Lovely weather here at the moment – pretty blue skies with nice small fluffy white clouds and lots of sunshine. Will try and take a picture of the lovely sky tomorrow !

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(weather:) Saturday, June 11, 7am PDT54° F feels like 54° FChance of precipitation: 10%Humidity: 80%Wind: From SSW @ 3 mph(doings:) Yest, @ rush-hour, Ginny drove us for miles down Saratoga Ave. thru San Jose, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, & into Los Gatos, on a test-run to find The Toll House Holel (a Larkspur hotel, q.v.:) “the wonderful marriage of an intimate, small-town hotel and the modern sophistication that is Silicon Valley. Situated in the heart of beautiful Los Gatos, California at the base of the serene Santa Cruz Mountains, this Silicon Valley hotel captures the ambiance of this historic South Bay town.” Why? Because on the next, tiny, winding-uphill street is Las Gatos Meadows, a massive, newish Episcopal Church retirement community where the SJ Peace Chorale will be performing this Sun. aft.~

Bill Costley

(doings:) Last nite’s vocal concert that San Jose Peace Chorale sang at the RC Church of the Transfiguration in NE San Jose was appatently a thorough success with the leftish (=social-justice) RC audience. We’ll sing a reprise on Sun. 12 JUN at Los Gatos Meadows, http://www.losgatosmeadows-esc.org an Episcopal Church retirement community in wealthy Los Gatos (aka The Cats) at the foot of the Santa Cruz mtns. along CA Rt 17.

Bill Costley

Thursday, June 2, 7am. Partly cloudy, mtns. obscured by clouds.;51° F feels like 51° F; light chilly wind from SSE @ 2 mph.Chance of precipitation: 10%; Humidity: 80%;(doings:) 2nite Ginny & I are going to the technical rehearsal of the San Jose Peace Chorale annual concert at RC Church of the Transfiguration in San Jose that we’ll sing on Sat. the 4th. Among the songs we’ll sing in 3-4 parts, are: “The Impossible Dream” (from Man of La Mancha), & Michael Jackson’s “Heal the World”

Bill Costley

(Weather:) mid-60s; sky, blue. winds, light..

(Doings:) The World didn’t end on 21 MAY 11 11am PDT as predicted by evangelical biblical-numerologist Family Radio prophet Harold Camping (88) in Oakland CA. It was also my 69th b’day; Ginny & I went to an indoor health fair & free outdoor picnic here at Valley Village; I ate altogether too many large German frankfurters & small Polish kielbas. She got us a strawberry-frosted yellow-cake that we later ate at her cottage apt.~

Bill Costley

(Weather:) It continues to rain lightly (as predicted) all day.

(Doings:) Yest. Ginny & I saw Werner Herzog’s new 3D-documentary (in English) on the 32,000 year old paintings discovered in 1994 in a cave in the Ardeche (Rhone-Alpes). Read all about it on my blog: http://www.costleybill7.blogspot.com

~ Bill Costley

Raining at 8am – nice for my lettuces and tomatoes growing in my garden! And means I don’t have to get the hose out to water them today!

Sunday, May 15, 7 am(Weather:)Mostly Cloudy, mtns a dark silhouette. The sidewalk & parking-lot below are damp from rain that began @ 10pm last nite, 3 hrs later than predicted & a minute or so after I got in from the aft.& evening @ Ginny’s cottage apt. Temp.; 49° F feels like 46° F; Chance of precipitation, 15%; Humidity: 77%’ Wind from SSW @ 8 mph.

(doings:) Yest. aft. I watched a segment of “HIstory Detectives” (PBS) about Salem MA, where my Polish grandparents lived, mother was born & grew up. Very briefly, only in passing, I saw Salem Common’s cement bandstand where childhood photos of me were taken & home-movies of me were made. I doubt I’ll ever visit Salem MA again…it’s so far away (~3K mi.) from where I am now (Santa Clara CA.) Ginny & I happily watched Robin Williams in “Mrs. Doubtfire”on TV (set in S.F.) that I don’t think I’ve ever seen from beginning to end before. It fascinated & pleased Ginny, who’d never seen it. We should next see him as “Patch Adams” a real-life pediatrician who clowns & makes children laugh. My daughter Maya loved it, so I sent her a videotape of it years ago. With her medical background, Ginny will surely appreciate it.

Bill Costley

Friday, May 13 7 amMostly Sunny; mtns too bright to see; 50° F feels like 50° F; chance of precipitation: 10%humidity: 80%; Wind from WNW;1 mph Bay Area weather: Rain? Really? By Lisa Fernandez05/13/2011 06:11:08 AM PDT Rain? Really? Yes, the National Weather Service forecasters say there’s a likely chance of showers Saturday night and lasting through Tuesday. At least there’s sun in the forecast Friday with highs reaching 73 degrees.Then, the clouds start to move in Saturday, before the rain clouds move in Saturday night. There’s a 60 percent chance of rain expected for Sunday.

