Buried treasure, Part 2

Going through the items in my “Treasure Box,” I can’t stop thinking about how silly and trivial many of these tiny bits of plastic are. Several are of mysterious origin, even to me, and I now have no idea why I kept them. But in among the fairly disposible stuff, I’ll find an occasional genuine treasure, like the handmade Christmas […]

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Buried treasure, Part 1

I’ve heard that “unboxing” videos have become very popular lately, so I figure why not follow the trend — putting my own twist on it, of course! Today I’ll be unboxing my own personal time capsule, a container holding several treasures from my childhood — things that I loved and cherished enough to tuck away for safe keeping. This particular […]

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Coastal cottage garden

Part of the fun I find in staying in an unfamiliar place is focusing on the small details that add to the atmosphere. Even if you may not notice them, these touches definitely add to the feeling of relaxation and serenity these short escapes provide. In this case, I was only able to stay for one night, and due to […]

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Textures in stone

Franklin Simmons (1839-1913), Penelope, 1896, Marble Gift of the Daughters of Penelope, an International Hellenic Women’s Organization, to the Fine Arts Museums of San Fransisco on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Daughters’ founding by Alexandra Apostolides in San Francisco on November 16, 1929. The donation in honor of Hellenism was made possible by the vision of Mrs. […]

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Desert colors

Two brief visits to the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona were definitely not enough to take in the entirety of this amazing place, but I’m grateful we were able to stop on our trip homeward to explore what we could. And I managed to tear my eyes away from the landscape long enough to notice some of the wildflowers. […]

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Sights of North Texas

(Click any image to enlarge) We’re enjoying our all-too-short visit with the Big Guy’s parents before we have to hit the road once more and head for home on Saturday. The weather is pretty warm — today’s forecast is for a high of ‘only’ 100°F and 51% humidity — so we’re not spending too much time outdoors except for the […]

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Winsome wildflowers

We are now in the midst of summer, and while the sizzling temperatures have eased — for the moment — every day seems to bring warnings of new wildland fires somewhere in California. Per my weather app, the nearest active fire to me this afternoon is 44 miles away. Yesterday though, the Sac Metro Fire Department responded to two separate […]

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