Tuesday, July 14, 2020


Went for a two-mile walk before breakfast.
Visited Jim for a bit. Talked about flowers and birds.
Laughing Cow cheese in my eggs for breakfast.
Enjoyed a much cooler day.
Ordering clothes online and picking them up via curbside.
Weekly Whole Foods trip.
Got our taxes done and filed.
Tacos and watermelon for dinner.
Listening to Mike read books to Logan.

Monday, July 13, 2020


A cup of coffee and a beautiful quiet morning to myself.
Getting some cleaning done while listing to some music.
Ahhh, a little bit of order for a few hours.
Painting for almost two hours. 
Jesse and Bri making made it home safe from a fun weekend date.
Scanning some of my watercolors.
Shooting my little fern in the shower where the light was perfect.
Catching up with my Sister.
The hug I got from Logan today when he got home.
Sauteed chicken thighs and roasted broccoli for dinner.

Sunday, July 12, 2020


A nice quiet weekend, except for crazy Cleo.
Awake too early but I got to talk to my Dr. CynCyn first thing.
Sunday breakfast with Mike.
Then we went for a bike ride before it got too hot.
Taking a catnap.
Laundry done.
Watching the Hunger Games for the first time.
We had a "Snack" or as the kids used to call it, "whatever" dinner tonight.
Enjoyed a great phone conversation with my brother Gordie.

Saturday, July 11, 2020


Breakfast with Mr. Logan.
Watering plants and feeding birds.
Logan kicking back in his chair with his feet in the kiddie pool at 9:30 am.
Coloring and painting.
Hanging out with him and Mike.
Then a quiet afternoon and evening with just Mike and me.
Listening to music.
Air conditioning!

Friday, July 10, 2020


My Dr. CynCyn has tested negative for COVID-19. Thank you!
Spent some time on the phone with her this morning.
Had a busy day with Logan.
We played, read books, watched Frozen, had a snack lunch, fed birds, pretended to bake cakes...
And that is all I got done today.
So grateful that I get to spend time with my grandson.
We had take out for dinner.

Thursday, July 9, 2020


I went for a walk before breakfast.
Got to chat with some of the neighbors.
I had a quiet morning all to myself.
Got a Target and Safeway run in before it got crowded.
Picked up some goodies for Logan and me to play with tomorrow.
Talked on the phone with my Sister. We vented and we both felt better after.
Checked in with my Dr. CynCyn and my Melissa via text.
Day four of Keto and it's going good.
Roasted chicken sausages and vegetables for dinner. Just Mike and me.
So thankful for air-conditioning. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2020


Breakfast with Logan.
Watering my garden.
Talking with my Sister.
My Dr. CynCyn checking in by text.
Hanging out in the backyard with Logan before it got too warm.
He let me take a picture of him.
Making star-shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for Logan's lunch.
I had a salad.
Working on a puzzle. Well, I was. Logan just wants it to be done already.
Reading books.
Watching Mike and Logan feed, talk about, and watch the birds.
NomNom Paleo's Potsticker Stir-fry for dinner with my boys.
Strawberries and pound cake with whipped cream for dessert, for the boys.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020


A walk after tea and breakfast.
Visting with the neighbors; Juanita on her walk and Jim working in his garden.
All the pretty flowers.
Deep, rich, thoughtful conversations with my sister for over an hour.
Getting our old freezer and airconditioner picked up for free today.
Ordering some clothes online and using curbside pickup.
New clothes!
Starting on another refi with our mortgage broker.
Texting with my Dr. CynCyn.
A quick grocery trip, the best kind.
Tacos for dinner with my boys.
A quiet evening.
Successful day two of Keto.

Monday, July 6, 2020


Starting another reset. Trying Keto this time.
Scrambled eggs, sausage, and strawberries for breakfast.
Watching my tomato plants grow.
Getting my hair done after four long months.
Embracing the gray that I've been covering up for years.
Talking on the phone with my Dr. CynCyn.
Being able to shop at Whole Foods.
Getting packages from UPS and FedEx. 
Having Jesse here to help Mike with projects and heavy lifting.
A much cooler day today.
Marinara sauce over pork tenderloin slices with Caesar salad (no croutons.)

Sunday, July 5, 2020


Sleeping in.
Getting the laundry done.
Lots of leftovers for breakfast and lunch.
Afternoon cocktails.
Listening to music.
Editing photos.
Working in my bujo and writing in my journal.
Burgers and tots for dinner. 
The last piece of my Apricot Cobbler with vanilla ice cream for dessert. 
Tomorrow I start an overdue reset.

