Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Dow Solutions

Sure, I'll give DOW a boost. But, only because I love the commercial:

(Or, go to YouTube and search for "Dow "Quiet Train" commercial.")

Friday, March 23, 2012

Three Corners

We've all heard of Four Corners, right? But that's in the West. Back East we have three corners: West Viginia, Ohio, & Pennsylvania! Only problem: you can't place two feet and one hand in separate States!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Sushi lovers, listen up!

You're going to love the scenes of Tokyo, and of the food. So, cut & paste already: 

(Or, you could just knit them:

Click to enlarge. :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Special Relationship

Someone's going to have to tell PM David Cameron that a hot dog is eaten with one hand.
(Maybe he was hoping for a knife and fork?)

Monday, March 12, 2012


Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

You know who you are. :)

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Top of the Sonoma Valley

So, @miekow and I finally got the Healdsburg on Thursday. It's not really easy from Walnut Creek, the way Napa Valley is. Two hours vs. one hour. But, hey; we don't do this every week/month, and I hadn't been to Santa Rosa/Windsor/Healdsburg for about 10 years.
Healdsburg has a plaza downtown. Everything seems to revolve around the plaza. Restaurants, bookstores, knick-knacks, antiques, art galleries, wine tasting rooms, they're all there in abundance. We called it "Carmel without the Sea." It's in-your-face organic, sustainable, ecological, with respectful dog bowls outside the stores.
But that's okay; I'll return for more. It's fun.
Tried Bistro Ralph (see above) for lunch. Nice setting. Brick walls, stamped-tin ceiling, big peace signs in the windows, and the waitress spoke fluent French, as well as English. 
We shared a glass of local Zin (Kokomo) and tried chicken livers, calamari sandwich, and grilled brussel sprouts. All good, with hearty sauces (except for the wine) and thoughtful sides. Very rich, and very good.
Ralph suggested that we visit the Kokomo tasting room on Dry Creek Road after lunch.

About 15 minutes out of town we found the place, one of about a half-dozen tasting rooms in one location. Kokomo makes four Zinfandels, and we selected the one we had at Bistro Ralph.
A few miles further on Dry Creek Road and we were at Ferrari Carano

And yes, the gates were open onto the lush grounds, the manicured flower beds, the secluded gardens, whew! This is an impressive layout. Well worth the visit, so do it. We purchased a few bottles of a Zinfandel sold only at the winery (low production volume.)
Healdsburg is fun, and almost worth the drive. We'll do it again sometime soon. :)

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Meals at Home

Sometimes, in the morning, DW#1 fries just one egg.

But in the evening, especially on Girls Day, we celebrate the food:

and I may just take a nap. :)

Friday, March 02, 2012

Creative Friday Dinner for Two

First, with a hearty salad. In this case, a soft-boiled egg, bacon, sauteed French bread chunks, bell pepper and rabbit greens, dressed with sweet vinegar and olive oil.

Followed by a generous service of Costco's finest spinach-filled ravioli rounds.

 An accompanying glass of red wine, and voila!