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Archive for June, 2011

   Jun 30


Rob is doing pretty well. He admits to his pain being about a 5 on a scale of 10, which means it’s probably more like a 7. It’s bad enough for him to actually be taking the pain meds he brought home from the hospital. He usually shuns them like the plague. The anesthesiologist, looking […]

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   Jun 26


Sleeping shop cat in the Castro While we were away, Jonathan was on pet patrol. It turned out to be a lot more complicated than he thought. Early one morning, he woke up freezing, only to discover that his door was wide open. Star was sleeping peacefully, but Schatzi had apparently pushed the door open […]

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   Jun 25

Home Again

Evening in the Haight I can tell I’m back home because I’m sneezing my head off. It was nice having a break from my allergies. Apparently cement sidewalks, skyscrapers, and Victorians are hypoallergenic. Who knew? I also managed to sleep through an earthquake, centered about a mile from beautiful downtown Charlottesville. It was a relatively […]

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   Jun 24

Good News

Victorian with Bougainvillea Usually, I don’t enjoy being woken up by the phone. But when it’s my sister, saying Rob is being released from the hospital today, I do. We’re not sure exactly when, so we’ll pack up Miss Scarlett (who has remained ticket-free while semi-illegally parked at our friend Clayton’s place all week), and […]

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   Jun 22

Update on Rob

Sonoma barn* I’m coming to you from the waiting room at UCSF. As hospitals go, it’s pretty nice. There’s a huge flat screen TV in the waiting room, as well as comfortably upholstered chairs and remarkably tasteful carpet. It doesn’t even have that hospital smell we all know and hate. A little kid just left […]

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   Jun 20

A Slight Change In Plans

Surprise! Rob’s surgery is no longer scheduled for Friday, June 24. It’s now scheduled for Wednesday, June 22, at 10:00 am. UCSF called this morning and told them of the change of schedule. Megan found someone to substitute for her tonight (she had already taken Tuesday and Wednesday off), and went to the store to […]

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   Jun 20


To continue our family timepiece theme, here’s a clock my brother made with nixie tubes and framed. It’s at the foot of his bed. I asked him if it had an alarm, but he said no. He added that he didn’t need one, which seems to be a family trait. I think I’ve been woken […]

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   Jun 18


Yesterday, Rob and I (well, mostly Rob) finally took the grandfather clock out of its box. It was the first time the grand old timepiece had seen the light of day since I sold my apartment in San Francisco nearly six years ago. There was no room for it in my tiny Oakland house, so […]

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   Jun 13

Rose’s Chicken Curry

The finished product The sharp-eyed among you may have noticed the frying pan on the stove in an earlier entry. In it was my attempt at one of the vaguest recipes I have ever attempted. It was one of Rose’s, and her daughter gave it to me to try. As one who doesn’t measure much, […]

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   Jun 12

An Evening with Jessica

Jessica at dinner Megan and I overcame severe attacks of The Sloths to meet up with Erica and Jessica yesterday evening in beautiful downtown Philo: to have dinner at the always-delicious Libby’s: Partly because Erica’s birthday is one day after mine (and ten days after Megan’s), and partly because Erica and Jessica are setting off […]

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   Jun 10

Cats & Dogs

Audrey decided to show Roscoe how it’s done. She sashayed out around 9:00 last night, and didn’t show up again until 5:00 this morning. It was a full night’s work for Miss Audrey. And being so dedicated, she was out the door again before 7:00. You can imagine that Audrey’s absence led to a restless […]

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   Jun 09

First Birthday

Roscoe and Clyde turned one year old yesterday! Can you believe it? It seems like just yesterday that I brought them home from the shelter. They were so tiny: Either they’ve gotten bigger, or their bed has gotten smaller: I’m glad that they still cuddle up with each other and play together. To celebrate the […]

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   Jun 06


Megan’s gorgeous nails, complete with flower. And no, they are not fake. Apparently she’s been asked that a lot. And the pie she made me from the farmer’s market peaches:

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   Jun 04


Birthday cupcakes! Rainy birthday to me! Again! Megan and I braved the rain on my birthday eve to meander some errands. I am pleased to report that Scarlett, my slightly battered but unbowed red car, behaved just fine. Thanks once again to the boys! We started out at the farmers’ market, where we got cherries […]

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   Jun 03

Blast from the Past

Updates: The car is fixed! It seems to be working well. So far, so good. If it doesn’t rain – a fairly big “if” – Megan and I will test drive it to the farmers’ market this afternoon. Also, A is now allowed home on weekends, though she spends the rest of her time at […]

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   Jun 02


It hasn’t all been rain and grumpiness and car trouble, though it is still raining and the car repair is still in progress. Megan and Rob took care of some neighbors’ sheep and chickens last week, so naturally I had to go over and check out the place, especially since the sheep had just given […]

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   Jun 01


Audrey woke me up at 4:00 this morning, demanding to go out in the pouring rain. She is the only one who greets a rainy morning with any kind of enthusiasm in my house. I held out for an hour, and then let her out into the cold wetness, deciding that I might as well […]

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