April 24, 2012
I just happen to have an extra telephone pole hanging around at my rental which is near my house. I had a new pole installed to operate the well, but the contractor didn’t remove the old pole. I caught this freesia in bloom hiding among the grasses, but, I got so excited I completely forgot to take pictures as the new contractor cut it down and brought it to my house.
They trimmed it to twenty feet.
Dug a five foot deep hole.
And put it in the ground. It stands fifteen feet high and is ready to be transformed into a totem. Today, I’ll start some preliminary decorating, just to see how it works out. The purpose is for a fun project at our family and friends reunion in July.
I was inspired by this totem put up by a local club in the neighborhood called The Barnies”. They charge themselves an initiation fee to join. The money goes to keep the barn maintained in good shape, and pay the power and to use it as a meeting place for a once a month pot luck. They invite a musician into play, barbeque, play bocce. In other words, just have fun.
the totem was one of their fun projects. Anything goes.
I’m posting this so everyone will bring their junk and we will find a way to get it on the totem. Jan will do a rain dance, no doubt. It will get well christened. We still like to flume, and play horseshoes and bocce, but for some of us, a new piece of art is just the right touch.
I hope you agree and get inspired by The Barnies creation as I was.
You’ll have to admit it is a fun way to recycle.
March 25, 2012
It amazes me how much paperwork an ordinary person must sift through. Whenever I return to Murphys, I go through junk mail, mail stuff back to advertisers and ask to be removed from their mailing list. I like to think I can handle everything from the road, but, it isn’t possible. I receive e-bills that I can pay from the road, but I never return home without finding a billing error of some type, it seems. Karen talked me into abandoning my “job” and going to lunch at Alchemy with her and Julie. They serve an exquisite bloody mary tomato soup, with a touch of horseradish. Great salads, good beer and wine. Sweet potato fries with a chipolte sauce. Hmmmm. It was all good and much better than doing paperwork.
Karen and Julie wanted to go shopping. I took one look in at a newsprint jacket and decided I’d rather get back to a light, fun read I’d started for my Saturday afternoon, Natalya, God’s Messenger by Magda Bogin. And, I invited everybody for a girls night out.
I made tortilla soup to go along with the movie by the same name. Only my tortilla soup I’m sure didn’t taste anything like the soup in the movie. I forgot to take pictures, we were having so much fun. Neighbor Jan brought this Girls Night Out jar and we decided to make it a tradition. Whenever we get together, we shall bring the jar to the next person’s house. Inside the jar is a deck of poker cards and pennies for betting. Jan loves poker. I love girls night out.
January 25, 2012
I received a message from Jerry at http://overthetopcargotrailer.blogspot.com
about the song I’ve Been Everywhere.
He sent me to a web page where there are parodies and take-offs on that song by different artists. I listened to a slew of them. They were pretty cool. Click on the links to hear some I got a kick out of.
The first is I’ve Been Everywhere , Texas.
This link is: I’ve Been Everywhere, Austrailia
Now we have a Johnny Cash parody:
The next one is: I’ve Been Everywhere, Minnesota. I think. It has some clever, corny stuff like I ate corn dogs at the fair, man, …in my underwear, man.
After I identified five to put into this blog , swish, the sneaky electronic Genie has tossed one of them into cyberspace, so I’m hoping that the four I have left are identified correctly.
When I mentioned the song two days ago, I was talking about my partner, Jim. And, just to give you an idea of why it fits, he has crossed the United States 6 times in his Motor Home. He has been in every state of the union. Plus, he took his rig 17,000 miles across Mexico, through every country in Central America and to the Panama Canal and beyond, (until the road stopped.) Then, of course, he returned those same, many miles back to the States. He’s traveled all over Canada as well. (South America is still on the agenda.)
Yesterday was a pick up and move, empty tanks, fill up with water, get gas and propane, find the recycle place, shop for groceries…that kind of day. We bought two sets of sheets and replaced the butter-soft thin ones we had. I spotted a Burlington Coat Outlet and got a white jacket to replace my warn one. We’ve been everywhere, man- in Yuma!
