Monday, December 21, 2015

Let There Be Light

Looking forward to a little more daylight after the Solstice.   I just haven't adjusted to the shorter days and still feel like it's bedtime by 7:00.   Too much darkness.   It leads to too much sitting around, too much snacking, and watching too many Hallmark holiday movies.   You know the ones, where they rotate the actors but follow pretty much the same themes.   They always feature ice skating, a regular guy who pops up now and again making you question whether he's really Santa (he is), and scenes that include a sponsor's product such as Folgers or a new one this year, PAM spray.   

Erik watches sports in the other room.   The Warriors are nothing short of amazing.   The Forty Niners are terrible and nobody cares, everyone wishes the owner would just go away.   And then we're keeping track of the additions to the SF Giants team for next season.   

I tried to get tickets for the Adele concert in San Jose.   A ridiculous waste of time online as scalpers sent in their bots to purchase all the tickets within minutes.   Trying to attend any big name concert is for the wealthy as tickets are being offered for hundreds and thousands of dollars.   I can do much more with my money.   It's sad, really, for those of us who remember attending concerts "back in the day" when all we had to do was camp overnight in a line and end up getting pretty good seats to a band such as The Rolling Stones or Paul McCartney or Elton John.   Ah well.   At least we have YouTube to catch those we miss.

We had a little more rain over the weekend.   It's been cold here so the rain turns to morning fog and frost all over the pastures.   I took this with my phone yesterday morning.

We're due more rain sometime today/tomorrow, then again on Thursday.   We're still nowhere near being out of the woods as far as the drought is concerned, but we'll take anything we can get.   The weather makes it seem a bit more like Christmas.   My oldest hen and my rooster (both are almost 7 years old) decorated the coop yesterday.   I thought they did a very nice job.

I hope you are all staying calm during this season.   No stress.   If it doesn't get done, it's okay.   Enjoy the season!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Frame It

For me, one of the most interesting sites at the coast is the sand art.   Not sandcastles, but rather the patterns and textures that the water creates in the sand.   I'm going to look through my files, find a few that I really like, and frame them.   These are the photos that lend themselves to many editing choices.   Rather than get caught up, spending hours trying too many, I may just go with these.

The heron isn't interested at all.   He just wants fish.

It's very cold here, heading down to 23 degrees tonight.   My joints are telling me that we don't like the cold so much.   Yes, I'm a fair weather gal.   Not too hot, not too cold.   One more really cold day and I'll probably be doing some of the baking I was talking about.

Fudge, anyone?

Sunday, December 13, 2015

It's Like Watching Fireworks

When you live near the coast, the surf and the waves are often the topic of conversation.   There are beach and surf cams so the surfers and other ocean going people can keep track of the best times to be there.   Fishing boats going out.   It's not Alaska, not the Bering Sea, but it can be dangerous and beautiful all at the same time.   

And so when we hear that 20-25 foot waves are crashing in, we flock to the water to watch.   The parking areas start to fill up, cameras are in everyone's hands, and there is a lot of oohing and aaahing just like when fireworks are on display.   Will this be the biggest wave to crash over the jetty, or will there be another one just a little bigger?   It's easy to stand there for an hour, transfixed by the power of the ocean and its sound.   

Don't let those pretty skies fool you, it's been cold here.   We've had some rain, some freezing temperatures, chilly wind, and we'll gladly take it because Summer always gets to be a little too long. Now I'm trying to decide....should I do some holiday baking or save us from the indulgences that go along with it?   Maybe just one batch of fudge.   Or maybe one batch of decorated cookies.   Or maybe some pumpkin bread.    Or maybe I should get out and get some exercise instead, then decide.

Have a great Sunday and please stay safe and sane this holiday season.

Friday, December 4, 2015

It Was Calling

Yesterday I left the animals at home, horses in their paddocks, and drove to the coast.   I needed some time to walk quietly with Mother Nature and soak up some ocean air.   

Some go surfing in the light

Others sit with friends

All enjoy the beauty

Even in a big busy state like California, you can find peace and solitude, away from the media, away from the problems that make us feel there are no answers from our government, away from traffic and noise.   Estero Bluffs is perfect for times like this.

Enjoy your Friday, your weekend, and a sane preparation for the upcoming holidays.

Apples and Oranges

A few months ago I found a good deal on Amazon for a Vitamix.   I really really like it and have used it quite a bit.   I've done a lot ...