Wednesday, May 30, 2007


Two nights ago a bike appeared in front of my neighbors yard. It was kinda just parked on the street by our driveway. I thought it was peculiar that a neighbor or anyone would park a bike out in the street... so it was there all day yesterday and today.

This reminded me of the time when Shane's car got stolen. Apparently it got abandoned and parked in the Wild Oats parking lot, less than two miles from Shane's place, for about two months before it was ever discovered by the Pasadena police. Because of that delay his insurance had already settled and would not let him buy it back when it was found all intact. It was such a frustrating mess, especially that on top of losing his car he also got parking tickets while "parked" there.

So, about the bike, it was just peculiar that it was unmoved for two days. I felt compelled to call the police and report it. I asked them if anyone had reported a bike missing in the last couple of days. They said there wasn't any report but that they would come and pick it up. So within the hour they came and took it away. Then like half an hour later the same policeman came back to inform me that a young guy at some trailer park nearby, about two miles away, had his bike stolen last week. It was the same bike, and he sent me his thanks.

YAY! I am so glad that I was able to help someone retrieve their bike. It wasn't a super nice bike, it was rusted in some places, but I am sure that it was missed nonetheless. So, that made my night. :)

BTW, this post is not to toot my own horn but to encourage anyone out there that you too can make a difference. If you see something that just doesn't seem right, do something about it. If someone had called to report that Shane's car had been in the parking lot, even after the first week, Shane would still have his car today.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Going to the country... gonna see some layer chickens...

A farm I visited last Wednesday- May16,2007.


Going to the country, gonna grow my own jalapenos.... and tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchinis, cilantro, and basil...

Living room garden 2007 2/2

The Rosses


TheRosses.JPG, originally uploaded by kikasmail.

Sunday afternoon, about one moon ago.

Thursday, May 17, 2007




Monday, May 14, 2007

Lovely day out.

I have started a little nursery in our living room. My plan is to plant veggies and herbs at my friend's garden. She asked me to first plant the seeds indoors to avoid the frosts. I planted cucumbers, zucchini's, cherry tomatoes, jalapenos (of course!), cilantro, basil, and rosemary. I think that is all. She has planted all kinds of other stuff.. but these are the first things, ever, I have attempted to grow. We'll see how it goes. I am also trying to grow lavender. So far my seedlings are growing nicely.

The days have been pretty lately. For a while it would rain, but mostly it has been sunny. The VT commencements were over the weekend. We were out of town. We went to Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It was fun. They have a cool little downtown with lots of small shops and restaurants that reminded me of Pasadena. We had pizza at a place called the "Mellow Mushroom". It was quite the hip little joint- by the looks of it you'd expect they'd be playing alternative & modern rock music. But you'd be totally wrong. They were playing classical and slow "mellow" music. They had a long beer list with interesting names. I already forgot the name of the beer I tried- but I do remember that it had "doggie-style" in the name. It was a pale ale. The pizza was really tasty- jerk chicken style.

Anyhow, part of our journey included a trip into Highpoint, North Carolina - "the Home Furnishings Capital of the World".

We went to this store specifically to see the giant dresser in front of it. See the picture in the middle of the page? It is really that tall.