Sunday, February 19, 2017

Vinegar And The Ocean

It was still raining in the morning, but not as heavily and the wind seemed to have died down. It stopped about noon, I was happy to see.
Spent the morning with vinegar and baking soda; cleaned the toilet (including inside the tank) and the stainless steel double sink, using both products. As I do periodically, I ran the coffee maker through with a cup of vinegar to a carafe of water, then "flushed it" with several carafes of water before I set it up with coffee and fresh water.
After lunch, got gas, then went to Wal-Mart for this and that. I constantly resolve not to go there on weekends--preferably, not to go to any malls, supermarkets, or other stores then, because they're always so crowded. Do I violate my own rule? All the time, I'm afraid.
However, I got what I wanted and escaped with my life. Ellen called to ask if I'd come over about 3:00, as we were going to grade papers. Got there, but she decided we should first go see the ocean. (We never did grade papers.) She first gave me a lovely Valentine card--so sweet and she is so sweet. I don't know how I got so lucky to have such a daughter.
Off to the sea we went and--wow! Huge waves were rolling in, crashing against the jetties, and, whipped by the wind, throwing off great sprays of water. It was wild and so exhilarating to see the ocean after a storm. Somehow, the Atlantic never seemed as fierce, at least not in south Jersey.
We went from there to Wal-Mart, as El needed some things, including a watch. She wanted just a utilitarian one with a leather band to replace her old one, which needed a battery. I decided to take it and, depending on the cost, may get it fixed. I haven't worn a watch since I retired and see the time on my phone, but it might come in handy someday. I got some "perfume cubes" and other stuff I think you put on potpourri, as mine seems to be scent-less somehow.
Back at El's, we had Bistro MD for dinner and, as ever, good talk. She bought a new dishwasher and I said I'd be glad to be at her house to receive the plumber when it's delivered and/or installed. Otherwise, she's have to get it on Saturday and try to have installed at the same time.

Saturday, February 18, 2017


RAIN! AND WIND! Lots of rain and terrific wind! Boy, if I wanted that kind of weather, I'd have stayed in Jersey.
However, I went to the BCNN lunch at the Black Angus. Sat with three other women, Ellen, Joanie, and an obnoxious bore, Patty. The latter actually founded Beach Cities Neighbors and Newcomers, and she's sure to let everybody know it. Incredibly, she acted like some kind of group leader, saying, "Now, we'll introduce each other and tell something about our backgrounds; Rosemary, you're new, so you go first." And so on.
The other two women were pretty nice and the food was good and the Black Angus has Blue Moon, so it was okay. But BCNN continues to be the least favorite of the groups I'm in. I don't mean I don't like it at all, but if I had to give just one up, that would be it.
Took an age to get home, as the school behind the apartment complex must have gotten out early and there were a slew of cars jamming the streets. Did get in, though, and stayed in the rest of the day.
Called Nancy when I got home to talk over the outing. Up in Oakview, she was having just as heavy a storm; she certainly made the right decision not to come down.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Vinegar and Earrings

My tenant, Eileen, had sent me the tax assessment card and I texted her to thank her. She wrote back and I was so sorry to learn that her son, who was only 41, has died. I'm not sure, but I believe that was the only son; she has a daughter, also. I'll send her a note shortly.
Spent a fair amount of time answering and initiating e-mails, some on my acting course and some on Council for Seniors. I "subscribe," as the saying goes, to two "Hometalk" sites, which are kind of DIY things. I enjoy seeing various cute ideas here and there, although some seem more trouble than they're worth. I came across info on what wonderful natural cleaning items vinegar and baking soda are, and I determined to use them for the jobs described. Went out and bought a glass measuring cup, a scrubber, and sundry other things for these great projects. home and kind of lost interest. I know I'll do the cleaning stuff one of these days, but just wasn't in the mood.
It occurred to me weeks ago that I'm in a rut when it comes to jewelry. I have a fair amount of it, but aside from my rings (I haven't taken my wedding ring off since June 21, 1958), I tend to wear the same old things, earrings, especially. I wear silver hoop earrings so often people must think they're all I have. So I went to Kohl's and got a pretty pair of Vera Wang--kind of dangling silver leaves. Went to the mall where I rarely go, and got another pair; these are silver hoops, but bigger than I usually wear. I also couldn't resist a gold and silver bracelet, although I have a lot of bracelets--this is so pretty I had to have them. Tried on a few tops, also, but ugh, ugh, and double ugh.
Sue called to say she wouldn't go to lunch today, as a big storm is predicted and, because she and Mac live on a sailboat, she thought she'd better be home. She took Mac to the V.A. on Tuesday for more blood tests. Nothing new on his Alzheimer's.
Ellen called on her way to Santa Barbara to pick Greg up. Roz is out of the hospital and a caregiver has been hired. Hope she works out all right. Told El I'd go over to help her grade papers tomorrow. I wouldn't care if we were shoveling snow off the roof, I just like to be with her.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Council And The Beach

