Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Month End Musings ~ March 2009

This month I amused myself with musings about toast, neighbors, and cemeteries. But it is late--11:10 p.m., March 31, and there is a threat of a worldwide virus infecting computers at 12:00 midnight on April 1. My Cousin called and said not to turn on my computer tomorrow! So in a nutshell:

I burned toast last week. I didn't want to throw it away--too wasteful. I scraped, but ended up eating burned toast. I didn't like it, but it occurred to me that some people probably like their toast that way. My friend Julie likes her microwave popcorn burned.

There is a saying that good fences make good neighbors. I don't know what made me think about that, but I say that good people make good neighbors. We have the best neighbors in the world in Helen and Sal. When you can call your neighbors at 3:00 a.m. and say that you think you hear something in your attic and they come over--well, what can I say. "It's just the roses hitting the side of the house," I'm told. "What a wuss," I'm told. Yet on the following Saturday morning there is Sal, unbeknownst to us, cutting back the very tall rose tree that is caressing the side of the house.

My Sister and my friend, Madelyn, and I visited Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland last Sunday to see the tulip show. I put my digital camera in my car well in advance--I wanted to take pictures of the various displays. We were to meet Madelyn at 1:00, and we were running late, and I needed gas. So . . . we took my Sister's car. Without the camera. I ended up buying a throw-away camera at Longs. So there I was in the smallish Tower Chapel with its fantastic acoustics taking photos along with everyone else--everyone else, I might add, sporting $500+ digital cameras. I'd forgotten how very LOUD it sounds when you advance the film. Did I mention the great acoustics in the chapel? I am surprised I was not escorted to the door! If the pictures are the least bit decent, I hope to post them. In addition to the displays, starting in April, there will be thousands of tulips in bloom at the cemetery. We could already see many of them already in bloom on Sunday. Perhaps I'll redeem myself and return with my trusty Fuji digital camera. The cemetery is very beautiful--giving the appearance of a resort, with people walking dogs and riding bikes. It was very peaceful and lovely. It's made me rethink cemeteries and their purpose.

Finally, a big shout out to my peeps at My Friends and I--C, K, and M! A wonderful Spring Open House--as usual!

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These Are a Lot of My Favorite Things !

  • A Really GOOD Hamburger
  • AAA Trip Tiks
  • American History
  • Anne of Green Gables (Canadian Television Production)
  • Antiques Roadshow (TV)
  • Anything My Cousin Florence Cooks
  • Apple Farm Inn in San Luis Obispo
  • Apple Hill
  • Apples - See My Apple Room Slideshow on the Right
  • Aprons - The Old-Fashioned Kind from the 30's, 40's, 50's
  • Avocados
  • Babies
  • Big Band Music
  • Big Cities
  • Bill Bryson
  • Boston
  • Breakfast for Dinner
  • Broadway Musicals
  • Bull Durham (Movie)
  • Calendars
  • California Gold Country
  • Casper's/Kasper's Hot Dogs
  • Chess Pie from Neldam's Bakery
  • Clotheslines
  • Clotted/Devonshire Cream
  • Coloring in Coloring Books
  • Corner Gas (TV)
  • Dill Pickles
  • Diner Memorabilia
  • Disneyland
  • Esther Williams & Van Johnson Movies
  • Fireworks
  • Flowers--White Geraniums, Roses of All Colors, Wildflowers, Pansies That Look Like Little Faces, Bougainvillea, Freesia--Is There a More Glorious Fragrance?
  • Formal Dining Rooms
  • Frasier (TV)
  • Garlic
  • Genealogy
  • George Strait
  • Gidget, Gidget Goes Hawaiian, Gidget Goes to Rome (Movies)
  • Going to the Zoo
  • Gooey Cinnamon Rolls
  • Google
  • Gooseberry Patch
  • High Tea
  • Holidays--All of Them!
  • Honey & Lexie - Two Very Sweet Maltese
  • I Love Lucy (TV)
  • Jigsaw Puzzles
  • June Allyson & Van Johnson Movies
  • Kaspers/Caspers Hot Dogs
  • Magazines
  • Meet Me in St. Louis (Movie)
  • Movie Musicals
  • Movie Popcorn at the Movies
  • My Family
  • My Friends & I - Niles, California
  • My Mother's Macaroni Salad
  • New Orleans - At Least My Memories of It
  • Old Time Radio Comedy Shows - Especially Burns & Allen and Jack Benny
  • Olives - Especially My Newly Discovered Mezzetta Mediterranean Olive Antipasto
  • Polka Dots
  • Skylines
  • Small Towns
  • Snowmen
  • Sourdough Bread
  • Sunsets
  • Susan Branch
  • Susan Rios
  • Taking Pictures of Signs--Yes Signs
  • The 3 Thirties
  • The Andy Griffith Show (TV)
  • The Beatles
  • The Big Bang Theory (TV)
  • The Carousel of Progress - Formerly at Disneyland - If You Were a Fan, Check Out the Updated Version at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKz6qdexetY
  • The Grand Canyon
  • The Oakland Museum White Elephant Sale
  • The Odd Couple (TV)
  • The Season of Autumn
  • The Way We Were (Movie)
  • Thomas McKnight
  • Top Chef (TV)
  • Traveling
  • TV Food Network - Especially The Barefoot Contessa; The Neeleys; Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives
  • Venice, Italy
  • Walnuts
  • Watercolors
  • What I Do for a Living--i.e., My Job
  • When Harry Met Sally (Movie)
  • Where the Boys Are (Movie--the Original)
  • Where's George
  • Window Flower Boxes
  • Wrapping Presents
  • YML


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