June 23, 2019

A BUSY DAY


                                                
I call in the Ghost Busters to do their best with my thinking today.  No sun yet, but I know there will be a pile of sober Birthday cheer   that will spread out to all of us.
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  • Himself:  Playing Overseer today.
  • Myself:  Found pattern for vest.  Spent too much on fake fur.  Find Birthday Presents, party, meeting, and sleep.
  • Photo:  Mine.
  • Reading:  Finished “No More Words.”
  • Gratitude’s:  G bringing me coffee in bed.

June 22, 2019

COSTUMINGS


I've been reading Reeve Lindbergh’s books lately.  Her ‘memoir’ is really about her family, but "No More Words" is really an unusual memoir in its own.  Her mother, Anne Morrow Lindbergh is one of my favorite writers.  I even have first editions of her first two books.  Here one sees her at the end of her life, and I find myself mesmerized by Reeves words.

Here too life is quiet.  Rather than worry, I nap.  The doc wants a Pet scan before the biopsies, but they are scheduled backwards.  I worry.  I get to thinking, and worry.  Poolie comes into my mind, and I worry even more.  LOL

One month to Comic Con, and I am making a long furry vest to go over my long dress.  Granddaughter has picked a costume, but it is at a friend’s house and the friend is sick.  She doesn't know if it fits yet.  I'm feeling pretty good even with a slow weight loss.  Ditto G.  Other news...the leg that had surgery was in real agony for a week or so.  I couldn't sit still.  Finally, I took all the compression stuff off, and for the first time in ages no pain at all.  Heaven only knows what I will do about my lymphedema.

George is being wonderfully solicitous….so kind.     
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  • Himself:  Wining every solitaire game he plays.  So far: 53323 games on his new computer with no losses.
  • Myself:  Today: Reading and napping.
  • Photo:  Mine.  An early Photoshop version.
  • Reading:  Lindbergh’s “No More Words.”
  • Gratitude’s:  G and Sunshine.



June 21, 2019

SUMMER DAYS

Alcazar Gardens in Balboa Park just behind the Mingei Museum.
                                                
No, it doesn’t really look like that today.  The thick grey overcast we call June Gloom is with us now through the first part of July.  It really is perfect for photography, so I’ve begun to take my camera with me everywhere again.  The sewing machine is uncovered, and the unfinished quilt is out.  I’ve gone to the gym three days this week and can see the results in my leaps and bounds down our many stairs.

My resolute plans are often overturned.  I’ve been announcing, for weeks, that I need to hit a thrift shop or three for a vest to complete my Comic Con costume.  Amvets, Thrift Village, Value Village, Goodwill, Salvation Army, and repeat.  My badge has come, and my costume is naked.  Basically it is similar to the one I made last year, but with a vest instead of an apron. 

Comic Con is less than a month away.
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  • Himself:  Nit-picking estimates for wrecks for insurance companies.
  • Myself:  The house is a mess and we had an early morning visitor.  Teaches me a lesson.
  • Photo:  Mine.
  • Reading:  ”Under a Wing.”
  • Gratitude’s:  G for the morning coffee.



June 19, 2019

CERULEAN BLUE

2009: Felicity Ace and the Rainbow Wing with hulls of Cerulean Blue..

                                                
I got all dressed up today for the breathing tests.  You will laugh at me, I know.  Cerulean blue socks under levis, a white shirt, and an old denim jacket.  The socks were for my morale.

The good doctor asked for all sorts of tests, the tech said.  I don’t know if I did them right, but my lungs accepted the O2 properly.  Only the small tubes didn’t.  I breathed normally, in and out, I filled my lungs full, I panted, and I did it all again…several times.   Then we went to the movies.

A Review:  “Men in Black: International:”  That was us.  That was entertaining, and we will buy it when it comes out.  No Great intellectual exercise.  But it was sure fun.
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  • Himself:  G took aa sick day off, and now he is off saving the galaxy.
  • Myself:  Writing you, writing the library to tell them why I am still on hold, and maybe reading.
  • Photo:  Mine.San Diego Harbor and Downtown.
  • Reading:  ”Under A wing:” Memoir, Lindbergh.
  • Gratitude’s:  George…hauling me around and taking me out to a movie I wouldn’t have seen by myself.



  • June 18, 2019

    MORE OF THOSE ORTS

       
    LGBT Pride Flag.

    ·       Did you know that Google is celebrating falafel today?
    ·       It’s LGBT Month.  The State house in Sacramento is flying the Rainbow flag.  Here, the largest if flown at the LGBT Center in Hillcrest. 
    ·       I am proud of me.  For the second day in a row, I worked out in the pool for 45 minutes.
    ·       I can’t stay awake now.  Yes, you can laugh.
    ·       Our badges have arrived for Comic Con.
    ·       Some old folks don’t have enough oil in their skins to make modern electronics work.
    ·       I’m losing weight on G’s diet.  Not a lot, but he’s losing too.
    ·       It’s June Gloom here in Southern California.  The sun actually came out about 1430.