(Doings:) Last nite Ginny & I skipped the usual San Jose Peace Chorale rehearsal to go to hear Stanford University doctor & novelist Abraham Verghese (“Cutting for Stone”) speak at a lecture room in her Palo Alto Medical Foundation medical plan’s offices in Mt. View a few miles north of here. An Indian raised in Ethiopia, he was very ‘real’ – modest, unpretentious, affable, etc. He began by telling about Anton Chekov as a doctor-writer, & how he died (from his Swiss doctor’s account.) Ginny, who has a medical research background (Stanford Hospital heart transplant project under Shumway), was quite impressed. So was I. He signed a paperback copy of his novel for us. So far I’ve read up to page 73; Ginny will now be reading it, too.

Bill Costley

Tuesday, May 10 9 amSunny; mtns. a bright blur in the dist.54° F feels like 54° FChance of precipitation: 10%Humidity: 72%Wind: From SSW @ 4 mph

(doings:) Ginny had a CT-scan 2 days ago. Her head hurts. She’s worried. She’s due to see her doc. on Wed @ 3pm. The garden grows, watered every night. No veggies are flowering yet. Little green knobs on the bell peppers.The massive white Swiss Chard stands tall, like a fantasy castle. I fell out of bed 2 nights ago; having dreamt of living next to a quarry where they taught Italian ‘culture’ classes, e.g. a red-haired guy howled “Laura…” as he sawed away with a primitive bow on a horizontal fiddle..

~ Bill Costley

Today the Royal Wedding took place and the weather was pleasant – not overly warm, there was a definite slight chill in the air at least on the north east coast – however London didn’t seem to get any rain so lucky couple!!

Sunday, April 24 10 am(Weather:)Cloudy, dull-grey (some sun predicted by 4pm), mtns. just barely visible;60° F feels like 60° F; Precipitation predicted: 10%; Humidity: 75%; Wind: From WSW @ 7 mph;

(Doings: yest.) Saw my son Alex in S.F. Thurs & Fri., now he’s @ a friend’s rented cabin in Sonora (above Lake Tahoe in what they call here ‘The Gold Country’) for the weekend. He’s out here for an annual gerontology conference in S.F. (Doings: 2day) We’re assembling a traditional American Easter Sunday Dinner: Ginny’s 2 sisters are coming to her cottage @ noon for ‘Honeybaked’ ham, baked potatoes (sweet & white), asparagus, sweet wine, fruit juices, coffee, teas, pies. The bright spectrum of stiff Gerber Daisies in window boxes in the side garden are attracting attention & approval, as are the Icelandic Poppies wobbling in the light wind. I’ve just finished making small yellow posters for the 1992 film “Enchanted April” (starring Miranda Richardson, Joan Plowright, Michale Kitchen, etc.) that we’ll be DVD-showing on Fri. eve. 29 April here. (I’m the projectionist.) ~

Bill Costley

Wed., April 20, 7am(Weather:)Cloudy; mtns. hazy but visible54° F feels like 54° FChance of precipitation: 10%Humidity: 80%Wind: From SSE @ 6 mph (doings: yest.) We planted 4 varieties of tomatoes, green sweet bell-peppers, corn, basil, Italian parsley, small strawberries) & bright Gerber daisies in window-boxes on the ground nearby. The garden space we share with 3 others is vibrant & bright, attracting the attention of passers-by; @ dinner-time, one remarked on Ginny’s tall white Swiss Chard, so Ginny gave her stalks to add to her chicken dinner baking in the oven. Intent on “something different” Ginny insisted we go to a small arabic rest, where we had an oval platter of 12 crunchy falafel balls (USD$5.99), Arabic tea (USD$1.50). (doings 2nite:) Dr.Negash is back from the Mariana Is., so his adult-ed class is on again; I’m preparing to go up to S.F.by train on Thurs. to meet my son Alex flying in from NYC/Manhattan for an annual anthropology conference. Ginny will attend to Reggie while I’m in S.F.; I’ll come back down to Santa Clara by an early train on Fri.~

Bill Costley

As you can see, we are at the height of the tulip season here! Weather warm and friendly.

Thursday, April 14, 1pm;(Weather:)Partly lightly cloudy60° F feels like 60° F (chilly in the shade); high-point: 62°F @ 5pm.Precipitation predicted: 10%Humidity: 39%Wind: From NNW @ 8 mph(doings:) I was right that Dr, Negash is away in the Mariara Is. & will be back on Apt 18; then my son Alex will arv. from Manhattan on Apr 21 & wants to spend that (Thurs.) eve. w/me, so I’ll have to cut a rehearsal of the SJ Peace Chorale Now that Anne Buchanan in S.F. has a used Pontiac Firebird, we 3 can pop around S.F. (that both she & Alex hiply call San Fran.) btw, I’m doing my weekly laundry ($USD1) in the newish, muralled 1st-floor laundry-room as I type this; it’s done by now, so it’s time for me to go down & get it. ~

