Eye candy !!

“Yours truly” has new neighbors. There is not enough space on this blog message to proclaim my pleasure with them, and with their extremely attractive covered deck, with sturdy ramp. Sue has purchased flowers in hanging baskets that both of us can enjoy. She will have the pleasure of viewing plants on the south side of my trailer (which I can’t see). These well-established plants should bloom profusely this season.

Good grief ?!

“Yours truly” is broken-hearted!! A dear friend was released from pain and suffering last night. I’m going to miss him terribly!!

George Bowden has been a valuable member of the CARE community for more years than I’ve known him. He posted pictures very day on our CARE Facebook page; he helped residents with their Jitterbug phones; he resolved WiFi problems. The list is endless.

This past Christmas, George’s daughter send a small Christmas tree in a small nursery container. He decorated it with lights. After Christmas we transplanted the tree into a larger container. Today, I received permission to appropriate the tree as my own.

Earlier this morning, I sent him an email message telling him I have more than 200 plastic sheet protectors for him, for copies of CARE Facebook pictures in display albums.

It is my intention to nurture the tree the duration of my gardening ability, and decorate it at Christmas. I’ll move it to the CARE Center at the appropriate time and periodically announce “See George’s Christmas tree.”  Every year I move a Christmas Cactus from my yard to the CARE Center and remind residents that it is Hazel’s Christmas Cactus.”

Friday, March 31, 2017: George’s family gave me the decorations he used on his little tree. I’ll gladly adorn his tree next Christmas.

Oh, woe is me !!

Remember, I mentioned rain-soaked boxes under the tarp shelter?? This afternoon, Roger moved more boxes for me and I was distressed to find so many saturated envelopes of valuable family history. Another “serious” storm predicted for tomorrow so I brought boxes indoors. I’ve spread pages out to dry. Pages on the floor, too, but not photographed. ~~ As soon as they are dry, they will receive scanning precedence over planned/scheduled material. Each page will need to be placed face down on the flatbed scanner; they will be too curled to stack and run through the sheet feeder. My project just gets bigger every day!!

Found these wet pictures while sorting (and discarding) wet stuff (once believed to be worth saving and storing). Professional photographer took these as I prepared for 1996 publication of 3180 page(s) book family history. Several years later, I published Frantz Families–Kith & Kin on the World Wide Web. I intend to expand the information on the web site.


Almost nine PM and I’m still sifting, sorting, discarding. There are many pictures, stuck together, that could not be rescued. Here’s one dated 1993.

Did Yeshua Have A Modem ??

Did Yeshua have a modem?

This morning, I was sorting through the wet boxes. Some… went into the trash; some repacked in dry boxes; some “office type” items given to CARE clerical staff. I came across this poem, obviously from an earlier era because we don’t talk about “bulletin boards,” etc. If you have been using computers for decades, you’ll remember some of these words. Personally, I’ve been using computers for more than thirty years; I go back to the “dark ages” before we had Microsoft Windows!! Found this undated picture today and believe this was early 1980’s while I was working for Southern California Presbyterian Homes, in Glendale, California.

The Lone Ranger ?!

This old lady is embarking on a project my neighbors do not understand.

I have a new next-door neighbor who loves flowers, and hung a Hummingbird feeder. We can converse about “garden.” I’d love to have discussions (in my RV community) about scanners, software, etc. Specifically: How to accomplish my desired end result.  Alas, I am “the Lone Ranger.”

No, no, no !!

I’ve got too many projects; I’ve got too much work!! This morning, my only plan: Sweep the patio. When I went into the tarp shelter for the broom, I discovered the wet boxes from recent rain (one inch in my gauge). I thought the tarp shelter was a relatively safe place for storage. Those boxes were not scheduled for downsizing until a much later date. Looks like a project for Monday or Tuesday?!