Friday, July 31, 2020


Woke up with the sun aka Cleo the cat.
Finally finished up another photo editing project.
Discovering how awesome the lens is that I got myself for Christmas.
Dropped off some old sheets at our local wildlife rehab for them to use as bedding. 
Got a quick trip done to Target for all the August birthday/anniversary cards I want to send out.
Ten birthdays and two anniversaries! I love greeting cards and I love sending them to everyone.
Cocktails and conversation with Mike.
NBA games are back on TV.
"Whatever" for dinner.

Thursday, July 30, 2020


Woke up with the sun. Got to see Mike off to work.
Watering my plants before the sun came up over the trees is refreshing.
Ate a healthy breakfast, made myself a lunch, and headed over to spend the day with Logan.
Bailee is feeling much better after her emergency surgery.
Logan was ready to go on an adventure after breakfast. We planned it yesterday.
We walked a few blocks through his new neighborhood to get to a trailhead.
Such a great, cute neighborhood and so much character.
We saw a Doe and fawn, but no cows. Logan wanted to see cows.
One mile up into the hills took us about an hour. 
We made it up to the top and could see for miles. 
Stopped on the way down to sit on a boulder and have a snack.
Only a half-hour to get back down. Wore ourselves out.
Ate lunch on their deck, read a book, played with his 34 monster trucks, and watched Spirit.
I got to visit with Jesse for a bit when he got home from work.
Turkey burgers with coleslaw for dinner.
GamGam is tired and content. 
It was a beautiful day.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020


I woke up and I'm still kickin.
Up with the sun.
Spent the morning at Jesse and Bri's, hanging out with Mr. Logan.
We watched PJ Masks and played with Buzz and Woody.
Had lunch together on their deck.
Got my grocery shopping done and some bills paid.
Listening to Kenny Chesney while editing photos.
Take out for dinner. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2020


Sleeping in until almost 8. The only way I can get enough sleep these days.
Enjoying taking my time and the quiet.
Picking another lemon cucumber from my garden.
Working on the great pandemic purge of crap.
Playing with my camera and my Trader Joe's flowers.
Jesse stopping by to pick up tools. Glad he finally took a day off from work.
Editing photos. Loving my abstracts.
Listening to Aerosmith, Keith Urban, and Shania Twain.
Talking to my Dr. CynCyn.
Conversations about life and this crazy time with Mike. 
The turkey flock visiting the backyard.
Creamy sun-dried tomato chicken and zucchini for dinner

Monday, July 27, 2020


Up before the sun.
Jesse dropping off burritos.
Meeting my neighbor at a park to photograph her and her art.
A beautiful cool morning.
Learning about Fordite.
Enjoying the quiet.
Going through the hope chest and old photos.
Editing photos and listening to music.
Hanging out and chatting with Mike. 
Carnitas bowl for me and tacos for Mike for dinner.

Sunday, July 26, 2020


Sleeping in till 8.
Watering and photographing my flowers.
Wrapping up another refi on our mortgage.
Working on rearranging the guest room and more.
Helping Jesse and Bri some more today.
Getting to spend some time playing with Logan.
Chatting with my Sister.
Listening to Led Zeppelin while editing photos.
Grilled steak and Caesar salad for dinner.

Saturday, July 25, 2020


Quiet morning.
Coffee and breakfast while watching the sunrise up over the trees at the creek.
Starting to put things back where they were, opening up some space around here.
Helping Jesse and Bri with their move.
Bri and I got their kitchen set up.
Watching Jesse mow his own lawns with his new mower.
Enjoying hanging out in their little house and the vibe of the neighborhood.
Bri's cousin showing up with lunch for everyone.
Meeting a few of their neighbors.
Appreciating the time I had them here with us and now, the quiet space. 
Listening to my Editing playlist while working on photos. 
Practicing my brush lettering.
A cocktail, kettle chips, and chocolate chips. Not together but, yeah, off the Keto wagon today.

Friday, July 24, 2020


A good nights sleep.
Took a trip to the garden center. Only a few people were there.
Hanging out with Bri while she packs up their stuff.
Reading in the afternoon. Rare for me.
Mike and Jesses working together.
Los Panchos for dinner.
Finally getting to see Jesse and Bri's new home.
Super cute, tiny house in a neighborhood of old tiny houses.
Seeing them so excited and happy.

