Monday, June 17, 2024

Hello, Home --- Day 13/167

Walk: Empty New Home 

Distance: 3 miles

So today was Ciwt's final walk through/sign off on her new home.  After the realtors left, it was just her, some flowers she had brought, a foyer table included in the sale, shades and light.

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Huh? --- Days 13/165 & 166

Walks: Hood and Past New Home

Distances: 5 miles

So, salmonlike, Ciwt swam upstream to open houses for decades looking for the one that felt as much like home as her one for 41 years.  Her wish list was very short and exacting and her hope level was ebbing near to rock bottom. Then, a month ago, it happened!  She walked in and knew instantly This was home.

And as of two days ago, it is.  How does she feel now about this long and now successful quest?  

Nothing.  Absolutely nothing.  Her new home is still in some 'idea' place in her mind; not real.  Not sad. More like stunned.

She knows it is light-filled, gracious, quietly elegant, in 'her' exact neighborhood.  She even knows a couple of her neighbors who are the best possible.  

Tomorrow she will actually go into it.  (Her contract gave the sellers time to move out).  Then probably her home will begin moving from idea to actual in her mind.

Some part of her senses, that many/most people have a similar Wha??? (non)feeling when a long worked for finish line is all at once behind them.  

Friday, June 14, 2024

Bouquets to Bouquets --- Days 13/162, 3 & 4

Walks: deYoung Museum (Bouquets to Art), Hood/Presidio
Distances: 5 miles average

So, the deYoung Museum's annual fund raiser is Bouquets to Art in which local floral experts echo the look and feel of designated paintings with live designs.  No simple task in general and even less simple in the details.  

The designers must conceive of their creations months in advance then find sources and order the flowers, vases and any other accessories. Then comes the nerve wracking wait to see that all these things arrive on time and in excellent condition. If all this happens on time (big if), it is on to the arrangement stage.  The most incomprehensible to Ciwt part of the artistic process comes next: Keeping the arrangement healthy, vibrant, and flawless during 1. the trip to the museum (often long and through unpredictable traffic) and 2. the entire one week event.  Anyone who has ever brought a small bunch of cut flowers home from Trader Joe's or other places knows how how they look a week later, even with daily pinching, cutting, re-watering.  Imagine doing this in the drafts created by crowds walking by and standing within inches and the fluxuating temperaturesof vast museum rooms.  Ciwt is a wreck just thinking about it.

So kudos to the talented designers and welcome to a few pictures of the 40th Annual Bouquets to Art.


Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Countdown, 10, 9, 7 oops, 8..... --- Days 12/160 & 161

Walks: Banks, Title Companies, Etc

Distances: 4 & 6 miles

Sorry to be boring, wonderful readers.  Ciwt is in the final days before closing on her New Home! so she has been living at her computer e-signing, importing, wire transfering  - all those scary things she knows nothing about but has to get Exactly right.  Ie, no typos - come onπŸ˜•

Sunday, June 9, 2024

How It Is Done --- Days 13/158 & 159

Walk: No, too cold; No cold and windy again, Drive to ACT for The Lehman Trilogy

Distance: .5 miles, 1.2 miles

John Heffernan (Henry Lehman), Howard W. Overshown (Emanuel Lehman), and Aaron Krohn (Mayer Lehman) in 'The Lehman Trilogy' at A.C.T.’s Toni Rembe Theater

Now, that's how it's done!  Actors playing multiple parts, changing into different sexes, ages, people before your very eyes so seamlessly that the audience goes right along with them.  And that's how a minimal set and perfectly attuned music can enhance a play.  So spare, so succinct and synced, The Lehman Trilogy Ciwt saw yesterday at our ACT Theater was poetry in live motion.

San Francisco has waited five years since the National Theatre's staging of The Lehman Trilogy transferred to the U.S. and opened at the Park Avenue Armory on March 22, 2019.  A long time but the play is not the least bit dated and, Ciwt assumes, just as good as that first New York performance.  So Ciwt thinks, if you ever have an opportunity to see The Lehman Trilogy, take it. and she may go again before it leaves town for many more years.

Saturday, June 8, 2024

Back Five Days and Almost Home --- Days 13/153-157

Walks:  Cold, Windy Hood πŸ’¨

Distances: 4.5 miles average

So Ciwt is back from glorious just right Midwestern summer weather and many friends and family to her two cat friends and down jacket summer here in San Francisco.  But maybe good that friends and weather aren't calling her outside because she's needed to be in and near her computer, phone and calculator.  

The reason?  Announcement!:  Ciwt has bought a new home and will be moving soon.  After she crunches the tight numbers, prepares forms for bankers and title companies, calls insurance and utility companies, interviews movers and generally stays one step ahead of anxiety. Rest assured, more on her new place in many future CIWTs

She did have one outing away from counting and calling, and it turned out to be highly entertaining and a movie she recommends.  She saw it before it started on Netflix yesterday and, because she Loves the whole theater experience, she encourages you to see it there.  In any event, if you are in the mood for a new spin on rom com-thriller, go to Hit Man - which is much better than the posters indicate.

Monday, June 3, 2024

And Now Home --- Day 13/152


Ciwt's very smooth flight landing safely at SFO

Saturday, June 1, 2024

Other Side of the River for Brunch --- Day 13/150


Minneapolis, site of Ciwt's school and many other places of her youth