A contrast to driving the frenetic pace of the Los Angeles freeways earlier this month, last week we went to the Mendocino coast and drove the slow and practically traffic-free byways to get there after leaving I-5 at Williams.
We took Hwy 20 passing the north side of clear Lake alongside …

21 March 2014  Uncategorized

There was a small reunion of friends  of seventy years standing in Gardena, a suburb of Los Angeles, requring a trek on freeways to get there last week.  After leaving Chico and getting to Sacramento to catch I-5 via Hwys. 99 and 70, it was fairly smooth sailing on a …

10 March 2014  Uncategorized

Wednesday after the weekend’s heavy rains I went  to our back yard to look at our garden. Overnight the daffodil bulbs had pushed up out of the ground and some were opening, defying the stiff breezed trying to bend them over. A carpet of green covered the formerly bare earth …

15 February 2014  Uncategorized

While the Chinese observe their new year according to the lunar calendar, the Japanese follow the Western that begins on January first.
This lunar year, when  the Chinese Year of the Horse began on January 31st,  the Japanese’s had already begun on New Year’s Day.  Their zodiac animals are similar, however.
I …

31 January 2014  Uncategorized

The current lack of rainfall bodes an impending drought for us Californians. For me that recalls the drought of the  mid 1970s when we were living in southern Califronia. We were ignorant of what transpired in northern California so write only of our experiences in Los Angeles County.
Water officials urged …

7 January 2014  Uncategorized

Last winter, a friend gave us two dozen persimmons.They were of the Hachiya(globular and good when soft)variety that is often used for baking cookies and breads. The other kind also abundant in this area is the Fuyu that is good eaten raw and crunchy like an apple.
I had never seen …

26 December 2013  Uncategorized

Today, December 7, 2013, marks he 72nd anniversary of the fateful attack on Pearl Harbor that began the official entry of the United States into WWII.
Today is also thirty-seven years since my father died at age eighty-eight. He was a young twelve-year old immigrant from Okinawa to Hawaii …

7 December 2013  Uncategorized

For more years than I can recall, or at least five, I have made the soup for our church women’s bazaar luncheon. Soup has been a traditional mainstay on the luncheon menu, and the soup maker has the privilege of deciding the kind of soup to cook.
At first it …

7 December 2013  Uncategorized

We were among the lucky 250 ticket holders to this year’s annual Farm City bus tour that takes participants to visit five different farms in and around the county.
Held on the third Wednesday of November by the county’s farm bureau for 33 years, it’s the event we …

16 November 2013  Uncategorized

Pomegranates, a fruit that has been in use since ancient times, is now popular as jelly and in other foods on the discovery of its positive health values.
That being said, a church member donated three gallons of juice to jelly for our church ladies upcoming Christmas bazaar.
A …

15 November 2013  Uncategorized
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