Sunday, January 23, 2022

Loud Sneezes Run in My Family



 Here’s a personal tmi: I sneeze really loud. I mean it can frighten Mike. He calls it the Jingu sneeze (Jingu is my maternal family name). It’s so named because my sister and some of my cousins can sneeze as loud as me. This morning after a frightening sneeze Mike was in the kitchen cooking. We were conversing and randomly he said “You’re unique” followed by “and also scary!” I then asked “what’s that called when you think someone is giving you a compliment but they’re not?Left-handed compliment.” He then said “I wouldn’t consider that a left handed compliment. I’d consider it the truth! “ he followed by adding “You’re also thoughtful. You only sneeze like that in front of me!” so goes our Saturday morning conversations.



Saturday, January 22, 2022

Tick a Lock


Have you ever used this saying with an accompanying gesture “tick a lock”? My mother Ruth used many sayings. She often would use this one.
When she’d say this it was accompanied with the inclusion of the hand gesture by her mouth imitating the use of a key to turn a lock. Here is the meaning of tick a lock that I looked up:”“Tick a lock” (sometimes “tick-a-lock” or “tickalock”) means “to keep quiet” or “to keep a secret” (the equivalent of “zip it” or “put it in the vault” on Seinfeld). “Tick a lock” can thus be either a command (as Aunt Bee of Mayberry usually used it) or a promise not to tell a secret or say something unpleasant.”
The reason I bring this up is that I woke up to a chilly overcast morning. I looked out to the back yard and saw no sunshine on our grass. I thought “brrrr I’m cold!” Then I saw this picture my brother in law sent of his car covered in snow and I thought “ tick a lock” girl you don’t even know what cold is!”

Friday, January 21, 2022

Barb's Paint By Number


January 27, 2021

 My paints and magnifying glass.

Finished image on the box kit.

Finished painting  December 31, 2021

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Mike's 1st Paint By Number

The Paints and three brushes that came with the kit.

December 29, 2021

December 30, 2021



December 31, 2021

January 1, 2022

January 2, 2022


The finished masterpiece January 3, 2022

 Here is the boxed picture from the kit.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

January 9th Walk at Bolsa Chica Beach


This is an experiment in Panorama picture taking by Mike. I hope you can see what we did by scrolling to the side. We had just looked beyond across Pacific Coast highway and in the distance we could see the snow capped mountains. I said look how on this January day we can see the blue Pacific on one side and on the other we can see the mountains with snow. After a lot of cold wet mornings this was a perfect day to walk at Bolsa Chica beach. We walked about 5 miles with hardly a soul around on the bike path. However there were tons of surfers in the water. Sunday January 9th in southern California.


Tuesday, January 18, 2022

The Best Thing Ever


"A few things your mom

may not have told you:

She love you more than herself.

She has watched you while you were asleep.

Every time you're upset, her heart sinks.

You make her life meaningful.

She would give you her last dollar.

You inspire her and give her hope.

She smiles knowing you are her child.

 You could NEVER disappoint her.

She thinks you are one in a million.

You're the best thing that has ever happened to her."



Monday, January 17, 2022

Celebrating Jocelyn's Birthday at Roger's Gardens

 A lovely day celebrating my sister Jocelyn's  birthday with a tour in the sunshine of Rogers Gardens in Newport Beach, gift shop gazing and lunch at True Foods at Fashion Island. True Foods still making their seasonal special butternut squash pie.

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