Sunday, January 18, 2015

Some Of My Favorite Things-Sunday Stealing

Name Your Favorite…

Place-City: London, Place of Comfort: My chair with the dogs piled on me.

Person(s)-My grandsons, they make me laugh every time I see them.

Color-I wear a lot of blue.  My favorite color to have around me is turquoise.

Food-Comfort foods like Mac and Cheese.

Smell-Citrus and Thierry Mugler's Angel Perfume.

Book- The Princess Bride by Wm Goldman. I think the book is almost funnier than the movie.

Movie-The Big Chill, it reminds me of my early 20 somethings and the music is wonderful.

Music artist- Eric Clapton

Thing to do when bored-I'm ashamed to say I will turn the computer back on.

Genre of literature-Historical Fiction

Magazine-Country Living, although I have let all my magazine subscription expire as I can't read them comfortably and I can keep up on the computer or my Kindle and adjust the font.

Texture-I have a hoodie that has the softest fleece lining, I wear it and wash it and it gets softer.

Time of day-Bed time.

Day of the week-Sunday nights for Masterpiece Theater.

Thing to learn about-More about photography for my travels.  I think I am going to take over the camera.

Thing about yourself-My ability to see things from many perspectives, but it can make it hard to make decisions sometimes.

Lifehack (a time saving, efficiency technique for life)-I have dozens I get from Pinterest. 1. Simply put a glass of water in your microwave and heat for about one minute (This should make the inside of the microwave steamy)
2. Let the glass sit in the microwave for about 20 minutes with the door closed. (The moisture condensing on the walls will soften the food residue).
3. Wipe off the residue with a sponge or paper towel. 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday Fragments and Funnies

The day before we left on vacation, my washer broke and I had to finish it at my daughter's, who happily lives on the next street over.  When we got back, I looked on the Whirlpool web site and called one of the local repair service.  He ended up coming 3 times over 2 weeks. to finally get it fixed. After the 2nd time I Googled the error codes, and found this was a problem that was able to be resolved, so I mentioned the source to him.  He was sure it was something else but when he got here the 3rd time......I turned out to be right.  He still charged me 45 more, dollars for labor.  I am not sure I will be calling them for anything else.

When we were driving back from California a few weeks, we had a close call with an eighteen wheeler.  In Arizona, Mr BC was getting back on I 40 after a rest stop and gas fill up.  He was accelerating back on to the highway, taking a look to see who might be coming up as he merged, when he looked back the rig in the right lane was barely moving and was quite disabled.  He had to slam on breaks and steer towards a guard rail.  We ultimately stopped with out wrecking, but it was close.  I was still shaking miles later. 
My Grandsons enjoying their new bikes on Christmas day.  The weather was beautiful the whole time we were in CA.  See my beach pictures from last week.  It has been very cold here but no snow or ice and temps in the 50's this weekend.

Some funnies for your viewing pleasure, odds and ends I have been collecting.

Half-Past Kissin' Time

Monday, January 12, 2015

Whew! What Stinks? Memory Monday

Retired Not Tired Memory Monday
Once again, it’s Monday, and time to join Judy @ Retired-Not-Tired for more memories.  This week we’re continuing our travels down the road entitled More Vacation Memories… Since I didn't participate last Monday mine is just..................
                                         Vacation Memories 
We always took camping vacations or vacations to Oklahoma to see our relatives when I was young. My brother and didn't have a lot of say about where we went, but we usually enjoyed ourselves.  I had been asking my mom and dad to take us to Yellowstone, for a long time because I really wanted to see Old Faithful.

When I was in high school (maybe freshman or sophomore), my parents finally took my brother and I to Yellowstone, one fine August. We were tent campers in those days, Mom and dad slept on an interesting platform in their 1958 Plymouth station wagon storing all the camping paraphernalia under that platform. They had a mattress cut down to fit the platform perfectly.  Bro and I slept in the tent.   We had to put all the food in the car every night to discourage bears.  That worried me just a little. The food was safe, but how safe were we under canvas? Earlier we saw a bear captured in a device that was going to take him further into the forest.

There is more in Yellowstone, than bears and Old Faithful and we would spend time every few days visiting many of the bubbling mud pots, paint pots and various geysers.  What no one had told me, was how badly much of Yellowstone smelled!  After a visit or two, I wouldn't leave the car to see another sulfur smelling hole in the ground. Dad spent the rest of the trip reminding me that, "You were the one wanting to go to Yellowstone."

Dad got in some fishing in and we got to see the beautiful Yellowstone Falls and I did get out of the car to see Ol'Faithful spout, I was somewhat disappointed, as the viewing we saw, was not as spectacular as the one above. 

Our visit was coming to a close when the weather turned cold, it was late August.  That next morning I wakened to mom furiously shouting orders to dad, so I stayed quiet to sleep in a little, soon I was jerked awake when the foot of my sleeping bag fell of my air mattress and soaked up freezing water that I was floating on.  When I yelled, Dad came and got me and carried me to the camp toilet and shower.  It had rained that night and somewhere around freezing that am, it started snowing in August in Yellowstone.  Mom and dad were packing up....every thing was soaking and we made a mad dash for a Motel and laundromat in Jackson Hole. The rest of the vacation was spent in Washington State and Oregon, on the way back to California. We dried the tent out at cousins, in Oregon.

I have had other vacations that have been more fun....but this was funny and memorable.

