Tuesday, November 29, 2016

моя маленькая птичка



Victoria is leaving infancy with a bright countenance. 




    О Господи благой! Дивные дети сии - творение перстов Твоего могущества и чудные знамения Величия Твоего. О Боже! Охрани сих детей, милостиво помоги просвещению их и сподобь их послужить миру людей. О Боже! Чада сии суть перлы, да будут они взлелеяны в жемчужине Твоей нежной заботы. Ты Щедрый, Вселюбящий.  --Абдул-Баха




Saturday, November 26, 2016

Friday, November 25, 2016

Meaningless Post about a Lampshade


A custom lampshade manufacturer in San Francisco requested measurements to ascertain safe distances between shade and bulb for a shade I ordered, and I sent them this photo ( It turned out that it wasn't right for my living room, and I gave it away--live and learn).




We bought the lamp at the Red Barn in Aromas, California, for ten or 15 dollars in 1970 without a shade. 



I purchased  a stained glass lampshade kit in North Beach for seventy five dollars, and soldered a fitting shade in my father-in-law's garage over two or three hot Salinas afternoons.


A divorce can make you do strange things, and in my case, I sold the shade at my yard sale for ten dollars. 

I've long since settled on a black shade that suits me fine.








Thursday, November 24, 2016

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Monday, November 21, 2016

Oh, Those numbers are right alright.. (Fargo)



Wade:  We're going to load in..All we need to know is your fee.



​Jerry:  My fee? What the heck are you talking about, Wade?  This is my deal here.



Stan:  We thought you were bringing us an investment.



​Wade:   If I wanted banker's interest I'd go over to Northwest Federal and talk to ole Bill Diel..



Grossman:  He's at NorthStar...




Sunday, November 20, 2016

Too Cute



Today I heard my 20 month old granddaughter call an avacado "abacabo". 



Friday, November 18, 2016

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Willows at Sunset







WILLOWS AT SUNSET - VINCENT VAN GOGH




Sunday, November 13, 2016

A Small Retaining Wall

My backyard  in 2003, two years after moving in. The fence is new, and the house has been painted (it was powder blue). 




I wanted a level planting bed, so I built a small retaining wall.












This what I had in mind (after transplanting the privet hedge to the uphill side of the wall).  








It has been a very wet Fall in the Northwest.  The moss has responded spectacularly. 









Saturday, November 12, 2016

First Fire of the Season



I need to trim those claws..







Friday, November 11, 2016

A Veteran


My nephew, some years ago..

video



Thursday, November 3, 2016

Cleaning Windows





Cleaning Windows
Van Morrison


Oh, the smell of the bakery from across the street
Got in my nose
As we carried our ladders down the street
With the wrought iron gate rows





I went home and listened to Jimmie Rodgers in my lunch break
Bought five Woodbines at the shop on the corner
And went straight back to work






Oh, Sam was up on top
And I was on the bottom with the V
We went for lemonade and Paris buns
At the shop and broke for tea
I collected from the lady
And I cleaned the fanlight inside out
I was blowing saxophone on the weekend
In that down joint




What's my line
I'm happy cleaning windows
Take my time
I'll see you when my love grows
Baby don't let it slide
I'm a working man in my prime
Cleaning windows (number thirty six)





I heard Leadbelly and Blind Lemon
On the street where I was born
Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee
Muddy Waters singin' I'm a rolling stone
I went home and read my Christmas Humphreys' book on Zen
Curiosity killed the cat
Kerouac's Dharma Bums and On The Road




What's my line
I'm happy cleaning windows
Take my time
I'll see you when my love grows
Baby don't let it slide
I'm a working man in my prime
Cleaning windows

What's my line
I'm happy cleaning windows
Take my time
I'll see you when my love grows
Don't let it slide
I'm a working man in my prime
Cleaning windows