Sunday, December 29, 2013
Friday, December 27, 2013
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
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.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Monday, December 23, 2013
Friday, December 20, 2013
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
Thursday, December 12, 2013
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
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Saturday, December 7, 2013
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
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
Saturday, November 9, 2013
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
Thursday, November 7, 2013
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.