Wednesday December 3, 2014

Brass

I love brass music. From 4th through 12th grade, I played the cornet in school. I stopped playing when I graduated from High School, but I love the sound of brass instruments, trumpets and cornets in particular.

Rich and I have been going to a lot of guitar showcases, house concerts, larger concerts, over the past year or so. I like guitar too, to listen to, but, as I told Rich, I feel that if I've seen one guitar I've seen them all (aside from the wood and inlays of course).

In any case, one of the places we've discovered for musical entertainment is the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. They offer a multitude of performances, many free.

Last night's concert was the SFCM Brass Department Recital. Yeay Brass! ...
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Wednesday January 29, 2014

Cue Twilight Zone Theme

Today is my birthday.
This is the Google Doodle that I see.
How delightful. What a nice coincidence. What is the occasion?


Doodle1 ...
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Friday December 27, 2013

Magic!

What do the Mona Lisa, a pink beach ball, a $20 bill, and a deck of cards have in common? Magic! Last night we enjoyed Ivan Amodei at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.

The show was in the Fairmont Hotel, on Mason St at Sacramento, in San Francisco.

Ivan Amodei at the Fairmont ...
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Sunday March 10, 2013

I am an Introvert: Thank you

From many of the things I read online, I realize that I really need to say "Thank you" to my parents for the way they raised my sister and me.

Far too many people, growing up, were apparently told, pushed, or nudged in directions they didn't want to go, or directions that were just wrong for them, psychologically. They were told what to study (or what not to study). "You have to be a doctor." "You can't be a writer." "You'll never make money in that field."

I was the girl who wanted to take every possible science class. When that meant I wouldn't have a lunch period in 10th grade, and the Guidance Counselor objected, my Mom said "She wants to take that class. Let her take the class. The class is more important than lunch period."

Thank you.. (I never ate in the HS cafeteria anyway.) ...
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Wednesday December 31, 2008

Treasures 2008_52

These are little scraps of magic & when you paste them together
you get a memory of something fine & strong.

-- Brian Andreas

These are my Treasures for the past fortnight.

  • Primary-colored star-shaped candies, spilled down the steps at the Train station. Pretty.

  • The crescent moon, with Jupiter and Venus just below and to the side.

  • Listening to murrmurring kitty dreams

  • A fuschia sedan (seen on the freeway)

  • My Squishable Allidile Crocagator scarf

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Sunday November 2, 2008

Treasures 2008_44

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
-- H. Jackson Brown, Jr., Life's Little Instruction Book

These are my Treasures since my last posting.

  • A bed full of cats on a Sunday afternoon.

  • The whistle of a train in the distance

  • freshly grated nutmeg

  • movies: The Librarian: Quest for the Spear

  • "Cock and Bull" Ginger Beer

  • cats on my lap, snuggling

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Monday September 8, 2008

Treasures

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it
is like wrapping a present and not giving it.

-- William Arthur Ward

These are my Treasures for the past several weeks.

  • Two chickadees in the trees in our front yard. So cute. So fearless.

  • a hummingbird, buzzing blossoms nearby (chirp)

  • watching the eucalyptus tree down the street swirling and dancing in the wind

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Friday August 1, 2008

Treasures 2008_31

Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless;
peacocks and lilies for instance.

-- John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice, 1851

These are my Treasures for the past three weeks.

  • Waking up with a kitty

  • Watching a pigeon bringing twigs to build a nest, next door to the diner

  • A periwinkle blue Mercedes convertble. Periwinkle was one of my favorite crayon colors as a child.

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Friday July 11, 2008

Treasures 2008_28

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet
and the winds long to play with your hair.

-- Kahlil Gibran

Colorful Lamp

These are my Treasures for the past fortnight.

  • The colorful lamp we found at a garage sale

  • Yellow Happy face balloons at the car dealership

  • a spiderweb stencil on a black PT cruiser

  • The produce dept at the grocery store - fresh smells, bright colors.

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Sunday June 29, 2008

Treasures 2008_26

We can invent only with memory.
- Alphonse Karr

These are my Treasures for the past fortnight. Hedgehogs

  • pastry hedgehogs at Dim Sum

  • a trumpet tree — red trumpet vine growing 30-feet up through two hemlock trees

  • someone's ringtone: the 1812 overture!

  • 8-bit tarot

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Saturday June 14, 2008

Treasures 2008_24

The moon smiles in the heavens, and quietly hides all our tomorrows like a secret. But ordinary moments bring their promises, for beauty and warmth are found in single moments of time.
-- Flavia

These are my Treasures for the past fortnight.

  • Another customer at the diner was served a scrumptious-looking waffle with strawberries and a small Matterhorn of whipped cream. Oooooo.

  • 3 ravens in our backyard, flapping from tree to tree. Bebop was entranced.

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Friday May 30, 2008

Treasures 2008_22

Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel.
-- Author Unknown

These are my Treasures for the past fortnight.

  • A cooling breeze

  • A soaring hawk

  • Albioni's "Adagio"

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Friday May 16, 2008

Treasures 2008_20

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
-- Albert Einstein

These are my Treasures for the past fortnight.

  • Rich, home from a long-weekend out-of-town trip.

  • Toffee Banana

  • Long John Silvers Seafood Shoppe - now just a few miles from my house!

  • Positive feedback from some co-workers whose opinions I respect.

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Friday April 25, 2008

Treasures 2008_17

Pleasure is the flower that passes;
remembrance, the lasting perfume.

-- Jean de Boufflers

These are my Treasures for the past fortnight.

  • Hot Pink iceplant, blooming in profusion, brilliant in the sun.

  • Bright green shoelaces

  • One white rose

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Sunday April 13, 2008

Treasures 2008_15

The world's literature and folklore are full of stories that point out
how futile it can be to seek happiness.
Rather, happiness is a blessing that comes to you as you go along;
a treasure that you incidentally find.

- Louis Binstock

These are my Treasures for the past fortnight.

  • Squirrel making a tummy on Rich's desk, head under the monitor shelf, all upside down and fluffy. Rich says he does this a lot. I asked "How do you work?" Apparently it's difficult...(Rub the tummy!)

