Fantastic international surprise

One of my dearest friends, who I haven’t seen in years, surprised me with a visit this afternoon! It was most unexpected, since she now lives in Toronto, Canada. We used to live on opposite sides of Lake Merritt in Oakland, and we’d hang out all the time. That seems like a different lifetime ago,…

Mail from our besties

Gut-wrenching pains woke me up in the wee hours and tormented me most of the day. I accomplished nothing I intended; even a good rest evaded me. But the day got better when the mail arrived with a heartwarming card from one of my besties, and a package of homemade granola from one of Mama’s besties, More Diane,…

Crunchy Autumn leaves

Today started wonderfully because Mama’s childhood friend Diane was here, having stayed over last night. We got to spend the morning together, before she drove back home, a couple of hours across the Bay Area. In the afternoon, as is our new tradition, Mama and I took a walk in our neighborhood. We loved the…

Traveling help

Wednesday was a long day for us. Mama and Paisley and I woke up in Venice, Italy, and flew to Chicago and then San Francisco. We couldn’t have done it without the help of at least a dozen people along the way. Many thanks to our dear friend Anna, who met us at our apartment…

A sweet evening in Venice

Mama and I joined several of our Italian friends for a Spritz in a garden cafe/bar tonight, and we had a wonderful time! We adore spending time with them and it was the perfect way to end a stressful weekend. After I dropped Mama and Paisley back at our apartment, I popped back out to…

A rainy rest day with some laughs

Having walked our feet off all over Venice, plus the islands of Burano and Murano in the last few days, Mama and I didn’t mind that it poured rain all day today. We knew we’d need a day of rest; I even went to the grocery store yesterday in preparation. Mama spent the day working on another…

Mama’s birthday in her favorite place

Today we celebrated Mama’s 76th birthday in her favorite place in the world: Venice, Italy! I brought her coffee and pastry from a local bar, which we enjoyed at home. Later we ventured out in the direction of a campo she loves. Along the way, we found ourselves at a shop we’ve long adored, called…