Walk: 1. Thanksgiving ramble 2. No 3. Monday errands Distance: 1. 4.5 miles 2. 0, wee yoga 3. 4 miles, yoga
Monday, November 30, 2020
Perplexment --- Days 9/223, 224 & 225
Friday, November 27, 2020
City Pumpkins --- Day 9/222
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Thanksgiving 2020 --- Day 9/221
Walk: Presidio Distance: 4 miles
|Familes and Friends Enjoying a Thanksgiving View from Inspiration Point, Presidio|
Let's see. So much to be thankful for. Today Ciwt will go with the way the Presidio Trust has managed and expanded the Presidio trails since the base was demilitarized. There are now more than 25 miles in the hiking and biking network filled with old growth greenery, scenic overlooks and spectacular vistas. All these layed out in an interesting way that offers many forks so that the biker or hiker like Ciwt can create a different route no matter how many outings they go on.
So often as she walks through the Presidio and San Francisco, Ciwt reflects on the fact that she did not start here. At a certain point she took the trail that led here, and that has made all the difference.
|Robert Frost, 1874 - 1963 (born in San Francisco)|
For information on Presidio Trails and Maps press this link
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Window Seat Days --- Day 9/220
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Assembling the Harvest* --- Day 9/219
Walk: Grocery Stores in Hood Distance: 5 miles
Ciwt has been busy (almost) beating the crowds as she assembles the perfect single woman's upcoming Thanksgiving feast. Used to be that we had to buy and cook an entire turkey, mash the potatoes and make gravy ourselves, which, of course, many singles or couples or non-cooks didn't do. Then about 15 years ago, a nearby grocery store tried cooking and packaging small portions of Thanksgiving food and being open on Thanksgiving Day.
Great decision. Happy people came, one by one, or two by two in droves, and Thanksgiving Day has become the store's busiest and most profitable day of the year. And now they've started to make the food available a few days ahead. Another great decision for people who choose to stay home that day (with books and cats).
*Apologies to foodies.....
Monday, November 23, 2020
Last Act --- Days 9/ 217 & 218
Walk: 1. Presidio Pickleball 2. Same as yesterday Distance: 1. 2.3 miles, 90 minutes pickleball 2. 3.5 miles, 1 hr pickleball
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Plain, Direct, Beautiful --- Day 9/216
|Wayne Thiebaud, 1961|
|Wayne Thiebaud, Lunch Table, 1964, oil on canvas|
|Lunch Table (detail)|
|Wayne Thiebaud, Various Cakes, 1991, oil on canvas, 25" x 23"|
|Wayne Thiebaud, Ripley Ridge, 1977. Oil on canvas, 48 x 36"|
Wayne Thiebaud, River and Farms Study, 1995, oil on wood, 13 1/4" x 12"
Thursday, November 19, 2020
100 --- Day 9/215
Walk: Hood Distance: 4 miles, yoga stretch
So the other day (November 15 to be exact) the artist Wayne Thiebaud turned 100.
|Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920), Lemon Meringue Pie, 1964|
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Woo Hoo?? --- Days 9/211, 212, 213, 214
Walk: 1. No, Sunday rest 2. CPMC, Presidio Pickleball 3. No, Rain 😄 4. Berggruen Gallery Distance: 1. .5 miles, small yoga 2. 4.5 miles, yoga stretch 3. Stretch 4. 4.4 miles, yoga
Four days!!! CIWT has been getting nowhere for four days. But this will end; stay tuned please.
Saturday, November 14, 2020
Doubt Now --- Day 9/210
Walk: Presidio Pickleball, T. Joe's Distance: 3.7 miles, 1 Hour Pickleball, Yoga stretch
So, next up in Ciwt's Contemporary Theater class is Doubt by John Patrick Shanley. Makes Ciwt miss the incredible Philip Seymour Hoffman - and Broadway where she saw the play.
Friday, November 13, 2020
A Little Help from My Hat --- Days 9/208 and 209
Walk: 1. Hood 2. Presidio Pickleball and Hood Distance: 1. 1.5 miles 2. 4 miles, yoga, 1 hour pickleball
So Ciwt has acquired a new hat. She's hoping it will do what it advertises or at least help her along during some of these 'blursdays.'
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Look Up --- Days 9/207 & 208
Walk: 1. Presidio Pickleball 2. Union Square, Fillmore errands Distance: 1. 2.5 miles, 90 minutes pickle 2. 7.4 miles, yoga stretch
So a friend of Ciwt's zoomed her a look at a shawl designed in the image of her New York club's ceiling. Ceiling?! you may think. Yes, ceiling; the Cistine Chapel - though probably the best known - is not the only gorgeous ceiling in the world. Far from it.
In Ciwt's friend's case, the ceiling in question is one of the first works of note painted by the highly pedigreed American Robert Winthrop Chanler (1872-1930). With its green-tinted foliage and flashing tropical birds it was utterly different from any ever seen in 1915 and did much to establish Chanler's reputation as a pathbreaking, imaginative and highly sought after ceiling mural painter (mostly for New York's upper crust).
All this got Ciwt thinking about and chasing images of ceilings, and she thought you might enjoy a look (up) at just a very few gorgeous examples she found from around the world.
Monday, November 9, 2020
Limits of Wit --- 9/206
Walk: Presidio Pickleball, Trader Joe's, Pet Express Distance: 5.4 miles, 90 minutes pickleball, yoga stretch
So the 4th week of Ciwt's Zoom Contemporary Theater class features another Pulitzer winning play.
As you can see from the 'witty' title of the book, the play is entitled W;t or actually Wit. And it needs every bit of its highly intelligent, exceedingly clever wit to balance the raw and chilling portrayal of the coldly clinical and utterly impersonal way dying patients are treated in a hospital setting. This against the excruciatingly deep, lonely and personal journey the dying person must take.
Not uplifting for Ciwt.
Sunday, November 8, 2020
"..a good life, a full life...."* --- Day 9/205
Walk: Presidio Pickleball Distance: 2 miles, 90 minutes windy pickleball, yoga
Saturday, November 7, 2020
Savoring the Moment --- Day 9/204
Walk: 1. Hood, Pickleball Court 2. No, just enjoying the moment Distance: 1. 2.5 miles, 90 minutes pickleball, Yoga 2. A little
Thursday, November 5, 2020
Petite Autumn --- Day 9/203
Walk: Hood Distance: 3 miles, Yoga
We don't get East Coast autumn out here in San Francisco. But, every once in a while you're surprised by a miniature version - a tree, a shrub, a beautiful gold flower - and aaahh...
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Occasional Peeks Only - Day 9/202
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Election You Say? --- Day 9/201
Walk: T. Joe's, Presidio Pickleball Court Distance: 5 miles, 90 minutes pickle, yoga stretch
Ciwt is busy this election day burying her head in the honey jar, books, housecleaning, pickleball, cats, wherever she can fit it.
Monday, November 2, 2020
Poetic Fences --- Day 9/200
Walk: Presidio Picklball Courts Distance: 2.5 miles, 90 minutes pickleball, yoga stretch
Sunday, November 1, 2020
Another Horologist! --- Day 9/199
Walk: No Distance: 0, Housework, then too stunned to move after reading August Wilson's Fences
Fjodor van den Broek*, stand back! Ciwt has a friend who has been changing her clocks to the exact minute every Daylight Savings Time since she has known her. (We met when we were both in college, so many DSTs ago). And, here we see from photos sent she has done it again!!!
In case you have any doubts, look above. Every clock reads precisely 8:07. Meanwhile, Ciwt has taken a quick look at some of her clocks which read: 3:42, 3:43, 3:43 and ....3:48. Already!