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TheQueen
Interests: travel, food, hiking, writing, photography
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26 April 2019 Sierra Nevadas near Bishop, CA We are in Oregon for our sixth summer. It is amazing to me how swiftly our perceptions shift when we go south or when we go north. This trip north we took a different route. We headed up US 395 to Susanville... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2019 at Writing from Home
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23 April 2-19 Tomorrow we fly away to Oregon for the summer. We have enjoyed our Mojave Desert friends, a wonderful wildflower season, and many cooking adventures. And our house has a new roof. Hurrah! Meow in his "Catio" This is the first year in several that we have had... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2019 at Writing from Home
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18 March 2019 Although spring begins officially sometime on March 20, it sure looks like spring in the upper Mojave Desert. Thanks to the copious rains of January and February, the desert is carpeted in green – some grass, mostly nasty weeds (think goatheads). We have a few brodiaea around... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2019 at Writing from Home
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I have a new kitchen toy, an “instant pot” to replace both rice cooker with a failing battery and the too-small slow cooker in our summer kitchen. It’s brand is Mueller. My mind jumped to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. There are parallels. The pot’s appearance is very buttoned down... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2019 at Writing from Home
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Hello from Oregon 19 November 2018 Miller Woods Hello, all my fellow travelers on this beautiful blue marble we call Earth. We decamped Oregon for Cali in September, but we are now here once again because All I Want for Christmas is My One Front Tooth. Our trip north was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2018 at Writing from Home
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13 October 201 Sunrise over the sea of Cortez. Photo credit to Robin So we are back in Cali. Our exit from Cabo proceeded smoothly, as did our flight to LA and our trip up the highway, barring the usual 405 NB afternoon traffic and witnessing a couple of traffic... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2018 at Writing from Home
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10 October 201 I spent a quiet day yesterday fighting a touch of Montezuma’s Revenge. Today the bunch of us are taking a sail. This begins in mid-morning with the inevitable bus trip to Cabo San Lucas and the signing of waivers at Cabo Adventures. We walk a short way... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2018 at Writing from Home
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8 October 2018 Yesterday six of our party of seven turned up before 7 a.m. in the aforesaid cavernous lobby at Cabo Azul. Our chariot arrived, a minibus, with other passengers already aboard. Although our destination is La Paz, we first travel south to Cabo San Lucas. Here we dismount... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at Writing from Home
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8 October 2018 Tequila Tasting at Cabo Azul I did not forget that I promised a post on Monday’s tequila tasting. While I did not participate (virtuous me stayed in to post to the blog) our hostess took photos. I relay here her description. Four small plates as well as... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at Writing from Home
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6 October 2018 5:15 a.m. comes early. My alarm shrieked me awake in time to have a cup of tea before our 6 a.m. departure. Bob, I and our young friend wended our way across the curiously still Cabo Azul campus to the aforesaid cavernous lobby. Aside from a harried... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2018 at Writing from Home
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6 October 201 Cabo Azul So Wednesday we flew into San Jose del Cabo, had a beer or two with our friends while we waited for their son to arrive, and settled in at Cabo Azul. This is one of many resorts perched adjacent to the beaches of Baja Sur,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2018 at Writing from Home
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2 October 201 Looking west from our living room window I’ve been MIA from my blog since last November. I did not make a conscious decision to stop writing. I faded away, just as I backed away from most of my usual online haunts. I needed to rest, rejuvenate, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2018 at Writing from Home
The Chairman, after 10 days of detested antibiotics for a lung ailment, is doing fine. Adam built him a "kennel" in the back yard. He dismantled part of one of the cat towers and installed it within. A water bowl sits at the mid level. The Chairman now enjoys hours and hours outside, blissed with the smells and the warmth and the shade. You and Eva should come visit. We are busy in the mornings but not usually in the afternoons. Pick a day and let me know. email is pstrawser@ieee.org
Thanks!
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We are back in our winter home. I am happy to report that time blunts disappointment, so my personal despair at the results of the last presidential election have subsided enough to leave me room to enjoy the beauties of the Mojave Desert. Today we drove south (90 miles) to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at Writing from Home
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9 August 2017 Glad you asked. We began our stay in Oregon with painting our deck. Two coats of goopy deck paint are in place. Due to the spring rains, our plum tree didn’t set fruit. The two things together have made it much easier to clean the deck! And... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Writing from Home
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25 June 2017 On this very hot day in McMinnville, we ventured out to tour five private gardens, all for the princely sum of $10 per person. We always look forward to this annual event. The gardens are always lovely. I leave you with pictures from today’s tour. After the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2017 at Writing from Home
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19 June 2017 Happy Juneteenth, everyone! We took a day off today and traveled to the coast of Oregon. It was forecast to be hot in McMinnville, so we headed to Pacific City and Cape Kiwanda. It was bright and sunny in MAC, and the sun followed us most of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at Writing from Home
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15 June 2017 We’re finally laying floor tiles, big 20” x 20” ones. The uneven floor creates some challenges – we’ve reset a couple of tiles, striving for near level. We’ve devised a ways of marking the tiles one shouldn’t step on – looks like some crazed version of hopscotch.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2017 at Writing from Home
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6 June 2017 Hello Blog! Long Time No Write! Time has passed. We have made our seasonal pilgrimage to Oregon, where we arrived in late April, just in time to experience the last of the rainy season. Children here are in school for two more weeks – many snow days... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at Writing from Home
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25 February 2017 We left Africa a week ago. On the Friday night, a troupe from the Ikoma tribe came to dance us farewell and safe trip. Their costumes were bright and colorful in blues and greens. Beaded jewelry and animal skins and feathers in their hair gave them a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at Writing from Home
We are home safely in the Mojave Desert. I will have a final wrap-up post tomorrow. What a trip! We were so lucky to have seen so many animals, and in such amazing situations. See you in late April! ))
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2017 on Victoria Falls at Writing from Home
We are home safely, jet lagged of course. There will be one final post tomorrow. See you in April!
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17 February 2017, Day 30, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania Late yesterday afternoon clouds built up in the east. Rain fell in curtains many miles away, on the bordering mountains. There were a couple of rumbles of thunder. This morning we leave early, at 6:30 a.m., for a morning drive. We... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at Writing from Home
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16 February 2017, Day 29, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania Our drive starts again at 7 a.m. We head down the hill and through the Ikoma Village. Simon does the paperwork, and both vehicles proceed through the park gates. Our first stop is a lion kill. Only one lioness is left,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at Writing from Home