Site Owner: bevsykes
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Bio: holidailies veteran of many years. Daughter, wife, mom, grandma, doggie mom, theater critic, volunteer, avid reader, TV addict. Proud leftie, both physically and politically.

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Thank you, mailman Posted on Feb 2, 2024, 5:02 pm
I made cookies for Thank the Mailman day and made a card to go along with them.

3x5 cards Posted on Feb 1, 2024, 6:02 pm
I've been decorating 3x5 cards, based on a YouTube video I saw. Having such fun!

Sunday Stealng Posted on Dec 31, 2022, 1:12 pm
My previous entry apparently had a wrong URL

Sunday Stealing Posted on Dec 31, 2022, 1:12 pm
The last Sunday Stealing of the year.

Saturday 9 Posted on Dec 30, 2022, 6:12 pm
The last saturday 9 of 2022.

Relaxing Posted on Dec 30, 2022, 2:12 pm
All the Christmas festivities are over, and we can relax!

Christmas is Over Posted on Dec 28, 2022, 5:12 pm
Our last Christmas celebration, with Tom and his family.

Boxing Day Posted on Dec 27, 2022, 1:12 pm
This is my first real social gathering since COVID hit and it was fun seeing some of our best friends in Davis again.

Christmas Day Posted on Dec 27, 2022, 1:12 pm
Lots of photos.

Christmas Eve Posted on Dec 27, 2022, 1:12 pm
A pretty short entry!

Sunday Stealing Posted on Dec 25, 2022, 5:12 pm
This week's questions

Saturday 9 Posted on Dec 23, 2022, 4:12 pm
This week's Saturday 9

Gettin' there Posted on Dec 21, 2022, 4:12 pm
I'm starting to acknowledge that Christmas will be here in a few days.

Dolphins Posted on Dec 20, 2022, 1:12 pm
Who knew I slept like a dolphin?

Peanuts Posted on Dec 19, 2022, 5:12 pm
Some fun memories from my childhood ... and Christmas music.

Sunday Stealing Posted on Dec 17, 2022, 2:12 pm
This week's Sunday Stealling

Oops Posted on Dec 16, 2022, 2:12 pm
What happens when I fall.

All Healthy Posted on Dec 14, 2022, 11:12 pm
I've been to all sorts of medica offices this week.

Doggie Alzheimer's Posted on Dec 14, 2022, 7:12 pm
Ned's dog is getting very old.

Exercisse Posted on Dec 13, 2022, 1:12 pm
I had done enough walking to count as 2-3 weeks on the treadmill.

Who is Tanesha? Posted on Dec 12, 2022, 12:12 pm
I've been wondering who Tanesha is for years.

Sunday Stealing Posted on Dec 11, 2022, 2:12 pm
This week's Sunday Stealing questions.

Saturday 9 Posted on Dec 10, 2022, 1:12 am
The weekly Saturday 9 questions.

Getting Old Posted on Dec 9, 2022, 1:12 pm
Another sign that I am getting old.

Happy Camper Posted on Dec 8, 2022, 5:12 pm
Well, the cyber world isn't COMPLETELY bleak!

Christmas Cookies Posted on Dec 7, 2022, 1:12 pm
Oh for the smell of gingerbread!

50 Posted on Dec 6, 2022, 12:12 pm
I'm completing my New Year's Resolution to read 50 books in 2022

Holidailies Posted on Dec 5, 2022, 12:12 pm
Thank goodness I remembered Holidailies before it was too late to register.

Sunday Stealing Posted on Dec 3, 2022, 8:12 pm
The first Sunday Stealing of December

Saturday 9 Posted on Dec 3, 2022, 8:12 pm
The first Saturday 9 of December.

World AIDS Day Posted on Dec 3, 2022, 8:12 pm
This is my salute to the history of AIDS and the people I have lost to AIDS

Bev - 2021 Posted on Dec 31, 2021, 6:12 am
This is a review of my year. Also note that this is the 31st entry I've posted to Holidailies. #24 was numbered twice.

A Year of Books Posted on Dec 30, 2021, 5:12 am
Some of the books I have read this past year.

No place like home Posted on Dec 29, 2021, 2:12 pm
My daughter and her husband buy a house.

Cramps Posted on Dec 28, 2021, 1:12 pm
I hate leg cramps

A Mini Christmas Posted on Dec 27, 2021, 1:12 pm
We didn't have the big family gathering after all.

Sunday Stealing Posted on Dec 26, 2021, 2:12 am
Answers to this week's Sunday Stealing questions.

