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13 Things I Bought

I was seduced. To buy each of these 13 things, that is.  It may have been by a salesperson (live or in a commercial) or by someone who was with me. More than likely, it was I who persuaded myself into thinking I certainly wanted and needed something, thus bought it.

1. A mop with disposable cleaning pads and solution that sprays from the mop at a press of the button. It was ridiculous how many cleaning pads I used in one mopping.

2. A manual mini food chopper. It did not chop, mince, or dice for me like it did for the guy in the TV commercial.

3. A red woolen shawl made in Ireland. I wasn't thinking and washed it in the washing machine. Shrunk, it did. 30 years later, the threads have begun to loosen. I may still wear it yet.

4. A food dehydrator. One Christmas I desired a food dehydrator. So Mama gifted me one, as did the Husband. I returned one of them. Drying fruits and vegetables in the oven is far easier.

5. A pair of orthopedic sandals. They were the first pair of shoes that cos…

Jane Eyre

This week Sunday Stealing, hosted by Bev Sykes, is all about choosing a book and discussing it via a bunch of questions. My choice is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

1.  Why did you pick the book?
Jane Eyre is the #1 book on my list of all-time favorites, which I put on the top of the list after I read it 10 years ago, more or less. It kicked Pride & Prejudice to #2 after 40 or so years. Until I saw the movie adaption with Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens, I resisted reading Jane Eyre in full. I had no idea Jane had such gumption. In middle school, I read segments in our English textbook so I knew the main plot, but all the good stuff that would've got me to the read the book wasn' there. And, when I saw the movie adaption with Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine back then, I was definitely not interested in reading the book because the film portrayed Jane and Mr. Rochester as simpy, unlikeable characters.

2.  What did you think about the book?
Jane is an independent, strong-willed…

13 Jobs/Careers that Crossed My Mind

Earlier this month, I listed 13 of my more memorable jobs.  Today, it's a list of jobs (and, in most instances, careers) that interested me once upon a time, pretty much in this order, from teenage me to about 10-years-ago me.

1. High School English Teacher
2. Newspaper Reporter
3. Bookstore Owner
4. Street Vendor/Artist
5. Paralegal
6. California State Superintendent of Public Instruction
7. Heavy Equipment Operator
8. Gardening Service Co-Owner with Daddy
9. Mother of Five
10. Comedy Writer
11. Airport Shuttle Bus Driver
12. Background Investigator
13. Forensic Scientist

Check out other bloggers with lists of 13 for Thursday 13.

My Cheat Sheet to Unwind

1. Breathe.
2. Breathe, again.
3. Breathe deeper.
4. Breathe even deeper.
5. Inhale slowly.
6. Exhale slowly.
7. Close eyes.
8. Inhale slowly, exhale slowly.
9. Think of my happy place.
10. Bathwater-warm Pacific Ocean.
11. Bright, lively, colorful fish.
12. Sun bubbles.
13. Peace.
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A Red Leaf

A red leaf.

I forgot everything else I saw yesterday morning. The first sunflower in bloom. The wispy pink and white morning glories. The white African daisy with its dark purple center.

The red leaf. Fall in summer.


"Hey!" said the sunlight.
Red leaf in bright light.
Red leaf in some light.
Red life in shade.
"Hey!" said the sunlight.


When I previewed the photos on the computer I saw it then.
Had I looked away? Had I blinked?
A shiny black bug on the red leaf.
Where did it come from?

A black-and-white map?
An overview of a terrain of some sort?
For reconnaissance?

A red leaf.

It's Mosaic Monday, so I thought I'd try something different today.  Good cheer, Everyone!

Sunday Stealing: Movie Challenge

I'm taking part in Sunday Stealing, hosted by Bev Sykes, who blogs at Funny the World. This week's  set ofquestions is called Movie Challenge.

1. Last movie you watched Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker, the final chapter (thank you!) of the series.

