Wednesday, April 26, 2017

spring 5: blooms!


our rose bush is bonkers.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

garden beginnings


we visited dog island farm in vallejo to get some heirloom tomato starts. the good folks there sell inexpensive heirloom starts that they've tested in our climate. ran into a neighbor there at dog island.

we hauled soil to our house with the help of a new awesome vallejoan friend's truck. same new friend is bringing us bees she'll keep in our yard (a story for another post).

we built four planter boxes with the help of another new vallejoan friend, with tools from two different neighbors. 

at mid city nursery where we went to get veggie starts, we met an enthusiastic fruit tree expert who is going to come to our house and assess our yard's fruit tree growing potential. 

it takes a village to start a garden! at least when we are doing it. :-)

we've met so many friendly people since moving here. it has taken me by surprise, this friendliness, this eagerness to connect, and it has made me happy and grateful to call vallejo home.


Friday, April 07, 2017

spring 4


more spring growth: 
first lemon on our little tree
leaves of our very tall rose

chants by my sweetie. she just started making (almost daily) these beautiful, soothing, short chants she calls sound sketches. 


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

spring 3


spring duet 3

spring is my favorite. posting more below and soon above, too. 

spring 2


spring duet 2 in SF and Port Costa

hello again | spring 1


 spring duet 1

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

california love


california rising by friends eric and annie at three fish studios. also in multiple papers!

california knows that immigrants feed america

and that we need to protect trans kids

everyone should see this photo by emilio morenatti. refugees are fleeing their beloved countries because their lives are threatened. they are in pain and have faced terrifying journeys. we should be embracing them, not shutting them out.

Friday, December 30, 2016

dusk oaks in martinez


so sad and worrisome that sudden oak death has spread so widely now.

Sunday, December 18, 2016



from the yard

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Sunday, December 04, 2016

home in vallejo

feeling settled in our home in vallejo

started an around vallejo photo set. 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

outside and inside

light and shadows

strangely beautiful days despite political madness 

moments of muddle and moments of clarity. sadness, anger, frustration, despair, love.

as many have said, this is a call to action. listen to more music, read more poems, make more art, take care of one another. stand up for each other. here we go.

Monday, October 31, 2016


fika and a silvery ferry ride

finally back to the blog after moving to vallejo!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

summer trip!


snaps from the pickathon music festival on pendarvis farm and some pretty portland drinks

and from san juan island visit

Monday, August 01, 2016

north beach date


m and i did some touristing in our former home city of SF: buildings, food, views, and the (heretofore not visited by either of us) enchanted gardens of telegraph hill.

north beach has always felt like a foreign place to me, a destination (even when i lived in SF). m and i remarked on how in the many years we lived there, no friends of ours ever lived in north beach. i did temp occasionally, in 1998 or 1999, as a teller at a bank in north beach. the chinese folks would line up for the chinese-speaking teller and the italians for the italian speaking teller. i guess i served the people who spoke english and/or who didn't mind my lack of other useful languages (there not being many swedes in north beach). on lunch breaks i went to the italian deli next door for seriously delicious sandwiches made by seriously italian men. i rode the increasingly packed bus through chinatown to downtown to go home, north of the panhandle. the whole thing was a fun intro to SF.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

more summer pies!

(to be exact: key lime with graham cracker macademia nut crust, blueberry pie, and not pictured: peach/nectarine galettes and another blueberry/lemon verbena pie) 

and a window cat 

and macademia nut chi chi drinks at forbidden island 


Sunday, July 10, 2016

summer peaches

the best

dose of pinky leon

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

land | sea

a belated happy summer solstice and glad midsommar!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday, May 13, 2016



feet over the years

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

park life

dreamy SF day at the de young (mainly in the garden) and in the castro. 

feelin' lucky. 

here's a delicious flower near my work.

Friday, April 08, 2016

pancakes with pinky

last weekend

Tuesday, March 29, 2016



my springtime sweethearts

Sunday, March 06, 2016

ploughshares nursery

great wild edibles talk and tour of ploughshares, which is part of the awesome alameda point collaborative. marigold went along for the ride. 

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

indigo dye day


over in jen and bob's lovely back yard. fresh outdoor made eggs and coffee and chiminea cocktail times too.

check out how the indigo oxidizes from yellow to green to blue. 

all the photos

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

alameda /|\ /|\ oakland ||&||


east bay exploring: alameda boats, and across the estuary, oakland streets

Witchy: Tie your arm to my arm / So we can / Make our plans for this slow, slow weekend 

Monday, February 15, 2016

blooming in alameda


rosemary from the back yard
mystery fruit

Saturday, February 06, 2016



Monday, January 25, 2016

rainy in alameda

back yard scenes