I had to force myself out of bed when the alarm rang at 6:00. It had been a long, strenuous day at the casino and I still hadn't gone over my notes for what I was presenting at the Council for Seniors. Managed to shower, wash my hair, write out some notes on my notes, and get to Silvercrest early.
The meeting went smoothly. I asked for members for the focus committee (to work on revisions to the Senior Services Strategic Plan) and got two. With councilwoman Cheryl H. and secretary Lori, plus me, that makes five and that's enough. Doris and Sherry were at the meeting and I chatted with them after.
Got home, changed (it was a gorgeous day, sunny and warm, so I put on Capris), and drove into town to the library. Took some back, picked up more, then headed to WinCo, as I had run out of a lot of groceries. After returning home (and I had to make three trips from my car to the apartment), I actually drove to the beach and sat for a time--but only about twenty minutes, as it turned much cooler and windier.
Nancy called. Unfortunately, she had read it would rain tomorrow, and she's afraid to drive in it, so our plans for lunch and a movie are probably dashed. We talked a bit and made a very tentative date for Saturday IF it doesn't rain and IF Ellen doesn't need me for something or just wants to hang out.
I e-mailed Carole to ask if she might want to go to the Black Angus for lunch with the "Lunch and a Movie" bunch from BCNN. I'll call Sue and ask her, too. Regardless, I'll probably go myself.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Met Carole at the bus at 9:00 and we got to the Chumash Casino about an hour and a half later. This is located a few miles past Solvany and the scenery along the route--ocean and mountains--is spectacular.
I won a fair amount playing only with the casino's money before lunch, but frittered it away in the afternoon. We met up at 3:30 for Chardonnay in the bar and talked a blue streak then and through the day. (Carole has an interesting, to say the least, background, which would take ten entries just to outline.)
It was a pretty fun day, but much too long. The bus doesn't start back until 5:00, and there was heavy traffic, so we didn't get to Ventura until after 7:00. In the summer, Carole said she'd drive there, so we can leave earlier. Great idea, although I'm not even sure if I'm up for going back in the summer. I really don't like the noise, the flashing lights, the smoke, or frankly, much else about the casino except the Reuben and Stella Artois we had for lunch.
Didn't get the mail until I got home and found a pretty one-of-a-kind Valentine card from the Tokyo Trio, made by the Mommy, of course. Betty had also sent one and I called to thank her.
Anyway, yesterday was a long, long one, I'm glad it's over, and now I have to dress for the Council for Seniors meeting.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Copa Cubana

A pretty strenuous day. I took the triple trip (I love alliteration) to the laundry house and once I got the clothes sloshing in the washer, drove over to feed Sebastian. Once back, I transferred stuff to the dryer, had breakfast, then went back to fold and retrieve.
Nancy called to beg off going to the casino with Carole and me today--just had too much going on. We had a long talk--she and Betty are the only two I talk to for long periods by phone--and she asked if I was available on Friday. Yes, and we made a tentative date.
Drove into town, browsed in a few places, and picked up a cute little plastic dog for Mr. K., that "walks," barks, and plays music. By the time I got home, it was after 1:00 and I wanted lunch, so I switched my 2:00 manicure appointment to 3:00. Ate, showered, and got to Jessica's Nails on time. I picked a bright red this time (I had salmon last time) and it came out looking nice. Rushed over to Kohl's to see if I could find some nice earrings--I seem to wear the same silver hoops all the time and I'm sick of them. Didn't see any I wanted, so I left.
Got home and picked up the mail. Received a nice note and--I guess it's a New Year's card, one of those DIY efforts with your own photos. This was from Julie, daughter of my neighbor and longtime walking partner, Susan. She and I developed a strong rapport when I used to be invited to Susan's family gatherings at Sunrise Bay. Also got a Valentine card from Betty. I send them only to the kids and this year, I even skipped Joel, Jr., and Tristan.
Dressed and drove to Copa Cubana at the harbor to meet Sue and Carole and their respective spouses, Mac and Vane (name is English). We had a pretty good dinner, if you like Cuban food, which I don't much, but the paella was okay. We were right next to the loud, LOUD six-piece band, but luckily, they didn't start until we were finished dinner. We left about 7:15 and I was home twenty minutes later.
Today--the Chumash Casino.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Not Much

Really didn't do much of anything productive. Spent my usual Sunday morning, which takes several hours. About 11:00, Ellen called to say she and Greg were on their way to Santa Barbara, as Roz, Greg's mother, was having problems breathing. She had refused to go to the hospital initially, but Greg's brother, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic, called and persuaded her. This had happened almost exactly a year ago, when I went with them to take her in. El asked if I'd go over and feed Sebastian last evening and this morning and of course, I agreed. I asked her to update me later, and she did.
Oiled and seasoned some chicken thighs, roasted them, and had one for lunch. Went to Vons for a few things. Stopped at Wal-Mart to get wall strips for two light pictures of the Tokyo Trio I wanted to hang. Did so and they look good. Finally found makeup sponges at CVS.
El called back to tell me Roz was admitted and that she and Greg planned to stay over at Roz'es. Ellen is off today, for some reason.
I went over and fed Sebastian, who didn't seem particularly concerned when I came in. Home, I heard back from Suz on e-mail. She likes my ideas for the presentation (about the Strategic Plan) on Tuesday. Put new ink in the copier and didn't do much else.