2. Last movie you watched in a theater. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

3. Film you’ve always wanted to watch, but haven’t. I can't think of any.

4. Favorite movie soundtrack. I don't have one.

5. Your favorite movie duo. Katharine Hepburn and Gary Grant

6. Movie you like because of its story.  Jane Eyre

7. A film that disappointed you.  Henry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. That sequel is my favorite of the book series. (Yes, I'm a Snapes fan, thanks of Alan Rickman's portrayal.) But, there wasn't much of the story in the movie. 


8. Favorite scene from a movie.  When Calamity Jane (Doris Day) sang "The Windy City" in Calamity Jane. Day danced and sang up and down, along, in front of and behind …

13 Memorable Jobs

1. Apricot cutter.  My first job. I was ten and I lasted three whole days before I got sick. When I got well, Mama and Daddy said I didn't have to go back. So, I didn't.

2. Babysitter. Once, I couldn't find a kid when we played hide-and-seek because he shimmied up a tree. That seven-year-old taught me to look up.

3. Newspaper columnist. I was paid 10 cents an inch to write a weekly high school column for the hometown newspaper. Even got a byline. A friend and I started the Baling Wire in our sophomore year,  and I went solo from the last half of my junior year to high school graduation.

4. Tutor. I took both paid and volunteer positions, mostly the latter.


5. Hand Pollinator. Every summer, Mama hired teenagers to hand pollinate cabbage, zucchini, cucumbers, pumpkins, corn, and other vegetables for her seed company. She finally hired me the year I graduated from high school. I actually liked the work.

6. Office Clerk.  I had several part-time jobs while going through col…

Weather or Not

1. Have you ever had a vacation ruined by the weather or did you just work around it?
A change of weather is part of the adventure. My body still recalls the warm happy drenching from a passing rain cloud while waiting for a bus east of Waikiki.

2. What small changes do you feel people could make to give the planet a fighting chance against global warming?
I would've thought after 50 years, we have this down: Plant trees and vegetation; purchase appliances, vehicles, and machinery that are environmentally friendly; conserve natural resources; recycle, reuse, repurpose.

3. Are you adversely affect by the weather, such as SAD? I'm not aware of anything. 


4. How is the weather where you are and have you seen drastic changes in it during your life time?
Dry. If it weren't for the coastal weather drifting through a low mountain range, probably 80s would be unbearable.  It rained more around here when I was a kid. I think the change in weather is mostly due to human activity. Th…

The Morning After

Cheers to another year of celebrating the brave and bold actions of our country's founding fathers to sever ties with Great Britain!  Hope you all had a joyful and safe celebration.


Until the fireworks started, we had a pleasant Fourth of July. Surprisingly, all was quiet with an occasional vroom of motorcycles in the distance.  Because of the pandemic, thousands of bikers haven't descended on our small community this Fourth of July for the sometimes annual biker rally commemorating the day bikers went wild downtown in 1947.  The actual bar in which a biker drove through still thrives today. The 1950s movie "The Wild One" with Marlon Brando is loosely based on the incident.


Nightfall was a different story. It was a steady diet of  KAPOW, rat-a-tat-a-tat, pow-pow-pow, bang-bang-BANG, and long-whistle BOOM from 7:30 p.m. to nearly 12:30 a.m. I felt like we were on an island caught between two feuding factions.

I do not want to imagine what a war zone might so…

13 Quick Searches

Doing research is one of my stronger skills, and something I truly enjoy. Here are 13 questions I looked up recently on the Internet.

1. Will the Saharan Dust cloud reach California?  This annual dust storm crosses over the Atlantic Ocean to eventually cover the Southeast. 

2. Are venial and mortal sins still a thing in the Catholic Church? Yup.

3. What can I substitute for buttermilk? One tablespoon of lemon juice mixed with enough milk to make one cup.


4.  What is the COVID19 count in my county? As of yesterday, July 1, we had 239 confirmed cases. More than two weeks ago, we were hovering around 136 cases. Some people say it's because the county has been testing more. I don't think so. 

5. How do I use coffee as a fertilizer? Mix 1 cup of coffee ground in a gallon of water. You can also sprinkle the grounds into the soil around a plant. 


6. What kind of lemon tree do we have?  Lisbon lemon tree.

7. What's a recipe for a one-layer chocolate cake made with cocoa? I wen…