Saturday, April 30, 2022

Look at the Stars



 "Look at the stars- it won't fix the

economy. It won't stop wars. It won't 

give you flat abs, or better sex or even

help you figure out your relationship

and what you want to do with your

life. But it's important. It help you remember that you and your problems

are both infinitesimally small and 

conversely, that you are a piece of an

amazing and vast universe."

Friday, April 29, 2022



I bought this pin in the mid 1960"s  at a store on Santa Monica Blvd.  The store is no longer in existence but it was one of my favorite haunts. It sold all kinds of fun things. It was called "Propinquity". 

I bought a pin like this for my cousin Pati and she bought  one for me  just like it.  


1967 1986
8915 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

This retail store for novelties together with a related mail order business was operated by John Geiger and his brother Dudley.





Propinquity: " It refers to the physical or psychological proximity between people."



Thursday, April 28, 2022

No Wasted Days


"The most wasted of all days is

one without laughter." e.e. cummings














Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Good Fortune

 "So often in life things that you regard as an impediment,

turn out to be "Great Good Fortune" Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Suzanne's studio

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Monday, April 25, 2022

Leaving for Dallas Monday April 25th

 Well I'm all ready to go to the Long Beach Airport soon. Tomorrow is Sofia's 1st grade class play. They are performing the "3 Little Pigs". She told me she is "the smart pig". Ha ha ha. She is so excited I will be there but not more excited than me. (is it "I or me?") Well you know who is more excited! Thursday is Grandparents day at her school so I will be there. I really don't think a plane is necessary. I'm flying pretty high right now on my own. My phone battery died last night. I'm taking a spare phone and will try to get a new battery in Dallas. Next check in will be from the Lone Star State. Bye y'all!



Venice 1895

"At the bridge I stood

lately in the brown night.

From afar came a song:

as a golden drop it welled

over the quivering surface.

Gondolas, lights, and music-

drunken it swam out into the twilight.

My soul, a stringed instrument

song to itself, invisibly touched,

a secret gondola song,

quivering with iridescent happiness.

Did anyone listen to it? "- Friedrich Nietzsche, Venice

Sunday, April 24, 2022

A Nice Visit With Helen



We visited my moms 105 year old BFF Helen whom I’ve spoken of many times. Her daughter asked us to come for lunch yesterday. Helen is doing well but is no longer ambulatory. She has such a sweet disposition and really enjoyed the carrot cake my sister Jocelyn made. We sat and talked with her about old times and though hard of hearing she has such a good memory for many things and a funny sense of humor. She makes us all laugh. We feel incredibly lucky to be able to visit with her again.  



Jill is Helen's daughter

Wonderful chinese food lunch from New Moon restaurant in San Marino

Jocelyn made a great carrot cake.




 "Letting go 

gives us


freedom is the


condition for


Saturday, April 23, 2022

Rocco turns 19 months


 My grandson Rocco turned 19 months yesterday. A lot of changes in one year. I am busy packing now to fly out to see Rocco and Sofia on monday. Trying to keep my feet on the ground. Feel like I'm floating on a cloud and giddy with anticipation. I've only seen him once in person when he was 6 months old.


Simplicity Is Elegance


Friday, April 22, 2022

Earth Day 2022


This morning my friend Sherri asked to take a walk together in honor of Earth Day. We started the day with a peaceful walk around the Colorado Lagoon. It's really up to each of us to do our part to keep this earth safe and beautiful for generations to come. It's really in our hands.








May your Friday SPARKLE!

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Happy Birthday William Shakepeare

 Our book club selection was "Hamnet" by Maggie O'Farrell.


  Since  we could not meet formally as planned  today we decided to have a small gathering of book club members in the park today who could  meet up to celebrate "Shakespeare's" birthday (it's April 23rd). 


 There was prosecco and cupcakes and we royally toasted "Will". 


 Sherri gifted us all with essential Rosemary oil made from her garden herb.  






A lovely afternoon together.


Whether he was writing comedies, histories, tragedies, or sonnets, William Shakespeare almost always touched upon the theme of love. Across his complete works — including 39 plays and 154 sonnets — the word “love” appears 2,191 times. Sometimes, of course, his characters expressed doubts about love. Take Beatrice, for example, in Much Ado About Nothing, who quipped, “I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow, than a man swear he loves me.”

Unlike many of his contemporaries, Shakespeare commented on all aspects of love: unrequited, compassionate, lustful, and everything in between. He saw all the nuances — all the joy and tragedy — that love could provoke. He also made a distinction between the courtly love of the nobles and the uninhibited sexual love of the common people, but for Shakespeare, neither was any more true or valuable than the other.

Shakespeare’s most famous star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, became an archetype for young love, even though their tale ended in tragedy. Their love was immature at first, but grew into something more profound. Happier endings are found in the playwright’s comedies, perhaps most notably in the witty romance between Benedick and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing.

