14 Jun

San Jose

Wow.  This move is still a bit surreal.  I can’t say I ever pictured myself as a California girl.  For reasons that seem to require a long explanation, though, here I am.  And now that I’m here, well, I’m starting to get it.  I’ve moved into a sweet little neighborhood filled with cozy old houses, well-tended gardens, and dog lovers.  The weather is fine and the people are friendly.  And it feels like a very fresh start.

I promised my mom some photos, so…

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One of my neighbors has a very funky, all-cactus garden…

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…complete with notations on the names of plants…

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… and some not-so-native critters.

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Most of the gardens look more like this:

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(I haven’t seen any bears yet, but this lawn has some awesome grapevines.)

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There are palm trees, though not as many as you might expect.

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I know this is a pile of yard trash.  I am amused by the presence of two perfectly edible lemons in the heap.  I also found about 10 avocados on the sidewalk up the block, and if they hadn’t each been nibbled on by the neighborhood blackbirds, I would have taken them home with me.

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Bagel took his first trip on an airplane (by himself!), and he arrived without incident.  He’s a world traveler now.  (I can tell he wants me to keep those stickers on, because they make him look like a badass.)

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At this point, he’s pretty much settled in.

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21 Feb

Bagel the Beagle

Buckley got a new brother this weekend.  A friend of mine is making a move that doesn’t accommodate pets, so Bagel the Beagle came to live with us on Sunday.  Here’s a rare (semi-) still of the two pups:

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And here’s a much more representative view of the ruckus this weekend:

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As you can see, they’re getting along just fine.  Yay, Bagel!