Life Is Uncertain, Eat Dessert First

10 years ago today, the unimaginable happened. I knew it was coming, I was just in denial that it ever really would. 10 years ago today, I lost my daddy. Watching someone you love and adore slowly disappear into the clutches of Parkinson’s over a period of many years is a truly cruel human experience. … Continue reading Life Is Uncertain, Eat Dessert First

This Is Not A Recipe Blog

Why should I blog in precise detail about how I frugal my food, make homemade house cleaners and personal products, or my recipe for whatever? There’s millions of people on the internet already doing that. That’s what Google is for, that’s how I find all my information. InstantPot Chicken Pizza? Nope, that’s not my original … Continue reading This Is Not A Recipe Blog

525,600 Lemons

How do you measure, measure all the things you can do with lemons? Thanks to Bay Area Blind Mom, I’m figuring that out. Inspired by my last post musing on the miracle of citrus and all my associated memories, including her Meyer lemon tree, she went the extra mile to harvest the ample winter crop … Continue reading 525,600 Lemons

When Life Gives You Lemons

Harvest Every Single Bit of Them I used to say, “make margaritas,” because I thought it was funny, though honestly, tequila is just not my drink of choice, and I don’t really think of margaritas when I think lemons. Wouldn’t that be limes, anyway? Come to think of it, my favorite follow up to “I … Continue reading When Life Gives You Lemons

21 for 2021: Let’s Get This Party Started

Theme for 2021: Librate The Things I CarryWhile I am in the habit of writing down all the things I want to leave in the previous year and ritualistically burning them in effigy on New Year’s Eve, I would be wise to also acknowledge what I am bringing with me from the previous year as … Continue reading 21 for 2021: Let’s Get This Party Started

20 for 2020: Creative Expression

2020 was a year of struggle to reclaim my mojo. In the face of all the overwhelm of an upside down work life, the ripple effects of social injustice reverberating loud and clear through 400 years of oppression, political dumpster fires burning in every headline and social media post, and a public health crisis of … Continue reading 20 for 2020: Creative Expression

Day 44 and Things Have Never Been Greater. Is It OK To Say That?

This morning I woke up to my 44th day of being at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent shelter in place orders. And everything in my universe is pretty well in order. Let me right here acknowledge the relative privilege I have to be in the position I am in. I worked for … Continue reading Day 44 and Things Have Never Been Greater. Is It OK To Say That?

19 for 2019: #16 Actively Seek Joy

Last Thursday, I boarded a southbound Amtrak train from Oakland to San Diego early in the morning for a getaway I'd been looking forward to for a while--a long ride down most of the length of the state, a relatively unplanned couple of days, and a long ride back, with not much else to do … Continue reading 19 for 2019: #16 Actively Seek Joy