Fare Thee Well

Our close friends, who have retired in Spain, came back this summer to sell the home they had lived in for 30 years. Needless to say, 30 years of sifting through accumulated memories and purging possessions no longer needed is no small feat and there were many times they were caught up in old photos…

Bees in the Lavender

Two weeks ago we lost our beloved cat, Archie. He was elderly by all standards, 19, ancient for a cat. He had been with us since he was 3 months old when we adopted each other and we definitely feel his loss and his absence. I miss his weight in my lap as I read…

Self in Quarantine

The other day I thought that a nice baked banana bread would be the very thing to ease our restless, confined souls in the quarantine zone. Banana bread is something I have made for years from memory. Baking it was always like second nature. I was imagining the warm, sweet soft bread with a hot…

Mirror, Mirror

The winter Solstice has always been a time of intense personal reflection for me.  As I write this in the early morning, my coffee steaming in my cup, the dense fog outside my window has shrouded the garden and my view of anything more then 2 feet from the house. I can hear the mournful…