Sunday, June 26, 2011

Just sitting here...enjoying the morning.

 Just sitting here  on a beautiful Sunday morning 
with my laptop and my "Fuji burrito"...yum.
I look forward to the weekends when my husband
whips this up!  You have
never had a breakfast burrito until
you get a load of this one.  Spicy Spam...
in all it's glory...
did you KNOW there was such a thing?

It's my one bad indulgence twice a week.

some views from the garden this morning...

Sunday, June 19, 2011


My SIL came out this week
for the big 8th grade graduation of child #2. 

She told me that she cannot find rosemary 
plants anywhere.  Has looked all over Chicago.

Then, I came across the FB page of Costeaux French 
Bakery in nearby Healdsburg.  It reads:

We need your rosemary! Bring in your fresh rosemary and in exchange you can choose a complimentary loaf of award winning bread. Your rosemary will have a starring role in our focaccia buns and olive oil sea salt 1/2 Sheets. Be part of the Costeaux tradition!

Am I missing something?  Is there a shortage
of rosemary? you can see, I have a situation in my side yard.

I keep meaning to cut it back but I'm skeeerd.

"WHY?" you ask...

I'm not okay.
For now, my rosemary can continue to overgrow.
Because I feel violatedddddddd.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Meet Mama

This is "Mama".  Every year, a "mama"
comes and lays eggs under the entrance of
our house.  At first, as she's building her
nest and new to us walking around and coming in and
out of the front door, she flies away, fearful.  But, we
talk to her and and watch her as time goes
on and she gets used to us and doesn't fly
away, just cocks her head to the side when we
talk to her.  Then she's sitting on her eggs.
We try not to bother her much.

Yesterday, I discovered that...
Her little babies are scared and they hide 
and behind her...

but then not long after...

brave baby dove pops out from under her and is not as 
afraid as chicken baby dove who is hiding directly 
behind mama!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Seriously, when is this rain going stop???

Apparently Mother Nature
didn't get the memo that it is
NOW JUNE. And it does NOT
freaking rain in California in June.

What the heck?

I love Astilbe. These bulbs were
bought at Costco a few years back.
Last year, practically nothing came from them.
This year, so pretty. Must have been
enough rain...GAHHHHH!

Monday, May 30, 2011

How did you celebrate Memorial Day?

and...did you know what it takes to be a guard
at Arlington Cemetery?

"For a person to apply for guard duty at
the tomb, he must be between 5' 10' and
6' 2' tall and his waist size cannot exceed 30.

They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb,
live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot
drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of
their lives. They cannot swear in public for the
rest of their lives and cannot disgrace the
uniform or the tomb in any way.

Guards are changed every thirty minutes,
twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.

After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that
is worn on their lapel signifying they served as guard
of the tomb. There are only 400 presently worn.
The guard must obey these rules for the rest of
their lives or give up the wreath pin.

The shoes are specially made with very thick soles
to keep the heat and cold from their feet.
There are metal heel plates that extend to the
of the shoe in order to make the loud
click as they come to a halt.

There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the
uniform. Guards dress for duty in front of a full-length mirror.

The first six months of duty a guard cannot talk to
anyone nor watch TV. All off duty time is spent
studying the 175 notable people laid to rest in
Arlington National Cemetery .
A guard must memorize who they are and where
they are interred. Among the notables are:

President Taft,

Joe Lewis {the boxer}

Medal of Honor winner Audie L. Murphy,
the most decorated soldier of WWII and of Hollywood fame.

Every guard spends five hours a
day getting his uniforms ready for guard duty."

Hmm...wait, there's more...

"In 2003 as Hurricane Isabelle was approaching
Washington , DC , our US Senate/House took 2 days off
with anticipation of the storm. On the ABC evening
news, it was reported that because of the dangers
from the hurricane, the military members assigned the
duty of guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
were given permission to suspend the assignment.
They respectfully declined the offer, "No way, Sir!"
Soaked to the skin, marching in the pelting rain
of a tropical storm, they said that guarding the
Tomb was not just an assignment,
it was the highest honor that can be afforded to a
serviceperson. The tomb has been patrolled
continuously, 24/7, since 1930."

Well, we celebrated with red velvet cake!!!

some shots from the garden...

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