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

Tuesday, May 26, 2020


An early morning walk before coffee.
So peaceful and calm.
Getting to talk to my Dr. CynCyn, while she was working. Sorta.
Air conditioning and fans. Oh, electricity and the funds to pay for it too.
Watercolor paints, puzzles, and cross stitch kits.
All my art supplies.
The shortest run to Sam's Club ever. Ordered online for pick-up.
Before dinner cocktail.
Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad for dinner.

Monday, May 25, 2020


Miss Cleo and I watering the garden.
A morning bike ride with Husband.
Zoom workout with my Dr. CynCyn, hosted by my Sister.
Talking to my CynCyn before she starts her new job tomorrow.
Facetiming with my MG (Michelle). Setting up a photoshoot for her graduates.
Jesse and Bri stopping by for a few minutes.
Again, air conditioning in 98° weather.
Leftover Chili and cornbread for dinner.
Visiting our Clark Fork Camping trip last year via my archives.

Miss Cleo hydrating

Sunday, May 24, 2020


The sun peeking through my bedroom curtains.
Lavender on my bedside table.
Working in the backyard before breakfast, before the heat of the day.
Paleo breakfast burritos.
Air-conditioning. Thank you Husband!
Working on my Hummingbird cross stitch.
The turkey flock stopping by the backyard again.
Before dinner cocktail with Husband.
Grilled Rib-eye steak, asparagus, and roasted red potatoes for dinner.

Purple on purple

Saturday, May 23, 2020


Coffee and watering the garden this beautiful Saturday morning.
Watching Cleo drink from the sprinkler.
Actually meditating this morning.
Getting my hall closet cleaned out and organized.
Editing photos.
Loving my new logos/watermarks.
Ordering a metal print for my neighbor.
The turkey flock in our front yard, then on the roof, then the backyard.
Evening cocktails with Husband.
BBQ Cheeseburgers and tots for dinner.
Movie night.

Poults on the porch

Friday, May 22, 2020


Talked to my Dr. CynCyn.
Painted my toenails.
Dried and flat-ironed my hair for the first time in over a month.
Watercolor painting while listening to Train, Drops of Jupiter.
Made a trip to Sherwin Williams and Lowes with Husband.
Paleo Beef and Broccoli for dinner.
Dining on the patio.
Feeding and watching all the birds.
Bluebirds, Chickadees, Titmouse, Phoebes, Mockingbirds, Finches, Doves, Pigeons, Red-Winged Blackbirds, Bewicks Wrens, Nuthatches, Steller's Jays, and Turkeys in our backyard.
All the baby birds.

Dinner for two

Thursday, May 21, 2020


A morning walk with my camera.
Checking on all the ducks.
A nice chat, from the street, with my neighbor Michelle.
Lunch on the patio with the birds.
Editing photos and listening to my editing playlist.
Shopping for grandbaby clothes.
A lavender bouquet found on my porch from my neighbor Michelle.
The baby Mockingbird back again.
The neighborhood Turkey hen and her eight poults hanging out in our backyard.
Take out for dinner...finally some Sushi! With a cocktail of course.

Teenage ducklings

Wednesday, May 20, 2020


A walk before breakfast to visit the ducks.
A beautiful day.
Bathrooms clean.
Zoom workout with my Dr. CynCyn and hosted by my Sister.
Lunch on the patio while watching the backyard birds.
Painting while listening to Fleetwood Mac.
A phone call from Michelle G.
Potsticker Stirfry (NomNom Paleo) for dinner.
Dinner on the patio.
Watching Mockingbirds feed their young.

Dinner time

Tuesday, May 19, 2020


Up with the sun.
Quality sleep is almost as good as quantity.
A walk before breakfast.
Stopping traffic so a Momma duck and her ducklings could cross the road.
Working on my resume.
Laundry done.
Dr. CynCyn's plant finally got delivered.
Painting while listening to James Taylor.
A long overdue visit from some very special guests.
Tacos for Tuesday dinner.

Follow the leader

Monday, May 18, 2020


Paleo waffles with banana and almond butter, bacon, and orange juice for breakfast.
A morning walk after the rain stopped.
The white puffy clouds in the clear blue sky.
My windchimes.
Little buds on my Penstemon plants.
My Anemone still blooming. I rescued it from Lowes.
A call from my Sister at just the right time.
Painting and listening to Keith Urban.
A group text from my Melissa with an Eagles mood playlist.
Listening to it now.
Snacks for dinner.

Keep looking up

Sunday, May 17, 2020


Woke up early.
Coffee and reading.
Pasture-raised eggs over-easy, organic crispy hash browns, pasture-raised thick-cut bacon, and orange juice for Sunday breakfast.
Restocking my fridge with veggies from Whole Foods.
Afternoon cocktails.
Bird watching between rainstorms.
Editing Spain photos.
Cauliflower Chicken Fried "Rice" for dinner.
Watching a mini-series with Husband.

Out on a limb

Saturday, May 16, 2020


Watercolor practice.
A trip to Lowes with Husband.
Lunch on the patio.
Old fence sections being replaced by new ones by Husband.
Watching three hawks in the neighbor's sycamore.
Taking pictures, editing, learning, and sharing.
Talking to my Son, in person, 6 plus feet apart.
Hot dogs for an easy dinner.
Fresh strawberries for dessert.

Practice, practice, practice

Friday, May 15, 2020


Sleeping in or rather, trying to get enough sleep.
A call from my CynCyn first thing this morning.
Her excitement and our excitement because today she is a Doctor!
Sharing the news with the world aka Facebook and Instagram.
Painting with my watercolors again today.
Editing photos
Marinara sauce with ground pork over steamed vegetables for dinner
Dinner outside on the patio.


