Tuesday, July 1, 2014




"Proud To Be An American"

"If tomorrow all the things were gone I'd worked for all my life,
And I had to start again with just my children and my wife.
I'd thank my lucky stars to be living here today,
‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom and they can't take that away.

And I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.
And I'd gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land God bless the U.S.A.

From the lakes of Minnesota, to the hills of Tennessee,
across the plains of Texas, from sea to shining sea,

From Detroit down to Houston and New York to LA,
Well, there's pride in every American heart,
and it's time to stand and say:

I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.
And I'd gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land God bless the U.S.A."

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Enjoy your Independence!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

- SOLD!!! -

Good Heavens.  It is difficult to know how to catch everyone up to date on all of the events since my last blog in mid May, except for the SLO Coast Journal article (Low Tides) the first part of June.  So much has happened I am almost uncertain where to begin.  Guess I will just start rambling and hope to make sense of it as I go along.

In a matter of four days I drove my motor home to the Sacramento area and sold it.  That was quite an experience and glad to report it went well.  I was able to spend a few hours with my son and daughter-in-law (they promised to come and visit) and the rest of the time  was with Millie.  Gaytrell was kind enough to drive me home and we had some good times at the ocean and the town of Harmony.

 The day before I returned to Morro Bay Millie and I and her grandchildren drove up to Machado's.  This is the best place for fresh, in season, fruit and vegetables (not to mention the daily fresh baked pies).   I had a chance to visit a bit with Gary and Shawn and learned  Shawn was holding a letter for me she had received from the people currently living where I had been.

It was from a young woman I mentored during her 6th grade through High School years.   I had been thinking about her for about a month.   She has been looking for me and somehow finally tracked me to Auburn.  Between now and the time I last saw her in 1999, I have lived in several places including traveling on my Adventure.

So, I have a sweet letter from her and as soon as I get a few more things accomplished I will write her and we can catch up on events that have been experienced over the past fifteen years.  I am excited because she may be married, have children or perhaps went to England or Africa during this time.  I shall find out.

I finally have my little studio in livable condition and I am really enjoying being here.  I have all the usual car things, maps, flashlights, etc., that I am keeping in the studio so once I find a car they will have an appropriate place to be.  I also brought back a painting which Gaytrell gratefully took care of for me that now can be hung on the wall.

Right this very minute I am being totally distracted by the yummy smell of a basket of home grown ripe strawberries.  I am doing my best to avoid just sitting and enjoying the entire basket.  I must confess that while I was in Sacramento I found a seeded watermelon.  I love the flavor and texture of the ones with seeds, which are very difficult to find anymore.  I apparently ate too much at one time and had an allergic reaction that took several days to calm.

I gave the rest of this awesome melon to Chris who says she felt guilty eating it because she knows how much I enjoy them.  Oh well, once everything has calmed in my body I may attempt to eat a little.  Of course there are no guarantees here.

I am also dealing with Achilles Tendonitis and a bone spur under the attachment of the tendon.  I injured the tendon while in Trinidad back in November when I stepped out of the motor home and rubbed the tendon on the edge of the doorway step.  Ouch!  Things came and went with it and it finally got to the point where I sought out medical attention.

Good news, no surgery.  Other news is that I am having physical therapy twice a week for four weeks.  The podiatrist indicated six plus weeks before all is  back to normal.  I will be grateful when that day comes.  This has absolutely put a cramp in my style as far as walking.  Doing more swimming in the mean time, which is great with me.

This afternoon I was on the computer working on the Journal article when I heard an unrecognized sound of tiny clicks on the hardwood floor.  I look up and here is this adorable little brown bird hopping into the studio with a worm hanging out of its beak.

I had seen the bird earlier out on the deck and it was not bothered by my presence.  Maybe it thought I was its baby chick and was hungry, hence the worm.  I managed to coax it outside, with the worm, and it flew off.  I am very grateful it didn't panic and start flying around in the studio.  Then it would have been hysterical with me trying to find a way to safely get it outside, with the worm.

Usually the flies, bees and other flying insects come in, take a tour and then fly back outside.  It is rather comical.  Crawling things, well they just manage to get in somehow, probably crawl, and I find them in odd places.  For the most part my space is insect free, thankfully.

