Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge (CMMC): July is BROWN

At first, self didn’t think she’d find anything that fit this challenge, but suddenly, her eyes landed on one brown thing in her living room. Then another. And another. Pretty soon, she had a whole series of possibilities, just from the living room! Thank you to Cee Neuner for always finding a way to get self’s creative juices flowing.

July #TreeSquare Challenge #3: Sunday in Golden Gate Park

Learn about this challenge, hosted by Life of B.

Yesterday a friend and I went to Golden Gate Park. We parked up by Stowe Lake, and wandered around quite lost. Her cell said to go right, mine said to go left. I said I wanted to see the de Young (I have a membership card and I needed to go to the bathroom) My friend wanted to know why, whenever I’d ask for directions, I’d ask for the Japanese Tea Garden. I said, The de Young and the Japanese garden are right beside each other; if you find one, you find the other.

Originally, we were supposed to hunt up the Conservatory of Flowers, but it seemed a long way, and I hadn’t brought a sweater (It was cold and windy. Lucky she had a grey hoodie; I only had a thin cotton top. Anyhoo, I’m kinda glad we never found the conservatory, because when I got home I looked it up on the map, and we’ve had had to cross the entire park, lengthwise.

The park was lush and green, and it felt good just to be alive. The eucalyptus trees (not native, I was told by a naturalist on a tour last month) smelled heavenly.

Here are a couple of trees I saw in the Park.

Stay cool, dear blog readers. Stay cool.

July #TreeSquare Challenge #1: Land’s End, San Francisco

Thanks to The Life of B for the #TreeSquare Challenge!

Self’s first post for the challenge are the trees of Land’s End, San Francisco, just outside the Legion of Honor. She visited the museum in June. (The trees are in the background, not the focal point, sorry)

These coastal California cypresses have endured wind and fog for many years — even, centuries. Hopefully, they will endure for centuries more!

Stay cool, dear blog readers. Stay cool.

Flower of the Day (FOTD), 30 May: Columbine

The columbine on self’s front porch are blooming again. She went out to take a few pictures for the May Colors and Letters Challenge (today’s color is Orange Red), but ended up taking pictures of her other flowers as well.

Thanks to Cee Neuner for hosting the Flower of the Day Challenge!

Happy Mother’s Day, Dearest Mum!

To self’s mother, who at fourteen became the first Filipino artist to win the New York Times International Piano Competition, who returned to the Philippines with Dear Departed Dad and had five children, who this year beat covid, pneumonia, a minor stroke and being in the Makati Medical covid ward for weeks (during the worst of Manila’s second covid surge) and is now back home. Self greeted her yesterday, but wanted to do this today.

Here she is as a young pianist:

Love you always. Visiting next year, for sure.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Jane, The Ten Thousand Doors of January (Henceforth To Be Known as TTTDOJ)

“I knew enough of the language by then to understand what the husbands were telling me: the forest was no place for a creature like me. I was too small, too weak. I should stay in the village and raise babies and grind tisi-nuts into flour and be safe.” Another crooked smile. “But by then I was very good at running away. I stole a bow and three skins of water and made my way back to the ivory door.”

“But — “

“Why?” Jane rubbed her finger along the wood grain of the table. “Because I didn’t want to be safe, I suppose. I wanted to be dangerous, to find my own power and write it on the world.”

— p. 211, The Ten Thousand Doors of January

In response to which, self has only one thing to say: HELL TO THE YEAH.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

April 25 BRIGHT SQUARES

Self hasn’t missed a day in April! Here’s how to join:

Post anything that’s

sparkling, polished, shining, clever, cheerful, colourful, astute, brilliant, sunny, glorious, translucent, distinct and clear

But whatever you post has to be in the shape of a square. Get inspired by the galleries on The Life of B.

Today, a gallery of Calders from the Calder/Picasso exhibit at the de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park. Photo # 3 is Calder’s homage to Josephine Baker. LOOOVE the fish.

’twas a memorable exhibit. Going on at the same time as the Frida Kahlo.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Your Frida Kahlo Picture of the Day: Apr. 23 BRIGHT SQUARES

April Bright Squares have been so much fun!

The host of this challenge is Becky at The Life of B.

Yesterday was her birthday. Happy, Happy Birthday, Becky!

Self took loads of pictures at the de Young last Tuesday. And she bought the Frida Kahlo exhibit catalogue (a steal at $19.99). The exhibit was supposed to open last year, self had a ticket for March 2020. Finally, finally, over a year later, she saw it!

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Poetry Saturday: Carlos Bernardo Gonzalez Pecotche

from Bases for Your Conduct, a compilation of teachings the author passed on to his son, Carlos Federico Gonzalez, and published posthumously by the author’s widow. This is from the 3rd edition, published 2012.

April 17 BRIGHT SQUARES

Self hasn’t missed a day yet! Yesterday, she had this BRIGHT IDEA.

Here’s her entry for The Life of B’s April BrightSquare challenge.

Airbnb, Restored 1920s Chinese Laundry, Sacramento:

Drove here to see the Crocker Museum, which just re-opened.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

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