Monday, December 22, 2014

Wave After Wave

First, I love this song.   Not so crazy about the video but the song is terrific.

Second, we have been having high surf that draws me back to the coast time and again.  

Our storms have left the area and we have green hills to enjoy for the holidays.   Erik is working from home for 2 weeks and today we are getting ready to enjoy a quick visit from the Brooklyn kids.   We'll go out to our favorite Guest House Grill and then relax at home with good wine and conversation.   The rest of the holidays, including Christmas, will be just the two of us.   

Other than that, I just dropped in to my blog to wish you all a very happy holiday season.   Don't stress over the details, just enjoy time with your loved ones.   

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Green is the New Brown

The California slogan has changed for now.   Hopefully for a long while because everyone was over the "Brown is the New Green" signs to remind us to conserve water.   We still need to conserve because the drought isn't over, but just for a little while, please let us enjoy our green.   This is my favorite vista on Highway 46 between Paso Robles and Highway 1.   All dressed up in green for the holidays.   

Have a great weekend.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Sun Will Come Out....

Yes it did.   After a week of cloudy and rainy, the sun came back yesterday.   I was outside with my camera a few times, just to capture a few memories of that sunny feeling.   

The neighbor's pasture...

The chickens had a great day, scratching around for bugs and worms, drinking from puddles, and eating fresh "salad" growing from the previously parched ground.   

Our oldest and wisest girl

The blondes, Honey and Taffy

One of the redheads

Clarabelle and Buddha having a moment

And of course....Toby

Today we're going to set up our Christmas tree that we purchased about 4 years ago.   It's just the right size and pretty easy to decorate.   The less we put up, the less we have to take down and put away again.   I would, however, like some new ornaments.   I'm thinking a stop at Pier One or Michaels might be a good idea.   But before I do that, I must get my horses out and put them back to work for a few days until the next rain comes.

Have a very nice Sunday!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Gray Coast

I love the coast right after a storm.   It has a completely different look and feel and lighting.   Yesterday was such a day.   There was to be no horse activity and I couldn't spend the day looking for interesting things to do in the house.   So I pointed the truck toward the west and drove.   I went to Cambria, stopped in Cayucos for a calamari "burger" and then Morro Bay.   

The wind was blowing like crazy, moving the sand and making it difficult to stand and keep my camera still.   It was blowing spray against the Morro Rock and adding an element of drama to the waves.   It was beautiful.   The seagulls were all hunkered down and the only people on the beach were the surfers.   Those surfers, I tell you, they are a dedicated lot. 

A very nice day indeed.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

And Now It's December

Change the calendar.   Crazy, huh?   2015 will soon be here and we'll all be scratching our heads wondering what happened to 2014.   For me, it's been a busy year with everything that's gone on with Beau and the entire process of kitchen remodel from design to nearing completion.   

Thanksgiving week was very much welcomed in our home.   Erik was home all week, the weather was nice, and we had no construction activity whatsoever.   I rode and worked Beau and Buddy.   We did some easy cleaning and organizing around here.   We simply did whatever we wanted and walked through the holiday with no stress.   

One of Erik's daughters came on Friday to spend the weekend.   It was so nice to have her with us for a short while and so we soaked up every minute of conversation while hanging out at home.   On Saturday we went to the coast and hiked a long time at Estero Bluffs.   It was warm, not hot.   There was no wind and the sun was shining.   Absolutely perfect weather for a nice leisurely hike.

December has started with some much needed rain and a construction issue that is being worked out. At least I hope it's being worked out because if not, I will not be smiling in the next photo you see of me.   More on that later....It's a new month and it's raining!!

And last night, this was the very end of our sunset.

What Have They Done?

Blogger made some changes this week.   I didn't dig in enough to understand them because most, I'm sure, don't apply to my needs...