Thursday, July 23, 2020


Another morning photography session with the sunflowers.
Breakfast with my Logan.
Reading books, playing PJ Masks, hanging out, having fun.
Dinosaur shaped peanut butter sandwiches for lunch.
Bribing him with chocolate chips to change out of his dirty "PayJays"
Jesse told Alexa to call Melissa and Logan talked to her and Sofia. So cute.
Escrow closed today on Jesse and Bri's house.
Tonight is their last night here. 
I'm looking forward to quiet and more space, but I'm also going to miss them being here.
Watching Mike and Logan feed the birds and then sit on the patio watching them together.
Pork chops, mashed sweet potatoes, and fresh green beans for dinner with my boys.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020


Overcast when I woke. It was a nice change.
A nice cool day.
Keto chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast with Logan.
Playing Go Fish and Logan won.
Making Mickey Mouse shaped sandwiches for lunch.
A quick trip to Michaels.
Jesse and Bri getting their final signing done on the house.
Grilled cheeseburgers, curly fries, and cantaloupe for dinner.
Reading before I go to bed.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020


Partly cloudy Sky!!
My sister calling to check-in.
Playing Chutes and Ladders with Logan in his tent/cave.
Finishing our puzzle.
Called and talked to my friend Joyce for over an hour and a half, while...
Sitting on the top of a hill looking over the valley.
Getting my grocery shopping done.
Received masks I ordered with my pictures on them. They turned out great.
Reading books, eating chocolate, and coloring with Logan.
Editing photos while listening to Keith Urban and Dierks Bentley
BBQ shredded chicken with coleslaw and fresh pineapple for dinner. Made by Bri.
Reading 'The White Queen' by Philippa Gregory

Monday, July 20, 2020


A thirty-minute walk before breakfast.
Snuggles from Logan.
Planning our last menu and grocery lists for the week with Bri.
Playing with Logan.
My Sister checking in.
Finally talking to Mom. All is well.
Jesse and Bri moving their first trailer full to their new home. Escrow closes Thursday.
Looking forward to quiet and more space but I know I'm going to miss having them here.
Listening to Led Zeppelin.
Making it through the day with this headache that won't go away.
Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and broccoli for dinner.
Turkeys stopping by for their treats. I love how excited Logan gets when they come in the yard.

Sunday, July 19, 2020


Got out of bed, grabbed my camera and lenses, and headed to the backyard to photograph the wild sunflowers in the morning light.
Brunch with Mike.
And a short walk together before it got warm.
Finally, talked to my Melissa. Must not wait so long between phone calls.
Catching up with my Sister.
Editing photos while listening to Led Zeppelin.
Finished Wolfpack. It was a quick, inspirational, and empowering read. Lots of highlighting done.
Grilled Chicken and corn on the cob with a Greek Salad for dinner. Made by Jesse and Bri.

Saturday, July 18, 2020


The 200th day I've posted here and my 365 photo a row.
Saturday morning.
Coffee with Husband.
Watering the garden and visiting the birds
More wild sunflowers blooming.
Talking to my Dr. CynCyn for over an hour. Catching up on the books we're reading.
Mike and Logan feeding the birds together.
Scanning and editing old photos of my friends. RIP Hu.
Listening to Fleetwood Mac.
Reading 'Wolfpack' by Abby Wambach.
Painting and listening to Crosby, Stills, and Nash.
Take out for dinner and I didn't have to go get it.
Dinner conversations with the kids. 

Friday, July 17, 2020


My dahlias a blooming!
Got out in the backyard with my camera before tea and before Logan woke up.
Breakfast with Mr. Logan.
Another two-mile walk, round trip, to go see the ducklings. We saw all of them.
Accidentally startled a Green Heron out of it's hiding spot, but I got some great pictures.
Logan and I had a picnic lunch in the living room while watching a Lego movie.
It was a good photography day.
I love it when I get to edit photos that take my breath away.
Just started reading "Untamed" by Glennon Doyle. I'm doing a LOT of highlighting, it's that good.
Crispy spicey Turkey with riced cauliflower, lemon, almonds, and herbs for dinner.
Our flock of turkeys visiting tonight. Haven't seen them in a while.

Thursday, July 16, 2020


Thursday with Logan.
Finally got him out for a walk.
We walked over the little green hills and bridges, and through the "woods" to pick flowers and see the ducklings.
Logan had soup for lunch at his little table on the patio. 
We watched part of  'The Batman Lego Movie." 
Loving the 80 ish degree weather we are having.
Jesse and Bri taking care of dinner tonight.
Spaghetti, Caeser salad for dinner, and a glass of red wine for me.
A nice cool evening hanging out it the backyard.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020


I woke up.
I'm alive and breathing.
The sun was shining with a few clouds.
Watching my Melissia do her awesome job, live on Facebook.
Morning with Logan. 
Reading books, building a rocket with mega blocks, playing Candy Land.
A drive up to the cemetery.
Sitting under the giant okay tree talking on the phone to Susie Q and then my Sister. 
A slow drive back home, listening to 70's rock. Rest in peace Julie Anderson.
Afterwork conversations with Mike.
No cooking tonight...take out for dinner.
Going to bed early.

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.