Thursday, January 24, 2008


I mentioned, a couple of days ago, that I was waiting for a certain book, in order to explain the nine stakes I pounded into the earth during the ceremony to bless the house. Well, Supat brought the book over today. The text dates back 400 years, when Ayutthaya (1350 to 1767) was the capital of Thailand (Siam). When the home of the King was being built, nine pieces of wood were put into the earth. Each piece was a different kind of wood and each symbolized a different aspect of good fortune. Briefly they are as follows: Success, Upward Mobility, Prosperity, Happy Home, Safety in Home, Protection by Spirits, Power to Make Things Happen, Health and Strength for Money, and Support System for Success. The leaves that I placed at the base of the mast represented gold, silver and bronze. The jewels represent birth, colors for the days of the week and the power of the rainbow. Now you know, and so do I.
Only one person knew the song on the first day. I'll bet you can guess who that was. Anyway, here's a chance for you to be a winner too. "The guy musta wanted to pass me up As he kept on tooting his horn I'll show him that a Cadillac is not a car to scorn __ __, __ __, his horn went __ __ __" Hint: I think, if you try real hard, you might figure this out. (I practically gave it to you)
Today we went for a bike ride. The first in a long time. We saw our neighbors, the cows, and then rode down by the river, where we saw restaurant workers busy getting ready for the day. The sites and smells in the morning are really something. After we returned, I went out and recorded some of the bird sounds. We're not in Culver City anymore!
The afternoon was spent looking at tile for floors and walls in different parts of the house. Mind boggling, is one way to put it. We went to a giant outlet that had some of the most beautiful tile we'd ever seen. What made the whole thing difficult was the fact that we want to be sure we use 'slip free' tile. A design would catch our eye, but we'd have to pass because it wasn't slip free. We finally settled on most of our needs, after changing our intentions a few times. We think the final 'look' for each room will be unique and dramatic. Two hours is our limit. A few more days of 'scouting for parts' and we should be able to relax for a while.
I understand that it's been raining in SoCal. Have a Fabulous Thursday anyway. If you're not in SoCal, have the same kind of day.


"One meets their destiny often in the road they take to avoid it."
~French Proverb

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

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