May 19

May 19, 2020

Gingerbread

I’m talking about gingerbread today. Not the kind you eat, but the fanciful trim on a Victorian house. The siding work has gone two-thirds of the way around and has now reached the front. We took off the gingerbread trim set it aside, in a safe place. The siding work continues, while we remake the fancy trim. Here’s a closeup of what this old trim looks like, ancient of days: My brother Brian has taken on the project of reproducing…

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Apr 13

April 13, 2020

Life in the Time of Coronavirus

I started writing this March 22, a week after we locked down in California. Neither the post nor the news has changed much with age. I don’t want to talk a lot about this pestilence swirling around the globe, but it’s hard to avoid as a topic. We’re all on lockdown, sheltering in place, in various places. Our youngest daughter caught the last flight from Melbourne on March 25, before the country locked its borders. At first I was sheltering…

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Mar 9

March 9, 2020

Marching Onward

We survived the birthday weekend with much more peace and grace than I imagined possible. Patrick and I went to Napa for my birthday for a few days, staying close in case my mother-in-law took a turn for the worse, which thankfully has not happened. We spent a couple of days thrifting and haunting vintage and antique stores in search of — whatever we found that seemed perfect for the new-old house. Doorknobs and clothes hooks and random bits of…

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Feb 15

February 15, 2020

Stripped Down

A few weeks along in our renovations and here we are. Here’s what we’ve done so far, since Jan. 31. Sellers have moved out. ✅ Subterranean termite treatment complete. ✅ Asbestos all gone in the attic (650 sq ft). ✅ Asbestos floor tiles gone all throughout first floor (1000 sq ft). ✅ TWO debris boxes of trash/scrap/recycling gone. ✅ Overgrown shrubbery in front of house pruned or removed. ✅ All old AC units gone from windows, all windows opened up…

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Jan 27

January 27, 2020

Countdown

My husband texted me Saturday night from his mother’s house, where he has been staying half the week, alternating with his daughter, to be on hand as caregivers. His mom is slowing down in her 96th year and over the past few months it was clear she needed someone around all the time. Patrick and I live separate lives some days, but are always very much in tandem. We’ve been through a lot together, from being two separate single parents…

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