Tuesday, September 2, 2014

SUMMER TIME SOFTLY CLOSES



The last days of summer are upon us and the warmer temperatures are fading.  There is a crispness in the air and the birds appear to be getting ready for the changes to come.

The SLO Coast Journal September article is just published and ready for viewing.  Click the link below.  Enjoy!


http://www.slocoastjournal.com/docs/roeadventure.html 

Enjoy the changes!

Monday, August 18, 2014

WINTER IN MORRO BAY?



I, for one, was quite taken back when I reached the boardwalk for a stroll one morning.  There in front of me was a view that I thought would only be seen in much colder climates and conditions.  A bit of a shock.  

Looking closer, however, I discovered that the white stuff on the water was something very different than bits of ice.  It was foam.  Just looking at the picture now even causes me to think it is a cold morning somewhere waaaay up north.  

I occasionally see this occurring along the beach while I am walking.  I always wonder what is causing it as it blows along the waters edge and wet sands.  I saw a large amount of this on one of my trips through Neskowin, Oregon last summer.

Well, Summer is gently ending and flowers are beginning to fade a little.  The days are shorter and there is a bit of a nip to the air this afternoon.  Must mean Fall is on its way.  The tourists are thinning out a lot with most of them heading home for the start of school for their children.  Soon it will only be the locals and the full time RV folks.  All of this is fine with me.


Rock with its own weather
I so enjoy how quite it is after all the extra people have left.  We do still have Labor Day weekend to contend with, which will be the last hoorah of the summer.  There are a few town events during the fall, though they are much milder than summer time.

This has been one of the fastest summers I can recall.  It could be because with the lack of winter rains, it felt as though summer began very early this year.  I am so looking forward to the rains this fall and all that it brings.  The entire town could use a good wash down and cleaning.  I am certain everyone here feels the same.

Lots of house/pet sitting scheduled for the fall. I get to stay at the home of Rolex for a bit.  She is a rather large mixed breed that is a total love.   I am also looking forward to having Kirby, the Corgi, here again.  He is such a sweet special needs dog and all of this helps with the dog fixes I apparently need from time to time.  We shall see if I again end up with a furry friend of my own one day.  A Newfoundland would do nicely.  I guess it would get the bed!!!

I have been able to share awesome time with my local friends and have enjoyed the amazing weather we have had this summer.  It has been mostly clear, sunny and relatively warm.  Lots of good food and special company always agrees with my soul.  That seems to be all I truly need.  I thank them for being in my life.


I have sort of cooled on the car search.  It seems everyone is out buying cars right now and vehicles of all kinds are flying off the lots.  I think I will wait until November when things are in a lull.  I have a salesman who is keeping an eye out for what I want, so I may have one before then.  We'll see.

The heel is healing.  I was doing great until it took a nose dive.  Just completed physical therapy so I am now on my own with the exercises, stretches, rest and ice.  I am definitely doing better so now it is just getting it back to as normal as possible.  This has been an interesting process.

Just to let all of you know that the French Bakery, Ice Cream Shoppe and the Candy Store are all still in operation and going strong.  They all do well during the summer months with the tourists being here, though the winter months can be a struggle for them.  I, along with the other locals, do the best to support them so they are always around when the cravings hit.  I suspect mine are more prevalent than others.  Oh well, someone has to support them!  Yay, it is me!!!






To All Those Celebrating,
Happy Birthday!

Happy Belated Birthday to:
Brenda!
Kathy!
Maureen!
Margie!

Happy Birthday to:
James!
Kristina!
Sandy!
Mary!
Jeanne!
Devin!



"Wherever you go,
no matter what the weather,
always bring your own sunshine."

-Anthony J. D'Angelo



Enjoy your weather, whatever it is!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

BACKYARD VISITORS - SLO COAST JOURNAL

SLO COAST JOURNAL  -  AUGUST ARTICLE

BACKYARD VISITORS


Here is the August Article.

Click on the link:



Enjoy your wildlife!