Saturday 9 Posted on Dec 25, 2021, 1:12 am
answers to Saturday 9 questions.

In Performance Posted on Dec 24, 2021, 1:12 am
Christmas performance at the White House.

C is for Cookies Posted on Dec 22, 2021, 1:12 pm
I've been making cookies for delivery people.

Losing a Friend Posted on Dec 21, 2021, 1:12 am
A friend of ours died yesterday.

A Quiet Party Posted on Dec 20, 2021, 9:12 pm
How to have a party for 50 people during the pandemic.

Sunday Stealing Posted on Dec 19, 2021, 1:12 am
Answers to this week's Sunday Stealing questions.

Saturday 9 Posted on Dec 18, 2021, 2:12 pm
Answers to this week's Saturday 9 questions.

Christmas Frustrations Posted on Dec 17, 2021, 1:12 pm
And here I thought everything was so organized!

Happy Birthday, Ludwig Posted on Dec 16, 2021, 12:12 pm
It's Beethoven's 251st birthday.

Christmas Movies Posted on Dec 15, 2021, 6:12 am
I don't have a lot of favorites, but here are the ones I like best.

Fog Posted on Dec 14, 2021, 6:12 pm
My favorite thing about growing up in San Francisco.

The Egg Nog Gala Posted on Dec 13, 2021, 1:12 pm
Our annual tradition.

Sunday Stealing Posted on Dec 12, 2021, 1:12 am
Answers to the questions in Sunday Stealing.

Saturday 9 Posted on Dec 11, 2021, 2:12 pm
Answering questions from this week's Saturday 9

The Night Before Christmas Posted on Dec 10, 2021, 1:12 am
One of my favorite Christmas traditions.

The Bushes Posted on Dec 9, 2021, 2:12 am
Greenery in family photos

Christmas as a Kid Posted on Dec 8, 2021, 1:12 pm
Things I remember from my childhood Christmases.

An incredible life Posted on Dec 7, 2021, 1:12 am
Today was a day of tears and laughter, and a display of what kind of effect one person from a little town like Davis can have on the world.

Really, all I wanted was sushi Posted on Dec 6, 2021, 2:12 am
How difficult is it to order sushi to eat a home? Also, information on a new Amazon scam

Sunday Stealing Posted on Dec 5, 2021, 3:12 pm
Answers to Sunday Stealing questions.

Saturday 9 Posted on Dec 4, 2021, 3:12 am
Answering questions from Saturday 9

3 - 2 - 1 Posted on Dec 3, 2021, 5:12 pm
This is a SwapBot prompt. 3 good things about November, 2 things looking forward to in December, 1 bad thing about November

The train Picture tradition Posted on Dec 2, 2021, 1:12 am
Our family "train" picture through the years.

Deck the Halls Posted on Dec 1, 2021, 5:12 pm
It's December, so my son has started decorating the house. He's great with lights!

20 Years of Pinatas Posted on Dec 31, 2020, 2:12 am
The kids always lined up youngest to oldest and even today, as adults, when we have an event where we bring a piñata, they still line up youngest to oldest, though the youngest is 50 now!

0.8 mile Posted on Dec 30, 2020, 2:12 am
I went to bed thinking about my neighborhood, where I lived for the first 18 years of my life and thinking about the things I remember passing on the 0.8 mile walk to St. Brigid grammar school each day.

Catching Up Posted on Dec 29, 2020, 6:12 pm
Catching up on sleep, letter writing, and office organization.

Our Family Christmas Posted on Dec 28, 2020, 2:12 am
Heading off to sleep at 9:30 I was going with a full heart and wrapped in the love of our family and how truly wonderful our Christmas was.

Sunday Stealing Posted on Dec 27, 2020, 12:12 am
Set of Christmas questions. "When our kids were little, we had it on good authority that Santa didn't like milk, so we left him cookies and beer."

Saturday 9 Posted on Dec 26, 2020, 1:12 pm
The last Saturday 9 of 2020.

Busy Christmas Eve Posted on Dec 25, 2020, 4:12 am
bean tacos, Christmas lights, and midnight baking along with an "Outlander" marathon. Busy day before Christmas.

My Secret Santa Posted on Dec 24, 2020, 2:12 am
Packed with the camera was a note saying that it was from my Secret Santa...and that I should not open it until Christmas. But, of course, the only way I could see the note not to open it was to open it!

The Egg Nog Gala Posted on Dec 23, 2020, 1:12 pm
There were frequently funny skits. One of my favorites was a re-enactment of the Nativity, with Mary (Jeri) going into a very graphic labor and delivery of a stuffed animal at the end. God did not smite us for that skit, but it certainly was one of the more hilarious nativities anyone has ever seen.

