Wednesday, January 25, 2017


Is this tiny guy a Swiss Guard?

Looks high or really, really sleepy.

Monday, January 23, 2017


First off, we're fine and our area seems to not have had damage. There were 8 tornadoes that wrecked havoc in South Georgia. The first one hit around 3am. It did this:

photo by Nathaniel Maine

 This was the Sunny Acres mobile home park. 11 people died. This storm was not playing. At last count 19 people were killed. Including a friend's 2 family members.

Here are a couple more photos. All taken by Kristin Patten. The photos are from the local newspaper's website.




As I said we're both fine and there's no damage to our house. It looks like it could have been worse. At one point, right at the end of the storm, the wind started to whistle. Not howl, but whistle. That was a weird sound to hear. And it was strange that our power didn't go out. Weird, right?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


The Game of Thrones withdrawals continue. I've been re-reading  the  books from last to first. Oh, heck, why  not?  Please finish The Winds of Winter. Thank you.

Arya says "Stick him with the pointy end"

Not much going on in my exciting life right now. Work, home repeat.

And after Winter Weekend, it's freaky warm. At least our heating bill will be small this winter.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017


Boo Hoo, no Golden Globes for Game of Thrones this year. Here's Littlefinger to cheer you up. (or creep you out)


It looks like all our students came back for Spring semester. It's the first week of classes, that mean auditions for the 2 spring shows (the children's tour was already cast). Break legs!


Saturday, January 7, 2017


Dang, been home for a week already. Time flies. Because we were traveling "light", we didn't buy a lot of stuff. It's bad enough the airlines charge $25 to check in a bag, I didn't want to go over 50-pounds and have to pay more.


 Found these sweet vintage gloves at an estate sale across the street from my family's house. They were $1. The stone is a garnet, and was also a $1 at a shop in Half Moon Bay.



 Cute dish towels my sister-in-law made. The Doctor got some micro brewed beer and his trekking sticks.

Here's his present to me:

 With a flash.................................

 In the sunshine.........................

 Yes, it's a gold glitter skull snow globe.

There was a pile of Christmas cards waiting when we got home, one was special.

In the card from Hollie Black Ramsey was this lovely piece of art from her children. What a nice surprise.

Tonight is going to be pretty bad weather wise; below freezing temps, snow and who knows what else.  Take care and keep warm.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017


Mini Javert from Les Miserables?

"Excuse me sir. But aren't you Jean Valjean?"

Tuesday, January 3, 2017


It was so much fun to spend 3 days with my niece and her son. On the Thursday before Christmas, we had a family get together with The Doctor's brother's family. 10 people in a tiny living room, cozy.

On Friday,  Christie's husband, Ray joined us. We had early presents. Yossi is only a year old, so it was technically his second Christmas.



 Grandpa and Grandma Ravera.

 On Christmas Eve the whole neighborhood is a wash with candles. This has been growing year by year.


 Random work of art. An alley in Cairo, Egypt painted by my mother-in-law from a photo she took.

 My sister-in-law and I share a love of jigsaw puzzles. So does Mario.

Wednesday after Christmas, we took BART to Castro Valley to have a sleep over with Neil and Elissa. This time we sat the whole way. The next day we had a day trip to Half Moon Bay. Beach trip in December? Yep. Turned out the be the warmest day of the trip, 68 and sunny.

 The Doctor and his new trekking sticks. They fold up and fit in the suitcase.

 Rainbow surf! Half Moon Bay is about 25-30 miles south of San Francisco and is shaped in a crescent. When I was a kid, back in the early 60's it was a fishing village. Now it's $$$. There are some fun places to shop and lots of cute B&Bs.

We had lunch here.

 But inside sitting had over an hour wait. Remember my weather report? 68 and sunny?

 Take out window and picnic tables. Maybe a 20 minute wait. We had fish, of course and it was amazing.

After that I was taken on a forced march up a mountain. Ok, it was a hill.

 Mavericks is a big wave surf spot. The biggest waves outside of Hawaii. Not that day.


 After the hike. Yes, I hike in cashmere. Mavericks is behind The Doctor's head. There was a couple of surfers in the waves over my right shoulder. Guessing that the surfers are 6-feet tall and the wave was twice their height....12 foot face. Not big enough for the contest.

The next day, Neil and Elissa took me for a farewell lunch. We went to Oakland.


 Here, Chalita Linda on Telegraph Ave.

 Taco. One fish, one chicken, blackberry/lime aqua frecsa. Yummy.


All the trash cans where decorated with skulls.

We had an awesome time. Now back to work today.

Everyone have a Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

Monday, January 2, 2017


Here's hoping 2017 is better than 2016. We had a lovely vacation. We were gone from Dec 14- 31. Yes, we flew home on New Years Eve. Unpacked, watched Kathy Griffin embarrassing Anderson Cooper for the 10th year and went to bed.

I took some photos (duh!) and will make 2 posts. Weird Doll Wednesday will be back on Wednesday.


 Yeah, a cheese store. We ran an errand with our brother -in-law to pick up  cheese for the homemade lasagna. It's a tradition.


 Some of the choices. We got goat, mozzarella, and pepper Jack. They were out of ricotta. The pepper Jack wasn't for the lasagna.


 The Doctor not posing. Yeah, right. A shopping trip with friends on 4th Street in Berkeley. Surprisingly not very crowded.


 The Child Brides. Me and Elissa.

A trip to San Francisco? Why of course.


 North Berkeley BART station. Oh, goody, a 5-car train the week before Christmas. It was really fun standing up the whole trip.

I wanted to see the Bruce Conner exhibit at SFMOMA. So I twisted the Doctor's arm and we went.  

 No photos allowed in the 18 galleries. This is the entrance sign. The exhibit was incredible. Lots of odd, weird assemblage's and photos.

Took photos for some other works.


 Three Elvis' by Andy Warhol. Probably my favorite pop artist.

 Posing with Marlon Brando, also by Warhol

 Diego and Frida by Frida Kahlo. Which was painted in San Francisco in the 1930's. PSST; don't tell Andy, but she's my favorite painter.

The highlight of our trip was meeting our new great-nephew, Yossi. He turned 1-year old in November. We went to Little Farm at Tilden Park for an adventure.

 Yossi meeting a cow, with his Mom, Christie. I also feed the cow and it licked my hand. That was a strange feeling.

 Christie and Yossi. Note the baby cargo pants. He's taking after his uncle, The Doctor.

Riding the beautiful wooden Mountain Lion.

Next up will be the second half of the trip: Christmas and a beach trip.