Five

Birthday Boy Dodge turns five today! Or five-ish, at least. The vet estimated that he was around two years old when I adopted him three summers ago. I gave him my much-loved American grandfather HoHo’s birthday, May 11, since HoHo loved cats, and he and Dodge are both mischievous,...

spacer

Firenze

In 1984, my father was invited to work for a few months at the University of Siena. He brought my mother and sister (who was 13 at the time) with him. I convinced him to take me along (I was 22), due to heartbreak and drama in my life....

spacer

Adventure

Recovering Dodge, the formerly stray cat from the mean streets of the Big Town, is a little sneakyboots. If he wants to go outside, he will lurk and plan and plot and find a way to escape from the Big House. Usually, he makes a break for it during...

spacer

Amsterdam

Alice and me at her home in Amsterdam, 1991 I recently came across a box full of my travel diaries, including one with an account of a visit to my best friend, Alice, at her home in Amsterdam in 1991. It is shocking to think that this was 30...

spacer

Etc.

Not much to report these days. This morning, the moon was huge and orange, peeking coyly out from billowing lavender clouds as I drove to work. We got some much-needed rain this weekend. It poured for a short time. We need every drop we can get, with a total...

spacer

20

Can you believe it? My blog is 20 years old on the 20th! Little did I imagine when I first started writing it that I would still be doing so two decades later. Nor could I have envisaged how very different my life would be. I look back at...

spacer

Brighter

At our non-existent Christmas, Megan gave me a gift certificate to get my hair highlighted, and I finally got around to cashing it in. It was a glorious spring day as Wednesday and I headed Angelika-ward. Lately, I seem to be enjoying spring more than usual, even though it...

spacer

Animals

John’s kittens have been growing by leaps and bounds. They are now 6 months old, and were recently spayed. As might be expected, shy little Daisy was more horrified by the entire process than bold and brave Peach, but they both went running to Mom for comfort when they...

spacer

Mystery

When I arrived at work yesterday, I was somewhat taken aback to see that the door was ajar. It was even more unnerving since Daylight Saving Time plunged us back into morning darkness, which we all know is entire evil point of it. The door needs an ID badge...

spacer

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...

spacer

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...

spacer

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...

spacer

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...

spacer

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...

spacer

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...

spacer

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...

spacer

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...

spacer

Date

Seems we’ve all been wondering what day it is. Even those of us who have never stopped working never seem to know what day or time it is. Sometimes, I find myself wondering what time of year it is, too. I’m not alone in this. Here are some messages...

spacer

Drive

It was a beautiful day, and it had been a long time since I had ventured down to the south coast. It seemed like a good idea to head that way. I tried not to think about how little rain we have had so far this season: only about...

spacer

Miscellaneous

There Is not much to report from my little corner of the world these days. It’s been more hamster wheel-ish than usual, long days at work then falling into bed, often without bothering to eat, then getting up and doing it all over again. On the weekends, my sloth...

spacer