Happy Birthday, Schuyler Posted on Dec 21, 2020, 3:12 pm
Schuyler Rummel-Hudson is 21 years old. I saw a note from her father, Rob Hudson on Facebook this morning ...I have never met Rob, but have been reading his journal entries since before Schuyler was born.

Sunday Stealing Posted on Dec 20, 2020, 12:12 pm
Series of questions all related to Christmas.

Saturday 9 Posted on Dec 19, 2020, 3:12 am
Various questions about holidays.

Childhood memories Posted on Dec 17, 2020, 10:12 pm
Thursday Thirteen memories of my childhood.

Misc Stuff Posted on Dec 17, 2020, 12:12 am
This morning I saw a neighbor talking to her dog. It was obvious she thought her dog understood her. I came into my house & told my cat. We laughed a lot.

What Else Could Go Wrong Posted on Dec 16, 2020, 2:12 pm
Definitely not a good day.

Technology Posted on Dec 15, 2020, 9:12 am
I feel like I'm under a technology black cloud.

Dickens Deserves Residuals Posted on Dec 14, 2020, 3:12 am
How many versions of A Christmas Carol have been made?

Sunday Stealing Posted on Dec 12, 2020, 7:12 pm
A series of questions about life with COVID-19

Saturday 9 Posted on Dec 12, 2020, 1:12 am
Misc questions based on Eartha Kitt's "Santa Baby."

Mel Posted on Dec 11, 2020, 3:12 am
To be able to watch her bathe, dress and make up her face was like watching a beautiful butterfly emerging from a cocoon. Always dressed for the occasion, whether it be work, play, or a night on the town. She was perfection.

Stockings Posted on Dec 10, 2020, 5:12 am
When I was a kid, we didn't have Christmas stockings, we hung up our own socks and "Santa" filled them with walnuts and oranges (not sure how we got oranges in our socks, but we did). There was never anything called a "stocking stuffer."

The Crown Posted on Dec 9, 2020, 5:12 am
... as I said, I wasn't talking about the TV series, but the crown I had put on at my dentist's office yesterday.

Getting Ready Posted on Dec 8, 2020, 4:12 am
The first ornaments that always go on a tree, big or small are those I call the "necropsy ornaments."

Zoom birthday Posted on Dec 7, 2020, 11:12 am
It was a Zoom party with friends from all over, including Ish joining from Japan.

Sunday Stealing Posted on Dec 6, 2020, 12:12 pm
My grandparents took me to a funeral when I was 5 (Lord only knows why) and the casket was covered with a blanket of gardenias. I still get kind of nauseous when I smell gardenias.

Saturday 9 Posted on Dec 4, 2020, 11:12 pm
I met Judy Garland when she came through San Francisco for her Carnegie Hall concert.

To Quench a Thirst Posted on Dec 4, 2020, 1:12 pm
I had a few embarrassing experiences when I had too much to drink.

The Train Picture Posted on Dec 2, 2020, 7:12 pm
It was most fun when we had people from other countries staying with us.

Black Friday, Saturday, Sunday Posted on Dec 1, 2020, 7:12 pm
the ornaments that go on first are what I call the "necropsy ornaments" -- the ball from one of our dogs, the collars from two others, a black leather jacket ornament for David and a smiley face necklace for Paul.

Happy Holidailies Posted on Dec 1, 2020, 1:12 am
While most people reading this know me pretty well from my journal entries, it is common to write an introduction for the new participants of Holidailies who have not visited this blog before.

Just too nice a day Posted on Feb 23, 2017, 8:02 pm
Clouds and blossoms. Gotta get out and appreciate nature!

Translation Posted on Feb 22, 2017, 4:02 am
Being a medical trascriptionist = "When I think of medical transcription, I think of my very first job. I still cringe when I remember it."

Spring Forward Posted on Feb 22, 2017, 4:02 am
Mostly about Trump's news conference.-- "He is the man who cries wolf every time he opens his mouth and one of these days he's going to have a very important message to deliver and nobody will believe him because they have become so used to his lies."

Horror Stories Posted on Feb 16, 2017, 8:02 am
From TV, I learned that doctors are always warm, caring, knowledgeable and miracle workers.... Apparently people who work in gerontology never watched doctor shows. The horror stories about uncaring or incompetent doctors is staggering.

