First Monday Windows of 2022


So much to celebrate.

First Monday Window of 2022!

Here’s a shop window in Mendocino, on Albion Street. Self stumbled across it while having a morning walk around the Village. She peeked inside: looks fascinating! She went back a few more times, but never managed to come when it was open. BONUS: There’s a reflection of one of Mendocino’s ubiquitous water towers in the glass.

Loot & Lore, 611 Albion St., Mendocino, California

Bushboy’s World: Last Photo on the Card, December 2021

What a year we just had. WHAT. A. YEAR.

Thanks to Bushboy for hosting the Last on the Card Challenge. Since the Last on the Card is also the Last of 2021, it is extra significant.

The last group of photos self took were on the day she lined up for her covid test (which turned out negative — HOORAY! VACCINES WORK!). Because it was a three-hour wait, self had ample opportunity to read (None of the other people in line seemed much inclined to talk).

She snapped a picture of the book with her cell:

The passage she was on was about the anonymous narrator standing in line for food, in April 1945 Berlin. The parallels! The parallels!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Fathers and Sons

Stretched out on the hotel bed, Harun is absorbed in the photographs he has taken today, so that his laptop is constantly in danger of falling off the edge of the bed onto the floor. That’s how it always is with him, something is always threatening to nose-dive off the edge of something . . .

My Heart: a novel, p.64

#bloganuary Day 2: Write About the Last Time You Left Your Comfort Zone

Ha! Self found where the prompts were going. She has now rescued her #bloganuary (She missed yesterday; wonder where THAT prompt went)

She will henceforth make a sincere attempt to post daily through January.

Self spent Christmas in Mendocino. This is actually not that much of a stretch (though driving around up there, during a storm, is a flat-out EXPERIENCE). She turned down invitations to be with people, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (scared of omicron), then the day after Christmas, drove back to the Bay Area, found a walk-up testing site close to her, and the very next day lined up, in bitter cold, for three hours. Now, THAT WAS A STRETCH. She can’t remember ever lining up for that long a time, in winter cold (not even for TKTS, that year she lived in New York.)

The tests ran out, but not until mid-afternoon. By then, there were only about five people ahead of her in line. Then she had two days of anxiety, waiting for the test results. And they came back NEGATIVE.


So, the storm, the lining up for three hours in the cold for the test, all took her out of her comfort zone. But she was happy with the results.

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