Friday, January 27, 2017

Monday Came Round

It rained and rained all day Sunday.   But then Monday came 'round and we had a beautiful welcome break.   I decided to drive over to the coast again because I just love it after a storm.   It was clear at home, pouring rain and windy as I drove over Highway 46, then gorgeous as I dropped down closer to Highway 1.   The hills looked like Ireland.   Okay, I've never been to Ireland but I've seen it in movies, most recently "P.S. I Love You" which seems to be playing over and over.   

The ocean is just over those hills.   There are no pullouts along this stretch of road to stop and capture the beauty, which is frustrating.   And we have a new law in California that doesn't allow us to put our hands on our phones while driving.   There are two drives into properties where I stopped to quickly take a few shots but not really the views I wanted.   I'd love to ask the people who own those properties if I could tromp around their fields with the cows someday.   I'm sure I'm not the only person with a camera who'd love to do that so they'd likely say No.

I reached Cambria and saw that the surf was still high from the storms.   I walked and took photos for some time and then drove back home.   I'm always thankful I can have these experiences so close to home.   I don't think anyone here takes it for granted.

I hope you have a nice weekend.   We finally have sunshine again - Yay!   Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Holy Buckets of Water

The numbers are so welcome to a drought stricken state.   San Francisco has already had the 7th highest rainfall in January, on record.   One of our local lakes has risen to 80% of capacity.   At least 40% of the state is out of drought.   Mother Nature has apparently decided we've had enough drought years for now.  

Of course with heavy rains and freaky winds comes some chaos and destruction, and these storms have left plenty of that in their wakes.   Countless trees down, mudslides, flooding, major road closures.   And yet people are celebrating the rain because who isn't tired of hearing about lack thereof?  

We drove over to the coast on Saturday and it was HOLY COW impressive.   There were 25-30 foot waves which are hard to describe through photos because you have to feel them and hear them to fully understand the awesomeness.  

Tons and tons of debris, mostly wood, was piled on the beaches.

People are sorting through and taking driftwood from these piles.   I haven't seen any sea glass yet but I shall return in search of my own treasures.   It's a little too wet but when the sand dries out a little, the pebbles rise.   It's rare for me to find any glass larger than a thumbnail but I like them just the same.   I also like the pretty pebbles and often add a few of those to my small collection.   There is a sea glass show in Cayucos every year.   I've never gone but I'm thinking this year I should.   I may have to spend a little to find a good size piece, and of course I'd rather pick one myself from the sand, but it would be nice to have at least one.   

I hope you're having a nice week.   Can you believe January is nearing the end?   

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Storm

Even when you know it's coming, it can still surprise you.

But as with all storms, this too shall pass.   Hopefully it doesn't leave too much damage behind.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Name Change

I'm thinking about changing the name of my blog.   When I started this, a great deal of my energy and focus was on our animals that we had.   We had horses, donkeys, a large flock of chickens, and of course our dogs.   Since that time, we have downsized in the livestock department to one horse, 5 aging chickens, and of course our dogs.   We are still Autumn Sky Ranch in our hearts, but no longer spend as much time caring for our critters and their housing.   Beau lives nearby, the chickens have their housing needs met, and of course the dogs have the house and property.   

You all know I love photography.   I share my photos here, on Facebook, and some on Instagram.   My IG account is Lifesgoodincali.   I'm thinking of using that for my blog.   If it sticks, you'll see a name change on here.   I've seen others change their blog names and I'm just thinking now is the time for me to do the same.   Still thinking.

This is the Cayucos Pier.   I'm thinking of making a canvas of this one.   

Enjoy your's raining here.   I appreciate you stopping by.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A Worrisome Moment

This morning I went to the back room to open the door for the dogs.   Zoey was sleeping right in front of the door and normally when I slowly open it, she gets up and moves away.   Not so this morning.   I slid my way into the room and had to pick her up to move her onto her bed.   She didn't move.   I opened the doggie door and left the room again.   Then I started wondering....was something wrong with her?   Or worse, was she dead?   Of course I went back in and she was still sleeping.   I petted her and she woke up, offering her morning sweetness but not leaving her bed.   Geez Zoey, way to give your mom a big worry for nothing.   I guess because she was barking ALL DAY LONG yesterday and into the evening, she needed some extra sleep and dreams.   

A while later the sky turned orange.

Our rain is returning today.   But hey, at least it's not ice like so many are dealing with this week.   And of course the inauguration is coming.   I can't watch, I won't watch.   This is the most I've ever worried about a presidency.   

There must be something good on Netflix.

Friday, January 13, 2017

More Salad, Please

Now that we've been in some real honest to goodness California Winter weather, I haven't been getting enough exercise.   I've been cooking with my relatively new Instant Pot, trying recipes that sound warm and filling.   And now, I need more salad.   I haven't been eating enough fruits and vegetables.   I'm craving salad.   No more beans for a while.   Probably never again split pea soup.   Definitely more chicken adobo.   And salad.   Lots and lots of salad.