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

- INDEPENDENCE DAY - 2014 -

INDEPENDENCE DAY, 2014







LEE GREENWOOD LYRICS


"Proud To Be An American"

"If tomorrow all the things were gone I'd worked for all my life,
And I had to start again with just my children and my wife.
I'd thank my lucky stars to be living here today,
‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom and they can't take that away.

And I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.
And I'd gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land God bless the U.S.A.

From the lakes of Minnesota, to the hills of Tennessee,
across the plains of Texas, from sea to shining sea,

From Detroit down to Houston and New York to LA,
Well, there's pride in every American heart,
and it's time to stand and say:

I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.
And I'd gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land God bless the U.S.A."




Enjoy July's article using this link:
http://www.slocoastjournal.com/docs/roeadventure.html 

Enjoy your Independence!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

- SOLD!!! -



Good Heavens.  It is difficult to know how to catch everyone up to date on all of the events since my last blog in mid May, except for the SLO Coast Journal article (Low Tides) the first part of June.  So much has happened I am almost uncertain where to begin.  Guess I will just start rambling and hope to make sense of it as I go along.

In a matter of four days I drove my motor home to the Sacramento area and sold it.  That was quite an experience and glad to report it went well.  I was able to spend a few hours with my son and daughter-in-law (they promised to come and visit) and the rest of the time  was with Millie.  Gaytrell was kind enough to drive me home and we had some good times at the ocean and the town of Harmony.

 The day before I returned to Morro Bay Millie and I and her grandchildren drove up to Machado's.  This is the best place for fresh, in season, fruit and vegetables (not to mention the daily fresh baked pies).   I had a chance to visit a bit with Gary and Shawn and learned  Shawn was holding a letter for me she had received from the people currently living where I had been.

It was from a young woman I mentored during her 6th grade through High School years.   I had been thinking about her for about a month.   She has been looking for me and somehow finally tracked me to Auburn.  Between now and the time I last saw her in 1999, I have lived in several places including traveling on my Adventure.

So, I have a sweet letter from her and as soon as I get a few more things accomplished I will write her and we can catch up on events that have been experienced over the past fifteen years.  I am excited because she may be married, have children or perhaps went to England or Africa during this time.  I shall find out.

I finally have my little studio in livable condition and I am really enjoying being here.  I have all the usual car things, maps, flashlights, etc., that I am keeping in the studio so once I find a car they will have an appropriate place to be.  I also brought back a painting which Gaytrell gratefully took care of for me that now can be hung on the wall.

Right this very minute I am being totally distracted by the yummy smell of a basket of home grown ripe strawberries.  I am doing my best to avoid just sitting and enjoying the entire basket.  I must confess that while I was in Sacramento I found a seeded watermelon.  I love the flavor and texture of the ones with seeds, which are very difficult to find anymore.  I apparently ate too much at one time and had an allergic reaction that took several days to calm.

I gave the rest of this awesome melon to Chris who says she felt guilty eating it because she knows how much I enjoy them.  Oh well, once everything has calmed in my body I may attempt to eat a little.  Of course there are no guarantees here.

I am also dealing with Achilles Tendonitis and a bone spur under the attachment of the tendon.  I injured the tendon while in Trinidad back in November when I stepped out of the motor home and rubbed the tendon on the edge of the doorway step.  Ouch!  Things came and went with it and it finally got to the point where I sought out medical attention.

Good news, no surgery.  Other news is that I am having physical therapy twice a week for four weeks.  The podiatrist indicated six plus weeks before all is  back to normal.  I will be grateful when that day comes.  This has absolutely put a cramp in my style as far as walking.  Doing more swimming in the mean time, which is great with me.

This afternoon I was on the computer working on the Journal article when I heard an unrecognized sound of tiny clicks on the hardwood floor.  I look up and here is this adorable little brown bird hopping into the studio with a worm hanging out of its beak.

I had seen the bird earlier out on the deck and it was not bothered by my presence.  Maybe it thought I was its baby chick and was hungry, hence the worm.  I managed to coax it outside, with the worm, and it flew off.  I am very grateful it didn't panic and start flying around in the studio.  Then it would have been hysterical with me trying to find a way to safely get it outside, with the worm.

