Tuesday, December 27, 2016

All is Calm, All is Bright

Christmas is over and the house is quiet.   The sun is shining and the sky is a beautiful blue.   Does that sound as though I'm trying to write a poem?   Although I should find something productive to do on this pretty day, I am at the tail end (fingers crossed) of this cold that is moving ever so slowly through my body.   It hasn't been a bad nasty, stay in bed all day, kind of cold. It's just lingering and dragging me down a bit, making me want to stay inside to avoid the chilly wind that we've had.   Truly, I figure one more day (again, fingers crossed).   

Late yesterday, around 6:00, I discovered there is a Game of Thrones marathon on HBO.   I am a person who has never seen one single episode of this show.   Nary a one.   Unfortunately I missed the first six hours/episodes, but caught the last four episodes of Season 1.   Season 2 will air starting at noon today, running for another 10 hours I suppose.  All six seasons will air through this Saturday, bringing everyone up to date.   Although it's a bit confusing to begin at Episode 7, I really enjoyed it.   I'm not quite sure who is who, which brother fathered which offspring, which sister is married to which king/lord/whatever.   But I'm getting there. I'm jumping onboard the Game of Thrones adventure.

One of our girls was here for the Christmas weekend and we enjoyed her visit a lot, as always.   She had a job offer just before the weekend and is thrilled to be going back to the fashion industry after a bit of time away.   It's a brand that has beautiful fashion so I figure I'm in for a transition to silk and satin.   No, not really, but they do have beautiful clothes.   And next time I need a dress for an occasion, I'll have to tap her employee discount.   

I hope you're all finding time to relax and get back to normal days after the holiday.   Our holiday goodies are nearly gone, I am finishing leftover Chinese food today, and throughout the week I will gradually put decorations back in their boxes.   Normal is a good thing.   Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, December 22, 2016


Baby, it's been cold outside.   I know, not Iowa cold or Upstate New York cold, but cold still the same.   

Merry Winter!

Friday, December 16, 2016

December Days

It has turned into California winter.   It's chilly and cloudy and we're having some rain.   Not a lot here on the Central Coast, but heavy rains up north.   Enough to bring Lake Tahoe back up to a normal level.   Enough to flood rivers.   Even though it brings treacherous road conditions and potential rock/mud slides, it also provides much needed relief to drought conditions in parts of our state.

I go out and ride Beau on nice days.   It's such good exercise for both of us and gets me out in the fresh air.   Inside, I've been running the heater more often, bundling up in sweat pants and other warm clothes (such a pretty look!), and finding ways to stay busy.   I've done my Christmas shopping with maybe one or two exceptions.   The only online browsing I'm doing now involves things for me/us here at home.   Nothing necessary, just thinking and browsing.   It's like window shopping without having to go out in the crowds and weather.   

I have had my Christmas gift for a few weeks.   It's a new camera.   I've wanted it for a while, it was on sale at B&H, and Erik wanted me to have it.   I'm enjoying being back with Nikon and the familiarity of it.   So of course I've been to the coast to try it out and some of the photos I've already shared.   I use it around here too, when my subjects stand still long enough for me.

Today I am going to the store(s) for food shopping.   I'm figuring out what to make for Christmas meals as one of our girls will be here and she's a vegetarian.   Truth be told, Erik is the only one here who really cares about having meat at meals.   And he doesn't like fish.   So that generally leaves chicken and beef.   I may just cook a small tri-tip and then potatoes or pasta or some such thing, as well as greens.   I haven't yet done any baking because I would have eaten it by now.   I used to have a recipe for a very good cranberry orange bread, but I have no idea where it could be.   When we remodeled the kitchen, so many things went in boxes and never found their way back to the kitchen.   

Speaking of remodeling, we are now thinking about updating our bathrooms.   We aren't going to do anything fancy or an overhaul or anything like that.   Just new vanities, sinks, and perhaps lighting.   I'll make some choices, get bids, and see how far we can take it.   It's an early 2017 project so there's no need to scurry about and get it done.   

I hope you're having a good week.   If you're in a cold region, please stay safe as the temperatures are dropping severely.   Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, December 9, 2016

The Berries

Isn't that just the berries?   My grandma used that phrased often.   I wonder how far into the next generations these old phrases will last.   It's a shame if they just go away.   Do you have grandma-isms that you like to say?   If you have children around you, make sure you teach them so they're not lost forever.  

Anyway....we are fully into December and you might notice (or not) that I continue blogging without regularity.   I think when we last touched base, I was trying to sell some stuff.   And I have been successful in selling a few items.   Last week I made about $180 and this week, if the sale happens later today, I will make $120.   I could continue this effort all winter and hopefully bring in several hundred more.   I haven't posted anything on eBay as I continue to hear negative stories about people selling there.   I don't want hassle.   I just want to sell some stuff.

I have made a few online purchases which is so convenient except for the items that require signature and leave me waiting all day.   Our county was hit last year and this year by people stealing packages off the front porch of homes.   In broad daylight.   I'm not willing to let anything sit outside for long, especially if it cost more than a couple dollars.   I'm expecting two more items next week and that may be all.   We'll see.   

I want to bake but I'm fearful that I will eat it all.   So I haven't, but I might.   We only have one extra person for Christmas and she's not a fan of sweets.   Give her something salty and she's good.   Maybe just a batch of fudge.   

So all is well here and isn't that the berries?   I hope your holiday plans are going along without anxiety or pressure.   Have a nice weekend.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Beach Time

After the long holiday weekend, rainy days, windy days, chilly days, and a few other days, I spent a little time at the coast.   It's so nice to walk on the beach this time of year.   There are relatively few people there, the sand is a little wet and flatter for walking, and the light glistens on the sand.   

I hope you're having a nice week after Thanksgiving and not worrying too much about the rest of the upcoming holidays.   Thanks for visiting.

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...