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La Jolla CA at ultra low tide

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The best time to experience the natural beauty of La Jolla, California, is when there is an ultra low tide.

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Moving Sale—Everything must go!

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Jim and I have decided to downsize yet again. It’s been eight years since we last downsized.

We’re looking to move to a more walk-friendly neighborhood since we’re both getting much older.

We have our eyes on a specific neighborhood with great views and within walking distance of downtown La Mesa and a San Diego Trolley station. Freeway access also is great for when we need to get out and about.

We just need to find something in our top-of-the-list neighborhood. Our goal is to be in a new place, hopefully a permanent one and not a layover, by June 1, although we do have a few days built in for delays.

Meanwhile, we’re having a moving sale.

Everything must go!

Well, not everything.

Zoey the Cool Cat will be going with us, of course.

Thank you!

We want to move as little stuff as possible although we realize that probably no one is going to pay the price that Jim wants for his grand piano. However, if they do………………………..

We have everything imaginable—books, knick knacks, framed pictures, wall shelves, bookshelves, home furniture (kitchen table, huge custom leather sofa, beds), office furniture (6′ metal cabinet, 6′ metal shelf, display case), refrigerator, dressers, potted plants and unplanted pots, and more.

I haven’t decided yet exactly where I’m going to put pictures of things, but many of the smaller items will go on Facebook, so if you might be interested in things, follow me or friend me at Facebook.

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South Texas clock

I had that clock custom made from a company in Detroit when I was working there April-October 1994. It is 6½”W x 6½”H. $10 or best offer, as is with the South Texas map featuirng Kingsville (where I was born) and Corpus Christi. Or $59 and I’ll make a custom clock face with a map of YOUR choosing. Buyer pays shipping—

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Plants for your home that are easy to grow

House & Home

When I was growing up in Brigham City, Utah—before my wise old grandmother adopted me—my first grade teacher, Mrs. Larsen, lived next door. She had beautiful gardens full of tulips, daffodils, and nasturtiums. One day when I was sick, I went over to her yard and destroyed most of her gardens. This was when I was in third grade, though. Since I was always visiting her gardens, she was pretty sure who had done the damage. I’m pretty sure I paid for my transgression but I really don’t remember the punishment. What I do remember is how Mrs. Larsen handled the situation. She never held it against me, maybe figuring that I was still a child. She even invited me to help her replant her gardens, and my mom approved, figuring it was only appropriate. That was the beginning of my love for Mother & Father Nature, plants and gardening, and nice people. My wise old grandmother continued instilling in me that kind of love.

I often get asked about the plants in my own garden, especially plants in my home. I admit that I do have a green thumb. In this post, then, I want to present to you several plants that do extremely well in our homes, where the humidity is lacking and the air can be overly cool in the summer or overly hot in the winter.

First is the Sansevieria, many of which are simply labeled as “mother-in-law’s tongue” or “snake plant” at the stores. They come in both tall and dwarf varieties:

Sansevieria hyacinthoides

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Sansevieria

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Sansevieria

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The tall varieties make excellent corner plants or accent plants. The dwarf varieties make great table or counter plants.

The spider plant—also known as airplane plant—Chlorophytum comosum, also is extremely easy to grow, and it has the advantage of giving you billions and billions and billions of baby plants. Just pick the airplane plant at the tip of the shoots off of the plant and lay it on top of some soil. It will develop roots and start growing. Makes a great hanging basket, inside or out, sun or shade, moist or dry.

Spider plantSpider plant

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Lastly, most ivies make excellent house plants because they can take overwatering or no watering, hot and dry or cold and humid. I specifically recommend English ivy (Hedera helix), golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum ‘Golden Queen’), and any of the Philodendrons known as heartleaf philodendron or heartleaf ivy (P. cordatum, P. scandens).

English ivyEnglish ivy

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Golden pothos (also known as Devil’s ivy)Devil's ivy

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Heartleaf ivyHeartleaf ivy

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My wise old grandmotherI have a Philodendrum cordatum that has been with me since 1966, a cutting taken from my wise old grandmother’s plant.

Her plant was a cutting taken from her mother’s plant in 1930 when my grandmother’s first son, my dad, was born.

My Heartleaf ivyMy Heartleaf Ivy

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The Sea Lion Dance

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Photographic Art stamps based on pictures of the wildlife at La Jolla Cove this past Monday.

Seagulls at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California

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Wading bird at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California

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Pelican at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California

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Pelican at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California

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Cormorants at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California

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La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California

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La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California

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Sea lion at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California

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La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California

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I love the little girl dancing for the sea lions in the last picture. I’ll call it the Sea Lion Dance.