  • A splendiferous magenta rhododendron

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Sunday March 30, 2008

Treasures 2008_13

The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.
-- Johann von Goethe

These are my Treasures for the past two weeks.

  • Watching the kites and the parasails at Ocean Beach.

  • The server is up! MySQL is running. My weblogs are back!

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Saturday March 15, 2008

Treasures 2008_11

Celebrate the beauty of your dreams
and forever hold close the private treasures of your heart.

-- Author Unknown

These are my Treasures for the past few weeks.

  • We met a Shiba Inu - cute little doggie, out for a walk with her person past our house. Her name was Keiko. A week later, we met another one!

  • A woman at the CalTrain, wearing a full-length chocolate-brown velvet skirt. Yumm.

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Friday February 15, 2008

Treasures 2008_07

A memory is what is left when something happens and does not completely unhappen.
-- Edward de Bono

These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • A lovely springwarm day.

  • Lunch at Los Panchos in the City. The woman who runs the place always remembers our order, even though we only come in every two or three months. How does she do that?

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Sunday February 10, 2008

Treasures 2008_06

Let us look to the earth and to the heavens
and remember how much we have to be thankful for.

-- Anon (American Greetings)

These are my Treasures for the past week.

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Sunday February 3, 2008

Treasures 2008_05

Smells detonate softly in our memory
like poignant land mines hidden under the weedy mass of years.
Hit a tripwire of smell and memories explode all at once.
A complex vision leaps out of the undergrowth.

-- Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses

These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Squirrel and Raven are working out how to play so that both of them enjoy it. Teddy Bear Fight!

  • License plate: 2H2ODGS (the plate holder said "Portuguese Waterdogs")

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Sunday January 27, 2008

Treasures 2008_04

Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love,
the things you are, the things you never want to lose.

-- From "The Wonder Years" (television)

These are my Treasures for the past two weeks.

  • Lots of snuggles with the cats this week.

  • Oooh. Aaah. Droooooool. The new MacBook Air is highly desirable.

  • Bacon and tomato sandwiches on sourdough bread.
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Sunday January 13, 2008

Treasures 2008_02

I think, what has this day brought me, and what have I given it?
-- Henry Moore

These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • More rain (with less wind). I like rain, especially when I'm at home.

  • Our server is working properly again.

  • Mitten Rd in Burlingame. One of those great words: mitten.

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Sunday December 30, 2007

Treasures 2007_52

Anywhere is paradise; it's up to you.
-- Author Unknown

These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Rain making diamonds in the gutter chain on our front porch

  • Rain pattering on the sunroom roof.

  • My co-worker's home-made peanut butter cups.

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Tuesday December 18, 2007

Treasures 2007_50

The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.
— Author Unknown

These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Camry odometer: 155555

  • My new iPod Nano, nicely engraved with "TWiki Champion, November 2007" (with many thanks to the friend with the engraving rig.)

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Tuesday December 4, 2007

Treasures 2007_48

Creativity and imagination are part of the wonder sprinkled around us.
-- Author Unknown

These are my Treasures for the past week. Frog

  • The stuffed animals at squishable.com

  • The just-rising sun, a blaze-orange ball peeking over the horizon

  • Now our grocery store has striped awnings!

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Monday November 26, 2007

Treasures 2007_47

Leftovers in their less visible form are called memories.
Stored in the refrigerator of the mind and the cupboard of the heart.

-- Thomas Fuller

These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Success at the Job! The new TWiki is up and running!

  • A four-day weekend.Very relaxing.

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Thursday November 22, 2007

Count Your Blessings

If you're worried and you can't sleep
Just count your blessings instead of sheep
And you'll fall asleep counting your blessings

Irving Berlin, 1954


On this Thanksgiving Day, I am thankful for
  • Richard, my spouse and best friend
  • Bebop, best fur buddy and Cat-in-Charge
  • Mezzaluna, fluffy princess and looneycoon
  • Squirrel, nap buddy and snugglepuss
  • Raven, tummy meister and Monster-in-the-cave
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Sunday November 18, 2007

Treasures 2007_46

It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life. -- P.D. James

These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Squirrel, snoring on my office floor. Bebop, on Saturday morning, bumping me. Snuggle the cat. Raven playing "monster in the cave". Mezzaluna being silly.
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Monday November 12, 2007

Treasures 2007_44,45

I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.
-- Walt Whitman

These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • A snail on the front passenger window of the Camry one moring. There was enough condensation that I could follow his trail - up by the left rear tire, across the top of the back window, forward along the edge of the roof to the front passenger window, then down the window.

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Monday October 29, 2007

Treasures 2007_43

Each happiness of yesterday is a memory for tomorrow.
- George W. Douglas

These are my Treasures for the past week.

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Monday October 22, 2007

Bird!

At around 1pm, today, I heard one of my co-workers, Martin, say "That's a bird". Then another co-worker said "It is, it's a bird". I said "Where?" They said "Over here".

And there was a bird on the light fixture next to the wall. An Oregon junco. How did he get into the building.? Hey birdie, what are you doing in here? ...
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Sunday October 21, 2007

Treasures 2007_42

Where your pleasure is, there is your treasure:
where your treasure, there your heart;
where your heart, there your happiness.

- Augustine of Hippo

These are my Treasures for the past week.

Hearse

Inflatable hearse (click for larger image)

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Tuesday October 16, 2007

Treasures 2007_41

Every man's memory is his private literature.
-- Aldous Huxley

These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Half a cherry pie - ruby red fruit and golden crust.
    Cherry isn't my favorite flavor of pie, but it Looks simply gorgeous.

  • Dim sum with friends
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Sunday October 7, 2007

Treasures 2007_40

Why not learn to enjoy the little things - there are so many of them.
-- Author Unknown

These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Rain!

  • Working from home; surrounded by fur. Cat by my left hand. Cat above the keyboard. This is the way Work should be.

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Saturday September 29, 2007

Treasures 2007_39

I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature,
which, if we unconsciously yield to it,
will direct us aright.

