Friday, May 27, 2022

Trying To Find The Words

I first started to write this post Thursday morning. It has a few more words with updates.

The most recent shooting in my country has pushed me over the edge. I am so full of despair that I can't find words to adequately express it. 

My sister has Covid. She's very sick and lives too far for me to go check on her. She's not answering her phone. (Update: She spent all day Wednesday in ER. She's home now and feeling sicker than she's ever felt in her life, and that's saying something because she has suffered from debilitating migraines since she's 10 years old. Her daughter (my lovely niece) has Covid as well. The virus is a very serious butt-kicking illness.)

Roger and I have second booster shots scheduled for Friday morning at 10:00. I'm already feeling queasy just thinking about it.  I may have to cancel it. (Update: I cancelled my second booster shot. I plan to reschedule it next week. I spoke with the staff at the clinic and they agreed it was a good idea for us not to get the boosters on the same day. Yay!)

Children are dying in classrooms in America. So many loved ones are suffering. We are living during a global pandemic. (These things have not changed.)

I'm still trying to find the words.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Family Love, Family Art

Elena brought the grandkids over for a visit to say hello to their great-uncle Gary. It was such a sweet gathering. 

Of course it was goofy and fun in every way. Gary is heading north today (Wednesday) to Portland.  He'a going to spend a few days camping up the coast, then in the city, and then flying back home to Kauai. It's been a delight having this time with him. 

When Elena and grandkids showed up, Delilah who is ten-years old handed this to me, a painting that she had painted for me.

Three egrets and a black duck. On the back was this haiku she had written.

Even as I type this my eyes fill with tears of joy. So much love and beauty in one day. Our hearts were full.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Minus Tide On A Sunny Day

The skies finally cleared up. So we took Roger's brother Gary who is visiting from Hawaii (where it's nice and warm all the time) to Trinidad Beach to take a minus tide walk with us. We knew it was going to be windy and chilly out there, but thought we should give it a try. It was even windier and colder than we thought it would be, so we didn't stay very long. Our Hawaii visitor couldn't believe how crazy cold it was. Even we were chilled to our bones. 

But we got to take such a nice quick short walk and see such lovely sights.

The rocks are always teaming with life

A slightly closer view

This is called an Echinaster Sea Star, an orange beauty

Lovely green anemones

The waves of waves on the beach

Here is Gary, freezing on the walk

I checked the temps in Hawaii when we got home. It was 81 degrees there. It was 56 degrees here with 20 mile an hour winds. 

I'm trying to stand steady in the winds

We walked back to the car as fast as we could and turned the heat on. It was that wind-chilled out there. We were warm again and really glad we braved the elements for such a view.

Monday, May 16, 2022


  ... is what it has looked like here for quite a while. I have shared with you the few times the sun has been out, showing rainbows and iridescent clouds, halos and crepuscular rays. But for the most part this is what it has looked like for weeks. So, I thought I'd show you the view from our Sunday morning walk.

The flowers, egret, and heron were a wonderful balance to the gray gray grayness of these times. This last photo shows how it lightened up a bit while we were out there, but it was still a gray sky. This persistent gray is why my twin brother decided to head back south and not buy a home here. 

Hope it's sunny and beautiful where you are and that you're out enjoying every moment of it.

Friday, May 13, 2022

And Now The Twins Are 70!

I first published this post on the blog in 2017, when my twin brother and I were celebrating our 65th birthday. Today we are celebrating our 70th. So here is a short look back at our 70 revolutions around the sun.

We went from this:


1956 or 1957
 To this:


In the blink of an eye! I'm pretty sure we are senior citizens, although we're still total goofball kids at heart.


And now we are 70 years old. Roger took this photo last month when Michael was visiting and we were out working in the front yard. Speaking of goofballs, I think this photo captures our utterly goofy selves. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Iridescence and Rainbows

After months without any iridescent clouds or rainbows, it finally happened. The sky put on a short and beautiful show for free. Yes, it made me happy. So I'm sharing that happiness of sky beauty here with you. 

I saturated the rainbow photo because it revealed even more colors not seen by my eyes in the moment. A bit of light, some ice crystals and voila! Beauty everywhere.

The rain is returning, but soon there will be sunshine again. 

PS-- I purposely avoid talking about the news, these insane times we're living in. As if a pandemic wasn't enough, as if four years of Donald Trump wasn't enough, as if Russia invading Ukraine wasn't enough, as if Roe v Wade headlines wasn't enough... what's next, friends? How about California running out of water. We're pretty safe here (where it has been raining like crazy), but the rest of California is withering away.  So, run outside, look at the sky and dream of better days.