Friday, January 09, 2015

Friday Fragments-What I Did on My Christmas Vacation

Half-Past Kissin' Time

Well we are back from our trip to California.  We left the Monday after Christmas trying to get home before New Years.  We arrived home the Friday after New Years.  Part of it had to do with not being able to leave before noon, because Mr BC had to pick up parts at Moss Motors, for the Triumph, he is restoring.  He thought as long as he was in town......This put us in Los Angeles, right in the middle of evening traffic.....really bad traffic and we it was bad all the way to Victorville.  Essentially we lost a whole day, thank you very much.

When we decided to stop early the next day, because we were beat.  The nice lady at the KOA Kampground, encouraged us to go on well past Flagstaff, as they were expecting a massive weather storm and might not get out the next day.  From then on we were out in front of winter storms the rest of the way home.  After the last trip to CA in the winter and this we have decided we are not winter campers.....Though the weather while we were in CA was fantastic.  Getting home is problematic.

As I said the weather was beautiful in Carpenteria, where we camped at the State Beach.  This was our view out our front door.

A trip down the beach takes you to the naturally occurring surface asphalt the Chumash Indians used to seal their canoes.  Petroleum seeps are still visible along the beach bluffs at Tar Pits Park on the campground beach of Carpinteria State Beach. *Wickipedia

Christmas was fun with the boys...both have grown so tall and I love that I can hold a rather grown up conversation with almost 6 year old Лука, He is as patient as he can be most of the time, with his little brother.  He got a bigger bicycle this year. 
It was the only thing that, almost 3 year old Caшa, didn't claim.....Mine, mine, mine!  

 Caшa, already has a smaller glider bike that he can maneuver quite well.  They both went out for rides, later in the day with the kids in the neighborhood.

Everyone stayed healthy while we were there so thankfully we made it home healthy.  Though, Thursday all day, Mr BC was laid low with a very upset stomach bug.  I did not know he had all that in him!  It has not progressed to anything else so maybe it was something he ate.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Feliz Navidad-Saturday 9

Saturday 9: Feliz Navidad (1970)

  Unfamiliar with this week's song? Hear it here.

1. "Feliz Navidad" is Spanish for "Merry Christmas." Can you wish us happy holidays in a language other than English or Spanish? 
Joueux Noel!  I know a few more words in French.

2. According to ASCAP (the American Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers), this is one of the 20 most played holiday songs of the last 10 years. What's the most recent carol that you heard?
We have a classical station that is playing a lot of instrumental and choral Christmas music and in the afternoon and I love turning on the radio.

3. Which Christmas song do you hope you never hear again? The one where Grandma gets run over by a reindeer.  

It is awful and then it becomes an earworm all day long.  Oops! There it is!

4. This week's featured artist, Jose Feliciano, was honored to perform this song at the tree lighting ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. If you were to win a trip to our nation's capital, which sites would you visit? 

I have been to DC and have seen everything I want to see.  I have other places to visit.  I especially liked the National Art Gallery.

5. As a very young child, Jose taught himself to play the accordion. If you could suddenly, easily learn to play any instrument, which would you choose? 

I guess the piano or guitar. 

6. Jose says that hearing early 1950s rock on the radio made him want to become a singer. What's your favorite music genre? 

Almost any thing except jazz or rap.

7. At 17, Jose had to drop out of school to help support his family. Too young to enter bars, he played guitar in coffee houses for tips. Have you ever worked a job where you regularly received gratuities? 

No, although when I was a bank teller, I was regularly given money....couldn't keep it! As a side note, I saw Feliciano in one of those coffee houses in Pasadena. I was impressed, by his music and his beautiful dog, who sat quietly at his feet.  I wasn't aware I was seeing someone who would be famous one day, though, I should have known.

8. Jose and wife Susan have been together for more than 40 years. Who is the happiest married couple you know? 

Mr BC and I come to mind....also our best friends Maggie and Jiggs.

9. Jose wrote and performed the theme of the 1970s show, Chico and the Man. What's your current favorite TV show? On network...The Middle....

We are currently streaming many favorites we like Time Teameach episode featured a team of British specialists carrying out an archaeological dig over a period of three days.  I am also hooked on A Place to Call Home, an Australian melodrama, Set in Country New South Wales in the period following World War II.  Both of them we watch on Acorn, a streaming channel of British TV.  I also am catching up on Foyle's War. I started watching that on Masterpiece Theater and did not know there were several seasons.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Travel Prep-Friday Fragments

It's always fun to join with Mrs. 4444 for FF as it gives us a chance to share "Fragments" of our week without a large posting, please go over and join us. 

We have made lots of lists so we can get the RV ready for our trip to California.  I woke up this morning ready to get started.  We are going to stay at Carpenteria State Park right on the ocean.  I hope the much needed rain in CA will stop and it will be usual. Actually we can jump in the car and go, when we don't take the RV, but we have to do some stocking of the pantry and there are some projects that concern towing a car.

I have to get the dogs ready for the trip as well.  One nice benefit...they will get walked several times a day when we travel with them.  Also have to shop for groceries for them too.  I have to check their immunization for Bortadella, and get them all bathed and clean.

I have my shopping done for the boys...I went out to pick up some books, yesterday, and that finished up my list. I got a book of Christmas Stories, that includes the first Christmas Story. I am not sure they have heard that particular story yet and I believe they should be introduced to the reason for the season. Their folks are not religious and I am not fanatically so. but at almost 6 and 3, they should have heard about something besides Santa Claus. 

I still have some things coming from Amazon, that should come today. I have wrapping them before we go...on my list too.  Hope it gets done and I don't have to wrap Christmas Eve as usual.

DD2 isn't going with us as she has to work.  She signed up to work for Christmas Day for the double pay.  We are all going to get together for a Family wedding in August so she will see the boys and her sister then. I wish she could go, maybe next year.

Half-Past Kissin' Time