March 2012 archive

Back With The Cats – All Eight Of Them

First full day cat/house-sitting for the neighbors again. With eight jet-black cats it’s a good thing I’m not superstitious (crossing my fingers).

Retro Cup Of Joe

Went to get some coffee with my mom today and ended up sometime back in the late fifties. “I Like Ike!” Forgot to buy Dupont stock.

Dinosaur Lecture By Jack Horner

Was fortunate enough to attend an evening lecture and book-signing by world-renowned paleontologist Dr. Jack Horner at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park. The event had sold out within a couple of days. The presentation lasted a little over an hour and covered mainly infant and juvenile dinosaurs and the mislabeling of …

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Old Town Photos And Lunch

Made my way down to Old Town to walk around and take some photos before meeting up with my female friends Heather and her daughter, and Lannie and her kids. My photo spree began at the La Casa de Machado y Stewart Museum, built in 1835. It seemed to be especially fascinating to a group …

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Brush Management

For the last couple of days there has been a small army of city workers and contractors clearing brush as a fire break from around the canyon down the street from our house. I do believe they may have been all Hispanic for some odd reason. My mother said they all gather in a circle …

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Kimi’s Belated Birthday Dinner

Had most of the family over for a belated birthday dinner for my niece, Kimi, who recently lost her teenagenicity and turned twenty. My sister, Beata, started things off by bringing Kimi a dozen beautiful roses. Then the evening took a freak show turn when Kimi showed us how spray from an squeezed orange peel …

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Mourning Dove Chicks

After accidentally scaring away the mother Mourning Dove from her nest outside my bathroom window, I ran for my camera to get a few photos of her chicks before she came back. This shot was the only one that worked, but at least I got one. The chicks were much bigger than I was expecting …

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New Photobook On The Life Of A Monarch Butterfly

Created and then purchased a new 8 in. x 8 in., 20-page photobook for free using a Shutterfly coupon. Usually the book costs $30. Only thing I paid for was the $8 shipping. Click here to view this photo book larger Shutterfly allows you to customize your photo book just the way you want.

Video Chat With Brenda And Musi

Had another nice video chat all the way from Austin, Texas with my great friend Brenda and her furry, four-legged son, my nephew, Musi.

Mouse No More

Stepped on this long-ago deceased mouse’s lower jaw in my bathroom this morning. No idea how it got there. Didn’t even know what it was at first. It was so small I thought it was a claw. (That’s a square of toilet paper it’s resting on.) To paraphrase Messrs. Cleese and Palin, it is an …

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The Call Is Coming From Inside The House!

Alligator Lizard

This afternoon, while I was outside weeding around the milkweeds again, my mom called for me (see what I did there?) from inside the house to let me know there was another alligator lizard, this time in the kitchen. It had scurried under the stove/oven. I moved the appliance away from the wall but we couldn’t find …

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Adobe Chapel And Lunch In Old Town

Took my mom down to Old Town this morning to visit the old Adobe Chapel on Conde St. It was the first parochial church in California’s first parish. We had to first stop by the Whaley House Museum Shop to ask a docent to escort us down and unlock the gate and door for us. …

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Sleeping Beauty Castle Painting

This has always been one of my favorite pieces of Disney artwork depicting Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland. It was on an appreciation certificate from 1960.

BBQ Lunch With Phil and The Girls

Met three of my girly friends, Sylvia, Mary and Stephanie, at Phil’s BBQ by the Sports Arena for a fantastic-as-always barbecue lunch and gossip kvetch. A wide variety of topics were discussed, including a lack of bathrooms on road trips, lack of bathrooms on airplanes, a lack of bathrooms in the desert, and a lack …

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Old Town With Stephanie

After she drove down from Los Angeles just this morning, I walked around Old Town with Stephanie, my friend from New Mexico who was at the end of her whirlwind visit of California. Took her to see the Seeley Stables museum, the restored original Casa de Estudillo adobe, took her inside the Church of the Immaculate Conception, passed the …

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