The past two days have included an unusual amount of helicopter activity over our little town.  These are the big military ones, not the little local news ones.  I have heard, unverifiable, that they have something to do with one of the military camps near San Luis Obispo.  The understanding is this will continue for a few weeks.  Maneuvers????  Something to think about.

Summer weather here on the coast is a constantly changing event.  Recently it has been clear at night and the early morning, then fog rolls in, for an undetermined amount of time, and then it clears again.  The fog in and out thing can happen several times during the day.  Right now, 7:30 pm it is sunny and calm and the temperature is holding steady at 59 degrees.  Loving it!!!  Daytime highs have been upper 60's and low 70's.  I'll take it.

So, that is it as best as I can recall.  Having lunches with friends Joyce/Pete and Carol/Eric and Don and Loren and several others here in town and in San Luis Obispo have been great.  Chris takes me to Trader Joe's and Carol takes me to Costco.  Once I have a car I will happily repay the travel trips.  Everyone has been so generous with their time and help.  I am very grateful.

Excuse me, I must go eat some strawberries before I loose control!

To All Those Celebrating,
Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday, Jill!
Happy Birthday, Emma!
Happy Birthday, Laura!
Happy Birthday, Suzy!
Happy Birthday, Brenda!
Happy Birthday, Emily!
Happy Birthday, Bryan!
Happy Birthday, Ellen!
Happy Birthday, Ilisa!
Happy Birthday, Gena!
Happy Birthday, Gail!
Happy Birthday, Lisa!

"You will never regret what you do in life, You will only regret what you don't do."
- Dr. Wayne Dyer

Enjoy All That You Do!

Sunday, June 1, 2014


I love walking  the shoreline and beaches when the tide is low.  One just never knows just what will be revealed.



Monday, May 19, 2014


I give up!  Just when I think I have this time thing figured out, I get lost in it.  Thus, I am back to my physical calendar and now all I have to do is look at it regularly.  This in itself may be a challenge.  Oh well, it gives me something to do.  Although these things to do are what gets me lost in the first place.  So, I give up!

I have just become a Great Aunt, again.  My Nephew and his wife, in Florida, are now the parents of their first child, a baby boy, who was born yesterday.  The new parents look very proud and happy (and maybe just a little tired) and the little one appears quite content.  Congratulations to each of you and may you enjoy good health and happiness always.  

My landlady is allowing me to use the therapy pool for canines to swim.  I usually swim early in the mornings.  Today I was visited by several swallows.  They took turns swooping down to the top of the water, gathered water in their feathers and then flew off to wherever they are building their nests.  I felt very honored that they felt comfortable with me swimming to do what comes natural for them.  

There are many residents who do all sorts of things to deter these birds from nesting under their eaves.  It can be messy while they are raising their young.  Though once a nest has been started people usually leave them alone until the young birds have flown away.  These birds must find some, unusual places (out of the way of humans) to build their unique homes.

I also have a pair of birds who are nesting in the jasmine bush just outside of my window.  They are nondescript brown birds and have accepted the fact that I sit at the window when I am on the computer.  I do notice them around the bush more often when I am away from the window.

Once I finish the inside of my humble little abode I will begin working on the outside with potted plants and bird feeders and possibly a bird bath.  I hear so many wonderful bird songs and I want to encourage them to visit here more often.  Not so sure about the woodpecker though.  I think I'll leave him to find his own food sources and preferably somewhere other than this house.

A pigeon dance!
I was chatting with a seaman at the docks recently and he asked if I had seen the blue pigeon.  I have not seen it yet though now I am on the hunt.  Right now, the pigeons are mating and they can be seen all around the docks doing their thing.  Their colors are amazing and I can imagine just how beautiful the blue one must be.  It is quite curious that their were no pigeons when I used to live here before.

We are experiencing some unusual weather just as the rest of the world.  Rarely did this little coastal town experience temperatures even into the eighties.  During the past ten years or so, that I am aware of, this has changed and there have been years when temperatures over 100 degrees have occurred.

This past week we had two days over 90 degrees and several in the upper eighties.  Since then, and thankfully I might add, the temperatures have been in the sixties and seventies. The cooler weather is one of the many reasons I chose this spot to settle.  When this area is hot it is a challenge as most buildings are without air conditioning since it is rarely needed.  Shade and fans are ones only salvation.

