Rose Bowl Monday

Because it never occurs on a Sunday, the Rose Parade is happening today, Monday, January 2. And as DH says every year, another 100,000 people will move to California after watching the beautiful Pasadena spectacle in amazing weather.  My divine ordinary for the day is the view from the second floor of our house. I am so grateful to live in Southern California, not just for the weather, but for the life my family gets to live. BTW, the kids are still sleeping. Youth is indeed wasted on the young.


2012: Celebrating the Divinity in the Ordinary

Happy New Year! This morning a visiting priest (Fr. Conlin) gave a lovely sermon referring to the new year as a gift of time and the end of the busy holiday season as the return to ordinary life. He provided the perspective of Mary (today is the Solemnity of Mary) as having given birth to the Son of God, yet having to perform all the mundane and ordinary duties of all mothers in raising a newborn. I really liked his reminder that we, too, can and should recognize the divinity in the ordinary experiences of our daily life.  This will be my blogging theme for 2012. Pictured is one of my divine ordinary experiences, petting our 13-1/2 year old Golden retriever, Dusty, in the cool daylight on “his” porch.


The fellow wearing this fabulous aloha shirt was in the security line at Long Beach Airport ahead of me. As an admirer of kitschy shirts and watermelon, I complimented him on it. He and his wife explained they bought it on vacation in Door County, Wisconsin. I remarked that we used to visit Egg Harbor when I was growing up in Chicago and darned if that wasn’t exactly where they got it. Coinkydink.

Fred Rubble

Pictured is DS with his 21st birthday present, a Channel Islands/Al Merrick “Fred Rubble” surfboard. Kelly Slater just won the US Open of Surfing on one. Even though DS had the choice of a Firewire (obvious geek cred plus the virture of parabolic balsa wood stringers on the rails, not down the center), I preferred the Fred Rubble just because the name amuses me. Gotta love surfer shaper humor.

BB KAL Progress

An all-knitting post, for once! Pictured is my progress (completed Chart C) on the BB KAL on G+. Translation: I’m participating in a KnitALong with about 100 knitter friends on the social network Google+.  We voted to cast one a lovely shawlette pattern called Bashful Butterflies on August 16 and post pictures, questions, triumphs, etc. It’s been fun seeing the variety of yarns people are using. The designer, Julia Temiseva, is participating as well. My yarn is Starry, a sockweight Merino superwash in the Deep Seaflower colorway  by DS was admiring my progress and the yarn, and expressed a desire for socks in something similar, so I bought him this Malabrigo sock yarn. Since his 21st birthday is tomorrow, I plan to cast on … tomorrow.

Magic Bed

Pictured is one control panel for the hospital bed DS was in this weekend. (He’s fine now after some post-operative bleeding.) On the right is a function to “tare” it without a patient in it, so it can measure the patient’s weight AND detect when the patient leaves the bed, as in falls out and can’t tell anyone or tries to sleepwalk or go to the restroom without unhooking various wires. Ingenious!