– 113 – postcards from LA

We braved the hot California sun and headed downtown to take a graffiti tour.  (We booked through LA Art tours, you can find them here.) Fascinating. Our guide was the super knowledgeable Shandu (founder of the graffiti crew L.A.Bomb back in the 80s) Cool dude. We learned about ‘bombing’ and ‘tags’, about graffiti writers and…

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– 106 – postcards from Yosemite

We got a really early start to beat the crowds and make sure parking wasn’t a problem…and it worked out really well. Oh my this place is so wonderful. We have three days in the park so today we stayed in Yosemite Valley.  First up we hiked to the lower falls although calling it a…

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– 93 – baseball and me

The first baseball game I’ve ever been to was in 1988… I was 18 years old, spending the summer at my AFS sister’s house in Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Brewers were part of my education.  (I also attended Summer Fest where we twisted to a Chubby Checker concert,  caught a 17lb salmon on lake Michigan,…

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– 86 – sashiko jeans

I think I can genuinely blame Ali for this one. She’s the one who texted me a picture of a pair of denim from Anthropologie covered in sashiko embroidery.  She sowed the seed. And then that seed grew and grew and when I saw a pair of jeans in my size down to the most…

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– 81 – summer sewing, part 2

I’ve been eyeing peplum tops for a while and then the lovely Fiona (you can find her here) suggest the Marthe top (or Blouse Marthe) and I was sold. I wasn’t sure which fabric to use, well aware that something not drapey enough would look stiff and sticky-outy (… you find me a better word…

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– 77 – poetry Monday

The best time of the day (by Raymond Carver) Cool summer nights. Windows open. Lamps burning. Fruit in the bowl. And your head on my shoulder. These the happiest moments in the day. Next to the early morning hours, of course. And the time just before lunch. And the afternoon, and early evening hours. But…

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– 76 – random

… and exhale… Today is the first day in ages that I have no commitments, no appointments, no email that I must write or the world will stop spinning, no vital phone call to make or places to be… Feels good to get back to the routine. (I must be getting old). Now, don’t you…

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– 69 – random

I feel like I need to begin this post with a picture of bluebells spotted on my walk last Saturday because everybody is posting about bluebells and I hate feeling left out.  There, you’ve seen them,  now let’s move on because if there is one thing I hate more than feeling left out is following…

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