No. 69 Books…

I escape into books…

when summer’s hot.

Murder Mysteries,

cookbooks,

How to dos…

and what not to do.

How to find a mate -to keep…

How to loose the stalking creep.

Books to inform.

Books to soothe…

Books with pictures…

Books about coffee…

Books full of poems…

Temps go up and I do not.

I lay flat …book in hand.

The words sink in.

Taking up residence.

Escape turns into surrender.

No. 68 Morning Surprises…

The exact quote is : ” Here is your coffee…”  The quote is from the Sicilian police drama-  Detective Montablano. Episode 17. “Wings of the Sphinx.”

Adelina is at it again…she is Detective Montablano’s housekeeper and cook. She has come into to work a few minutes early and caught him still in bed. Still she seems unfazed . She promptly sets to work and makes him his coffee. If I was his housekeeper, I would of been fired that day for I know I would of forgotten everything important and somehow found myself snuggling with him under the covers. Oooh…La…La  it would of been worth it …the stories I could of written. Being he’s my imaginary heartthrob I have to allow myself to dream right? We would of woken up just a  bit sweaty …but filled with exuberance ready to tackle any problem placed before- US. (Us…Us…Us… what a magical  word.) Then we would of shared a cappuccino together on his balcony overlooking the beach… My love would set off for his customarty morning swim. While waiting for him on the beach I would read outloud love sonnets. Waiting for him to descend from the waves to gather him into my sun drenched arms with a warm morning kiss. I would then give him his towel -we would then walk …hand in hand together to his villa. The sand I will always remember how it supported our love…how it squished between my toes ..the warmth…the smell… We would talk over his cases as he got dressed and I would help adjust his tie…kiss his nose…then wave longingly to him as his car drives away. Ah love is my elixir of life. I will write a poem to celebrate our love…

Roses are red…Violets are blue… My life was but kitty litter…before we met…but now I know…I love you. Ummmmm..UNSURE…2) Roses are red…Violets are blue…My life was nothing…My color range was only in browns and tans… But now it’s in red..orange..green…purple..and gold…All because of you…Ummmm…still UNDECIDED….3)Roses are red….Violets are blue…I can’t drink my cappuccinos…Without you…       

Perfecto!!!

No. 67 BlueBells…

A swarm of bees

fluent in French

ponders the BlueBells

overflowing Abbey of Kells…

Celtic crosses..

stone gravestones..

spellbound monks..

play hide and seek.

The swarm swells…

halting… traffic

on the busy crossroads…

The hazy blue bells

sway to the heartbeat

of their wings.

Grassy green banks

slow their advance.

Gyrating blue bells…

moving to the beats…

Bonjour…Bonjour…Bonjour…

Dissolving crowds

of pollen carrying

slogs…

dividing the beauty

of a BlueBell parade

across the Kells

of Ireland.

Avoir and adieu.

June 19, 2017.

No.66 The Red Lexus…

The exact quote is : ” So I need to rest my eyes for five minutes..Would you like a cup of coffee? ” This quote is from the movie series  Last Tango in Halifax  Season 1  Episode 5. Written by Sally Wainwright.

I loved this British Drama series BBC because it’s about having second chances-in  love.  The two main actors Dereck Jacobi ( Alan) and Anne Reid ( Celia) get their second chance in love when they are in their seventies. They were actually in a budding relationship when they were teenagers but it was thwarted by another jealous female who ends up marrying Alan in the story. They  reconnect through Facebook with the help of their grandkids. With alot of trepidation they meet to find they still love  each other. This is where the story begins. It was written from true life experiences by Sally Wainwright with her own mom- Dorothy. Later in life Dorothy reconnected with an earlier beau Alec Walker. They married and had three  amazing years together before Alec died. Thank goodness her friends and acquaintances spurred her into writing these stories . Viewers loved this series because of the strong believable characters, along with  the  normal everyday dialogues and storylines. I watched the series on Netflix and for some reason thought this series was based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Probably because I was raised on Anne of Green Gables as a kid. She lived on Prince Edward Island. Later on  in life I heard a story about the December 6, 1917 explosion that happened in the Halifax Harbour. A WWl  wartime ship laden with explosives collided with another and blew up and flattened the city- 1,800 people died instantly…9,000 injured. They said that 50 miles away people heard the explosion. A story you never forget…kind of story.  So I misjudged the country and the  continent! Boy am I bad.  Let’s get back to England… Last Tango in Halifax actually takes place in West Yorkshire, England! Halifax is known for Mackintosh chocolate and toffee also Rolos (Ummm one of my favorites…) and Quality Street Toffee Crisp. Did you know that Nestile now owns and make  them since 1968? Blew me away.  In the drawing above Alan and Celia have gone out and bought the kind of car they’ve always wanted a red Lexus convertible with all the bells and whistles. Of course, their kids are shocked at their purchase…that’s just the cream on the coffee …what about sex?  OMG we won’t go there …(kids again…) Both are widowed and when you think of it -why not? I loved this series. It’s about melding two families . Daughters- Sarah Lancashire (Caroline) and NIcola Walker ( Gillian) each  are hardworking women seeking out their own mates while dealing with too problems connected to their lives. I thought each were dealing with depression as well. Too much on their plates syndrome. I found the stories and the whole series to be extremely realistic. It proves the point, that just because someone is “of a more mature age” doesn’t mean they have to miss out on anything. Alan and Celia and Sally Wainwright and her own mom Dorothy I hope have started a new anti-ageism movement. I always wonder if all this hoopla about Dementia and Alziemers exists to such a degree because of connections to money and greed of the pharmaceutical companies. I know the diseases exist from my own family occurrences-it just makes me wonder. So that ‘s why I found this series  both eye-opening and refreshing. It’s also romantic to see what can  happen around us when people connect and then reconnect. In this country we have a saying : Grab the bull by the horns… it basically means to disregard all the people around you that are saying -No way…slow down..let’s think about it..…Go for it anyway…what do you have to loose? No regrets. Live life to it’s fullest.

