Monday, June 17, 2019



This afternoon all of the near misses came to an end.  We got rain.  A significant amount fell for about 30 minutes.  It still looks like it could rain again.  

The ‘Old School Friday’ song was “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” by Marvin Gaye.  ‘Easy Monday’ may bring back some memories from the 60’s, if you were around then (555).  “Slow down, you move too fast, you got to make the morning last.  Just kicking down the cobblestones.  Looking for fun and __ __.  Ba da da da da da da, __ __.”  Hint:  The main part of the title is not sung in the song.  There is a bridge involved.  There is also a duo involved.

Saturday evening we went to ArtBridge for the opening of “Small Sabai #4”, an exhibit of small paintings by members of the collective.  We hadn’t been to an opening in a long time and it was good to see so many friends.  It was also good to see so much wonderful art in a small format.  Now our focus is on the women’s group show which opens on June 29.  There will be 50 women participating, not only from Thailand, but several other countries in the region.  

Sunday we had lunch with our friend Edwin, at The Wanderer.  It’s always a pleasure to hang out with him.  He told us about the recent trip to Europe he and his wife took.  We discussed many topics from world news to local trivia and it never got dull.  

This morning we stopped at the shop of Khun Orn, a seamstress and while I was waiting I noticed the traffic light pole.  This happens in some neighborhoods where the locals want to add some beauty to the surroundings.

When the rain hit this afternoon, we were at Chivit Tamma Da.  We just stayed on the porch, sipped our iced coffee and watched it fall.  We were a little concerned about Natcha and Nitchanan because it was the time for them to be returning from the pre-school.  Later, Natcha told us they stayed at the school and waited for the rain to end.  

Tomorrow we go to Chiang Mai for our final treatments from Dr. Parry the chiropractor.  This time we’re going to stay with a friend of ours who lives across the street from the hospital.  That will be pretty cool, just walk across the street and we’re there.  Time to start packing the small amount of stuff we’ll need for the overnight trip.

Have a Great week.


“We live only to discover beauty.
All else is a form of waiting.”
~Kahlil Gibran

Friday, June 14, 2019

Friday Funnies


We’re getting a little annoyed with these carbon-copy days of looking like rain and not delivering.  Today we had giant, dark clouds, the tell-tale wind and still nothing.  What do we have to do, a dance?  Hmm, somewhere a dance is being prepared.

The ‘Middle Song’ was “Ain’t That Peculiar” by Marvin Gaye.  ‘Old School Friday’ is from 1965 and goes like this:
“__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __, __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __.  I needed the shelter of someone’s arms, and there you were.  I needed someone to understand my ups and downs, and there you were.  With sweet love and devotion, deeply touching my emotion, I want to stop and thank you baby, I just want to stop and thank you baby.  __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __.  Hint:  This is a song of gratitude.  

This morning we picked up Kevi and Jesil at their little hotel at 8:30 and drove to The Wanderer.  After ordering, we picked a table for four in a small clearing, surrounded by trees and foliage.  Other than us, the place was empty and very quiet.  We could hear the geese in the distance, but that was all.  We had already had breakfast, since we get up at 6:30.  I almost ordered what Jesil had, the cinnamon French toast, but I restrained myself.  It was a little early for dessert.  Mercy came to our table and said hello to each of us.  When they had finished eating, we took a stroll down the path to the river.  There is so much to see in that short distance.  The geese sounded their alarm and began honking and shuffling around.  All in all, it was a great experience.  We left The Wanderer and came to our house and hung out for a little and then took them back downtown to their hotel.

We had one half hour before our lunch date at Sabroso.  On our way, we got a message that our date had to cancel. We still had to eat so we continued to the restaurant.  Today I ordered something different from my usual order of tacos.  They made me an order of enchiladas with the non-spicy sauce and they were good.  Now I have options.  

Stop the presses, Natcha made her famous cookies today.  She’s back!  When we got home from lunch the kitchen was full of the aroma of cocoa.  They’re not just cookies, they’re healthy cookies that help promote red blood cells. It doesn’t get any better than that.  Just can’t eat them all at once (555).

