Saturday, June 28, 2014



in the peaceful back yard at julie's tea 
lime pie 
DIY pride flair

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

outstanding in the field


back in 2008, i stumbled across a long table winding around dolores park. i didn't realize at the time that it was an outstanding in the field table, but i knew i wanted to sit at a table like that, set in a beautiful spot. i learned about oitf soon after that, and in 2010, sarah rubens let me include two of her oitf photos in from orchards, fields, and gardens.

this past weekend, six years later, i finally ate scrumptious food at one of those long tables at capay organic farm under the old oaks with one of my favorite people and friend of 35 years, laurel. what a treat!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


of late

quilts by gina rockenwagner and more
quilt by tricia royal and by blair stocker



Saturday, May 31, 2014



good views of late: angel island and napa

more weekend adventures with good food/picnics, bicycling, friends and nature/views please.

listening to frazey ford. i like you better

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

back yard refuge

above from jen and bob's thrifted-gifted-traded-scavenged-pilfered-hand-built yard. a magical ever-changing piece of sf bayview heaven, complete with chickens, cats, ol' dixieloo dog, a night warming chiminea, heart shaped stone collection, driftwood reminders, and succulent color bursts. and soon to sport a handmade pizza oven (built with clay gleaned from a friend's land). 

we were there for jen's ceramic bead class. we shaped, jen fired, we glazed, and jen will fire. can't wait to see what the finished beads look like.

mati and heather and i rode our bikes to/from class along the embarcadero. (we realized that we were a bicycle-beading gang and hooted/rang our bike bells accordingly!) we passed this urban beauty and topped the day off with some ice cream from mr. and mrs. miscellaneous. mmm.

thx jen and bead gang for a fun day. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014



i finally signed up to be a friendly visitor to a senior again. i don't know what took me so long.

above is julia, one of the liveliest people i've known. 

my recollection of her after she died in 2004. 

i'm just remembering that at first julia was going to name this dog melba (after the toast).


Wednesday, May 07, 2014

to the end


for someone who is atrocious at letting go (and should revisit mindfulness/meditation), maybe trying to let go of someone three times shortly after meeting them is good practice.

today i rode on central avenue to the eastern end of alameda, past east shore drive onto this short sandy spit lined with gnarly trees, up to a single bench looking over the water. as i sat there, planes were taking off from oakland airport, the oakland coliseum announcer's words were carrying across the water, and the fountain in the neighboring yard was trickling. sun soft breeze blended all the sounds into one sleepy song. egrets (i think that's what they were) flapped in place like pinwheels flashing, or like crazy winged daytime stars, before dropping to the water.

Saturday, May 03, 2014

around alameda lately


back yard strawberry harvest / beet salad / street cat / crazy flower / cooling

dance party: do it again

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