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I gave myself a small gift today.

Posted by debraroby on June 30, 2005

It’s warm and sunny today (well, ofcourse!!). And high tide near me was about 8:30 am. So just after 9 I packed the dogs into the pupmobile and headed to Pt. Pinole. (I’m sure I mentioned this park before. it is NOT the dog park… it’s a gorgeous point of land with lots of water front and trees and stuff.). We all really like this park.

We walked 1 mile to the north of the parking lot, to a very private deserted beach. Good thing, probably, and the dogs sensed the final destination and started jogging the last 1/4 mile… disappearing completely ahead of me. These dogs and swimming…

The water was calm and cool, the breeze light. I removed my sandals and did a little splashing of my own while the dogs swam after tennis balls. We kept this up until the seams on both balls popped and the balls sunk into the bay.

The only noise was my own voice. When I could shut myself up, I was really existing in the moment. Just aware of the sun, breeze, water, the dogs splashing in the bay. It was calming and restorative.

I’m thinking that we might return tomorrow morning. If I plan ahead, I can bring a book and a snack (or lunch), and wear a pair of shorts under my sweats. Spend a couple hours out there just taking it in.

Now we’re home, and the pooped pups will sleep the rest of the day. After I finish some lunch, I’ll sew more on eucalyptus, and maybe finish up another skirt.

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What Does Your Birthdate Mean?

Posted by debraroby on June 30, 2005

Your Birthdate: June 30
Your birthday on the 30th day of the month shows individual self-expression is necessary for your happiness.

You tend to have a good way of expressing yourself with words, certainly in a manner that is clear and understandable.

You have a good chance of success in fields requiring skill with words.

You can be very dramatic in your presentation and you may be a good actor or a natural mimic.

You have a vivid imagination that can assist you in becoming a good writer or story-teller.

Strong in your opinions, you always tend to think you are on the right side of an issue.

There may be a tendency to scatter your energies and have a lot of loose ends in your work.

You may have significant artistic talent and be very creative.

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I thought I’d share…

Posted by debraroby on June 29, 2005

So Monday night we were discussing something that was particularly not nice. Like really really sucky…

And a friend who reads this blog regularly and I started thinking how to encorporate the level of sucking in what we were discussing (is it remarkable that I remember the level of suckage but not the cause of the suckage??).

We decided that it either sucked sucked bilgewater toast on rocks… or sucked rocks on toast through bilgewater… or something like that. Maybe it wasn’t worth mentioning…

If you totally don’t get this, then you need read my blog more often.

On another note, my husband has these coffee cans that hold “attachment items”, similar to the button boxes in sewing rooms. One has nails, one has bolts and washers… some of which actually go together (but are not as yet joined together), two have screws… which do not obviously differentiate by either size or function. So you can find machine screws and wood screws in either containter (I think). You can definately find straight blade heads and phillips heads together. FWIW.

Today I was fixing my Bissell floor cleaner and lost 2 of the machine screws to put it back together. With his collection, you’d think it would be easy to find appropriate replacements… just go to garage, dump the can and scrounge.

Nope.

Go to the garage (the cleaner was out on the deck where there’s good light), sort through one can, find one screw that might work. Put it all back, and sort through the second can (remember there are two unlabelled cans of screws)… find a couple more that might work. Back out to the deck, where I try appropriate screws A, too thin, B, too thick, C too long… D, the wrong sized head. Back for trial #2.

After 3 trips back and forth I finally decided that the 2 (which don’t match because although he has about 9700 screws the ones I want are always singles…) I have in there are just gonna work! And I think I put about 500 steps on my pedometer achieving this simple thing.

Are our button boxes as inefficient? If I went into mine to find a white shirt button with 4 holes in it, would it be this hard? Go check your button boxes and report back.

If I ever develop an illness that requires me to sit all day long basically resting, I may dedicate myself to sorting out those stupid cans. I’m sure putting them all in a different kind of organizer would be more efficient.

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Time for a look at my gardens.

Posted by debraroby on June 29, 2005

OK, I’ve figured this out. Pictures = comments. SO…It’s been a few weeks since I’ve shown you my flower gardens. Time to catch up!!

This is the shrub border next to the house. Notice the hydrageas in full bloom. Also notice that I have no front yard. Well, this sideyard IS my front yard…

One of the bushes starting to bloom. Do you think my soil is alkaline enough?? Look at how pink these are.

A closeup of one bloom. It’s as big as my hand!! And note the sad thing: it’s June and I’m still wearing polarfleece.

The terraced butterfly/hummer garden. This is Salvia, white Lantana, and a new blue plant (so I’ve forgotton it’s type).

Lantana and Lavender.

A red ornamental grass. It really moves in the wind around here.

A species buddliea bloom.

And they say you can’t grow rhubarb in California! Luckily I have just the right conditions for it to grow. And I remember to pick enough for about 3 pies before it gets too dry and fiberous to use. Posted by Hello

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Working…

Posted by debraroby on June 28, 2005

I’ve been working on Eucalyptus for a week, attaching the leaves that go on over the quilting.

I’ve decided I need to enter this quilt into something where it will win me a sewing machine… one that cuts the bobbin thread. Imagine sewing oh…100 3-5″ long leaves (maybe 1/2″ wide)… and then having to go back and trim all that friggin bobbin thread off the back. And no.. ain’t no way I’m gonna flip the whole thing over to cut the bobbin thread every time I sew one leaf on…

Today I’m was going to drive up to Gerrie and Diane’s group, the Pointless Sisters, in Santa Rosa. It’s just over an hour each way, which is a bit of a pain… but when I went last month, I smiled all the way home. Unfortunately, I overslept. I’m always up by 7 am., but the dogs let me sleep until almost 8. And to get to this meeting, I have to leave by 8:30. Now way I can feed the dogs, shower, dress, eat, check my blogs and emails, and get this all done before 8:30. So it looks like I won’t make the meeting today. Guess I’ll go pick up the art supplies I wanted to get instead.

Monday night is my get together with my friends the Pickles. At one point, we were talking about menopause and periods… Some of us are almost through menopause.. and the younger women are just starting to get their first symptoms. So we can all share. One friend and I have pretty much matched our symptoms all along the last few years. We’re about the same age, so not very surprising… but… here’s the real surprise. We found out we both started getting periods on the same day: the Beatles’ second appearance on the Ed Sullivan show.

How freaky is that???

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Home Improvement Finished.

Posted by debraroby on June 27, 2005

Remember when I showed this view a couple weeks ago, and mentioned that it was going to change with a redwood shade cover?

Well take a look now:Here is the change in the view. Posted by Hello

It’s a dramatic but small change. However, that part of the house seems to stay in shade now until late in the day, so it should result in a cooler house from this summer on.

Now, I have morning glory vines (annuals) in pots by the posts. Do I have to attach them to the posts for them to climb up it? Or will they hold on their own?

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