Sunday, August 05, 2018

shimmering day

beautiful day in point reyes station and at tomales point. we saw about 60 tule elk throughout the hike and drive. 

more from pierce point ranch 

marilyn made a dance video from the footage at pierce point ranch, in the milking barn and around. 


Friday, July 20, 2018



from sweden (sigtuna to be exact) 
holding on to that summer vacation feeling...

Sunday, July 08, 2018

back to Vallejo


it's good to be home after a wonderful trip. even our dwarf peach tree (not pictured) is fruiting in its first year. although currently it's dusted (as is everything) with ash from the fires to the north. 

the cats survived our absence without getting into any scrapes with neighbor cats and without our total spoiling of them. (with us they are on a 10 small meals a day diet, while most people do a 2 times a day thing. :-))  ^^ ^^


Friday, May 25, 2018

beekeeping cat

1. papi; 2. honey; 3. beeswax 
all amazing.

Monday, May 07, 2018

more spring


we went to mount diablo two weekends in a row because it was so glorious, and neither of us had been in many many years. we didn't realize what we had been missing! it was bursting with spring—birds, bees, butterflies, all manner of insects, wildflowers.

see more butterflies and flowers from mount diablo

Friday, April 27, 2018

back yard beauty

in love with our back yard

delicious scented bloom (rosemary behind)
baby fig tree (cute!)
mint and spring yard spurt
papi rolling in favas

also, check out our rose bush, popping like last year (with a crazy lil kitty rascal on the pole behind the roses)

and lil kitty looking adorable

Saturday, April 21, 2018

back yard blooms

heavenly lushness right now. swarming bees, scents drifting, flowering flowering flowering. the cats and we have it good. 

lil kitty rascal hung out up high today (like 20+ feet up) on an old trellis, batting the new roses and walking around like a (clumsy) tightrope queen. good thing she's light and flexible and tends to land on her feet!

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

feeling spring

feeling our back yard. 
everything is blooming, reaching, opening. peach blossoms, lemon blossoms, mint, favas, fig! mystery bush that is aromatherapy to stand under. so fragrant. so is the yesterday-today-tomorrow plant. delicious season of dreams.

Friday, March 09, 2018

Monday, January 15, 2018

butterflies, a bee, flowers

 flora and fauna at home

Sunday, December 31, 2017

in 2018


we are now four, with the addition of our two tuxedos: one calm, pear shaped girl and one petite mischievous lover, names tbd. 

we said fare well to our dear pinky leon.


word for the year: fleeting 
so that i remember how each moment is 
in order not to cling 
how life is 
to accept 
to love 
to live 
to let go 
to remember the big picture 
how small we are 
to make it matter 
to make
to revel 
to sink in 
to give 
to risk 
to try
to savor
to connect 
to dance and shout
to tend

each year's word is a variation on this theme, really 

we roar in to 2018!


Thursday, November 16, 2017

at home / away

a couple of weekends ago we drove up the sonoma and mendocino coast. what a dream california is. the sweep of nature. rough and rolling and shining. never ceases to bowl me over. 
and moving to see all the handwritten signs thanking the firefighters. 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

fall at home

honey cat (18.5 years and skinny, but still goin')

Friday, September 15, 2017

last days of summer

inside | outside

Friday, July 28, 2017

East Coast adventures


to Philadelphia (hot and humid!), Bryn Mawr, Gladwyn, and NY

whole set

Saturday, July 15, 2017

summer vibes at home

mint chip 
green tomato 

Saturday, July 08, 2017

chant magick inspired


made some drawings of marilyn singing 
some inspiration

Saturday, June 24, 2017

new tricks


for enjoying the vallejo heat. giant kiddie pool!

Monday, June 05, 2017

topanga canyon

canyon airstreams 
canyon flora

we traveled to the much storied topanga canyon this weekend. a friend of m's got hitched in a handfasting ceremony led by a shaman. the loves stood on the edge of the canyon and told each other poems they'd written and sang to each other. we all tied ribbons of different colors around their wrists. all connected. rather lovely.

m and i took a hike. the canyon's flowers are different than the bay's (obviously). somehow that was so refreshing. a new landscape—similar, yet different. blooming and slithering with lizards. hazy with dusk. and then just minutes to the beach, foggy in the morning. grey with bolts of pink shirts and yellow surfboards. sand underfoot and waves eternal. 

the photos to prove it

Saturday, May 06, 2017

yard views


Wednesday, May 03, 2017

views of late

a blue diamond morning
an eve on the carquinez bridge with the moon and marilyn

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