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 12-mile walk in all.

Walking Map

This is what I saw.

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California Statehood Monument – Market Street – San Francisco – July 2016

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Sculpture on the Embarcadero – San Francisco – July 2016

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View from the Embarcadero – San Francisco – July 2016

SF - Embarcadero Boardwalk

On the Embarcadero Boardwalk – San Francisco – July 2016

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Transamerica Pyramid Building – San Francisco – July 2016

SF - Labor Monument

Labor Monument – Market Street – San Francisco – July 2016

SF - Cafe Sculpture

Café Sculpture – Embarcadero – San Francisco – July 2016

SF - Coit Tower Climb

On the climb to Coit Tower – San Francisco – July 2016

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View from Coit Tower – San Francisco – July 2016

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Coit Tower – San Francisco – July 2016

SF - Lombard Street

House on Lombard Street – San Francisco – July 2016

SF - Chinatown

Chinatown – San Francisco – July 2016

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; it’s only five sections and each section plugs into the center pole, so no extension cords.  And no assembly-wiring diagrams that look like one needs a degree in Trigo-Calculary to figure out.

Christmas Tree 2015

Christmas Tree 2015

Here’s the latest ‘Gus’ photo.

Gus and Charlie - December 2015

Gus and Charlie Chillaxing (for a brief moment) – December 2015

I saw this a few days ago on my way back to my office.  At least I have options when my current career path peters out…

Plan B

Plan B

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 marshal the squirrels.

Here’s how I like to remember her…

Our road trip to Canada in 2004 – she had just turned a year old…

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Annabelle – Johnston Canyon, Banff, Alberta, Canada – August 2004

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Annabelle – Johnston Canyon, Banff, Alberta, Canada – August 2004

Annabelle in her backyard…

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Annabelle’s Back Yard – Austin, Texas

Annabelle and Halloween – the kids just loved her…

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A tired cowgirl – Halloween 2009

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A pirate ready for the little kids – Halloween 2010

About a month ago, we dived in and got a puppy – Gus.  Gus is a short-haired Brussels Griffon.  The short-haireds are also known as Petit Brabançon.  He just graduated – barely – from puppy Kindergarten, but he’s generally getting by on his looks at this point.

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Gus at 9 weeks – First visit to the vet – October 2015

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Gus at 10 weeks – chillaxing – October 2015

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 12 feet.  I’d probably still be decorating if we had those extra four feet.

Christmas Tree and Cat - December 2014

Christmas Tree and Cat – 2014

This is a Christmas tree made out of wine-barrel staves.

Wine-Barrell Tree - December 2014

Wine Barrel Tree – December 2014

This is a little tree I got my mother many years ago at the Christmas store on the square in Georgetown, Texas.

Rolo Tree - December 2014

Rolo Tree – December 2014

These are candles I just can’t bring myself to light.

Candle Trees - December 2014

Christmas Tree Candles – December 2014

Here’s this year’s poinsettia.  I got it at Barton Springs Nursery.  I’m very happy with it.

Poinsettia - December 2014

Poinsettia – December 2014

This is a Christmas cactus I brought back from my mother’s house.  I didn’t follow any of the detailed instructions to get it to bloom, but nature took its course anyway.

Christmas Cacuts - December 2014

Christmas Cactus – 2014

Not much going on in the back yard.  All the perennials are still hanging on despite a couple nights in the upper 20s.  I put out several cyclamens.  I’ve always had good luck with them.

Cyclamen - December 2014

Cyclamen – December 2014

Hanging Cyclamen - December 2014

Hanging Cyclamen – December 2014

We made latkes the other evening.  These turned out very well.  We also had a corn casserole with cream cheese and bacon.  Decidedly unkosher.  We paired the latkes with a French cider – it was perfect.   For the playlist, I highly recommend the Klezmer Conservatory Band.

Latkes - December 2014

Latkes, Corn Casserole, and French Cider – December 2014