Saturday, May 31, 2008
I have discovered that while I am good at multi-tasking, I cannot spin dog hair, read blogs, drink hot cocoa and keep an eye on the sporting event The Professor is watching on the TV all at the same time. Three of the four maybe. But an accident is destined to happen under these circumstances. And it did. I spilled the hot cocoa on the laptop.
We went in to hyper mode and grabbed computer, rags and wet cloths and sopped up the damage. The cocoa spilled on the futon where the laptop was sitting and down on to the grey carpet. I cleaned the carpet and futon cover while The Professor dealt with the computer.
So far, it seems there is no major damage. The keys on the keyboard are sticking but I've applied the "The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog's back" exercise over and over to unstick the keys. I may have to purchase a new keyboard if the keys don't loosen up. I was hoping to use my tutoring money to buy more memory cards for my camera to use during our upcoming vacation trip or maybe spend it on exciting trinkets (just kidding, I don't shop much on vacation or any other time). Oh well, one simply cannot live without a working computer, can one?
And the absolute worst part of this disaster? I had made the cocoa with the Jeff de Bruges Cacao en Poudre from France and the only thing that enjoyed the exquisite flavor was my keyboard.
Friday, May 30, 2008
I'm going to do housewifey things like cleaning, cooking and gardening. And knitting. I am nearing the end of a couple of projects. If I finish, there will be photos.
What are you doing this weekend?
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
1. What was I doing ten years ago?
Memorial Day, 1998. We were living in Hillsboro, Oregon, two kids in college, one kid in high school at the community college, one kid in homeschool. I'm sure I was sleeping in because I was teaching high school US History and homeschooling one kid and it was the end of the school year.
2. Five things on my to do list today:
Post on my blog (done), sit around and relax (done), clean, do laundry, prep for tomorrow's tutoring session.
3. Five snacks I enjoy:
Starbuck's maple oat nut scones, ice cream, bananas, apples, potato chips.
4. Things I would do if I was a millionaire:
Pay off any remaining school bills my kids might have. Buy The Professor his dream car which is another 1968 Shelby Cobra convertible (yes, he owned one when we got married and we sold it when we had to choose between Chaplain Dan and the car). I might buy a house in Redondo Beach, but then I might not. I might buy another house in my current home town. Or I might just invest the rest of the money and live off the interest.
5. Places I have lived:
Portland, Oregon. Coos Bay, Oregon. Hillsboro, Oregon. Canyon Country, CA. Los Angeles, CA. Camarillo, CA. Northridge, CA. Southgate, CA. Wheaton, Illinois. Waukegan, Illinois. Carol Stream, Illinois. Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. Manokwari, Papua, Indonesia. Meyokda, Papua, Indonesia. Moyeba, Papua, Indonesia. I may have missed one or two places....
Now I am supposed to tag other blogs but I don't like doing that. If you want to play, feel free!
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Many people have mentioned our California jacaranda trees that are blooming right now, so I decided to take a picture of the magnificent purple tree in one of the local shopping centers.
Many of my neighbors have hummingbird feeders as our area is evidently a favorite hummingbird haunt, definitely a 'destination' on the hummingbird yearly tour. I received one feeder as a Christmas gift from a friend and then my neighbor 'upgraded' her feeder to a bigger one and gifted her old one to me. So, now I have two feeders. They hang on the side of Willow's Cottage near the front door. I have a few 'regulars' who stop by for breakfast, second breakfast, nuncheon, lunch, afternoon snack, teatime, dinner, and dessert. They seem to like the jasmine snack bar as well.
Friday, May 16, 2008
I've been spinning steadily for several weeks (after waiting for a new drive belt which I purchased the last time I visited Village Weaving and Spinning in Solvang, CA).
Usually spinning is a relaxing, reflective activity. I get in the groove and just spin and allow my mind to go where ever it wants to go. This fiber requires more attention because I didn't card it. It's light gray so there is no color interest. It's boring. And. It's...dog hair.
I hope I'll be finished soon.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Earlier this week, we had grey skies like the first photo. Now we are into hot weather and blue skies like the second picture.
I am still walking and recording my daily steps although I haven't posted my weekly averages. Some weeks have been more productive than others, stepwise. Last week I averaged only 7,711 steps per day because I did not walk much one day because a cold really got me down. So far this week my daily steps have been over 10,000 every day. Happy Wonderer and I will be meandering down my street in just a few minutes to add another 10,000 steps to our count today!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
MS's front yard has no grass (The Professor is cheering.) Most of the front garden is filled with succulents and they are overgrowing their space and threatening to escape on to the driveway. We cut back several of the larger plants and brought the 'starts' home with us. They filled our trunk and back seat.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Friday, May 09, 2008
I'll zoom in a little so you can see better. See? There he is! That little white spot waaay waaay out there almost at the horizon.
Yeah. We thought the whole thing was a bit anti-climatic, too. Maybe next year, we'll buy tickets for one of the boat charters and go out there by the islands. Maybe we'll be lucky and see the whales up close.