-- Henry David Thoreau

These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • The pile of golden pumpkins in front of the supermarket

  • Hot red bean soup

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Sunday September 23, 2007

Treasures 2007_38

Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.
-- Chinese Proverb

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Thump! Large pink kitty toes on the shower door. Hi Bebop.

  • Two pink blossoms on the miniature rose bush (after years with no flowers.)

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Sunday September 16, 2007

Treasures 2007_37

The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass,
it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.
-- Henry Miller

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • An enjoyable time at the Craft Fair

  • A red-tailed hawk, wafting over the freeway

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Sunday September 9, 2007

Treasures 2007_36

Everyone's future is, in reality, an urn full of unknown treasures
from which all may draw unguessed prizes.
- Lord Dunsany

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Sunrise - a blaze-orange incandescent disc in the sky; a blaze-orange shining ribbon on the bay. Never say that color isn't found in nature; it is... only not very often.

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Tuesday September 4, 2007

Treasures 2007_35

Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time.
-- Betty Smith

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • pelicans, pelicans, pelicans

  • an otter in the water; seals on the rocks

  • a bronzegoldredpiurplebluetealgree car. Nice paint job.

  • a grey VW beetle, license SPYDRET with two fuzzy tennis-ball-sized stuffytoy spiders on the back ledge.

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Saturday August 4, 2007

Treasures 2007_31

Good heavens, of what uncostly material is our earthly happiness composed...
if we only knew it.
What incomes have we not had from a flower,
and how unfailing are the dividends of the seasons.
-- James Russell Lowell

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • A friend at work gave me a rootbeer barrel hard candy. Yummm. I haven't had one of those in a long time.

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Monday July 23, 2007

Treasures 2007_29

Anecdotes and maxims are rich treasures to the man of the world, for he knows how to introduce the former at fit place in conversation. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Coming HOME after a Terrible Horrible Awful No-Good Very Bad Day

  • "Mango Milkshake with Pearl" (bubble tea)

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Monday July 9, 2007

Treasures 2007_27

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy,
if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you,
if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand,
rejoice, for your soul is alive.
— Eleonora Duse

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

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Sunday July 1, 2007

Treasures 2007_26

That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest. -- Henry David Thoreau

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Warm soft heaps of fluff (two sleepy cats) in the screen room.

  • Sparrows living in the roof of the train station.

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Sunday June 24, 2007

Treasures 2007_25

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy,
while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.

-- John Muir

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Bebop and Squirrel, intent on a small moth that managed to get into their living room. Pounce!

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Saturday June 16, 2007

Treasures 2007_24

Develop an interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music — the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls, and interesting people.
— Henry Miller

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • A hawk, floating in the air, backstroking to hold position, watching for mice or lizards on the ground

  • An egret, standing alongside 280, craning his neck (is that almost a pun?)

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Sunday June 3, 2007

Treasures 2007_22

That we find a crystal or a poppy beautiful means that we are less alone, that we are more deeply inserted into existence than the course of a single life would lead us to believe. — John Berger, The Sense of Sight, 1980

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • A quiet 4-day holiday weekend.

  • Being buzzed by a dragonfly in the grocery store parking lot. I just love dragon flies.

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Saturday May 26, 2007

Treasures 2007_21

Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life. — Rachel Carson

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • My very best friend, Richard.

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Sunday May 20, 2007

Treasures 2007_20

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.

-- Cynthia Ozick

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • My Dad and Richard's Dad - each recently had surgery and both are recovering well.

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Saturday May 5, 2007

Treasures 2007_18

I long to put the experience of fifty years at once into your young lives,
to give you at once the key to that treasure chamber every gem of which
has cost me tears and struggles and prayers,
but you must work for these inward treasures yourselves.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Family - My parents, sister, and brother-in-law. Rich's Dad and stepmother, brother and sister-in-law, brother-in-law, and nieces.
    May those who are healthy remain so.
    May those experiencing setbacks conquer these without complications.
    May those facing surgery regain their health quickly and without difficulty.
    Virtual hugs are yours. We're thinking of you!

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Saturday April 28, 2007

Treasures 2007_17

Any man that walks the mead
In bud, or blade, or bloom, may find
A meaning suited to his mind.
— Alfred Tennyson

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • The bag of magnetic rocks Rich bought at The Tech museum.

  • a hummingbird, buzzing around the flowers on a small palm tree (outside the window at the chiropractor's office) - so close.

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Monday April 23, 2007

Treasures 2007_16

To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.
— Jane Austen

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Ravens in the nearby park, surfing the wind, obviously having a great time.

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Sunday April 15, 2007

Treasures 2007_15

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread,
places to play in and pray in,
where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.

-- John Muir

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • My new cubicle at the Job.

  • Watching each day get light earlier and stay light later. It's almost summer.

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Sunday April 8, 2007

Treasures 2007_13,14

We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has no superfluous parts; which exactly answers its end; which stands related to all things; which is the mean of many extremes.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • More spring flowers including some lovely pink carnation-like blossoms

  • A "conversation" with a teeny little bird, perhaps a type of Nuthatch? (chirp chirp)

  • Relaxing on the couch, covered in cats

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Sunday March 25, 2007

Treasures 2007_12

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
-- e e cummings

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Spring rain.

  • A hawk, drifting over the parking lot as I waited for my afternoon shuttle bus.

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Sunday March 18, 2007

Treasures 2007_11

Say "Yes" to the seedlings and a giant forest cleaves the sky.
Say "Yes" to the universe and the planets become your neighbors.
Say "Yes" to dreams of love and freedom.
It is the password to utopia.

— Brooks Atkinson, Once Around the Sun, 1951

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • DST

  • Spring smells! So delightful

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Sunday March 11, 2007

Treasures 2007_10

After all, I don't see why I am always asking for private, individual, selfish miracles
when every year there are miracles like white dogwood.

-- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Two woolly pompom dogs, waiting with their hooman in a car in front of Pet Club

  • A patch of yellow & orange daffodils, in the midst of a larger patch of California poppies

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Sunday March 4, 2007

Treasures 2007_09

Beauty is not caused. It is.
- Emily Dickinson

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Waking in the night to the sound of rain. Listening to the rain till I fell asleep again.

  • A nice soak in the hot tub.

  • Snow on the top of Mt. Hamilton (and Spring down here at sea level).

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Saturday February 24, 2007

Treasures 2007_08

Memories, important yesterdays, were once todays.
Treasure and notice today.

- Gloria Gaither

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • A Monday Holiday

  • A rainbow - seen and shared - north of the train station one morning. I stood and breathed chocolate and watched the rainbow.

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Sunday February 18, 2007

Treasures 2007_07

Medicine, law, business, engineering.
These are noble pursuits. And necessary to sustain life.
But poetry, beauty, romance, love.
These are what we stay alive for.

- Tom Schulman

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Geese! I saw a full V going by on Monday; only two today but close enough to see their black heads and white collars.

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Sunday February 11, 2007

Treasures 2007_06

Nature is man's teacher.
She unfolds her treasures to his search, unseals his eye,
illumes his mind, and purifies his heart;
an influence breathes from all the sights and sounds
of her existence.

— Alfred Billings Street

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Inhale! The train station has been redolent of chocolate this week, morning and afternoon. Breathe deeply. A fellow passenger said "Make you want a cookie...". That it does. Ahhhhhhh.

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Sunday February 4, 2007

Treasures 2007_05

A treasure is to be valued for its own sake and not for what it will buy.
- Graham Greene

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Guittard dark chocolate; a co-worker brought in a 10 lb bar to share!

  • Mini "two-bite" cupcakes - and sharing them with friends.

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Sunday January 28, 2007

Treasures 2007_04

Climb up on some hill at sunrise.
Everybody needs perspective once in a while,
and you'll find it there.

— Robb Sagendorph

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

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Sunday January 21, 2007

Treasures 2007_03

Plainness has its peculiar temptations quite as much as beauty.
-- George Eliot

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • A 3-day weekend

  • Bacon and eggs and sourdough toast; the toast just the way I like it, and everything Yummmmmmm.

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Sunday January 14, 2007

Treasures 2007_02

There is nothing in the world more peaceful than apple-leaves with an early moon.
— Alice Meynell

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • My fortune cookie: You find beauty in ordinary things. Do not lose this ability.

  • Naps and snuggle time with cats

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Saturday January 6, 2007

Treasures 2007_01

For memory has painted this perfect day
With colors that never fade,
And we find at the end of a perfect day
The soul of a friend we've made.

- Carrie Jacobs Bond

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • A tangerine sunrise

  • Lots of love from Bebop when I arrived home after my first full day at the Job after a long wfh/holiday period. (I missed you. Hug me!)

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Saturday November 4, 2006

Treasures 2006_44

I'll tell you how the sun rose a ribbon at a time.
— Emily Dickinson

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Interesting dreams

  • Tiramisu with chocolate chunks

  • Snuggles with kitties

  • Rich coming home from an out-of-town trip

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Saturday October 28, 2006

Treasures 2006_43

Everybody needs his memories.
They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.

-- Saul Bellow

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • A "cream puff" 1955 Pontiac California Cruiser, creamy white over robin's egg blue. Gorgeous.

  • The smell of autumn leaves

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Friday October 20, 2006

Treasures 2006_42

There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect.
-- Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Enlarging my quote collection.

  • Writing a Perl script to give me a random email signature.

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Saturday October 14, 2006

Treasures 2006_41

To find the universal elements enough;
to find the air and the water exhilarating;
to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter;
to be thrilled by the stars at night;
to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring -
these are some of the rewards of the simple life.

— John Burroughs

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Pumpkin patch - an "aerial" view of a pumpkin sales lot, as seen from the passing train. All those bright orange pumpkins, gleaming roundly.

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Saturday October 7, 2006

Treasures 2006_40

The most beautiful view is the one I share with you.
-- Author Unknown

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

    Sld
  • The Suspicious Looking Device

  • A black Scion xB with electric blue pinstriping. Ooooh! What color would look good with maroon?

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Friday September 29, 2006

Treasures 2006_39

In every man's heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty.
-- Christopher Morley

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • A thin crescent moon over the ridge

  • A tangerine sun, rising over the Bay - a bright orange disk above a pinkish orange layer, not so bright that we couldn't look at it. Awesome.

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Friday September 22, 2006

Treasures 2006_38

If we shall take the good we find, asking no questions,
we shall have heaping measures.

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

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Friday September 15, 2006

Treasures 2006_37

It is in his pleasure that a man really lives;
it is from his leisure that he constructs the true fabric of self.

— Agnes Repplier

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Getting over a cold (yech!)

  • I think my toe has finally healed!

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Friday September 8, 2006

Treasures 2006_36

It's surprising how much memory is built around things unnoticed at the time.
-- Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • A Hello Kitty doll in full kimono, perched on the dashboard of a car parked next to me. I want one! (and I found one on eBay!)

  • A brown, tan, and cream striped moth, quite handsomely colored

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Saturday September 2, 2006

Treasures 2006_35

If eyes were made for seeing, then beauty is its own excuse for being.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Dragonflies, floating above the sidewalk.

  • Almond Snickers bars

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Sunday August 27, 2006

Treasures 2006_34

Anything in any way beautiful derives its beauty from itself
and asks nothing beyond itself.
Praise is no part of it,
for nothing is made worse or better by praise.

-- Marcus Aurelius

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • A goofy grape graffito - a large purple blob with goofy eyes and fangy teeth in a big grin; seen from the train

  • A 19-early automobile, obviously well loved, painted a bright steel blue

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Saturday August 19, 2006

Treasures 2006_33

It is singular how soon we lose the impression of
what ceases to be constantly before us.
A year impairs, a luster obliterates.
There is little distinct left without an effort of memory,
then indeed the lights are rekindled for a moment - but
who can be sure that the Imagination is not the torch-bearer?

-- Lord Byron

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • A cute little mop dog in the car parked next to ours. What adorable ears!

