Saturday, April 29, 2006
This morning we went to Sebastopol's apple blossum parade. We went with Art, Aja and Tyjal, but ran into lots of old friends. And saw some more marching in the parade. My favorite part was the weiner dog section--there must have been at least 100 of them! Many dressed up in costumes. A long march for all those short little legs.
The parade went on and on. There were way too many strictly commercial entries, including two drywall vans that weren't even decorated.
And right in the middle of a long line of vintage and antique cars and fancy hot rods, someone was driving a 1982 Chevy pickup truck. That had about 1000 of us scratching our heads.
We got to cheer for our congressperson Lynn Woolsey, the first to call for the end of the war.
Much of the standard Americana parade fare seems so weird to me (drill teams for example) that I often felt like a visitor from another planet.
Sunday, April 23, 2006
As I'm sure you are aware, yesterday was Earth Day. So the girls and I joined Meredith cleaning up a beach. It was amazingly warm, though overcast, with hardly any wind at all! Very unusual conditions for the Sonoma coast.
After our labors we played frisbee next to Salmon Creek, which was running full and strong all the way into the surf! I'd never seen it so full. A few times our frisbee flew into the creek and India had to run and jump in to catch it.
We picked up quite a bit of garbage over on Schoolhouse Beach. Lots of styrofoam and tangled bunches of fishing line and other dainties that could harm sea creatures. Nothing too gross, thankfully.
Today Eden and I took her bike to a big parking lot and she made the leap! (It was soooo hard for me to let go.)
Once Eden was able to ride more or less straight, she was keen on learning to kick off on her own. Then she braved doing curves and finally riding in a circle! Yaaa Hooo!
Amazingly, I caught her very first solo on video. I have it here for your viewing pleasure.
Friday, April 21, 2006
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Yesterday we had a nice potluck with Donna and Lee and their two kids, Paisley and Ethan, along with Karen, Danny and Zoe. It was sunny and warm and the grownups had dinner on the back deck. It was like being in a sunset magazine photo shoot.
A fun time was had by all. But I didn't get a good photo of Karen or Donna, alas.
Monday, April 17, 2006
Art is one of the most creative and prolific artists I've ever met. He's really got something going on! Sometimes it's a little dark or spooky for me, but it's always soulful and moving. I always emerge from his studio/home with a big WOW on my lips.
Art has applied to be in Artrails this fall (an open studio show here in Sonoma County, California) and I sure hope they accept him. I think they'd be insane not to. He needs to sell a lot of his work, just to make room for more!! Personally, I think it's only a matter of time before he's "discovered" and his work becomes 'collected'.
If you see something here you might want to buy, or you want to know more about this amazing guy, here's his email:Amoura@cognex.com
Sunday, April 16, 2006
This is what it's all about, for me. Eden is the perfect age to enjoy the whole Easter ritual--finding the hidden basket, the easter egg hunt. She put carrots out last night for the Easter Bunny and wanted to check on them first thing. She believes and is rewarded with a magical enjoyment.
Alas, notice how dark it is outside. India woke us up at 6am.
Friday, April 14, 2006
My sister Andrea and her new-ish husband Joe and his son Daniel came to visit for a few days. We had a nice relaxing time, lots of good chats and they took us out to dinner at Cafe Japan! Woo Hoo! We visited the Luther Burbank home and garden, which I had never done. Fascinating! And we got to show off our pretty neighborhood, which is looking very lush these days. Between the diverse architecture and awesome gardens and trees, we had a good time.
They also, somehow, brought the sun with them.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
"I don't know about you guys, but I am so sick and tired of these lying, thieving, holier-than-thou, right-wing, cruel, crude, rude, gauche, coarse, crass, cocky, corrupt, dishonest, debauched, degenerate, dissolute, swaggering, lawyer shooting, bullhorn shouting, infrastructure destroying, hysterical, history defying, finger-pointing, puppy stomping, roommate appointing, pretzel choking, collateral damaging, aspersion casting, wedding party bombing, clear cutting, torturing, jobs outsourcing, torture outsourcing, "so-called" compassionate- conservative, women's rights eradicating, Medicare cutting, uncouth, spiteful, boorish, vengeful, noxious, homophobic, xenophobic, xylophonic, racist, sexist, ageist, fascist, cashist, audaciously stupid, brazenly selfish, lethally ignorant, journalist purchasing, genocide ignoring, corporation kissing....."
It goes on from there.
Monday, April 10, 2006
Jennifer Radtke, our wonderful teacher, has just made up a one liter test batch.
Meredith, Steve and I attended an all day workshop yesterday to learn how to 'homebrew' our own fuel. It seems entirely do-able.
Quite a few of our class mates were middle aged contractor type fellows, who all have big Ford 250 and 350 diesel trucks they use for work. They spend so much filling up these monsters that they are very enthusiastic about making fuel for 60 cents a gallon! Practical, funny and down to earth, they made a welcome addition to the class.
Next month we go back to build our own processor!
Here's a shot of the 'apple seed' processor we'll be building next month. Here they are measuring out the KOH to add to the methanol. This being the only scary part of the whole process, I was greatly relieved to see it done. I can handle this!
I like how the processor is built on a little trailer. Very handy.
Last week I set up a rack of our cards at the Santa Rosa Community Market. I'm going to keep it stocked and bill them for whatever we actually sell.
Krista and I both worked at the Market back in the late 80's. It was a collective with a very heartfelt mission-food for people, not for profits. We very carefully screened our products to try and offer the best organic, local, vegetarian, unprocessed, sugar free food from ethical companies.
The Market has changed its structure (and location), but still has the same mission. It feels great to be a (small) part of it again.
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
The poor fellow who gets juiced was a bad soldier, I think. Or a treasure hunter. Thank goodness we're only at war with the Muslim world. I hope we never go to war with India and the Hindus!.
Oh, and this next one explains it all in clear terms for the layman:
Sunday, April 02, 2006
Our friend Art had told us about this parade up in Occidental, and since there was a break in the rain, we decided to check it out. Turns out we were seriously under-dressed (just wait 'til next year). I think my favorite was the dodo bird, hauling a nest full of big paper mache eggs. She'd toss the eggs about to other paraders, and sure enough some of them broke (jeez, no wonder they became extinct).
Strangely enough, we never did see Art, though Krista's folks showed up. Joyce even put on her mask and joined the parade.
Saturday, April 01, 2006
So she composed the music too. What a gal.
I used Ulead VideoStudio 9 to put it all together. I hope you enjoy it.