Today’s photo is the little cats that think our yard is theirs.  Three of them sunning, but one is hidden.  They just watched us watch them.  They’re getting bold.

Have a Wonderful WeekEnd.         Time for the ‘Funnies’.


Thursday, June 13, 2019



The weather people got it wrong again today.  Or maybe the big dark clouds forgot their mission.  They cruised around all day, full of water that was supposed to be dropped on us.  Instead, they leaked a bit and drifted away.

Well, only a couple of people have named the second Marvin Gaye song for this week.  See if these lyrics ring any bells:  “You tell me lies that should be obvious to me.  I’ve been so much in love with you baby ’til I don’t wanna see, that things you do and say are designed to make me blue.  It’s a dog gone shame my love for you makes all your lies seem true.  But if the truth makes love last longer, why do lies make my love stronger?  __ __ __.”  Note:  There is a line following the ‘hook’ but it gives away the title so I left it out.  Yesterdays hints still apply.

This morning Natcha came in as we were finishing breakfast.  She feels a lot better and was ready to go to work.  It hasn’t been three days since she saw the doctor, so we said she could cook, but no cleaning.  She’s taking Nitchanan to school and back and doing a few more things each day.  Daku is quite happy to hang out with her in the kitchen.

We met our friend John at Polar Bakery for a mid-morning visit.  We always have interesting conversations when we meet with him.  He’s one of the few Americans that we hang out with on a regular basis.  I mention it because there are references that we can make and understand.  Today we discussed the travel to and from the States and the feelings that arise.  It was a stimulating conversation.  In the end, there was lots of laughter and clever insights.  

When we arrived at Polar most of the big tables had ‘reserved’ signs on them.  The place was empty, but as time passed we noticed a few folks coming in and consulting with the staff.  A little later a group of monks arrived and then more folks.  As they shifted seating and rearranged themselves, John suspected it was the meal after a house dedication.  

The photo below was taken this morning as we were leaving Polar.  Look closely and tell me what you see.

On our way home we took a trip into town to the big fruit stand at the Healthy Market.  We haven’t been there in a long time.  The couple that own it were very happy to see us.  The husband was like, “Where you been?”.  It’s been a week of reunions and it feels good reconnecting.

We spent the rest of the day waiting for the rain (555).  Tomorrow we’re having breakfast at The Wanderer with visitors Kevi and Jesil.  For lunch, we’re meeting Atom at Sabroso.  It will take the afternoon to recover (555).  So much good food.

Have a Thrilling Thursday.


“Study nature, love nature,
stay close to nature.  
It will never fail you.”
~Frank Lloyd Wright

Wednesday, June 12, 2019



The weather today was so close to rain it’s not funny.  Everything was lining up to be a nice rainy day.  It began with random drops, then a very light but steady drizzle that was visible on the surface of the pool.  Then, all of a sudden it stopped, only to return with the same pattern in the early evening.  So frustrating.

The ‘Easy Monday’ song was “Hitch Hike” by Marvin Gaye.  Now do you remember?  Here’s the ‘Middle Song’ for the week:  “Honey you do me wrong but still I’m crazy about you.  Stay away too long and I can’t do without you.  Every chance you get you seem to hurt me more and more.  But each hurt makes my love stronger than before.  I know flowers grow through rain, but how can love grow through pain?  __ __ __?  Hint:  Something that is strange, odd, unusual, like the way he’s been treated.

We spent a mellow day at home.  Communicated with friends and took care of some business.  Natcha was feeling much better today.  She came in this morning and washed the breakfast dishes, but we told her that was all she could do.  The family went out to dinner this evening.  It’s nice to see her bouncing back.  We had lunch at home, courtesy of Lisa’s fabulous soup that she had made for Natcha.  She took some of the basic stock Natcha makes, and added noodles and her secret sauce and it made the perfect ‘cloudy day lunch’.

Next week we will go to Chiang Mai for another overnighter.  It will be our last time for treatment from Dr. Parry, our chiropractor.  His departure was moved up to the end of this month. 

