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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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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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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February 13, 2022

Today is just about as perfect a day as you can get. At 77F degrees, it is a warm day. A gentle sea breeze rustles glistening palm fronds. A few deciduous trees have bright-green leaves. Camellias, fruit trees, and bulbs are blooming. The apricot tree is covered with snowy blossoms that will turn into golf-ball-size […]

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The Future Is . . .

“I wonder what will be happening in ten years?” my daughter-in-law, Marlene, mused. My head snapped around so fast I almost gave myself whiplash. But I said nothing. Chris, Marlene, Brooke, and Jaden were visiting us in the desert. Over the next few days, Marlene wistfully repeated this. Every time I heard her, I got […]

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