I'm not a big fan of Hallmark Holidays.....

. .like Mother's Day and Father's Day, and even birthdays! We used to let our kids choose a "Special Day" (any day) that they would invite their friends over to the house...sometimes the "Special Day" would include going somewhere nearby.  We specifically did not call it a birthday. It was just few hours that the kids could get together.  Parents were totally confused by this....what's a "Special Day"? No, the kids did not need to bring presents. It just a time for them (a few of them) to get together.  (Of course, the kids brought presents.) If I remember correctly, son Evan did attend a birthday party at an ice skating rink.  We got a call from the parent(s), and went over there to pick him up because he had fallen on his arm. All was well with him within a few hours...and we took our kids to a movie. Sometime during that movie, he removed his arm from the sling. And that was that! Back to yesterday...the doorbell rang and there was a neighbo
 These Canada geese and their babies were walking by a listing that I'll soon be putting on the market. The geese were so kind to the goslings.  And humans were so kind to that family of geese; giving them space.  It rather seems to me, that most of us are a bit kinder today than we were over a year ago. I needed to go to the Toyota dealership in Oakland, this past week. Instead of waiting around for 3-4 hours while they performed the required routine maintenance on my car, the dealership was offering a free Lyft from the dealership to my home, and a free Lyft back to the dealership.  I think this is a great idea, especially with some Covid restrictions still in place. The person who drove me back home was terrific. And when I received the survey  on my phone...that's how I responded in writing.  However, the driver for Lyft (to take me back to the dealership) was really reckless. I let him know that the local cops in Alameda were very strict about enforcing the speed limit, as

Small town....Alameda

 A dashboard light came on in my car, last Tuesday. argh.  I pulled out my car manual from the glove compartment to see what that symbol was warning me about. (By the way, why is it called a glove compartment? I've never put gloves anywhere near that covered area directly in front of the passenger seat!) One of my tires was low. I immediately drove over to Big Discount Tires (corner of Oak St. and Eagle Ave).  I got my last set of tires at Big O Tires maybe 2-3 years ago. I'm not sure, but I think the owner of the business bought the building on Eagle and changed the name. The folks that work there are wonderful!  Sure enough, I ran over some yellow metal thing. The gentleman pumped up my tire, more than the instructions said, left the yellow thing in the tire, and he told me to come in early (8am) but they wouldn't make an appointment for me.  But the earlier I got there, the sooner that yellow thingy would be history. I got there @ 8am, the next day, to have it removed a

S...Sh...Shr...Shre...Shred... Shredd...Shreddi....Shredding....SHREDDING PARTY!

  Please come! Bring your friends!  Tell your friends and neighbors! It's free!  If you care to donate to Alameda (City) Meals on Wheels, I'll match every donation and the funds will go to AMOW! LAST YEAR WE DONATED A TOTAL OF $6080.00 TO ALAMEDA MEALS ON WHEELS! If you can't come over on the date/time, you can drop your stuff off at my house, ahead of time (they don't shred books and boxes) and I'll be sure it will be shredded!  Just give me a call and we can work out a time for you to drop your stuff off! Get ready, get set, SHRED! This is living richly! 

Sitting on my front porch stairs....

Image the early evening. I have a friend, who has a friend, and often I'll get a text from my friend..."are you at home?"   He's walking his dog. Sometimes I miss his texts. Other times I'll text him back...'yes', 'no', or 'what time'? Often he walks with another friend and his dog.  This casual event happens in the early evening, when it's nearly dark, or these days when it's still bright outside.   This afternoon/early evening was exceptional. The sun was bright: little or no breeze, and just sitting on the front steps was amazing. It was so nice that for a while all the world (my world) was just right.  Another neighbor walked by and struck up a conversation with my friend's friend. So we had 4 friends, and 1 dog, and 2 conversations.  I was quiet...and wondered why I felt so blessed?  Because I was sitting in front of my home.  Because I was soaking up the sun.  Because I have nothing to complain about.  Because there is a

Even these beautiful birds....

Thank you to Betty and Vicki!  are wearing masks! Live richly and laugh and wear a mask. BTW....I got a J&J shot last Friday, and thank you to my son, Evan, who arranged it for me. I drove to the Alameda County Fairgrounds and never got out of my car. And thankfully, I was able to show up on time: 3:15pm. After the shot, they wrote on my car windshield the time I needed to wait. 10 minutes came and went and I was outta there! No action, reactions. All is fine!  And I hope this process has gone well for all of you.  This was the first time I've driven on a freeway since the first lockdown. It's just as crazy out there, as it was before Covid. 


Image, I've never been there.  Here's an internet dictionary description: 'Patagonia, semiarid scrub plateau that covers nearly all of the southern portion of mainland  Argentina . With an area of about 260,000 square miles (673,000 square kilometres), it constitutes a vast area of steppe and  desert  that extends  south  from latitude 37° to 51° S.' Because I've purchased some of their stuff over the years , I receive a quarterly magazine from them. I read it...from front to back.  Yes, I use reading glasses, but the font size is so small I need more light and better glasses.  I have one of their orange (fake down) vests, an orange (fake down) jacket, a shirt, a t-shirt. Clearly, this is a magazine that features the 'outdoors': rock climbing, big wave surfing, fishing in lakes in the snow, and how and why they design, create, test-it-out-before-shipping-it-out to consumers.  This issue featured '30 BY 30....An ambitious goal could protect humans and wil