A Valentine Posted on Feb 14, 2017, 5:02 am
A valentine for my husband

A Few Tears Posted on Feb 13, 2017, 4:02 am
Memories of old Lamplighters theatre days.

Thank a Teacher Posted on Feb 13, 2017, 4:02 am
A summary of the teachers I have had.

How to Sublimate Posted on Feb 13, 2017, 4:02 am
Rather than sit and stew all day, I put on a Grey's Anatomy marathon and made a pocket letter I haven't done a pocket letter in a couple of months now and this particular one, with a music theme, was overdue, so I needed to finish it all in one day.

Food, Glorious Food Posted on Feb 13, 2017, 4:02 am
I had no idea how much I knew about The Food Network before I started writing this ... and I haven't even gotten to Cooks vs. Cons or Bakers vs. Fakers.

Benny Crap Posted on Feb 7, 2017, 2:02 pm
I have Valentine's crap, St. Patrick's Day crap, misc crap including hats and sunglasses (they have enough that would please even Elton John), things to sit on, things to wear, party favors, a glass with hearts on it, floral arrangement, and then an assortment of things to send to the girls with their weekly letter.

Oh, how I wish.... Posted on Feb 7, 2017, 2:02 pm
I think all together it probably took me 3 hours to make this picture but I am so pleased with how it came out. I can hardly wait to show you!

Heartbreak Posted on Feb 7, 2017, 2:02 pm
The politics in India have changed and it appears that by the middle of next month Compassion International will have to end its sponsorship programs in that country. I sponsor two children there.

Not My Day Posted on Feb 1, 2017, 8:02 pm
We had an early dinner and then headed to Sacramento for the show. But the news reported that they had closed the bridge we have to cross to get into town because a woman was on the bridge with a bomb. Traffic was backed up for miles.

Looking Back, Part 2 Posted on Dec 30, 2016, 1:12 pm
44. What did you want and not get? A ceiling light for the kitchen and a Democratic president..... HAPPY NEW YEAR, ALL YOU HOLIDAILIERS. See you next year!

Today at Logos Posted on Dec 30, 2016, 3:12 am
This movie had a bit more of a crowd than last night's Rogue One. It also had a better plot, more hummable music, and nothing exploded, so I liked it better. Strange new-fangled musical, but with the most incredible opening scene you are ever going to see!

Lost and Found Posted on Dec 29, 2016, 2:12 am
I started searching through everything, including emptying the garbage cans, going through the to-be-done laundry. I went through my purse at least 3 times (and this baby is a BIG phone, so hard to miss in a purse!)

Looking Back, Part 1 Posted on Dec 28, 2016, 5:12 am
I have a questionnaire I answer each year at the end of the year. This is the fist 25 of 50 questions about how the year has gone.

The Atria Saga Posted on Dec 27, 2016, 2:12 am
After a rant about the facility a mostly photographic account of how our day-late Christmas went. Warning: Cuteness and silliness ensue.

Perfect Posted on Dec 26, 2016, 6:12 am
I was VERY nervous about cooking my very first prime rib, especially after I picked it up yesterday. and saw the price. Walt's comment "Just don't burn it!"

Sunday Stealing Posted on Dec 25, 2016, 4:12 am
we can be tranquil and thankful and proud / For man's been endowed with a mushroom-shaped cloud / And we know for certain that some lovely day / Someone will set the spark off / And we will all be blown away!!

The Lights of Davis Posted on Dec 23, 2016, 8:12 pm
(Have you ever wondered what it looks like inside Snoopy's house?)

Today at Logos Posted on Dec 23, 2016, 2:12 pm
She bought a book on Pancho Villa and had lots of interesting things to tell me about Villa's son, who apparently grew up in Hayward, CA and didn't know he was related to Villa until he was an adult ("Villa had kids all over the place," she said).

Home Alone Posted on Dec 22, 2016, 3:12 am
A good follow-up to yesterday's entry was this video I came across today. I'd forgotten about it, but it pretty much shows everything I talked about yesterday...and the background music is "the Grassy Noel," the song our kids' band, Lawsuit wrote and recorded.

73 Christmases Posted on Dec 21, 2016, 7:12 am
(doesn't a USS Enterprise ornament with Spock saying 'live long and prosper" just sound like Christmas to you?)

Keep Rolo-ing Along Posted on Dec 20, 2016, 1:12 pm
We are going to a New Year's Eve party and have to bring some food, so I'm gong to make a big tray of these. I've never seen them before and I suspect people will like them.

No Kindle Apology Posted on Dec 18, 2016, 6:12 pm
I have read a lot of books on the Kindle and often feel apologetic, especially when people like my friends, used book owners in Hayward, look down their nose because I was essentially robbing them of a potential sale.