  • The white shirt with a strawberry plant design a woman was wearing in our local diner. There was a ladybug (as big as the strawberry!) on the leaf.

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Saturday August 12, 2006

Treasures 2006_32

You will find something more in woods than in books.
Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters.

— St. Bernard

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Saturday! All day at home! Nowhere to go. Nothing pressing to do. And Saturday is more relaxing when I work from home the preceding Friday.

  • The 3-storey Apple logos on the sides of Moscone West, in SF, for this week's Developer's conference.
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Saturday August 5, 2006

Treasures 2006_31

Heaven is under our feet, as well as over our heads.
-- Henry David Thoreau

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Bright red and yellow watermelons, sliced in halves and quarters, on display at the grocery store.

  • Cool breezes.

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Saturday July 29, 2006

Treasures 2006_30

To be a soulful person means to go against all the pervasive,
prove-yourself values of our culture and instead
treasure what is unique and internal and valuable
in yourself and your own personal evolution.

-- Jean Shinoda Bolen

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • A musical tattoo - a young man at the BART station with a staff of musical notes tattooed on his upper arm.

  • Two ducks flying over as the shuttle drove away from the Workplace.

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Saturday July 22, 2006

Treasures 2006_29

When you have only two pennies left in the world,
buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.

-- Chinese Proverb

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Sign on a garage in Palo Alto: No parking except for wagons with horses

  • Ground squirrels playing tag on the Stanford campus

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Saturday July 15, 2006

Treasures 2006_28

My own understanding is the sole treasure I possess, and the greatest. Though infinitely small and fragile in comparison with the powers of darkness, it is still a light, my only light.
-- Carl Gustav Jung

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Four mousies at the feeder! Three little ones and a bug one.

  • Bright yellow flowers on tall stalks... most interesting looking.

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Saturday July 8, 2006

Treasures 2006_27

I don't like standard beauty - there is no beauty without strangeness.
-- Karl Lagerfeld

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Sidewalk graffiti in SF - "igneous rocks!"

  • Fireworks

  • A FOUR-day weekend (and only a 3-day work week). I got almost caught up and reasonably relaxed.

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Saturday July 1, 2006

Treasures 2006_26

Memory is the treasurer of the mind.
-- Anonymous

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Meeting a handsome, sleek, black short-haird kitty named Enders. I think Enders has some Siamese in his ancestry. He had a great profile. He was most curious and sociable.
  • Exploring the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park - all sorts of nifty tropical plants, huge pitcher plants, bright flowers, blooming water lilies, mosses, and ferns. The current special exhibition is the butterfly room where we were constantly accosted by gently fluttering flutterbies.

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Friday June 23, 2006

Treasures 2006_25

Our treasure lies in the beehive of our knowledge.
We are perpetually on the way thither,
being by nature winged insects and honey gatherers of the mind.

-- Friedrich Nietzsche

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • SATURDAY. Cats in my office. No job to go to. Nothing required of me.

  • Catching up — on my email, the comics, my Journal, my weblog, my sleep!

  • Napping with Squirrel.

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Friday June 16, 2006

Treasures 2006_24

Sit quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.
-- Anonymous

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • A horse, with jockey, rounding the track at Bay Meadows as I went past on the train.

  • The Jacaranda trees in bloom in Mountain View in a profusion of purple.

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Saturday June 10, 2006

Treasures 2006_23

For those who are willing to make an effort,
great miracles and wonderful treasures are in store.

-- Isaac Bashevis Singer

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Der Feedermaus (nose twitching)

  • Our reconditioned flying gargoyle; Rich did a terrific repair job!

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Saturday June 3, 2006

Treasures 2006_22

Memory is history recorded in our brain;
memory is a painter, it paints pictures of the past and of the day.

-- Anna Mary Robertson Moses

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • A beautifully maintained 1931 Chrysler sedan (model unknown).

  • Reading an excellent and well-crafted book.

  • Cinnamon toast.

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Saturday May 27, 2006

Treasures 2006_21

I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.

-- Lao Tzu

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Sighting a ground Squirrel sitting on the fence as I drove through Palo Alto.

  • Snuggling with Bebop (his paws on my shoulder ala Kilroy).

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Saturday May 20, 2006

Treasures 2006_20

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.
-- Chinese Proverbs

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • A good dinner, shared with Rich's Dad and Stepmother (who were passing through SF). Phyllo, spinach quiche, and my favorite datil...

  • A bright magenta car

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Saturday May 13, 2006

Treasures 2006_19

The happiness that is genuinely satisfying
is accompanied by the fullest exercise of our faculties
and the fullest realization
of the world in which we live.

— Bertrand Russell

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Playing "monster in a cave" with Raven.

  • Squirrel slept on my lap - twice! At one point I had Squirrel and Bebop both melted on my lap as I sat on the couch.

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Saturday May 6, 2006

Treasures 2006_18

Develop an interest in life as you see it;
the people, things, literature, music —
the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures,
beautiful souls and interesting people.
Forget yourself.

-- Henry Miller

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Someone test-driving a burgundy Scion XB just as I drove past the dealership. I hope they like it as much as I did when we did the test drive!

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Saturday April 29, 2006

Treasures 2006_17

One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song,
read a good poem, see a fine picture,
and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.

-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Squirrel and Raven (Happy Anniversaries!)

  • Wisteria (alongside a house I drove past)

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Saturday April 22, 2006

Treasures 2006_16

Memory... is the diary that we all carry about with us.
-- Oscar Wilde

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • A mostly sunny week

  • Bebop raptly listening to mousies at the feeder

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Saturday April 15, 2006

Treasures 2006_15

The sense of smell can be extraordinarily evocative,
bringing back pictures as sharp as photographs of scenes
that had left the conscious mind.


-- Thalassa Cruso,

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Delightful scents wafting from an outlet of "The Body Shop" in San Francisco — citrus overlaid with spice and a hint of chocolate. Inhale. Breathe. Ahhhhh.

  • An interview in SF and a call from a recruiter (who put my name in for another position).

