The official start of summer was today at 6:51a.m.EDT. I don't know about you, but time seems to be going by so quickly I'm afraid if I blink the summer will be gone. Back in the day the summer solstice was celebrated by dancing around bonfires. Alas, here in California bonfires aren't ecologically . . .
Spring in wine country has none of the bustle of the fall harvest. Vines are budding--sighting of first buds is called bud-break-- and winemakers are busy with the many tasks required to help make a successful vintage. Including ensuring proper irrigation in a drought. But the vineyards, themselves, . . .
Firemen are the hottest of all first responders. If you smell gas for 4 days, you really should call the fire department and PG&E. Just because your house didn't blow up, doesn't mean it couldn't have. An elderly dog whose foot gets painfully stuck will bite from pain, even if you are trying . . .
Thank you all for stopping by today--hope your Christmas is full of good cheer. Now, get back to it. Eat, drink and be merry! . . .
A child was born in a manger, and whether we believe the whole story or not, in that moment, the face of the world changed. We don't always keep the reason for the season top of mind. For me, Christmas Eve is the time to do that. Jesus was about peace, love, charity and forgiveness. So this year, . . .
It was a high-profile divorce for a small city where not much of significance went on. They worked together at a company that was getting attention and one thing led to another, a divorce. Pretty soon, there was a new blended family around town. I’d see them at church every Sunday, he in khakis, . . .
Oh, boy! BarkBox sent me a new toy! Hmmm. What's this all about? I'll give it a good chew. Maybe I'll cart it off to a corner. Or, maybe I'll just abandon it altogether and start handing out these cool, pre-packaged Halloween treats to my doggie friends. They can trick or treat, too, just like . . .
This sweetie-pie should be careful during hunting season. Like a virgin.... "How DARE you sing MY song?!!!" But can he breathe? This is brilliant. Just brilliant. This would work well if the owner was dressed like Toto. I'd choose this for this little angel, . . .
Independence? That's middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.~George Bernard Shaw I think more Americans need to declare their independence from partisan politics on both sides. The more that Americans declare their independence, the more the parties . . .
(2017 update: am not running the contest this year) The Fourth of July can be stressful for pets. We're distant enough from big, official displays, but some of our neighbors still shoot off fireworks sporadically until the wee hours, especially scaring our 15 year old dog. He's mostly deaf, but can . . .