No. 65 Another version….

Whispered somethings

swish through my hair.

Words about today doings..

words about last night…

words about future moments…

Oh..ooh…I can feel it…

Oh..oohh…I can taste it.

Love lives between us.

Love is what makes us survive

together.

When we are apart

my thoughts

ruminate with yours

a joke…makes me laugh

quietly

when we discuss things

I muse walks and talks

I memorize your important dates

I meditate on future endeavors

forevers…

I meet your friends

invite mine…

I meets we…

you meets we…

we becomes a mutual acquaintances.

No. 64 I’m going to the loo….

The Exact quote is : “I’m going to the loo…Shall I get some coffee?”  From the series Doc Martin. Season 1. Episode 6. Title of the episode is  “Haemophobia.”

I tried to explain to a young Chinese student living in my home this summer …we kept going around in circles. In the end we decided that the word Loo was slang and not a dirty word. And really it’s just another word for the bathroom.  It’s not a word I  have ever heared in the U.S. unless someone has been watching BBC…and is mimicking something they heard in one of the shows. It’s history as a word is actually linked to the times when people didn’t have bathrooms and instead used chamber pots . To warn a pedestrian  that something was now going to be thrown out the window they would shout in England “Gardy Loo!”  In France they would shout Gardez l’eau!! Basically, watch out for the water!! Another story surfaced that because so many Britons were illiterate during this time -that when a sign for the bathroom was named Room 100…that most folks thought the number 100 meant loo …Funny thing is most Britons now days ask Where is the bathroom ? They would never say toilet or loo for it might be taken as uncouth. In America we say  “He’s such a looser…a jerk. ” or a person could be loopy…crazy. When we were kids though we sang  song with the words…” skip..skip …skip to the loo…skip to the loo my darling…it was a song we would sing in camp or when we were jump-roping. I never thought of the words. Strangely enough, you can go to Kincumber, New South Wales , Australia and visit a highly respected coffee shop named Loo Loos Coffee Warehouse.  Most of the reviewers were delighted with the food and thought their coffee was delicious. Billy Jo Clarkson on January 4th, 2017 said it this way: “Loved the atmosphere and staff. Coffee is the best on the coast!”  Make sure you visit the suburb of Woolloomooloo  nearby before you leave the area.( I did not misspell this.)  of Sydney, Australia. Just to go there to take a picture of the signage would be priceless! In Woolloomooloo they’ve got one of the longest and biggest wharves called Finger Wharf. It’s 1,310 feet long,  210 feet wide with 3,600 piles.  And while your at it fly now back to Wales (the one near England) on the other side of the world..and check out the Harry Potter themed loo at Kim and Flo’s Cafe in Treorchy. Their shop is known for serving up Harry Potter themed teas if you get hungry.Have some coffee with it. They also do fantasy, princess parties and now Star Wars-check them out if your in the neighborhood. So really when you think of it Loos can be good thing.  Just remember if you hear the words Gardy loo or Guardez l’eau… to duck!!!

No. 63 Latte….

Exact quote is : ” Can I have a Latte …please.”  The quote is from the movie series Last Tango in Halifax. Season 1. Episode 1.