Sunday, May 08, 2022

Remembering My Mom

 I can't resist posting this photo on Mother's Day. I'm sure I've posted it here before, but I didn't search for it to check. There will be no new photos of us. There is only this, the bookends of our lives. 

Roger and I shout out Happy Mother's Day to our moms. We hold you in our hearts always.

And Happy Mother's Day to all mothers out there!

Friday, May 06, 2022

Friday Music: You Don't Own Me

All the talk here in the United States about abortion and women's rights made me think of this song.  I listened to this song all the time when I was 12 years old in 1964. What an interesting song to come of age to. It seems so relevant now almost 60 years after its release. So, here's a flashback and a reminder. 

Here is a follow up of my appointment with the ophthalmologist. It did not go well at all. In fact, it did not happen. When I went to check with my fully filled-out three page paperwork, I mentioned that I had been diagnosed many years ago with Narrow Angles, a condition that doesn't do well with dilation of pupils. I was just mentioning that even though my appointment was supposed to just be a vision and eye exam. I had called the office two days earlier to tell them of the Narrow Angles and spoke twice with whoever answered their phone. The receptionist said the the doctor could not see me. She said he couldn't do cataract removal without dilating my pupils. Cataract surgery? I thought it was just for an exam. I was shocked. She would not let me even speak with the doctor, and that was that. I had made that appointment in March and waited six weeks for it. So, now I'm back to looking for a competent ophthalmologist. Not an easy thing here, finding good medical care here

Tuesday, May 03, 2022

Morning Rays

 We're still getting rain and big winds here. It's very unusual weather for this time of the year. By May it's supposed to be summery weather, but instead it still looks and feels like winter. There's even more rain in the forecast. I'm beginning to think that this is what climate change might look like here. It's really great for our redwood coast range forests and for the rivers, lakes, and reservoirs that provide our water. So, I'm not really complaining... well maybe a little bit. This weather has reminded me of our four years up on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state (2004-2008). Oh the wind and the rain. 

So that's why when there's a really bright sky in the morning, I run out to see what that sunlight a clouds might be doing together out there. This is what the sky looked like at 6:20 am.

Well that made me happy. Cloud shadows and crepuscular rays. The winds hadn't started yet, so we figured we better go for a walk after breakfast while it was calm and not crazy cold.

This is what it looked like an hour later. It had cleared a bit more and was even more dramatic. Yay, said I!

I'm pretty distracted lately by an ophthalmology appointment I have on Wednesday. I'm worried about the possibility of discussing cataract surgery. I know I have cataracts. Should I have them removed? The thought of surgery on my eyes does not make me happy. These aging bodies are such interesting things. But sometimes I wonder what the sky really looks like without having to see it through my cataract eyes. 

Friday, April 29, 2022

Still Frustrated With Blogger

 I still can't comment on blogs that don't allow Anonymous comments. I have no idea why blogger is being such a bummer, but it is. It simply does not show me logged in, even though I am. 

So to divert my attention from this absurdity I clicked some quick photos over the past few days.  

This one was when we were driving in the big town of Eureka. The city had a project back in 2018 that brought students interested in art to paint the corner utility boxes throughout town. 

They did such a lovely job. The artwork is really quite beautiful and a nice sight while waiting at a stoplight there.

Then, the sky actually cleared up a bit. My brother Michael had come up to look around with the prospect of maybe buying some land here. After three weeks of dismal gray bummer weather, he was reconsidering that option. 

On this lovely blue, big billowy cloud day though, he had a good time taking his long walks looking at land and fantasizing about a future. He drove home on Thursday still thinking about where to buy some property and build a little modular home. He was with us for more than a month, and we miss him already.

He didn't get to see this little beauty on the hummingbird feeder. He would have loved it!

 I'm pretty sure it's an Allen's Hummingbird. They fly all the way here from Mexico during breeding season. Here is a map of their journey.


That small blue spot is where they live in their non-breeding season. The yellow is their migration area and that thin band of orange along the California and Oregon coast is where they come to breed.  It's a 2500 mile (3972 km) journey. Brave and hearty little birds they are. We're glad they somehow manage to find our little bird feeder in our backyard.

And that's how I have been diverting my attention from my frustrating anonymous persona in blogger land.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Blogger Comment Issues

For the second time in a week blogger has made it almost impossible for me to leave comments on blogs. Even though I am signed into my google gmail account, this screen comes up when I try to leave a comment on some blogs.

