Saturday, February 27, 2021


Yesterday was my birthday and my friend Nancy has been staying with me to give her daughter at break (daughter from Germany, both in a 1 bedroom house, a bit cramped). Anyway, so so great to eat together and hang out. And she made me an apple pie for my birthday. The secret to good crust? a pound of butter. And she added cardamom to the apples. Let me say, hells to the yes. So delicious. 

So I hiked with Judith on Tiger mountain, swam, got a massage and ate pie with my friend. Perfect, just perfect.  

Signs of spring are afoot. Crabapples are blooming by the gate. Green shoots in the woods. A bit of sun today, just enough to coax us out of the house. I may go to a birth tonight. Lordy, it's been a while. 

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Dear ones,

We had 20 inches of snow last weekend and now there are a few little piles of snow here and there. We were fine, unlike Texas. Texas is truly horrifying. 

My yard last Saturday. 

I bought a new(er) car. A bigger car. A car I intend to drive to California some day. I've even allowed myself to get a wee bit excited about this idea, me tooling down the road, listening to tunes and singing along. My sister has decided to move to Florida (Mary!) so if she really does, I'll have to visit her during the dark and crappy months of cold and rainy Seattle. 


I have solar panels which did not save me from an astronomical electric bill. And the system was not communicating with a program that tells me monthly how much power the panels have generated. I changed my WIFI months ago and kept getting messages, which I ignored. That bill came today and I hit the roof, as my mother would say. I decided to reconnect the reporting system to my new WIFI and some curse words were uttered, you can be sure. I was yelling at the computer, at my phone and to the power box hanging off my house.  I had screwdrivers and a hammer, none of which I needed, by the way. I got so frustrated and all the while I was thinking, jeezuz, not so peace and love Buddhist of you, are you. 

BUT I FIGURED IT OUT. Without losing my shit completely and without a man to do it for me. 

I didn't lower my bill. I'm saving my wrath for Monday when I can call the power company and rant. 

The same thing happened with my new printer. I was bracing myself for hours of fun trying to sync up the printer to the computer and it was ridiculously easy. Easy as pie, which I wish I had right now. I have to wait for an event to make pie because I can't eat a whole pie by myself. Well I could, but I'd be ashamed of myself. Cherry pie is the best or maybe lemon meringue or blueberry. 

My birthday is on the 26th. I might have to have pie, regardless. I'll be 71, an age I never thought about before. That's officially old, right? Still not feeling it. 

All fully vaccinated, y'all. 


Thursday, February 04, 2021