Family

Dinner

We were overdue for a family dinner, so on a sunny Saturday afternoon, we assembled in Megan’s garden, where things were looking lovely and welcoming: Rob is nearly finished staining the deck and installing a fancy handrail, so I’ll share photos with you when it’s done. It’s darker than...

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Millie

Millie Faithful readers may remember how depressed the usually irrepressible Stella was after Star’s sudden death back in March. She kept returning to the spot where Star died for days afterwards, and she lost her bounce. The unbouncedness of Stella caused Megan and Rob to start looking for a...

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20

Dad It’s been 20 years since we lost Dad. I look at that statement on the page and it shocks me almost as much as hearing the words from my sister on that early morning phone call. Two decades. I knew this would be a hard day to face,...

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Deck

Things are changing over at Megan and Rob’s place. They always wanted to change out the stairs they had, which were metal and hard for Megan’s reconstructed knee to deal with, as well as being slippery when wet, but they hadn’t gotten around to it until recently. They had...

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30

30 Years! Megan and Rob tend not to make a fuss about things like birthdays and anniversaries, but this year marked not only Megan’s 50th birthday, but Megan and Rob’s 30th wedding anniversary. Our schedules didn’t match up to have a celebration of Megan’s first birthday in the 50s...

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Celebrate

A milestone birthday like 50 deserves some recognition! Fortunately, Megan’s one Saturday off in May was the one right before her big day. So she picked me up that sunny Saturday afternoon and we headed to our favorite seaside bar. It was the perfect day for a cocktail by...

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50

Birthday Girl Today is my sister Megan’s 50th birthday. It’s hard for me to believe that the little baby who came home from the hospital on my 9th birthday is half a century old on this day. I still remember being called to the office on that bright spring...

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Ancient

A final entry in Jonathan’s epic road trip diary. I hope you have enjoyed his adventures as much as I do. Dateline: Near Angel’s Peak, NM, coordinates 36.546576 / 107.863026, elevation 6,591′. After our refreshing stay in a hotel we were ready to get back on the road. We...

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Rocks

Dramatic vistas Dateline: Indian Bread Rocks, coordinates 32.239136 / 109.50086, elevation 4,108 While we were happy to be on the road again, it was hard to leave the Kofa Wildlife refuge. Like the Mojave Preserve we have unfinished business there. We drove to Yuma to get groceries, water and...

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Updates

The moon was huge and blazing orange this morning. I wondered what the light was through the dark trees, and it turned out to be my old friend the moon. She was so beautiful that I actually gasped out loud. By the time I got to the ocean, I...

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Desert

Desert Views Jonathan and Rio’s adventures continue. For those of you who don’t know my brother, he is an avid ham radio operator, which comes into play in this installment. Dateline: Mojave National Preserve, near Teutonia Peak, coordinates 35.315201 / 115.550104, elevation 4,928′. After we packed up this morning...

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90

Dad and Margaret at the Tate Gallery, London Today would have been my father’s 90th birthday. Is it still his birthday when he isn’t here to see it? I would like to think it is. His birthday is always his birthday to me. This year it falls just four...

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Gone

Our Shining Star Star died around 1:00 pm on Saturday, March 13. She was lying in the sun in the garden when she started coughing up blood. Stella started barking like crazy. She is not a barker or freaker outer, so she knew something was wrong*. Rob ran to...

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Volcanic

Vanlife Jonathan and Rio are off on an adventure, camping in their van. They started out in the desert, and I thought you might enjoy hearing about their adventures, which he somehow emails to us via radio. That, and things like getting the Predicta working, are above my pay...

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Star

Star was feeling under the weather, and then she started gagging and making coughing noises. A concerned Megan took Star to see Dr. Karen, and tests revealed that Star secretly had cancer somewhere – we don’t know where – which has spread into her lungs, which was causing the...

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2020

Looking back on the year with 2020 vision…or 2020 hindsight. I made a decision to keep this space free of politics and other unpleasantness. As usual, with any decision I have ever made, I am not sure I made the right one. I work at a medical clinic and...

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Amy

I love my birthday, but I have never liked my name. Susan Jean is about as dull as you can get. I have always felt that I deserved something more glamorous, though I don’t know what that would be. My much-loved maternal grandfather, HoHo (named for his distinctive laugh),...

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Stanford

I am excited to announce that Megan is working for none other than the extremely prestigious Stanford University! While not one of the Ivy League schools, it is very highly regarded worldwide and counts among its alumni one US President (Herbert Hoover, for the curiously inclined), 74 living billionaires,...

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Warmly

Summer has been holding on longer than I would like, even into October, when others are flaunting their sweater weather and flaming leaves, and here it’s still sweating weather and flaming forest fires. Even at the Coast, it’s been close to 10 degrees warmer than it should be, even...

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After

Rob hard at work* Decanting things from the Closet of Doom has led to the “just moved in” look for my living room, and you know how I love that. Ignoring the chaos, Rob installed the shelving supports: And then the shelves themselves: I can now easily reach the...

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