Wednesday, March 25, 2015


i'm sure i've said it before; spring is my favorite.

at the top are prints in bubble farm soap co's window. i had to go there to get some honey-related gifts and share with jean that i ordered my first beekeeping setup! very exciting. it sounds like it's been an extra rough year for beekeepers/bees with bee die offs in the winter. many bees were most likely affected by the varroa mite, though of course colony collapse disorder and climate change could be factors too. 

looking forward to painting my bee boxes and welcoming (with a little trepidation) swarms!

Friday, March 20, 2015

spring walk

took a walk with Marigold yesterday.

met the owner of this car; he informed me that this was the first Chevy to use fiberglass instead of wood. 

the baby leaves are so shimmery these days.

nasturtiums ♡

this blog is becoming a catalog of walks.

Friday, March 13, 2015

today's walk


marigold (pretty lady)

bang ponytailed dog

Saturday, March 07, 2015

spring colors?


Monday, March 02, 2015

alameda streets


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

at home


i think cards are the only things i regularly collect, but then i'm always giving them away too. some are hard to part with though. above is but a fraction from my breadbox stuffed with cards. seems like i see cards regularly for many people close to me: horses for mom, cats (everywhere!) and quilts for my aunt on my dad's side, marine life and mermaids for liz. birds and dogs for dad, oddball/funny drawn animal-creatures for laur. quail and bicycles for heather, bees and plants for elissa. the list goes on.

pinky sniffing


Friday, February 20, 2015

alameda sights


nother view of this fun thrifted vase

think i'm going to get some bees! excited.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


from the glorious weather weekend

morning sun with PL, fika with a friend, and a walk in the afternoon down magnolia- and jasmine-scented streets. pretty great.

i survived my first no-phone distraction day today. wasn't that hard, really. though i did find myself bargaining with myself at one point. "no dice," i had to tell myself, and kept reading. and, maybe more importantly, i had a conversation with an old acquaintance and introduced myself to the stranger i've been sitting next to at work for over a month. (crazy, really. though in my defense, he hadn't introduced himself either.) 

Sunday, February 15, 2015



delicious colors.

perfect jelly heart is from crispian bakery, opening soon right next to feel good bakery in alameda. they're going to give feel good some serious competition.

sweet marigold, my new neighbor dog.

and the weekend of gorgeous weather continued.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

happy valentines day ❤


it's been a ridiculously beautiful few days here in the bay area. 72 degrees and everything blooming. too early for spring, but it sure feels good.

i did some mindless heart drawing and stamping for valentines. been a long time since i got lost in a project. i miss that.

everyone talks about how our brains are changing with our addictions to our phones/constantly checking them. i feel it (in numerous ways). i am considering taking a year off from FB and IG. or maybe i'll IG only on the weekends.

my plan is to each day try start at least one conversation with a stranger or acquaintance or have a longer conversation with a friend. this will be a HUGE challenge for me as i'm quite introverted, and i enjoy, for example, listening to music or reading and not talking with anyone on my daily bus commutes. but, i also would like more in-person interaction with people, and i may need to make this kind of commitment in order to make it happen. funnily enough, the day i came up with this idea—a couple of days ago—i had more conversations with strangers and acquaintances than i normally have in a week.

going to try this for a month to start, starting tuesday. we'll see how it goes/if i sense that my brain is acting any differently/if i can handle not checking my phone all the time.

❤ ❤ ❤

Friday, February 06, 2015

rainy reds

and minty specs

our love

Monday, February 02, 2015

sun light / moon light


been so enjoying daylight arriving earlier and staying later. i like this half of the year leading up to the summer solstice better than the other half, for sure.

one of my favorite things about where i work now is that the university gym's outdoor pool is on top of a building. it revolutionizes my days to be able to leave the sea of cubes, to walk in the cold air from the locker room shower up to the roof (nothing like a little cold shock), to watch the sky above as i swim. today's back strokes were cloud filled. just blue and cottony white stretching in all directions. those cloud blanket days are always so comforting/calming. all of us wrapped in the soft stuff. the best. i do the back stroke a lot more now that i swim outdoors.

Monday, January 19, 2015


my day today:
1. fought my way out from under cat purring on chest. took a video, but purring not captured.
2. dressed and listened to a pretty good forum on how to talk with kids about race (lessons to be applied to adults too).
3. took a long walk in alameda in the sun. snapped some old cars.
4. sat on my favorite bench and took a selfie. 
5. saw MLK likeness in a window (actually in all windows of this house).

(not pictured, among other things: the ebelskiver i made for breakfast! i also got stuck under the cat at breakfast. kale salad and more ebelskiver i ate for lunch, uneventful dinner leftovers, the erasing of the hard drive on my old computer. sharon van etten singing serpents)

Friday, January 16, 2015

lots of PL


paper doll pinky leon (bday suit; debonaire; super PL!; cowboy; strummin;) i forgot to photograph frenchie PL with his beret)

paper doll PL created for my 2014 holiday card (from the annual PL holiday card series).

PL year in review (video)

Saturday, January 10, 2015



glowing spotted bearded mitsy was workin' it on pacific ave.