This afternoon I took a nap.   I needed one because one of our dogs was skunked last night.   We went ten years with these two and no skunking.  I wasn't sure that's what it was at first because it didn't really smell like a skunk.   So I was a bit worried when I went to bed.   The odor wasn't too too bad this morning,  but enough to drift through the house a bit, especially after I left for a while today and opened the door when I got home.   And so I had to give her a bath.   We don't often give our dogs baths at home because we don't have warm water outside.   They are 50 and 75 pounds, a little large for bathing in the house.   But as it was only about 45 degrees outside today, I had no choice.   I looked on Bee Haven Acres blog because she has what she calls her skunk kit.   I didn't have enough hydrogen peroxide but used what I had.   Zoey has long hair so it's not an easy task and took some time.   Lifting her into the tub and bending over made my back sore.  So I dried her off the best I could, cleaned up the mess, changed my clothes, and hit the bed.   I feel much better now.   But she still needs another bath.   

Now it's 3:45 and normally I let the dogs run around out on the property this time of day.   The grass is getting long and it's staying pretty wet from all the rains we've had over the past week or two or whatever it's been.   I've lost track.   I hate for Zoey to get wet again because once the sun starts to sink, the temperatures start to drop and her bed is still wet from being washed so she has no place to lie down and keep warm.   That's sometimes what happens to my brain when I have a problem to deal with.   It starts working overtime, over thinking whatever is going on.    I think it's because I haven't been eating enough salad.

I hope I sleep well tonight.   Have a nice weekend.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Nowhere To Run

The ground is saturated.   I feel so sorry for the people in flooded areas.   People are starting to complain about the days of rain, but all I can think about is that water going into the ground, filling reservoirs, helping the aquifers in some areas, watering our thirsty trees, bringing up the lake and creek levels for the fish, and improving the drought conditions in a large portion of our state north of here.   And the wildflowers that should be abundant in a few months.   

All Erik is thinking about is that he needs the John Deere mower serviced and sharpened.

Tomorrow we will start to dry out for a few days.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Wild and Crazy

We had a wild weekend of storms.   The wind was raging all day Sunday,  and I was a little concerned about trees and branches.   When the ground is so saturated after drought years, it's not unusual for the wind to take down the trees.   And it's happening all over California, causing roadways to close, power lines downed, and at times cars or houses to be hit.   We had a tree land on our garage about 8 years ago so I'm always wary.   Then the rains came and absolutely poured for a few hours Sunday evening.   We got close to 2 inches in those hours.   The local weatherman said California, specifically our area, now has a surplus for this season.   It's so very welcome but with more to come, also hazardous.   It really is feast or famine, isn't it?   

There is a creek in Cambria that breaks through in heavy rains, rushing into the ocean and causing locals to rejoice.   This is Moonstone Beach which I've shown several times in photos on this blog.   The creek is rushing so hard that it hit the beach, splitting it in half and creating a little sand island for the ever present gulls.   

We couldn't drive Highway 41 over to Morro Bay because it's closed due to a rockslide.   I read that it will likely be closed for a week.   So we headed over Highway 46 and fought the high winds.   We stopped at the vista for some photos and I could barely hold the camera still.   I finally ducked behind a boulder and rested the camera to attempt some shots of the hills and Morro Bay.   Holy cow, I thought the wind might snap off the door of the truck when I opened it.   

The hills are greening fast.   There are cattle down there, maybe you can see the black dots.   I bet those are the happy cows of California that have been featured in milk commercials.   Well, they aren't dairy cows, but you get the idea.

Then Sunday evening we had no hot water.   We had a new water heater installed two years ago when we had the kitchen and more remodeled.   The previous water heater was maybe 8 years old, still working, but close enough to the end that we opted for a new unit when we relocated it.   The relatively new unit was leaking.   It was under warranty which sounds good until you pay a plumber (two guys) to diagnose/talk to Rheem for an hour, remove the old water heater, take it to Home Depot for a new unit, return and install it.   Home Depot didn't really honor the warranty because they tried to charge an additional $150 due to the old model being upgraded and therefore demanding a higher price.  WHAT??   The plumber got them down to $76 and I'll have to take up the issue with Rheem.   With that and all the plumber's time, the replacement of the two-year-old unit cost us $800.   So now I can send all pertinent information to Rheem and they may reimburse $250 of that.   Great warranty program, huh?   Thanks Rheem and thanks Home Depot.   I am not a happy customer.

So I missed out on a no rain/no wind day by having to stay home with plumbers.   I accomplished a few things outside, managed not to get too upset about the water heater, and that was that.   Now the rain is coming back today.

And the grass keeps growing and the dogs keep playing between storms, and life is good.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

A Short Break

We had a day and a half of clear weather between the January storms that may break some records.   I headed to the coast yesterday so I could at least have a few photos to play with during the upcoming deluge.   I was glad I got back early afternoon because later, a rockslide on Highway 41 closed the road between Atascadero and Morro Bay.   Getting stuck behind that would have ruined my day, I believe.   

See the hills?   They are turning green!   One thing I believe all Californians agree on is that we love our green hills.   Once these next few storms are over, the hills will be spectacular.   In the meantime, we have Netflix, Amazon Prime, a couple books, Instant Pot recipes to try, and maybe a movie at the theatre if we can find one worth the price.   

Enjoy your weekend!

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