A Very Covid Birthday

The other day was my son’s birthday. Even though he is a grown man, I still like to bake him a cake, take him to lunch, and give him token gifts. Everything was going well until we lit the birthday candles. Tradition, you know. It took two of us to light so many of them.… Continue reading A Very Covid Birthday

Santa Cruz Friday

When a dancing friend asked me to meet him in Santa Cruz yesterday, I thought it would be a great day to break up this monotonous pandemic life. We agreed to meet at 2:00. I drove through intermittent fog and sunshine all the way to Moss Landing. I had promised myself a ceramic pot from… Continue reading Santa Cruz Friday

Best Birthday Ever

I was dreading the big one with no way to celebrate it during a pandemic. What would I do all day?  How could I make the day different from all the other ones during the lockdown? The good news is that I didn’t have to do anything at all. The day filled itself with all… Continue reading Best Birthday Ever

Memorial Day Weekend – Hello to Summer

My next-door neighbor just told me that he had the Coronavirus in December, that he was down for 10 days, lost weight, lost his sense of smell and taste, and felt like he had a big rubber band around his chest.  He had to sleep in a chair because it hurt to lie down.  He… Continue reading Memorial Day Weekend – Hello to Summer

Sheltering in Place, Alone

It is so weird to live in a house with no other humans, when you have to stay at home. True, the fighting is kept to a minimum, and I always get my way, but the days can be long. So I trick myself by breaking up the day into segments and filling up the… Continue reading Sheltering in Place, Alone

Four Bands and Birthdays in Four Nights

(re-run) This is now a distant memory during the Covid 19 crisis. I know summer is here when I’ve seen four live bands in four nights. The first band played in Moraga on Thursday, a bit of a drive with traffic at 5:00 p.m. Three Day Weekend had good harmony, interesting song choices and some… Continue reading Four Bands and Birthdays in Four Nights

Snow Day

(re-run) Many of my Medicare friends are moving or contemplating moving to retirement communities.  A big one close to my town is called Rossmoor.  It’s a huge gated community built back in the sixties and contains 6700 residential units surrounded by open space.   At least one resident in each unit must be at least fifty-five… Continue reading Snow Day

The Two Perks of Social Media

(re-run) I remember my birthdays during my childhood. School was already out, kids were on trips (the lake, the cabins in the woods, the Ozarks — not Hawaii, Paris, or Greece).  My birthdays were lonely except for my siblings and one or two close friends. The Iowa weather could also be a bit iffy in… Continue reading The Two Perks of Social Media

My Sunday Book Sale Surprise

Today was scheduled from beginning to end with a few hours free in mid-afternoon. I did my due diligence and walked the dogs early, since it was already a stinker at 9:00 a.m.  The weather people had predicted a cooler day than yesterday, but yesterday’s dog walk had actually been enjoyable. Today it was black… Continue reading My Sunday Book Sale Surprise