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Roadrunner Hang Out

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I haven’t seen roadrunners around our yard lately. I did see a couple down by the front gate of the complex one evening. It looked like a mother and a youngster. The mother flew up to the top of the fence and called the smaller one with a rapid clicking sound. I hoped to see more roadrunners, but I haven’t been outside walking as much. It has been a bit too hot for walks. So, I was happy to find a place that the roadrunners regularly visit. It is our local restaurant. Seems like they like the bacon that one of waitresses gives them. She told me she can feed one of them, that she has named Charley, right out of her hand. I wasn’t able to get a photo of Charley. He shied away when I tried. But another one came up close enough that I was able to get its picture. If you click on the photo below a couple of times you can enlarge it and see the roadrunner even better.

Roadrunner Tuesday in May 2022

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April

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I can’t believe it’s April already. The months have sped by but felt like a crawl. Is it coming out of Covid, which we haven’t completely come out of yet? The Spring is all about new beginnings, growth. We really do need new beginnings.

April 1 aka April Fool’s Day here in the US.

‘The Fool’ tarot card by Midnight Believer on Flickr.com

The Fool tarot card says, ‘let go of preconceived ideas and remain open to change, new beginnings.’

Featured image of California desert poppy wildflowers titled ‘Let’s go there’ by Rennett Stowe on Flickr.com


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Time Off

If we were having coffee, I would tell you we’re out of town for the weekend. We’re visiting Marley and Caesar again, along with my son, daughter-in-law, and little grandson. Marley did not wake us up last night. He was sleeping with his parents in their room. I heard a loud bang during the night. Caesar had managed to open a bureau drawer and dropped something out on the floor. He meowed a couple of times to get in and out of his bedroom, the guest bedroom. Otherwise, all was well. He even let me pet him this morning.

See you next week.


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Featured image by Maxpixel

What Kind Of Books Do You Like?

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am not feeling optimistic about the book club I joined. One problem is there are times when the book I am asked to read feels like a penance. That is how it is with the latest book. To call it wordy would be an understatement. It smothers you in a mudslide of metaphors. It’s like the author feels he has to give you a paragraph of metaphors for every statement he makes. I have been dutifully trying to finish the book, but I ask myself if my life may be too short in my later years to take the time for it. There was at least one book last year that I stopped reading at the beginning. I did belong to a book group at the local library a few years back that focused on mysteries. I think I would enjoy a group with that focus more.

Do you enjoy book groups? What type of books do you like most?


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Featured image ‘Blossoming almond branch glass with book’ by Van Gogh via Ergs Art on Flickr.com

Out of Sight Not Out of Mind

If we were having coffee, I would be drinking herbal tea, and I would tell you I have several pairs of eyeglasses around the house. Some glasses are for reading and others are for watching TV and driving. As I move back and forth between activities, I find that I am constantly looking for the right glasses. I did not want to get bifocals yet. I am wearing my reading glasses as I write this post. It’s been terrible to watch what is happening in Ukraine and listen to the news commentators debating about what we should do about it. At least I can turn it off and take a break. The people in Ukraine can’t do that. But even when I’m not watching, I still think of them.


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Be My Valentine

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that herbal tea is losing its appeal. But I haven’t found an un-caffeinated substitute yet. Things remain pretty quiet here. Maybe quiet is good. We have to start thinking about when we will feel safe to take off our masks. Next week the State of California is ending some of the mask mandates. California counties can make their own decisions about it. The infection rate here is still high but starting to decrease. The weather is a bit hot for February. It’s supposed to be 93 F today. I had to put on the AC the past couple of days. I hope it cools down again before Spring.

I continue on with my book list. I’ve almost finished ‘The Dark Hours’ by Michael Connelly. He remains one of my favorite writers of detective/crime fiction. This book has a steady pace and does not get boring. It stars two great characters, Renee Ballard and Harry Bosch. They team up to solve not one but three cases.

On PBS streaming I have been watching Vienna Blood. In this series Detective Inspector Oskar Rheinhardt teams up with Max Liebermann, a psychoanalyst protege of Sigmund Freud, to solve murders in 1900s Vienna. Max helps determine the psychological profile of the murderer to reveal clues missed in the initial investigation by the police. We learn about the society in Vienna during those times as well.

You may think that I only like detective stories, but I also like science fiction. I have enjoyed ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ on Disney Plus. The season finale was this past Wednesday. Hoping for a Season two.

