Commercial #7 I am an Apple Success Story

I wake and open my eyes after being up till 4:30 a.m. with a cell phone and computer attempting to establish an i cloud password. It is 7:30 a.m. as I make a slice of toast and return to bed hoping to sleep as we all need more than 3 hours a night to reset the body. At 11:30 a.m. I wake, force myself out of bed reeling from the night before with my computer adventure.

Keep your eyes on the prize.

Angry to have to wait 4 hours for a decision on how to obtain a password that “sticks,” I re-read every web site formerly explored and find another way. As a single parent this was my mantra/motto,

“There’s always a way.”

And as it worked for me during those challenging years, it worked tonight. Finding the site for Apple password change I once again travel the screens. This time when I was told of my success in password change I checked out the screen with the white, 30 something female computer geek who is problably making 250 k a year. While I hate her I send her love and go through her directions reinserting the “new password.” It takes much thought and I breathe heavily for the next 5 to 7 minutes making selections. I think, “This is more taxing than The Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” but. I continue as I sweat and give it my all knowing no million dollars is at the end of this journey.

I keep my trusty address book by my side just in case I forget the password as my eyes a beginning to droop but the brain remains engaged. I tell myself, “Come on eyeballs get over it,” and slap my face. I become more alert and low and behold, IT STICKS, THE PASSWORD IS ACCEPTED.




What can I do to celebrate? It is 4:30 a.m. I am in Florida in the middle of a pandemic.

I know.

I can dye my hair,

and in 2 1/2 hours I can make an appointment for my quarterly teeth cleaning.

Life continues.

The Corazon Cinema and Cafe

This spot is truly St. Augustine’s corazon, (translation: heart in Spanish). Here on 36 Granada Street, a special cinema and cafe opens at 11:30 a.m. for a tasty fare daily. Movies begin at 7 pm. and there are weekend matinees. For specifics or 904-679-5736.

Live music and special events are conducted weekly with an assortment of games and fun things for the customer to do. On the night of my visit the St. Augustine improv group had a 2 1/2 hour show of folly. Here are three of the group members revving up.

Away from the maddening crowd of St. Augustine proper this is a great place to grab a glass of wine or beer and relax. They have wonderful sandwiches named after entertainers. My favorite is the Paul McCartney, a Reuben your taste buds will savor.

Say hello while there to Carla, the owner extraordinaire, with her knowledge of film and food alike. She hosts the St. Augustine Film Festival in her theater which will occur January 14-21st. Both a must see and do.

Daytona Beach Flea Market

This is my favorite Florida flea market. Have been visiting it for over 50 years, watching it grow, and upgrade. Flea markets are dwindling due to Florida land grabs as with the St. Augustine Flea Market, a recent loss. Since that market was an eyesore I welcome the new construction, a VA Hospital, and low income housing.


To get to the Daytona Beach Flea Market use the AP WAZE for directions as it can be challenging find. The flea market is a stones throw from I-95, Watch for quick lane changes.


is vast as are the grounds and the number of booths. Once parked take pictures of nearby sites to avoid problems finding vehicles later.

Where I always park, it is a good starting point.

Food booths are near to this entrance

as are booklets with maps. Take a booklet or 2, (in case you loose one), and check out the Market Map as well. The booklet provides much info on locating shops, and the map avoids going astray. If you do need further assistance flea market booth staff are always helpful.

Awful picture but you’ll recognize the spot.
Next to the booklets.

That said, let’s look at those Daytona Beach Flea Market finds..

T shirts and all kinds of beach needs are here. There is a booth to create custom t shirts on site.

Jewelry, Leather goods, Motorcycle needs, and even Rugs are available.

Some great helmets

Decorative rugs

And for those with other desires,

Guitar Shop
Stephen Colbert would love this one.
Bob Marley Depot
A glass shop with the globes you breathe in or out?
Everything you’ll ever need for the cell phone along with repair and advice.

And here’s an interesting combination,

A Massage and Gun Booth in same hallway.

Something new, a tiffany lamp shop..

Picture of old Daytona Beach at an art booth

A Dollar and Beyond Store with unique finds..

Automotive needs for window tinting, fixing a car dent, or to obtain new tires are available. Call ahead. Have the work done as you shop.

The first Sunday of every month the flea market has an enormous car show. Call for specifics.

Golf cart purchases are available on site. Here’s a new motor device.

There are farmers selling great produce at low prices, along with candy, pickle, dried fruit, and herbal medicine vendors. The psychic offers insights. And check out the outside booths for larger delights.

