Monday, December 31, 2012

New years Eve.  Spent the late afternoon with the eight year old boy watching a movie, a kids movie I can't remember the name.  We laughed and made jokes at various silly parts.  The rest of the family were out downtown.  We had the house to ourselves.  When they returned they didn't know why we were laughing so much.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Late Sunday afternoon at Carmel Lagoon.  Lots of families with kids walking, kids and dogs.  the lagoon is now open to the sea. Fishermen in waders are fly fishing to catch the steel head trout trying to go up the river.  I sit in my chair outside for about and hour and all the holiday tensions evaporate.

Friday, December 28, 2012

cold day.  Ran around all morning buying groceries for Saturday's dinner.  I am fixing dinner for 10.  My family from New York is coming for a visit.  the tradition is that I fix dinner the first night and then the rest of the week others do it.  So it is a one time push.  I am ready.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Huge moon outside.  I saw it creep up in the sky as I sat folding fliers at my dinning room table.  The days are starting to get shorter but it is hard to tell.  Went to the gym and forgot my iphone so I had to just listen to my thoughts rather then pandora.  It all worked out OK.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Everything is green, the rains have soaked in.  Today rain and sun.  Spent the afternoon sewing with eleven year old girl.  She is making Dr.Who cloth prople.  she reports that the Christmas Dr. Who was great.  I haven't seen it yet but soon will.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The Dr. Who Christmas special is on tonight.  My family is a bog friend of Dr. Who.  I am so so about Dr. Who.  I want to watch something on TV but I am not sure what.  I have eating eating maple sugar candy all day.  Merry Christmas.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Went to the Pine Inn for breakfast this morning with a friend.  so glamorous.  Not too expensive, $10. buffet.  but the think is that the food was mediocre.  So disappointing.  But the setting was fabulous.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Watched a movie this afternoon at home while the rain poured down.  Such decadence and also satisfying.  Then went and had a late lunch at Ocean Sushi in Monterey. 
Good way to spend the day.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Took the kids to see Skyfall, the new James Bond film.  Whereas it was exciting and funny I cringed at the extensive use of guns.  Automatic guns firing multiple bullets.  Lots of times I had my hands over my eyes so I couldn't see people shot.  I am too sensitive now.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Parked on the wharf this morning.  Waves crashing on to the shore.  Storm coming.  Lots of birds on the beach and near the tide line  No homeless tents.  I wonder where they all went.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Began making a list of everything needing to be done in my hou  se this coming year.  Lots of little things.  Don't know how to get them done.  It is hard to match the job with a real work person.  I need a good home repair worker.  Guess I will ask my friends.  The hardest job is finding shades for my ceiling skylight.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Cold, cold, day.  Spent the morning at my computer wearing warm sweats and the heater on.  Then went to lunch with my friends who have been working on the homeless women's documentary project. tlaked and ate and thought up new plans.  Too many ideas.  Need to figure out what I am willing to do.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Driving back from Santa Cruz this afternoon the wind kicked up.  Sand was lowing across the highway.  I held on to the steering wheel of my car to keep it on the road.  Huge clouds are rushing to throw water on us tonight.  It's winter.

Monday, December 17, 2012

We did have some sun this morning.  I went outside to bask a little and then it was gone.  Not enough.  We also had two different rainbows in the morning and then some wind and now rain.  Yes we did have some weather.  I am sitting cozy in my comfortable chair thinking about the weather.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Went to a lovely dinner at the cherry center tonight.  Robert, my friend is a great cook and invited all the folks that attend his ordinary recovery to dinner.  There was a fire in the fireplace, and a sit down dinner.  I ate and talked and laughed.  To think I almost didn't go.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The rain has begun.  I am at home.  I wonder what my friends are doing.  Should I stay home and read and get cozy or go out and look for some excitement.  Probably stay home and stay dry.  We need the rain.  A leak has started in my bathroom.  I have put a bucket under to catch the water.  I will have to think about this later.

