Little Free Libraries in San Diego County

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Little Free Libraries are a community movement that offers free books housed in small containers to members of the local community. They are also referred to as community book exchanges, book trading posts, pop-up libraries, and Noox (Neighbourhood bOOk eXchange).

The Little Free Library phenomenon, according to Wikipedia, started in 2009 in Hudson, Wisconsin.

“Todd Bol mounted a wooden container designed to look like a school house on a post on his lawn as a tribute to his mother, who was a book lover and school teacher.”

Recently I found a Little Free Library at Chollas Lake, but it also has nice chairs to sit in!

Little Free Library

Little Free Library

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Quoting Wikipedia again:

Little Free Library owners can create their own library box, usually about the size of a doll house, or purchase one from the [Little Free Library website]. Libraries may be registered for a fee and assigned a number at the organization’s website. Libraries can be found through their GPS coordinates. Owners receive a sign that reads “Little Free Library”. They often have the phrase, “Take a Book. Leave a Book.”

As of February 2013, all 50 states and 40 countries worldwide have been involved in the literary program.[6

The original goal was the creation of 2,150 Little Libraries, which would surpass the number of libraries founded by Andrew Carnegie. As of January 2014, there are over 15,000 Little Libraries worldwide, including all 50 states and 40 countries.

Here is a list of Little Free Libraries that I know of as of January 25, 2015:

2727 Southampton Road, Carlsbad
2357 Summerwind Place, Carlsbad
4190 Sunnyhill Drive, Carlsbad
2605 Unicornio Street, Carlsbad
911 Rutgers Avenue, Chula Vista
601 Crescent Drive, Chula Vista
200 Stratford Court, Del Mar
1902 Quidort Court, El Cajon
1332 Whitsett Drive, El Cajon
1650 Sunburst Drive, El Cajon
107 Woodshadow Lane, Encinitas
744 Quiet Hills Farm Road, Escondido
2356 Heather Point, Escondido
660 East Grand Avenue, Escondido
1263 Canter Road, Escondido
611 El Norte Hills Place, Escondido
1683 Calle Candela, La Jolla
Little Free Library4622 Grandview Terrace, La Mesa
10733 Itzamna Road, La Mesa
4424 Nabal Drive, La Mesa
4351 Parks Avenue, La Mesa
4630 Palm Avenue, La Mesa (picture ►)
10615 Snyder Road, La Mesa
317 Hoover Street, Oceanside
16285 Oak Creek Trail, Poway
13130 Woodmont Street, Poway
12133 Sage View Road, Poway
13423 Cricket Hill, Poway
3412 Quince St, San Diego
2611 Grandview St, San Diego
3343 Harbor View Drive, San Diego
2263 Pentuckett Avenue, San Diego
4963 Canterbury Drive, San Diego
1079 Cypress Avenue, San Diego
3314 Karok Avenue, San Diego
2153 Pine Street, San Diego
2731 Amulet Street, San Diego
12655 Pacato Circle South, San Diego
4523 Cather Avenue, San Diego
815 Avalon Court, San Diego
10444 Cheviot Court, San Diego
4567 East Talmadge Drive, San Diego
5854 Malvern Court, San Diego
3530 Cooper Street, San Diego
2341 Whitman Street, San Diego
4649 Biona Drive, San Diego
9505 East Harland Circle, Santee

If you have a Little Free Library, you can register it to make it official.

Little Free Library

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The Birds

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When I was eight and living in Brigham City, Utah, mom and dad came home one afternoon talking about the birds. I have always loved birds, and all animals actually, but what they were saying about the birds really had me upset. I couldn’t picture birds attacking people, killing them, and eating them. That’s not like any birds I’ve ever seen. Eventually I found out that they were talking about a movie.

Ah, movies. A couple of friends and I used to sneak into the local movie theater to watch movies free since we couldn’t afford the 25¢ ticket.

Ever since then, whenever I’m in the midst of billions and billions of birds, I think of Alfred Hitchcock and “The Birds.”

So when I was at Chollas Lake Park the other day feeding the birds, yep, flashbacks.

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Friday Flower Fiesta (1-23-15)—Spring has sprung!

Friday Flower Fiesta

Spring has sprung here in San Diego….

Flowers are bursting out in color everywhere!

Here are 12 of my best pictures of flowers bursting out:

1Unknown flower

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Unknown flower in La Mesa, California, on January 23, 2012

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3Flower bud

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4Friday Flower Fiesta

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5Friday Flower Fiesta

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6Flower and rain drops

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7Friday Flower Fiesta 4-5-13

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8Strawflower

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9Purple iris

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10Lily of the Nile

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11Yellow rose

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12Stapelia

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My margarita pie recipe for National Pie Day on 1/23/15

Did you know?

This coming Friday, January 23, is National Pie Day!

