Category Archives: Friends

Ms Fiddle Fern

Another Nora Corbett – I started her 23 May 2024 and finished her this evening. She is stitched on 32 ct sapphire linen with the called for DMC, a substitution on the Caron Waterlilies since there weren’t more than a … Continue reading

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and now found

As should be obvious, as soon as I didn’t need my mail-in ballot anymore George pointed to it sitting on my sewing table partly buried. It should have been obvious. But then, we often don’t see things directly in front … Continue reading

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Car time

Driving for errands is not my idea of a good time. In today’s case, I headed from Berkeley to San Jose. The purpose of the trip was to pass off a couple of old camera bodies and associated lens. 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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Figs!

Remember when I mentioned (ok, so it wasn’t all that) that it took forever to get through immigration in Seattle? The lovely couple standing behind me in line turned out to live in Oakland less than 20km from where I … Continue reading

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Flowers

This lovely bouquet of flowers appeared on our doorstep today. It was sent by a friend and fellow stitcher who decided that I needed cheering up. I like doing things for other people, but often feel guilty when anyone 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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Getting Better

and most of today was sensibly spent curled up with stitching, a cup of peppermint tea and a warm comforter.  Audiobooks might have played a significant part in my days entertainment along with some YouTube videos…. The Fortune Teller is … Continue reading

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another day, more coughing

Figure I might as well tell you that bit up front. I am most definitely feeling better, but still coughing. I do sound better, even to myself! I spent most of the day sitting in warm spots, moving whenever the … Continue reading

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Short expeditions

Besides exactly what I would expect (M&S, Sainsbury’s) there are also two rather popular and easy to find purveyors of food stuffs – Lidl & Aldi. Yes, even though the UK has bailed on the EU, it hasn’t stopped those … Continue reading

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BST

stands for British Summer Time. Obviously one has to own both the time and the season. This wasn’t a day on which I was feeling all that great, so I didn’t go anywhere, or do much of anything. I am … Continue reading

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Sawgrass Mills

I am not sure how many years ago it was that I had a back to back through Miami/Ft Lauderdale where the ship offered a trip out to Sawgrass Mills. In all honestly, it was to their benefit to get … Continue reading

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Red Eyes

The best thing about taking a red-eye is that it is always the low point of the day. It was a typical United Flight – boarding is by privilege. What I found interesting, unlike daytime business hour flights,  is that … Continue reading

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Bridges, traffic

and other bits of insanity. Getting in/out of the Port of San Pedro is insane. Yes, there is a cruise terminal. But really, it is a huge, industrial shipping port. The kind that moves thousands of containers a day. Passenger … Continue reading

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flying Virgin Australia

Oh joy, while a partner to United, and Air Canada – they are not a partner to the European members of Star Alliance (read Lufthansa which has been my frequent flyer affliction for decades). Especially since flying cattle car, I … Continue reading

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phones, zoom, stitching

It looks like Thursday is going to turn into my socialization day. Or conference day. But with stitching. I have had one standing Thursday night call for ? maybe a year? with a friend who lives in the middle of … Continue reading

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Spidey Senses

I met one of my baseball friends (from RF 149 and a member of the drummers) for coffee and pastries. We have mostly been communicating by text over the last couple of years. She works for KQED and feels fortunate … Continue reading

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On Monday mornings

last spring and summer, I went walking with another woman in the neighborhood. The habit dropped this fall when she and her family were out of town for the fall semester. Connecting up again has been kind of chancy what … Continue reading

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It was mostly snacks

Dani and I made a Costco run. But before I get into that – my abject apologies for managing to paste addresses into the CC: line for some of you and not the BCC: line. Since my email goes out … Continue reading

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Just checking in

This is just a short note to let you all know that I am alive, well, and heading out of town on the 9th. The plan – as it is – fly to Barcelona (via Istanbul) arriving on the 11th … Continue reading

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