Saturday, July 4, 2020


A quiet, slow morning. 
Peach cobbler and coffee for breakfast.
Making a potato salad.
Hanging out in the backyard with Jesse, Bri, and Logan.
Cocktails and listening to music.
Cooling our feet in the kiddie pool.
Logan playing in the Kayak. Jesse and Bri taking "rides" with him.
Taking pictures. Making memories.
The turkey flock joining us.
Jesse grilling streak, sausage, and zucchini.
Bri making Firework Fruit kabobs and dessert...
Strawberry and blueberry pound cake with whipped cream.

Friday, July 3, 2020


is my birthday.
Husband, Jesse, Bri, Logan, and I went to Lake Berryessa.
Got there at 8 am, before all the people.
It was beautiful and so peaceful.
We brought donuts, breakfast burritos, stuff to make lunch, a standup paddleboard, and a kayak.
We all had fun taking turns on the toys and we all got sunburned.
Left for home by 2 pm - it was getting crowded.
I talked to my girls and my sister, we ordered Sushi for dinner and had Apricot Cobbler with vanilla ice cream for dessert.
I got a whole bunch of birthday cards, a Yetti Rambler, and a UE Blast speaker.
We are all spent and ready for a good nights sleep.
I feel so loved and so grateful for my family.
Soooo, tired.

Thursday, July 2, 2020


Paleo waffles with banana and maple syrup for breakfast with Logan.
Watering my plants.
Feeding the birds.
Talking to my Sister, hearing how much better she feels and sounds.
Playing Candy Land with Logan.
Turkeys coming into the yard early today.
Watching Logan thoroughly enjoy a bowl of chicken and rice soup.
Husband coming home with a Kayak.
Jesse feeling a little calmer today.
Logan having a blast feeding the turkey poults on the patio.
Pork Tenderloin, homemade mac and cheese, and fresh green beans for dinner.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020


Halfway through this crazy year.
Logan day.
Science experiments with baking soda, water, and vinegar.
Bowling in the hallway.
Pretend cake backing with water in the backyard.
Logan telling Husband and me that our house is pretty cool. 
Then following me into the house to tell me he loves me. 
Checking on my Sister.
Talking with my Melissa.
Doing research to debunk conspiracy propaganda.
Grilled chicken, corn-on-the-cob, and salad for dinner. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2020


A solid eight hours of sleep!
An almost two-mile walk before breakfast.
A new batch of baby ducks in a pond I rarely walk by.
The smell of my tomato plants when I water them. 
My Sister calling to talk.
Painting my toes. 
Moments when Logan wants my attention.
A short trip to Michaels. 
Some quite hours, by myself, here today.
Jesse, Bri, and Logan going to see their new home this afternoon. I'm so excited for them!
Tacos for dinner.

Today marks six months since I started this habit of recording what I am thankful for each day and my 365 photography project. Boy, what a CRAZY six months it has been. There have been days when I thought about stopping both projects because, well...life, and sometimes it all seems so useless, but it brings me joy (most days), and I know that my future self will thank me for finishing. With all that is going on in the world right now, I need this more than ever, and I must finish out the year.

Monday, June 29, 2020


Waking up.
Picking up an Apricot Cobbler from the produce market.
Buying these sunflowers.
Photographing these sunflowers.
Checking on my sister.
Painting and playing with stamps with Logan.
Steak, baked potato, and Caeser salad for dinner.
Chocolate ice cream for dessert.
Going to bed early.

Sunday, June 28, 2020


Cooler weather.
Jesse made us breakfast.
Plum jam/syrup on biscuits.
Watering my garden. I've got more Poppies!
Talking with my Sister.
Jesse and Bri getting their offer accepted on their first house!
Getting myself out of a funk by looking at potential part-time jobs.
Watching Husband and grandson feed the turkey poults on the back porch.
Soup and sandwiches for dinner.

Saturday, June 27, 2020


Coffee and toast.
A solo six-mile bike ride.
Talking to my Dr. CynCyn
Talking to my Momma and my Sister.
Watching my boys work together on the fence project.
Fixing them lunch.
Deleting a racist from my life.
Take out for dinner with my boys.
A cool breeze and partly cloudy sky this evening.

Friday, June 26, 2020


Finally got to see, and photograph a Juvenile Steller's Jay.
Watching my plants grow and bloom.
Breakfast with Logan. Scrambled eggs, spinach, and we shared a chocolate muffin.
Making plum jam or sauce. Still waiting to see if it thickens.
Group texting with my beautiful tribe of phenomenal women.
Playing tag and camping games with Logan.
Pulled pork sandwiches and coleslaw for dinner.
After dinner conversations with the kids about the near future. 

