It’s raining, it’s pouring

Fall in Berlin can be sunny and chill one moment and rainy the next, much like Oregon. This morning I could hear the rain against the windows before I opened my eyes but this morning the first moments were busy with other thoughts. This morning Ana got up early and got everything together, we hugged…

“Lockdown light”

Yesterday after much deliberation I still got on public transit to travel across the city to nanny little W. The decisions are getting harder and harder to make as the numbers rise and rise. I made this decision for a few reasons…. even if the numbers have been going up the world hasn’t gone back…

Happy birthday, AMar!

There is a picture that exists in family pictures, probably in a frame in my parents room, I might have it in memory from my grandparents room when I was a kid of me as a baby being held by my aunt. My fingers are in my mouth and I have a super cute hat…

Just another pandemic Monday….

The leaves right now in Berlin are pretty incredible. All weekend I persuaded Ana to go walking in them. Yesterday, even though we all felt like being a bit lazier, I talked us into getting up and out the door while there was still some sun around us. We walked to Treptower Park, about a…

Fall Back

I woke up this morning and looked at my clock, much earlier than I anticipated. But here I am, wide awake. On a normal day I get up at like 7/7:30am and on an indulgent day I may surprise myself by waking up at 8/8:30am. This morning, while the dogs and my partner still fast…

Feeling the deep feels

Yesterday was a down day. We had plans but felt as though we needed to cancel due to the rising numbers here in Berlin. We obviously need to stay at home more again. Yesterday Berlin hit over 11,000 new cases whereas the days before were around 7,000. Clearly, whatever is happening isn’t working in keeping…

One last outing for a while?

I have a list of museums, art and otherwise, that I still want to see in Berlin. Berlin is full of art, small and large museums, personal and national collections. Ana is not so into art museums so my list is for a day when I have nothing else to do, a want of adventure,…

Pillars of Cloud and Fire

On Aug. 31st, Ana and I left on the train to begin a journey on what we thought would be a few weeks of walking. We were supposed to be back on the Camino De Santiago, Camino Frances route but due to Corona plans changed. Five days into our new German journey our plans would…

Wandering in the trees and helping with a video

The weather app had said that yesterday it would rain all day. Not unexpected since we are in the throes of Autumn. We have had a few glimpses of chilly sun but quite a bit of mist, clouds and rain as well. I had fully been expecting a cozy rainy day but when I took…

The Keep Going on Song

The other day a friend posted this video on her timeline on Facebook. I watched it and then rewatched it and teared up watching it. It resonated so deeply with the emotions that I feel and want to express and say to others as I watch them keep going on. One of the dancers is…