Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Musings on a sunny December day

Greetings from fa  Lala land    It's been a while since I've written and it feels good to pick up the pen or the pixel once again.  I travel back-and-forth across the US went back to work and now find myself living in literally the happy.   My neighborhood here in sunny Los Angeles is literally called the happy .  It doesn't have an English name however it's a Spanish name Los Feliz.   Life has certainly had its ups and downs one of the great things about living here in California is getting to meet so many interesting people .  People and authors I've known on the web, are now names and faces.   LA is the land of the déjà vu face .   I just get used to the fact that yeah I know you from somewhere and I'm not gonna bother trying to figure that out .  They earn their privacy as much as  we crave ours.  So the events here in California have had me thinking I just wanted to wish everyone peace of the season.  Anyone who believes that their beliefs are so all encompassing that they must stamp out and trampled all this agreement needs to take a deep breath .  If you are here in the United States you must understand we are a nation of many and out of the many we become one nation that does not mean we have one way of thinking or one way of acting.   We are united in our belief that everyone here every citizen has the right to think and believe as their heart chooses.  And just as much as they may share their choice.  It is every since citizens right to decline to share that choice as well. That's what makes me glad to be an American and that's why I put on the uniform to protect that right so many years ago

Monday, February 27, 2012

Monday, December 26, 2011

Post Noel and Boxing Day musings

Merry Christmas. In some places the 26th is Boxing Day. Here I'm calling it TG no more Carpenters on the radio day. I cannot fathom playing the same songs to the point beyond saturation but for me if I never hear them again I will be fine with that. Too much of any one thing breeds contempt. This year there were the almost sadly traditional scenes of Zealous shoppers getting into trouble over the it item for the year. As if that were the point. This year our family was far away and only vis the genius of Steve Jobs were we able to see and hear some of the morning excitement. When technology brings us close and eases the sting that the miles bring on a holiday you can believe its all a part of Gods plan. I don't think he was too excited by the pepper spray in line for the gadgets but we are all fallen short of the glory of God here. Will any of the excitement and joy of the day, the peace of a sleeping and waiting house or the love and warmth given via the scents of food prepared with love hold much into the new year? I can only send that hope to everyone else. If only a flicker of it sits inside each heart there will be a little more light in the cool hard start of another year. God Bless us, every one, no exceptions.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Is there no understanding in the space we call the web, that for some of us, there is a business space and there is a friend and family space?  I am not saying if you post something you wouldn't put on an interstate billboard, you should be conceded, but silly family and friend photographs belong on a Facebook page, as much as they belong in my family room.  So, I am posting on Facebook and here, on this blog that this is the same as my home - NOT my office.  That is a different place in cyberspace, just as it is in the physical world.  If you are here, if you are on my Facebook page, please understand, you are in my family room.  Sometimes it's a little messy with projects and family life.  It is not a grey and black, button down blouse/shirt and tie sort of place.  If that is a problem, sorry.  You are my guest and I will be hospitable, but in my family room, not stuffy.
That's for the office or the formal living room, if I even have one in my next home.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Fortune Favors the Bold

Fortune Favors The Bold

Or, if you told me what I’d be doing for the next few months, I’d doubt my sanity.

When I started the adventure, back in January - I was simply glad to be going somewhere warm, where not knowing where I was would be expected and normal.

The iPhone and the Garmin became friends and guides to many a small adventure and discovery as I learned Dallas just a bit

Re-Connecting with my dear friend Pam was a bonus beyond all measure. Dallas was hot and dry and a good antidote to my aches. I missed my son and daughter, my daughter-in-law and my grandson but seeing them grow and stand on their own two feet was some consolation. In addition, I got to spend a lot of time with my sister-in-law Amy, her husband and Packer fan, Mike and my niece and goddaughter Zoe and her little brother Anderson.

At this point, I must again thank Steve Jobs for making my science fiction dreams into a very tangible reality. I adore face-time on the iPad - now I can still see my family from time to time.

So, what did I do, really?

I read a lot, I walked and I tried a few new and interesting activities. I found myself the Easter Bunny at the Grapevine Mall - yep forty plus pounds of polyester fur and giant ears. If you’ve never worn a giant costume like that, you should think about trying it. The reactions from the tiny babies to the seasoned folks were priceless - and the teenagers! 99% were just for fun and only a few babies cried! I also got to ride the mall train - a lot.

