Tuesday, October 25, 2011


I'm in Naples again, visiting my mother. She's lived here for 22 years. At first she was a snowbird, spending summers on Cape Cod or in the Seattle area, but three years ago she moved here full time.

Her condo is much like every place else my parents have lived -- everything is painted off-white, is sparely furnished, uncluttered, and very, very clean. (We're talking off-white tile floors and off-white wall-to-wall carpeting.) Needless to say, there are no pets, just two sofa pillows in the shape of tabby cats.

My mom's hobby is sewing, so she has a serger and sewing machine in the guest room. The living room has a flat-screen TV and a DVD player; the laundry room has a desk with her Powerbook. I've just downloaded the Steve Jobs biography on my iPad, and now she's 2/3 of the way through it. She keeps muttering "He didn't like to take showers!"

I'm reading The Falstaff Vampire Files (by Lynne Murray) on my iPhone. Not elegantly written, but it has a clever plot, a great Bay Area setting, and is highly entertaining. I think you'd call it a vampire cozy. Perfect vacation reading.