Posts Tagged ‘California’


What am I having nightmares about?

July 22, 2014

This NYT story:

California: Giant Snails Seized at Airport

Customs inspectors at Los Angeles International Airport seized 67 live giant African snails, considered a delicacy in Nigeria but also voracious pests that can eat paint and stucco off houses, officials said Monday. Weighing nearly two pounds each, including their shells, and measuring about six inches in length, the snails arrived from Lagos, Nigeria, in two plastic baskets with paperwork describing them as being for human consumption, Customs and Border Protection said. They were destined for an address in San Dimas, an agency spokeswoman said. According to Customs and Border Protection, the snails can consume more than 500 types of plants and will even feast on the exterior of homes if fruits or vegetables are not available. They also can carry parasites harmful to humans, including one that can lead to meningitis.

So, so glad they did not include a photo with the story – ewch

But this is tattoo Tuesday, so here –




What is tattoo Tuesday about?

May 27, 2014


Movie star, romantic icon, the “thirty-five million dollar steel harp,” all refer to the Golden Gate Bridge, opened this day in 1937.  Here is some trivia about the bridge.

And here are the tattoos:

golden gate 4

golden gate 3

golden gate1

golden gate 2

Click here for some of the movies in which the bridge appears.

(I think Star Trek, the Voyage Home is missing.)







What is the bakery blogumentary about?

December 22, 2013

This time, the Bakery Blogumentary features Honey Fluff Donuts in Ukiah, California.  In August, we took a road trip from Portland, Oregon to San Diego, California.  While driving on Rt 101 near Ukiah, California, we spotted this sign from the road and said, “donuts!” in unison.

IMG_2492  It was lunchtime.  We had to stop. And there were donuts.


And more donuts.



And, I never would have guessed it, but they also had noodle bowls.


And so did we.

DSC01094It’s worth a stop.


Who am I featuring on the Bakery Blogumentary?

November 18, 2013

DSC00090 This time the bakery blog went further afield.  The featured bakery is Bread & Cie, located in the Hillcrest area of San Diego.  When we were on the left coast a few months ago, we stopped at Bread and Cie for breakfast and were delighted with the fare.

champagne and cieYou see here a very Parisian baguette avec jambon et fromage and almond croissants with coffee – yum.

Look closely below and you can see the selfie I took in the cafe.  We are sitting by the back wall and I took the photo into a large mirror.

champagne and cie 2

More shots to give you a feel of the place.  I think Bread & Cie is worth checking out if you are in the area.





DSC00091And they have a website:


What am I celebrating today?

October 7, 2013


Today in the year 1542, Juan Cabrillo, or more correctly, João Rodrigues Cabrilho (he was Portugese, you see), first set foot on Santa Catalina Island.  He landed at what was to become California in September of that year, making him the first European visitor to the Golden State.

I applaud his choice, we had a great time last month in California, including a stop at Point Loma where the monument to Cabrillo (Cabrilho) is located.  The monument is under the management of the National Park Service, so maybe today is not the best day to visit.


Here are some of my photos from our trip:




down the Pt Loma Lighthouse staircase




What was my surreal experience?

September 1, 2013


Today was a travel day for me.  I left sunny San Diego (and my Sweet Patootie) in order to get ready for work on Tuesday. The SD airport was pretty crowded. Even though we left in plenty of time for my flight, I was held up because after scanning they wanted to pat my bottom and then to sniff my fingers.

My frightfully stylish capris have embroidery on the back pockets with embellishments –  that probably prompted the patting, but I have no idea what the mechanical hand sniffer was all about.  It’s a good thing we had not been to the shooting range, I guess, because my flight was loading when I arrived at the gate.

Houston was also a busy place. However I did score a row all to myself on that connecting flight.

I got into Cleveland Hopkins about 7:30 pm. I was amazed that the place was a ghost town. All the shops and restaurants were closed and there were only three departing flights listed on the schedule board. That does not bode well for the chances of Cleveland continuing to be a hub for United.

Vacation was terrific

Here are few photos. I have more, but that will have to wait. I’m off to start the laundry.


This is a street scene outside a little cafe in San Francisco.


And this is a farmers market in Portland, Oregon.


What is it doing outside?

January 31, 2013

After several days of temps in the unseasonably high 60s, it is snowing again with a 40 degree drop in temperature overnight.

Here is something else to think about – from HMS Defiant.