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  1. I'm in California, but not near these fires. It's...

    I'm in California, but not near these fires. It's terribly sad. It really makes you appreciate what you have. We have had wildfires very close to my cottage in the past, but have been fortunate so...
  2. I don't think it's always smart to rebuild storm...

    I don't think it's always smart to rebuild storm areas. I bought my cottage in 1998, and never had any flooding problems, even though it's in a flood zone. It was only after years of drought that it...
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    I really like Healdsburg, in Sonoma County. My...

    I really like Healdsburg, in Sonoma County. My friend's family owns a house on the Russian River, and I would love to live there. I was talking to a realtor today, and she was telling me that in...
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    Glad you found a route with little traffic,...

    Glad you found a route with little traffic, flowerseverywhere. Have a safe trip. My brother tried to make flight reservations, but everything was booked. He drove South, and then returned home. He is...
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    I wonder if it's arthritis; have you had an xray?...

    I wonder if it's arthritis; have you had an xray? It sounds like you may have worn away the cartilage to me. I had a lot of inflammation in my hip joints, and once I got an xray, I found out that I...
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    The older I get, the more I realize that I seem...

    The older I get, the more I realize that I seem to have what a lot of people want in a retirement home. The two houses posted here are absolutely gorgeous! Prices in California are so much higher...
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    I was prescribed percoset and tramadol after my...

    I was prescribed percoset and tramadol after my bilateral hip replacement surgery. I'm the kind of person who rarely takes anything for pain. I had taken a few aspirin and ibuprofin for hip pain in...
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    I just stayed with a friend in Healdsburg, which...

    I just stayed with a friend in Healdsburg, which is on the Russian River. It is absolutely gorgeous. Wonderful shops and kayaking on the river. Great restaurants, too. It's across the Golden Gate...
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    Rabbithorns, I remember you from Rhonda Hetzel's...

    Rabbithorns, I remember you from Rhonda Hetzel's Simple Living Forum. (Down To Earth) Were you on this one, too?
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    Hi Rabbithorns! Great to see your post. I still...

    Hi Rabbithorns! Great to see your post. I still have the tea pot I bought from you that you sewed by hand. I use it as a decoration every Christmas. It's so pretty.

    I'm sorry to hear that you've...
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    Hi Colleen, It sounds great. I used to have a...

    Hi Colleen,
    It sounds great. I used to have a black Lab, too. I loved him. They are such sweet dogs. That's an excellent commute for that area. I grew up in San Mateo. You are also close to Russian...
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    Hi Colleen, Welcome. I'm also living in a...

    Hi Colleen,

    Welcome. I'm also living in a small house in California. Mine is a 567 square foot 1940's cottage. Like you, I'm also a blogger. It must be a challenge to have four people living in...
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    I bought an Adventure Pass here. I think I paid...

    I bought an Adventure Pass here. I think I paid $30.00, and it's good for the year. I like to go up to Wrightwood, in the mountains. They have great hiking and views. It's cooler up there, too. Glad...
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    It's great that you're going to see them. I had a...

    It's great that you're going to see them. I had a wonderful aunt growing up who made a huge difference in my love. We all adored her. I saw her before she died, too. It's so important. Have a...
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    It does take a lot of time, Steve. Now that I'm...

    It does take a lot of time, Steve. Now that I'm in more of a routine, I'm getting it down to a system. It is a big commitment. I really enjoy it, though.
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    How awful, Float On. What a shame. I follow...

    How awful, Float On. What a shame. I follow several blogs. We have a nice community of writers that read and comment on each other's blogs. Did the blog help attendance at your art shows?
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    Hi Catherine, I'll have to go check out your...

    Hi Catherine, I'll have to go check out your blog. I've always enjoyed your writing. My blog is about living life as an artist. I have a lot of posts about hip replacement surgery. There's a huge...
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    Do you have a blog?

    I was wondering if anyone here is blogging regularly? I started a blog a couple of months ago, and am really enjoying it. I took a course on Skype from Rhonda Hetzel. She has a very successful...
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    Me, too. Children love singing and dancing. I...

    Me, too. Children love singing and dancing. I still sing those songs in my kitchen every morning. It's a reminder to me of how I felt, naturally, as a child. It's also a way of setting my intention....
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    I always enjoyed reciting the pledge of...

    I always enjoyed reciting the pledge of allegiance in school as a young girl. We also used to sing songs following it: The National Anthem, California Here I Come, and America the Beautiful. It gave...
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    That's great. Congratulations. Those are cute. I...

    That's great. Congratulations. Those are cute. I have enjoyed selling my hand knits and soaps on Etsy. www.PinkCottageSoaps.etsy.com Many of the knitters I know give me their old yarn that they're...
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    I've traveled with my dog, with friends and...

    I've traveled with my dog, with friends and family, and on my own. I kind of like solo travel. It's nice to mix it up and meet people, but to have your own space, too. I've never been big on doing...
  23. That's great! Congratulations. You sound really...

    That's great! Congratulations. You sound really excited.

    I'm glad that you were able to take your bike into the office. I think bicycling is wonderful exercise. It's also a good way to cut down...
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    It's fun to look at houses. It really makes a...

    It's fun to look at houses. It really makes a difference to go in person and see how your gut feeling is.
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    Hi Tybee, Oh, it sounded so exciting. I was going...

    Hi Tybee, Oh, it sounded so exciting. I was going to encourage you to go for it. I live in a very small house. Mine is 567 square feet, on a 7,400 square foot lot. It felt too small for two people to...
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