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Cat stairs

Cat stairs

They may look like shelves in the laundry area, but these are cat stairs from the roof. Tod rewired the outside light to fix the dangling mess of electrical cables the cats had torn from the wall as they would half-slide, half leap from the roof. Then we put up...
Unexpectedly Thanksgiving

Unexpectedly Thanksgiving

The weight of loss upon me, and plenty of work deadlines to meet, I was not planning to celebrate Thanksgiving with a feast. My morning yoga class had a theme of kansha, appreciation, and I arranged our yoga mats in a circle like a table. Good enough. At breakfast,...
Grey days

Grey days

Literally and figuratively, these have been grey days. On the literal side, we have had more clouds than sun for the past couple of weeks, including a 50 hour non-stop rain. Enough of that, please. On the figurative side, I should have believed people who said after...
Hoshigaki

Hoshigaki

I don’t like persimmon very much when it is fresh, but I love dried persimmon. Today I helped Naomi and Hitomi prepare persimmons for drying. We started by picking them from the Hatanakas’ tree. Then we sat on the kitchen floor at Monaca to trim and peel...