Sunday, May 25, 2014


On the gritty corner of 6th and Howard in San Francisco's South of Market area, you will find the final week of a 17 year run of the art installation 'Defenestration' (aka. 'to throw things out the window') in the abandoned Hugo Hotel.

I've passed it countless times over the years and with all the development changes SF has been going through with gentrification and the 'dotconemy', I've wondered how it could still be there when that building and that property must be worth millions (don't be fooled by the ramshackle appearance;  the city paid the owners $4.6 million and acquired it via 'eminent domain'). On the bright side, it's said to be taken over by Mercy Housing (affordable and low income housing), which the city needs - badly.

The Women's Building of San Francisco sent out an update the other day that stated the art installation would be dismantled within the next week (!), the pieces sold off piecemeal.

I had to take a jaunt over there one last time and snap a few photos for myself to remember this slice of San Francisco.

View from the street below

Monday, May 19, 2014

Every Day is an Adventure

What we don't have in material items, we more than make up for in the beauty that surrounds us.

I try to venture out on mini adventures around the Bay Area with my Blueberry girl at least once a week.

And while the costs of living here are challenging, every day has the potential for a little bit of holiday in it, even if it's just the commute to work over the Golden Gate Bridge (that goes double if it's sunset!)

Who needs square footage when you have this in your backyard?

At the foot of the bridge that stretches across the Pacific toward the lighthouse

Feet firmly the ancient lighthouse on the edge of  a cliff

Point Bonita Lighthouse

View from inside- maybe it's just me, but don't you think it would be amazing to live in a lighthouse?!


Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Weekend in Photos

Muir Beach path on a windy, desolate afternoon
Muir Beach on a deserted day

Ambiance San Francisco
Tart to Tart- Sweets &Coffee
Rose Garden in Golden Gate Park- the perfect rose
Stow Lake reflections, Golden Gate Park
A different angle on that oh so famous bridge- about to peek over the hill

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Semi-Secret Surf Town

In between work days, we took a drive to our semi-secret (locals take the signs down) surf town getaway.

And even got to stay longer than anticipated when a fallen power line (!) blocked the only road in and out of town.

No complaints.
Cheers to Spring!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Blessed Mother's Day~

With my Blueberry in 2012-my, how she's grown! (Photo Credit:Barbara Sari)

                                                             ~today and everyday

Sunday, May 4, 2014

The Past Few Weeks

...We celebrated Easter and the arrival of Spring- although without the rainy season this winter, seasons all meld into one another here, often on a daily basis...

We came down with "summer colds" and entertained ourselves at home through an 85 degree heat wave...

... and eventually recovered and enjoyed some sun

At Urban Diversion in San Francisco's Hayes Valley neighborhood aka 'my old neighborhood' before I moved to the top of a mountain in Berkeley and found that a year later, the rents in my old neighborhood had tripled-compliments of dot com salaries