Arizona is BEAUTIFUL in December: Tenant needed for condo in Green Valley, AZ

I need a tenant for my condo in Green Valley, Arizona.  If you know anyone who would be interested, please send me a message or call!

Green Valley is located in the High Desert,
about 20 miles to the south of Tucson, Arizona.

We are offering for rent a sharp 2 bedroom,
1 3/4 bath condo
in Continental Vistas,
an age restricted
Active Senior Community.
$800.00 per month.

The home offers a covered patio and
private back yard that opens out to a
verdant desert arroyo with
wide sweeping views of the
Santa Rita Mountains.

Easy access to community swimming pool,
many golf courses, restaurants and shopping.

Pets OK. Short term OK.

Cheryl Johnson
323-259-1952 (In Los Angeles, CA)

The property is managed by
Colby Artress
Century 21 1st American

Pasadena Doo Dah Parade TODAY, MAY 1

Thank goodness for a notice from the good folks at Basset Hound Rescue of Southern California  about a troop of hounds marching in the parade today - otherwise I would not have realized that the Doo Dah Parade had moved its date to May 1.  (That's today)  The location of the parade has also moved a little further east on Colorado Boulevard.

From the Doo Dah Parade web site:

WHAT: 34th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade
Stepping off at 11:00am!

WHERE: Colorado Blvd. (between Sierra Madre and San Gabriel Blvds.)
Pasadena (Start Location: 2627 E. Colorado Blvd. 91107)



Today is ODD Day

 5 - 7 - 9

Consecutive ODD Numbers.  

Which happens only six times per one hundred years.

This is the third odd day of the 21st century, one in six. The reason it's called an Odd Day is because it features three consecutive odd numbers: 05/07/09.

See /

Previous ODD days

1 - 3 - 5

3 - 5 - 7

Upcoming ODD days

7 - 9 - 11

9  - 11 - 13

11 - 13 - 15

Super Bowl Ads

Want to watch some of the ads again?

The Ad Adge list seems to me to be the easiest to use (no searching or clicking thru to other pages needed - the ads are listed alphabetically by sponsor name)

I think my favorite is Alec in Hululand (Hulu), altho I really liked Clydesdale Circus (Budwieser) and Refresh Anthemn (Pepsico)

It's none of my business, Mr. Gates, but....

A little earlier this morning I listened to a news story about Bill Gates pledging $250 million to fight polio. And that's a wonderful noble thing.  I applaud him.

Then, about an hour later, I heard a different news story about Microsoft cutting 5,000 jobs.

Now, I have no idea what kind of severance package these Microsoft employees will receive, and what Mr. Gates does with his money is none of my business...

But, the thought occurs to me, that wouldn't it be great if Mr. Gates would commit some of his money to helping these newly unemployed former Microsoft workers through what is undoubtedly going to be a difficult time for them?

Are your Christmas lights still up?

Are your Christmas lights still up? 

Seems to me that lighting up the Christmas lights on Inauguration Day could be seen as a display of hope and support for the new incoming President.   (Just the lights, tho... hold the Santas, the reindeers and camels. )

I suppose that's an unconventional thought,  does anyone else feel that way?

2009: The Name Game

So, what are calling this year, when you say 2009 out loud?  :-)

Do you say " Two thousand nine"? 

Or do you go with "Twenty oh nine"?

What about next year?  Next year I think I might try "Twenty ten" as opposed to "Two thousand ten".

And an even bigger question ... what do you call this DECADE?

We had the "sixties", the "seventies", the "eighties", the "ninties" .....

What will we call this decade?  The "zeros"?  The "Oh-ties"?  Any ideas?

Above The Rainbow Jewelry

Well, here's a project I started fiddling around with about a year ago, so I guess I can't blame the delay on the lack of a DSL connection for over a week.  :-)

But I finally got a few of my friend Lilian's jewelry pieces set up in an Etsy shop.  You can check it out at

Over the last few days (my unplugged days) I got a few other pieces photographed.  Now I just need to get those photos edited and uploaded.  :-)

Saturday May 17 at the Airliner in Lincoln Heights

Saturday, May 17, 5PM to 6:30PM,  Carlo Gomes and Sis Boom Bah

Lincoln Heights
2419 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90031
(323) 221-0771      
scroll through the "friends" to see the Sis Boom Bah ad
click on the ad to link to music

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Vernal Equinox - Rite-of-Spring - Ostara

Our early ancestors were deeply aware of changes in the seasons, and changes in the heavens above them.  Indeed, our ancestors ignored such changes at their peril.

While they may not have known the physical dynamics or the astronomical term Vernal Equinox, as the days lengthened and grew warmer, the ancients were aware of a coming time of balance between dark and light.

Our early ancestors would be busy now, making final repairs to their plows, preparing their draft animals to pull the plows, checking their store of seed corn to plant.  Their survival in the next year would depend much upon the corn seeds they were about to plant.

Thus, rituals that marked spring planting time celebrated the fertility of the earth, the viability of the seed, and entreated the gods and goddesses to ensure an abundant crop.

The ancient Saxons celebrated these rite-of-spring rituals with an uproarious festival, called by some Ostara, commemorating the goddess of rebirth and fertility, Eostre, and seeking her blessing upon the fields and crops.

When the second-century Christian missionaries encountered the Saxon tribes of the north, they attempted to convert the tribes to Christianity. These missionaries decided to spread their religious message slowly throughout the populations by allowing the people to continue to celebrate feasts of the old ways, but to do so in a Christian manner.

As the Christian celebration overtook the old ways, the goddess name, Eostre, eventually morphed to the modern word and spelling, Easter.

In A.D. 325, the Council of Nicaea was convened by emperor Constantine. It issued the Easter Rule which states that Christian Easter shall be celebrated on the first Sunday that occurs after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox, further blending the ancient Rite-of-Spring celebration with Christian Easter.