Through his many plays and sonnets — comedic, tragic, or otherwise — Shakespeare left us with a wealth of quotes about love. Here are some of the most profound and passionate lines from the pen of history’s most celebrated bard.  

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is wing’d Cupid painted blind.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The course of true love never did run smooth.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

I know no ways to mince it in love, but directly to say “I love you.”
Henry V

Speak low if you speak love.
Much Ado About Nothing

I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest.
Much Ado About Nothing

See how she leans her cheek upon her hand. O that I were a glove upon that hand, That I might touch that cheek.
Romeo and Juliet

My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite.
Romeo and Juliet

Hear my soul speak. Of the very instant that I saw you, Did my heart fly at your service.
The Tempest

If music be the food of love, play on.
Twelfth Night

Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.
Twelfth Night

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate
— Sonnet 18

No sooner met but they looked, no sooner looked but they loved, no sooner loved but they sighed, no sooner sighed but they asked one another the reason, no sooner knew the reason but they sought the remedy; and in these degrees have they made a pair of stairs to marriage.
As You Like It

Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I love.

Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove: O no! it is an ever-fixed mark That looks on tempests and is never shaken.
— Sonnet 116

And when Love speaks, the voice of all the gods Makes heaven drowsy with the harmony.
Love's Labour's Lost

So are you to my thoughts as food to life, Or as sweet-seasoned showers are to the ground.
— Sonnet 75

Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.
Venus and Adonis

I love you more than words can wield the matter; Dearer than eye-sight, space, and liberty; Beyond what can be valued, rich or rare; No less than life, with grace, health, beauty, honour.
King Lear

Wednesday, April 20, 2022





"I want to remember that no one

is going to make my dreams

come true for is my job

to get up every day and work

toward the things that are deepest

in my heart...and to enjoy

every step of the journey rather

than wishing I was already

where I want to end up.

The Challenge


"It is the hard days- the

days that challenge you

to your very core--that 

will determine who you are.

You will be defined

not just by what you 

achieve, but by

how you survive." -Sheryl Sandberg

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Amy's Whole Roasted Cauliflower in Romesco sauce



Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Romesco Sauce
Serves 4
1 head cauliflower, about 2 pounds
1, 12-ounce jar roasted red peppers (about 1 ¼ cups), rinsed and patted dry
¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
½ cup sliced almonds, plus 2 tablespoons, divided
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar( use less if another type,sherry vinegar is less acidic than most)
1½ teaspoons smoked paprika, divided
Cayenne pepper
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons roughly chopped parsley leaves
Adjust oven rack to center position and preheat to 450. Slice the bottom of the cauliflower to make a flat base. You may cut off some of the tough core, but feel free to leave any leaves, as they will soften and become crispy. Use a paring knife and cut a 1-inch X through the bottom of the core.
Place cauliflower in a large microwave-safe bowl and cover it with a plate. Add ⅓ cup water and microwave for 8-9 minutes or until a painting knife inserted into the core of the cauliflower slips in and out easily.
Meanwhile, in the bowl of a food processor, combine the roasted peppers, sundried tomatoes, 1 tablespoon olive oil, ½ cup sliced almonds, garlic, sherry vinegar, 1 tsp. smoked paprika, a pinch of cayenne, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Puree mixture until it forms a rough paste. This is more than you’ll need, it’ll keep for a week in the fridge.
Line a small baking sheet or baking dish with foil. Transfer cauliflower to the baking dish. Rub cauliflower with remaining tablespoon oil and sprinkle with remaining ½ teaspoon of paprika. Season with salt and pepper. Roast cauliflower until it is deeply browned and charred in spots, about 35-40 minutes.
Spread the sauce on a serving platter. Place the roasted cauliflower on top of the sauce (you can reserve some of the sauce for the top of the cauliflower if you like. Sprinkle the top of the cauliflower and the platter with the remaining 2 tablespoons almonds and parsley.


Monday, April 18, 2022

In The Garden


Auntie Rae at the Jingu family gardens, San Antotio Texas 

"Rhythm, symmetry and a happy combination of elegance and utility- a blend often desired in later days of hope and struggle -these have been fully attained and with them a delight in quiet communion with Nature, expressing as she  does the sense of beauty in orderliness." -Marie Luise  Gothein

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Happy Easter 2022

 We had a nice day today. We ate our traditional brunch of bagels lox cream cheese and chile relleno casserole.


After brunch we hiked at a new place for us in Seal Beach, Gum Grove Park. 


Then off to the bay to sit and look at boats and read. 





We facetimed with the kids and watched them open up Easter treats. Dinner was baked ham and scalloped potatoes. Our wonderful neighbor  Darlene brought us two delicious desserts. One was a strawberry treat and the other was some of the tres leches cake her son in law  Tony made. So yummy.  

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