There's rosemary, that's for remembrance.
William Shakespeare: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark



Tuesday, May 27, 2008

California is......

......time spent on the freeways.....

...high gas prices that had reached $4.15 on Sunday the 25th...


.......about a father and his youngest daughter....

.....a much loved daughter and grandson..... ......a granddaughter that likes Hip Hop dancing....
.....a grandson with his proud dad and papa laughing.....


......a granddaughter that writes God Bless You on special cards.....



....a daughter that has achieved a college degree.....
....an adorable grandson with his not girlfriend.......


...a handsome grandson with his for sure girlfriend.....
....a son in law that makes me laugh and loves my daughter beyond words.....
....a beautiful daughter with her son.....
....a grandson taking pictures of his Gigi taking pictures...WAIT JUST ONE MINUTE! Is that a tattoo???? on his arm?


.......a little grandson that is like sunshine.....

....a sweet granddaughter that loves gymnastics and Gigi....and violets....
....a handsome son and a beautiful daughter in law.....
.......where I used to live.....a house that we sold for $181K in 1998 is now listed for $525K......

......where I first worked as a nurse......a long time ago.......


....where family lunches can be more fun than I thought.......
.......what I leave behind and come back to Idaho and a yard full of these.......



....and grass that has lovely patches of these......



....and five of these.......


....yup, I am home....at least in the house where I live. I miss my kids and grand kids a lot. Sometimes I wish I had never left smoggy, crowded, crazy California where those that I love the most are......

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Vroom, vroom, boom...and why small town living can be wonderful!

For the last 23 years the third weekend in May has been the time for Lost in the 50's in Sandpoint. Word has it three local women came up with the idea to have a little parade with a 50's theme that belonged to Sandpoint only. It was to be a small rally followed by a street dance. Officials gave permission for that first shindig and no one could foresee what was to follow. Lost in the 50's as turned into a HUGE event with people and their cars coming from all over the U.S and Canada to be in the parade. Some are trying to sell their classic cars but everyone is here really just to have a good time.....their 15 minutes to be cool again.


There is still a street dance after the parade, then on Saturday most of the streets in town are closed and all of the cars are on display. Then a concert of 50's musical stars on Saturday night and an aspirin car rally on Sunday. Just fun, fun, fun, a time to see old friends, catch some rays if the sun is out and it was and sing along to the music blasting over big speakers from the local radio station KPND.

Here are the original founders......

....having as much fun this year as they did the first year.
An old Priest River police car....
...and Sandpoint's finest in new rigs. They opened the parade.
Lookie here...a hood ornament.
Katie, our former neighbor was there..she's the blond in white.

This cute little yellow thing is a Subaru, the Official Car of North Idaho as opposed to Northern Idaho (we consider our part of Idaho as a separate State).
Some cars did this when their engines were roaring.
She was supposedly driving but I managed to miss her head so maybe she was really a man. She's obviously self appointed.....Northern Idaho; really now.
Wait Just A Minute!!! Is that Jerry Garcia? Holy Moley, I think it is!!!
An old fire truck filled with Pipers, Drummers and dogs in the back.


Steve likes Chevy's....in yellow....
....and red.....
...and cars with painted flames....
...and old taxis too.
Some one had to throw a little dirt around.

There were quite a few of the requisite Poodle Skirts.
A few football jocks had to get in on the fun.
I'm thinkin' several future Miss Idaho contestants in this car!
And in the end a good time was had by all.

We fly out Monday so this will be my last post for about a week....enjoy the weather everyone...SPRING IS HERE AND SUMMER IS RIGHT ON HER HEELS.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Of grandpa's and uncles

I found a few more (really small) old pictures. The first one is of my grandfather Salvatore Bordonoro! He is the man in the hat. In order to sound more "American" he butchered his last name by cutting the onoro off and adding a vowel and a Y.

The second picture is of my Uncle Pete, my dad's brother. He was a short, bald, portly man when I knew him. He looks pretty jaunty in this picture.



Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Just ......whatever.....

1. What is wrong with blogger; again? I started reading blogs and could leave comments on maybe 4 blogs. I don't turn the computer on for a few days and look what happens. My computer forgets what to do!!!

Second. It is officially spring.

Three. I've not got much to post about.


Guido discovers the ceiling fan....it was turning, he jumped and landed on his fat butt almost crashing on my cheesy power drill! That's Sophie in the window napper.

The first flower of spring.....a dandelion. Flower or weed...it's all in the eye!!!!!

Since we still have snow on the ground and it is around 35 in the morning....we thought we would start one of those indoor-pot-garden-transplant-thingies. We have a few sprouts and one leafy thing....I say thing because we didn't mark what we put in which pot....could be an onion, a pepper or a tomato.

Guess my thumb is not a kill everything it plants afterall.. Last fall a former neighbor gave me bulbs from a ritzy condo complex where she is the sales person. Seems they didn't like day lilies. I put the bulbs in the ground, the deer messed with them, I thought they were all eaten.....but lookie here. I grew day lilies!!!

Here is the famous...or infamous....mud hole drying up with the wood still in place because that nice man just can't seem to stay outta this area with his slut.

I planted dusty millers in three half circle areas on the east side of the house.....you can't see them, but I spread wildflower seeds there and they are starting to sprout! YEA!!!


The sad, sad garden. The far back fencing is flat on the ground. But, the SNOW IS MELTING FAST!
A fuschia hanging plant and some geraniums....plants don't do well on the west side of the house. I am hoping this year will be different. I also put down wild flower seeds here ....just a few sprouts coming up.


Now for the mess that is called my back. I had an abdominal and pelvic ultra sound yesterday. One part of the pelvic US is horrible, trust me. The results? Fine. I had two x-rays today. The results? Soft tissue issues. Really? Lab work shows my white count up. Really? That is elevated with soft tissue inflammation....like in horrible back spasms, pain and misery that travels around to your belly. While I was in the shower yesterday washing my face a spasm hit and I managed to rip one of my pierced earrings out with the washcloth. Hurts like hell and I think that piercing is dust.

What did the doc say? I might have to tough it out for a while until my back "decides to settle down." I have a prescription for a muscle relaxant that makes me crazy and keeps me awake, so no thank you. I do take anti-inflammatory meds already so I guess I will "tough it out." I'd like my doc to spend a day or two with my back. I felt pretty good Saturday and did the yard stuff....I have been paying for it since.