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.