Saturday, April 19, 2014



discovered the band the blow (so good!) the other day.
the love that i crave
true affection
come on petunia

Friday, April 04, 2014

from the back yard


it's U2 kind of day hawkmoon 269

Thursday, March 27, 2014

with the best spots

the elusive neighborhood leopard let me pet her today. she moves so fast, it's very hard to take a photo of her. she is tiny but sturdy and slightly plump. she knows what she wants. 

spring is the best. alameda trees.

on repeat: like real people do

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

more spring

and more jasmine stealing
and peanut butter chocolate cookies

Sunday, March 16, 2014

spring in alameda

spring arrived early this year again—magnolias in bloom, green budding, flowering happening all over, insects buzzing, birds flitting.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

blue \_/ blue /| /| /| /| /| ❋ ❋ ❋


two good agriculture speeches:
about soil rebuilding and its relation to climate change (video)
farmer of the year speech (text)
both found on the greenhorns blog

Saturday, February 22, 2014


juniper tree vintage
pretty old things in alameda

today i passed alameda's oldest house, designed (in gothic revival style) in new york and shipped here to be assembled in 1854. it contains california redwood planks. (there was a plaque explaining.)


Friday, February 14, 2014


valentine red kayak

happy valentine's day
glad alla hjärtans dag


Monday, February 10, 2014

from the rainy weekend


with lucius standing in the middle of wall-to-wall audience, a sweet and quieter end to an all-out smokin' show

condensation chickens
condensation kitchen

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

^ ^


when i can't find him, i look behind the curtain, and usually there i spy his round orange back. he sits (hunched these days, really) on the windowsill taking in the sun; maybe he watches the many squirrels in and out of the oak tree outside, the occasional stray cat, the dogs out for a jaunt.

Monday, January 20, 2014



one pear cider (drunk from a diana fayt-made little chartreuse lined cup) + one second-hand wild patterned dress (traded for books at rocket reuse) = one zippered pouch, one tote, two curtain ties and scraps for quilting.

Sunday, January 19, 2014


so many huge, fantastic parks in the bay area

Saturday, January 11, 2014

just another

floppy alameda kitty. nice white spot on his cheek.

Monday, January 06, 2014

on alameda point

a gorgeous day at the alameda antique faire, where one can find junk, treasures, and everything in between. one can also find one's friends there, as i did, and as i heard others doing (some via instagram). i bought these champagne glasses, with bases green, purplish and orange-brownish. (påminnar mig om tant brun, tant grön o tant gredelin!) not what i was seeking, but so it goes.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

annamaria potamiti

received this beauty by annamaria potamiti for christmas—my third painting of annamaria's. the second one. the first one

this was one of the first paintings of hers that i saw (and still love) in 2009 on flickr.

lately she's been painting in acrylic and oil. i love the light in this one.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014


(the gold shoes lasted 1/2 block outside of my house; i realized that a broken ankle would not be an auspicious start to the new year and changed to black and flat.)


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

a new year

this may be my last pinky leon holiday card, given the state of PL's health. i just looked through my old PL holiday cards and got choked up thinking about the years we've spent together. this has been happening a lot lately! 

i have been enduring all sorts of uncomfortable sleeping positions—or, more accurately not sleeping positions—as pinky has become very snuggly and particular about where he wants to sleep—under the covers and resting his head on my arm, or sharing my pillow and spooning my head—and i want to accommodate/spoil/appreciate him these days. little old kitty.

anyhow, i hope you have a happy 2014! 

Friday, December 27, 2013

december in laguna

is summery, but with clear air and winter light. the beach looked like a tropical one. i don't remember it looking quite this way growing up. 

also, the tree outside my parents' front door was a fiery yellow it hasn't turned before. apparently my dad did not prune it as he has done in the past, and this was the result. the tree is beautiful in spring too, with bunches of light pink pods and green leaves. 

listening to go slow (reminds me of fleetwood mac) and let me go

Saturday, December 21, 2013


near where i live, a big rose, a blue-purple pointy house. 
pinky leon and i winter sunbathe. 

glad to see hannah konnola is doing her advent calendar again this year.

will ferrell on swedish holiday traditions. not bad. he is married to a swede.

god jul! 



Saturday, December 07, 2013

next up

i'm very excited to read these two books. 

the bottom three photos are of pages from swimming studies by leanne shapton.

Sunday, December 01, 2013


this is the earliest i have ever decorated for christmas. i don't know what came over me, but my tree is up and smelling delicious. found some swedish holiday music on spotify too. not the best choices there, but they sufficed. 

smattering of good stuff:

elisabeth's cat (rut) instagram video 
surf shacks
seed: the untold story
gleason ranch: risking everything (funded!)
autumn dewilde, photographer

Saturday, November 30, 2013

my turkey

have had a cold all thanksgiving + weekend, so i've seen a lot of pinky leon.
also watched all of orange is the new black

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

november so far

cookies, cat and truck. and fall light.
good books
beautiful art show by lisa s
and finally rain

also these links:
rachel kaye
johann kauth
kim eichler-messmer

and listening to lucius, new neko, and carolina wallin pérez singing kent songs (swedish)

Monday, November 04, 2013

fort collins farmers market


some of the many chairs at the great kirkland museum of fine and decorative art in denver. one could go many many times and not see everything.

colorado mountains. the landscapes are so spacious. even downtown fort collins is spacious.

sadly, i didn't have my phone/camera for the beautiful steamboat springs and surrounding aspens. glad i caught this moose though just before my battery died! two more bulls are behind him—the dark shapes in the trees.

Friday, November 01, 2013

halloween bird

in the work bathroom.   

being a blackbird meant having the beatles singing in my head all night. could be worse.  

sad i didn't get a photo with elissa, who was also a bird. 

legs masked

not a very advanced costume, but it was fun to get back in the spirit of halloween after several years of lacking the spirit.


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sunday, October 13, 2013

fall picnic

from our gourmet book club. not pictured: the eaters, delicious pumpkin bread, cheese and crackers, roasted tomatoes, mimosas with fresh squeezed OJ, espresso.  

Friday, October 04, 2013



Thursday, September 26, 2013

storm colors

just more feet

enjoying mazzy star's does someone have your baby now. couldn't find to link. live version

Monday, September 23, 2013

fall arrived

with its bright smile, after a downpour.

(painting by mati rose)