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

makoons

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.

December 2023

So much happens in December. We made crafts and knitted, made spiced nuts and carefully wrapped gifts. We ice skated and ate meals with friends and family and had so much fun that I did not take any pictures at all. Still, I am so glad that I continue to share a few photos here to help me remember. And I know this is true at the end of every month but somehow at the years end I really want to hold it all and not let it go. This blog has preserved the sweetest moments for me to look back on. It is my heart on the internet. Thank you for visiting.

We brought Hugo, our Norfolk Pine inside and decorated our apartment for Christmas.

We attended a concert at the Paramount called “Let Us Break Bread” that honored Tina Turner. It was a lot of fun and totally worth it even in our top floor balcony seats.

We flew to Los Angeles to visit family.

Emma and Grandpa. We stay in Grandpa’s living room and watch old movies with him every day.

There were many old photo albums to look at and I snapped so many photos of my Mom. I still wear her blue shirt. 🙂

We had a wonderful time with family, delivering and opening presents and sipping prosecco (me) at the huge Christmas Eve party. Lots of sweets, yummy food and good conversation.


Stocking treats for me.


Here is Emma sporting a new shirt and jewelry and eating blueberries on Christmas day. Such a lucky kid.

After Christmas we are eager to return home to maiki.

We walked around the lake and visited the library in Chinatown.

Spent the last day of the year in Dimond park by Sausal creek with friends.