The Best Ballabusta

My mother in law told me I was a ballabusta, a good homemaker. When my kids were growing up I made an effort to make them aware of part of their heritage by creating holiday dinners for my husband’s family. I learned to make chicken soup and matzo balls from my mother in law. I wanted to go beyond chicken and brisket and dicovered Judy Zeidler’s Gourmet Jewish Cookbook and Persian chicken. I made holiday dinners and Thanksgivings to die for but I was not an enthusiastic every day cook. I was not a great housekeeper either. I rebelled against the title of housewife with all its connotations. I was not Betty Crocker, Martha Stewart, or Mr.(s) Clean. I told my husband I did not go to college to be a housewife. Afterall, I am a child of the 60s and Women’s Liberation. I did want to be there for my kids instead of working full time. I did work part-time after my kids were in school. I don’t know if I was the best ballabusta but I make a mean matzo ball with help of Manischewitz (Matzo Ball Mix).

This post is for Stream of Concsiousness Saturday hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for today is “bus.”  Featured image “mom”  via



The Cat’s Meow in LA

For those of us in need of cat therapy there is new addition to pet friendly venues, Crumbs and Whiskers the cat cafe on Melrose. Come and have a latte with a kitty. They have a nice idea of donating part of the proceeds to cat rescue organizations and all the kittys in the shop are up for adoption. Below a video via You Tube. The KABC7 News Report says Crumbs and Whiskers charges $22 on weekdays and $25 on weekends for 75 minutes of playtime [therapy]. Reservations required. 

I just couldn’t resist this story. ^..^



Goodbye Summer

Today is the Autumn Equinox or the first day of Spring depending on which hemisphere you live in. Since I live in the Northern Hemisphere, it is our first day of Autumn or Fall. Today does feel a bit cooler here in Southern California, 74 degrees in my neck of the woods. We will probably have another heat wave soon so this may be our one true Fall day weather wise. Our trees still have green leaves but I am celebrating Fall in spirit.

I am reminded of another thing. Day light savings time will end soon. Remember “Fall Back.” Oh, joy! Another hour of sleep!

Featured image via Public Domain.


CANADA: LAND OF GLAMOR — Dave Barry’s Blog

P.E.I. couple invites 8-foot-tall potato as special wedding guest (Thanks to The Perts)

via CANADA: LAND OF GLAMOR — Dave Barry’s Blog

Who wouldn’t want an 8 foot potato at their wedding? I just realized what P.E.I. stands for, Prince Edward Island. Have wanted to visit there for a long time. And who knew that Robertson, New South Wales was the home of the “Big Potato?” ( Featured Image courtesy of Wikipedia.)

It’s All A Matter Of Degree

It’s hard to describe superlatives without using another superlative. Even the dictionary definitions use superlatives to define the word superlative…the highest degree of the comparison of adjectives and adverbs, as smallest, best, and most carefully, the superlative forms of small, good, and carefully.  A description of something more interesting than the average state, either very good or very bad, very large or very small, very happy or very sad… Seems like it is better to be in the superlative than just be so so, or good. Or you can be good with where you’re at. You know, “It’s all good.”

An influential Washington hostess and fundraiser of the past was Perle Mesta shown below with Bess and Harry Truman. The song ” Hostess with the Mostest on the Ball,” from play based on her life, “Call Me Madame.”

“Hostess with the Mostest,” Perle Mesta (center) via Wikimedia

Perle Mesta from John Melton Collection via Oklahoma Historical Society


This post is for Stream of Consciousness Saturday hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for today is “-est.”

Star Trek 50th Anniversary

Today is the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek. Star Trek fans can knock themselves out with all the coverage on the LA Times about Star Trek history, Boldly Celebrating 50 Years of Star Trek’s Television, Movies, and More. Did you know that Captain Kirk fought the Gorn at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park in Southern California? Or that Facebook has special Star Trek emojis for a limited time. Would you like to read about the original TV Set for the first Star Trek? You can read all about it here. And while you’re at it be sure to ” Live long and prosper! ”