Author: Lisa

What I Didn’t See at the Firestorm

As I drove out of Sonoma into Napa County twelve days ago, all I could say was “Oh shit!” There was a large oily smoky fire burning down near the Napa River. It looked to be a fire at some sort of car lot or junk yard full of old tires. It burned on the flood plain and not near wooded areas, but the forecast was promising near hurricane strength winds. And those winds would be reversed. Instead of moist on-shore breezes from the Pacific, we’d be getting hot dry winds from the Great Basin. It didn’t bode well...

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Of Harvests and RV Repair

I am now channeling Dr. Pangloss and deciding “All’s for the best in the best of all possible worlds”. Although my optimism in this situation, unlike Pangloss’s, is not unwarranted. My long planned Fall roadtrip was derailed by a malfunction of my little Roadtrek Agile RV, Buffalo Soldier. And, yes, it’s all turning out for the best. First of all, my annual Fall roadtrip is always a moving target. I want to take it after the kids go back to school so the National Parks are emptier, but I don’t want to take it too late and run into...

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It Wasn’t Supposed to Go This Way

It’s fall. And that means time for my annual roadtrip. If you’ve followed my adventures on this blog over the years, you know I don’t just road trip. I take themed road trips. One year I followed the trail of Chief Joseph and Lewis & Clark. Another year, I challenged myself to the Road to Nowhere, I’ve done more than a few Mission Missions, where I cram in as many of California’s missions as I can in one road trip. One of my preparations for trips is to stock up my iPhone with a good selection of audiobooks for...

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When Oscie Met Sally

It’s been just a little over a week since I flew out to Boston to get our latest terrier, Little Sally Yates. And things have been up and down. First the good news. Oscie, who I have always called Little Boy but next to Sally looks like a big galloot, has been more patient with Sally than I even dreamed possible. I had high hopes as Oscie, although he is somewhat pushy with male dogs of all sizes, is completely submissive with females of all sizes and species. Many will say, “That’s as it should be. He’s trained well.”...

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Up To Full Terrier Quota

Faithful readers will know that we lost our beloved Lucy awhile ago. If you’ve ever had Smooth Fox Terriers, you will know that, when they go, they leave a Smooth Fox Terrier sized hole in your heart. You can never replace the terriers you have known and loved. But you can fill that hole with another Smooth Fox Terrier. However, getting a new one is never easy. Unfortunately, Smoothies have become somewhat of a rare breed and it seems only the dedicated show people are breeding them. Since Oscie is very submissive to female dogs but somewhat dominant and...

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Being the true-life adventures of two city kids and two spoiled terriers as they transition to a life of winemaking and organic farming in Sonoma. You know Green Acres? It's like that.

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