Green grasses on the Rock and white where the birds sit!
We have been experiencing afternoon Santa Ana winds which have created many issues in Southern California with the wild fires.  Everything here is just as dry as further south and I am very grateful we had some rainfall not too long ago.   This is keeping our hills fairly green and less apt to be susceptible to wild fires.  There is a prediction of drizzle tonight and tomorrow which will help bring some dampness back to our area.

Prayers and healing to all those who are adversely affected by the recent fires.  To those affected by the huge amounts of water flowing through their areas all around the world.  To those in Turkey affected by the mine explosion and the school girls and families of those taken from their homes.  I send love and healing thoughts to all those struggling with their current conditions.

I remain grateful for my life situation and all those wonderful people, animals, plants and nature that are currently a part of all I experience.  Blessings to all!

Male mallard resting on a warm rock!

To all those celebrating,
Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday, Michelle!
Happy Birthday, Ryan Luke!
Happy Birthday, Heather!
Happy Birthday, Deborah!
Happy Birthday, Kathy!

"When I stand before God
at the end of my life,
I would hope that I would not
have a single bit of talent left,
and could say,
'I used everything you gave me'.
Erma Bombeck

Enjoy your talents!

Saturday, May 10, 2014


I offer this picture to bless your spirit.

Thank you for being you!!!

May each person who has ever been a part of any sort of maternal action know they are loved and cared about today and always.  May you continue to be an inspiration to all on your path.  

Tuesday, May 6, 2014


This past weekend Morro Bay hosted its annual car show.  The last time I remember seeing it was in 2001 and all I can say is there are many more cars now than then.  I was amazed at the extensive display of vehicles that were sporting some just as amazing paint jobs.

There used to be maybe only four streets of the main part of town that were closed to traffic during the event.  Well, this year there were probably about a dozen, including many of the side streets.  They have music going all day long around the area which adds a nice touch as everyone is meandering around enjoying the specimens.  

Kettle corn is always a staple at these kinds of events and the aroma generated a long line of anxiously awaiting customers.  Everyone appeared to be relaxed and the weather completely cooperated.  Clear blue skies, perfect temperatures and zero wind.  The best!

All of the cars brought all of the people.  Vehicles of all sorts were parked along the streets which rarely see any activity.  There were trailers and toy haulers for transporting  these prize vehicles.  Motor homes, cars, boats and all sorts of traveling modes to be seen everywhere.  Quite a sight.

And, with the people, comes the garbage strewn about our beautiful city.  My trip to the Rock this morning was filled with more trash than I usually pick up in a week, when it is just us locals.  I find it sad that tourists feel it is alright to trash places where ever they go.  I always wonder if they keep their homes and yards in such a dirty condition.

For me, the best part was Sunday afternoon when my older brother and his wife came from Clovis.  They were meeting up with one of their sons who lives in Washington and he and his friend were traveling through the area.  So, I got to see them and share dinner.  It was a great treat as it has been way too long since I have  spent time with them.  

The wind did come up later that afternoon, died down over night and was back again Monday.  Predictions are a few more days of wind and then they say something about fog.  What do they know?

Walking to the Rock this morning brought to view a huge vessel entering the harbor.  It appeared to be something larger than what I would expect to see venturing into Morro Bay.  Turns out they are dredging again to keep the harbor open.  

When I previously lived here, (1999 - 2002) they would run a large pipe across the road and pump the dredged materials out on the beach.  Then they had to smooth it out with large trucks.  Now they fill the vessel, take it far out and away from the harbor entrance and dump it back in the ocean.  Technology!  Rather interesting to watch.

Our otter family of 15 staying clear of the dredger!
I am on the tail end of a cold so handkerchiefs go with me everywhere.  I only had about two days of feeling down and being unable to taste anything before regaining my strength and stamina.  I am uncertain how it all started though I am very grateful it has almost completely passed.  Must be the good old salt air.  I'll take it.

I like it!

To All Those Celebrating,
Happy Birthday!
Happy Birthday, Valerie!
Happy Birthday, Mike!
Happy Birthday, Sharon!

"Take a course in good water and air;
and in the eternal youth of nature
you may renew your own.
Go quietly, alone;
no harm will befall you."
John Muir

Enjoy your good water and air!!!