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Archive for July, 2009

   Jul 31

Shopping List

The dear departed My ring has finally sold. I have mixed emotions about it, even though I gave it up three months ago. I guess I could have changed my mind and gotten it back, but if you’re at a financial point in your life where you’re selling your jewelry, you don’t really have the […]

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   Jul 30

Garbage Wars

Though not suffering from a lengthy (and, I’m sure, in the hot’n’humid east coast summer) stinky strike like my friends in Toronto, there has been a certain level of garbage-related weirdness around here lately. A bunch of kids play at the cul de sac end of my short street. Sometimes they play basketball – the […]

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   Jul 29

Etsy Covets

Etsy has the most fabulous things. Here are some I’d snap up if money were no object: A pencil urchin ($125). It would look so cute on my desk for the five seconds before the kittens knocked it to the ground and played with it into oblivion. Florapalooza vase ($84). I have three vases from […]

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   Jul 28

The Belated Departed

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” — Albert Einstein Well, I’m no Einstein, and color me crazy, ’cause I refused to admit that I couldn’t get the pictures from my aged camera. I kept trying, and voilà! Here are the cemetery photos I’ve been wanting to show you. […]

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   Jul 27

Home Again

The kittens’ mother, Quince I couldn’t resist posting this photo of Quince yawning. The girls were glad to see me when I got home. I could hear them galloping to the door when I put the key in the lock. They sniffed me and my baggage suspiciously, possibly smelling Other Cats, or just the country […]

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   Jul 26


As often happens in the summer, the Golden Gate Bridge was so fogged in that you couldn’t see most of the towers, let alone the ocean, the city, or the Bay. I was disappointed on Jessica’s behalf, since she was so looking forward to the view. I hope she got to see it on her […]

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   Jul 25

Homeward Bound

It was time to say good-bye. Along with my hay bale/Beverly Hills haircut, I brought a box of produce with me: tomatoes, almonds, peaches etc. from the Mendocino farmers’ market, tiny potatoes from my sister’s garden (she stores them in a pail of sand so they won’t go green or sprout; some of them were […]

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   Jul 24

Of Barbecues and Bales

Backseat Bale On our way home, we stopped off and bought a bale of straw. Little did I know that there is a difference between hay and straw, and that there would be a choice of straw. Whenever I run an errand for my brother, I’m always lacking an essential piece of information, so it’s […]

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   Jul 23

To Market, to Market

The beautiful village of Mendocino Still dog-dazzied, we headed to the Mendocino farmer’s market. It’s hard to imagine a more idyllic setting. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this romantic village, it’s on a rocky headland, jutting out into the rocky Pacific ocean. The village was established in 1850, and if you look […]

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   Jul 22

Dangerously Darling Dogs

Schatzi enjoys her garden Undaunted by the banana slug (well, slightly daunted), my sister and I made our way to the local shelter the following day. Megan inherited her dog, Schatzi, from our mother. Mom was walking her other dogs (who have since passed away) one day when she still lived near San Diego when […]

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   Jul 21

The Attack of the Banana Slug

A combination of talent and necessity has made my sister an excellent cook. I complain about the lack of decent take out and delivery in Oakland, but she has no delivery at all, the nearest Pizza Hut being a 40 minute drive away, and no edible take-out if she did make the drive (Pizza Hut […]

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   Jul 20

Scenic Cemetery

After lunch, my sister suggested that we take Schatzi and explore the Little River Cemetery. It’s a charming place, and though we’ve both driven by it many times, neither of us has ever stopped to pay our respects. I always enjoy walking around graveyards, especially very old ones in England or the fascinating Sleepy Hollow […]

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   Jul 19

Silly Shoes and Sunburns

I’m back!! With a sunburn, assorted bug bites, a box of farm-fresh produce, a brand-new haircut, and a slightly better understanding of what constitutes sensible footwear. At least in the country. Summer’s been showing me who’s boss for the past couple of weeks. No matter how much I tell it that it’s won, it won’t […]

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   Jul 13


The last of the backyard plums, June 24. Wow, guys. I can’t believe that not one of you wanted to trade with me, even for a weekend. And here I was, thinking I might have missed my calling by not becoming a professional writer of real estate ads. See if this* changes your mind! In […]

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   Jul 11

Voilà! Enfin! Enfants!

I finally managed to retrieve the photos from my ancient camera using a new cable. You can now enjoy a couple of pictures of Jessica from a couple of months ago. One with a rose as big as her head: And one with a friend and her little black kitten: And of course, one of […]

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   Jul 08

Life Swap

Since a summer vacation is out of the question, I thought I’d try a new concept: Life Swap. You get to be Me, and I get to be you. It’s a limited time offer, though I’m sorry to say you won’t get a free gift* if you call now. Here’s what you’d get: Bijou residence […]

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   Jul 04

Yesterday’s Today

It must have been kind of weird for Canadians to celebrate Canada Day in the middle of the week. Have a day off, then go back to work! Don’t celebrate too enthusiastically or try and go anywhere too far away, and forget about that long weekend. Here Independence Day is on Saturday, which is also […]

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   Jul 03

Eye of the Beholder

I stopped in at the (un)Lucky after depositing my paycheck at a nearby bank. It was around 6:00, so the lines were long. I should have known better, and I did, but I wanted to pick up a bottle of wine, and Lucky is less expensive than the liquor store and cracketeria (though no-one at […]

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   Jul 02


Quince with two of her seven babies: Audrey (behind) and June (front) The kittens turn Terrible Two today! They are two weeks old in this picture, and their mother was around nine months old. My neighbor, the wonderful and compassionate P, had finally managed to lure the cat close enough to cut off the flea […]

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