Family

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Mom and her father Today would have been my mother’s 85th birthday. Sometimes I am surprised by how much time has gone by since we were orphaned. In some ways, […]

As winter (allegedly) comes to a close and (allegedly) makes way for spring*, so does the ballet season. Megan and I headed to the beautiful South Coast on a grey […]

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Dad’s birthday dawned sunny and beautiful, but it was a sad one for me this year. Some years I am filled with how lucky I was to have such a […]

Chilly

I missed the Polar Plunge last year since I was in Monterey, being dazzled by the amazing Aquarium and delighting in the sandy beaches and farmstands. So I made sure […]

Old & New

Twelfth Night fell on a Friday. I left work early that day to go to Angelika’s little salon in the big woods. Among my Christmas gifts this year was a […]

The sadness of losing my much-loved Roscoe at the end of the old year carried into the new year. A year later, I still can’t believe that his remarkable presence […]

Christmas Day

The stockings were a great success this year. Megan and I may have set the standard too high for next year. But I’ll think about that later. Maybe a year […]

Merry Christmas

Christmas Jessica Merry Christmas, y’all! Hope you are having a wonderful, festive day! We had a wonderful, festive evening yesterday, though a much smaller gathering than at Thanksgiving. My brother’s […]

It’s 6:00 am. Do you know where your Suzy is? She is sitting in bed with the cats in attendance, a cup of black coffee already drained to its silty […]

Sparkling

On Saturday, Megan and I went to pick up Jessica at the Navarro General Store for our long-awaited trip to the Festival of Lights. We got there first, giving us […]

Artistic

As is our post Thanksgiving tradition, Megan and I met Kalli and Jarrett at the annual craft fair in the Village. The Village was packed, with sillier-than-usual visitors meandering all […]

Aftermath

There ended up being a lot of people jammed into my bijou residence for dinner, but I’m pleased to report that the evening didn’t involve stitches, handcuffs, Narcan or the […]

Regrets

Moon Set Morning This spectacular sky greeted me as I arrived at work one morning last week. I stopped to take a picture as I marveled at its beauty. On […]

Hand Made

I saw a dream come true. Years ago, my siblings scratched and clawed an epic 80 foot by 80 garden out of the pygmy and the scrub. The next year, […]

Fair Thee Well

At the Fair If it’s the middle of September, it’s time for the County Fair! It was a Magical Microclimate Tour as Megan and I drove from the chilly, foggy […]

First things first: it’s Rob’s birthday! As soon as it’s a reasonable hour by Rob standards, I will wish him happy birthday and remind him of how happy I am […]

I woke up early on Sunday and crept downstairs to make coffee (and more importantly, let Her Majesty outside). It made my heart smile to see Ben sleeping peacefully under […]

BBQ Party

The Orchard After the delights of the circus, we headed over to show Ben the delights of the family estate. As an engineer, he was fascinated with the solar arrays, […]

I dropped by my brother’s place on my way home on Friday night. I found the path from the parking area to his place littered with spent shell casings, not […]

Back in Black

And it’s back…darkness, my old friend. Yesterday, I noticed that there were high beams conditions as I left for work at 6 am. Unfortunately for Me, it was also the […]