January 2018 Third Week

Sonoma Fires Three Months Later

Our neighbor across the way who lost the house he recently owned in the Fountain Grove area of Santa Ana, took several of us on a little tour of the fire damage.  After three months, recovery is slow because of all the hazardous toxins that must be removed from the soil.  Nature is doing her part to soften the damage by regrowth, nevertheless the damage remains stark.

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Tour Guide and Former Home Owner
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Remains of Hilton Fountain Grove
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Once upon this was the largest K-Mart in Sonoma County
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What’s left of a beautiful two-story house
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Clearing out, clearing up
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More clearing and cleaning
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New definition of “scenic”
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January 2018 Second Week

Socks! Socks!

The simple things of life can boost me over the moon. Others may win Super Lotto. But I now own five pair of the perfect socks.

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What Came Through the Door First Week of January

Joy and Sadness

This week two strangers received joyous news. A match was found for a new kidney. Their struggle to live under the shadow of renal failure is over. The donor was my cousin Penny, who passed from this life January 4th when her life support was disconnected. One door closing opened two others. Life passes to life. Like water, life takes many forms and shapes that are beyond our ability to see. Penny lives in our memory, and in the lives of others as well.

Quentin, Who is Two

Quentin blew through the door (accompanied by his parents). They traveled from  Canada to visit his great-grandmother Genivieve Duffin. He turned two in December, and is a full-fledged member of the tribe known the world over as “the Terrible Twos.” Watching this little guy chasing the cat, running back and forth around the living room, and grabbing for everything interesting that he saw, I found myself thinking “it is the terrible twos” because it is terrible to be two. Here are these little tykes, waking up to a bright and shiny world full of wonderful things to explore, and all they encounter are people yelling “NO” and “DON”T TOUCH, and “YOU KNOW THE RULES!” When you are two it’s only natural to explore and grab and touch and climb. How else does one learn to negotiate the world? Of course one doesn’t know the rules. Big people tell them something that makes no sense in their world, then expect them to both understand and obey immediately. At two, you are so small that people can pick you up out of the blue and carry you away right in the middle of something interesting. It takes a lot of grit to survive being two.

All About May Game Day

The Game Day was the Sunday before Memorial Day.  Traffic wise this is the best day of a three day weekend be be negotiating Highway 101 and the 580 Freeway. Cindy hosted. She hangs out in Oakland near the crew house for the UC Berkeley Crew Team. As an aside, there is a non-fiction book “The Boys in the Boat.”

Once again, I am using pictures instead of a thousand words to share this day.  Once again used Microsoft Sway.  The more I use this, the better I like it.  So far it’s a freebie for those with a subscription to Office 365.

 

Flowers and Worms and Lizards Oh No!

New News About Living in Sonoma

Yaba! Yaba! that means “weighted by guilt” about two weeks going by without a post. Here’s the new news about living in Sonoma.

Worms

First I bought a bucket, then I bought a box: of worms. Not just any old worm, but composting worms.   The bucket of worms came from a nursery in Novato. They were dud worms. So I ordered a box of worms from a world renowned worm farmer in Alabama (naturally I found them on Amazon where else?).

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