Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Okay, you got it.  It is hot here.  Sweaty hot.  I had to run some errands today and I was sweaty.  I took the top down to get a brush of fresh air.  So I got a bit of a sunburn on my shoulders.  I wear a hat when the top is down so my face is not too red.  I feel it on my neck and shoulders.

It is also going to be hot tomorrow.  Even hotter.  I like it hot but my house gets really hot on the top floor.  Since I work at home it makes it hard to concentrate.  Fans, open windows, and ice pops.  That will keep me cool.  Oh, lots of water!

Until tomorrow...

Monday, July 27, 2015


I went to lunch with my friend H today.  I tried vegan Indian food for the first time.  It was good but I think next time I will try another dish.  I am sure the dish was good it just wasn't tasty to me.  I would like another thing better.  I like the vegan naan.  It was so soft and warm. 

I tried wearing flatter dress shoes today to see if my ankle feels better.  It did feel better until I sat at the restaurant and sat with my feet in a position that caused my ankle to get stiff.  I have a habit of sitting at tables with my feet perpendicular to the floor.  Toe pointing toward the floor.  This causes my ankles to get stiff.  Then I end up limping.  A few blocks later I feel fine but for a few blocks my ankle hurts.  I definitely felt better with the flatter shoes.  This brings up an interesting point.  Why do the flat shoes hurt less?  What could that mean? 

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, July 26, 2015


This week I finally got my windshield fixed.  Over 1.5 years ago a rock hit my windshield and cracked it.  It was a 3" crack right along my windshield wiper.  It didn't go all the way through the glass and it was hard to see under the wipers, so I didn't get it fixed.  I let it just stay.  It bothered me but not enough to get it fixed.  Since it hasn't rained in the west in forever, I didn't worry about it leaking.

Then about 6 months ago it started to grow.  Bit by bit it started to sneak across my windshield.  By the time I took it in this week, it grown to about 9-12 inches across.  I felt it was starting to get dangerous.

Now I have a sparkling new windshield.  I am afraid to stick my Garmin GPS on it.  The only drawback is that it smells like stinky adhesive.  I know it will go away but in the meantime every time I close the windows I get lightheaded.  Luckily the weather has been nice. 

Now I need to clean the car to make that sparkly too.  If only there weren't water restrictions... 

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, July 25, 2015


Today I went to the park to see some people flagging.  If you don't know what flagging is, it is when people dance to music while twirling flags.  The flags are mostly hand tie-dyed silk.  Most of them are beautiful. 

Flagging in the Park

The music is usually old school music like Tina Turner and Annie Lennox put to a dance beat.  It is in a park so I sometimes bring my lunch and sit on a blanket and watch.  Mostly I take my camera and take photos like the photo above from last year.  Today I went late and just took photos.  I haven't looked at many of them yet but I just enjoy taking them and listening to the music. 

Until tomorrow...

Friday, July 24, 2015


I contacted a handyman to come and fix some things around the house.  It has been a long time since things have been attended to and I had a long list.  One of the big things is water is leaking in at two places.  I have been slow to attend to it because there is a drought out here in the west coast and at this rate it may never rain again.  So fixing water leakage is not my top priority.  Figuring out how to keep water in my pond and keeping my plants alive, is my top priority.

The handyman looked at the construction errors and told me he could either fix the problems or can manage fixing them.  One problem is that one area of my concrete floor gets wet when it rains hard.  Different contractors told me it was the water seeping up through the concrete floor.  I never believed them because that seemed illogical.  If water was seeping why would it seep in only one place?  Then one day when it was raining I put plastic outside along the side of the house.  The floor did not get wet.  I figured the rain was leaking in from outside the house.  The handyman found a space where the tiles on the house are not meeting and the water is probably leaking in there.  Good that he found it.  Bad that it has been going on forever.  He says he can fix it.  Let's hope he doesn't have to rip out the wall or that there are termites.

The other leak is more complicated and will take removing a deck, re-tarring the roof and fixing the flashing along the gutter.  Lots of moving parts.  Thank goodness it isn't going to rain anytime soon!  For once a drought works in my favor!

The other items like fixing my toilet and drier noise will be easy to fix.  I have to go buy some lights and a new doorbell. 

I am going to get the house back in shape in a few months.  Yay!

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, July 23, 2015


Tonight I went to Drag Queen Bingo with my friend H.  I had  great time.  It has been close to 20 years since I played Bingo but it all came back quickly.  I bought a few sheets and a dauber (the thing you use to mark off the numbers).  My dauber was purple with sparkles in it.  Very special!  It was a family friendly bingo game so the drag queens had to be good.  I could have gotten in with a discount if I had dressed in drag.  I thought about it but I ran out of time.  I didn't win anything but a good time!

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


The stair treads that I ordered for Happi have finally arrived!  I ordered them almost three weeks ago and the company forgot to ship them.  I kept seeing that a fed ex slip had been filled out for shipping but no shipping had occurred.  I finally after 1.5 weeks contacted them and asked what was going on.  They shipped them out the next day with a one-line apology.  If these treads weren't rated the best for dogs, I would have canceled the order.

I got the box today and put them down immediately.  They are great.  I gave Happi a treat to come down the stairs and she flew down the stairs.  I had her go up the stairs and called her down again and she flew down the stairs on her own.  She has gotten over her fear of the stairs.  The treads fixed her slipping problem and now she is good.

This makes me so happy.  I hated seeing my confident dog stand at the top of the stairs and shake in fear when she wanted to go out back to pee.  Poor thing hated me picking her up to carry her down the stairs.  I was also so worried that she would slip down the stairs when I was not looking.  Now I don't have to worry anymore. 

There is peace again in the house.

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


I have been trying to hire an assistant to help work on projects for a week now.  First I hired one through an online company.  She was a nice girl (I will call her M) but M was not a proactive person.  I asked her to call about getting touch up paint for my cabinets and she called the company.  She said the woman told her I could get the paint at Lowe's.  I checked online and there was no touch up paint for my cabinets.  I asked her to enter some information in Excel and she didn't know how to use Excel.  I asked her to enter some dates in my calendar and she missed some of my dates.  I will not be asking her back.  She was a nice girl but not for this type of task.

Then my new friend A said she needed some money so I asked her.  She could get all the tasks done but since we are friends, we talked WAY TOO MUCH.  I have to think about if I am going to ask her back to work.  I think we make better friends than having her as my assistant.

The really big problem is that I need to be prepared with projects.  I have so much work and I have to have the things ready for the assistant to do so they don't have to wait around for me to give them the next project or give them the phone number or whatever.  Maybe the biggest problem is me.  I can't let go.  I think I will try one more time.  I will be more organized this time.  Set the work and the time frame.

Until tomorrow...

Monday, July 20, 2015


I am taking this new medication and it makes me SO tired.  Today I took it this afternoon and tonight I fell asleep watching TV.  I just woke up for a few minutes.  I can barely keep my eyes open.  I really want this medicine in a half pill so I don't fall asleep.

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, July 19, 2015


Today was a very relaxing day.  I went to have brunch with a new friend. We walked to the brunch place.  I wrapped my ankle the same way as I did last night and it didn't hurt as much as it did with the ankle brace.  I am going to call the doctor and let her know.  I think this means something but I don't know what.

We had some good food and then walked to the park.  We sat in the park and talked for hours.  I put on sunscreen before we left the house but I still got sun burnt a little.  It was a very warm and sunny day.  Okay, it was a beautiful day.  We never had a moment that we didn't have something to talk about.

It was nice to meet a new friend.  Two new friends in one weekend!

Until tomorrow...