Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Outdoor Wednesday #212, The Hills of Pacifica and Daly City, California - January 30, 2013

It really is so beautiful where I live less, than 3 miles from the Pacific Ocean.  On
foggy days, sometimes you can't see more than a few feet in front of you but, when 
the sun is shining, the water glistens in the distance and the hills are amazing!

I am participating in Outdoor Wednesday, # 212 -
 add your picture and join in the fun!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Ruby Tuesday 2 - Mel's Diner, San Francisco, California, January 29, 2013

Recently, I had lunch with a friend at Mel's Diner.  It's always a fun place to eat, with an 
extensive menu and lots of red everywhere.

No romance for me, sad to say, but out with a great friend!

There was even plenty of 60's music!

Even red in my blouse...

I and participating in Ruby Tuesday 2 - and your bit of 
red and  join in the fun.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Headed For the Operating Room - Friday, January 18, 2013

In about twenty minutes, my dear friend, Mark Lammers, will arrive to chauffeur 
me to California Pacific Medical Center where the esteemed orthopedist, Dr.
John Belzer, will replace the joint in my left shoulder.  It took me a long time to
finally make the decision to undergo surgery but, when the pain in my left
shoulder and arm became so severe, even at rest, I couldn't put it off any
longer.  After all, I have a ten year Indian visa and my first grandchild
arriving in late April and I need to as pain free as possible and it's good
to have the use of both arms.  

I have drawn a black "x" on my left shoulder ( to tease Dr. Belzer ).  Years
ago, I was an operating room nurse and even wrote a poem called, "The
Orthopedic Blues" which is all about being an OR ortho nurse.  I will show it
to Dr. Belzer, after the surgery.  He is a terrific surgeon - very nice - AND
very handsome, not that good looks are a prerequisite.

I don't know how much I'll be blogging for while as, for six weeks, I cannot
use my left arm and hand at all. I've tried to dowload Dragon "Naturally 
Speaking" software so I can dictate my blogs, etc.  Not being very tech savvy,
I am not doing so well.  I'll work on it post op when I'm feeling a little better.
I also plan to work on learning Hindi!!  I've got a couple of CDs and books.  
We'll see how that goes.

Please, please, everyone, offer prayers to any and all gods, that I do well with 
this surgery.  I'll be getting a new shoulder but, sadly, the rest of the aging
body remains.  Too bad I couldn't get a face lift at the same plastiic 
surgery for me, though, since insurance doesn't support vanity.

Over and out for awhile.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Monday Mellow Yellows - A Jaipur Plumeria - January 14, 2013

My guesthouse in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India had lovely plumeria trees in bloom, reminding 
me of Hawaii.  I loved sitting outside, luxuriating in the fragrance.  

I am participating in Monday Mellow Yellows -
join in the fun with a yelow picture of your own.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Camera Critters #249 - More Sleeping .Dogs - January 13, 2013

My friend has a dog sitting, kennel service.  It always amazes me how well these 
animals get along with each other - different breeds, ages, and sizes.  There don't 
seem to be turf issues or jealousy among the dogs. 

  1. A black lab and a weimaranar

A doberman joins the group

The dobie got lonely by herself.

Wonder if he's dreaming?

I am participating in Camera Critters 249 -
post your critter and join in the fun.

Also, posting on Pets Forever

Monday, January 07, 2013

Monday Mellow Yellows - A Jaipur Lady - January 7, 2013

I am so glad to see that Gemma Wiseman is continuing the cheerful yellow theme on
Mondays!  Though I am 7000 miles away from my beloved India, I still have many
photos from there - to tug at my heart until I can return, hopefully by mid-May.
This lady I caught from my auto rickshaw as she crossed the street near me.

I am participating in Monday Mellow Yellows -
add your spot of yellow photo to join in the fun!

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Having Fun - January 5, 2013

Since coming home from India, I've gotten out a bit, meeting friends for lunch
or dinner and seeing my favorite local entertainers.  It's nice to live in an area
where you can do that, even on a restricted budget. Zingari, a great Italian 
restaurant at the Hotel Donatello ( actually owned and managed by Krishan
Miglani who is from India! ) has a wonderful jazz club - intimate, romantic ( if
you're lucky enough to be there with a sweetheart ).  I've been going there 
for years, since the days when my friend, Sony Holland, used to perform there.
Subsequently, I've become friends with some of the other entertainers, many 
of whom are accompanied by my all time favorite piano player, Shota Osabe.

My friend, Kris, and I went Thursday night to see Anne O'Brien.  Shota was on
the piano and Chuck Bennett, on bass.  The place was almost empty for awhile
so it was like having our own private concert.  Anne, who specializes in "The Great 
American Songbook", has an incredibly lovely voice and delights audiences all
over the Bay area.

There is a nice dance floor at Zingari but I'd never seen anyone use it before.
We were surprised when a young couple came in and wowed us with their 
performance.  They looked wonderful together and really seemed to enjoy
themselves.  I know we enjoyed them!

Chuck Bennett, Anne O'Brien

The lovely Anne O'Brien

Terrific music!


Kris and I are the only audience, at this point!  What a waste of great talent.

Shota Osabe - sorry about the flash!!

The lady with the lovely smile - & a voice to match!

A young Fred and Ginger

They certainly burned off calories!

The dapper Shota Osabe

All smiles with my favorite piano player

With Shota Osabe, Anne O'Brien, and Churck Bennett

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Ruby Tuesday 2 - Have Your Cake & Eat It, Too - January 1, 2012

A friend was given this cake by an office mate and he was kind enough to share
it.  It seemed almost too pretty to cut.  I was a good girl and only had one piece 
( okay, there was a scoop each of pumpkin and rum raisin ice cream on the side! ).

I'm participating in Ruby Tuesday 2 -
add your red photo and join in the fun.