Monday, July 28, 2008

Closed for repairs

LLPOF is closed temporarily for minor repairs. She'll be back as soon as she finds the hinge that holds all of this together.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Hitting the road

In search of self. Back soon.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


This little family seems to live quite happily above the entrance to the Monterey Bay Aquarium with endless throngs of people just below. (click on image.)

Little Boy and the Sea

Monterey Bay Aquarium with our visiting Toronto family.

Bermuda Triangle

Amado, Annie Bones and Tickle Me Elmo get acquainted.

Friday, July 11, 2008

At one

I came across this rock in the crook of a tree today.

Long plane hops

First the peanuts, now the movies. What's next, the pilot?

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Cleaning for company

Today I'm tackling the shower.

Oh well, maybe tomorrow

I had a thought but those thought bubbles got away empty.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Witches in the night

The Wizard of Oz was the very first movie I ever saw. I was 5 years old and so terrified I kept my eyes closed through most of it. Even so, this witch haunted my nights for years. She personified every single thing that caused me pain and fear. I still have trouble looking her in the eye.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Happy Birthday, Annie Bones

Irene and Annie jog toward the boardwalk.
Psycho dog and seaweed. Annie eating bacon and eggs from Aldo's. A birthday breakfast fit for a cockapoo. Okay, Annie, now you're three. Time to put away childish things...

Monday, July 7, 2008

Down and out

The first time I went to Las Vegas my friend said, "Don't bring any more than you can afford to lose." I brought $20.00 (it was a few years ago).
I was excited as we rolled onto the strip. We parked in an alley next to a man sitting on the curb with his head in his hands.
"Boy, what's wrong with him?" I asked, giddy with the adventure of it all.
"He probably lost it all," my friend said. I looked at the man with pity.
Twenty minutes later I knew exactly how he felt.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Rte 66

No, this is not a hostage situation. It's me and my brother and sister developing our love of the open road.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Scurvy Jack

This morning a cat wandered into our house. He immediately made himself at home much to the consternation of Annie Bones. His name was Scurvy Jack according to his tag. I called his phone number, left a message and waited to hear back. An hour later a very irritated man called back.
"You live where?" he demanded.
"That's clear across town," he sputtered when I gave him my address.
"And don't feed him!" he added. "Ill try to come get him."
He did come to pick up Scurvy Jack a couple of hours later and he did say thanks, but jeese....

Happy Independence Day

Make it festive.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Full speed ahead!

We were sitting in Mac's kitchen, (our 85 year old neighbor) talking about how screwed up our country is right now. We were talking about how long it's going to take to get things straightened out. Mac mentioned we might not have enough life left to see a turn-around.
Me: "What are we going to do?"
Irene: "What can we do?"
Mac: "Damn the torpedoes. Full speed ahead!"
You go, Mac.

RIP Bozo

Now what are we going to do?

Culinary Q & A

It's my turn to take snacks to my writing group. Irene is helping me. We decide on deviled eggs. We're not very culinary around here. The egg peeling becomes a disaster and we have to scrap the plan for sliced cheese.
We can't let it go though. This morning we're researching egg peeling tips. The advice is: "Use eggs 5 to 10 days old. Older eggs suffer a PH change in the shell making them harder to peel."
Irene thinks this means use older eggs. I interpret it as eggs no more than 10 days old. It's a stalemate. We should be a cartoon strip in the funny papers.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Where the children go

I tend to avoid movie theatres where children go. Yesterday though we went to a kid's movie (WALL E) at 11:00 in the morning and yep, there were kids. (summer vacation and all). I hunkered in with my popcorn lunch prepared for the worst.

It was kind of refreshing. Kids laughed out loud, they gasped and at the end they clapped! Very unlike the silent hoards of adults at indie theatres where we are just much too cool to show anything like pleasure or dismay or (gasp) appreciation.

Safety net

I'm considering venturing out but I'd like some guarantees.

Which way?

The thing about keeping an open mind, sometimes it's hard to choose one.