Thursday, June 25, 2020


An early morning walk.
Chatting with the neighbors.
Logan day.
He slept in until just past 9.
Playing with Little People.
Pretending we are going to the movie theater and the "creepy enchanted forest."
Being a part, and basking in the power and love, of the amazing women in my life. 
Anti-racist allyship.
My extraordinary daughters. So smart, articulate, compassionate, PASSIONATE, beautiful, and loved.
The group text with my Coven that went on for the better part of today. 
Messaging with my old boss, sending him love and support.
Jesse making dinner.
BBQ's chicken sausages, zucchini, onions, and potatoes.
Jesse and Bri being hopeful and looking happier than they have in a while. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2020


Eight hours of sleep.
My Purple Penstemon is blooming.
Breakfast with Logan.
Playing Chutes and Ladders.
Chatting with my Sister.
Being presented with a lesson, a chance to practice having a hard conversation with a fellow white person about anti-racism.
Jesse and Bri making dinner.
BBQ burgers and tots. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2020


Walking at 6:30 in the morning.
Texts from both my girls.
Getting the new freezer filled up and scheduling a free pick-up of the old one.
Playing with Logan and his pirate toys.
A long and insightful phone call with my sister.
Hanging out with the kids.
Everyone helping to make dinner.
Grilled chicken fajitas.

Monday, June 22, 2020


Monday morning and a decent night's sleep.
A walk before 7 and before my tea.
Watering my vegetables and flowers.
Cutting my dahlia and bringing the beauty inside. 
Being able to purchase a new freezer to replace the old one that is dying.
Having Jesse here to help Husband with all the things.
30 Days of Photoshop with Phlearn.
Cottage pie and a big green salad for dinner.
Watching Husband, Bri, and Logan feeding mealworms to the turkey poult.
A busy day.

Sunday, June 21, 2020


Father's Day.
Coffee and brunch with Husband.
A morning walk and a visit with the neighbors.
Laundry done.
Phone calls from our girls. 
Jesse and family back home
Air conditioning.
Pizza delivered for dinner.

Saturday, June 20, 2020


Sleeping in until 7ish.
A two-hour phone call with my Dr. CynCyn.
Hanging out with Husband.
Cocktails in the afternoon. 
Cooler weather.
Plums from our neighbor
Researching ancestors. 
Turkey's visiting our backyard in the evenings. 
Chicken tacos for dinner.

Friday, June 19, 2020


Coffee and journaling in the quiet this morning.
Fresh apricots.
The last piece of leftover Hippie Banana bread for breakfast.
Good conversations with my Sister about anti-racism.
Learning more about macro photography.
Playing with my macro lens.
Turkey poults coming onto the patio.
Listening to Jackson Brown.

Thursday, June 18, 2020


Drinking tea and watering my plants.
Watching Poppies bloom.
Taking pictures.
Breakfast with Logan.
Reading books, watching Paw Patrol, and painting.
A call from my Melissa.
Chatting with my Sister.
Five Guys for dinner with the kids.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020


Breakfast with Logan...
Paleo waffles, banana, and maple syrup.
Playing the game Operation with Logan.
Reading books after lunch.
Seeing 3D images of my fourth grandchild at 28 weeks. Trippy. 
A Costco run.
Watching the kids pack up for their weekend camping and riding trip.
Homemade salad bar with roasted chicken for dinner.
Waiting for my red poppies to bloom in my garden. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2020


Morning in my backyard, watering the plants.
Getting my teeth cleaned. Well, not the dentist part, but the clean part.
Grocery shopping at Whole Foods.
Money to buy plenty of food, pay our bills, build our savings account. 
A phone call from my Dr. CynCyn.
Fixing dinner for my boys.
Beef stirfry with rice for dinner.
Chocolate ice cream! It's been FOREVER.

Monday, June 15, 2020


Partly cloudy sky.
Watching a squirrel eat Sally's apricots.
Tea and journaling.
Zoom session with my Sister.
Watching Koala videos with Logan.
Having the house to myself for the first time in MONTHS, for a little while.
Practicing watercolor leaves.
Spaghetti and Caesar salad for dinner, with wine.
Ice cream for dessert.
Watching Jesse channel his great-grandfather Poppy. The original MacGyver.
Thoroughly enjoying having Jesse, Bri, and Logan living here temporarily. 

Sunday, June 14, 2020


Sleeping in until almost 8 am.
Watering my garden. 
Jesse and Bri made us all breakfast.
A trip to Target with Bri.
Lunch with Husband.
An afternoon nap. 
Reading to Logan. 
Jesse and Bri made dinner: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and broccoli.
Bri made dessert: Apple crisp with vanilla ice cream.
Yep, it's all about the food right now. 