This only seems to happen on blogs that won't allow Anonymous comments. On blogs that do allow Anonymous comments, this is the screen that comes up.

I have left comments explaining that I am actually Robin from Dharma Bums. 

On one blog I found I could just simply comment as usual and I showed up as myself NewRobin13.

I have no idea what's going on. But I do know that it is a bummer and extremely frustrating. So, if you don't hear from me it's because blogger thinks I mostly don't exist except in some rare circumstances. They may be on to something.

Well, blogger is letting me post this, so I guess I exist in some universe somewhere. 

Is anyone else out there having this commenting problem?

Friday, April 22, 2022

Herons At The Marsh

  Facebook reminded me on Thursday that I had posted this photo of a Great Blue Heron at the marsh on April 21, 2017, five years ago.

I hadn't noticed it when I photographed it, but if you look closely you'll see the lovely streak of blue plumage at the back of its head. It's part of its April breeding season plumage. Quite fancy and rather dashing. 

Well, exactly five years later I photographed a Great Blue Heron at the marsh again.

If you click on the photo and look closely, you'll see that beautiful little wisp of blue plumage at the back of its head. (If Facebook hadn't reminded me, I would not have checked for that.) Look at those fancy feathers on its chest as well. This guy is a true beauty just waiting for a mate, or maybe a fish to jump up and feed him while he waits.

A Snowy Egret walked by. 

I'm pretty sure the Heron was thinking, "You're very cute, but you're not my type." 


Monday, April 18, 2022

Holiday Morning Sky

I looked out the window early Sunday morning and saw a lovely 22 degree halo with a hint of an upper tangent arc.

I ran outside to click a quick pic. A neighbor was walking by so I showed her the halo. She was so surprised. She said she would have never noticed it. She asked me if that kind of display only happens here on the north coast. I had to tell her it's one of the most common atmospheric optics that actually happens everywhere. I showed it to my brother as well. He said the same thing as the neighbor. He would have never seen it. I'm hoping I planted a nice little seed of sky love in both of them.

I also noticed this lovely little display as well.

I went out to the back of the house to block the sun with our roof so I could photograph the very nice sundogs, that hint of rainbow color on the sides of the halo. 

Then I went back out front and saw a parhelic circle to the left of the sundog. 

What a delightful display this was on a lovely blue-sky not rainy Easter Sunday 2nd day of Passover morning.

When I started to write this post I thought about adding a bit of Yiddish to celebrate the holidays. So, in celebration you must all be thinking after seeing these photos, "Oy gevalt, she's at it again. More of those fakakta atmospheric optic photos. She's definitely mashugana." LOL!

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Sky and Garden

  The sky fulfilled my wish. Yes, there was finally a lovely bit of crepuscular rays early Monday morning. 

It really had been a while, and even though rays like this are fairly common they can still lift my heart as high as their light and shadows can go. The drizzle came later, and I didn't mind that the gray had returned.

In fact, the drizzly rain was good for the newly prepped garden beds and the kale starts, basil, tomatoes, and carrot seeds we had planted.

I love the kale starts in one bed, and the kale flowering in another. The cycle of life in one little view.

We're still avoiding the news. Not exactly with our heads in the sand, but hands in the soil is a good compromise.

Thursday, April 07, 2022

Springtime Birds At The Marsh

  We went for a walk at the marsh and saw some lovely birds in their season of love.

Green-winged Teal

Northern Pintail

Northern Pintail Couple

Canada geese and their adorable gosling

Photobombed by a Green-winged Teal

It was a beautiful morning for sunshine, bird love, and a nice long walk.

Monday, April 04, 2022

Yard Work Part Two

Well my back is a little bit better for brief periods of time, so I'm trying to make good use of those few hours. The other day I photographed Roger and Michael in the backyard doing yard work. Today, Roger surprised Michael and me by clicking a few pics of us working a bit of the front yard.

Our neighbor was out front thinning the succulents from his front yard. We went over to say hello and he asked if we wanted a few succulents. So of course we said yes. We had been thinking about filling the little front bed with succulents, and here they were being given to us by the neighbor. Perfect timing. So we had a big pile of Hen and Chicks to plant.

Our goal and hope is that they will fill in and look a lot like the other succulents we have in this bed. So lush and beautiful.

I could be making this part up, but I swear I heard the succulents complain a bit. They were grumbling about the move. They said, "I thought we were going some place special. We barely moved a hundred feet. All that annoyance for this? Humans are crazy." They're right you know. LOL!