A new type of picnic table
Flowers and pots to put them in.
Interesting mailboxes
One of our Florida gators, a ceramic one.

Possibly the best part of the flea market, the helicopter ride..

And not for sale, an adorable pooch on a perch who gave free kisses.

What a fun time and visit. Something for everyone and all ages. It won’t disappoint.


Commercial Time #6: Pool Ap Saga Continues

The pool swim AP saga continues.  I went to the pool and was told to speak to a life guard. As I spoke to the life guard a woman came running behind me stating I had past her and had no right to speak with the life guard.  We were already on bad terms.  I didn’t see her, but in these circumstances never defend yourself. I kept mum.

She began to tell me how wonderful the new AP was so I gave her my phone to show me.  Several tries later she stated the service in the area was faulty and it would work when I got home.  It didn’t.  It is now 2:30 am I’ve read all the internet instructions I can locate regarding this problem. I wrote an email to Apple and received a response. I am told in this email I need further identification.  At this point I would strip naked and allow them to DNA test me I am so disgusted, but I read on. This email holds the golden key, a phone number.  I call and receive a computer generated arrogant male voice asking what my problem is.   Well, maybe he wasn’t so arrogant but at 3 a.m he sure sounded it..

I tell him my problem and he gives me answers, of which none help or have any pertinence to my problem. He then states call between 7 am and 9:30 pm.  At this point I am so keyed up I will be up till 7 am, and be the first caller.

If only Apple was just an orchard life would be so much simpler. 

The First Ladies National Historic Site Museum

My daughter recently visited this museum. She texted me the following pictures. It is located in Canton, Ohio, and was begun through the efforts of Mary Regula, wife of an Ohio congressman. It is managed by the National Park Service, and free. It is open Tuesday-Saturday 9 to 4,and located at 205 Market Avenue, South, in Canton. Contact the museum at (330) 452-0876. It has been around for 20 years, who knew? Let’s get the word out.

The museum Christmas tree holds dolls representing The First Ladies. Can you guess who is who?

Well, I didn’t do too well, but look forward to visiting the museum as it appears to be fascinating.

Thanks, Mary, for your efforts.

WDC: Day 3: Solo: Election Day

Began my day early at the White House Visitor Center and for the 2 hours I had the Museum to myself. What a treat. Since there are many hoops to go through for a tour of the White House, (if this is still possible), this route is the way to go. The movie associated with the visitor center is narrated by those who lived there, presidents, first ladies, and the children. It gives a unique perspective to the home. The capacity for the museum is 50, and hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 8 to 3. Call for specifics 202-208-2631.

The recently reopened Center has over 90 artifacts and many cases of memorabilia to drift through on your visit. There is a gift shop, but sadly it was closed. The National Park Service has once again done a five star renovation. It is the must see on 1450 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.

National Gallery

This was the next visit on my list of places to see and do. During the time of visit most museums had timed entry, if open at all. To access your time slot go to the museum web site, which is easily accessed through Auntie Google, and check for availability. Once you have obtained a reservation a confirmation email will be received promptly.

The National Gallery is a gift from Andrew W. Mellon. As stated perfectly in the National Gallery web site..

“The National Gallery of Art was conceived and given to the people of the United States by Andrew W. Mellon, a financier and art collector who served as secretary of the treasury under four presidents from 1921 to 1932. During his years as a public servant, Mellon came to believe that the United States should have a world-class national art museum comparable to those of other nations. In 1936 Mellon wrote to President Franklin D. Roosevelt to offer his gift of paintings and sculpture for a new museum in Washington, DC, that he would build and finance with his own funds. Roosevelt endorsed Mellon’s offer, and Congress accepted his gift in 1937.”

Mellon had a very diverse taste in art. Representation from various periods and genres are housed in the Gallery from Degas to Rodin, and from Cassatt to Pissaro. Here are a few pics from his collections.

Part of the Museum is currently under renovation/restoration, however at the time of visit the outdoor sculpture garden was open. It is a relaxing spot for visit.

The National Portrait Gallery

Since my visit decades ago this museum has had many upgrades. The exhibit honoring Alexander von Humboldt was of particular interest. This German man of extraordinary intellect who traveled the world influenced the founding of the Smithsonian Museum. He spoke 8 languages, wrote 36 books, slept 4 hours a night, and in his 6 week visit to the United States influenced those in power to establish this world renowned museum. This exhibit was fascinating and one hopes that perhaps children can become acquainted with his genius.

