Greetings from San Francisco, California!

Two weeks ago, I was in San Francisco for a Department of Labor conference.  It was interesting to go from 100 degrees and 1,000 percent humidity to 55 and sweater weather.  I had a free day and Brian did up a walking tour for me.  I added on, so it ended up being about a…

Adagietto

Originally posted on Good Music Speaks:
“Strange enough Mahler took note of me immediately; not only because of my face, which could be called beautiful at the time, but also because of my sharp, tense manner.  He looked at me through his glasses long and searchingly.” Alma Mahler, on her first encounter with Gustav If…

Christmas Odds and Ends

This was in the front yard of a home around the corner from us.  I’m curious if this was borrowed from a used car lot. This was the Christmas edition of one of my favorite comics, F minus.

Odds and End – December 2015

Not much going on that’s post-worthy.  Busy at work, but planning to cut the cord and take almost two whole weeks off at the end of the month. Here’s the 2015 Christmas Tree.  This is a new one – 12 feet tall but very narrow and tapered.  This tree was a breeze to put up;…

A Hard Summer and a Promising Fall

It’s been awhile since I posted; it’s been a hard summer.  In September, we lost Annabelle to an aggressive cancer.  Fortunately, she didn’t linger, but we were certainly unprepared. It’s been difficult to be in the garden without her companionship, but I can still see her patrolling the yard and desperately, but unsuccessfully, trying to…

And it’s the Beagle!

So we’re very excited that a beagle, ‘Miss P,’ won the 2015 Westminster Dog Show! Our Annabelle is Miss P’s great aunt.  You can certainly tell the family resemblance when it comes to chowing down.

Merry Christmas!

Sometimes you need a break from all the sugary sweetness at this time of year.  I liked these for that purpose…

O Tannenbaum!

Fröhliche Weihnacten!  Joyeux Noël!  Feliz Navidad!  Merry Christmas!  Happy Hanukkah Just some holiday-related photos to share… We got a new Christmas tree this year, but it didn’t work out as planned.  It’s supposed to be 16 feet, but we had to leave off the bottom two levels because it was too wide.  So this is…

Austin, Part 2

I usually hate graffiti – it’s a scourge.  But sometimes you run across one or two pieces in Austin that are pretty cutting.  This one says it all.