Stops Around Town


This new store, Falling Prices, just opened up. Every day, the merchandise is offered at a different price. Last Friday, we drove by and the parking lot was full. We decided not to go in.

I do want to check it out just for FYI

Do you have these in your area?

There is also a similar store called Bargain Bins. 

Seems to be the new thing. 

It seems like they offer a variety of items, with prices starting at $12 and reducing as items remain unsold.

Arrive when the doors open in the morning for the best experience.
Sometimes there are long lines before the doors open. 

Need an affordable chair? Some items are Amazon returns.

I wish I needed something...


Red Lobster closed down without informing any of the employees. When they arrived for work, they were greeted with a notice. This happened to Foodie years ago when he worked at a restaurant that went out of business, leaving the employees in a difficult situation. They weren't that good anyway. I'm allergic to shellfish, so we didn't go, but the last time my husband went, it was for Char's birthday, and he said it wasn't good at all. 

They've closed five in California. 

Burger King is closed for remodeling and will soon install self-service kiosks like McDonald's. The $20 minimum wage may have influenced this decision. More people use the drive-through than the inside anyway, so the self-service kiosks will soon be in the drive-throughs as well. We no longer get fast food. It was always a naughty treat - we knew we shouldn't but there were times we would do fast food. The only fast food place I go to now is In and Out. They've always paid their employees well so they haven't had to raise their prices - the food is freshly prepared (I know - Foodie was in management there years ago) 


They're back. All the free plant stands. Seems more this year!

They've had some issues with greedy people taking but not giving back. 

Some of these gardeners go to a lot of work to put all of this together, for people they do not know. 

All free. 
All you have to do, is give something comparable

This is one of the nicer ones simply because it has a shelter. 

Sol and Luna are growing. Soon, they will be branching. 

I found this week dragged on a bit for me. I don't know why. 

Until next time,


Wildflower Thursday

I enjoy searching for wildflowers.

Here's a few new ones I found. 

On Mother's Day, I captured some photos of the wild Santa Barbara Daisies, native to Mexico, which resemble small bushes rather than ground cover.

I'm not exactly sure if these are spent Santa Barbara daisies or not. They were growing amidst them everywhere.

Maybe they are just "buddies." 

Hackweed is a common plant that is related to daisies and sunflowers.

Hairy Vetch is an invasive legume that is grown as a cover crop. It is related to Mr. Bean and Mrs. Peas.

Wild Mustard 

Yesterday, it was 98 degrees in my yard with 17% humidity. 

Today is 10 degrees cooler, and I'm grateful for it.

Foodie has finally had his AC replaced!

This was strange 

My husband received a package from a lab containing items meant for a doctor's office, not a patient. He took the package to the VA and it turned out that it was indeed intended for him. The VA staff took a blood sample and used the prepaid shipping label to send it to San Diego. I find it unusual that medical supplies were mailed directly to the patient.  It's the first time something like this has happened - Is this something new?  

And of course, he didn't ask any questions. I would have been bombarding them with questions.


Anyway, take care, and I hope you all have a nice evening. 


Wednesday Hodgepodge from a Bossy First Born

 From this Side of the Pond

1. What impresses you? 

source: my son 

God's Creation. When you really think about it - nothing compares. 

 2. Where are you in your family birth order? 

 I am the firstborn. I enjoyed five years of being the only child before my younger sister was born. 

Do you fit the stereotype of that particular slot? In what way?

My sister would tease me and say I was pinching her. 
I wasn' least, I don't think so. 

My most accurate traits are being bossy, independent, and overly responsible. Being the only child for five years gave me a sense of independence. I could entertain myself for hours without other children. I learned to read before I was five years old, which was rare back in the 1950s. I also enjoyed being around adults more than children my own age. 

After my sister was born, I guess I became bossy, like mothering. There were things my mom did that I didn't agree with, and I would tell her so. Mom would return with, "I'm the Mom, not you." 

During the years when my mom was going through changes, my sister was in high school. She would often come to my apartment to stay with me and thought of me, at times, as her second mom. 

 3. What motivates you more-a reward or a consequence? Elaborate. 

 Good question. 

