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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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Bear-ly there

On Tuesday mornings, I have been meeting one of my neighbors for coffee and a walk. The coffee is picked up from Peet’s and we have been hiking around various streets and neighborhoods here in the Berkeley Hills. The variety … Continue reading

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They’re Back!

In case you need to see something that has not changed in spite of the pandemic – it looks like the falcon pair at UCBerkeley has returned to their tower and are getting ready to settle in for another year. … Continue reading

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a find

I started out thinking today was going to be pretty much of a loss. Not in terms of family, but in the realm of getting progress on any of my cross stitch projects. There was the 0500 broadcast from WHO … Continue reading

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All dressed up

and unable to go anywhere. In keeping with long standing tradition – the monkey frieze is decorated for the holiday. Otherwise, there isn’t much house decoration, lights, or action along the route from our house to the Package Sending station … Continue reading

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Modor?

This is what the world looks like this morning The time is 0844 on US Pacific Daylight Savings Time. Right now, that “daylight” is an obvious misnomer. Traffic is light, there is ash on everything. The photos were captured on … Continue reading

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another bad air day

No, we are not at fire risk, But the smoke? That is another complete story. The last several days have fallen into one of the following: bad worse horrible.   the air quality a couple of days has won us … Continue reading

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Blockley

As I am sure that just about all of us know by now that there are no universities holding actual, physical graduation ceremonies. So, enter the Minecraft World – visit Blockley – and watch today’s Cal Graduation on Twitch. The … Continue reading

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and a bowl of cherries

and there was marked success at the Farmer’s Market yesterday. Obviously, I was presented with cherries – Additionally, apricots, nectarines, peaches, and the most incredibly strawberries made an appearance in our kitchen. I had two bouquets of flowers, supper brought … Continue reading

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