Today started well: seventy pages of a library book and a little solid language app distraction. A bit of torpor got between me and obvious exercise, but remedies remain available the next couple of days. Between bad stretches at work, I kept getting up to go look at the new moon.

A look at the two-day-old new crescent moon in a clear and cloudless western sky around sunset with tiny little Venus not far away, down and to the right, hanging there above the edge of a building's roof Monday, January 23, 2023 in San Pablo, California.

Other than last night’s time out singing and listening to others, I’ve been spending slightly more time at home. Now that’ll change, and it’s just the way the week swings within my calendar and schedule. Midweek will be busy but, more importantly, it’ll work if plans come through.

A close up shot of black and white plastic piano style keys on my USB keyboard as seen Sunday, January 22, 2023 in San Pablo, California.

Today’s views were better than they’ve been in several weeks. I kept noticing things off to the side, just beyond wherever I was: multiple raptor birds flying over San Pablo Dam Road east of El Sobrante; a bicyclist rolling to a stop to use his phone; a sunset San Francisco skyline.

A view from the second lane of westbound Highway 24 in Oakland, California of the Rockridge BART station and the distant San Francisco skyline just after sunset on Saturday, January 21, 2023.

I broke part of a screen for a kitchen light fixture, but wiggling the bulbs inside brought them back to life from a half flickering state yesterday. Then I calendared an appointment for next week, spoke with the maternal unit, and got back on the bike without bursting into flames.

A man sits Thursday, January 19, 2023 by the top of the eastbound interstate 80 offramp to San Pablo Dam Road in San Pablo, California. Close by, a one way traffic sign appears to point to him. In the distance, a larger sign advertises for the Lytton Casino about a half mile west along the road.

Drove into work for the second time this week and ran a couple of errands on the way back, including topping off our car’s tank. Across the street, I saw the welcome sign that lets folks know they’re entering my city leaning against a fence looked like it got sheared off its base.

A green sign reading 'Welcome to San Pablo' atop a tall slim metal pole leans against a black metal spike topped fence Thursday, January 19, 2023 on Rollingwood Drive just north of El Portal Drive in San Pablo, California.

Another of those days that starts with too much breeze, not enough sun, a deficit of hot coffee and a surfeit of events in the path of getting things done. But somehow the papers keep escaping from the printing presses, slipping into plastic bags and landing on, or near, doorsteps.

A daily copy of the East Bay Times newspaper, seen hiding inside a bright green plastic bag to protect it from rain, suns itself atop a set of staircase steps Wednesday, January 18, 2023 just off Pringle Street in Walnut Creek, California.

I like to think I can handle the sun in whatever dosage and exposure chance may provide, that it’s a nice-to-have, an elective. Most days, I even believe it. So when I drive home and catch a patch of sun against a building in a way I’ve not seen in a while, I nod and keep it moving.

A bit of wan, low sunlight out of the western evening sky hits the southwest corner of a squat square gray building Wednesday, January 17, 2023 in the 2700 block of San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley, California.

We thought briefly about movies, swept up, did laundry, moved a few boxes around, then rested and felt the sun shine through our balcony window. Finally we ordered a takeaway from the spot and got snacks from the drugstore. Now I’m marking Sademas with album relistens, as you do.

A small black cat lies on its left side on brown fake wood patterned vinyl flooring, soaking up sunlight Monday, January 16, 2023 in San Pablo, California.

I’ve fallen out of a Sunday morning habit, and haven’t gotten back to it since Christmas weekend. But I’m still trying to be in Oakland for a few hours, and maybe one other day. At least there was decent sleep to start, bacon and coffee early in and some fun in standard tuning.

A mural size abstract depiction of two purple tights wearing legs ending in shoes that look like rainbow colored flying fish, against gunmetal gray paint covered shuttered pull-down grate Sunday, January 15, 2023 in the 3300 block of MacArthur Boulevard in Oakland, California.

It started early with a bunch of vivid dreams and a test, a bit of driving around and a clean-up on the home aisle, a steady build to a successful finish of a long delayed reading assignment and seeing a few folks. Now, to tend to my sore non-throwing arm and get some real rest.

A rainy stretch of the 3600 block of Macdonald Avenue in Richmond, California outside J&J Fish and Chicken restaurant around 4 pm today, January 14, 2023.