Father’s Day 2022

Listening to Bill Withers’ Ain’t No Sunshine.

It is son’s FIRST FATHER’S DAY, WOO HOO! Where does the time go.

Jumbotron on Jefferson Avenue says: SEVERE DROUGHT. LIMIT WATERING TO TWO DAYS A WEEK.

This is why self does all her watering by hand. And only at 10 p.m.

This morning, she was at the 9:35 a.m. screening of Top Gun: Maverick at the local Century 20. There were lots of people. She got peeved when someone came in late and sat right next to her. She prefers to keep at least one empty seat between her and the next person. So she moved. We are still in a pandemic!

After the movie (Really great. What a good actor Miles Teller is. And Jennifer Connolly is fantastic and beautiful. How many people know that she was an undergrad at Stanford? She was a transfer from Yale), self drove to Menlo Park Library and checked out yet another Dr. Ruth Galloway mystery.

Went home, resumed reading The Chalk Pit, which might be her favorite of the entire series (14 books and counting). p. 267, Nelson interviews a local theater director in his flat. The same director who is staging an Alice in Wonderland play featuring an adult Alice tripped out on acid (The staging of this play is one of the biggest running gags in this book)

It is pushing midnight. A local woman’s gone missing. The woman just happens to be the partner of one of self’s favorite minor characters, DI David Clough.

“All the cast get on well. Cassie seems close to Adrian Linley, who plays the Caterpillar, her father in the play. Flora Frampton, who plays the Queen of Hearts, she mothers everybody, and Darrell Shaw . . . ” he pauses.

“Yes? What about Darrell Shaw?”

“He’s a young actor. Very talented. Plays the Gryphon, the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat. I just have a feeling that he has rather a crush on Cassie.”

“Does she have a crush back?”

“No.” Leo sounds quite shocked. “She seems blissfully happy with that oafish policeman partner.” He stops. “Oh, I’m sorry . . . “

Nelson hangs on to his stiff upper lip. LOL LOL LOL

Waiting in some excitement for the Juneteenth concert at the Hollywood Bowl to begin. CNN is carrying it live.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge (CFFC): Bark and Leaves

Cee Neuner:

  • This week our topic is celebrating Bark and Leaves. You can post bark on a tree or any type of leaf. And like in the photo below, you can post both in one photo.

Moss-covered tree trunk, southern Ireland (near Cork)

Side-yard gate, Menlo Park, California

Carmel backyard on a fog-shrouded morning in July

Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) #18: Garden Art

Still playing catch-up! Marsha Ingrao explains the Photographing Public Art Challenge on her blog, Always Writes.

For this post, self has decided to focus on Garden Art. Well, not sure they rise to the level of Art. But they are man-made and have a certain aesthetic of beauty.

The hanging heart and the Buddha planter are both in self’s front yard.

The hanging wind chimes are from a garden in Carmel.

The fence with bottles is from a friend’s backyard in Menlo Park.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! Here’s hoping everyone has a wonderful, safe New Year’s!

Gates and Fences: A Photo a Week Challenge

Self is fascinated by gates and fences. All kinds of gates and fences.

For this week’s Photo a Week Challenge, she went browsing through her archives and selected three: two from a friend’s garden in Menlo Park, one from the Gamble Garden Center in Palo Alto:

Menlo Park, California

Menlo Park, California

Gamble Garden, Palo Alto, California

April 6 BRIGHT SQUARES

Every day this April, a BRIGHT SQUARE.

Learn more about the challenge here.

Self took the pictures below in Afterwards, a vintage clothing and furniture store in Menlo Park. She was on her way to the Rodin Sculpture Garden at Stanford, but her attention was caught by the big globe hanging in the window. So she decided to investigate.

The store is huge! And full of one-of-a-kind pieces. So much more fun than shopping in a department store.

Self and the woman there had a nice conversation about Louise Penny.

Squares in Picture # 1: the McDonald’s awning? The shape of the building?

Squares in Picture # 2: The chair back is sort of — squar-ish?

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Your Street or Neighborhood: A Photo a Week Challenge

Photo challenges are life!

