spring photos

Spring is here. April was showing off. ^_^

A new to me suitcase that I have improved with Posca markers.

We attended a concert at the Paramount theater where they performed Peter and the Wolf and a bunch of other great music. We also got tickets to see a couple of Cal Performances. maiki brought Emma to one and I attended the next. They were both powerful and uplifting.

A special gift of coffee from a friend.

We visited our penguin friends (& Claude!) at the Academy of Sciences.

This visit there were huge insects in the garden.

On the last day of Welcome to Wildlife Emma made this cute terrarium.

Emma has attended three birthday parties in the last month! Lucky girl.

Family walk and picnic in the redwoods.

I am so happy to be just a short drive away from this view.

Shakespeare play

This month Emma performed in William Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night. The play was put on by her charter school Hickman. The middle school age kids sign up for the class for the winter session and spend the next 8 wednesdays (plus a few extra rehearsals) learning old English and memorizing their lines. It all culminates with a impressive performance on the stage with cosumes and scenery for the community. Emma has a blast.

some pics from February

January and February are not my favorite. However February’s pink flowered covered trees help tremendously!

A rainy walk.

Candlelight makes interiors nicer. This was an afternoon electricity black out.

We decided to get rid of our TV and put up a bunch of artwork on this wall again.

A valentine’s themed park day was a highlight.

A trip to the bakery.

More rain. Lots and lots of rain.

Thankful for the magnolias.

lately in January

We visited the Oakland museum with Gene and saw the Creative Growth exhibit of local artists.

We hung out a few times with Cindy and she made us yummy food.

Emma helped Robert in the Bonsai garden.

Quince at the Bonsai Garden.

We had a mini date at the local brewery the 2 Pitchers.

Once we brought Emma and discovered Friday nights are popular with families.

First magnolias at the Gardens of Lake Merritt.

Emma being a super reader.

Tracking state quarters.

2023 book list

2023 book list:

the porcupine year

we all want impossible things

these precious days, essays

edie richter is not alone

witch of blackbird pond

the color purple

magic hour (kristen hannah)

mixed up files of mrs basil frank

healer & witch

main street

tomorrow and tomorrow… (half)

ben and me

this time tomorrow

temple alley summer

cloud cuckoo land

circe (part)

really good actually, a novel (part)

little fires everywhere (part)

tuesday (-> sat) with the castle

the vanderbeekers of 141st st &
vanderbeekers and the hidden garden

eleanor oliphant is fine

the seven year slip

talking at night

trumpet of the swan


Looking at this list I can see that I began and ended with a book from the Birchbark series by Louise Erdrich. Emma and I have really treasured every one.

Also I noticed that I was starting books that did not resonate with me at the time and did not finish. I had heard so many good things about Tomorrow, Tomorrow, Tomorrow and yet only read half of it. I am certain I will pick up that and Circe again in the future.

I actually read a couple books with time travel and really enjoyed them. So happy to have read both This Time Tomorrow and The Seven Year Slip. They were filled with so much tenderness and love.