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Carrying coals to Newcastle

I had a real struggle with my luggage on the way home. Food Max which used to be Food 4 Less when I lived in California has an International Foods Section. In true FM style the bags are large, I enthusiastically purchased chana dal, gram dal, urad dal and black cardamon seeds, all except the cardamon, in what I thought were one kilo bags but turned out to be 4 pounds! When I went with the kids to Costco, I saw that they still carried the large bags of Basmati rice, I was able to resist, instead I bought organic Basmati at Trader Joe’s in a more reasonable 2 pound size. As my son loaded my suitcase into his car, he couldn’t resist making a comment about my taking rice and beans to Mexico. My son-in-law joined in to rib me, they thought it was hilarious that I traveling with 16 pounds of legumes and grains. They started calling it ...

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I begin to see daylight

Yesterday was spent waiting for someone who didn’t show up, he didn’t show up because he spent yesterday waiting for someone else, who didn’t show up. While I was waiting I finished my two dresses. The pink smocked dress came out exactly like I envisioned, unfortunately it is not the least bit flattering on me. I have these breaks with reality sometimes, I have only one shirred dress that looks good on me, it’s only shirred in the back. Unless I lose so much weight that I look like a prison camp refugee, that dress will never look good on me. It makes me look dumpy. The orange/brown dress looks better, it does make it more obvious that I have a tummy, but the tummy is on it’s way to becoming extinct. My plan is to have a flat tummy before I arrive in California. I know I can do it.I just layered the dresses over what the dummy was ...

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Save the Cow Palace and Dickens Fair

As my readers know, I participate in Dickens Fair. Well, it looks like the Cow Palace is in danger of being sold to developers and that spells the end of Dickens Fair. So please read the following and those of you who can, please help. Also I added an update that I received to the end. URGENT MESSAGE FROM RED BARN PRODUCTIONS ABOUTTHE DICKENS FAIR AND THE COW PALACE State Senator Leland Yee Ph.D., under pressurefrom the Daly City Council, is proposing to“surplus” the Cow Palace and sell it to DalyCity. Daly City will then sell most of the landto condo developers and pocket theprofits. Letter writing WILL stop this. SenatorYee has ONLY heard from Daly City. Let him knowyou oppose selling the Cow Palace!!! Here is a link to Senator Yee’s website and hispress release on the legislation he submittedFriday February 22nd to the State Legislature,(no voting date is set – but it could besoon). This bill wrongly proposes ...

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2 Dickens Fair Photos

  My comadre and her son came and saw us at Dickens Fair, she emailed me these pictures. This first one is from left to right, someone just walking by, my good friend, Harry (he is Mr. Bird the leader of the Temperance Union), me, I am Mrs. Linnet (a very vocal member of the Temperance Union who is for tea totalling and also espouses the view that “women deserve the right to vote and wear pants!”), Comadre is semi-hiding because her costume only consists of her lovely bonnet and finally my oldest daughter in her Christmas threw up on me dress that I made her, she was playing Mr. Bird’s niece Aurora Bird, who feels that while banning gin is a good idea, Champagne should be allowed for “it has bubbles !”.   I love this photo, it looks like Amber and I are dancing and you can see the details on my dress and hat! Plus with all the ...

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Getting ready to go home.

Okay, I am getting ready to go home. I like California, I love my kids, but I’m ready to go home now. This weekend, I will go to the Dickens Fair, I was only going to go on Saturday, because I still have a cold, but NBC is filming for a special that they are airing on Christmas Eve regarding the effect of Charles Dickens on Christmas. I have been on TV before, mostly as living scenery and once I got interviewed for Dickens fair (this was about 13 years ago when it was still on the Pier rather than the Cow Palace), and honestly, I don’t care one way or the other about it, but the rest of the Temperance Union is stoked so I said I would come and help fill out our ranks.Speaking of Dickens, my comadre’s son took some nice photos and I will upload them here when I can.My daughter took me to In and ...

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What’s going on here?

I have been in California for about a week and a half. I will return to Merida on Monday, but getting online has been a pain. My daughter doesn’t have internet, but I can go to the public library and go online there. Or rather, here, since that is what I am doing. Sunday, the library is closed, and yesterday it was closed (due to an inservice training for the librarians).So why don’t I go to an internet cafe, you ask? Because in California you need a laptop in order to use all that free wi-fi! If you are computerless, you are reduced to waiting your turn with all the other computer less people, never more than an hour since you can only use the computer an hour at a time. And then it requires a current library card.If I was in Merida, I would simply go to one of the numerous internet “cafes”, and pay between $5 and $12 ...

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California Dreaming

Isn’t that appropriate? It is cold here! I got in last night at 8:30, and was in asleep by 10pm. I was up at 4am Merida time (which is 2am California time), so no wonder I was bushed!The trip went really well, it only took me 45 minutes to clear customs and immigration in Houston. I had 5 hours between my flights, but I believe in better safe than sorry. The nice lady I sat next to on the plane had come from Florida and due to Houston being fogged in, her flight to Houston was delayed 3 hours!So I read a novel and bought a sketch pad and drew.Well, I am at the public library and my time is running short. Maybe tomorrow I can “borrow” a friend’s internet and post from there.

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