At the same time I worked on getting in with a Funeral Home as an assistant, that was less successful but I have not given my profession a pass. I joined a few groups to stay in touch with the field, and low and behold, I was chosen to be interviewed about my profession. The result can be found here: More Magazine - Death and the Maidens

The heat was intense this summer, but it really only kept me in at the peak of it most days, but still 40+ days of 100+ heat. Yes, it’s a dry heat, but my freckles grew freckles!

Before I knew it, it was August. Time to pack up life in Dallas and get set for the big trip.

Not just Australia, but New Zealand too. Hey, if you are flying 12+ hours on the longest leg in the air, you might as well make the most of it.

But that adventure deserves a post or two all of its own.

Friday, February 11, 2011

A Little more Love from Texas - Road Trip Style

Texas means a different cuisine to my family. Not that we aren't adventurous in Minnesota, just that there are things here that just aren't the same where the snow gets higher than my waist for months on end.
In point, BarBeQue (BBQ) - is a different animal here, and we have a seriously devoted daughter to the finer adventures in a culinary fashion - so with her advice we found a wonderful, nearly hidden gem of Fort Worth - Off the Bone Barbeque This was one of the best moments of the entire trip while Rachel and Paul were with us. This petite eatery, just off I 20 and 820, was just honored in Dallas Magazine as the Best! - great news. The location does not jump out at you, it's not overly shiny or corporate, just friendly and clean. You can enjoy your tasty meats with their sauce, but they are served "dry", but still moist and bursting with deep flavors that just fill your mouth. Portions were generous but not ridiculous and a bargain for the price. The smiles on the faces of my family, and the instant removal of the hungry grouchies were more than compensation enough for putting up with "Ms Garmin" and her strange sense of direction. (She first took us on dirt side tracks to a bar straight out of a bad biker movie...We didn't stop!) The Garmin gremlin will be fodder for another post. Food for our family is more of an adventure, a gastronomic theme park even, when we travel. If at all possible, we avoid the national chains and fast food. (One notable exception, in France we found the sandwiches at the gas stations on the Autoroute to be delicious and budget friendly) Thanks to the family toys - ie - IPhones, we found that article on the internet and then got the address, phone and even directions (Yeah! Google maps!) However, having a good guidebook and a paper and pencil are still handy when technology has an occasional fail! So we haven't gone paperless yet, but the car clutter is definitely down.
Another amazing meal was shared Sunday morning with Amy, Mike, Zoe and Anderson at the
Twisted Root Burger Company. We dined at the West Ellum location.
Here is that spot's philosophy in their own words:
Three chefs, sick of eating frozen, tiny, and under-seasoned burgers, opened a real burger joint to make it the way they do at home. Fresh and seasoned meat, hand-battered buttermilk fried stuff, fresh-cut sweet potatoes, homemade pickles, in-house made Root Beer, homemade ice-cream….even homemade condiments. It’s like eating at our home!
It was even a chance to dine outside! - but the snow was waiting....

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Road tripping with young adults

When your children are young, you pack a car with snacks and maybe books on tape, before there were DVD's or VHS's for your car...We even talked a lot. Imagine that - actual conversation. Thanks to I Phones and I Tunes....We can choose to share or choose to slip into our own musical worlds while we drive. It's a good thing we seem to share a lot of the same musical tastes.
Stops are another thing - my goal was to enjoy the journey and visit my family on the way to rejoining Steve. They wanted to get to the Warmth of Dallas as soon as possible. So, they toured Downtown Chicago and had to kill some time there...
(Not impossible, but without a car...) Meanwhile I was able to get my mom out for some errands and to visit with my father's sister, my Aunt Lois. It was great to get to visit and to get the two of them together. I'm a grandmother myself now, and it's beginning to be apparent that time is passing and precious. I don't take time with my family for granted as I put myself on a path of adventure, but also away from some of those I love the most. Saying that, even those hours in the car are precious. Today, it's snowing in Dallas (Yes, I told God my plans...and I am sure he's getting a good chuckle at this moment) So I'm savoring the time to write this and
say GO PACKERS - I love you Dad...
avoiding Texas drivers!