Friday, December 14, 2012

The heater technician came today  to check out my two heaters.  He said that the wall heater is beginning to rust out and I might want to replace it this next year.  The other heater is just fine, 
today was cold so I used the heaters a lot. I am glad to have the heaters.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

I drove to the Homeless coalition office at Fort Ord.  I found the office out could not figure out how to get to the parking lot.  there was no obvious entrance.  I had to drive on a narrow road behind a bunch of abandoned barracks, down dark deserted streets to get to the entrance.  I was able to find my way out after the meeting.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Went to the sports center to do my exercises.  I am committed again to going after talking to my brother about what would happen if I stopped.  I want to keep walking and be strong so I will keep going.  But you can't make me like it.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

I watched another episode of Homeland tonight and now I am all creepted out.  Such a powerful series. I keep going back for more and I know I will never be satisfied.  It will never find any resolution but I don't give up.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Im back from hidden Bolinas.  the town with nosign pointing the way.  My sister's place was on a bluff high up over the Bolinas lagoon. So beautiful that I felt intimidated.  Surely there is some way to be present with this beauty.  We ate, and talked and read and looked out the window at the view.

Friday, December 7, 2012

I went to the Sport Center this morning after being away for ten days..  Listened to Leonard Cohen on the pandora..  I wish I knew if really helped.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Went to the Sports store to buy a bosu but after I looked at it I changed my mind.  Shopping is difficult for me and I avoid buying things except for books.  The bosu helps with balance so I guess I will have to go back to the gym and use theirs.  sigh.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Drove the kids home this evening at 5:30.  Very dark and a thick fog had settled in.  It was difficult to see.  When I turned on the high light it was even harder because what we saw was the fog.  I didn't hit anything and I made it home safely

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

I have a paper bag full of old pine cones I had collected for the prayer flag part of the exhibit.  but we didn't use them and now they sit under the table at the Cherry Center in Carmel .  I should go over and throw them in the yard but I have this perverse desire to see how long they will stay in the gallery.  It may be years before anyone notices them.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Looks like it is going to rain tomorrow.  Rats.  Our outdoor plein air class is meeting at Hopkins Marine station.  We may have to be in one of the classrooms.  I love sitting outside and writing.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The main part of my house is neat and orderly.  My roommate keeps it all under control.  but my room is cluttered and messy and sometimes dirty. 

Tonight as I was returning to my room I could feel the contrasts in the rooms.  I think I have to clean my room more often.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Sitting in the living room listening to the chain saws cutting away at some dangerous pine trees.  the persistent cutting sound. 

My roommate thinks it is PG&E fixing the telephone lines because a transformer blew several nights ago..

We are both too lazy to go over and see..  We just keep talking as if we know what is happening.

Friday, November 30, 2012

I don't have an umbrella.  I almost never need one.  Today I could have used one as the rain poured down.  By the time I was at Juice and Java ordering my hot chocolate I was wet, my fair plastered to my face.  A real down pour.  When I left it was back to a light drizzle and I no longer needed an umbrella.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Through no fault of my own I am hooked on HOMELAND SECURITY the Showtime thriller.  I only let myself watch one episode a day.  I am totally involved in Carrie and Brodie's lives and I love it and hate it.  I only have a few more episodes to go before I run out.  I am helpless over this.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Rainy day.  Went to the garage to check on a tire.  They first thought there was a nail in the tire but no nail.  Just a low tire.  Pumped it back up and the warning light went out.  Felt foolish that I just hadn't gone to the gas station to check the air pressure in my tires.  sigh.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Full moon outside.  Sometimes I am struck by the mystery of the stars and the sky and sometimes I just go on as if they are the most rational part of life.  Tonight I am into the mystery.