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Saturday April 8, 2006

Treasures 2006_14

To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye,
to restore it, and to render it the more fit
for its prime function of looking forward.

-- Margaret Fairless Barber

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • A Sunny day!

  • Huge tulips, almost as big as my two cupped hands, in front of a local restaurant

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Saturday April 1, 2006

Treasures 2006_13

The two offices of memory are collection and distribution.
-- Samuel Johnson

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Another mousie (wood rat) in the bird feeder (munch munch)

  • A little girl's umbrella, bright green with stick-up cloth "eyes" and a painted mouth. I asked her if her frog liked the rain and she said I was silly.

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Saturday March 25, 2006

Treasures 2006_12

What we remember from childhood we remember forever —
permanent ghosts, stamped, inked, imprinted, eternally seen.

-- Cynthia Ozick

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Two mule deer near the walking trail

  • Bright orange California poppies, soaking up sunshine

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Saturday March 18, 2006

Treasures 2006_11

Memory: a child walking along a seashore. You never can tell what small pebble it will pick up and store away among its treasured things.
-- Pierce Harris

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • A rainbow over the Bay

  • "Kitty TV" (The PG&E crew was replacing a transformer on the pole across the street. Raven was watching attentively.)

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Saturday March 11, 2006

Treasures 2006_10

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so.
-- Mary Jean Iron

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Pepperidge Farm peach turnovers; Haagen Dazs Vanilla Swiss Almond ice cream

  • More white lilac blossoms

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Saturday March 4, 2006

Treasures 2006_09

A moment lasts all of a second, but the memory lives on forever.
-- Anonymous

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • A nifty small museum I walked through in a dream. It was especially neat because I knew I was dreaming, so I was amused and pleased by what "I" put in the room.

  • Naps with the kitties. Squirrel holding my arm. Bebop pillowed on my head. Mez against my leg. Raven did his nap with me sepPURRately; he got belly rubs.

  • Purple finches with bright red heads

  • The white lilac is blooming

  • Another (short) hail storm. Watching ice marbles bouncing in the street. Listening to the racket on the roof.

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Saturday February 25, 2006

Treasures 2006_08

Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.
-- Confucius

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Hail (pea-sized) bouncing on the roof of the house next door, clattering against our windows, gathering in the grass. An unseasonable storm — fun to watch from cover!

  • A full-bow rainbow, after the storm

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Saturday February 18, 2006

Treasures 2006_07

For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it.
-- Ivan Panin

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • A contrail, slicing diagonally across a cloudy sky (quite impressive)

  • A big fat yellow moon rising over the Bay

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Saturday February 11, 2006

Treasures 2006_06

The past is what you remember, imagine you remember, convince yourself you remember, or pretend you remember.
-- Harold Pinter

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • A pair of redtailed hawks floating overhead, catching an updraft

  • Cocktail shrimp (all I could eat :-)

  • A positive (I think!) job interview, followed by a request for references. This is good, yes?

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Saturday February 4, 2006

Treasures 2006_05

Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us.
-- Oscar Wilde

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week. This week I even have photos!

  • The large (pint) jars of pickled ginger on each table at a Japanese restaurant we passed (we should try this place!)

  • Three Great Egrets sighted standing alongside along HWY 280 (as we were driving down the Peninsula). [photo; the photo is from the web, taken of an actual Stanford egret, but not by me.]

  • Ground squirrels on the Stanford campus

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Saturday January 28, 2006

Treasures 2006_04

Memory is the treasure house of the mind wherein the monuments thereof are kept and preserved.
-- Thomas Fuller

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Pink blossoms on an ornamental plum tree. Spring is coming early!

  • A blue sunny shiny gorgeous early almost-spring day

  • Turkey sandwiches on fresh sourdough bread with mayo and cranberry sauce

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Saturday January 21, 2006

Treasures 2006_03

The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.
-- Albert Einstein

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Sparks in the Dark! - stroking sparks from Raven's fur in the middle of the night

  • Krispy Kreme pumpkin spice cake donuts (they freeze/thaw out well :-)

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Friday January 13, 2006

Treasures 2006_02

Learning is a weightless treasure you always carry easy.
-- Chinese Proverbs

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • A rainbow on a sprizzly day

  • A woman in the Post Office with a faux fur handbag (all it needed were googly eyes :-)

  • The grocery store checker's lilt, as she counted back my ATM cash - twainty fairty sixty ...

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Saturday January 7, 2006

Treasures 2006_01

We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they're called memories. Some take us forward, they're called dreams.
-- Jeremy Irons

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Fireworks displays welcoming the New Year.

  • Cinnamon- and nutmeg-tinted carrot cake

  • Our new 2006 calendars - cartoon dogs, wild cats, colorful songbirds, flowers, ...

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Saturday December 31, 2005

Treasures 2005_52

The greatest treasures are those invisible to the eye but found by the heart.
-- Anonymous

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Meeting two cute doglets — a woolly black mop dog and a Brussels Griffon

  • A perfect Calla Lily

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Saturday December 24, 2005

Treasures 2005_51

Memories are the treasures that we keep locked deep within the storehouse of our souls, to keep our hearts warm when we are lonely.
-- Becky Aligada

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Dog is their copilot - a big white dog in the front passenger seat of a car in the shopping center lot

  • White lights and red balls - the Holiday decorations at Pasta Pomodoro

  • Urban art - trompe l'oeil palm trees, people, and clouds on the side of a multi-storey building in Mountain View

  • Squirrel by my side as I type. "It's snack time. I love you."

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Saturday December 17, 2005

Treasures 2005_50

Time and memory are true artists; they remould reality nearer to the heart's desire.
-- John Dewey

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Nifty "casual" fonts. I found a new one for my Journal.

  • Another great catnap: Raven on the left, Squirrel on the right, Mez by my leg, Bebop on my chest. Purrrrr.

  • Rain

  • A fat full moon, up during the part of the evening when I'm up

  • Turkey sandwiches on fresh sourdough bread

  • FINALLY getting over my cold and the follow-on cough!