Thursday, May 14, 2020


Sleeping in past 7.
A drive in the hills.
Full freezers.
Walking in the rain.
Group texts.
Sun breaking through the clouds.
Little epiphanies lately.
A before dinner walk with Husband.
BBQ Ribeye steak, crispy smashed potatoes, and brussels sprouts for dinner.

Raindrops on roses

Wednesday, May 13, 2020


Sunshine, wind, and then beautiful stormy clouds. Sweater weather.
Talking to my CynCyn and then my Melissa.
Doing something useful; working on our taxes and organizing our freezers.
Photographing the backyard birds while Husband feeds them mealworms.
Whole 30 Salisbury steak, mashed sweet potatoes with gravy and green beans for dinner.

Dinner time

Tuesday, May 12, 2020


A morning walk to clear my head.
Raindrops on everything!
Photo ops everywhere.
Visiting the baby ducks that look like teenagers now.
Partly cloudy sky.
The extended tax filing deadline.
Working on a puzzle. A hard puzzle.
Salt and pepper pork chops and a green salad for dinner.

Last night's rain

Monday, May 11, 2020


Up with the sun. I'm trying to make this a habit.
Starting another Whole30 reset.
Sunny in the morning, grey and dreary in the afternoon.
Taking pictures and using my tripod.
Visiting Spain again - through my photos.
Editing photos.
Chatting with my Sister on the phone.
Roasted chicken sausages and vegetables for dinner.


Sunday, May 10, 2020


Up before the sun.
Up in the Briones hills before 7 am.
The weather was perfect, the hills were amazing, the clouds were gorgeous.
The quiet, the birds, the turkeys, the breeze through the grass and the trees.
So many photo ops!
Then we came home and had brunch on the patio.
Both of my girls called me and I got to talk to them for about an hour each.
Talked to my mom and my sister.
We had take-out for dinner.
Then we watched a movie.
It was a nice Mother's Day.
Still miss all my babies something fierce.

Briones Sunrise

Saturday, May 9, 2020


Quiet morning in my backyard.
Watering plants.
A cooler day than yesterday.
Getting a beautiful, heartfelt Mother's Day e-card from my Jesse.
Listening to my new favorite song "I called Momma" by Tim McGraw.
Spending a mellow day with Husband.
Cocktails in the afternoon.
Having more of our meals together, at the table or outside.
Spinach, artichoke, ravioli bake, and broccoli for dinner.


Friday, May 8, 2020


Survived another grocery run, at 6 am.
Finding inspiration and hope from Mother Nature.
A brisk morning walk before the heat set in.
Vacuuming done.
Receiving a beautiful and touching Mother's Day card in the mail from my CynCyn.
Cocktails on the patio with Husband.
BBQ Cheeseburgers and tots for dinner.


Thursday, May 7, 2020


Waking up with the sun, for a change.
Having my breakfast and watering my garden while talking to my CynCyn.
A morning walk around the neighborhood.
Conversations with neighbors about art, flowers, current affairs, and life.
Messaging with my Melissa.
Sharing GIFs and memes with my kids and LMAO.
A great conversation with my Sister.
Afternoon cocktails with Hubs.
Getting a Mother's Day card from my Julie.
Balsamic chicken with mushrooms and salad for dinner

Full bloom

Wednesday, May 6, 2020


Coffee on the patio while watching the birds.
A morning bike ride before it got too warm.
Jesse stopping by to pick up some meat.
Getting my Click magazine in the mail.
Reading outside this afternoon.
The smell of fresh-cut grass.
Pulled pork, parmesan polenta, and green beans for dinner.
How it cools back down in the evening right now.

Good mail day!

Tuesday, May 5, 2020


Morning watering is meditative.
We took a drive out in the hills this morning.
I love the hills and it's such a beautiful drive.
Picked up some pasture-raised pork from Silver Springs Ranch.
We took our time driving back home.
I had a good stretching session with my Sister and my CynCyn via Zoom.
Got my new logo/watermark for my photos.
Hubs and I had afternoon cocktails on the patio while watching the birds.
Pizza for dinner. Yes, again.

Phoebe in the garden

Monday, May 4, 2020


Outdoor Photography is now allowed in our county. Yes!
A beautiful, sunny, and warm day.
Put in an order for more pasture-raised pork and grass-finished beef.
I got to talk to my Melissa for a few minutes.
We took a drive to Waterbird Regional Preserve.
We saw Swans, Pelicans, Stilts, Ducklings, Egrets, Geese, Barn Swallows, and more.
We haven't watched the news in days which is probably why I'm...
Feeling hopeful.


Sunday, May 3, 2020


Paleo pancakes with banana, bacon, and orange juice for breakfast.
Jesse stopping by for a bit.
Painting with my watercolors.
Going for a solo bike ride.
Running into Jesse, Bri, and Logan at the schoolyard.
Getting to visit with them while they walked and I rode.
Pork enchilada lasagna for dinner.


Saturday, May 2, 2020


Brunch on the patio AND
I got to visit with all my kids and grandkids via Zoom for about an hour and a half!
Went on a six-plus mile bike ride with hubs.
It was a beautiful afternoon cruising around town.
Loved the partly cloudy sky.

Saturday cloudscape

Friday, May 1, 2020


Avocado toast for breakfast, on the patio.
The calm quiet. A slight breeze and the warm sun.
A trip to the garden store. I didn't get anything but I did get out of the house.
A thirty-minute walk.
Writing in greeting cards that are made with my photos.
Lunch with Hubs on the patio.
Bird watching together.
Spotting a dragonfly, a butterfly, a Cooper's Hawk, and a Nuthatch baby.
A photo session with some Tulips.
Fajitas for dinner.

Flame Skimmer