Bill Costley

Wednesday, April 13, 8am PDT;(Weather:):48° F feels like 45° F; predicted to peak @ 59F by 5pm;Mostly Cloudy (actually looks pleasantly stippled; mtns. a blur)Precipitaion: 10%; Humidity: 74%; Wind: From SSW 6mph;(Doings:) More gardening plot-prep. incl. planting all the wel-soaked veggie starters. Our repotted Jade plant clippings have attracted attention/comment from Chinese resident gardiners here who probably wonder why non-Asians are replanting them. (Dare we spill the beans? We just like them & they’re so easy to plant in this climate.) Dr. Worku Negash is (I think) in the Pacific’s Mariana Is. on a certification inspection tour leading the Western div. of 2 yr (community) colleges association re-certification team, so his adult-ed class here may be cancelled again 2nite. This month’s film: BUTCH CASSIDY & THE SUNDANCE KID (1969) seems out-dated now that Paul Newman’s died & Robert Redford’s 74….but, even ordinary people hate the banks now: Ex., Tom Freiderich, (aka ‘the bunnyman’ because he has a big pet white rabbit), has repeatedly asked us to show it; so now I have to write the flyer we post for it; I’m also the Epson DVD-projectionist.

Bill Costley

Monday, April 11, 8pm(Weather:)56° F feels like 56F;Sunset; lightly cloudy; mts darkly-visible againsst grey clouds;Chance of precipitation: 10%;Humidity: 62%;Wind: 11 mph, from WNW.(doings:) Ginny & I did some prelim. amateur early Spring gardening, potting 2 dozen+ jade-plants in a half-dozen ceramic pots of various sizes as a ‘lucky’ (to the Chinese) border around a small dusty garden-space near her cottage, on which now sits a flat of pre-soaking potted tomato plants (3 varieties), green bell-peppers, corn, micro-strawberry-vines, small white border-flowers, etc. Ginny’s very early white Swiss Chard had already come up spectacularly, now standing well over a foot tall. The mild weather here favors chard, as did the 19th cent. Italian, Croatian, & Azorean Portuguese colonists of Santa Clara. I first cooked it after moving here; I’d never seen/eaten it back in Wellesley MA. Ginny looks fwd to stuffing it with sausage/eggs..~

Bill

The weather here is beautiful! Blue skies and warm sun all day long.

Wed, 06 APR, 7am47°F feels like 45° FSun predicted all dayChance of ppot-recipitation 10%Humidity: 86%Wind: From NNW 4mph(Doings: Yest.) Out of curiosity, Ginny & I went to the newly-opened nearby branch of Summer Winds plant nursery where she bought 3 marked-down (USD$4.50) large tall, wind-willowy Icelandic poppies (white, yellow, orange.) We came back & pot-planted them on the edge of her back garden where everyone driving by or parking can see them. We’ll see how the poppies have taken to our replanting today. We also moved a large pot of relatively newly-potted jade plants closer to her cottage’s tan stucco walls, another next to her (as yet unused) shiny black Weber charcoal-brazier kettle, a parting gift from a good friend who moved away. Later, after watching a PBS-TV documentary on the “Lodges of Yosemite”, Ginny recounted her 3 trips there, most recently 3 yrs ago with a friend whose husband had walked out on her, as Ginny’s 1st husband had earlier.~

Bill Costley

It is set to turn warmer thanks to southerly winds over the next couple of days, however, it will remain unsettled. (According to the Sky News website that is!)

It will feel warm with temperatures up to 15 to 18 Celsius, but it will be rather windy with gales for Ireland, northern England and southern and central Scotland.
Southern and western parts will cloud over again later with more rain forecast tonight, this spreading in on an strengthening southerly wind.
Eastern parts should be mainly dry and very mild.
Friday looks wet in the North and West but should be largely dry elsewhere.
Despite a lot of cloud during the morning, some good sunny spells should develop allowing temperatures to shoot up to around 20 Celsius, 68 Fahrenheit in the East.

Spring has very definitely sprung here and there is a plethora of colourful plants and trees and flowers!

Thurs, Mar 24, 9amLight Rain/Wind: sky bright grey, mtns invisible48° F feels like 40° FPrecipitation: 100%Humidity: 86%Wind: From SSE 23 mph! (usually 4mph) (Doings:) Last nite we cut the 1st half of our usual Wed. nite Mission College adult ed class to go the little nearby Santa Clara Mission Branch public library for a slide-show of Jack London’s life narrated by Ohio London-scholar Dr. Daniel Dyer: “Jack London’s Women” Santa Clara’s participating in a month-long National Endowment for the Arts program THE BIG READ, this year, choosing London’s novel “The Call of the Wild” (1902) to read & discuss (because) it reveals London’s little-known adult association with women in Santa Clara (he was born in S.F. & raised in Oakland CA.) Beginning as an S.F. Bay journalist, he became world famous for his reports & novels from & about the Alaskan Gold Rush…which is really not why I’m interested in him, but because he was a Socialist (“People of the Abyss (1903)” & The Iron Heel” (1906), Revolution & other essays (1909)).
London (1876-1916) was an early member (1896-1901) of the Socialist Labor Party (SLP), staying a Socialist for the rest of his short life.

Bill Costley

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