Monday, March 29, 2021

A Week Goes By

Not much going on here. Still living in quiet times. We did get to see a few things while we've been out going to dentist appointments and taking our neighborhood walks or just taking a peek at the sun...

After the dentist appointment, a short drive to the scenic overlook to see the harbor seals
and a cormorant hanging out with them

Out on our neighborhood walk we had a lovely moment with a cow who acknowledged our presence
Spring blossoms on our little suburban street

A 22 degree halo in a brief moment of wispy clouds

Maybe we'll have something to post next week. So far... nada, but I am laughing as I type this, so that's something to appreciate.

Hope you're all doing well, staying safe and healthy.

Monday, March 22, 2021

The Season of Yellow

Spring is such a beautiful yellow time of the year. Everywhere we look yellow blossoms are blooming everywhere. Here in our yard we are letting our garden kale go to flower and then to seed, with the hopes of planting our own homegrown seeds this year. One surprise was this beautiful Rufous Hummingbird on its 4000 mile journey from Mexico to Alaska stopping in our yard for some kale flower nectar. Yes! So glad to nourish this little guy on its way north. (I posted this photo on Facebook, so some of you may have already seen it.)

Out in the front yard the succulent is blooming yellow as well. I don't know if you'll remember what the owl patch looked like before we planted the succulent. 

The above photo is from April 2017. Here's what it looks like now out there. 

We are so happy about that! And the weather has been good enough for nice long walks. While we were out on Sunday we noticed the wild mustard growing turning the meadows into beautiful sprawling fields of yellow. 

We were able to take a close up look at the mustard blooming on the side of the road on our walk home. It really surprised me how much the flowers and leaves looked like our blooming kale. In fact, for a moment I wondered if it might be wild kale. So of course when we got home I googled around to see if mustard and kale are related. Oh boy are they ever!

I found this excellent article in Vox about mustard. Not only is it the origins of kale, but of brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage as well. What a wonderful eye-opening surprise that was. We are so thankful for this beautiful season of yellow. A delicious time of the year in every way!

Thursday, March 18, 2021

When There Are No New Memories

 We can only look back in time now. The old photos tell all the stories. I've been looking at them and remembering my mother, gone for three years now. For some reason I keep coming back to these two. 

My mom with my twin brother and my sister on the deck at Roger's old family beach house in Capitola. She so loved visiting with us there. I hold these images in my heart. My mom and the view she loved. This is how we remember her, loving this view, watching the dolphins and whales. 

The yahrzeit candle is burning.

Monday, March 15, 2021

A $771 Water Bill

in late january and the beginning of february it rained heavily for quite a few days. a lot of water on the sidewalks and running down the gutters. in the afternoon feb 2, as the rain abated we noticed water pouring out of the concrete box holding the water meter and into the gutter. i looked in the little opening where the meter reader checks the monthly numbers. muddy water right up to the top of the box. i removed the larger cement cover. the box was overflowing with water. we called the city office and reported the leak. “is it running down the street?" i was asked. “oh yeah” i replied. in 15 minutes there came a city truck and two water guys. they removed the concrete cover and pumped out the water. the significant leak was from our side of the meter and to our house and therefore our responsibility. they turned off the water. we learned how precious water is. no washing anything. no water for cooking. no water for flushing! 

our nice neighbor across the street was outside so i asked if he knew a good plumber. he told us that there is one who is a bit pricey but will definitely get there today. i called. the plumber came in about an hour. it took him more than two hours to repair the leak. he turned the water back on.

the fix. that is not a lot of room to work in.

i noted the meter reading and compared it to our latest pre-leak bill. OMG as we say on the inter tubes. we would have a whopper of a bill. it came.

bad enough for water usage. the sewer charge is related to water usage

we called the city and asked if there was any way to get a bit of a break. the very nice person i talked to emailed me a form to fill out and return with a copy of the fixit bill to show that we had taken care of it immediately. we returned the form and the bill within the hour. she also said that pending a possible adjustment we should pay the usual amount of our bill. we rounded up to $100 and paid. a few days later a city tech came by to check the meter to see if there was any leak. alas, we were out walking and didn't get to see him, but he noted a hose connection leak. oh no! i had failed to turn off the hose after watering out front, completely unrelated to the leak, but bad timing. another call from the city to notify us and an appointment, to make sure would be home, to check the numbers again. the water tech came and saw no more leak. good.

on march 12 late in the afternoon we got call from the city. they had reset our bill to what we normally pay this time of the  year. and we now had a five dollar credit which would show up on our next bill! a credit!!! we love Arcata.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

29 Years

It has been 29 years since my dad died, March 14, 1992. He was only 73 years old, younger than Roger is now. A yahrzeit candle is burning for him on the fireplace mantel. A ritual my siblings and I have followed for the past 28 years. Here is a photo of one year's loving remembrance altar to him. 

This is all we have, these memories, these photos, this ongoing love. 

In four days it will be the third anniversary of my mom's death. 

This year we've added something new to the altar, a Buddha statue. It'll be there for my mom too. Thanks to Tara for such a wonderful idea.