Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Bridal Veil Falls

Straightening up my desk, this 1936 calendar picture of Yosemite Valley surfaced.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Winter Past

Winter of 1957 with my sister in Idyllwild, where my grandparents had a little cabin in the San Jacinto Mountains of southern California.  We were 7 and 5. 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Sunday Afternoon

Simple pleasures on a Sunday afternoon - a piece of cherry pie,

a fire of wood from our trimmed trees and a bouquet of fragrant winter jonquils from the garden.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Christmas Cat Redux

Thomas, the cat who visits, has added a crocheted Christmas tree skirt to his nap time accoutrements.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Dusk To Dawn

Looking west from the patio, a winter sunset, above, followed by yesterday's sunrise, with a tiny moon, slipping away into the day.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Walking In The Neighborhood

We've had a string of sunny days going back to before Christmas and yesterday was no exception.  Perfect for a walk around the neighborhood.  Citrus trees are heavily laden with fruit, and the tree above was tangled with tangerines.

Cups of gold are in full flower this time of year.  Their leathery blossoms are marked by an improbable purple star, a sure sign to hummingbirds and bees abundant nectar and pollen await.

As usual, the ever vigilant goose duo put up a full throated honk-fest as they stormed the fence at our approach.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Thomas At Rest

The warm weather has Thomas on a new schedule - less food and more sleep.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Aunt Gloria At 85

That's a picture of my dad's little sister, Gloria, who turned 85 yesterday, over at my house for a birthday party.  She's a remarkable woman - she lived in Loreto, Baja, Mexico in the 1950s, was state waterski champion in her 20s, worked hard helping build several houses from the ground up, was always a loving and kind daughter to my grandparents and my favorite aunt going back forever. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

What's Blooming In Winter

We're back in the mid 70s and the flowers are blooming on both sides of the front walkway.  The gallardia and miniature chrysanthemums may figure spring is already here.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Heading Home

We stopped for burgers and fries when we rolled back into town after a busy weekend.

We parked on the bluffs above the water to eat.  Above, looking south and below, looking north, with the bluffs washed in golden light as the day drew to a close.

Monday, January 13, 2014

More On The Road

We saw the Seven Wonders of The World knit, crocheted and tatted in yarn.

Above, the Great Wall of China, admired by my daughter.

The Sphinx, in yarn.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Out And About

Out and about on business this past week, we spotted a paper tiger, gigantic knitted caps,

 and a pink piano full of Rit dye.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Big And Small Blessings

A bag of locally grown Satsuma tangerines, brought over by my daughter.

A bowl of cyclamen on the front porch and being able to water the garden barefoot in January.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Putting It All Away

Time to pack all the Christmas ornaments away for another year.  Or at least until next November - hey, that's only 10 months!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Saturday On The Beach

We walked on the beach yesterday and not surprisingly, many of the cars parked along the Coast Highway were from out of state - Colorado, Oregon and other parts, further away and a lot colder.  A January day in the mid sixties must have seemed downright tropical, as people came prepared with towels for lying out and and drywall buckets for building sand castles.

The tide was outgoing but still high enough in places that we walked along the base of the cliff, picking a path through thousands of wave tossed cobblestones.

The folks below were watching their three kids swimming in long pants and flannel shirts.  Sometimes the call of the sea (even at 58 degrees) is stronger than the discomfort of wearing soaking wet, sand encrusted blue jeans.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Cat On A Cold Tile Porch

Thomas usually pays his first visit of the day between 4 and 5 am.  He always comes in the patio door, heads straight to the kitchen and once sated, takes his leave via the front door, back into the darkness.  As was the case yesterday, a darkness mixed with thick coastal fog.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Yesterday On The Beach

My daughter took me along to the beach yesterday when she went for a surf.

It was an unusually low minus 1.55 tide.

A brightly beaked sea gull with every feather in place.

A sandy haired youngster took his new Christmas truck for a test drive in a tide pool.   And as the sun set slowly in the west, we were away for home.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Christmas Cat

Thomas, the cat who visits, spent hours and hours stretched out on the floor last month, staring at the Christmas trees.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year's Day

All best wishes for a year of health and happiness.