I've always been motivated by consequences. During my past, I had to deal with some unpleasant outcomes due to poor choices. Eventually, I realized that I didn't enjoy facing those consequences, which prompted me to start making better decisions. There are also positive consequences, such as the feeling of accomplishment after a job well done and when I've done something right.

Nowadays, we tend to dole out rewards, often for poor behavior. I don't agree with that. Consequences are the answer for lives to be changed.

 4. May 14th is National Buttermilk Biscuit Day. Who thinks biscuits deserve their own day? 

 I couldn't care less.

 Do you like biscuits? 

I enjoy biscuits when they are well-made. My grandmother made delicious biscuits.

Make your own? 

I used to. I had a delicious biscuit on Mother's Day.

 Grab one for breakfast at a drive-through now and then? 


 Which drive-through makes the one you like best? 

I wouldn’t know. 

 What do you like to put on a biscuit? 

 Butter and sometimes strawberry jam 

 What's your favorite food or dish that calls for buttermilk?

Homemade ranch dressing 

 5. Are there any weddings on your summer calendar? 

 We don't have any weddings on our calendar. 

The last wedding we attended was my son's wedding on February 29, 2020. 

My husband giving a blessing. 
This was touching for me. 

What's your favorite part of a wedding/wedding reception? 

When the father walks his daughter down the aisle, it always brings a lump to my throat, as does the Father-Daughter Dance.

 6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I was in a food class in high school, and each table was considered a group. I sat at a table with all boys, and when it was time to name our table/group, we all came up with the "Better Biscuit Bureau." I loved cooking and learning, and since I was the only girl in my group of cute guys, it was my favorite class! The only thing - I had to make sure these guys washed their hands before handling the food. 



Why are guys so reluctant to go to a Doctor?

This photo has absolutely nothing to do with my post. 

In a previous post, I mentioned that I haven't actually seen my son, Navy, since Christmas, even though he lives about 6 miles away from us. It's unusual, but they were busy, and they even went to Antigua. Time goes by so fast that it didn't really dawn on me that it had been that long. However, we did keep in touch through text messages and occasional phone calls.

Yesterday, we arrived - everything seemed to be going well. Navy was anxious about grilling the perfect tri-tip for me. He just wanted it to be special.  While he was grilling on the patio, Sara and I chatted in the kitchen. When he brought the meat inside and started carving it, he noticed it was still raw. We like our meat rare, but this was too raw even for us. We suggested that he put it back on the grill, but he seemed confused and wasn't making much sense. Suddenly, he started sweating profusely, looked like he was about to pass out - and his face turned beet red. He was shaking so much that I thought he was having a heart attack. I asked his wife if he was okay, and she told me that he had been having anxiety attacks for the past few months.

No one told me!  Happy Mother's Day, Debby! 

He was clammy, looked terrible, had a greyish face, and was still shaking. I suggested taking him to the ER, but both he and Sara poo-pooed that idea. He promised to see a doctor instead. At the time, my husband was totally unaware of what was going on, as he was still outside tending to the meat on the grill. 

Then he broke down in tears and confided in me about his worsening anxiety attacks. He has lost two close friends in the last six months. The first was a navy friend who committed suicide, and the second was Joe, who worked at the Veteran's Home with him and has been bravely fighting cancer. Joe passed on Wednesday, and clearly,  Navy was grieving. Joe was 41. Navy is 39. 

He promised me he would get a check-up, which he hasn't had since he was in the Navy. He told me that he doesn't feel like himself. My husband suggested he call the VA clinic to get in and speak to someone. Not only does he need a physical but also a mental evaluation of the anxiety. When he got out of the military, he went through a depression. 

Once again, I have to let them handle it. But I can still nag and nag - until he gets to a doctor. I wish I had nagged Michael - I suggested, and he did eventually go to the ER, but they told him he had heartburn. He needed tests! Instead, he suffered for 3 weeks, thinking he had heartburn, and then died. At that time, he didn't tell me. 

Because if he had, I would have flown down there and escorted him to a Doctor! 

So, how long should I wait till I start nagging?