Thursday, January 01, 2015

hello 2015!


my word for this year is new, which will mean boldness and risk-taking! things i'm not great at, but that are necessary for living! for a new therapist, new website (first new computer, as this one is on its last leg), new girlfriend, new direction creatively (and maybe job-wise?), new commitment to community building/volunteering in alameda, new arrangement in my living room to make it more conducive to making), new adventures, new hikes, new activities, new quilt sewing, new dance moves

Saturday, December 27, 2014


flew down to so cal and back with no drugs/alcohol. normally i need something to handle flying without hyperventilating/panicking (even though i've flown many times in my life). occasionally, when there is no turbulence, and i am able to focus on the beautiful views, i do not totally freak out. i do love seeing my home from above. i love that the island of alameda can be so easily seen as a whole. it's graspable (both from above and on foot/bike). i see the green park street bridge, and from there can figure out what the other visible main streets are and where my house is. 

after flying over alameda, we passed over the golden gate, which looked like a bright toy bridge against the blue. and then water and more water and the blinding sun casting a gigantic gold circle on the water. and then some rows of curvy clouds lined up seemingly evenly spaced, like a letter written in cloud instead of ink. i got lost in the incredible beauty of the earth, instead of in thinking about how insane it is to be up so high. was still completely exhausted by managing the anxiety though.

at my parents' i sat in the sun on the front steps in the mornings. it was strange and still without any dogs around. first time ever in my life that my parents have been without dogs. no one running up to wipe their shaggy sandy schnauzer beards on me. 

saw two of my long time/lifelong friends and then back up to my insistent lap cat, PL. a short but sweet trip.

Monday, December 22, 2014

some cats at my house

pinky leon, and below him, cats by mia hansen, gracia haby and louise jennison, and le train fantome

happy holidays! 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

cookie monster

the scoreboard from our very complicated work dessert contest judging. yours truly won for the second year! (i, of course, did not score my own dessert.) we even had a monitor to make sure our scoring was fair. serious business.

(just realized after titling this post that i may have been channeling cookie monster with that blue outfit.)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

stars and lights and powdered sugar


i'm feeling very festive and cozy these days. looking forward to sharing glögg, cookies and games with some friends this weekend.

recently i read the book stoner (name of main character, not about about an mj smoker) by john williams. stoner's responses to events/people in his life are frustrating, but the often sad story is beautifully succinctly written. somehow this excerpt, and thinking about willingness in particular, helped me in my seemingly never ending (or my gradual and recurring) letting go:

In his extreme youth Stoner had thought of love as an absolute state of being in which, if one were lucky, one might find access. In his maturity he had decided it was the heaven of a false religion, toward which one ought to gaze with an amused disbelief, a greatly familiar contempt, and an embarrassed nostalgia. Now in his middle age he began to know that it was neither a state of grace nor an illusion; he saw it as a human act of becoming, a condition that was invented and modified moment by moment and day by day, by the will and the intelligence and the heart.

Monday, December 08, 2014


wispy clouded, sweets-filled, a fika mamma

the glögg is made, the tree is trimmed, the candles burning and the rain falling (finally).

Monday, November 24, 2014

hey sweet thing

pb and chocolate cookies 
ebelskiver with apricot jam inside 
chocolate macaron (not homemade, from feel good bakery—they were out of pistachio)

me wanting you (extra slow version compared to album) 
get rhythm (young and slight johnny)

Monday, November 17, 2014

out/in alameda

nights are getting colder, even if the days can still be bright blue and sunshine-y with pink flowers. 

the covers are piling like snow drifts, but cozy. 

soon it will be time to light candles, including this sweet beeswax hive one from bubble farm soap co. 

fascination ends

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

to encinal nursery


 (with cute new basket, perfect for plant transport)

Sunday, November 09, 2014

fall around here


Sunday, October 26, 2014



i rode leisurely along the perimeter of alameda island today—about 15 miles. perfect weather for it—warm with a breeze. i lazed around on my favorite bench on the east end of the island. then biked along the sandy bay path, to the naval base, down spirits alley. along the estuary, i read a plaque about the old shipyard, the largest on the pacific coast when it opened. at one point, i think it said 8,000 people were employed by the shipyard. and then when it reopened around WWII, 4 or 5,000 people worked there. also rode over the rails that were part of the original transcontinental railroad, whose end stop briefly was alameda. history!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

fall light


i like this stanza in particular of the song guldlock by eva dahlgren (though the whole song is one of my favorites of hers):

kom vildvind med rosenkind
en kort stund var bara min
så lovar jag 
innan du ber
att ge dig frid

doesn't sound as good in english:

come wild wind with rosy cheek
a short time was only mine
then i promise
before you ask
to give you peace

Sunday, October 05, 2014

crate with a tail? ARR


pinky leon oks the crate. 

i like all colors, but maroon is one of my least favorites. but the amaranth flowers in our back yard are so pretty, especially in the evening sun. check out this one purpley-maroon one. i'm seeing maroon anew.

Saturday, September 27, 2014


feels a bit like fall today—the light and air and the apples and pears at the farmers market. i'm ready for fall colors.

though today i'm traveling up to summery weather (80 degrees) for a barn dance at a farm! time to dust off the uncomfortable cowboy boots, which will likely be cast aside for dancing. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

tell a thunder whisper to


i'm really not rose crazy. there are just so many all over alameda. 

blue, a poem by may swenson (pretty bold and sneaky)