Latest News and Happenings -In Words and Pictures

Dear all,

Once again, you’ll have to excuse me for writing a collective message to “undisclosed recipients”.  Be assured that I am thinking of all and each of you, but I do not have the stamina yet to write individual messages.  Here go our latest news.

We are now officially Californians – our license plates are proof of that, even though the dealer’s name is still from back in the boondocks…

Car license plates CA
We are enjoying the back yard of several levels, and the weather. It has been unusually hot for this time of the year, but it gets cooler at night, and there is always a wonderful breeze from the ocean.  Here is one of our outdoor dinners (made by Valeria and Creg) in our lovely back yard! The plums are from our trees… It is a summer dinner  – grilled swordfish, caprese salad with heirloom tomatoes and wine, of course!  Even a vase with our flowers!
San Rafael dinner June 2013
A very proud San Francisco! Our opera house, Coit Tower, SFO, City Hall-  Today is Gay Pride Parade, and many buildings have the colors that go with it! 
SSan Francisco Gat Pride Parade 30 June 2013

We were in San Francisco yesterday for Rosana’s Solarthon Fundraising Barbecue Extravaganza ( It was the first time we saw her condo and met many of her friends. I had a great time!  Guido went to lie down on a bed part of the time. I was having such wonderful conversations that time flew by. There were younger and older people, all of them extremely interesting and very, very friendly. It made me feel good, and I hope to have made some lasting friendships. Guido stayed close for a long time to a couple that have a sailboat, and they have invited us on it soon 😉

Today I could hardly get up after having partied for so long. We were there for a few hours, and it was worth it!!!

And this is what it looked like a few days ago, when it rained (actually just drizzled) for about two days. It was a welcome change after too many deep blue skies 🙂  I need to acknowledge that this photo was taken by Rhys Bowen, an excellent writer who lives close by.  She managed to take a beautiful photo from the balcony of her home. Her view is much nicer than ours, though… We are planning to get together soon!

San Rafael view from Rhys Bowen's balcony

It is hot these days, and we are starting to feel it, but with some fans, open windows, cooler nights, and low humidity, it is quite bearable. It was at least 10 degrees lower in San Francisco!!!

Next, we have another party – a Fourth of July neighborhood picnic! It is hosted by our neighbors across the street, and it will be easy to get there, for sure! 😉

Finally, Valerie managed to finish opening and organizing the content of the last four boxes in the room, and now we can start breathing a bit better. We are still waiting for the contractors to finish the work in our house in Potomac,so we can sell it…. Then, it will be truly goodbye to the past!

Many hugs,


About martisima

After over 50 years of teaching literature to undergraduate and graduate students, I feel I have earned my retirement (it happened when I was 72, five years ago). I do miss the classroom, however, but not the meetings and all other requirements of the profession. I love teaching, and wish I could still do it. But now I read for pleasure, and watch films, and listen to all kinds of music (no TV, though). I love to travel, and hope I can resume doing it soon. I need to get over my health issues caused by thyroid surgery three years ago!
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4 Responses to Latest News and Happenings -In Words and Pictures

  1. davidbishop640 says:

    Hi, Glad you are there safely and apparently substantially settled in. At least farther along than Jody and I in The Villages. We are in, but not all is unpacked and put wherever. Jody is still trying to sell her house in Augusta, Georgia. When you get to San Fran, don’t forget to go to John’s Grill, the home of the Dashiell Hammett Society. They even do tours of downtown SF showing people the places used for certain scenes in The Maltese Falcon. Also, pleasantly, the food is quite good. Later, Californians, David and Jody

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    • martisima says:

      Thanks so much, Dave! Actually, Jody has also written, and I know what’s going on. Soon you will be happily settled. We still have a long way to go, in spite of some progress!!!

  2. Anna Amato says:

    And Rocco’s in downtown SF is where my friend Ned goes for brunch on Sunday and loves it – I hope to hear that you’ve discovered it as well.

  3. Alejandra Balestra says:

    Es lindísimo leer tus notas!! qué bien hicieron en mudarse a California!!

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