Grandson Maceo/Barista coffee in Santa Cruz/Bike muscles/Frogs back

Today we took off early for the 3-hour drive to Santa Cruz to see, ahem, ahem, our first grandchild, Maceo, age 3 weeks, parents Will (our son) and his wife Aine. I won’t bore you with photos, but he is a beautiful little creature. I didn’t know that having a grandchild would be a such big deal, but it is.

When we got to Santa Cruz we went to Verve Coffee Roasters on 41st, excellent java, serious barista artistry, hip & friendly staff.

Backward and downward:

  • Yesterday I went out on my bike, slowly getting the bike muscles back. (John Howard, winner of the 1st Ironman and holder (back in the ’80s) of world’s fastest bike speed, said that we have “muscle memory,” meaning that even if we get out of shape, our muscles remember the finer-conditioned moments, and will respond to training — getting back in the groove).
  • I’m starting to hear frogs out in the hills, in the ponds. I can feel the barest nuances of Spring. The days are getting a tiny bit longer.
  • A little out of context, but I’ve been meaning to mention this great dish soap, made out of good ingredients, and OK for the garden as well as septic systems: Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid, I order 6 bottles at a time, under $2.50 each.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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