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A Rare Treat

“How many people in the world,” my husband asked, “go for a walk after dinner and see a beaver swimming in the river?”  We’ve had a bit of rain in the last 24 hours, and wanted to check the river’s rise.  While standing on the bridge, we enjoyed the rare treat of a beaver sighting.  As we watched, Rick gave a loud clap and the beaver dipped under the murky green, surfaced further along his trajectory, turned and looked in our direction and continued to the far side. We’ve seen beaver in this area for 40 years, but each infrequent time I see one, I’m so happy they are still thriving in this spot.  In answer to Rick’s question, I’m thinking not many people in the world get to see a beaver on their after-dinner walk.


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Summer Travels

imageSome of my summer travels included a trip with my sister to South Carolina to see our brother and sister-in-law and to Florida to attend our niece’s wedding.  Great trip all around.  Such fun being with my siblings and the wedding was, of course, beautiful!  Here is a shot of my handsome brother and my lovely niece, Amie. Continue reading


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I Love Lucy

It occurred to me while looking through previous posts that I have shared a couple of pictures of our little critter without properly introducing her.  This is our dog, Lucy.  She just had her 11th birthday, but she’s a pretty spry little lady for her advanced years.   Continue reading


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Origami, Take Two

20130722_214236-1Last year after watching this Ted Talk, I found an upcoming a Origami exhibit at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. Our son Sam and family live just south of Sacramento and he likes folding paper as much as I do, so I sent him the exhibit info along with a link to the prospectus, and he replied that we had to come down and see it! Continue reading


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Soapy Days

Thursday and Friday were two soap days in a row for us—60 pounds of River Bars sliced this Sunday morning!  We are replenishing stock after a couple of large orders, a Fourth of July event, and several weekly Wednesday Farmers Market days. Rick says we’ve passed the point of making soap just once a week—and I think he may be right.  I’m thinking quite a few of these summery days will involve soap.

Sandwiched between our soap morning on Thursday and our soap afternoon on Friday, we set out to find a legendary stand of redwoods called the Del Norte Titans. Continue reading


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Yosemite-Sized!

Rick was privileged to use his senior pass for the first time last week—to enter Yosemite National Park! Our Sacramento kids have fallen in love with Yosemite over the past several years and invited us to enjoy a hiking/camping weekend with them this summer. We have never traveled to Yosemite—well, Rick had been there as a little kid but didn’t really have much memory of it—so we were really excited about seeing this place we had only viewed in photographs.image

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Senior Moments

This week, my husband and I went to our local US Forest Service office and he took advantage of his first “senior benefit” — an America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.  This $10 lifetime pass is a great benefit for those who have reached the mellow age of sixty-two.  Some friends who are just ahead of us on this spectrum clued us in imageto this pass last year, and we didn’t wait long after Rick’s birthday to purchase his. Continue reading


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Garden Amazement

I’m amazed when I walk out and explore the garden.  All this stuff happens while I’m not looking: zucchini leaves grow to the size of dinner plates, blueberries ripen, blossoms magically become plums and apples, cherries and pears.   Continue reading


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Reflections on the 4th

We had a great day at the beachfront in River Bar Soaps’ booth, seeing old friends and meeting some new ones.  We were set up early, long before we heard the first sirens denoting the beginning of the parade.  We could only partially see it from our booth’s vantage point, but we could hear all the sounds of our small town’s parade: Continue reading