The frig is full and we are parked in a weedy little town at a VFW with a huge membership. The bartender told us they serve around 400 hamburgers on Mondays. Tuesday was women’s dart competition and men’s pool tournament. They are open and busy seven days a week. We had a drink and left early because they allow members to smoke in the bar. Nobody was smoking at the time, but we both came out with our hair and clothing stinking like old cigarette smoke.
The move put us closer to our destination, the Petroglyphs.
January 8, 2012
You may NOT wear any revealing or “skimpy” clothes. If deemed too revealing, we will ask that you put your pants back on. This includes thongs, jock straps, a**-less chaps, whitey-tighties that can be seen through etc. Please use common sense. You are responsible for obeying the law.
Those are the stated rules. This is Seattle’s big, bizarre fun day-IT IS JANUARY 8th. PANTS LESS SUNDAY.
The “No Pants” event stunt started on New York’s subways about a decade ago, and it has gained popularity in other places. Pictured are people from Seattle’s event. Word of mouth usually spreads through e-mail lists and Facebook — kind of like the Occupy Wall Street movement.
A week ago, Seattle Post Intelligencer learned that about 90 locals had RSVPed to the ride, with about 60 on-the-fence “maybes.”
“I am shaving and shivering for this event,” one fan wrote. “I am so shopping too for some lovely panties.”
The SPI pictures are from Joshua Trujillo’s blog which shows guys in pink-flowered shorts and others wearing tights. Crazy socks. Women with net stockings. Fun. The photos are from the 2011 event.
January 1, 2012
Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross, to see a fine lady upon a white horse. Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes, she shall have music wherever she goes.
I woke up this morning, late, with that nursery rhyme playing through my head, instead of Brown Eyed Girl, or Big Wheels Keep On Turnin’, the loud, jumpin’ music from last night at Cactus Jacks. There is no accounting for the twists and turns of the brain.
It was my intention to stay home New Years Eve, but a neighbor, Jan, insisted I go with her to the Murphys Hotel. We arrived at 9 p.m. Planned to stay a couple of hours. Myself, Jan and Cynthia got our picture taken by Cynthia’s boyfriend, Dave.
There was no band, the dance floor is practically non-existent. We danced twice to canned music. The people made it fun, but we all decided to leave the hotel and walk down to Cactus Jacks. The dance floor there is bigger, the band was better and it was jammin’.
Translation: After you leave Cactus Jacks and go to the Murphys Hotel, you’ll come crawling back to Jacks where all the fun is. It was fun. They don’t have a liquor license, only wine and beer. The grizzly was good, dark and chewy.
Some friends, Lianne Smith and her new boy toy popped in. She and others went from party to party. Over the course of the evening, I met old friends, kids, who are no longer kids, who went to high school with my no longer kids. Then, I met a guy who graduated from the same High School I did, only twenty years later than me.
Cactus Jack provided paper cups of champagne at midnight. And, I got kissed by a stranger.
Anything can happen. It’s a new year. 2012 is here.
December 26, 2011
Christmas morning, Theo got up, opened his stocking and found a book. He plopped immediately to the floor engrossed. We had to shovel him out of the doorway. When everyone was up and had had breakfast, the kids were allowed to open their presents. Having stayed with them a couple of weeks ago, I heard all of the stories about how they guess what their presents are. “You always buy us Lego, Gramma, one shake and we know what it is,” I was told with a smile. Then Owen confessed to the real tricks. Dousing the ribbons with catnip so the cats would tear open the wrappings. Slitting the taped ends with a knife and peeking at the ends to read the box, then resealing; pressing the paper tightly and try to read through it; measuring the boxes and comparing those measurements with their favorite toys in the store. Oh, they are clever.
Theo guessed his gift as a puzzle. I told him it does sound like a puzzle but that is not what your gift is. When he opened it, attached to the puzzle was a note telling him where his gift was really located, under a quilt, in my office. A Lego game.
