Sunday, August 23, 2009

Birthdays, Trees, and neighbors

Today is my honey's fathers birthday. Turning 84 must be exciting in this day and age. He is healthy, active, lives alone, dates every now and then, plus he loves my sweet treats that I sent him. He tells me every time we talk he is going to live to he is 104. Lately he has changed that to he is going to live til he is 120 years old since he is enjoying it so much. He has lived in the same community, same house for last 50 years, if not longer. Just outside San Francisco. Across the Golden Gate Bridge. His hillside home is full of beautiful redwood trees. Ancient and powerful trees. There is one tree that is so old it takes 3 adults with arms stretched to the limit to circle it. Last week we were discussing paper products - he sends us magazines and newspapers articles that he feels we might enjoy reading. I had to tell him "Dad don't do that, we read everything online these days so Tree's are NOT cut down. Which then lead to the conversion about the redwood trees in his yard. A neighbor had suggested to him that a few of these should be cut down to improve the "View" from their hillside. Needless to say Dad was outraged. I could not believe someone would even consider cutting redwood trees down. I wish these trees were 'protected trees' in regard that it is against the law to cut these down. All I can say is "His neighbor must be a self-centered nitwit." So today I need to cook up a few of his favorites to send off. He loves the marshmallows, and several of the cookies. I'm thinking some of my zucchini bread since it's a bit more healthy. Then he could also share at the local gathering place of his friends.

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