Sunday Stealing Posted on Dec 18, 2016, 11:12 am
I enjoyed champagne just a bit too much and when we got home, I desperately needed a bathroom, but when I started weaving up the stairs, my foot caught on the leg of the coulotte, I fell on my face on the stairs and peed all over myself.

Can You Hear Me Now Posted on Dec 16, 2016, 11:12 pm
Two and a half hours later we walked out with 2 new phones and two Samsung tablets. We either got an incredible deal, or these guys are the best gol-durn used car salesmen in town.

Lunch and Logos Posted on Dec 16, 2016, 8:12 am
It's always such a wonderful catharsis to spend time with these wonderful, intelligent women and I always come away with a big load off my shoulders. At least I had somewhere to dump my frustrations.

Trimming the Tree Posted on Dec 15, 2016, 3:12 am
I did find a Charlie Brown-type tree that was only $8. It was scruffy, wire, scrunched up, but the price was right--and it was green. Of course it wasn't one of those that came with lights, so I bought a string of 35 tiny lights and a teeny golden garland and headed home.

Feet Posted on Dec 14, 2016, 9:12 am
We had a regular tech to do the full body exams, but Dr. G assumed I would do the heel density exams. Not much "touching" involved, but I absolutely hated doing it. Bad enough handling my own feet, but handling the feet of strangers..... ewwww.

I'm Ready for My Close-up Mr. Hitchcock Posted on Dec 13, 2016, 3:12 am
Did you ever wonder what birds do during the day?

Easy Queasy Posted on Dec 12, 2016, 1:12 pm
I was so pleased that we were finally able to rid our house of tribbles yesterday.

Sunday Stealing Posted on Dec 10, 2016, 8:12 pm
Something that makes you feel better after a hard day? Sinking into my recliner, turning on the television, and NOT seeing anything about Donald Trump.

Saturday 9 Posted on Dec 10, 2016, 2:12 am
My aunt was apparently the first woman granted a pilot's license in California. My great uncle (and godfather) was a champion 6 days bicycle racer. Another great uncle came within one fight of being feather weight boxing champion. My grandparents were in vaudeville, and my grandfather was an Irish tenor in a barbershop quartet.

Today at Logos Posted on Dec 9, 2016, 1:12 pm
A woman came in to look for specific cookbooks -- she was going to find a Best of Weight Watchers book, or a Mennonite cookbook. We had neither, so she went off to the "new" book store down the block and later returned to buy the Mosswood cookbook.

All I want is to pay the %$# Bill !! Posted on Dec 7, 2016, 8:12 pm
I put the credit card information in and clicked 'submit" but it would not accept it without the last 4 digits of her SS number and it did not recognize the number. Even though it says that is her number right on the card! There was a link to send a note to their customer service address, so I wrote one. In a few minutes I had a response saying that though their office hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and though I was calling at 3 p.m., the office was closed.

Who orders salmon in a steakhouse? Posted on Dec 7, 2016, 2:12 am
The woman next to me asked if I write things about shows. I told her that I was the critic for the Davis Enterprise and that was an a-ha moment for most of them. It was like the time someone at a new theater asked if I was "The" Bev Sykes. Turns out they all read my stuff, which is quite humbling.

Old Acquaintances Posted on Dec 6, 2016, 3:12 am
(The top of the piano contained a vat of shrimp, where Walt and I spent a lot of time!)

Forty Nutcrackers Posted on Dec 4, 2016, 7:12 pm
"We were insane,” said Jeri. “We had the run of the place and we had Bob Bowen who trusted us and was willing to go along with anything we wanted to try” (like drilling holes in the stage floor and filling tubes with flour that they could blast through the holes when a canon supposedly went off).

Sunday Stealing Posted on Dec 3, 2016, 8:12 pm
I'm a granny panty kind of girl. Plain white cotton. Very boring.

God Bless Us Every One Posted on Dec 2, 2016, 8:12 pm
And there is Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, which was a real favorite around here. How can you not like a story about an elf who wants to be a dentist?

Marvel the Mustang Posted on Dec 1, 2016, 6:12 pm
I have to admit that it assuaged my guilt just a bit when I discovered that Marvel the Zebra (not his real name) costs $250. That explains why there never was a Marvel the Mustang for Jeri.

It's That Time Again Posted on Dec 1, 2016, 3:12 am
I started this journal in March of 2000 and have written 6093 entries as of today. It is very rare that I do not post an entry a day.




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