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Sitting on my front porch stairs....

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....in the early evening. I have a friend, who has a friend, and often I'll get a text from my friend..."are you at home?"   He's walking his dog. Sometimes I miss his texts. Other times I'll text him back...'yes', 'no', or 'what time'? Often he walks with another friend and his dog.  This casual event happens in the early evening, when it's nearly dark, or these days when it's still bright outside.   This afternoon/early evening was exceptional. The sun was bright: little or no breeze, and just sitting on the front steps was amazing. It was so nice that for a while all the world (my world) was just right.  Another neighbor walked by and struck up a conversation with my friend's friend. So we had 4 friends, and 1 dog, and 2 conversations.  I was quiet...and wondered why I felt so blessed?  Because I was sitting in front of my home.  Because I was soaking up the sun.  Because I have nothing to complain about.  Because there is a

Even these beautiful birds....

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Thank you to Betty and Vicki!  are wearing masks! Live richly and laugh and wear a mask. BTW....I got a J&J shot last Friday, and thank you to my son, Evan, who arranged it for me. I drove to the Alameda County Fairgrounds and never got out of my car. And thankfully, I was able to show up on time: 3:15pm. After the shot, they wrote on my car windshield the time I needed to wait. 10 minutes came and went and I was outta there! No action, reactions. All is fine!  And I hope this process has gone well for all of you.  This was the first time I've driven on a freeway since the first lockdown. It's just as crazy out there, as it was before Covid. 

Patagonia...

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...no, I've never been there.  Here's an internet dictionary description: 'Patagonia, semiarid scrub plateau that covers nearly all of the southern portion of mainland  Argentina . With an area of about 260,000 square miles (673,000 square kilometres), it constitutes a vast area of steppe and  desert  that extends  south  from latitude 37° to 51° S.' Because I've purchased some of their stuff over the years , I receive a quarterly magazine from them. I read it...from front to back.  Yes, I use reading glasses, but the font size is so small I need more light and better glasses.  I have one of their orange (fake down) vests, an orange (fake down) jacket, a shirt, a t-shirt. Clearly, this is a magazine that features the 'outdoors': rock climbing, big wave surfing, fishing in lakes in the snow, and how and why they design, create, test-it-out-before-shipping-it-out to consumers.  This issue featured '30 BY 30....An ambitious goal could protect humans and wil

Yummy-ness and the Oakland Speaker Series.

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So speaking of talking, I was talking with a friend and I quickly thought about what this pandemic has been teaching me:   It's not about me, me, me It's about we, we, we.   It's about the truth and trust. Not out of distrust,  We obey the rules  Because they work for all of us.  ----------------------------------- Now...to the open-faced sandwich pictured above. When I was in 5th and 6th grade in San Rafael,  I had a friend named Debbie. I don't remember her last name. I also don't know anything about how the pandemic has affected what you remember, but for some reason, I have these flashbacks to days going way back.  This 'culinary' event was one of those flashbacks.  Back then  I called the cheese, tomato, and sourdough bread a 'Debbie's Special.'  Today, the cheese I use is a blend of cheddar and mozzarella. And I buy it in a block. Next, I add some tomatoes on top of the cheese.  I broil it until it gets bubbly. Then I take it out of the bro

Some more covid funnies.....it's a breath of fresh air...with your mask on.....

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  We're getting closer to normal...I mean the new normal. Thanks to Betty and Vickie for sharing these funnies with me! Live richly, marilyn

Getting out of the house....

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 I needed to get out of the house last Friday.   I took this photo because of the clouds.  The smooth clouds are lenticular clouds.  Often they are stacked up like pancakes. It appears that the winds aloft were coming  from the west, northwest,  maybe shoving up against Mt. Tamalpais.  But in order to get into the areas of lift,  you need to fly into/around the rotor clouds.  (It appears that some of the smaller rotor clouds are  in the forefront of the photo.) Those rotor clouds are usually hell to deal with: more than bumpy,  you may think the wings may be ripped off. But when you get through the rotor, it's perfectly smooth, perfectly quiet,  and you are flying in the wave. The next job....is to land at your destination  (whether it's where you took off from, or not)  and, hopefully, your crew will be waiting for you. If not, it may be a cold windy night spent in a sailplane. The highest altitude I reached was just over  21,000 feet.  That flight got me a Soaring Society of

Watching...

 I've kept this video on my desktop for a few weeks. I cry whenever I watch it.  Thanks to one of my friends who sent it to me. What an example! Live richly, marilyn