My civic duty requires that I share my recipe for margarita pie:

Ingredients:

4 cups vanilla ice cream, softened
½ cup thawed lemonade concentrate, undiluted
¼ cup tequila
2 tablespoons triple sec
1 6-ounce graham cracker crumb crust

Freeze a glass or metal bowl for 30 minutes.
Immediately add first 4 ingredients to bowl; stir well.
Return to freezer for 30 minutes.
Spoon partially frozen mixture into crust and cover.
Freeze for 4 hours.

Yields: 8 servings

Nutrition facts

Margarita pie caution

Margarita pie

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Out & About—The La Jolla Munchkin House

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There is so much to see and do in La Jolla. After 21½ years living in the San Diego area, I’m still going to La Jolla to see and do things.

Recently I made a trip to La Jolla just to see the famous Munchkin House. Looks like this:

The Munchkin House of La Jolla, California

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The Munchkin House of La Jolla, California

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The Munchkin House of La Jolla, California

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There used to be four of these Munchkin Houses, and there are many rumors about them, foremost of which is that after the success of “The Wizard of Oz” movie, released in August 1939, several “Munchkins” took their earnings and built four houses high up on the hillside overlooking La Jolla, houses that were not as tall as traditional homes.

Sadly, the facts aren’t near as exciting as the rumors.

IMG_9271 framedThe last of the remaining houses is located at 7477 Hillside Drive in La Jolla. Public records indicate that the house was built in 1935. That right there destroys the rumor that Munchkins took their earnings from a 1939 movie and had the houses built.

The house was designed by noted architect Cliff May (1909-1989). May grew up in San Diego and is best known for developing the suburban post-war dream home, the California Ranch House. He designed over 1,000 custom residences, and over 18,000 tract homes bear the imprint of his model house prototypes. He died at his mansion in Los Angeles in Brentwood, a neighborhood made famous worldwide by O.J. Simpson in 1994.

The Munchkin House has 1,176 square feet, two bedrooms and one bathroom, and was last sold in August 2003 for $975,000. Although 1,176 square feet certainly is small for a La Jolla home, look at the rear of the house—love the wraparound deck!—as well as the sweeping view it has of La Jolla and the Pacific Ocean:

The Munchkin House of La Jolla, California

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Ocean view from The Munchkin House of La Jolla, California

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The other reason why the Munchkin rumors hold water (pun intended) is due to the lay of the land. I could easily touch the top of the roof without jumping. The house is built into the hillside, so some of it is below street level, leading to the optical illusion that the home’s height is lower than normal, perfect for Munchkins!

Look at the first picture, paying close attention to the doorway. See the path from the street to the door, below ground level? Then look at the window north of the doorway. See how the ground slopes up, making it look like the window is not as high as normal? It’s just closer to the ground is all.

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Music on Mondays (1-19-15)—One man come in the name of love

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In 1997, Jim and I visited Atlanta, our main interest being the site of the 1996 Olympics and Centennial Olympic Park bombing, and the CNN headquarters.

mlkAfter our Atlanta visit, I considered The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, 35 acres, the most interesting place in Atlanta that we had visited—the Sweet Auburn Historic District, King’s boyhood home, and the historic Ebeneezer Baptist Church where both King Jr. and King Sr. were pastors.

Since today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday and, in California, a state holiday, I thought I’d explore songs about Martin Luther King Jr.

When I went looking for such songs, interestingly I found two by a little Irish band called U2.

Whoever thought that such a historic man in the United States would be of such interest to a band from Ireland?

Both songs, “Pride (In The Name Of Love)” and “MLK,” are from U2’s classic 1984 album, “The Unforgettable Fire.”

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Interestingly to me, “The Unforgettable Fire” reached #1 on the album charts in Australia, New Zealand, and Britain, but only #5 in Canada and #12 in the United States.

“Pride (In The Name Of Love)” made it to #1 on the single chart in New Zealand, #2 in Ireland, and #3 in Britain, but only #27 in Canada and #33 in the United States.

I think that’s telling considering that we still have significant racial problems here in the United States. Maybe Canada is more closely aligned to the United States than I once thought….

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Out & About—The La Jolla tide pools

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Any time is a great time to visit the San Diego coast, but when the low tides get really low, it’s time for a visit to the various tide pools along the coast. One of the best is the La Jolla Tide Pools.

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La Jolla Tide Pools, San Diego, California

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La Jolla Tide Pools, San Diego, California

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La Jolla Tide Pools, San Diego, California

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La Jolla Tide Pools, San Diego, California

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La Jolla Tide Pools, San Diego, California

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La Jolla Tide Pools, San Diego, California

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La Jolla Tide Pools, San Diego, California

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La Jolla Tide Pools, San Diego, California

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La Jolla Tide Pools, San Diego, California

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La Jolla Tide Pools, San Diego, California

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La Jolla Tide Pools, San Diego, California

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The lowest of the low tides, and the highest of the high tides, present the best opportunities to see (low tide) or witness (high tide) things that normally can’t be seen or witnessed. To find the low and high tides for San Diego, visit San Diego Tides.

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