Author Archives: Holly

About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!

We took him to brunch

At Saul’s at the late morning time when you can order off either the breakfast or lunch menu. I like the food and they have excellent vegetarian options (plus no chance of pork being involved in greasing any pans). But … Continue reading

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making a coffee run

first thing in the morning is either an act of love for your partner who will appreciate the latté or desperation for a high dose of caffeine without any of the accompanying waiting for the coffee maker to finish deciding … Continue reading

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Bastille Day

Which, not being a Francophile doesn’t mean a lot to me. But there was a concert in the Redwood Grove that is a part of the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens. George loves the location, thought he would enjoy the concert … Continue reading

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Overpasses

I was thinking as I drove to the Oakland VA Clinic yesterday about how much of the freeway system here is elevated. In some places there are overpasses on top of overpasses while roads travel beneath as city streets. As … Continue reading

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doing the math

Ok, it isn’t math, it is basic arithmetic. This morning I had 494 stitches left in the leaves. I have nine (9) double strands of floss left in this particular color. Getting 50 stitches out of a meter of floss … Continue reading

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Not listening to the news

No, not me. I don’t find that it does anything but upset me or make me really aggravated. I certainly have no interest in all the talking heads rehashing the same information over and over and …. It does mean … Continue reading

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Second Mushroom Girl

Almost all of her stitching was finished yesterday which left me beads and backstitch this morning. It could have been worse. I easily found where I had tucked the beads and tracked down the same chocolate colored silk that I … Continue reading

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Triple Six

No – not temperatures or anything else. I was staring at my phone and looking at the total number of “unread” emails in all various accounts which added up to 666.  Now, this particular number can refer to (previous) US … Continue reading

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Not as hot

as it was predicted.  Instead of the 30-31 predicted, it made it to 26 on the flats (all in Celsius).  What should also be no surprise, apparently everyone didn’t manage to use up all their fireworks yesterday so we were … Continue reading

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Does there have to be fireworks?

I am truly sorry if you are a fireworks fan, but really. Fireworks are loud, dangerous and not particularly safe for the environment – not in the mining of the minerals, the making of them and certainly not the lighting … Continue reading

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While the warmth

of the western sun (US Pacific Coast) is most welcome in the winter, it can be a bit much late afternoon in the summer. At least that is the way it felt yesterday afternoon when I was attempting to find … Continue reading

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Four projects

some waiting. Ok, yesterday was Monday. In most, but not all of the developed world, it is the first work day of the week.  I was just pretending to be functional. For three of the projects – it was a … Continue reading

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July starts

with garbage trucks. That is not as dire as it seems. Our weekly pickup for garbage and recycling is Monday morning. And that is regardless of rain, shine, or public holiday.  In my min I see this parade of trucks … Continue reading

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Summing up June

Another month, half the year gone  Fast? Slow? It seems like both and neither. First half of the year – birthdays for the Eldest, the Guy, the Youngest, and Lev. Birth of Ilan – grandson number two.  Almost no travel … Continue reading

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Laundry

I am working very hard on pretending that yesterday didn’t really exist. Shall I just leave it at “it wasn’t a great day.” I should have expected it. I finished the 5th cycle of chemo just a couple of days … Continue reading

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It is late

one this particular Friday morning Well, for me it is late; 1000 to be exact. My day was supposed to have started early with a Webinar put on by University of Denmark, Copenhagen. But 1500 their time is 0400 in … Continue reading

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Only five hours

devoted to errands yesterday. I had actually allowed for a lot more time. It could have bene even less if I had not been a bit absent minded. But leaving home at 0900 I managed to get to El Sobrante, … Continue reading

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Three of four

feet were completed on the Dragon yesterday. which leaves me his last foot and an extremely long and obviously flexible tail. I might even be able to finish him today as there are fewer than 1000 stitches to go. I … Continue reading

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Insidious

The smell of coffee in the morning is insidious. It wafts across the room and teases your nose. The aroma is so lovely that it almost makes up for the fact it is 0600 and I hadn’t planned on being … Continue reading

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Dragons

It is the Year of the Dragon. Past years include – 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952.  Since I can do basic arithmetic – the Chinese Zodiac has a twelve year cycle. And, with the kindness and sensibility (not) of … Continue reading

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