Monthly Archives: August 2020

Change

Morning darkness has begun its inevitable descent, and I’m sorry to say that high beams have once again made their appearance, at least for the first part of my drive to work. Darkness to me is like winter for Canadians. In Canada, you get about 9 months of winter...

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Drinks

Megan got very little sleep during the blistering hot plague. It’s particularly difficult to sleep during the day when your bedroom is likes its very own little oven, even when you have just worked twelve fun-filled hours in the ER. Megan got maybe three hours of sleep, and decided...

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Nostalgic

I took a couple of days off, and you know what that means! That’s right: a searing heat wave! There was an extreme heat warning for Friday and Saturday. And extreme it was. It hit 100 at the family estate and was probably in the 90s at my place,...

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Dad at Ocean Beach, San Francisco, 1993 Nineteen years ago, my life changed forever with a phone call. I will never forget hearing my sister’s voice telling me that our beloved father was dead. I understood the words individually, but not together. They seemed to hang in my brain,...

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Bounty

I think I say this every year, but the Naked Ladies, those harbingers of fall, seem to have arrived early this year: It’s the canning and preserving time of year, the season that follows the watering and weeding season in the family garden. As usual, I am the work-free...

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Sadness

The Albion Bridge Our little corner of the world has been hit pretty hard lately. Usually, it’s pretty uneventful here, and that’s the way we like it. So all these things happening in a town with an official population of 169 within less than a month really feels like...

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Memorial

Harriet’s Tree Soon after the loss of the Beautiful Harriet, my friend and coworker Michelle (who loves Megan and shares an office with her at work) and I bought a memorial tree in her honor. We had it shipped from nearby Humboldt County, and it arrived safe and sound,...

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Stella

The velvety Stella having fun in the woods Megan noticed a bump on Stella’s velvety grey leg. She took Stella to see Dr. Karen, who did a needle biopsy and then said the C word. You know, the one no one wants to hear. The lump had to go,...

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Garden

Summer is in full swing at the family estate. Apples are appling: Peaches are peaching: And pears are pearing: There are more zucchini than we know what to do with – suggestions welcome – and strawberries, herbs, and raspberries galore. Peppers are close to being ready, and we were...

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