I’ll end with another sunset picture from Monday’s trip to La Jolla:

Sunset at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California

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La Jolla is a great place to visit at any time. The tide pools and beaches are more accessible during low tides, and the there seem to be more wildlife, probably due to the sea creatures stranded in the tide pools.

You can find tide schedules here: La Jolla tides.

The best place to see the tide pools is at Rocky Point, shown on the map below.

Parking throughout La Jolla, especially during Tourist Season (Memorial Day to Labor Day), is scarce so be prepared to drive around for a while looking for a parking spot or park the first place you see a spot and walk to Scripps Park. A walk through downtown La Jolla is a great experience all on its own!rocky point la jolla map

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La Jolla tide pools looking like something from another planet

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I taught chess at Birdrock Elementary in La Jolla yesterda. Class ended at 4:10, and I got all my chess sets put away and got back to the car at 4:30.

Instead of sitting in rush hour traffic for 1½ hours to get home, I decided to go to La Jolla Cove for 1½ hours.

I took 214 pictures—sunset, pelicans, cormorants, seagulls, squirrels, seals and sea lions, tide pools, and the gorgeous views.

Here are five pictures of the tide pools, looking like something from another planet:

Sandstone cliff at the beach in La Jolla, California

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Tide pools at the beach in La Jolla, California

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Tide pools at the beach in La Jolla, California

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Tide pools at the beach in La Jolla, California

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Tide pools at the beach in La Jolla, California

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And one of my favorite pictures from last night’s sunset at the La Jolla Cove:

Sunset at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California on March 23, 2015

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La Jolla is a great place to visit at any time but the tide pools and beaches are more accessible during low tides.

You can find tide schedules here: La Jolla tides.

The best place to see the tide pools is at Rocky Point, shown on the map below.

Parking throughout La Jolla, especially during Tourist Season (Memorial Day to Labor Day), is scarce so be prepared to drive around for a while looking for a parking spot or park the first place you see a spot and walk to Scripps Park. A walk through downtown La Jolla is a great experience all on its own!rocky point la jolla map

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Music on Mondays (3-23-15)—Let there be magic

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

Julian Rey SaenzThe one and only Julian Rey Saenz (y’all remember him, right? picture ►) says that he doesn’t like hippies.

That’s a pretty broad brush stroke there and certainly seems to summarily dismiss a whole group of people. I don’t even do that with Republicans and the fanatically religious!

About the only groups of people that I summarily dismiss are murderers, rapists, those who abuse women and children, and those who abuse animals.

Peace symbol in Ocean Beach stampIf one summarily dislikes hippies, one probably would never visit the San Diego neighborhood of Ocean Beach. It’s an enclave of mostly hippies who seem to be stuck enjoying the life that was the ’60s.

Ocean Beach is a great place to watch the waves crash ashore, and every time I’m out there, I drive the neighborhoods looking for the unique and interesting to bring to you, my readers.

When I was out there the first week of March, I found the Magic Bus, last seen in July 1968.

The Magic Bus in Ocean Beach, San Diego, California

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“Magic Bus” was a hit for The Who in 1968, peaking at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

That caused me to wonder about other songs with magic in the title. I found quite a few so I decided to limit songs here to those about a magic something, like that magic bus.

Following is what I found. If you think of any that I didn’t, leave the name in a comment. It would be really cool if you left a link to a YouTube video with your comment, too!

“Magic Carpet Ride” by Steppenwolf. A 1968 hit that peaked at #3.

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“Puff the Magic Dragon” by Peter, Paul & Mary. A 1963 hit that peaked at #2.

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“Black Magic Woman” by Santana. A 1970 hit that peaked at #4. I always wonder if this song is about a woman who does black magic, or about a magic woman who is black….

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“Magic Man” by Heart. A 1976 hit that peaked at #9.

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San Diego Historical Landmarks—#11: Villa Montezuma (addendum)

San Diego Historical Landmarks

I’m going to backtrack here to add an addendum to my post about San Diego Historical Landmarks #11, Villa Montezuma.

Here is the original post in case you missed it: Villa Montezuma.

Villa Montezuma in San Diego, California

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Jeff Smith, a long time writer with the San Diego Reader, has an excellent column in this week’s issue in his “Unforgettable: Long-Ago San Diego” column titled “An evening at Villa Montezuma.”

Well worth the read, especially if you love history and music.

“Between 1887 and 1889, Jesse Shepard gave musicales at his Villa Montezuma. He had an international reputation as a singer/pianist. Others called him a charlatan. To bring instant culture to the pioneer town, San Diegans built Shepard a gaudy Victorian mansion at 205h and K Street. Here he performed and, some said, conducted musical séances. What follows is an imagined evening at the villa—Tuesday, February 14, 1888—based on eyewitness accounts….” Read the complete article.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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