a catch-up post in photos

This year I finally got a white Christmas tree. I’ve wanted a white or silver tree for many many years, and this year I finally found one for the right price, that was the right size (6.5 ft) and it’s perfect. I love it. IMG_1128IMG_1126
IMG_1130 IMG_1132I’m actually excited about Christmas this year. I felt inspired to decorate a little. We have some fun plans involving San Francisco light-display touring and a dinner out and going to see the lights at the zoo. Everything feels celebratory and happy, not obligatory and stressful. This is pretty nice, I have to say.

Some other photos to catch you up on where I’ve been… This takes us from Muir Woods and the Pelican Inn when Tammie came to visit at the start of November, to San Francisco (Sutro Baths and an otter spotting! with Tammie as well), to driving home from Oregon, to the Santa Monica trip, to autumn in the backyard, finally wrapping up with some cute Thomas shots.

It’s been so busy, but good. I continue to be so grateful for my current life. Next post: Books!

Muir Woods with Tammie The Pelican Inn Perfect lunch by the fire at the Pelican Sutro Bath ruins, Cliff House OTTER!! Driving home from Oregon Santa Monica PIer Santa Monica Amazing breakfast: bread pudding with baked apples Santa Monica Autumn backyard Thomas exploring the wet yard More gratuitous kitty photos Hiding!!


everyone likes ice cream bars (even kitties)

Even kitties need some cooling off when it’s 104 in the shade. (dang, that’s a cute photo, if I do say so myself)

Hot hot hot. Of course I chose Saturday, the hottest day of the weekend, to clean out the garage. I couldn’t help it — I was in the mood. You know that mood? The clean-out mood? I made some good progress. Still have some sorting out to do but now it looks like the amount of stuff in there, is the amount of stuff I think should be in there  — rather than the way it was before, where I was like, “Who has all this stuff?!” It’s much better now. I sweated out a lot of toxins that day. I always wanted my own sauna…

The rest of the weekend was a good mix of getting some stuff done, some napping, some relaxing. I rode my bike today, did some reading, etc.

I’m reading Postcards From The Edge. I don’t really get it. I’m not really into it. But it’s short, so I’ll finish it. But I don’t get it. Is it an 80s thing? It’s… almost boring? I don’t get the drama or the humor. Maybe that’s a good thing, considering the subject matter.


I’m reading The Happiness Project. It’s okay. It’s good and bad. There’s a lot in there to think about.

Here’s what made me happy today:

  • Two more batches of orange marmalade.
  • Thomas bouncing through the grass.
  • Spending time with an old friend.
  • Goat cheese with orange marmalade. Can I use orange marmalade twice?
  • This photo of Thomas. OK, that’s two for Thomas.


cat report (with video!)

Thomas the cat gets to be outside sometimes now. He is a good boy and comes when he is called, and it’s usually a pretty dramatic reaction when I call him:(and yes, that is cat-grass barf on the rug in the last shot — I didn’t notice it until after I’d said, “Good boy, Thomas!” Yeah, real great, Thomas.)

Finn is continuing to look adorable with his little cut-velvet suit and boots. So soft.

I think T. just got an apartment so my time with him is limited (he will go live with her), which makes me so sad. I have tried very hard to think of him as my “foster kitty” and not get too attached, but of course that is futile and he’s got my heart. I will miss him. T. is of course an excellent kitty-parent and he’ll be loved and pampered and get tons more attention than I can give him, but I am still sad and will miss that little fluff.

It will be nice to have the house not divided, of course (the kitties don’t get along and I have a gate in the hallway to keep them separated, which nobody likes). And Thomas will have the full run of the house again, which he’ll love. It’s best for everyone. It’s still hard, though. That Finn is so darn adorable. Right now he is curled up on the bed with his whole face buried in his fluffy tail. I think he’s been cold since his haircut.

So, pretty soon, it will be just me and Thomas in the house. As much as I’ll miss Finn, I’m looking forward to not having to divide my time between the two kitties; no matter where I am, someone is unhappy, and that has been a little difficult. Thomas is a good companion and now that he’s able to be outside with me, that little puppycat and I will spend lots of time together. I’m so glad I have him. Such a good boy. And so… energetic!