Author: Gina

A New Season

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Bits & Pieces

Well, Spring is officially here.  The days are getting longer. The sun is out and the flowers are blooming.  The virus numbers are going down (woo-hoo).  I am vaccinated.  I am excited to see friends and drink coffee at cafes soon. 

Birthday

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Bits & Pieces / Personal Stories

Today is my birthday. It was a very mellow, low-key birthday. I got some nice text and phone calls from friends and family. While quiet, I’m glad that I’m here to celebrate another year, especially after the year that just happened. I took delight in thoughtful gifts, flowers and a beautiful sunny day. Hope is on the horizon.

The Day After

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Bits & Pieces

Today is December 26th and in many cultures it’s the day after Christmas. I’ve always kind of hated this day. You see, there is all this build-up going into Christmas, starting right after Halloween. All the decorations start going up, sales being advertised up, down and all-around you. I get excited about the day. I love looking at all the decorations in my neighborhood and I truly love buying presents for my loved ones. I […]

Things I Miss

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Current / Observations / Randon Thoughts

For the most part, I’ve adjusted okay to pandemic life. Today I was thinking that there are a few things that I really miss. Things like this … Buying fresh flowers and fruits at the Farmer’s Market. A Sunday regular for me. Library and book store visits. Sure I’ve been reading books on my iPad and I’ve ordered a few books from my favorite bookstore but I miss browsing the aisles, the air condition and […]

So Long Ago

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Observations / Personal Stories

These photos were taken on March 7, 2020. It was a mini pre-birthday outing with my sister. Dumplings at Din Tai Fung and mid-afternoon drinks and snacks at my favorite bookstore that had just opened up a wine bar. Books and drinks, I couldn’t wait to spend more time there. These are the last evidence of an “outing” before the world changed about a week later. A world-wide pandemic hit and everything changed. I’ve been […]

Sundays Forever

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Bits & Pieces / Home / Sundays Forever

I’ve been house sitting this week. It’s a cute little house and I just love the little vignettes my friends have created in their space. There is a cute vintage feel to the place. There’s also a cat included in the house. Cats are interesting creatures. I’ve never had one but have cat-sitted a few times. I can never really figure them out. I can’t tell if they are playing with me or trying to […]

Sundays Forever

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Bits & Pieces / Fall / Seasons / Sundays Forever

It’s the last official Sunday of the Summer. I woke up at 5:00 am today. I looked out my door and saw this sky. It’s a fuzzy photo but that’s okay. I walked my dog and the air felt brisk and fresh. I could feel a change. Soon it will be dark by 5:00 pm, pumpkins will be sitting on porches and door steps, the leaves will fall to the ground and Halloween costume ideas […]

Hello Summerland

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Adventures / California / Favorite Things

On our annual camping/family reunion trip up the coast, we took a little time to visit Summerland, California. Our destination was Red Kettle Coffee Shop and while we were there, we found a nice little secret beach. Such a cute coffee shop and some good coffee. I feel so absolutely lucky to live in California. I wish I lived closer to the coast but that’s okay, it’s a freeway ride away. I especially love the […]

Read Those Books

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Bits & Pieces / Favorite Things

It’s been some time since I’ve shared what I have been reading, so here it is. Udon Noodle Soup by Yan Hu – I loved it. I guess you could say it was the first graphic novel I’ve read. I loved the illustrations and the short stories. Some of them even made me teary-eyed. I came upon it at “A Shop Called Quest” in the Arts District of Downtown, Los Angeles. I’m glad I picked […]