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Tool box? I have a tool bin.

OK. I had good intentions. What I usually do with old toothbrushes is keep them in a small glass container, underneath my bathroom sink. That way I can use them for scrubbing out the black gunk in my bathroom sink drain. It's just gross. Then I shake the toothbrush in the sink and wipe the black gunk up with a tissue or a paper towel. And then I will heat up some water in my tea kettle and pour that down the drain.This time, though, the drain grabbed my toothbrush. I tried various ways to get hold of the toothbrush but it wouldn't come out. Good news - it wasn't clogging the sink. Water was still flowing down the drain. I let the toothbrush stay there for a couple of days. OK....I needed to get this toothbrush out. I was quiet and let good thoughts into my head. I'm no plumber but there should be a way to get it out without spending an arm and a leg on a plumber.  Think what Carl would do...think what I would do back when I was flying. I was pretty sure I had some needl…

These trying times.....these make me laugh...and I hope you do, too!

Thank you, Betty!   

Live richly, marilyn

Marmalade Mommas and some funnies....

Do you need a thoughtful, creative (and relatively inexpensive) gift?One of my friends turned me onto the Alameda Fruit Company (Marmalade Mommas) maybe 3 years ago?  They sell homemade jams and marmalade made with fresh fruit. Click on the link above and enjoy the ride! They live in Alameda, and you can order online.  I bought 8 jars of lemon marmalade just this week for $12 each.  Here are some funnies from Betty:

Live richly, (we do have a choice!)  marilyn
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Chicks and Boomer Chicks.... you may want to rent this movie!

A couple of dear friends called me and the husband asked if I had I seen this movie? My answer was no...and he dropped the DVD at my front door.
'Maiden' Documentary Tracks All-Female Crew Who 'Sailed .
I was completely captivated by it.

He asked if Carl, my late husband (and yacht designer), had ever been on the Whitbred Race and I said NO! I would have remembered that, for sure. This was a race around the world! 
I wondered out loud if Carl had been part of a team who would have been designing boat like this....but I think I would have remembered that as well. 
These women had little, if any experience, on boats. But, boy, I mean the 'ladies' they found, women who had little or no experience, and those that knew how to sail (like 3 of them) but never even thought an all-female crew could be put together and pull out a win...was exceptional. Yes, they worked hard to get themselves and the boat in shape. 
IMHO girls, chicks, ga…

More funnies.....they keep on coming!

Thank you Betty, again!

Enjoy the weekend! Live richly, marilyn

Time for some more 'funnies!'

Thank you, Betty. I think we all have some type of weird sense of humor! 

Have a fun weekend! Be safe, wear a mask, and 😊!
Live richly, marilyn

How about a few chuckles?

Thanks to my friend, Betty.....

It's nice to laugh out loud...even if I'm by myself! These show life as is was...and maybe will hopefully be sometime soon!
Live richly, marilyn

Mobile working and baking and cooking.

KQED (National Public Radio) is where I get my news most days, and I usually enjoy the programs that they offer. If I don't, then I'll set my Sonos to any musical group that I love. And because I'm by myself...I'll often sing along with The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Billy Joel, or Bette Midler. (I just realized that these performers all have "B's" in their names. That's weird.) However, the other day, when I was listening to KQED the announcer was talking about a traffic jam. He said, "This is mobile working. There is office furniture on the freeway." Deadpan. I thought it was hilarious...enough that I wrote it down in my  NOTES on my phone. I still think it's hilarious!I get some pleasure from the email updates that I get from The photos look great...but it's kind of exhausting reading the recipes because I know that my food never looks like the photos. However, baking, (when I'm in the mood), has its calming ways for …
This is my desk. These mugs are full of markers and pens. And when I read what the messages say on those cups, they ring true to me.  And the orange juice is very good.My dear friend sent me some more Covid comics. Once again, if they don't make you LOL, then....oh, well. So just enjoy!

Live richly, marilyn (more funnies to come!)

