Up at the Orange Grove

Ray and I have driven up to Ojai to the orange grove. With temperatures dipping into the low 40s tonight, we are snug as two bugs in a rug in our Airstream. Rachael is feeling much better and looked glad to have ever-constant Mom and Dad need to make the northward trek for a quick…

Reflections on a New Not-Quite- Normal LA with Covid-19

Life in a city that is afraid is a bit challenging. Today, Ray and I went to two stores and found no paper products at all, no bleach, no hand sanitizer, no flour, pasta, dried beans, and almost zero frozen food. We did find lots of other food that we bought, including dairy products, meat,…

When Getting A Flu Diagnosis Is Good News

Today has been a bit of a challenge. Our daughter Rachael came down with flu-like symptoms yesterday: wet cough, tickly throat, running nose and a temperature that started at about 99 and then promptly went up to 101.5 for all day and all night. Normally, we would have simply said, “It’s the flu,” and done…

Rachael Is Down

Daughter Rachael is in her bedroom right now with a 101.5 degree fever and a cough. She started out the morning fine, was helping me make vegetable soup and cornbread for lunch, when she suddenly said, “I’m getting the chills.” A trip upstairs to retrieve the thermometer revealed a 100.5 fever, which soon crept to…

Rodney’s Crowell’s Song, “I Don’t Care Anymore”

This is a song for anybody who is a bit older and has gotten over many of his/her overly-lofty desires in life. I love this song. It has a lot of wisdom in it and names what’s important in life and what is not. I also like that Rodney makes a bit of fun of…

Baby Chicks at the Orange Grove!

We have been talking about having chickens at the orange grove for a long time and a couple of years ago Ray even built a fenced-in area to house any poultry we might acquire. A few months back, Liz and Ron discovered a partially broken chicken coop placed in front of a nearby house for…

On International Women’s Day: My Love Letter to Women

I have had the good fortune to know a myriad of strong women in my life, starting with my grandmother and mother, who were forces in their own rights, to my mother’s partner, Dorothy; my sister, Leslie; my three powerful and opinionated daughters, Sarah, Liz and Rachael; my oldest grandchild, Luna, who is the walking…

LA in Coronavirus Prep

Ray and I went to our local Smart & Final this evening and discovered this list on the front door: Several of the shelves were close to empty that were not part of the list above. These included the shelves for pasta, canned tuna and meat, boxed mac and cheese as well as dried beans…

Trash or Treasure?

The first time that I realized my husband had an inordinate relationship with “stuff” was several months after we were married. We were back in Texas and near his family home after having moved back from Arkansas. “I need to get a few things,” he said, and motioned for me to jump into the car….