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Some Summer Days

Wow, how Summer has flown by! I have to say that this Summer has been one of the best Summer’s in my life. I haven’t even done anything so fantastic either. I think it’s because since moving, I’ve actually experienced a pretty pronounced seasonal change. Since moving to the East Bay, I have felt the differences in Winter, Spring and now Summer temperatures. The temperatures around town have really heated up! I think the warmest day was 90 – 93 degrees. I like warm days. I like hot days. I love the sun. I don’t, however, like the reactions I have to the sun … I’m kind of allergic. I actually get an allergic reaction on my skin, I easily over heat and I sweat easily and lots. (SIGH). This does not change my love for the sun. I just have to be very careful when I’m under it. What’s funny is that my muse, my girl, Monchichi, is the very same way!

Rat Terrier Chihuahua Mix Sprawled on Couch

Monchi Too Hot

Since my skin is generally very sensitive, I can’t even use regular sunscreen. I can only get the topical stuff with way less chemical ingredients. That’s all fine and good but that means two things: I don’t have many choices when it comes to buying and since it’s topical (not absorbable) it stays pasty white on my skin. So, yeah, a really nice look. Surprisingly, what’s helped a lot is a straw hat!

While I’ve always been into wearing hats, the straw hat has been a godsend. Let’s just say: Life. Saver. I’ve been wearing it since Spring and almost every weekend this Summer. Feeling so lucky to have found it and even more glad I bought it because a good affordable hat isn’t the easiest to find believe it or not.

Wide brim straw hat by Roxy

not the most clear picture, but you get the idea…

The hat is from Roxy and I bought it at the Sport Basement for between $30 and $40.00. This is a wide brim hat, very breathable because there’s no lining.

This is an older one, it’s a Dakine hat, but it’s a smaller brim hat and it’s lined with cotton, making it too warm for me to wear in hot weather. Too bad.

summer straw hat by dakine

you can see this one is not as wide, therefore less protection, and fabric lining.


With the way I’ve been using the Roxy hat, I’m considering buying a higher quality hat with a bit more refined of a look. Here’s what I’m considering . Both are panama hats.

Capas Panama Fedora Blue Brothers

Capas Blues Brothers Panama Straw Hat Fedora

Stetson Forty-Eight Panama Fedora, Neutral Straw

Stetson Forty-Eight Panama Fedora


I’ve been doing other things this Summer besides finding excuses to wear this hat. One of the best things that happened this Summer was being promoted to the next level up in my Aikido training. I’m now on what would generally be brown belt. In the Aikido I practice we don’t have belt colors. It’s just white and then black and then white again. This is after about 8 years of training…so, it’s not a quick thing.

I also cut my own hair for the first time. Well, bangs, to be specific. They’re side swept bangs. You know how you can get tired of your hair looking bad? I couldn’t even wait for the hair stylist. Sometimes, you just gotta take matters into your own hands. Thanks to YouTube, I didn’t have to go at it alone, alone.Rosebud143 helped me. “How to Cut Perfect Side Swept Bangs at Home” https://youtu.be/G-4rQmE8MJs

What do you think for my first time?

DIY side swept bangs

not as angled as possible but I’m totally an amateur

Side Swept Bangs at Home, do it yourself

Same side swept (or swide swept) bangs, natural wave, not straightened

It’s been a lazy kind of Summer and an exceptional one; the best part is there’s still some left. Oh and can’t forget one of the best times of all, our Indian Summer coming in September.

‘Til then, enjoy your days, ‘cuz it’s all about the little things in life!

California Black Squirrel Rescue Operation

Last Fall while walking to my car on the beautiful campus where my day job is I stumbled across these two little rat looking things. I didn’t know what they were, but being familiar with most of the wildlife on our campus, I figured they couldn’t be rats.

There were two, laying helplessly on the side of the road, not in direct danger of being run over by a car but certainly in danger of being picked up by the ferel cats on the campus. Although I was running late to pick up my husband after work, I just didn’t feel it was right to leave these little innocent newly born creatures there. They needed help if they were going to survive.

I called up my husband and described them to him. He said they had to be squirrels. And it made sense because our campus has so many little squirrels being busy about the campus. It looked like these little guys had fallen down from a tree because there were parts of what looked to be a nest close by. That’s what threw me off … nests and squirrels?

squirrel nest

I quickly learned that squirrels do have nests up in trees. Yes it’s cliche, but you really do learn new things every day.


I went to grab a soft towel from somewhere so that I could pick up these two vulnerable little creatures and take them to wildlife care center so they could get them in good shape and release them back onto the campus.

These are them!

img of newborn black squirrels

The reason I know they are black squirrels is because our campus has them all over … plus the wildlife vets confirmed that they were eastern gray squirrels with a genetic mutation. Pretty cool, huh? Well, what’s even cooler is that they aren’t even supposed to be so many in California. Black squirrels are way more common in the MidWest — Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin. I feel totally lucky to have seen them and to have them in my own backyard so to speak.

black baby squirrels wrapped in a blanket

I was honored to rescue these little guys. I let the wildlife vets know where they were from and requested that they be brought back to our campus because they have a very fine home waiting for them.

I named these two newborn squirrels “East” and “West”.

Here’s what they look like now –

img of a very black squirrel


…looks a lot like Truffle, my itsy bitsy chihuahua.

Chihuahua in Halo bed


Nothin but a WeeBitThing …

Brisbane City Wide Garage Sale

We finally gathered enough (good) stuff to get together for a garage sale. It was a lot of work, as usual, but it turned out so well!

All of our hard work was worth it. I left the day job early so that I could start to pack up the night before the sale. I woke up early on Saturday to pack our breakfast, lunches, coffee and water. We started laying out our stuff at around 7:30 am. We were quite lucky to end up on a very visible high traffic spot.

The garage sale was nice because it had a friendly community vibe; it was a city wide garage sale but I hardly consider Brisbane a city, it’s more like a small town. It was also very nice that we didn’t have to travel very far, making it so easy!  Over all, for my first time selling there, I really liked it. It was very organized and the people that put it on were very helpful and friendly. The buyers were nice, too.

The Brisbane Friends of the Library put it on, so the proceeds of the participants went to a good cause, keeping the library going. Knowing that what you’re doing is going to help something bigger than yourself is always a good feeling.

The Lion’s club put on a barbecue which we got to be right next to. Their barbecue went really well and their burgers were excellent. They let us know that they used all grass fed beef. Yummy! 🙂

The only thing that would’ve made it better was if our babies were with us — Truffle and Monchichi couldn’t make it. We thought it might get too hot for them or thought they could get into trouble somehow…

Here’s the hubby trying to sell his comic book collections.

Brisbane Garage Sale, Selling Comics

Momz is happy the sales keep coming!

Brisbane Garage Sale Selling

Here I am working so very hard!

Brisbane Garage Sale

Even though I was busy selling, I managed to walk to my neighbor’s lot and shop around. I found this treasure in their “junk”. Tadaaa!

Image of Ceramic Pottery Jar

So this is a multipurpose Pottery Craft Made In the USA jar that’s in the Robert Maxwell pottery style. This was born circa 1970’s and could be found in department stores like JCpenney’s.

I heart lovely little things! When I saw this my eyes lit up. When I touched and held it, my heart lit up. I had to get it.

As for the rest of the day, it went very well. We made lots of money$$$, too. At the end, we all ate like kings and queens. We lived happily ever after. The End.