Category Archives: Around Berkeley

They won!

After a long, long day – in which Alex & I had breakfast out, then hit the grocery store, I stopped at Michaels, JoAnns, and a watch repair place on Solano Ave (and it wasn’t even noon…) I loaded the … Continue reading

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brilliant supper

and one that I didn’t have to cook. Nor did George for that matter.  Our neighbors two doors up the hill invited us. He is a retired architect who loves cooking. Those are roasted potatoes, roasted Brussel Sprouts and .. … Continue reading

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Sunset

out my craft room window Right now the sun is setting almost directly over the Golden Gate Bridge. The body of water there is the San Francisco Bay and the tiny lower bit of land visible is the Berkeley Marina

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Alternative Libraries

I just can’t resist. As I mentioned a couple of years ago, we put up one of the “wee free library boxes” down at street level near our mailbox. There are a number of them in our neighbor. Some seem … Continue reading

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Final check

My daughter is due back tonight and I will be off the hook for daily cat checks. No, she didn’t ask me to do this, it is a self-inflicted trip. But as nasty as this cat can be, he does … Continue reading

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Driving

(me nuts?). I can’t say that I really enjoy driving anymore. Perhaps it is that the roads are more crowded or the drivers are bad or…. anyway – I use the car when I have to but not usually on … Continue reading

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Gophers

There is a lovely park as part of WildCat Canyon near where all three of our daughters live. The park includes picnic areas which you can reserve for parties, open areas for playing, and trails you can hike. The Eldest … Continue reading

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Felled Trees

It seems like little has changed here at home. Other than a pile of packages waiting on my return. which actually looks a lot worse than it is. Being gone for almost 7 weeks means that a couple of my … Continue reading

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Sucky day

what started out as a pretty ordinary Saturday fell prey to the domino theory. You know that one – once the first thing goes wrong it sets off a chain with each subsequent disaster compounding life, the universe, and everything. … Continue reading

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The slowest car chase

Yesterday afternoon (yes, I do mean Thursday) I observed what must be one of the slowest car chase scenes in the history of California motor patrol history. Hearing multiple sirens, I looked out my craft room window to see a … Continue reading

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ten degrees warmer

basic physics says that warm air rises. All of us have been told this over and over again. In reality, it is something that you can easily believe if you live in a house with more than one floor. I … Continue reading

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No deer today

The garden has been empty all day. Well, not completely empty – there are my various flamingo ornaments and the lemon tree has what appears to be a bumper crop of lemons. But no deer. Every day so far for … Continue reading

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It wasn’t our car

Most of the time I just mention what I am doing and seriously resist talking about other members of the family. But this morning I just can’t resist. Since I have been home on my longest day of the year … Continue reading

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There might be turkeys

In the wild, but Albany California isn’t exactly wild. In fact, I took this a few days ago  at one of the two gas stations @ Marin & San Pablo. I am thinking  that someone decided that feeding them might … Continue reading

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Walking after Dark

What does the well dressed pedestrian wear when walking after dark?  The answer to that probably depends on where, when, and who you are. On all the bases where I have been stationed, the answer was generally “whatever” topped with … Continue reading

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South of the Equator

I live in the northern hemisphere where summer is in July and winter is January. And, like the vast majority of humans who also live above the equator, I have a tendency to forget about the reversal of seasons that … Continue reading

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A Maybeck House

Now, most people who are not fascinated by architecture or live outside of Berkeley may not be familiar with Bernard Maybeck. (Wiki page is here – and well worth reading) I am also going to suggest that you take a … Continue reading

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they don’t want to come out

Gwen is doing better. I will keep you posted. Just for general reference – there is really only one major provider of cable in my area. You now have a choice when it comes to internet but not your basic … Continue reading

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A frequent visitor

has been hanging out on the hill behind our house for several weeks now. I am not sure that there is much there to eat besides ivy, but he has to be finding something. On a few days he has … Continue reading

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It is hard to be enthused

writing every day when it seems that we are enmeshed in Ground Hog’s Day. Yes, I know that I have frequently, often, etc. as well as loudly made this complaint before – but it is still holding. When I first … Continue reading

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