My kids are older, but they are still in school. I didn’t bother with first day of school photos, but the early morning chaos in the house is back.
The dogs got used to the summer schedule. They were not awake enough to figure out that it was time to out at the crack of dawn. They moved very slowly and quietly out the door to the backyard. When they were called back in, Doris seemed to have fallen asleep in the doorway. She just stood there and didn’t want to come back in. Molly was very happy to go back upstairs to go back to sleep, though. Doris eventually followed and didn’t even attempt to harass the cats.
The cats were confused because so many people were awake and not feeding them yet. Once I fed them, they went back to sleep, requesting that the lights be turned off.
I wandered off to work in the wagon, intending to get a package delivered to a friend before work, and putting back the camping gear, and a few other errands after work.
I got everything but a trip to the library done after work. It can wait until tomorrow.
I loved this one. Spelling and grammar are important. I am sure that summerizing the book is a lot more fun than summarizing the book, though.
the coolest things to do in each bay area city
The above linked article talks about each Bay Area city and fun things to do in each of them. I have seen many of them, but there are still many that I haven’t seen. There are also things that don’t show up on this list. I’ll always have things to do.
Get your pinball wizard on at the Pacific Pinball Museum
Tiptoe in the tulips (with some caffeine) at Flowerland
Try to commune with the ghost of Black Diamond Mines Regional Park
Marvel at the beauty of Ralston Hall
Discover Benicia’s military history — and camels
Debate the merits of Pez candy at the Pez Museum
Explore the endless possibilities at UC Berkeley
Get away from the rat-race at Round Valley Regional Preserve
Get a donut (or a dozen) from Psycho Donuts
Get vintage at the drive-in movies
Find a bargain at the flea market
Get in the Christmas spirit at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair
Get everything you need for the drive to Tahoe at Pedrick Produce
Step back into the Wild West at Dublin Heritage Park
Reminisce about bygone decades at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach
Gawk from afar at the creative hub of Pixar
Stock up on summer fruits and veggies at Larry’s Produce
Experience silent film history at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum
Cool off at Gilroy Gardens
HALF MOON BAY
Marvel at the world’s best surfers at Mavericks
Birdwatch at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center
Dine on authentic Filipino food at Cabalen Filipino Cuisine
Get your preferred type of exercise at Lafayette Reservoir
Enjoy the unique and beautiful Shiva Vishnu Temple
Get back to nature at the Redwood Grove Nature Preserve
See one of the state’s oldest wineries at Testarossa
Learn about John Muir and his work at his stunning mansion
See the epicenter of social media at Facebook
See a piece of history — and glimpse the future — at Moffett Field
Watch the planes land at SFO from Bayfront Park
Get in on the secret and hike to the Tourist Club
Get an amazing view of the bay from Ed Levin Park
Go fishing at Anderson Lake
Go wine-tasting, obviously
Splish-splash at the Silliman Family Aquatic Center
Hang out with astronauts at the Space Station Museum
See a Warriors game at Oracle Arena
Rediscover your inner child at Tilden Park
Bring your camera to Mori Point
Uncover the secrets and legends of Stanford University
Embrace your Bay Area beer drinker stereotype at Lagunitas
Rediscover the joy of see-saws at Piedmont Park
Trade $5 toast for classic pastries at BearClaw Bakery and Cafe
Visit the area’s most unexpected theme park
Picnic by the fountains at City Hill
Have a fancy high tea at the English Rose Tea Room
Dress up for a show at the Fox Theatre
Fulfill your childhood dream of having a model railroad at the Golden State Model Railroad
Pack a picnic for the lawn seats at Green Music Center
Honor great Americans at Golden Gate National Cemetery
Geek out over vintage aircraft at the Hiller Aviation Museum
Get lost at the Winchester Mystery House
Relax with a beer at Drake’s Brewing Company
Find your inner peace at the Japanese Garden
Have Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead read stories to your kids
Take a twirl around the rink at Golden Skate
Roam the landscaped grounds of Mission Santa Clara de Asis
Battle the Red Baron with Snoopy at the Charles M. Schulz Museum
Catch a show at the Mountain Winery
Step inside Jack London’s world at Jack London State Historic Park
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO
Hike the iconic Sign Hill
Try some mead at Rabbit’s Food Meadery
Roam the hills with the cows of Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park
Introduce a new generation to the Nut Tree
Feel like you’re on a movie set at Mare Island
See a play at the Lesher Center for the Arts
Load up on snacks at Cowgirl Creamery and Toby’s Feed Barn before hitting the beach
August fantasy books
There are quite a few new fantasy books coming out this month. I probably won’t get to most of them, but they are still fun to look at and think about what I might want to read.
WEEK ONE (August 6)
Blood of an Exile—Brian Naslund
Kingmaker (The Dragon Corsairs #3)—Margaret Weis & Robert Krammes
Death Goddess Dance (The Mythos War #3)—Levi Black
The Gossamer Mage—Julie E. Czerneda
Witchy Kingdom—D.J. Butler
Monster Hunter Guardian—Larry Correia & Sarah A. Hoyt
The Dragon Republic (Poppy War #2)—R. F. Kuang
WEEK TWO (August 13)
The Mage-Fire War (Recluce Saga #21)—L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday—Saad Z. Hossain
Pale Kings—Micah Yongo
Heart of the Circle—Keren Landsman
The House of Sacrifice (Empires of Dust #3)—Anna Smith Spark
WEEK THREE (August 20)
Turning Darkness Into Light—Marie Brennan
Lies of Descent (Fallen Gods War #1)—Troy Carrol Bucher
WEEK FOUR (August 27)
The Fifth Ward: Good Company—Dale Lucas
Wild Savage Stars (Sweet Black Waves Trilogy #2)—Kristina Perez
I am guilty of all of these things, including referring to the library as my second home.
books by horseback
Back in the days when many communities were isolated, librarians used to deliver books. The above linked article talks about those librarians who delivered by horseback during the depression. They were pretty amazing.
I have noticed that since I do most of my writing on the computer or on my phone, my handwriting has gotten worse. I started keeping a food journal for the new podcast I have been listening to. I can’t read the darn thing.
I have also started a daily todo list, so I can get things done. Again, I can’t read half the stuff I write.
My handwriting has never been good, but without practice, it seems to be getting worse. Maybe it’s because I am not writing anything that is important to keep legible?