My friend Kevin (Kevie-Kev) is visiting Thailand from the Hollywood area.  He and his girlfriend rode the bus up to Chiang Rai today.  After the 5pm meeting, the four of us had dinner at Sawadee Restaurant in the Night Bazaar.
As we walked through the Bazaar, all of our merchant friends told us how ‘no one comes’, meaning business has been very slow.  When we got to the ‘Scarf Lady’ she was beaming.  She had been to New York City for 5 days and was still excited from the experience.  

Every now and then Gong tries his hand at landscape ‘artistry’, and every now and then we have to say ‘no’.  Today we discovered a piece of a hollow log that he had used in another flower bed and it actually worked.  Today’s placement was just wrong, so it will have to find a new home.  It’s a great piece of wood and we’d like to see it in the yard, just some place else.  

Today’s photo was taken under the bathroom sink in a salon.  

Feels like a Wacky Wednesday.


“You cannot shake hands with 
a clenched fist.”
~Indira Ganhdi

Tuesday, June 11, 2019



Well, the rain didn’t come but the heat and humidity did.  There has been a steady breeze and that has helped with stirring the humidity as well as moving the occasional smoke from trash fires.  Yep, they’re at it again.

The ‘Easy Monday’ song seems to have been a ‘curve’ for some of you.  A few know the song.  Maybe this will help:
“Chicago City Limits, that’s what the sign on the highway read (__ __) __ __ (__ __).  I’m gonna keep movin’ till I get to that street corner, 6th and 3rd (6th and 3rd, __ __ baby.  I’ve got to find that girl if I have to __ __ ‘round the world….”  Clue:  The art of traveling without a vehicle, or rather, riding in someone else’s.  He was a major motor city artist.

This morning Gong took Natcha to Overbrook Hospital to see about her fever and sore throat.  She was going to go to the government hospital, but we insisted that she go where she wouldn’t have to wait possibly all day.  She found out she has strep throat.  After an injection, the doctor sent her home with medicine and instructions to rest.  Lisa made her some soup and Gong got her food.  She’s feeling a little better this evening.  

With Natcha on ‘restriction’, we’re on a tour of our eating places and hunting for new ones.  Today we had lunch at The Hungry Wolf and dinner at Sabroso (it’s Taco Tuesday).  We had afternoon coffee with our friend Atom at The Wanderer.  She is also a fan of Sabroso and we’re going to have a meal there on Friday.  

Today’s photo was taken last year on our Summer Visit to the States.  Sunset at the Pacific Ocean.  We’ll be there in less than a month.

According to the great predictors of weather, we should be getting rain tomorrow and more through the weekend.  We all know what that means:  It could happen, or not.  We are hoping it happens.  Things are green again but it’s going to take some deep watering to sustain them through the season.

Have a Happy Tuesday.


"Not to know is bad,
not to wish to know
is worse.”
~African Proverb

Monday, June 10, 2019



We had lots of sun, clouds and thunder, but no rain over the weekend.  As far as the gardens are concerned, we’re back in drought mode.  Rain is forecast for tomorrow.  

The ‘Old School Friday’ song was “Up On The Roof” by Carole King.  It was originally recorded by The Drifters in 1962.  King wrote many songs that were recorded by other artists.  And now, on to ‘Easy Monday’.  “I’m goin’ to Chicago, that’s the last place my baby strayed (__ __) __ __ (__ __, baby).  I’m packin’ up my bags, gonna leave this old town right away (__ __) __ __ (__ __ baby).  I’ve got to find that girl if I have to __ __ ‘round the world.  (__ __) __ __.”  Hint:  The action in the title usually involves a thumb.

Things get a little crazy around here whenever Natcha gets sick.  It doesn’t happen often, but this time we had to fend for ourselves over the weekend and probably for a few more days.  Oh, poor us (555).  Saturday evening we were going to go to ArtBridge for an opening but decided to just stay at home.  It’s good we did.  Cat called later to say that she didn’t come over because the roads to our house were blocked for the ‘Chiang Rai Night Run’.  It’s great that there was a run at night, not that it was much cooler, but there was no blazing sun.  

