Flora and Fauna on My Walks in Baja

The photos above are images from my walks over the past couple of days here in Baja. Vibrant flowers, egrets and godwits in the estuary, sand art, all part of everyday life here. I am enjoying this relaxed time with the fiddler crabs scuttling over the wet sand in the estuary and people with buckets…

Day One in Mexico

This is a lovely break. It is also safe. We drove straight from our house in LA to the kids’ beach house in Estero Beach. People here are wearing masks and being mindful of distance. We wave at the few other visitors and from across the beach. I am going to bed soon. That is…

Heading to Mexico

Heading off to Mexico for a few days. Going to our kids’ beach house in Baja. We haven’t been there in more than a year. We can be safe there. Just from our house to this house. Looking forward to hearing the sound of the ocean. Watching the waves. Hoping to see a few dolphins…

A Murder Conviction

When I received the news flash on my phone today that the jury had reached a verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, I prayed out loud, “Please, Lord, let justice be done.” The news flash said that it would be 30 or 40 minutes before the verdict was…

Back-of-the-Closet-Door Planning

It is 12:01 am. Ray and I are back up in Ojai for the night. We have some work to do here tomorrow so we came on up this evening. We have been talking for a couple of hours, discussing plans of what we want to do in the future, how we want to tackle…

With My Grandkids Today

I was on grandmother duty this afternoon and evening. Sarah asked if I could come and help with the grandkids because Gregorio is out of town for work. Here are a few shots i captured. Now the house is quiet and I too am ready for bed. 9:30 seems like the perfect time to curl…

Happy Birthday to Daughter Rachael and Son-in-Law Ron!

Just returned from Sarah and Gregorio’s where we celebrated Rachael and Ron’s April birthdays. We had papusas, salad, beans and rice. Plus homemade chocolate cake and homemade ice cream. We also laughed and laughed. Best time I’ve had in a while. Here are a few photos. I love these two! They are two bright spots…

Writing Prompt: Things I Regret

I wrote this list today in a writing group sponsored by Story Circle Network. This will be short but sweet tonight since it’s almost 9 and I started this morning at 8 am. Perhaps, I need to add to my list of regrets: sitting too much and not walking more. Yes, that definitely makes the…

Moist Chocolate Cake Recipe with Delectable Butter Cream Frosting

A week or so ago, I wrote about a honey-sweetened butter cream frosting I was especially proud of, particularly when paired with a delicious chocolate cake. Anyway, here is the recipe just in case you have a hankering for something especially tasty. This is from Rose Levy Beranbaum’s The Cake Bible, a book I would…