Thursday, April 30, 2009

I Don't Like Cellphones

Actually ... I do like cell phones, but for only two reasons. To keep in touch with family and for emergencies. 

Last Thursday my youngest had her Spring Formal. She called me and said, "Mom, I'm having so much fun!". So let's go back, I like the connection that I get to have when my gals are away from home, I like to know they're safe and nobody has left them somewhere. But I don't like cell phones when I'm watching the driver in front of me driving crazy or the lady in line at the grocery store who is sharing all her private information while I'm standing right there along with three other people and the cashier. 

I think cell phones are great for emergencies... we had a family friend who fell off a cliff and would have probably died if it hadn't been for his cell phone. And more often then not, I see accidents on the freeway here in California and there are always people calling in the wreck.

Below you will see what a great time daughter #2 had with friends until midnight. I'm learning to embrace technology to a point, but I still like the old way of doing things.

Advocate of Carrier Pigeons,
Java Girl

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Cool Whip Containers

I don't know if you know this but I spent my summers as a girl at my grandparents farm in Michigan. Sometimes my grandparents seemed fun and available at my every whim. Then other times I would watch them from afar and wonder what in the world they were doing. 

One thing that I always thought was strange is that they saved everything.... and I mean everything! Straws from takeout drinks, the old Big Mac styrofoam container, dish water for two days straight. Now as a girl I would question them on this very subject especially the dish water and I would always hear... "Waste not, want not". But one mysterious item that they saved was the Cool Whip container. I thought they were the silliest of all to save, and besides I would watch them stack up in the mud room and multiple. I also remember their declarations that plastic was such a great invention. Now mind you, they were in their 30's when the Great Depression occurred.

But my grandmother's favorite use for the container was storing leftovers. Leftovers for the freezer and refrigerator, my grandfathers nails, little shells from the lake and the list goes on and on. They were smart and thrifty people and I thought it was, oh so funny how everything seemed so organized sitting in a Cool Whip container.

But to my surprise as I was opening my new herb packets the other day, I pondered how to start my new seeds.  And you guessed it, Cool Whip containers. I started saving them about 2 months ago and didn't really know why. Next thing you know... I've found some strange tool from my husbands tool box and after poking holes in the bottom of the container and thinking the whole time about the silly things in my past that make so much sense now.

First Day Blogger

I just can't believe I'm sitting here constructing a blog for the whole world to see. Me, little old me who usually likes to stay away from the computer. But confinement to home, a little boredom and staying connected with friends from all over the world has caused me to consider this great feat.

Sunny California is not so sunny today and I'm feeling like the weather is more consistent with Michigan weather. I'm pass due in planting my new lemon tree... and he's looking sort of desperate so I'm going shopping for a home for him, a really big pot. Over all the years of moving I have found that I'm not happy with the commitment of actually placing my sweet Meyer lemon tree in the ground. Oh no, we've moved to much for that. I want that tree to stay with me for awhile, so for now.. his home will be in a pot.

For those of you who I don't see very often and others who live too far to visit and have a cup of coffee, I want you to know that I miss you all so much. I just don't like it when I have to say good-bye to friend, plain and simple. I promise to get some photo's up soon.

Until tomorrow,
Java Girl