Before The Roses Wilt

April 23, 2015

There is an article in this weeks NY Mag….about avocados….

I NEVER knew it takes 72 gallons of water to grow a pound of them compared to 9 gallons for a pound of tomatoes….

and that 80% grown in the US come from California..and a third of those from within a 20 mile radius of the small town called Fallbrook….which is suffering severely the drought now….

ever since Governor Brown’s stood on an arid field which should have been covered in 5 feet of snow….

announcing that California HAD to cut back 25%…..

I felt it …MORE……

my wonderful Neph Owen and his Beautiful wife Laura started recycling their grey water for plant use over a year ago….

since then I have been more conservative…but after Jerry Brown’s I have treated water like liquid gold…and in warming up my shower use a pail to collect water for my plants….etc etc….

I got really upset with a new temp at work who spent what seemed like FOREVER…. washing cream cheese off a plastic knife….

Today was one of those dreamy,soft days…in that EVERYTHING from the dream that woke me up at 1:30 … was SO Fabulous….

in the dream…two of my dearest and oldest friends…Laura and Ned…had prepared a surprise party for me…when I went back to my birthplace….. the Twin Cities….(their hometown)

they had invited just Women…all of my favorites ….(now all departed on their cruise into the Firmament)

friends of my uncle…..

Ned’s mother “Bettina” (as Mom called her)

…..Connie Dillingham…who was a Christian Scientist (they don’t imbibe)…and one day summers ago…helped Dad lite his barbecue by taking the Bourbon bottle and dousing the charcoal…..tossing in a match…..saying “Bob This is HOW You Do It”

Nancy Shepherd was there as was Olivia Dodge….and Janie Griggs….Polly Ordway Wallace….

gosh they WERE all there….

they were dressed in costumes…

Connie in one of those Mexican Senorita full dresses with tons of petticoats…which she dancingly raised to show me the layers

Laura is a FABULOUSLY natural cook…she was cooking this sauce that was so delicious…she spooned it into my mouth…after I had taken a bite off out of a peach in one hand…and was to follow that with a bite of cactus in my other hand…..

it was DROP dead Delicious…she had made a wine reduction sauce

….the nectar from Morning Glories….

and a touch of charcoal embers from a 500 mile canoe trip I had taken in 1968 with Dad and my bro Sumner on the Rat River in the Northwest Territories

well after that I just woke up….unable to go back to sleep for an hour…

Wondering WHERE did THAT dream come from………………………..

Work today…was equally delicious…

well being a pod wall away from Michelle….

it always is….

but for some reason….it meant more to me today…

due to the dream as Michelle is SOO Wonderful…..and unappreciated ..which always floors me…..it is just such a joy to be next to her…and hear her talking non stop……(which you never know whether it is meant for you…or she is on the telephone…or her own ruminations…)

I came home to see my invaluable housekeeper Isabel…she has been with me for 30 years through most of my lovers…I have seen her children from babies through college to being married and now having their small kids….

A new perspective roommate came over …..

Remy is drop dead gorgeous..well she should be as she is a model…..that striking Indian look..with fabulous cafe au lait skin…long black hair and skinny…..and so soo Gracious…you feel you have ALWAYS known her….

her boyfriend Alexander had responded to my ad…

he is a bioengineer for Amgen in Thousand Oaks…..has lived in France, Thailand..went to Cornell…just moved here from N Carolina….

they are both 27

she is soo soo charming…reminds me of me dear friend…the Beautiful Fabulous Actress Meg Steedle….who was SOO GOOD on the Mysteries of Laura last night….she has so many talents…last night she made me laugh so much when she had to dip her arm into a street vendor’s hot dog stand…to try to find a taser at the bottom…and the water was HOT…as Laura/Debra said..”Well THAT is why they call them ‘Hot Dogs'”

Remy said she would take it in a heartbeat….but it was up to Alex…as he would have to commute every day…from here to Thousand Oaks……

this all makes me question my retirement and moving to Palm Springs…..

as there is NOTHING like the energy of the young…the 27 year olds……

who ENEGIZE me so Much!!!!

but like All Successful Perfomances….

one must make an exist at the Top of One’s Game

Before the Roses Wilt…………………..(sigh!!)

One Response to “Before The Roses Wilt”

  1. Richard said

    I don’t like the story, I LOVE it!!! And what is that remark about the young that Energize you so much in LA–well, let me tell you, you haven’t been around Robert enough to be energized appropriately–I lovingly call him “The Energizer Bunny” So move East Young Man, Move East before all the petals have dropped. Hugs R&R

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