Monday, November 26, 2012

I cut two snippets from a geranium plant I have in a pot on my deck and then put them in the soil in the front yard in an empty space.  they should grow with the rain coming later this week.  I feel so powerful when I actually start plants by sticking pieces in the soil.  It only works about 60% of the time , that is why I planted two.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Went to my third movie this holiday, FLIGHT.  Very intensive movie about an alcohol pilot and a plane crash.  Certainly people are not going to want to fly again after this movie.  Well done and I am still shook up with it.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Went to see LINCOLN movie with the two kids ages 11 and 12.  I loved the movie and cried when he died.  the kids were restless and bored, too much talking and not enough action.  The theater was full but there were no other kids.  Maybe their brains will grow into tolerating lots of conversations.

Friday, November 23, 2012

No I didn't go shopping on black Friday.  I don't know why anyone would.  But I did acquire a new old couch from my son's office.  My old old couch was breaking down and we took it to goodwill.  Now I have this old couch sitting in my living room, an orphan that hasn't found it's place in the living room.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Sunny warm day.  Took a walk on Wharf 2 in Monterey.  Lots of families and couple walking their dogs and kids.  Surfers in the water.  Waves crashing on the far shore. A couple of tents were up for homeless on the far beach.  Not too much traffic,  Birds, blue sky, what more could I want.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Went to see THE LIFE OF PI this afternoon with the two kids.  We all liked it.  It was visually stunning.  However we did not talk much about it, mostly the story stayed in our minds but not in our conversation.

Monday, November 19, 2012

I went shopping at Trader Joe's on top of the hill today at noon.  I got caught in a huge traffic jam in the parking lot unable to move forward or backward or sideways.  All the cars were caught in together.  Finally the person who caused the jam was able to park in a newly vacated spot and we were freed.  I hate parking at T. J.'s.  What kind of business model is it to frustrate car drivers.  I think I will start going to safeway's where the parking is saner.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Took a walk on the wharf with my sister Patty.  Surfers in the waves coming in from the storm.  In the distance the gathering of homeless people for their Sunday morning service.  A couple of pelicans flying low over the water.  Then went home to take a nap.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

It rained most of the night and looks like it wil rain some more today.  Wish I could stay home in bed but I have multiple events today for the homeless women's project.  This is the last big day.

I am reading THE UNCOUPLING by Meg Wolitzer.  It took me awhile to get into it and now I like it a lot.

Friday, November 16, 2012

It's cold and raining this morning.  I wonder how the women who sleep outside are doing?  Have they found a place to be dry and warm.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Went outside to pick up the mail from the mail box at 4:30 this afternoon.  Looked up at the pink clouds as the sun was setting and I saw several crows flying towards Jack's Peak where they spend the evenings.  It's a treat to catch them just as they are leaving or in the morning when they are returning to their stations.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Several Weeks ago a homeless woman was raped in Pacific Grove.  I have been trying to find out what is happening in the investigation..  It is hare to get an update form the police.  This is not like the TV shows where something is resolved within the hour.  I am not going to give up on this.

Monday, November 12, 2012

So cold Saturday night that on Sunday I went on line and ordered a camp sleeping bag from LLBean to put across my bed.  I hope it comes soon.  I was cold again last night.  Now this morning the heater is one and I am beginning to get warm again.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Saturday morning and I am dragging around the house.  Tired and restless at the same time.  Just finished a year long project and now wondering what it was all about.  I know, when I get some rest I will get some perspective.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

A friend told me that everyone at the library was sick.  i had to go to pick up books I had reserved and was careful to not get too close to the staff.  I don't want to catch a cold.  Now that I think of it no one looked sick, everyone looked fine.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Terry Tempest Williams is one of my favorite authors. I am now reading her new book WHEN WOMEN WERE BIRDS, forty four variations on voice.  It is such a relief to be in the hands of a good writer.  Yes I do recommend it.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

I am watching the election results.  Will I stay up late, probably not.  I know Obama is going to win.  I am glad.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Hot day unexpectedly.  It's November, should be cold.  Kept doors and windows open.  Had lunch with friends.  Couldn't help but talk about the election.  we all think alike so we agreed on everything.  tomorrow we will see what happens.  I voted weeks ago.  It is a long wait for the results.