And so I wondered …what else can you put in a latte? I came up with all kinds of ideas. Decided to keep them to the milk  products to make it easier for my esteemed readers to comprehend the different taste values of milk that can make or break a latte. Let’s start with the exotic milks. It was a real toss-up on  which one of the two …Yak Milk or Water Buffallo Milk to start with. Let’s start with the latter one. Unbeknownst to me Water Buffalo Milk is also called fior di’ latte…which I thought was cute. It means “milk’s flower.” All that delicious mozzarella cheese comes from Water Buffallo’s  Milk..it’s milk is  suppossed to be the fattiest milk, rich in texture while the flavor is sweet. I could come up with two places in the U.S. that raise water buffalo and that was in Florida and in California. I could find only one country that  consumes Water Buffallo Milk  and that’s in India. Usually it’s with Masala Chai. A mixture of  black tea, cardamon, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and black pepper. In the U.S. we might have a Dirty Chai – the Marsela mix of spices with a milk product that could be soy, cow milk, coconut milk, almond milk. Plus a shot or two of espresso. I could only find one place that serves Yak milk Lattes and that’s near London, – Costa Coffee in North Chingford. Reviewers said it was expensive but tasty. You can make your own Yak milk at home …coffee- hot , 2 TBLS. cocunut oil, and 2 TBLS. of grass fed unsalted butter…In your mixer churned till frothy. I also add for fun- a spoonful of honey, and a spoonful of  tumeric. The weirdest latte I found  is a chicken bone broth latte. First warm up the chicken bone broth- to a boil..pour it  into cups.  Start heating up  a 1/2 cup of cocunut milk ( carefully heated but not boiled , stirring  constantly ..cooled and then frothed until fluffy with a whipper.) Then pour it on top of the warmed up bone broth and Enjoy!  My daughter loves bone broth so I’m going to tell her about this latte! You can make lattes with goat milk as well. Reviewers stated it was a bit salty and had a grassy tangy flavor. It was noted that it blended better in tastes with a medium roast. There is this canned milk in the grocery stores one can also use-Sweetened Condensed Milk.  Reviewers said it reminded them of a Vietamese Latte.  Some folks think a skinny latte should be listed with all the other versions of lattes. I guess skim milk is a milk product.  An article I read basically stated that skinny lattes unfortunatly only make you fatter. The Fat in milk carries the flavors while telling the body it’s full.  Whereas with Skim milk both its hard to digest and it doesn’t give you a sense of fullness.  Afterwards you might find yourself engorging yourself in the sweet pastry  area with wild abandonment because you are still hungry!  Who would of guessed that one. It’s funny about a blog …you do learn things you’d otherwise probably miss in life. Oh well…enjoy the lattes!

No. 62 Rudderless…

Whispered somethings

swish through my hair.

Words about today doings..

words about last night…

words about future moments…

Capture but a stare…

Weary deep within me.

Sassiness gone taut.

Muscles motionless…

heart stopped…

Happiness eludes me…

and so I just stare…

Aware of fleeting beauty…

of couples in love…

and I can only reminisce.

Useless Aortas!

I cry out to the world!

They’ve left me alone and lonely…

with no rudder to steer my boat.

No.61 Be Respectful.

The exact quote is : ” Would you like some coffee?”  From the movie series Skinwalkers The Navaho Mysteries. Season 1. Episode 1. ” Shirtwalker” Stories are from Tony Hillerman’s Navaho Mystery novels. Director: Chris Eyre. Writer: James Redford.

It’s a very simple quote. “Would you like some coffee?” It’s  said numerous times throughout the movie. It felt like it was a part of a greeting …Like saying hello…I thought there must of been a bet going on in the background to see how many times Emma Leaphorn could ask Jim Chee this  question. Joe Leaphorn her husband who was always described as stoic… seemed at times  to have trouble keeping his face straight  each time after she asked the coffee question.  So I read up on what is expected if you travel to the Navaho nation near Tuscon, Arizona. How you greet and talk to others and on what not to do. To me, these two words reverberated throughout all my research- Be respectiful. People forget that Native Americans treasure their privacy- just as much as a farmer outside of HInkely, Minnesota does. No one likes tourists that forget that where they traverse is someone elses’s space. It’s a human trait to be wary of other humans we don’t know…so be respectful. If you are unsure of a custom -ask -never assume anything. Remember, just because it’s hot outside- to wear clothing that’s not too revealing. Some  tribal customs look down upon this as do many elders. Don’t forget there is such a thing called sunburn….It would be the same way in Italy. If you find something interesting on the ground -Leave it. There are stiff penalties for confiscating bones or pottery shards. Remember, as with all other nations and countries some people will speak English but it isn’t the main language spoken. Try to learn some basic greetings-Like good morning …or things like ..I’d like some coffee -please..in Navaho. It will endear you to those around you.  Remember to stay away from the stereotypical language  like the word Chiefs… it can get you in trouble. Don’t forget John Wayne was an actor…and his scripts were written people that were clueless and  racist to the core of their beliefs. He got paid big bucks to spew all that gunk and most white americans believed it . Remember, unless you are a member of the tribe you don’t have jurisdiction on anything. You won’t have a legal foot to stand on if you do anything stupid. So the importance of things like state licenses to hunt and fish…and tribal permits for boating and backpacking will be really important if you see a police officer walking towards you and you know it’s not in your wallet. Do your homework. This also includes taking pictures…of people. their homes , rituals and ceremonies. Ask permission. Be respectful . Wasn’t that one of the ten commandments?  Be respectful. Be polite. If someone is talking especially an elder ..be quiet…listen.

Sherry R. Curley, a Navaho and research associate with the University of Arizona Native American Research and Training Center says “It is a basic, basic belief that the elders hold the wisdom of a tribe and when they speak -you listen.’

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