Random thoughts from this week in Jane’s World…
My Window Screens. Well, it’s taken me all summer, but I’ve almost got all my screens put on the windows. Hey, still plenty of summer left, right? (Also in the photo, the Ortho Home Defense I bought a while back to go to war with the ants. I haven’t quite gotten to it yet.)
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Adventures in Kayaking. Hey, I finally made it into the kayak! See above regarding “still plenty of summer left, right?” Here’s the thing about living and working in paradise – you have to specifically carve out time to enjoy it. Apparently, I forgot to do that this summer.
Bird Tales. Earlier this year, I decided to move the bird seed from inside the front door to its own container in the yard. Rocky the Raccoon Bandit immediately figured out how to un-do the bungee cord holding the top on, and then proceeded to camp out in there all night, eating his way through the bird seed like Augustus Gloop in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”
So Tim rigged up some of those screw-type locks on the top, which solved the Rocky problem, but guess what? Taking 30 seconds to un-screw the locks whenever I want to feed the birds is just waaaayyyyy too much trouble, so my birds didn’t get fed all summer. Seemed like a good idea at the time.
Family Fare Music. Have you noticed the music at Family Fare on Eighth Street? I don’t know who’s in charge of picking out what music gets played in the store, but a big thank-you to that person because it’s some of the hippest grocery store music in town.
When you’re pushing your cart down the cereal aisle and the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” comes on, you are instantly cooler. You are no longer trying to decide between Grape-Nuts and All-Bran. You’re pressed up against the stage at Woodstock waiting for Jimi Hendrix to start playing.
Rest in peace, Charlie. Sorry I never got to see you in person, but hey, we’ll always have Family Fare.
A NOTE FROM JANE: I started Old Mission Gazette in 2015 because I felt a calling to provide the Old Mission Peninsula community with local news. After decades of writing for newspapers like the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, and magazines like Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal, I really just wanted to write about my own community where I grew up on a cherry farm and raised my own family. So of course, I started my own newspaper. Because the Gazette is mainly reader-supported, I hope you'll consider tossing a few bucks my way if I mention your event, your business, your organization or your news item, or if you simply love reading about what's happening on the Old Mission Peninsula. Check out the donation page here. Thank you so much for your support. -jb