Cell phone photos..

I was awakened by my phone this morning. I used my phone for an alarm earlier this week. 
It was a different noise, but I think I put must have installed the noise myself,, while trying out other noises.
When technology works, the world is going well. When it doesn't...well, ask my son, who I call about midnight, hoping for an AHA moment from him for me. 
I tried to ignore the noise, but it just kept going. Okay, okay. I wandered into the kitchen where I had my phone plugged into the outlet. I unplugged it. Then I heard the noise again. It was from the side of the house! It came from the driveway! And thank goodness, it was not the car alarm.  
It was the crew working on the brick walkway between our house and the neighbor. For years, that 5 foot by 30-foot strip of dirt/debris/trash had laid fallow. And to follow the rules, the crew waits until the clock strikes 8 before they fire up their machines. 
I knew that sound, though. I thought about Carl, who used a table saw to cut wo…

"Liberty is always unfinished business."

I was watching the TV broadcast of the Washington D.C. Capitol Fourth fireworks, opera, song, orchestra, and band festival, on the night of July 4th, this year.

I was literally weeping while those performers were singing/playing all these patriotic songs. Gosh, even now I'm shedding a tear.

It's difficult for me to NOT cry. I guess crying is a type of release for me. Not that I cry regularly, but even last Saturday, I was at an annual association meeting, and those hymns made me well up. No. I was actually crying.

Speaking for myself, there's nothing uglier than me, who is trying to sing, through tears.

When emotions run so deep, when I'm overwhelmed by the goodness of people, I just give in and give up...and I'm crying.

I keep a calendar in a corner of my bathroom counter. Each day has a saying. My mom gave me this small, mini flip chart. And unless I'm away from home, each day of the year has a new saying. And it's repeated every year.

I love it because i…
Our local public radio station, KQED, fm 88.5 was broadcasting a 6 part series:  
2018 Walls and Bridges (The above is a link to these programs.) 

Seeing the world through my eyes only...'s only a question of time that both the walls and bridges need to and/or will come down, whether it be decades or centuries.

In that time period, much can be done but it's all mental, before it can become physical.  It has to be thought before it becomes 'something.'
People can dig holes under walls, climb over them, blow them up, build them up. 

People can float under bridges, walk over them, blow them up,  or allow them to rot in disrepair. 
In all cases, it's all about fear. Fear is False Evidence Appearing Real!  What is false is always false, no matter who//what/where/where/why/and how! 
What people in high places say needs to be questioned!  And that's the bottom line. How the question is asked will elicit a decent or ugly response. 
And that's why I love Americ…


...not the store.

I'm talking about my car (which is kept in the driveway), is a target for bird poop.

About three weeks ago, I decided I'd wash the car...myself. I hadn't done that for a long time. Instead, I take the CADEAU to the carwash. They do a good enough job at the carwash. But I feel I do a much better job, myself.

I hauled all the stuff from under the back porch cabinet:
-a shop vac and the associated attachments
-a big white (paint-style) bucket
-the pink car shampoo
-the reusable microfiber blue square cloths
-the wet/dry towels (those are the ones that dry completely stiff)
-the wiper cleaner
-the wiper fluid

And I used all of it. The CADEAU looked great!

Then I put the car cover on. And I put some bricks on the cover so it wouldn't blow off.

And yes, the wind blew like stink. And the cover was completely off, blown against the gate. 

Another "oh, well" moment.

live richly, marilyn

Mental meltdowns.

I'm a creature of habit. No, not the burger joint..although they a great.

I bought a new camera...I mean a new phone...I mean a new cell phone (that comes with a camera and duh, yes, I've had iPhones with cameras ever since I got my first iPhone).

I went to the local ATT store. ATT is my provider. Actually, I provide $$ to them, so they can stay in biz. For the last 3 months, I've received text messages from them that I've exceeded my 'data' allocation. ATT has been adding a fee, so I can have more data.

Honestly, I don't even know what data is. I mean I know what gasoline runs my car (no, I don't have a Tesla). But I don't know what makes "gas" gas!

At the same time, I also decided to try the new Gmail...apparently, it has some upgrades. 'They' call them upgrades. I call them totally confusing.

These two events lead to mental meltdowns.

It should be simple to get a new phone. It is not. 

I need to find out what's goin…

I'm, so sorry.

I get it. If we've lost trust with somebody or a bunch of somebodies, we need to apologize to those with whom we've lost trust.

But now, apologies are a 'trending' topic.

Wells Fargo...Uber...Facebook...

What the heck?

NOW Wells Fargo is saying"we" lost our way. If I was the head of Wells Fargo I'd fire myself, and all the others 'on my team' who followed my lead into disaster.

NOW Uber is saying they won't hire drivers who offer sexual harassment under the guise of casual conversation.

I wrote about this last summer...but it wasn't about sexual harassment. I shared a ride with a dude, and the driver talked about guns..the kind that kill people and the type of guns he owns. I thought...this maniac is driving me to my house? I should stop and get out..and hike the rest of the way home. This is a very good reason to have a driver NOT stop at your home. Get picked up at the apartment across the street, and get dropped off at another person's…

Women Over 50

KEEP GOING WARRIORS! A big win tonight for the team! 

I was looking through my online notes regarding my blog posts. I'm sure I used this gem before...but it's written by Andy Rooney, of CBS 60 Minutes, not by me. 

He said it best.

From Andy Rooney:

As I grow in age, I value women who are over 50 most of all. Here are just a few reasons why:

* A woman over 50 will not lay next to you in bed and ask, "What are you thinking?" She doesn't care what you think.

* If a woman over 50 doesn't want to watch the game, she doesn't sit around whining about it. She does something she wants to do. And, it's usually something more interesting.

* A woman over 50 knows herself well enough to be assured in who she is, what she is, what she wants and from whom. Few women past the age of 50 give a damn what you might think about her or what she's doing.

* Women over 50 are dignified. They seldom have a screaming match with you at the…