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You've got until this Wed., APRIL 1!
Life gets too busy....and sometimes we just forget things. 
This is the way the government determines what federal  funds get to our local communities!
It took me just a very few minutes. Then I was done!
Plus, I  did it online and there was no paper, ink, no fuss, no muss, and each person is given  a Census ID.  
Now you're living richly! marilyn

My new friend.

I guess I've been staying in and around my house too much these days. I don't go grocery shopping unless I've got a list of items to get. And I'm quite specific about what I will buy, except for the occasional treat(s) for myself.

Not quite 2 weeks ago I decided to go to Trader Joe's. And it was so crowded there! I literally thought...what is going on here? The shelves were mostly empty. I was mostly confused. I was thinking "I've lost my mind" or maybe "I was having a dream!"

And then I put 2+2 together...and I came up with the new REALITY! Everybody was buying everything...because nobody wanted to run out of anything! I just stood in an aisle and watched the crowds around me.'s the virus. And we're all on a staycation.  And I left TJs.

But there are more people than ever because the kids are at home! No more school. It's homeschooling, Zoom, online classes for littlest ones, too.

Now I'm much wiser. I shop at Dan&#…
This is a classic!  I found this in my files!
Why Older Chicks Rule

by Andy Rooney from CBS "60 Minutes".
This is for all you girls 40 years and over.... and for those who are turning 40 and for those who are scared of moving into their 50...AND 60's...And for guys who are scared of girls over 40!!!!

Andy Rooney says:
As I grow in age, I value women who are over 40 most of all. Here are just a few reasons why:

A woman over 40 will never wake you in the middle of the night to ask, "What are you thinking?" She doesn't care what you think.

If a woman over 40 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 40 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 40 give a hoot what you might think about her or what she's doing.

Women over 40 are dign…


It was quite a time I had a week+ ago. Suddenly my computer went bonkers. I do admit that I'm a not very knowledgable user, and I only use what is simple to understand.

I called Kyle, The Computer Guy. He said he could come by on Tuesday. Good news:  my phone was working. Bad news, I have man-hands and I don't text very well or send emails on my phone because I have those man-hands.

Kyle said that I hit a button that I shouldn't have. It was an  'upgrade' for Google or Chrome. But I learned a lot. The email that I was sent, was bogus. But it looked so official! It made my computer sick, and I felt the same could I make that mistake?

I could not get my printer to work. I went to the local Office Max and met the most wonderful person...who printed up my fliers for the open house I had the next day. At that moment, I could have cried joyful tears!

I couldn't find my contacts. I couldn't pull up my blogs (thus no blogging last week). Things were defin…

It's all in the timer...

As the Building chairperson for our church, one of the members was concerned that our outdoor plants needed water.

OK! I knew where the watering timers were, and I went to the one that was indoors because that was the one that watered those plants. Those timers been  'off' for the last few months.

Even with my reading glasses, I couldn't figure out how this worked. Sure, I've set it before, but this time it just seemed like a big hassle and the print was so small.

It was such a hassle, that when I went on my weekly bike ride with a good friend, I asked her to pedal with me over to the church after our ride to see if she could figure out how this timer thingy worked. She gladly obliged. She gave it a good go, but was a bit frustrated.

I called my gardener, who also just started tending to our church landscaping, to see if he would meet me at the church.

I felt redeemed! Even Sal couldn't get it to work. He said that the timer was really old, and yanked it out of the…

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…