Monday, May 31, 2010

So the eight year old girl is spending the day with me. I take a quick nap on the couch while she is reading.

Later when we talk I ask her if I was snoring. Oh yes you snore really loudly. I do? Are you sure.

She says that she doesn't snore, her friends have old her that she doesn't snore.

Well I don't know if I can believe her. It ell her I have never heard myself snore. She just laughs at me.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Drove down town early this morning to pick up the sunday times and some donuts at Reds. Crowds of people, families, couples, old people, were heading toward the state Theater. It is now owned by a new Christian religious group and they were going to the theater church. I was tempted to go in to see what they were offering but I just couldn't make myself do it. Took my paper and donuts home.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

I forgot to do my dinner dishes last night, left them in the sink, so while my oatmeal was cooking I quickly washed them. I didn't want my roommate to find them. Don't like being so careless.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Gave a talk at noon about my resistance to turning 70. It is way too old, I just don't want to do it. And yet a part of me is finding great glee in watching myself struggle. i still have a few weeks before the year changes.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

It started raining just as I pulled into the hospital parking lot. Time to do my work as a chaplain. I knew I could have parked in the five level underground parking facility but for unexamined reasons I didn't want to. So I trudged through the rain to the entrance.

When I came out the rain was coming down even stronger.

Maybe I should look at why I am avoiding the garage.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I have the new mystery story book by Donna Leon. I set my chair in the sun on the front patio. The wind blows and blows and it is difficult to keep the book open. but the sun warms my body and I feel content.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

This morning along the Pacific Grove coast I saw a goodyear blimp except the sign on the side said Farmers. I assume this is the insurance company noot the profession. Where did Goodyear tires go? Have I missed something?

The blimp floated silently through the sky, drifting, hovering. I do love blimps.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Went to the movies for this afternoon to see THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES. Good Argentina movie. At first I thought I would be the only one in the theater but just before it began several people wondered in. I like to have others there when I am watching the movie.

Went yesterday to see THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO.

Another good movie.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

By the Coast Guard Pier Sunday morning. Crowds of young skinny sea lions lounge on rocks in the low tide. Some drift in the water with one fin up to catch the wind.

Tourists stop and look, so wonderful, they don't see the seals as starving, too skinny, they are responding to their cuteness, their visibility.

coughing, spitting, choking, barking, they fill the air with their speech. Their odor also whiffs up to meet the people walking on the recreation trail.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

the ordination went well. We each made mistakes and laughed. We stumbled through the speaking parts until the magic happened and we all started loving each other. Sometimes ermonies seem tired and old but not this one, we all finished feeling tired and alive.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

So I have started to read THE LAKE SHORE LIMITED by Sue Miller, her new book. She is such a good writer and this book is great.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I have finished all the hand sewing I need to do for Robert's ordination on Saturday. This is our third ordination in twenty years so it doesn't happen ofter and we want it to be special. Saturday is the day, I have been working hard on this for the last three months. I am glad that the work part is mostly done.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I have just finished the last Elizabeth George mystery story.

I'm free, I'm free.

They were so compelling for me. Now I can read some other books that appeal to me.

My new pattern before I go to sleep is to drink a glass of milk and eat some potato chips. Sleeps come easier. At least for now.

Monday, May 17, 2010

The fruit trees I planted last year are doing well. I have tiny apples, apricots, plums quinces, and maybe some lemons will develop from the blossoms. Amazing that fruit really grows on a tree rather then just appears in the store where I usually find them.

I wonder if I should plant more. I haven't put in any veggies yet, maybe this year I will pass on veggies.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Went to a Sunday afternoon movie at the Osio. THE GOOD HEART, a wonderful movie with an unexpected ending that left me feeling unsettled. Not fair. the movie was in English but made by an Icelandic film company in many countries. I don't want to say much about it with anyone who hasn't seen it.

Going to the movies on Sunday afternoon is great.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

I am on plan C in my 8 month attempt to heal by sore shoulder. This plan includes intense massages or in other words, tough love. OK Shoulder wake up and smell the coffee. I had my second massage today and am extremely sore. good sign.

I have already begun to look for plan D in case this doesn't work.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Ate lunch with friends at Turtle Bay in Monterey after our Brown bag Zen group. We talked and talked. the food was eaten and still we didn't want to leave. Such a friendly place.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Watched the girls in the car in front of me as we drove down Pacific St. Their arms were going up and down and their heads were shaking to a beat that I could not hear. The car bounced with happiness.

I want that happiness for my car.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The new Elizabeth George mystery is now at my house. I had put a reserve on it several months ago at the library and now my name has come up.

It's foggy and gloomy, just perfect for reading and being cozy.

I know there are things I should be doing but oh well.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Went to Home Depot this morning to buy some garbage cans for the ordination ceremony coming up next week. So many choices. Finally I found two I could afford and carried them down to the check out stand that seemed miles away.

My back is sore now. Should have taken a cart.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Unexpected rain. Went to early morning zazen at the cherry center. I love the quiet at dawn. I have started to pull a couple of weeds every time I am there. I am not sure why.

The rest of the day was busy.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

My garden is now dry so I am starting to water it. I love standing in the sun with the hose and spraying water on the plants. I only water the front garden, the rest dies back.

what grows well here is lavender, rosemary, rock roses, geraniums nasturtiums.

I am not putting in a veggie garden this year. the fruit trees all flowered and small fruits are growing.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Driving back to the Peninsula from Santa Cruz at noon today I kept making plans to stop for lunch at different places. But the roads were so full of cars I began to question whether I could get back on the highway after lunch so I kept driving until I returned to my house and made my own lunch.

I love eating in restaurants but it seemed just too difficult today with the weekend warm weather traffic.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Overdosed on TV this evening watching Treme, Dr. Who and the Good Wife. Too much and now my head is swimming.

No more TV for awhile.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

got caught in a traffic jam on Lighthouse Ave trying to get to downtown Monterey. The traffic was stopped , no movement anywhere. I don't know what it was.

Finally I was able to turn around and go over the hill to my house.

I fear getting trpped in Pacific Grove for days and days. There are only two roads intot Pacific Grove and when they are down you have to go by sea.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Spent the morning walking around auto shops as my car was being checked over for a possible factory error. I received the letter informing me of this recall. Now it is fixed, I hope.

I am not sure how I would know unless the brakes failed.

What I did see was that the shop washed and vacumed my car so it looked new again, a treat and a gift for my waiting three hours.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

I have been concentrating on assisting Robert with his sewing. His ordination is in two weeks and we need to focus on this sewing. I love sewing but I don't like pressure.

Warm day, sun shinning. Ready to move on the next thing.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Had an eye exam this moring including drops in my eyes. The good news is that my eyes are fine but I spent the rest of the day squining at the bright sun, hiding in the darkened living room waiting for my eyes to become normal.

I also drove home in my car. I wonder how safe that was. Maybe the doc should have a shuddle service like car repair places have, to help their impaired patients to return home safely.

Everything seemed out of focus and too bright. Next time I will take a taxi.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Low tide this morning on the waterfront. As I walked along the walkway I watched the crabs scurry away as I approached them. Low tide and lots of rocks exposed. If I stand still the crabs slowly emerge from the crevices.

Went to the movies in the afternoon. Saw THE JONES, an OK movie.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Early morning walk on the wharf. cool morning, lots of fishing boats in the harbor. Stacks of containers ready to be filled with fish.

The stop light on Del Monte ave. is not working well.
Walking across the street is scary. But I did it.