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August 19, 2013

It’s time to say goodbye.  Blogging has been such a rewarding hobby for me.  Thank you to all who have read, commented, encouraged and advised me these last few years.  It has been a pleasure and a privilege to share my life with you.

Chloe wants a word:

Dis blog made me famous.  I no know why Mama say no more blog.  If I had the thumbses I write blog instead.  Why dogs no have thumbses?  Dis tragedy.  You got treat for me?

Chloe has spoken.

I’ll leave you with some pictures of my girl and my sincere thanks for your friendship.

With love,


To Blog Or Not To Blog

July 14, 2013

Whenever you create a post on WordPress (my blog host) they kindly let you know how much space you have left before it’s time to pony up and pay for additional space.  I’ve been watching my numbers rise and I’m currently at 97% capacity.

Which begs the question: Pay up or see this as a natural time for a blog break?

I’ve been blogging for almost 5 years now (1 year on a now-deleted blog and almost 4 here).  I’ve participated in the foster care system, lost a beloved pet, rescued Chloe, moved across the country and begun to explore California, all with the camera close by in case I wanted to blog about it.

It might be time to put the camera down.

This isn’t the first time I’ve thought about stepping away.  Some of you remember when I took a blogging break in 2011.  Then Camp Unleashed announced a scholarship for bloggers and I was right back in the thick of blogging.

So I guess what that tells us is that I can be bought.  (Yep, I’m klassy with a k.  Hi Mom!)

I haven’t decided anything for certain, but that’s where I’m at these days.  Do let me know your thoughts, ok?

Debby Comes For A Visit

July 10, 2013

Way back when I first started blogging in 2008, Debby was one of my first blog friends.  So it was kind of weird when I ended up moving to within an hour of her home.  We’ve met up a couple of times since I moved west, but like the pro bloggers we are neither one of us remembered to document it.

This time we were finally on our blogging game.


Look! Proof that Debby was in my apartment.

Debby and I visited over handwork.  She was embellishing a quilt and I was working on my cross stitch.


This was the stretch of sofa between us

I was in my usual and customary needlework posture.


Dog in lap? Check.

We stretched our legs with a walk around the apartment complex.


Chloe obligingly pointed out all the squirrels

And then celebrated our hard work with Pinkberry.


A lovely afternoon catching up with a long time friend.  Thanks for visiting, Debby!

A Trip To Petaluma

July 6, 2013

Ever since I decided to move to California I’ve been excited to visit Petaluma.  After all, Centsational Girl is from there and her photos of town always look amazing.  An AVA walk was scheduled in Petaluma over Memorial Day weekend so Walker C and I made a day of it.


Petaluma is a quaint town, the kind you don’t see often these days.


People there are serious gardeners!  We passed some really interesting and lovely gardens.  And yes, those are plastic dinosaurs adorning that fence.

Our walk finished just in time for lunch.  We had unexpectedly wonderful sandwiches at Ray’s Delicatessen and Tavern, followed by delicious ice cream from the Petaluma Creamery.


Walker C enjoying her ice cream. I’m still dreaming of my Rocky Road.

After lunch we wandered the downtown area shopping and browsing.  One of the most unusual shops was the Petaluma Seed Bank.


Any kind of heirloom seed you can imagine!

It was a perfect way to spend a perfect day.


Mama, please we go back Petaluma soon?

The Moo Cards Are Here! The Moo Cards Are Here!

July 2, 2013

Back when I was still living in Baltimore, I won a giveaway from Marisa over at Food in Jars.  It was a gift certificate to  I was so excited!

And then I thought to myself, “Hey, you’re planning to move.  Making personal cards with a Baltimore address just wouldn’t make sense.”

So I sat on that gift certificate.

Until now.

You can imagine my dismay when I read the fine print and realized that it had expired.

*cue the sad “wah-wah” noise*

With nothing to lose I reached out to Moo.  Dan graciously extended my gift certificate!  Woot!

Look how cute!


I totally dig their shameless enthusiasm

Can you see the fine print on the box below?  It says “Excited?  We are!”


Isn’t that a great pic of Chloe?  My neighbor snapped that.  The orange side has my contact information.


This felt carrying case keeps several cards for easy access.


And functions as a key chain.


I’m thrilled with my mini-moo cards.  The site is easy to use and the options are limitless.  Choosing may have been the toughest part of the process.

Thanks Moo!  You guys are wonderful!

Duckling Update

June 28, 2013

Without further ado…

Six nests of ducklings have hatched in the complex.  Quite honestly it’s beginning to look like duckapalooza.

Yosemite Highlights

June 26, 2013


Now I understand the hype about Yosemite.

It is truly gorgeous anyway you look at it.

And we looked and looked and looked.

We looked from our car:

And we looked from a tram:

And we looked from on top of mules:

And we looked from designated scenic lookouts:

And we looked while hiking and walking:

We were regular looky-loos, is what you could say.

You know what else you could say?

Looks like we’ll be back to Yosemite again soon!