Monday, November 30, 2015

Ocean Beach   4:55 p.m.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Why did no one tell me?

Probably because deep down I scorned these machines and the people who bought them!
So expensive; and how precious to make one tiny cup of coffee at a time. And the pods themselves––what a gimmick! And totally non-recyclable?

Still, somebody should have told us. We waltzed into Sur La Table looking for potholders and waltzed back out with this little Nespresso machine. It came bundled with a milk frother (that silver thing) and 16 different coffee pods. On sale for $139.00––though later we saw the same deal on Amazon.

Back home I yanked the machine out of the box, held the water container under the faucet, selected a pod and dropped it in. In 20-something seconds I had the best cup of coffee I’ve ever tasted. Except for the espresso at Pizzeria Delfina that time … but of course this machine makes espresso too.

And Tom was wrong about the recycling. You CAN recycle the pods, though you have to take them back to the store. Unless you live in Switzerland, in which case your mail carrier will pick up your used pods. Nespresso actually uses the aluminum in the pods to make new machines.

Ours is the smallest one they make. It’s called the Inissia and it’s a pure joy––a kids’ game, trying the various types of coffee in the shiny colored pods. 

How many of you knew about this machine and have been keeping it a secret from me?

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Found: One pair of glasses, size large.  Ocean Beach  5:08 p.m.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

A Happy Thanksgiving

Don’t begrudge me my perfect Bi-Rite Thanksgiving dinner! 

Ten Things I love on Thanksgiving besides Bi-Rite:

1. Beach Lane Books
2. Norma’s Country Ham (on biscuits from Devil’s Teeth)
3. Siri, who guides me when I drive
4. My tiny red under-the-desk heater
5. My GE dishwasher that sings “Camelot” when it’s finished
6. Chocolove’s Almonds & Sea Salt in Dark Chocolate (love poem inside)
7. My wool & cashmere socks w/ polka dots
8. My Salomon trail running shoes that I don’t have to tie, or really run in
9. Bill Evans Pandora station
10. Clinique Take the Day Off in that wonderful lavender bottle

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Cold. Really cold.

Windy, too.  Ocean Beach  4:50 p.m.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

The trail above Moss Beach. And that's not all:  Tapas!  Our favorite smokehouse

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Ocean Beach   5:12 p.m.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Thursday, November 19, 2015


Resound Ensemble Fall Concert / Thank you, Katie, for an evening that soothed my savage spirit.
San Francisco people! There are two more performances: Saturday at 8:00 and Sunday at 2:00.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Little Moon

Ocean Beach   5:10 p.m.

Monday, November 16, 2015

view from the top of the snicket (by Cricket)

There's this kid who lives across the street. She loves words and writing and she informed me that "snicket" is another word for alley (or street). We started calling our street the snicket and decided her name should be Cricket. After all, she's bright and shiny and full of chirps––and she's always hopping across the snicket.

Not only does Cricket write middle grade fiction––she's fallen in love with painting, too.

Yesterday when I was in Green Apple Books, she texted me this photo of a piece she'd just finished called view from the top of the snicket, signed xo cricket.

I think this is only the 5th or 6th painting she's done. Crazy.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Good Fence

And some day soon we might buy a plant.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Spotted on Taraval while waiting for carryout.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Ocean Beach  5:01 p.m.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Ocean Beach       ...It's only 5:12. No wonder I'm not getting any work done.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Walking home down the Great Highway. It's already dark at 5:42 PM!  

Monday, November 02, 2015

Stormy Monday

Ocean Beach   5:30 p.m.