The Annual Parental Visit

My parents came out at the beginning of August for their annual visit; our plan for their visit was scheduled around attending the Monterey Scottish Games. Steve and I usually go to the Scottish Games in Pleasanton, and my parents have gone with us once or twice and really enjoyed it. Plus, they really wanted …

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Cider Summit SF – The Ho-ening Continues

Once again, on the fourth Saturday in April, the chant of “Cider Summit! Cider Summit! Cider Summit!” could be heard ringing through the Barker-Shaw abode. I had been excitedly awaiting the arrival of Cider Summit SF for several weeks, looking forward to trying a number of different ciders and enjoying a sunny afternoon at the …

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I’m goin’ up the country, baby don’t you wanna go?

Last weekend, Steve and I made our annual pilgrimage to the Sonoma County Fair. Until I moved to California, I went to the local county fair in Illinois with my dad every year for as long as I can remember, and my favorite thing was always the animal barns. My dad jokes about taking a …

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I Can Grudgingly Admit Marin Has a Few Perks

We should have spent last Saturday repairing and remodeling our foster care raccoon cage before the season hits us between the eyes. Instead, we took advantage of the absolutely gorgeous weather and the relatively rare lack of fog and low clouds in southern Marin to go on a hike. And I don’t regret it one bit. …

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