I fooled them this year. I’ll have to get smarter by next year.
I thank you all for visiting my blog and hope that you’ve had a good year and an especially Merry Christmas.
December 19, 2011
I had hired a homeless guy, looking for work, to do some chores around the place. He told me he had worked as a roofer, had some carpentry skills, knew how to use a chain saw, etc. I have a storage shed with warped doors and I asked him if he could fix them. He did and I gave him some paint to paint the shed. Unfortunately, he painted the doors shut. So, I asked my friends to help me get the doors open. Jan is one of those people who likes to have fun with anything she does, and she likes ceremonies. She grabbed a pot to beat on, and Karen, my housemate, is half Cherokee and did a ceremonial dance.
November 20, 2011
Terrific friends and neighbors are those who share their secrets with you. Meet Ron and Suzy, conventional people. Both have their own business. We went to visit Suzy’s open house for her Beauty Control Spa. We sipped wine and nibbled and talked and looked at her stuff. While visiting we discovered the unusual, both Ron and Suzy own a blow-up doll kept hidden under the bed. Suzy pulled her “friend” Ward out, blew him up.
Suzy received Ward from her girlfriends at a bachelorette party when she and Ron married. Ron recieved his from an uncle when he divorced his first wife many years ago. Now we know what people do with them. Haul them out now and then for a few laughs.
However, Japanese men take their dolls seriously. I blogged them previously if you want to have a look back at the following link:
November 16, 2011
Yesterday, I had appointments and shopping to do. As a blogger I’ve become more observant of everything I do and thus enjoy using my camera for slice-of-life shots or curiosities like this hand decorated car parked next to mine at the eye doctor. Not sure what Stay down wit da clown means?At the grocery store, I was attracted by the bright red hair and the affectionate pose.
His life has been shortened by an insect bite that led to multiple problems from flesh-eating bacteria; a weakened heart and other maladies. I enjoy visiting him every time I return home because he always has a smile, a quip and a twinkle in his eyes.
…to here. My upstairs neighbor was bringing this picture to the thrift store. I was trying for the affect my grandson described in the book, Zoom. Not exactly an impressive set of photos. I quickly realized what a difficult method reverse zoom can be. One must find the perfect situation to make it work. Maybe next time.
But, if you notice the rusted gold pan in the above photo leaning against the garage wall?
October 23, 2011
Yard sales are a regular business for some folks. They gather stuff DELIBERATELY and do this!! It takes fortitude. One nice thing, I met neighbors I haven’t visited in a long time. Several stopped in for a bit of chit-chat.
The other bright spot is watching my partner, Jimmy the Huckster. If it wasn’t for his salesmanship, half of what we did sell would still be in the yard. He has a great philosophy,” If you put it in the sale, you want it gone, unless you like hauling all this stuff back where you got it from.” Kind of puts a thing in perspective. I’ve had an old rear truck bumper someone left at my house in the garden like an ornament around the plants. Jim hauled that out, we cleaned it off, and several people were interested. It will sell today, I’m sure. If someone even looked interested, he would give a spiel and knock the price down. Help them load it and send them on their way.
Then, Jimmy the good Samaritan, helped one woman test her power steering fluid, and helped another with her gas additive. He looked up items on the internet previous to the sale for an idea of what various items were worth.
We had a steady stream of customers all day. Even so, people are not parting with their dollars easily. One guy let his dog run around for a while. He said, “Don’t worry, he won’t get lost. We feed him. I call him glue. Here, Glue! Here, Glue!”
We started this sale with Neighbor Jan across the road and one customer said to me: “You have one hour to bring that lady across the road a cocktail!” When I had a break I managed to bounce over with a bloody Mary, and a stick of celery in exchange for a hug and some laughter. One of her customers asked: “Where’s the bar!”
Today, it will end. Hospice will pick up what we didn’t sell. The wallet a bit fatter and the good feeling of ridding myself of un-needed items someone else can use. Ahh! All in a day’s yard sale! (But, never again!)