Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year's Eve

Happy new year and thanks for reading!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Cat Nap

Thomas catches a few zzzs in the late afternoon sun after sharing in leftover turkey.

Friday, December 27, 2013

The Day After Christmas

A favorite Christmas tradition - a hand embroidered kitchen towel made by my daughter, with one of her signature folkloric designs.

More ornaments, enjoyed again and again for just a few weeks at a time, until they're carefully packed away for another year.

Chocolate ice cream for lunch, which makes good sense when you've had Almond Roca and peppermint bark for breakfast!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Scenes From Christmas Day

A perfect Christmas morning - new socks, a bouquet of roses, and a walk on the beach with my daughter and her godmother.

Scores of Christmas out-of-towners were drawn to the shore by clear blue skies, medium tides and mid 70 degree weather.

Only a few neighborhood stores were open for business.

One of the trees, hung with Italian, Czech, Polish and German blown glass ornaments collected over the years.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Eve

Whether Santa Claus arrives by hot air balloon,



motorcycle or dirigible, wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 23, 2013

The Day Before Christmas Eve

Last night, from my chair at the desk, by the light of the trees.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Sunny On The Inside

We had a torrential downpour yesterday - much needed and most welcome.

Meanwhile, inside, Christmas is as usual very colorful here.

We bring out the boxes, unwrap the ornaments, hang on the trees (the more, the merrier), assemble on the mantel and enjoy!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Autumn Sunrise

Yesterday's sunrise, looking south.  Word is we're in for a warming trend, with temps in the low 70s.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Last Evening On The Beach

My daughter took me along for a walk on the beach yesterday evening while she went for a surf.  The waves were small, barely throwing any spray on the jetty.

It was that time of day when shadows grow long and light turns golden.

Brown pelicans were soaring above feathering waves and plunging for fish.

As we pulled onto the road for home, storm clouds were gathering in the east and the hills of our town were autumn toned.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Yesterday evening, looking west through the kitchen window.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Christmas Lights At Dawn

One of the simple joys of Christmas - colored lights on the front porch and arbor!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

72 Years Ago Today

72 years ago today, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that forced the United States into World War II.  My dad enlisted in the Navy on his 17th birthday and served in the Marshall and Solomon Islands and the Philippines.

Friday, December 6, 2013

December Dawn

Yesterday morning, out my kitchen window.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Thomas & The Tree

When Thomas disappears and things get quiet, chances are he's under the Christmas tree, taking an occasional swat at a low hanging ornament.

Friday, November 29, 2013

The Morning After

Another happy Thanksgiving, celebrated with good food and great company.  Now to make quick work of washing the dishes and full steam ahead to Christmas.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Skyline

 It took mere moments for the Thanksgiving sunrise to fade from this, to this.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Sunrise Just Now

The colors that greeted me, pulling open the curtains on a new day.

Friday, November 22, 2013


At long last, a truly rainy day!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

150 Years Ago

On the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, the hat, cane and top hat of our greatest president, Abraham Lincoln.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Sharing The Sofa

Sharing the sofa, Thomas has a tendency to take his half out of the center.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Easy To Please

Thomas, the cat who visits, tries out his new blanket.  He seems to like it.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Monday, November 11, 2013

Sunday Morning Sunrise

Yesterday dawning over the hill behind the house.

Veterans, thank you.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

The Unexpected

What sounded like a baseball hitting the front picture window had me up and out of my seat in a flash.  What a surprise to see a very large hawk on the front porch, dazed from the impact and resting while he gathered his wits about him.  He was up and away in just a few minutes.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Yesterday's Beach Report

Autumn day in the low 70s, extreme tides, lots of sand, exposed cobblestones and a low flying helicopter making its way north to Camp Pendleton.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

My Last 2 Cars

Identical to the one above, my first new car, purchased in 1979, was a 1978 Volvo 244 - what a lump.  Has there ever been a worse color for a car? (photo courtesy of flickeriver.com)   It was replaced with a 1986 Ford F-150 in 1987, still going strong twenty-six years later.  Mine looks a heck of a lot better than the one below and has an 8 foot bed, not a six like the one shown.