Sunday, November 29, 2015

Thankful

Sorry for the bloggy silence. I had intended to take a week off and it became (gah!) four months. Now you see the (non) workings of a hard-core procrastinator--bet you can't beat that! Anyway nice to be back, and I want to give some belated thanks, even if the headlines lately are so horrifying, it's hard to read the paper.



Thanks that Harley came home for the holidays. (Tell me... is it normal we only saw him for two hours during the whole week?)



Thanks that we have friends who give 110%. Lesley and Curtis invited us to Thanksgiving at their house and made this cool 18-person wood slab table, and covered the chairs, and made napkins of the same material, and painted the kitchen --all the day before!










Thanks to a city which remains beautiful and resilient.




Thanks that we live in an area where people do not blame a whole race for the grotesque and inhuman acts of a small group.

Thanks that I still find things around the house that make me laugh.

The front of Cy's homework folder (left at home..)

Thanks that at the grand old age of 53 3/4 I feel free to embrace the matchy matchy (I even match my duvet for goodness sakes). Today I came across a new term --banana roll--apparently it's the term for the fat on back of your upper thighs that makes a second bum. I said, whatevs.



Thanks there is plenty of sunny spots to sit around the house.



Thanks it isn't worse. Two months ago I woke with a ringing in the ears, Tinnitus. No cure and only a 30% chance that it will go away. Drives you crazy...but could be worse.  The only way to put it in the back of your mind is to be totally engrossed. Writing and spinning have turned out to be the best things: I've never been fitter.

Thanks that we live in an area where a simple walk down the street is a treat. See my essay, Magical Mystery Tour, for the San Fran Chron this week.

The new Gucci outfit in the windows on Maiden Lane


And finally, thank you for reading and commenting and for being a Aplus penpal.

Stay connected, friends. And Kia Kaha (Stay Strong)

27 comments:

  1. And thank you for returning to your blog! Of course I have seen bits and bobs on FB which has been great.
    Love that huge wooden table - just what I am looking for, tho probably half the size.
    I haven't seen my boy since August! Can't wait to get my hands on him at Christmas X

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  2. I'm always guilty of the extra-long hiatus too. Glad to have you back. Cy is too funny. Sugar is magic, isn't it. Your friends are very talented: making the table et al. I would be very intimidated. I love a walkable area (which ours is, although the weather not so lovely.) The news has been just terrible, hasn't it. I want to hide in one of those ostrich pillows and wake up when everyone is decent to each other. xo

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    1. Yes sugar is magic, as they say alcohol for children. Mind you, I am already missing my s'mores from the ranch!

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  3. Welcome back, I've missed your blogging. Yes it's normal for our kids to come home so they can ignore us close up.

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    1. So funny - and my friends loved this comment too!

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  4. Welcome back Jody!! I have missed your posts, and wondered what was going on in your life. Looks like an amazing thanksgiving with friends that make the table for the dinner as well?!
    I have to say that Cy's homework gave me a great laugh. Did he leave it home so you could see that he required sugar to do his homework??
    Sympathies on the tinnitus… I have it too, and it does improve as you end up turning it out. Yours might be louder than mine though. But my fear is going deaf one day. It happened to my Dad about two years ago - his hearing went over the course of a day and he ended up completely deaf by the evening. Apparently not uncommon according to the ENT. He has a cocchlear implant now.
    Love the matching outfit to doona cover and can't believe you'd ever have banana rolls! xx

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    1. Hi Heidi,

      Oh I'm sorry to hear you have it too! What sort of techniques do you have for putting it in the back of your mind? Why do you think you got it.
      That is frightening to hear about your Dad: does he hear much now?

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  5. Em is in New Zealand as we type. She has one week left and then she'll be back in states. Yay! Missed you. I'm working on my "done lap"...look it up if ya don't know what that is, way past muffin top. Need to start running but it's nothing but rain and I just might melt.

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    1. Hope she had a lovely time - did she do all the screaming activity stuff?

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  6. Always love visiting here. Happy thanksgiving to your beautiful family. And the college kid? Two hours? Totally normal. It gets somewhat better as time goes on.

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    1. Thank you - I look to you. So lovely seeing your beautiful family on your blog

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    1. Envious of your fab trip even seeing the Hattatts!

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  8. Welcome back! That's an amazing table. Wow! Tinnitus is horrific. Hope it's gone for good.
    XX

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    1. Hi Jennifer, loving your post about being over 50 - could totally identify!

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  9. I DID MISS YOU.............whilst you were away something happened to all the BLOGS I subscribed too they just NEVER SHOW UP in my INBOX anymore...........I was SO HAPPY TO SEE YOURS THE OTHER DAY!!
    GOOD FOR YOU FOR TAKING A BREAK!

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  10. What a lovely Thanksgiving, especially having Harley and family all together again. Saw Gabe for a heartbeat, enjoyed every moment.

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    1. Have that lovely photo of them...did you see it on FB?

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  11. So thankful you are back!!! You always give me a good laugh and I really missed your blog while you were away! I had a feeling you were working on your book.....can't wait to read it.

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    1. I could totally see that fitting in in Vinoland!

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