Sunday we went to The Wanderer for lunch and ate dinner at home again.  There are other things that have to be done and it makes us even more grateful for all that Natcha does.  We don’t want her to work when she’s sick and this is one of those times when we told her to follow the doctors instructions and relax.  It’s a flu of some kind and we know how awful that can feel.    

This morning we went to Chivit for iced coffee and then down to Big C for a few supplies.  We lunched across the road at Central Plaza, then went down to the lower floor for a quick visit to Top’s Market.  As soon as we arrived there we saw our friends Chalit, Nu, and their mom.  They operate Bliss photography studio and we’ve been friends for many years.  The coconut cookies we were looking for were not to be found, but it’s OK.  May have to wait until Natcha is well before getting another cookie fix (555).

Daku is missing Natcha.  They are buddies and spend a lot of time together.  She usually takes him out for his mid-morning stroll around the yard, and then he’ll hang out in the kitchen while she fixes lunch and dinner.  Lately, he’s been preoccupied with the scent of the cat family from next door.  There are 4 orange cats that look like the mom, 2 teens and a kitten.  Daku has spotted them on the wall a few times and we watched them sunning in our driveway one day.  They think it’s their yard.  We check before letting Daku run out.  He would chase them, and we really don’t know much about them or how they might respond if confronted.  

Today’s photo shows Nitchanan riding her horsey.  It bounces and she hops around like an old pro.  

Have a Great Week.


“Imagination is the true magic carpet.”
~Norman Vincent Peale

Friday, June 7, 2019

Friday Funnies


Another beautiful day in Chiang Rai.  Very hot, with scattered clouds, mostly blue sky.  Same as it ever was.

The ‘Middle Song’ was “You’ve Got A Friend”, written by Carole King and also recorded by James Taylor.  The ‘Old School Friday’ song is from King's 1970 album, but was first recorded in 1962 by a group you should know.  Extra ‘Cool Points’ if you know the group.  “When this old world starts getting me down, and people are just too much for me to face.  I climb way up to the top of the stairs, and all my cares just drift right into space.  __ __ __ it’s peaceful as can be, and there the world below can’t bother me… __ __ __ __”  Hint:  The top of a building.  The title is four words.

This morning Lisa supervised some planting by the pool.  The plants we bought a few days ago have found a happy home.  Next week another flower bed will get remodeled.  

The big news around here is the revelation that the big building off the corner of our lot, will be a meditation center.  The smaller, mystery lot, will be a tiny house.  The big place should be fairly quiet if that’s really what it 
is.  Can’t imagine too much noise (555).  The photo below is from the corner of our lot, behind our pool.

The Wanderer was our coffee stop today.  We learned that the little rescue puppy, Joy (sounds like Joey), will probably be staying.  Everyone in the family, especially Mercy, has taken a liking to the little guy.  

Today we traveled to the south end of town to HomePro.  They have a garden center with lots of special things to keep plants healthy.  They also have an array of 4K HD TV monitors right in one’s path to the exit.  It always starts a conversation, as it’s supposed to, about whether seeing things in this enhanced reality is really healthy (555).  Does reality become boring after viewing the super crisp images?  Today we conceded that tennis would be better because we could see the ball better during ‘clay season’.  I’m still leaning that way, especially since current vision is not what it was 20 years ago.  

A few nights ago Cat asked a question about English that was an eye-opener.  She wanted to know why some words that ended in ‘ed’ were not pronounced with that as a syllable.  For instance: bounced is pronounced ‘bounst’ in reality.  Whereas wasted is pronounced wast-ed.  In fact, pronounced ends with the ‘st’ sound.  I never learned any rule about this and it was never really discussed.  Weird, huh?

Cat’s two-week observation session ended today and she moved back to her ‘dorm’.  Regular classes begin next week.  In her fifth year she will spend a year as a student teacher.  The school where she observed may ask her to return, in which case, she would move back ‘home’ for a year.  Daku said that will be fine with him, although, we’re reserving the right to keep him with us at night whenever we like.  

Have a Wonderful WeekEnd.    Stay tuned for the ‘Funnies’, which were discovered at The Wanderer.  Formula 1 is in Canada this weekend.  Zoom!