The Vision Thing

It is late to plant hyacinths (self thinks), but self spent several hours digging her hands into the yucky, clay-ey soil of the backyard, setting out hyacinth and watsonia bulbs.  Her neighbor around the corner, who has a very wee yard, smaller even than self’s, gives her bulbs every winter.  And self has been hoarding the bulbs (a few dozen grape hyacinths and watsonia), waiting for exactly the right time to plant.  Which, as it turns out, should have been two months ago.  Not only that, but why self has to wait until the coldest day of the California winter to plant is simply inexplicable.

But, let’s just say, self’s brain is just recently emerging from chaos, and she hasn’t managed to plant anything in over two months.

So, there she was, getting her fingernails grimy with black earth, and she went to get a trowel from the garage, and when she came back, Gracie, her younger beagle, who nearly died six months ago from an accidental ingestion of snail bait, who follows self everywhere (It’s true after all what Dearest Mum said: “Beagles will Read the rest of this entry »

All Self Really Wants for Christmas is …

Self’s mailbox has been inundated with Neiman Marcus catalogues, all bearing Dearest Mum’s name but self’s address, since long before Thanksgiving. The catalogues breathe sinful delight, but self is proud to say she has held firm. Which is not to say, however, that she isn’t susceptible to playing this little game: What would self buy if she had the money?

  • Would she buy a black cashmere draped shrug (Only $265)?
  • Or would she go for the Gucci shoulder bag (Only $850)?
  • Or a Burberry cashmere checked scarf (Only $295, and goes so well with a trench coat?)
  • Or what about a pair of knee-high UGG boots (Only $180)?  Self thinks these are particularly Read the rest of this entry »


Not as cold today. Let me tell ya, the last few days, it’s been so cold in the San Francisco Bay Area that everyone self sees has been wearing Ugg boots and down parkas, and self’s bathroom is at the moment chock-full of potted bougainvilleas and geraniums that she’s Read the rest of this entry »

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