Saturday, June 13, 2020


Cool weather.
Finally getting MG's graduate photos done.
Listening to music while editing photos.
Husband and Son working on the fence together.
Laundry done.
Clean sheets on our bed. 
BBQ'd hot dogs, baked beans, and fresh fruit salad for dinner.
Chocolate chip banana bread for dessert.

Friday, June 12, 2020


Much cooler weather.
Logan day.
Breakfast with Logan.
Walk/bike ride with Captain America.
Logan's lunch choice: Chicken and rice soup with spinach over leftover polenta.
He ate it all.
Building a fort in the living room.
Making kettle corn.
Watching a "Home" from the fort with our popcorn.
Take-out for dinner

Thursday, June 11, 2020


Flowers I bought for myself.
Puzzles, Play-doh, and reading books with Logan.
Jesse getting home early from work.
Getting to see my Dr. CynCyn graduate via Zoom.
A celebratory Zoom family meeting after with the most important people in my life.
Thank you to my Melissa for setting that up and for getting the screenshot. 
Grilled chicken, homemade parmesan polenta, and salad for dinner.
Cooler weather this evening. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2020


Morning in my backyard.
Bird watching.
Hanging out with Logan.
A phone call from my Melissa.
Calling my momma to wish her a Happy Birthday.
Getting some time to edit photos for my friend. 
Playing with a Spirograph set. It's not as easy as I remember.
Pizza for dinner, on the patio.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020


Watering my flowers and tomatoes in the early morning.
Running errands. It's been a while.
A call from my Dr. CynCyn.
Playing hide and seek with Logan.
When you count to ten, he jumps out and scares you. 
Having the kids here and safe. 
Tacos for dinner!
Dinner with family, at the table, all together. 
The boys all working on a project together.

Monday, June 8, 2020


All that I am learning about anti-racism
Getting back to my regular posting schedule.
My tomato plants.
My backyard.
A full house.
My Logan's voice first thing in the morning.
Coffee/tea with my DIL Bri.
Training via Zoom with my Sister and my Dr. CynCyn.
A phone call from my Melissa.
All the baby birds coming onto the patio when we step out the back door.
Getting to see Jesse every day. 
Logan helping Papa with his chores.
Dinner together every night.

Saturday, June 6, 2020



I’m loving (and learning a lot) following these Instagram feeds:




Monday, June 1, 2020


Turkey hens and seven poults in the backyard when I woke up.
Coffee with Bri and Logan. They had tea.
A trip to the garden center for soil.
Talking to my CynCyn and my Sister. 
Hanging out with Bri and Logan all day.
Husband and Son working together to install a new A/C.
Playing with chalk in the front yard with Logan.
Enchiladas, rice, beans, and salad for dinner.
After dinner birdwatching with family.
Having some of my family home again.

Sunday, May 31, 2020


Watching the SpaceX dock with the ISS.
Getting to photograph my friends High School Grads in the cap and gowns.
First hug from my grandson in months!
My son and his family moving in with us for a few weeks. 
Watching him visibly relax for the first time in many months. 
Keeping them all close.
The chaos of a full house.
Safe in our home with all the crazy stuff happening right in our town. 
My Melissa calling to check on us. 

Saturday, May 30, 2020


Better than yesterday.
A busy day.
Jesse coming by this morning.
Husband getting another section of fence done.
Selling our Elliptical and getting what we listed it for. 
A crazy awesome monsoon-like rainstorm with thunder and lightening. 
Sofia calling me via Alexa. 
Getting to chat with my Melissa.
Getting the guest room cleaned out and ready.
Before dinner cocktail. 
Roasted Pork tenderloin and paleo kale Waldorf salad for dinner.
My neighbor, MH, thanking me again for the wall art I gave her.

Friday, May 29, 2020


My health.
My husband.
Husbands health.
Husbands job.
Our home.
Money in the bank.
Plenty of food.
Our amazing adult children and their partners.
The most beautiful Grandchildren in the world.
Family, friends, neighbors.
The beautiful sky.
The birds that visit us all day, every day.
Yeah, it's been a day...year. I'm digging deep.

Thursday, May 28, 2020


Coffee and watering my garden. And Miss Cleo.
A little cooler today.
A conversation with Jesse. Hoping I can help him with stuff.
Neighbors that offer to help, just because. Priceless. 
Getting chores done. 
Talking to my Sister.
Editing photos.
Watercolor painting/meditating.
Tuna sandwiches for dinner because the A/C is broken. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020


Coffee on the patio with Miss Cleo and the birds.
A morning walk around the neighborhood.
Chatting with a neighbor.
A trip to the garden center for more plants.
Talking to my Melissa.
Checking on my momma.
Painting while listening to Keith Urban.
Take-out for dinner.
An evening call from my Dr. CynCyn.
Working on my cross stitch projects.

Penstemon blooming