    The big guy carrying the Rainbow flag is one of my grandsons.
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    • Himself:  Enjoying my test days as he can use up his sick days.
    • Myself:  Have a Breathing test scheduled tomorrow at 0800.  Have a PET test scheduled too.
    • Photo:  David.
    • Reading:  Memoir: Under a wing.
    • Gratitude’s:  To my exercise class for welcoming me so warmly.



    June 14, 2019

    BALBOA PARK: II



    Balboa Park. 
    C. Open Street Maps.

    I include the map a second time so you don’t get lost.  This entry is image intensive.
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    The first thing you will find as you walk down toward the South, is the Japanese Friendship Garden.  You can stop for a cup of tea at the Tea Pavilion and see down into the Japanese Garden.  Before WWII, the Japanese had a small garden where I used to picnic at the back of the Zoo.  It was ignored, and after the war demolished.  Now this beautiful space lives at the heart of Balboa Park.



    Tea and snacks are available above the Japanese Garden at the Tea Pavilion.

    “The Garden sits on a 12-acre plot. It offers a variety of educational programs, exhibits, and festivals as well as accredited horticultural classes to enhance and deepen visitor appreciation for Japanese culture,” the https://www.balboapark.org/gardens/japanese-friendship-garden>Friendship>Garden Page tells us. 


    Looking down into our beautiful Japanese Garden.

    Turning South down the long arm of the park away from the Prado, you will encounter the Spreckles Organ with it’s arms reaching out around the seating plaza.  The Spreckles brothers donated the organ for the 1914 Panama California Exposition.  There have always been Sunday concerts.  The city of San Diego has hired a new , much touted organist, Raul Ramirez.  He plays a concert every Sunday at 2pm.



    The Organ Pavilion with its great elephant doors open.

    The organ Pavilion is used for many things year round.  There are quinceanera’s, weddings, and celebrations of all sorts.  During the summer, many local groups perform while their audiences eat picnic dinners on the benches or lawns.  Once a year also, there’s the Silent Movie Night which is August 31 this year.



    I don’t know if this is a Wedding or Quinceanera.


    Behind the Organ is a big parking lot.  Many who come to shows at one of the Old Globe’s three theaters park here.  Yes, there is limited parking in the park.  On the right are the cottages of the International houses with Palm Canyon behind them.  Further down are the southwestern style buildings used by the city. 
                                             

    Palisades Building    

    Palisades Building.

    To the left is a large Aztec style museum building.  The Hall of Champions moved there after their space was torched.  Friends from another museum tell me that this was used only as an event space.  Now the Hall of Champions has moved again to the Padre’s Petco Park, and The Comic Con Museum has moved in.  Yes I am a founding member.



    The Front of the New Comic Con Museum.

    Next to that is one of the City’s gyms.  There is a brand new gym across Park Blvd., but kids are scheduled for basketball practice here.  At the Far end of this small promontory is the Ford building and the Ford outdoor theater….now the Aerospace Museum and the Starlight Bowl.  This photograph illustrates the problem with the Starlight.
           


    The San Diego Air and Space Museum and Starlight Bowl with a very large spy plane in front.


    This Moderne structure was built for the California Pacific Exposition in 1934 by the Ford Motor Car Company.   It is a circular structure with a now covered central patio.  The museum has workshops below the displays.  One of the highlights of the building itself is the Circular mural in the WPA approved style.  I was lucky to get in and see it before the restoration.  Today there are a series of displays chronicling the history of flight, and usually there will be a special display also.

    Last but not least, the San Diego Automotive Museum.  Unlike most other museums in the park, the museum rotates it’s shows three times a year.  There is a little less than half of the floor space taken by a permanent exhibit.  The rest is filled with well done and often unusual automobiles, trucks, or military machinery.



    The Deco Automotive Museum.
                                              


    Museum members with their cars at the annual summer picnic.
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    • Himself:  Working hard this Friday. Dinner, Meeting, and Project Runway.
    • Myself:  Trying not to think, and following G around.
    • Photos:  Mine.
    • Reading:  Evanovich.
    • Gratitude’s:  That I am able to put my thinking aside.

    June 13, 2019

    POLLYANNAISH



                                                                 
    I follow doctor's instructions, I make appointments, and I go to them feeling a little like Pollyanna.  Always hopeful.  "This is going to be ok.  It's going to be just fine.  It's a good thing I like this doctor..." that sort of thing.  

    Today I had a CT scan layer by layer unveiled to both of us.  Two little blobs of emphysema.  A lymph node that was way too big, and two nodules all in the left lung.  At the very bottom were the many lines of the fibroids.

    I have to tell you that I dread the biopsy that's upcoming.  I insisted that he put me to sleep.

    Always hopeful.          
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    • Himself:  G taking a lot of days and hours off to help me through all this wearing out.  He’s counting down to retirement too.
    • Myself:  One lung.  Always Hopeful.  First day back in the pool.  New glasses almost work.
    • Photo:  One of Poolies friends.
    • Reading:  The newest Evanovich.
    • Gratitude’s:  G as usual.



    <B>A BUSY DAY</B>

                                                     I call in the Ghost Busters to do their best with my thinking today.   No sun yet,...