A Beautiful Thing

I'm not sure when I took this photo...but my notes tell me it was on Fairview Avenue, in Alameda, several (maybe many) years ago.  It's very peaceful, and restful, in very weird times. I think I took it while on the Broker Tour. If you haven't watched this movie (A Beautiful Thing) on TV, I suggest you do so. It truly is a beautiful thing. I've watched it twice, and it's a true story. I started it thinking it was a rowing film...and both of my kids were rowers for the Oakland Strokes. Yep, it is about rowing. And the ghetto in Chicago. And the gangs. And killing random people with guns. And drugs. And it's a real-life story. watched on Xfinity on-demand, Netflix. Lives can be altered, changed, radically changed. I cried. It's was a story about good over evil...and rising above the evil. And don't we all need this, now? Let me know if you've watched it before, or if it's…

Blame game....and what's the new normal?

-The days are gorgeous with the bright blue skies, but that probably will disappear once our elected officials decide to 'open up' the businesses, and folks will drive their cars to work. That's happening now. 
-In fact, I think "they/we" will re-arrange the space that "they/we" call home, into other spaces, including home offices and maybe mini-classrooms? 
-I think 'these events' will change our lives, even if we go back to the same old routine. The old routine obviously hasn't/didn't work we should work with the 'new' now, and keep on making or at least think about making some of those changes. If I don't try them, then I'm the only one who I can blame. 
-By the way, have you noticed that politics are awful these days? Let's hope that this election brings some real thinkers into office on all levels, city, county, state, and the US.
-And I don't know who sent me this photo or even if I took it....
But my n…

Clearing/cleaning out...again....

...only one drawer or one shelf or a portion of a closet at a time. 
This week I looked inside my desk drawers and I found a stack of stamps - everything from one-cent stamps to 28 and 32 cent stamps. 
These days the USPO has Forever Stamps, but I don't think they work on packages, just envelopes. In these days of electronics and mailing companies (UPS FedEx, Amazon) the USPO has some competition.  
I think it's a wise thing to use these random stamps up...before they're canceled...but not by the USPO, but because most items are bills that are paid by our debit cards or credit cards and all done electronically. 
Shane, our regular mail carrier, is always very interesting to listen to....and he does all of the talking. I just kind of nod, but don't agree. I just keep my mouth shut.  .....and this is what I do with stamps that have been stashed in my desk drawers. $3.90 in stamps to ship an unused extra part back to Amazon. Oh yeah, I got credit for that part, but I still ne…

Covid is not funny.....

...but there are comedians who are writing these signs! BRAVO!

Live richly, marilyn

Two more COVID signs.....

It's easier than writing a blog post...and they are pretty funny! Thank you, Betty! And if you haven't thought much about it, I think these photos all came from Texas.

Live richly,  marilyn (p.s. These will appear on my FB page.)

In my driveway....

....I was sitting in my car, in my driveway, this week, and suddenly there was a single-engine plane towing a banner behind it. Very strange these days. I don't see banners very often.

As I sat there, in the driveway, some visions came into my head...about flying. I didn't or couldn't figure them I just sat there for a while.

Then I realized I had scooped up a banner when I was working as a line (boy) and trading some of my time to learn to fly, at the glider field, Sky Sailing Airport, in Fremont, CA. *

Somehow the banner got loose from the bi-plane, and fell to the ground.  And thank goodness it was in a field, not on the highway.

I got into my VW Bug, and searched for it. I found it. I stuffed it into my car and went back to the airfield.

The bi-plane had landed. I knew who the guy was who owned that plane. He had no clue who I was.

He flew for one of the transport airlines. That means he flew 'stuff' around, not living human beings. This was a guy who …

Nice people do great things.....

I found this while riding my bike in the early evening.  I'm not sure what the '1619-?" means.
A very dear friend wrote this to me a few weeks ago.

"Wishing you a nice weekend as well. I have to share what I did for my neighbor who was and is still a great help for me. Airport Appliance had an ad on TV where they were going to give away an appliance to a person in need. 