  • A response to one of the job applications I sent in, asking about a possible interview on Monday...

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Friday December 9, 2005

Treasures 2005_49

Beauty is not caused. It is.
-- Emily Dickinson

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • A brilliantly clear, sparkling, rain-washed day

  • A short walk along the upper trail. Lots of little brown birds. Lots of ducks on the water. Evidence of a gopher - a wiggling plant stalk! And once again, someone has decorated one of the pine trees for Xmas.

  • A 2 mile walk on the lower trail. Deer spotted by the road on the drive down and again on the way back. Lots of scrub jays and little brown birds along the trail. Seagulls on the lake. Also three bunnies (two chasing each other) and a Steller's Jay!

  • Snuggling with my huggybear, Bebop, under the covers before getting up in the morning.

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Saturday December 3, 2005

Treasures 2005_48

Success, happiness, peace of mind and fulfillment - the most priceless of human treasures - are available to all among us, without exception, who make things happen - who make "good" things happen - in the world around them.
-- Joe Klock

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • A checker at the hardware store with hair reminiscent of macrame - many tiny little braids, every other strand bleached, so they were contrasting tan and dark brown. These were tight to her scalp until the back where all the tiny braids had been gathered into one large French braid. Most compelling.

  • Little brown birds in front of Starbucks, snacking on the crumbs from a muffin paper discarded on the sidewalk.

  • Lucid dreaming - great production values :-) Lots of scenery, big sets. Such fun to know I'm dreaming and just look around and appreciate the surroundings. All I really remember after waking is traveling (in some unknown conveyance) past a neighborhood of Victorian houses. One in particular was striking, painted a base color of eggplant purple so dark as to be almost black, with lavender trim.

  • Snuggling into bed with Bebop nestled on my arm - not a common occurrence. A warm soft teddycat is so nice to hug and hold.

  • HOO Hoo hoo - the owls are back in the park across the street

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Saturday November 26, 2005

Treasures 2005_47

Memory is the library of the mind.
-- Francis Fauvel-Gourand

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Moonlight casting a path on the Bay

  • Rich, bringing me a glass of juice when I have a cold

  • My cat family, purring around me

  • A couple more naps with Raven

  • Watching a movie with Bebop

  • Mezzaluna curled on my chest, purring

  • Squirrel next to me on the back of the couch

  • Rain on the roof

  • A blackbird taking a bath in a puddle

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Saturday November 19, 2005

Treasures 2005_46

Souvenirs are perishable; fortunately, memories are not.
-- Susan Spano

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Yes, the rest of the carton of eggs is all double-yolked too!

  • Our beef veggie soup recipe. Yummmm.

  • Relaxing on the couch, surrounded by cats.

  • People flying kites along the ocean beach

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Saturday November 12, 2005

Treasures 2005_45

We live only to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting.
-- Kahlil Gibran

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • A double yolk in my breakfast egg. Then - another double yolk in the second!

  • Two small groups of mule deer, seen on our drive down the Peninsula and into Stanford.

  • Lots of fat and happy ground squirrels on the Stanford campus.

  • Two more double-yolked eggs a few days later. (I wonder if this whole carton is double-yolked?)

  • Dark Chocolate

  • A thunderstorm, at least half an hour in duration, with plenty of lightning!

  • Sharing a dark-chocolate covered Cherry Garcia ice cream-on-a-stick with Rich

  • Cats sprawled around the living room. Furry tummies upwards.

  • Waking up to kitties. Falling asleep with kitties.

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Friday November 4, 2005

Treasures 2005_44

A smile happens in a flash, but its memory can last a lifetime.
-- Anonymous

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Frankenblimp. A very cute inflatable Frankenstein's monster at the door into the hardware store. He had little beady eyes (and very close together too). His bolts were at ear level instead of on his neck. He was holding a paper spider from each green hand.

  • All the children (and adults) in costume at the Berkely/Oakland Halloween day on College Ave

  • Chocolate. The Scharffen Berger factory, redolent of chocolate.

  • The hawk, again in the back 40 but closer this time. He's very handsome when he's not wet :) Bebop saw it. Ckckckckck!

  • Nuthatches at the feeder. So cute, especially when they go "upside down".

  • A fuzzy, frisky, 14-week old Pomeranian puppy, out for a Walk with his People!

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Friday October 28, 2005

Treasures 2005_43

I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.
-- Alice Walker

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Two ravens (of the avian variety) sitting on the end of a high pine bough, GRONKing.

  • Several walks along our lovely local trails, under blue sky with puffy clouds.
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Saturday October 22, 2005

Treasures 2005_42

Heaven does not leave a person without a path to their destination.
-- Chinese Proverb

When one door closes, another opens.
-- Proverb

That may be true, but the hallways in between can really get you down...
-- Anonymous

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • A bright patch of California poppies

  • Cottony fog over the soccer field at the school nearby

  • My most supportive and wonderful sweetie Richard, backing me up, reviewing my memos, keeping my spirits alive, and simply Being There as my job unravels and blows away on an unforseen wind.

  • Supportive and positive feedback from my co-workers

  • Retaining my honor and my professional integrity as I unknowingly walk Though the Looking Glass

  • Knowing that I tried, I'm still trying, and whether I succeed or fail, in the end I can hold my head up.

  • Being able to take pride in a job well done

  • Positive thoughts: Look for the silver lining

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Saturday October 15, 2005

Treasures 2005_41

Always remember to slow down in life; live, breathe, and learn; take a look around you whenever you have time and never forget everything and every person that has the least place within your heart.
-- Anonymous

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Hugs and snuggles from my four kitty friends.

  • My new monitor arm (which concerned me at first but, as I had hoped, once I got it installed aand got used to it, it's really quite grand).

  • My wonderful sweetie, Richard, giving me hugs and talking me through a serious upset at the Job.

  • Sawyer Camp Trail along Crystal Springs reservoir - a refreshing and soothing walk when I needed it most.

  • A gorgeous, sunny, near-perfect day. Just a little haze in the distance. A lovely day for a drive.

  • Dinner with friends.