The National Portrait Gallery also houses the portraits of American presidents. Here are a few portraits I found particularly unique:

What a lovely portrait of President Nixon.
Quite an odd, but intriguing work of President Clinton
Another very different representation of a President, Barack Obama

I spent over 3 hours at this museum, however you could spend days. Besides portraits and paintings there is stained glass, sculptures, and small vignettes describing the work being done by Smithsonian staff. The museum was formerly the US Patent Office and on the 3rd floor there are display cabinets with anything from Native American art to ceramic mugs. One could view the items in this cabinetry for hours. At the end of the hall in this area known as the Luce Foundation for American Art, is where curators examine and refurbish the collection. There are fascinating videos to view depicting how this work is done. No pictures are allowed here.

When visiting the museum obtain a map upon entry to ensure all areas are visited. This was my favorite DC museum.

Let’s close with a few more pictures from the museum.

The Supreme Court girls.
Georgia O’Keefe
Melinda and Bill Gates

And it’s all free… the best of our tax dollars spent!

Thanksgiving 2020: WDC Day #2

Today we stopped at the Ford Theater, a short block from our hotel. While closed it was a formidable site to see. Across the street is a book store with 34 feet of stacked books all relating to Lincoln,

and the home where Lincoln died.

Then we ate breakfast at Lincoln’s Waffle Shop. What a great breakfast spot. Its walls held police badges from all across the nation.

Since it was election day we took in some famous DC churches for prayer.

This is the Washington National Cathedral. It is a place of much beauty and while I would like to espouse the fine points of the Cathedral I am unable as the brochure I grabbed was in French. That said, it is an Episcopal cathedral, and while there a prayer vigil for the election was being conducted. The docents were welcoming and available for questions. A must see.

Here is A Prayer for An Election the docents passed out..

Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States in the election of officials and representatives ; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. – taken from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979, Public domain.

The Main Church

Next we visited The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.

One of its amazing altars

Access to the Roman Catholic Basilica is limited. If visiting bring identification as there are security measures in place. When lighting a candle one must have a staffer do this function. Visits are limited to 30 minutes.

As an aside, the Archbishop of Washington DC, the Rev. Wilton Gregory, has recently been appointed as Cardinal by Pope Francis. Kudos to Cardinal Gregory! As a member of the weekly televised mass for the Basilica I have been privileged to experience his homilies. What an amazing man, and what a great honor has been bestowed on him. Thank you Pope Francis for recognizing this man of faith.

Then off to Arlington National Cemetery, which while their museum was closed, still offered an amazing tour via trolley. This is a must do and see.

Some sites from the tour.

The Eternal Flame
RBG Resting Place. This is a very heavily trafficked site, and rightfully so for such an amazing human being who did so much for all of us.

And let us not forget the wind behind the sail.

Her husband, Martin lies next to her.

After this visit we found many DC streets closed so we returned to our hotel for election returns.

What a phenomenal visit, and while my daughter and psil Gregory left for their journey to work on the New Orleans Film Festival, I stayed. More to come in tomorrow’s blog..

Our Lady of Hope altar at the Basilica. Hope – what we all need in this time of pandemic.

Election Day 2020: Washington DC

Interesting time for a visit to DC, wouldn’t you say?? However this was the date of a Thanksgiving get together for my daughter and psil, (potential son-in-law). Little did I know a month later we would have something to be really thankful for.

Welcome, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

We began our visit seeing many of the DC sites boarded up. Throughout the first day of our visit workmen were scurrying with large pieces of wood and saws as they covered the windows, doors, and other glass enclosures of the DC buildings.

Besides these planked walls chain fencing squares 8 foot high were placed in front of prominent government buildings. It was a sad site for me to see as when I was a little girl I watched President Johnson play with his beagles on the White House lawn. During this I was able to stick my face through the wrought iron fencing to watch. How things change.

Besides these protections a line of 30 trucks carrying concrete blockades lined the monument area. It was an unsettling visit as I wondered, “Is this my country?” And the most unsettling, the Proud Boys had a party in our hotel.

Here are some photos from the Black Lives Matter Plaza directly in front of the White House.

This was a peaceful place with folks singing and playing guitars. There were no loud voices with the exception of some red capped folks loudly espousing their political choice. The police presence was ubiquitous, however, only silent, and watchful in their protection of those reading the poster’s sentiments.

Next, was a belated birthday celebration for my daughter, and psil. Dining at PJ Clarke’s was a delightful experience with charming ambience, and delicious food. My grand dog, Mo, was smuggled into the restaurant in a large purse, and slept as we ate. This restaurant resonates old time DC with great photos on the walls, and tables designated to former political leaders.

The night being young we explored the Washington DC monuments. How beautiful they are at night.

Jeanie and Greg, psil.