Well, Sharon has had a broken dryer for over a year and I let her come and use mine. So, I wrote a wonderful letter about how she is so selfless, and helps everyone before herself. She is a cancer survivor, and living with one kidney. She is 75 she has been so wonderful to me, and others.

Well, this week I get this call on my landline and I didn't recognize the name, and I thought oh well answer it. It was Airport Appliance and my letter was selected and not only is Sharon going to get a new dryer, but they are adding a new washer as well. I told them that she'd been w/out
the dryer, but that she h…

July 5, July 6

This is one of my favorite photos that I've taken along Crown Beach/Harbor.

(I believe I wrote about this previously.)
We stayed at home on the 4th, and we had sparklers for our daughter but our son was too young to know what to do with them. In fact, I think Carl was getting ready to sail on the Transpac (yacht race) to Hawaii.

The next day I smelled smoke. I walked around the house, went close to other houses on Janis Circle. As I went a bit further away, the smoke smell diminished. Had some firework landed on our shake roof?

This went on for 2 days. Every once in a while I'd smell smoke. I'd go outside again.

We lived in a duplex. On a quiet street. I smelled smoke again. "Dear Lord, please tell me where this is coming from."

As I was walking around the house again, I stopped. I looked down. There was a smoldering firecracker wedged into the ground, right next to some plants, and inches from the stucco building.

I lifted it out, threw it on the sidewalk, and …
I'm not known as a flag-waver, but I do love what our flag stands for...and this is how I celebrate Independence Day: decorating our front porch.

When I was in high school, I stood when we pledged allegiance to our flag, but I never said a word. The Vietnam war going full blast, and we heard so much about how many soldiers were killed in that war. It was awful and nobody could explain to me why the US was there.

It's a bit like the vicious virus of today: getting numbers of how many folks have been tested, or are hospitalized, or have died, on a daily basis.

I put the big flag on support near my front door, so it really waves in the wind.

I also have an American flag that's very old that has 12 stars in a circle with the stars and stripes. But it's heavy-duty and I don't know who gave it to me or where I found it...must have been in an old house, in a basement or in an attic in a corner where nobody looked.

Google told me that it's a Betsy Ross Flag. 

The Betsy…


Classic summer day!  Clear in A-town and fog behind the SF city/coast!
Ding dong! FedEx was at my front door..not the truck..the delivery person.
He was there to pick up a 29-pound package. Uh, I don't have a 29-pound package to give to you! 
However, I did receive a notice from FedEx at my address that there was a large package for me from who...I don't know. 
I brought out the notice...and I called that person. He was not very nice. In fact, he was pissed off and said he'd leave that package on the curb at the front of his house, and hopefully, somebody would take it. 
Ben, (the FedEx man), and I had a lovely conversation about being courteous. Courtesy, his 3-year-old daughter, was learning what her name meant! 
Ben was born and raised in Alameda. And each time he said my name, it was Ms. Schumacher. I told him he could call me Marilyn...but that's not how he was taught. 
Bummer. It must be my gray hair...that makes people call me Ms. Schumacher. Or I could blame i…

It's a whole new world....

Yesterday we went on a bike ride.

By 'we' I mean my son, his wife, their son (6 years old) and their daughter (not quite 4).

They had driven up to Napa to see her parents and loaded the 4 bikes onto a bike carrier on their Subaru. Then they drove to A-town.

I usually go bike riding in the evening and that's when we went...less crowded, more space, it was a bit windy.

I'm constantly amazed at how these kids (adults and grandkids) are learning to things these days and using the tools they have (electronics and logic). It's a far cry compared to how I learned to ride a bike.

I was taught to ride a bike by using training wheels instead of pushing on foot. Training wheels only taught me how to fall over.

Eventually, the parents do attach the pedals. The oldest is doing great while the youngest is still pushing. But she is fast! She's a small speed-freak.

I was taught by my grandson how to play 4 Kings in the Corners, last night. My daughter said it reminded her of …