Friday, August 18, 2017

Day 1849: A new lunch venue!

Aunt Martha, collages, old photo & digital

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Valerie and I were on for lunch. 
At least once a month, or we go into withdrawal.
We were overdue. Valerie had been busy traveling all over.
Today was the day, and Val had found a new venue?

Just across from MBBQ on busy Chapman Avenue, adjacent to 
Cal State Fullerton, where there are lots of food choices.

We attended during a soft opening ...
and the hard part was choosing from a great menu.

Clean, simple & soon to be very crowded.

Everything is fresh, dough, noodles & dumplings ...

and all made as you watch.

We watched the fresh produce being delivered.

Valerie's Tomatoes, eggs, green onions & noodles    My Japanese pork rib, bok choy, cilantro & noodles
Hard decisions, but we made good choices.

Shredded potato salad (above) so yummy & different.

Handmade dumplings, made behind glass.

Chili sauce so hot it cures a cold on the spot!
And a variety of drinks in a jar to put out the fire.

Fresh watermelon juice                                                              iced passion fruit green tea

Can you tell we liked it?
We plan to go again, 
there are so many things we still want to try.
And, Valerie has been promoted to CVO ... 
Chief Venue Officer. ♥

Noodle Street
Asian Fusion Restaurant · Fullerton, California
2323 E Chapman Ave Ste B, Fullerton, CA 92831
Open  · 11AM–10PM
Phone: (657) 217-5664

A smile for Friday ...

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Day 1848: Didja know? #1.

Luisa, ink sketch, watercolor & junk mail collage

Luisa quick sketch                                                                              Luisa watercolor

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In my path on this random daily blog (#1848->)
where you never know what you will get,
I have decided there may be an occasional 
"Didja know?" blog. And if so, 
it will end up a series, thus I have numbered this #1.
Did I mention that I am a habitual counter?

Recently when Beau sent me artwork in this envelope,
he used the new eclipse stamp!

He noted the stamp & that's how I found out & was hooked.

The sheet of  “Total Eclipse of the Sun” Forever stamps 
 pictured, are the first of its kind for the U.S. Postal Service
using thermochromic (heat sensitive) ink, 
the stamps will change in appearance when touched. 
The stamps are available at your PO, but going fast.

So on Monday, the total eclipse of the sun!

Not sure how much we will see in SoCal, 
but I'll try & am hoping to hear from my Indiana family.

And, hard to believe, but another great mail gift today!
Among bills & junk mail, imagine my joy to find this ...

addressed in a protective sleeve, to be removed and reveal ...

from SoCal artist & dear friend Irene Rafael ...


What a treasure!
Thank you Irene for both your amazing art 
and your friendship. ♥


For FB Throwback Thursday ...

August 2004

13 years ago ... 2004 Orange County Fair, 
Demura Sensei's Costa Mesa Dojo Demo Team.
Roy Center, Jared Stanton, Kelly Harada, Cheyenne Lopez, 
Preston Schow, Shayla Van Wormer, Luis Perez, Tess Bernstein
Alyssa Hatton, Devyn,Jackson, Cody Jackson, 
Danielle Vartanian, Lulu Meeks, Emily Bernstein, Jaimie Harada, Kristie Harada, Andy Anjosian, Alex Anjosian & more.

A smile for Thursday ...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Day 1847: An unexpected gift? Two?

Dorothy, old photo, collage & digital

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Do you pick up a penny?
I do and I did, just Thursday going to lunch with WW.
It was a bright shinny one, glimmering against the asphalt.

I smiled, because to me it meant an angel was thinking of me.
I don't remember where that idea came from, but I like it.
In this day where to some, pennies are a nuisance,
I wondered how many people would bother, or even see it?
I get on a random thoughts for this blog...
then I check google to make sure I'm not nuts!
And, I always learn something!

Today, the first thing I saw was this:
"A penny with the tails side up should be 
turned over for another person to find."
I had never heard that! There is a good & bad side? 
Mine, luckily had been head side up.

Many people believe any penny you find is good luck. 
Have you heard this common rhyme?
"Find a penny, pick it up. All day long, you'll have good luck."

Have you heard the phrase ... “a penny for your thoughts"?

my penny jar, 10" high

Or ... "a penny saved is a penny earned!"


And, it is definitely a lucky day when 
I open my mailbox to find ...

this stunning work of art on a postcard from ...

wonderful artist, friend & everyone's favorite,  
Beatriz Helton.  You'd love her too! 
I've mentioned her here, here, here & here.

And a bonus, 
after scanning, I discovered the page that opened to ...

* hard to see: hand stitching & button in right corner

Thanks Beatriz for this fabulous gift of your talent, time
& artistry, but even more for your kind friendship and 
for making this a better planet by you being in it! ♥

A smile for Wednesday ...