Sunday, May 17, 2015

it's not just about ice cream




This morning's walk took us to this beautiful bee garden located on the far western edge of campus.  Endowed by Häagen-Dazs, it is a gorgeous spot filled with all manner of plants ~ flowers, shrubs, trees, ground cover, fruits, vegetables ~ that attract and support bee life.  The whole place is alive with the movement and sounds of busy bees.






These colorful sculptures were created by a local artist, Donna Billick, who has done many other sculpture projects on our campus and throughout town.






Right now the garden looks very healthy and fresh.  We will go back often to see how it fares in the valley heat with limited water.  But it all looks well mulched with minimal drip irrigation and strategic planting.  A beautiful place for a Sunday morning stroll.

Good job, Häagen-Dazs.  I'll buy more of your ice cream as a way to say "Thank you!"

Monday, May 11, 2015

out with the old . . .






This is our old, trusty fridge that is 15 years old.  It was beginning to have a few aches and pains, wasn't at all convenient, and just needed to be retired.  Besides, I wanted a freezer-on-the-bottom model so I don't have to squat down on the floor to find everything.  So last Friday we went up to the Sears store in Sacramento to browse the appliances.  I had done a bit of research on the internet, found the one I thought I wanted and was all ready, research in hand.  Once we got there we realized the one that had looked right was actually too small.  Mr. C, measuring tape in hand, walked around looking at every single refrigerator on the floor and we finally decided on just the right one.


Mr. C emptied it out, cleaned it all up, cannibalized the egg box and the butter dish, unplugged it and then we waited for the delivery of the new machine.  We had measured very carefully and the only problem we discovered was that the delivery chaps might not be able to get it through the front door.

BUT, never fear.  These very clever guys got it right in, no problem, and into its little cubby with even a few inches to spare.

. . . in with the new!






This beauty has more storage space than the old one which means Mr. C has more room for all his coveted left-overs.  And it's absolutely silent (the old one was beginning to make strange shuddering noises).  Seems like an awfully big fridge for just two people but I know we'll soon fill it up.



Saturday, May 9, 2015

a sweet treat




I don't know how I got on to this sweet and lovely film.  It arrived earlier in the week and I finally got around to watching it today.  It is absolutely charming and I do recommend it.  Just one tiny tear.


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

my favorite





Of all the movies on my list (see Saturday's post), this one was the best.  If you haven't seen it, do so.  Funny, moving, uplifting, with fabulous performances by all involved.  I am a huge fan of Bill Nighy and he does not disappoint.


Sunday, May 3, 2015

on Sunday's walk




Erin and I had a lovely long walk this morning, including a stop for latte (for me) and plain old boring coffee (for her).  The weather was absolutely perfect, as it usually is at this time of year here in the valley.  Not so good for allergy sufferers since everything is in bloom, but for us without such afflictions it's quite glorious.

On the way home we passed by this huge hedge of Matilija poppy; I call it a fried egg plant.  We only see the blooms  for a short time and then it reverts to a grayish foliage.




Cait sent me this picture this morning.  She and MM went to a derby party and obviously dressed for the occasion.  They certainly do clean up nicely!



Saturday, May 2, 2015

a princess and a pharoah (sic)






First thing this morning the long-awaited princess arrived in London.  Then this afternoon American Pharaoh sped through the wire at the Kentucky Derby.  A good day for royalty.

I have before me a tasteful selection of flix to watch:  Wild, Interstellar, Whiplash, and Pride.  Which will it be?  I have already seen My Old Lady (***) and The Rewrite (***).  Both were just OK although I do so enjoy  Marisa Tomei, and Hugh Grant has aged quite well.  Next to come will be The Imitation Game.  I have much to catch up on.