Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

A Limitless Heart

"With good will for the entire cosmos.. cultivate a limitless heart.. Above.. Below and All Around... unobstructed without hostility or hate." ~ Buddha

Monday, August 29, 2016

A Secret To Living Well

"The secret to living well and longer is:
eat half,
walk double,
laugh triple,
and love without measure." -Tibetan proverb

Sunday, August 28, 2016

I Made It Myself!

“Ladies should also remember that gentlemen look more to the effect of a dress in setting off the figure and countenance of a lady than to its cost. Very few gentlemen have any idea the value of ladies' dresses. This is a subject for female criticism. Beauty of person and elegance of manners in women will always command more admiration from the opposite sex than beauty, elegance or costliness of clothing."
The Scholars' Companion and Ball Room Vade Mecum
Thomas Hillgrove, 1857”

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Friday, August 26, 2016


"Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance." ~ Eckhart Tolle


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Visiting Kirksville Missouri College Campus

Jocelyn  and I strolled around the pretty University campus this morning in Kirksville Missouri. We spent some time in the library,she with the New York Times and I found an interesting Neil Gaiman book of short stories. Hoped to see the Planetarium but it was closed today. Feels like it's going to rain. 

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Happy Anniversary for Mike and Me Though Miles Separate Us

Aria, Sofia and Jocelyn took me to a western bbq restaurant for my Anniversary dinner tonight. When I got to the table who should be there but Mike! Well a picture of him thanks to Aria!what a cute surprise!

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Happy 35th Anniversary to Us

 August 1981 A prewedding dinner party hosted by Auntie Mabel and Uncle Renso

"I could not tell you if I loved you the first moment I saw you, or if it was the second or third or fourth. But I remember the first moment I looked at you walking toward me and realized that somehow the rest of the world seemed to vanish when I was with you."
―Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince

Monday, August 22, 2016

Happy 2nd Anniversary Athena and Mat


  Wishing you many, many, more years of true joy and bliss together.


Having a Coke with You by Frank O’Hara

Having a Coke with You
is even more fun than going to San Sebastian, IrĂșn, Hendaye, Biarritz, Bayonne
or being sick to my stomach on the Travesera de Gracia in Barcelona
partly because in your orange shirt you look like a better happier St. Sebastian
partly because of my love for you, partly because of your love for yoghurt
partly because of the fluorescent orange tulips around the birches
partly because of the secrecy our smiles take on before people and statuary
it is hard to believe when I’m with you that there can be anything as still
as solemn as unpleasantly definitive as statuary when right in front of it
in the warm New York 4 o’clock light we are drifting back and forth
between each other like a tree breathing through its spectacles
and the portrait show seems to have no faces in it at all, just paint
you suddenly wonder why in the world anyone ever did them
I look
at you and I would rather look at you than all the portraits in the world
except possibly for the Polish Rider occasionally and anyway it’s in the Frick
which thank heavens you haven’t gone to yet so we can go together the first time
and the fact that you move so beautifully more or less takes care of Futurism
just as at home I never think of the Nude Descending a Staircase or
at a rehearsal a single drawing of Leonardo or Michelangelo that used to wow me
and what good does all the research of the Impressionists do them
when they never got the right person to stand near the tree when the sun sank
or for that matter Marino Marini when he didn’t pick the rider as carefully
as the horse
it seems they were all cheated of some marvelous experience
which is not going to go wasted on me which is why I am telling you about it
by Frank O’Hara

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Funny Eggplants

We stopped at one of our favorite middle eastern grocery markets in Irvine recently.  The store is called, "Wholesome Choice".  We found some funny eggplants and could not resist buying them. We got a real laugh from the checker who looked at our purchases strangely.  Perhaps they were not the most wholesome of choices.  You can decide for yourself. 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Biscuits and Gravy

I love biscuits and gravy. My friend Cindy from Ashville North Carolina,  invited a few friends an me for breakfast earlier this month.  She  showed us all how to make one of my favorite breakfast meals.  Yum Yum .  It was delicious!

Now I can make this too!  Thank you Cindy!

Friday, August 19, 2016

An Afternoon With Karen

 In early August our friend Karen spent some time with us.  We took her for one of the walks we like in the Naples bay area.

 We all enjoyed the exhibit at the Long Beach Art museum

 We were happily surprised to see flocks of flying cranes in the museum.

Such a lovely view from the 2nd level of the museum.

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