Z and even the Wolf live in a Sidereal Universe, the new owners will not even know we are there.  See you in a few.