Here and There

Friday, October 24, 2008

Just when I needed it!

Saw this on Bill Moyers Journal tonight. I cannot wait for this film to come out on dvd. Watch the trailer if you can at the website: Playing for Change: Peace through Music. This guy Marc Johnson is such a dear!

New art

We went to see Keith's work last weekend at an open studio event. There is a lone cloud picture that I love very much that he had up. It was nice to see that again. Another nice thing that happened is that I came across an artist that I really enjoy. Eve Shen. I really loved what I saw of hers and I have been gazing at her postcard this week, enjoying it so much!

I am feeling kind of down today. Lily has tried my patience with all her tearing this and that apart and hugs that turn into pinches. I would love to go to the forest and be under the trees, or go to the ocean and listen, or to go to the Lavender Inn and drink wine. Just peaceful and quiet. As in the subject of this post I have seen new art, but I need new art! New fodder for to ponder, gaze and inspire. It's definitely not in my backyard or my kitchen today, it feels farther afield and I want to tramp out and find it!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Things that make you go "hmmm".

Why are Charley's teeth outlined in blood? I mean, red?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Best Vegetable Stock

Deborah Madison's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone has a Winter Squash soup recipe that is terrific, but when I made it a couple weeks ago I realized partly why I liked it so much was making the "Quick Vegetable Stock" for it. This recipe has you roughly chop a bunch of good smellers (aromatics) like onion, carrot, celery, parsley and garlic and throw them in with branches of thyme and all the scraps from the other ingredients of the soup. In this case, the insides of a butternut squash. I love the casual mess of it all in the pot and the idea of using food waste to make good food. I like tossing food into a pot. I like the contents looking like I foraged them. I like that something so rich tasting is simply vegetables and water.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Riding Bikes

When we moved to our house a few years ago, we were living in kind of a weird surreal campsite. Working hard to make our house live-able/comfortable, struggling to make ends meet, all that stuff. We sold one of our cars and were excited about living more simply. We saw online that Walmart had cruiser bikes for $79 or something else crazy like that so we went and bought two. A blue one for me and a black one for Peter. It felt wrong to buy these bikes from Walmart, but our grander purpose of biking v driving made it okay to purchase from this evil company. (Maybe I'm still working that out. We were poor, okay?)

So there we were: two kids with bikes. We did not "bike ride" we "rode bikes". The way kids get together and ride bikes. Not for exercise, not for necessary transportation even. We would ride down to 4th St to get Peets. We would ride our bikes to Costco to get a hot dog. Believe me, not a lot of people are riding their bikes to Costco. Our baskets didn't have room for 36 rolls of TP. We rode to Golden Gate Fields and saw amazing sunsets and rode back down the hill at lightning speeds. Better than a roller coaster! We rode across the people bridge and rode down the frontage road. To Emeryville, to Cesar Chavez Park. We cruised our way to church. Our house is very proximal to a lot of great rides.

The thing about riding bikes with your husband is that it is romantic. You are moving along together at the same speed, sometimes you race but that's not what I'm talking about here--you're moving along side by side and you look at each other and it's like everything else is blurring but the other person. I love that. It's like a real life version of that feeling. I think it happens only with a cruiser bike, when you're not interested in going that fast and you're happy about each other and where you're cruising to.

My bike is rusty now. And he has a better bike now, though still a cruiser. But I miss riding bikes together. I don't want to get a bike with gears and pull a trailer for my kid. I don't want to wear a helmet or even really be on the street too much. I just want to ride bikes for fun sometime. Wearing flip flops and laughing and singing the song "Come and see my farm for it is beautiful!" while I ride.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

In pictures

She has clothes on and that's all that matters to the cast members.

Big Thunder...almost caught my arm on a stalactite (or is it stalagmite?)

May not be Mendocino, Jood, but pretty easy on the eyes!

Such a sweet goat!

Why, oh why doesn't my child love In 'N Out?

Wednesday, October 01, 2008


In high school we asked our Spanish teacher how to say Disneyland in Spanish. It was a small class, Spanish 4 at Redwood Christian High school had four students. Spanish 4 was basically chatting in English about Party of Five with the Senora constantly saying: "Ya! En espanol!" She didn't care what we talked about, but it had to be in Spanish.

So we asked her how to say Disneyland in Spanish and she said: "Disneylandia!" I loved the Senora and she was such a tiny, intense person. She was first and foremost a missionary at heart and she loved God and she loved the Bible. I don't think she really loved teaching Spanish, but she was diligent. To everything she would say: "Gloria a Dios!" One time when she was kind of jogging into the classroom, a little late for class, she ran into a post. We all saw her do it through the wall of windows and lots of people got up concerned and ran to the door to see if she was okay. She had this huge goose egg on her forehead and she shouted: "Gloria a Dios! Sientate!" Which when I just looked up in the Spanish/English dictionary is how you tell a dog to sit. Hmm.

Anyway, we're off to Disneylandia tomorrow. It is "HalloweenTime" at Disneyland. I've never seen that before, so that will be a fun new thing in an old familiar fun place. My hope is that Lillian will be happy to stay in her stroller at least part of the time...