Thinking about Valentine’s Day coming up next week. The Washington Post had an article this morning by Donald Liebenson which asked several different actors, including Miss Piggy, what were ‘The best movies for Valentine’s Day.’ Miss Piggy likes ‘Breakfast at Tiffanys,’ with Audrey Hepburn…”not only because it stars the incomparable Audrey Hepburn and her fabulous little black dress, but any movie with a meal and a jewelry store in the title has to be an instant classic! ”

So, I started to think about what my favorite romantic movie would be. There is probably more than one that I will remember after finishing this post. But one that came to mind right away is ‘Moonstruck’ with Nicholas Cage, Cher, and Olympia Dukakis. The acting ensemble is terrific. It is romantic and very funny.

What is your favorite book, movie, or song about love?


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Featured image ‘Cup of coffee in a cafe bar in Madrid’ by Gvjekoslav on Wikimedia.org (cropped)

Turning Pages

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I turned over a new leaf, tea leaf that is. I’m having a cup of honey chai turmeric this morning. I do have coffee available if you prefer.

The weather continues moderate here and good for walking outside. We did have some wind the other day which kicked up quite a bit of sand into the air. But none of the extreme weather like I read about in other parts of country and world. Life here continues mostly indoors.

Our book group is starting up again this month. I had already purchased three new books and I am in the process of starting to read the third one. We will meet on Zoom but the plan is for in person in March.

The three books:

‘The Sentence’ by Louise Erdrich

‘State of Terror’ by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny

‘The Dark Hours’ by Michael Connelly

The book group book for this month:

‘The Vanishing Half’ by Brit Bennett

Of the two books on the top list that I just read; ‘State of Terror’ is the page turner. ‘The Sentence’ centers around a haunted bookstore in Minneapolis. It includes current events like living through the pandemic lockdowns and protests after the killing of George Floyd. The bookstore is able to remain open and sell books by curbside pick-up and sometimes home delivery. I picked up a couple of books curbside, but now I order them online for delivery. I did have a book arrive damaged recently and had to go to the local Barnes & Noble to exchange it. I didn’t expect to see so many people in the store, all wearing masks. Like in the book, bookstores are a balm during these times.

Maybe we’ll turn the page on Covid soon.

‘I’m feeling a little prickly.’
But Spring is on the way

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And Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt word for Saturday is ‘page.’

Tea Bag Wisdom

If we were having coffee, I would be having herbal tea. It is a habit I have developed after being advised to give up caffeine. The paper tab attached to the tea bags I use has sayings or words of advice printed on it. So, every morning I get words of wisdom with my tea. This morning’s selection said

Inner peace creates peace in the world

I do aspire to find inner peace since there is plenty going on in the world that makes me feel upset. Like reading about the ‘son of Omicron’ in the paper. I did read an expert’s opinion that it was not a son but a sibling. But whatever you call it, it’s not good. This kind of news keeps me up at night. It’s constantly being required to adjust to this pandemic on into the future.

On the local front, some indoor exercise classes have resumed here. Everyone is required to wear masks, but I am not ready to start up with it again just yet. I have lost my trust in the management here since they allowed people to go maskless in those same classes a few weeks ago and then they had an outbreak. I will continue walking outside for now. Walking does contribute a lot to my inner peace.

And so did harvesting our grapefruit tree this week. I did not realize how many grapefruit were on the tree because they were hidden from view by the leaves. We had over 50 grapefruit. I gave nine away so far to the neighbors, so only forty-one to go.

Some of our grapefruit harvest

Always glad to spot my roadrunner friend, too.

I like this photo because you can see his spotted feathers

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Taking Steps

If we were having coffee, I would still be having herbal tea, mango ginger to be exact. I continue on with my daily walks. I am noticing more people out doing the same thing. Not sure if it is the moderate temperatures or that our indoor exercise classes were canceled due to Omicron.

The roadrunner was out for a morning walk the other day. He usually walks or runs everywhere, so this was not new for him. If he had a pedometer or smart watch, I wonder how many steps he would record a day? Probably a lot more than me.

Are you looking at me?

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Thanksgiving

If we were having coffee I would tell you preparations have already started at my house for the coming Thanksgiving holiday here. Busy with the housecleaning, shopping, and our turkey has been ordered. We are expecting our kids, our little grandson, and my brother-in-law to join us for dinner. This weekend we are off on a visit with our son’s family to celebrate our grandson’s fifth birthday. Everyone is fully vaccinated. These are the first bigger family gatherings for us since the pandemic began. Thankful that we can be together and all of us are healthy. Looking forward to seeing our daughter. It has been almost a year since we have seen her.

Happy Thanksgiving to those who are celebrating it this year. Hopes for more happy get togethers for us all in the coming new year.


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Happy Thanksgiving