Ranger and the Turkeys

The grapes are turning purple and nearing harvest.  Every few days I’m out among the vines with my refractometer, checking out the sugar content.  But I’m not the only one tasting grapes.  A flock of turkeys shows up early in the morning and around dusk.  Sadly, scare tape and whirligigs are of no use against …

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Guilt By Association

A friend shared a story of buying a nice used car and being pulled over by the police several times.  She wasn’t speeding.  All her lights were in working order.  They pulled her over because the previous owner was a well-known, documented drug dealer.  Or course, once they realized the new owner had no history …

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Ranger and the Lamp Shade

Apparently, there are times when dogs don’t get along any better on a play date than some people.  Even though monitored by a human alpha, another canine took a chunk out of the back of Ranger’s ear, as well as punching holes all the way through.  My dog now has one side of his head …

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Seeking Revenge

Sometimes it’s there, nibbling below the surface, causing rumbling and grumbling.  The enemy just loves to fan anger, and I admit it. I get mad.  And in some cases, I want to get even.  This guy bursts out and makes himself known, and I figure it’s my right to do the same thing. I can’t …

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Photo Shoots with Elaina Burdo

I’ve never been comfortable in front of a camera.  In the early years of my career, I needed promo shots and went to a studio.  I’d do the best I could with my hair and make-up and wear something other than my habitual jeans and sweater.  The shots were staged with the usual background, poses …

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Seagulls

Rick and I are only thirty minutes away from Bodega Bay.  It can be sunny and warm in Santa Rosa and socked in fog along the coast.  We never know what we’re going to find, but whatever the weather, it’s worth the drive.  We headed for Bodega Head a few weeks ago.  You can see …

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Binging on Television

Many say that television is a vast wasteland.  I’ve no doubt in many ways it is, but I confess — I’m addicted.  COVID exacerbated the addiction.  Before you judge — I DO work.  I’m up between 4:30 /5:00 a.m. I write, clean house, do laundry, pull weeds, maintain (with help) a vineyard of a hundred …

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Writing a Novel

Like so many others who have been sheltered in place for the past year, I’ve had plenty of time on my hands.  I put it into writing.  And writing and writing.  I’ve wanted to revisit an old book and do a “before and after” rendition.  The basic storyline and location remained, but the characters all …

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Getting Lost and Being Found

I’m usually pretty good at finding my way around, but I remember one time when I was heading to San Francisco International Airport.  I always allow myself plenty of time to get there, and that day was no different.  Because of construction, I went a different route and ended up lost in a neighborhood that …

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Bud Break

A few weeks ago, green spikes shot up from the ground with cylindrical pale-yellow tubes that soon opened into daffodils.  I planted over a hundred bulbs last year and they all started rising and opening like glorious little trumpets around our yard.  A few days before Easter, the apple and pear trees budded.  Then “bud …

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