Wednesday, August 1, 2018

It's break time, see you in September!

Taking a break

We're taking our annual break this month  See you again in September!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Art in the yard


These cats were just taking in the sun late Sunday afternoon. Looking at the large cat made me wonder if he was considered a "watch" cat. He seemed to be so serene and watchful.

IMG_6163-1I love to see what people will use to add some fun and interest to their yards. Does a cat lover live here?

I have to wonder, with so many of these cats around, if that could be the reason for the empty birdcage?

Monday, July 30, 2018

The Downey Depot Transportation Center

Downey Depot Transportation Center

Across the parking lot from the brick walls lies the Downey Depot Transportation Center. I've posted a close-up of this mural before (Not just any tiled wall), but I wanted to show you the entire building this time.

The center was built at the site of the old Downey train station. (There was an unsuccessful effort at the time to save the old station as a historical building.) You can see a picture of the old station here.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

It's 5 o'clock somewhere


I went out for a drive today to find a picture for today's post—I was looking for some new yard art pictures.

I had been in the pool right before I left and my hair was still wet and dripping on my back, so I decided to squeeze out some of the water. My hand closed around a clump of hair by my pony tail and as I began to squeeze, I felt a large beetle stuck to my hair. Of course, I freaked out and flicked it out of my hair without any thought other than getting it as far away from me as possible. It whizzed away, but then I was driving in an enclosed car with a hissing iridescent beetle—somewhere unknown—I could hear him, but not see him. Needless to say, it was an interesting drive as I looked for a new picture, and I could not relax until I finally found him, pulled over, and managed to get him out of the car!

Somewhere, in the back of my mind, I thought that after those moments with the beetle, I was ready for a nice cool glass of wine. After all, it is 5 o'clock somewhere!

Friday, July 27, 2018

Brick walls

Brick and stairs

Brick is not the most common building material in southern California. This is partly because of our weather—brick holds in heat, which isn't as useful in our climate as it is elsewhere. But it's also because brick isn't very stable in an earthquake, which we have a lot of. Today's building codes require that brick be reinforced with rebar (whether on new construction or retrofitted), which makes it much more expensive than wood. But...brick is common in this little row of old retail buildings along Firestone Blvd.

So why this picture? I like the look of brick and I like vintage buildings. This also is the back of the old Sears catalog store, where I got my first part-time job years ago, so there's a bit of nostalgia thrown in.

"There's a certain nostalgia and romance in a place you left."
~ David Guterson

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Digging holes


In the back of the Kaiser Permanente Hospital, there is a lot of construction going on. They have torn up the parking lot. This machine is drilling very deep holes. This new tower expansion will add 96 beds along with updated technology to the campus, according to the Downey Patriot.


As you can see from the picture above, they have long cylinders of rebar ready to drop down the holes and then fill the holes with cement.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Last summer concert of 2018


So, Downey's Twilight Summer Concert Series is over for this year. It ended with the Lindy Sisters, who are an Andrew Sisters tribute band. The 1940s swing era group kept the audience entertained with classic hits like "In the Mood" and "Rum and Coca-Cola." See their upcoming events, history, and songs for sale here.

DSC_0847They certainly had some of the audience up and swing dancing.

“Don't breathe to survive; dance and feel alive.”
~ Shah Asad Rizvi

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Ivy tree


I saw this tree as I was driving by the other evening. I wonder how long it took for the ivy to cover it so completely.

I also wonder if the owner of the home noticed the ivy as it was growing and kept intending to trim it until it was too late.