Author: MS

Sunday Hello

I decided before I dive into work this morning, that I’d play catch up here with all of you. Hello, how are you doing? Hope well enough considering this year and all of its very heightened, or highlighted challenges. But we are in middle of October, even though it feels as though we have no idea how we got here. But we did. There’s lots to talk about. There is exciting news about travel – in that some parts of the world are starting to open up – one in particular that grabbed my attention was Machu Picchu and the misinformation surrounding its closure during early COVID and now. The other misinformation naturally swirls around our country’s upcoming election and the bullying and manipulating from ALL parties on either side of the playground. Now although this sort of dirty play has been done decades before, none has stood out as much as this year’s election. That is because the masses are on lockdown, and have nowhere to go but their televisions sets to endure the …

Weeks Worth of Thoughts

I’ve been away as I mentioned a week or so back, because I’ve had to readjust my days in caring for my mother, who fell and broke her arm, then a few days later, fell again and broke or fractured another part of her arm. Mind you I am not stating my personal life here, for any sort of empathy, I am simply stating the fact, that is what has kept me away from all things I love, writing, photography, walking and even watching films. But, this morning, while my mother finally figured out a way to sleep peacefully, I decided to sit here, next to her of course, and catch up with all of you, who by the way keep my grounded. So here we go… My first thought is – what a twisted world we live in. And more specifically what a sad state America has turned into. I have never imagined the level of cruelty among mankind could escalate to such vileness. Especially in these trying times, where unity and dignity is …

Absence May Grow The Heart Fonder

In an optimistic world, one wakes up on a Monday morning looking ahead to a balanced week – some work, some play, a lot of home cooking and enjoying many films, preferably foreign or filmed on location somewhere one might be longing to travel to. But, that isn’t always the case, because the universe usually has something different in store – especially when you least expect it. Last week, too many things reshaped my days, and I felt overwhelmed until I slowly regrouped and began figuring out a rhythm to follow.  Do you ever feel that way? When your life goes out of whack and you are left with figuring out a new way to adapt. Haha! What am I talking about – this year we’ve all had to figure out a new lifestyle. The sad thing about obstacles in life is that the first thing it does is suck the creativity out of you and hence the most creative of things become the most difficult to attain. So while I continue to readjust my …

Weekend Recap And Some Pretty Things

Considering the air quality across California, we decided not to venture outdoors – which was very difficult considering it is the only day of the week I leave the house and aim to connect with nature.  We did essential shopping early Saturday morning, and pretty much stayed indoors the rest of the time. Pretty boring – however, we also focused on what I refer to as a Fall cleaning. Movies were watched, dinners were prepared, and wine was consumed, while I stayed glued to this site, about the fires update. How about you? How did you spend your weekend? This week I am trying to maintain focus on all of the projects piled up on my desk/er I mean are saved on my desktop to finish up and try to meet the deadlines I agreed to – about the novels and sorts. So I might be taking a break here. We’ll see how it goes.  In the meantime, I want to share my picks for visual therapy.       featured image source and full …

Interesting Articles From Around The World

I woke up this morning feeling hopeful that I didn’t have to sit in darkness all day while I worked – along with many others around California and other parts of the world on fire currently.  Yet I stayed in bed for a while, thinking about how to proceed with my day.  Meaning, I have many projects to muddle through – work and my three novels currently in revision and edits –  and I am trying to figure out – in what order. Then I thumbed through Instagram, which I normally do and then did a bit of coloring on a paint by numbers app on my phone – all while thinking and pondering and contemplating about the future of social media, this platform and others having us tied to our cell phones as if our life depended on it – and well – it actually does. And this happened: Which then led to this interesting take:  But I couldn’t get enough – so I dove an article on what makes a good person:   And …

Through the Smoke Filled Air

I woke up this morning scratching my head, thinking while in deep sleep at some point overnight, I was shuttled up to another planet. The skies across the bay area are orange-gray dark and a bit scary. Never been in this situation before. I mean we’ve had fires across California but none this extreme. At least not in my lifetime. But then again it is 2020 and all is expected at this point so, with all lights on in the house, at now almost nine in the morning, I am staying connected in hopes to stay distracted.       featured image source and full credit

Start to A New Week

We are nearly two weeks away from Fall, which marks the beginning of San Francisco’s summer-ish, referred to as Indian Summer, season. Which I am excited about – I love fall and the idea of warmer temperatures ahead.  Although this past weekend soared well over 90’s at the coast and 100 plus inland.  Which I am sure some of you  experiencing hotter temperatures, are chuckling at my enthusiasm. But I am a San Franciscan, and we get very excited about seeing sun at the coast. Besides the weather, there was much smoke, new fires, harsher conditions, in terms of being able to breathe through the haze, and smoke with a mask on while outdoors. I am curious, how is it in your part of the world right now? Bearable, tolerable, laxed?  Are you looking forward to fall? With thoughts about the holidays – which definitely will be different this year. I wonder if anyone is still buying clothes for work? How about for the holidays, what will the retailers do about evening gowns, and party …

Have A Wonderful Weekend

I ran into a few rough patches this week which kept me away from here. But that doesn’t mean I am not thinking about you all. For now, have a wonderful three day weekend if in the states, and a two day if everywhere else. Go outdoors. Cook up a whole fresh ingredient meal, decorate a room or a forgotten corner, and most of all appreciate the smaller things in life. See you next week.   featured image source  

Weekend Wrap and This Dessert

Normally we venture out of the city on day trips to satisfy our wanderlust. But as most of you know, we are battling fires all around northern California, which seems to be the norm in recent years, except this one adds to the already sad state of our new lifestyle. So, Saturday we did some chores, and ran errands, mostly shopping for essentials – to be out but to stay indoors if you will – and in the evening had cocktails and watched silly and surely entertaining films here and here. On Sunday we took a chance, venturing across the Golden Gate, and staying close by, in Sausalito to explore and yet be ready if need be to return home and be indoors. So, we walked as usual up the steep hills, and through the narrow streets, with me wanting to capture photographs of the smoke filled air mixed with the picturesque small town of Sausalito. The color contrast to my eye was the most fascinating.   We decided this weekend, not to ponder over …

Boutique Hotel Pick – Tree Hotels

This category – Boutique Hotel Picks – I’ve decided to bring back after I sort of stopped posting (since April 2020) due to our inability to travel. But wen I saw this article about Modern Tree Hotels, I wander if anyone would consider the option, past the RV surge right now, for accommodations: featured image source and full credit