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Wildlife

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Sometimes I take my books outside to read them. I sit under what I call an 'umbrella tree.'  It's a shade tree, and I don't know  the actual name for it. Often I fall asleep. But I always see this cat. S(he's) more like a kitty. And I think s(he's) been treated badly because  s(he's) quite skittish. S(he) has decided to use one of my chairs for a bed. S(he's) on the middle chair. And the other photo is when S(he's) sleeping  on the warm pavement in front of the carriage house.  It's quite nice to know that I have a friend there while  I'm reading or have fallen asleep.   Live richly, kitty! your friend, marilyn 

Postcards....

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 A dear friend gave me several postcards that I sent out maybe 15-20 years ago, to advertise my listings and sales. If you weren't born here, or have lived here since the1960's here's a sample of those postcards.  (I didn't see these scenes in person, but if you look at them now....life has changed.... A LOT!) ! Live richly, marilyn

Ka-BOOM!

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 More clouds late afternoon, Thursday. My roof didn't catch on fire (thank goodness), but the fireworks were going a bit crazy around the 'hood on the evening/night of the most recent 4th of July.  I really feel sorry for the cats that live nearby. They must hide somewhere (maybe in my yard....like they do when they're sleeping during the day). It was non-stop with the solo BANGS and the firecrackers. Yes, I do like colorful sparklers but they don't make any loud noise.  Last week, I was talking to my friend while we were sitting on my front porch, jawing around. I was trying to remember where I was when I smelled some type of fireworks on July 5th. It was smoldering. Then a couple of days ago, I realized where I was. We lived on Janis Circle, corner of Pearl St. I believe that Carl was on a Transpac Race to Hawaii. I was walking around the side yard, front yard, back yard, sniffing to find out what the smoldering smell was coming from. That went on for at least one ful

INDEPENDENCE DAY....

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 This flag has only 13 Stars.   I'm not sure where I got it but it definitely is on the older side.  And the cloth it's made from is heavy-duty. I do like our National Anthem but I like these words and how it's sung, better than our National Anthem.  My country, 'tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing; Land where my fathers died, Land of the pilgrims' pride, From ev'ry mountainside Let freedom ring! My native country, thee, Land of the noble free, Thy name I love; I love thy rocks and rills, Thy woods and templed hills; My heart with rapture thrills, Like that above. Let music swell the breeze, And ring from all the trees Sweet freedom's song; Let mortal tongues awake; Let all that breathe partake; Let rocks their silence break, The sound prolong. Our fathers' God to Thee, Author of liberty, To Thee we sing. Long may our land be bright, With freedom's holy light, Protect us by Thy might, Great God our King! It's about time we made som

Creatures in the night.....

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I was minding my own business... While rinsing my dishes.  I saw something on my carriage house roof.  There wasn't a sound, or a hoof. I grabbed my phone and took some photos But I  didn't want to scare 'them' away. But alas, their eyes reflected whatever light there was. I thought I saw three of them, but it was tough to tell. I don't remember seeing them before. I did take some pictures and I think I was right... There were 3 raccoons in the night. YIKES!

Adapt/Adopt/Song writer/Song singer.

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 I'm attempting to adapt to the 'new' normal.  By that I mean, I don't want to go back to the old normal. I do like taking photos of clouds. It kind of lifts me out of myself.  I drove my bike to Cycle City (corner of Santa Clara Ave and High Street). Yep, I took the car and hung my bike on the rack on the trunk of my car. I love that bike store. They are kind, and Ellis (who was a new employee to me) explained to me why I couldn't pump up my bike tires.   I have 2 bike tire pumps in the carriage house. Every time I attempt to 'pump them up'  they only lose air. Ellis told me there is a pin that fits in the small air hole in the pump, and showed me how to remove it. Who knew? Well, I guess Ellis did.  Another friend told me that all of the bike stores are swamped with work, so I shouldn't expect to get the bike back anytime soon. But I made an appointment to bring it in...and I'll get it back on Tuesday.  It will have new grips for the handlebars. It
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 We've got rosemary, lavender, and the sign on the carriage house says 'Apples 5 cents.'  We used to have a very prolific apple tree, along the west side of the carriage house. They were more for baking than for just picking them off and eating them. But they were amazing!  And then we realized it was undermining the carriage house (built in the 1950's?) concrete floor. Out came the apple tree. Carl, my late husband, used the building as his shop. He was a very talented wood-worker. He developed that talent when he was younger, having been taught by his father.  Carl built many of his designs (as half-models) either for his office (at the now-defunct Alameda Marina) or for his clients...as gifts.  During the pandemic, I've spent a lot of time sitting, reading, watching birds, on the patio (which was made of bricks, from the foundation of our house).  We needed to have the foundation replaced right after we closed on the purchase. The contractors needed to remove tho