Nancy Merrill hosts A Photo a Week Challenge. This week’s theme is:

  • IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO OF YOUR STREET OR NEIGHBORHOOD.

This picture is of the nearest independent bookstore to self’s house: Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park. Still going strong. Self gave her first local reading here:

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Cee’s Black & White Challenge (CBWC): Triangles, Diamonds, or Squares

Thanks again to Cee Neuner for the always-interesting photo challenges.

  • Be creative if you feel like it, and fun with this challenge this week. Remember your photos needs to be black and white, desaturated, sepia (brown tones) or selective color.  I’m looking forward to seeing what you all come up with.

Self went through her archives. These are pictures that weren’t intentionally black and white, they just became that way because of the conditions of the light. They all date from 2019, the last year that self was traveling.

Top:

Cork, Ireland: hallway to apartment above Café Paradiso

Bottom Row, L to R:

Kepler’s Books, Menlo Park, California; driving from Santa Fe to Albuquerque, New Mexico, three days after Christmas 2019, with son and his in-laws

The squares in the New Mexico pictures are at the very bottom: the road signs. Or the highway leading to a vanishing point: a triangle?

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Challenge Your Camera # 11: Still Life

Discovered another Photo Challenge! This one’s from Buddha Walks Into a Wine Bar, and it’s called Challenge Your Camera.

This week’s Challenge Your Camera (# 11) is STILL LIFE.

Here are a few pointers for the Challenge:

  • What is a Still Life? A still life is a work of art that focuses on inanimate objects. Usually commonplace objects which can include both man made objects (vases, items of clothing, and consumer products) and natural objects (plants, food, rocks, shells) as examples.

So, here are self’s still lifes, all of which she pulled from her archives. They’re mostly food-related.

Still Life # 1: Self loves farmers markets. The ones in her area are held on Sundays. She bought these mushrooms at the Menlo Park Farmers Market. This picture’s from a few weeks ago. The farmers markets stayed open throughout the pandemic, and self went regularly (of course masked). Her last COVID test was ten days ago, and that was negative.

Still Life # 2: Shoreditch, East London, November 2019. She doesn’t think she’ll be able to get back to London until late 2022, at the very soonest. In the meantime, she has a huge trove of photographs from her last visit. Someone with a sense of humor left this on a window ledge.

Still Life # 3: Her last visit home was September 2019. She spent her time in Dear Departed Dad’s hometown of Bacolod, and spent a few nights in a city close by: Silay. And ate herself into a food coma. All the variety of food made from rice! These are just two examples, and they’re from the public market.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

One Word Sunday Challenge: LIGHT

Discovered a new Photo Challenge today, hosted by Travel with Intent.

Today’s One Word Sunday Challenge is LIGHT. Which is one of self’s favorite topics.

Self loves light stores. Here’s one near her home: Light Point in Menlo Park. She entered it for the first time a few months ago, looking for a porch light (See next picture)

And here’s her front porch. Her lights are solar and made in America. They cost a little more than lights made in China. Nevertheless. Must help American business!

Hope everyone’s having a nice weekend!

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: ATE or EIGHT

Cee Neuner thinks of the most inventive prompts.

This week’s Fun Foto Challenge asks us to photograph something we ATE or something with the number EIGHT.

Since food is constantly on self’s mind, she decided to do a gallery of recent fare. Clockwise:

  • Fondue with a friend in Left Bank, Menlo Park (outdoor dining is absolutely packed, all the time).
  • Steamed pork buns from the Belmont Farmers Market
  • Self loves mushrooms and pasta. The mushrooms were from the Menlo Park Farmers Market.
  • Last night’s dinner: broccoli, pineapple, and orange chicken, which self’s friends tell her is just gross (but which self found dee-lish!).
  • Self just discovered this ice cream (the maker is a family in Santa Cruz, just south of here) and LOOOVES it.

NOTE: Self is always masked, always. And whenever she returns from “outside,” she spends a good long time washing her hands.

Thanks ever so much for doing such a Fun Foto Challenge, Cee!

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

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