Day Trip: Lemo’s Farm

My aging children were not why I avoided Lemo’s; I was unwilling to face the traffic and the crowds.
Not a problem this year.

Fall Garden Update

I read somewhere that a scientist wanted to find out if plants feel pain. So he hooked some up to a measuring device, and just as he intended to burn them, the plants reacted. So whenever I work with or even look at my plants, I send them good vibes and admiration. As summer came … Continue reading Fall Garden Update

Hello (Again) Fall

Fine 2020… you know what? Fine. And then Michael’s fall catalog showed up, the temperature outside dropped below 80, and I was like, I want a fall cakelet pan!

Road Trip-Bay to Bakersfield

Two weeks after driving to Lost Hills (before the freak lightning storm and subsequent wildfires) my obsession with travel centers continued. This time my road trip took me past Lost Hills and Love’s. My four-hour journey took me down Interstate 5, east on 46 and south on 99 to my destination; a Pilot/Flying J in … Continue reading Road Trip-Bay to Bakersfield

Road Trip-Lost Hills, CA

Some take to the friendly skies, but I prefer ground travel every time. Before seatbelt laws were invented, I used to ride freestyle in the back of my parents’ car. With my feet against the back window and my back resting on the seat, I’d watch power-lines, airplanes, clouds, and the reflection of lane lines … Continue reading Road Trip-Lost Hills, CA

My Return to San Gregorio

The parking lot, the cliffs, the colors, the vastness, and the vibe, were not at all how I remembered.

Returning to the Beach

With all that has been going on, I’d been desperate for a beach day for months! And Oh, Happy Day, when I realized that my favorite beach had reopened in July.

Goodbye Appliances

Does the drama of my machines warrant a blog post? Under normal circumstances, absolutely not. But these are COVID times.

Goodbye Rico

Two days after Charles passed, Rico climbed over the roof into the front yard, precisely where I had found Charles. When Rico returned, he was very ill, and couldn’t walk.

1st Solo Camping Trip!

As I passed the Portola Redwoods State Park sign, I thought my heart would leap out of my chest with joy and excitement. The feeling I get when I reach the top of a roller-coaster and it descends, only this time it gained in intensity & duration.

Lulu and the Thread

Lulu started vomiting twice a day. With her food and Rico’s available, I chucked it up to a consequence of overeating. Then she stopped eating, her vomit became liquid, and I waited for a hairball. None came.

Goodbye Charles

On my way home, I saw Charles lying in the bushes. He looked half-dead, ants were already staking their claim. I bent down and called to him, but he could barely lift his head.

C-19 Binging

This is a list of the programs I streamed during COVID-19.  You may wonder why I’m posting this list, I’m asking myself the same as I type. As an information professional, I venture that one day someone may want an account of people’s lives during this time, not just corporate stats. Maybe one of my … Continue reading C-19 Binging

Our Backyard

The project gave me something else to do during April as well as something to look forward to every morning.

Jin’s New Room

I’m a planner. There is a stack of used Tools for Wisdom planners in my closet to prove this. During the fall/winter of 2019, I was setting the 2020 goals. A major goal was to redecorate my tween’s room, which previously belonged to her brother. I spent weeks asking my daughter Jin what she wanted … Continue reading Jin’s New Room

Lulu’s Escape

It wasn’t until I was getting ready to start my workout that I realized I hadn’t seen my cat, Lulu. Usually, she the first family member I see each morning. She greets me at my bedroom door, walks with me downstairs, jumps up onto the counter, and watches me prepare my coffee So I called … Continue reading Lulu’s Escape


I watched the pedals spin faster and faster, and at some point, my fake steering wheel shot out onto the street. The trike jumped the curb, and together we slammed into the back of a parked car.