  • Three raccoons on the sunroom roof, walking back and forth, nosing about. There was enough moonlight to see them very clearly from below.

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Friday October 7, 2005

Treasures 2005_40

Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
-- Franz Kafka

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Birds chirping in the bushes, singing on the telephone wires. Pigeons walking on the sunroom roof, entertaining the cats

  • Crystalline days. Not too warm The setting sun glinting off of windows along the ridge in the East Bay. Mount Diablo arising above the early morning fog layer.

  • Family rituals. Crunchy mornings. Mezzaluna lying on my chest when I go to bed. Bebop "up close and personal" with Rich and me at meal time. Raven reminding me, as I put on my shoes to go out, that I'm supposed to stay at HOME. Squirrel patting my arm at 10pm - It's time to stop typing. It's snack time!

  • Fridays. Weekend rituals. Brunch at Joe's. Splitting an omelette.. Eggs Florentine. Napping with the cats.

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Friday September 30, 2005

Treasures 2005_39

Expect the unexpected or you won't find it, because it doesn't leave a trail.
-- Heraclitus

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Squirrel waking me up in the morning, licking my fingers

  • A small woolly dog at the hardware store - his entire body was as woolly as Squirrel's rear end.

  • Officially sat on by a cat - Bebop gave the OK to our new photocopier

  • Rob & Barbara Dicely of Leopards, Etc,, along with Nakuru (serval), Ashakiran (snow leopard), Shoshone (young cougar), Oksana (Siberian lynx), and Kamau (cheetah). I wish we could bring Wild Cat Adventure to your area.

  • The "flying chili peppers" in the trompe l'oeil mural at Andale' Taqueria

  • The mesquite chicken salad (also at Andale')

  • Discovering new features I didn't know were available in one of my favorite (Mac) applications (Circus Ponies NoteBook).

  • A snuggly nap with Raven. These are getting to be a regular occurrence!

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Friday September 23, 2005

Treasures 2005_38

It is therefore necessary that memorable things should be committed to writing, (the witness of times, the light and the life of truth,) and not wholly be taken [i.e., committed] to slippery memory which seldom yields a certain reckoning.
-- Edward Coke

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Waking to Bebop walking on my chest, then settling in for a good long cuddle

  • A giant blood-orange moon rising over the Bay.

  • More peaches, so juicy, so sweet

  • Carrot cake

  • Raven wrapping himself around my ankle as I was getting dressed

  • Raccoon footprints on the sunroom roof

  • Fresh cinnamon bread. Cinnamon toast. The company break room redolent with cinnamon.

  • The smell of fresh basil as I walked through the produce dept. in the grocery store.

  • Naked Lady lilies still blooming profusely in front of a house down the street

  • A long snugglenap with Raven

  • Crispy onion rings

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Friday September 16, 2005

Treasures 2005_37

What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what sort of person you are.
-- C. S. Lewis

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Feeding ducks with the bread left from our dinner (one of the restaurants we like is on a canal).

  • An amusing newspaper article typo, discussing
    "... the feral government..."

  • Naked eucalyptus trees, so funny: pink and smooth.

  • A ten-foot tall hollyhock stalk rising over a neighbor's fence, 5 pink blossoms at the very top. Rich and I looked at it and decided it wanted Sun!

  • A perfect magenta bougainvillea blossom, found on the sidewalk.

  • Making PHP do what I want it to do.

  • A thundering herd of woodrat on the sunroom roof. That's singular, one woodrat; how can one little mousie make so much noise?

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Friday September 9, 2005

Treasures 2005_36

Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise.
-- George Washington Carver

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Woodrats scampering on the sunroom roof, running up and down the window screens. One woodrat in the screen again. He didn't mind the flashlight and he was oh so cute with big ears.

  • Roast pork sandwiches with tomato and red onion

  • Garlic

  • Another four-day work week.

  • Tree squirrels noshing at the feeder.

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Saturday September 3, 2005

Treasures 2005_35

Can you see the holiness in those things you take for granted -- a paved road or a washing machine? If you concentrate on finding what is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.
-- Rabbi Harold Kushner

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Late afternoon sunlight illuminating buildings by the Bay as the fog comes in over the water.

  • A warm day with a stunning clear view over the Bay. I could actually make out some of the larger buildings on the Oakland side. It was simply a gorgeous, crystalline scene.

  • Appreciating my computer all the more, now that it's working reliably again!

  • Good authors and good books, Think what the world would have been like without the printing press, the increase in literacy, and more recently, the paperback book. Read a Book Today!

  • Sleeping kitties - upside down tummy up; swirled in kitty cups; sogged on the cabinet; curled on the bed...

  • Mezzaluna sleeping by my arm. As I type, I reach over and rub her head.

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Friday August 26, 2005

Treasures 2005_34

The diversity of the phenomena of nature is so great, and the treasures hidden in the heavens so rich, precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment.
-- Johannes Kepler

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Having the network back after a weekend of problems!

  • Snuggling in for a nap with Raven, rubbing his tummy...

  • Fog drifting over the Bay

  • A big yellow moon, slightly lopsided

  • New quotes for my collection

  • Scottish accents :-)

  • Peaches, at the peak of perfection!

  • A pigeon and a grey squirrel at the feeder - pigeon outside the barrier, flapping; squirrel inside the barrier, munching. "Nyah nyah!"

  • Learning cool new tricks with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

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Monday August 22, 2005

Weekly Wrap-up 2005__33

The weather was foggy a lot. Weird summer we're having.


On Monday, there was an adorable toddler puppy in the bank when I went in to make some deposits. His human had brought him in - too young to stay out front! I think this puppy might grow up to be a Golden retriever but right now he's just a puppy.


Another bank (from which I have a line of credit) has changed their statement system. To make it work better for them (emphasis on "them") they added 6 digits to the front of my account number. It now looks like a credit card number.

Unfortunately, it looks so much like a MasterCard number that their statement calculating program treated it like a MasterCard - including different rates for purchases vs cash advances and higher rates over all. ...
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Friday August 19, 2005

Treasures 2005_33