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To my friends (two of whom are not present).

The Palace of Fine Arts

Dearest Mary, and Annie, and Heidy This celebrates an evening so mighty That walls come down Throughout the town,  Known as San Francisco, that nighty.
With grace and agility pervasive And the statues overlooking persuasive We witnessed a scene In a place so serene It all seemed nearly evasive.
She lept and twisted and turned  Pretended she carried an urn The moment was fast And then it did pass What was it we had all learned?
The sisterhood reigns ever strong With secrets that will last ever long This act may be gone Yet memory lingers on Of four friends, a palace, a swan.
December 1996
Marilyn Schumacher

This says it all....


Why does every item...

...seem to stop working at the same time?

This is just the way things are.....these days.

Good news! I had three different folks come by...and each item is fixed!

Good news! I was so mad at my printer because it wouldn't print. When I called Office Max about my questions, the woman put me on hold....for like 5 minutes, and then hung up. What?

The printer has been troublesome to me since I bought it in 2019.  My tech guy said it's a great printer. And now it works. It took him less than 10 minutes to get it to work.

Good news! Now my Sonos (speakers) works. And I don't have the replacement part yet, but it has been ordered.

Good news! I had another friend ask me if I had a stove person who could fix her ancient stove. I know what that's like. I have one of those ancient stoves, as well. He should be able to fix any stove or appliance (that's more ancient than new).

Each vendor is on my list, based on categories (like appliances, heaters, general contractors, roofers, c…

Modem in a box....

OK. I get it. Things needed to get upgraded. But to live a life without Sonos? How about life without the Internet?

Comcast (Xfinity) let me know that my modem (whatever that is) needed to be replaced. Why? I thought. It's working just fine.

They sent me the modem in a hefty but compact box. And they expected me to figure out what cords/plugs needed to go where. No, not never, not ever.

If you saw the snake of cords beneath my desk, well, you'd rather not see them. Well, I'm going to show you.

But to live a life without Sonos? Sonos takes care of my music, my radio stations, and I can switch it on in any room that has the speakers (or I could just turn the sound up).

I called my electronics expert. He was able to be here in 10 minutes. He would be dealing with the modem. But then he needed to call Xfinity. And we were put in touch with somebody in Asia/India - for at least 45 minutes, maybe more.

And when he left to go to another scheduled appointment, I lost the connecti…

Christmas Cactus....

And my daughter said it was dead and needed more water.  Uh, not so much.
Live richly, marilyn


Now…it’s just me because the kids aren’t interested.So once again…I am forced to think about what went wrong, what went right, and then decide if it’s worthy to be included on this list.
And the survey says, (and some of these are the same answers as in previous years):
What’s the most fun you’ve had this past year?  Fun is now a very relative term. I appreciate silence. Silence allows me to listen to what's going on and if I don't like it, I stop it. I found a new place to read....along the estuary shoreline, across from Oakland where the huge container ships load and offload. It's where the SF-Alameda Ferry runs. It's fascinating.
What’s the weirdest place you’ve been this past year? On Interstate 5, driving from San Diego to Lodi. CA is a big state...and so varied.
What’s the biggest personal accomplishment you’ve had this past year? Realizing that change is only as big as I make it.And I wonder if I make too much of small changes.Really radical changes can be something …

Let there be LIGHT!

I'm not sure why I didn't do this sooner. Who knew? And does it make it brighter!

YEP! Most of my house is now full of LED lights. Sure, I had a few of them, (well, more than a few).   I was able to get my electrician to come over because, during another visit, while he was replacing this ridiculous chandelier in my office.

Bulbs were burnt out. Everything was covered in dust and grime. My ceilings are high so I don't want to climb a tall ladder without a safety net below me.

This is just a small sample of what I had in my house...all gone...buhbye!
He actually told me the size of the light fixture to get, how many watts, bulbs, etc. I looked online and sent him a photo of what I wanted. He suggested I get a larger diameter for the fixture. I did. It showed up. And it's terrific.

When he was through, he told me he could replace the old fluorescent light bulbs in my kitchen with LEDs.

We made an appointment for him to come over, measure, count the bulbs, and count the ol…

Sing It Yourself Messiah

On Saturday, December 14, I was running errands and drove by the Christ Episcopal Church...and it was their turn to sponsor a public sing-along with vocalists, a small chamber orchestra, and a narrator, of Handal's Messiah. I decided to attend that event. It turns out there are numerous churches in town that rotate the hosting of this event on a yearly basis. Who knew? I obviously did not. 
I rode my bike over there just before 4pm. I am definitely not a musician, and I can tell when the notes go up and down, and have the ability to do some by-ear harmonization. I was greeted by some members who offered me a huge, very old paperback book, maybe 60+ pages, that contained the music and words, of that symphony. 
I sat towards the back of the church. And after the introduction of the presenters, the magic began. 
For the life of me, I couldn't figure out where they were in the music...and I finally told myself: sit down, enjoy it, watch the others belt out the Messiah. I could at…