In the Meantime . . .

This week we went to the Central Coast for a few days, and while it was relaxing, there was a cloud shadowing this getaway, much like the foggy mornings. While we were there, John’s ankle really started to bother him, so while he rested, I went out and shot some photos of this beautiful part […]

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Showers of Blessings

Sometimes—and I am ashamed to admit it is very rare—I become overwhelmed by how blessed I am. Recent awareness of blessings started a few days ago as reminders arrived all around me like droplets of spring rain, refreshing my spirit and touching my heart.  Last Friday, an unexpected bouquet arrived from a young woman (she […]

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May Gray—Yay!

May gray is here, and I’m loving it! This morning I awoke to birdsong muted by a thick gray marine layer. Looking out the window from our bed, the sky was gray—not my favorite color, but a hint that there would be a magical misty show later in the day. I rolled over, cuddled with […]

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The Pups Are Two!

It is hard to believe that our two little flat-faced tiny puppies are now two years old. Experts say that small dogs are mature at around age two. Notice the vagueness in that statement. I’m happy to say that Sadie and Teddy may be physically mature, but they still have some endearing traits of adolescence—and […]

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Labyrinth of Life

When we were in Kauai, we visited Christ Memorial Episcopal Church. This is an old church made of native stone and surrounded by colorful flowering plants and bushes. Inside, the stained-glass windows splash multicolored light across mahogany pews and altar. I was struck by how small the church was and how the sense of hope […]

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Back from Vacation . . . Sort of

Our two weeks in Kaua’i was one of the most deeply satisfying vacations we have had in years. I’m still reeling from re-entry into our normal lives. I would liken it to leaving paradise and stepping into . . . what? Real life, I guess. All this to say this blog will be short, but […]

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Other Signs of Spring

The calendar says that March 21 is the first day of spring, and while that’s a week away from the time I’m writing this, there are other signs that spring is here.  One of the first signs of spring for me is the biannual ritual of changing the clocks. While I love the longer daylight, […]

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Have a Nice Day!

It was one of those weeks. It started with the pool sweep spewing water all over the deck, which delighted the dogs since it was something new to chase. Next came strange-winged insects that, despite some good old-fashioned denial, did turn out to be termites. And then the clothes dryer refused to dry clothes.  You […]

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A Delicate and Loving Touch

Our two fifty-years-plus sycamore trees were trying to reach the sky, so it was time to call our very talented arborist, Luz. When he and his assistant arrived, he surprised us by also checking out the blooming apricot tree. They ended up delicately pruning out deadwood and extra branches. When finished, the tree looked like […]

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Something New

Recently I realized I have been traveling on paths that are so well-worn they have become deeply rutted. I read the same kind of books (mysteries), Ted’s walk is the same route day after day, and I’m reluctant to try anything new. Had the box of fear I vowed to stare down, set up artificial […]

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