Usually the flies, bees and other flying insects come in, take a tour and then fly back outside.  It is rather comical.  Crawling things, well they just manage to get in somehow, probably crawl, and I find them in odd places.  For the most part my space is insect free, thankfully.

The past two days have included an unusual amount of helicopter activity over our little town.  These are the big military ones, not the little local news ones.  I have heard, unverifiable, that they have something to do with one of the military camps near San Luis Obispo.  The understanding is this will continue for a few weeks.  Maneuvers????  Something to think about.

Summer weather here on the coast is a constantly changing event.  Recently it has been clear at night and the early morning, then fog rolls in, for an undetermined amount of time, and then it clears again.  The fog in and out thing can happen several times during the day.  Right now, 7:30 pm it is sunny and calm and the temperature is holding steady at 59 degrees.  Loving it!!!  Daytime highs have been upper 60's and low 70's.  I'll take it.

So, that is it as best as I can recall.  Having lunches with friends Joyce/Pete and Carol/Eric and Don and Loren and several others here in town and in San Luis Obispo have been great.  Chris takes me to Trader Joe's and Carol takes me to Costco.  Once I have a car I will happily repay the travel trips.  Everyone has been so generous with their time and help.  I am very grateful.

Excuse me, I must go eat some strawberries before I loose control!





To All Those Celebrating,
Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday, Jill!
Happy Birthday, Emma!
Happy Birthday, Laura!
Happy Birthday, Suzy!
Happy Birthday, Brenda!
Happy Birthday, Emily!
Happy Birthday, Bryan!
Happy Birthday, Ellen!
Happy Birthday, Ilisa!
Happy Birthday, Gena!
Happy Birthday, Gail!
Happy Birthday, Lisa!



"You will never regret what you do in life, You will only regret what you don't do."
- Dr. Wayne Dyer



Enjoy All That You Do!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

SLO COAST JOURNAL JUNE, 2014 ARTICLE



I love walking  the shoreline and beaches when the tide is low.  One just never knows just what will be revealed.



http://www.slocoastjournal.com/docs/roeadventure.html


Enjoy!!!

Monday, May 19, 2014

-TIME WARP -



I give up!  Just when I think I have this time thing figured out, I get lost in it.  Thus, I am back to my physical calendar and now all I have to do is look at it regularly.  This in itself may be a challenge.  Oh well, it gives me something to do.  Although these things to do are what gets me lost in the first place.  So, I give up!

I have just become a Great Aunt, again.  My Nephew and his wife, in Florida, are now the parents of their first child, a baby boy, who was born yesterday.  The new parents look very proud and happy (and maybe just a little tired) and the little one appears quite content.  Congratulations to each of you and may you enjoy good health and happiness always.  

My landlady is allowing me to use the therapy pool for canines to swim.  I usually swim early in the mornings.  Today I was visited by several swallows.  They took turns swooping down to the top of the water, gathered water in their feathers and then flew off to wherever they are building their nests.  I felt very honored that they felt comfortable with me swimming to do what comes natural for them.  

There are many residents who do all sorts of things to deter these birds from nesting under their eaves.  It can be messy while they are raising their young.  Though once a nest has been started people usually leave them alone until the young birds have flown away.  These birds must find some, unusual places (out of the way of humans) to build their unique homes.

I also have a pair of birds who are nesting in the jasmine bush just outside of my window.  They are nondescript brown birds and have accepted the fact that I sit at the window when I am on the computer.  I do notice them around the bush more often when I am away from the window.

Once I finish the inside of my humble little abode I will begin working on the outside with potted plants and bird feeders and possibly a bird bath.  I hear so many wonderful bird songs and I want to encourage them to visit here more often.  Not so sure about the woodpecker though.  I think I'll leave him to find his own food sources and preferably somewhere other than this house.

A pigeon dance!
I was chatting with a seaman at the docks recently and he asked if I had seen the blue pigeon.  I have not seen it yet though now I am on the hunt.  Right now, the pigeons are mating and they can be seen all around the docks doing their thing.  Their colors are amazing and I can imagine just how beautiful the blue one must be.  It is quite curious that their were no pigeons when I used to live here before.

We are experiencing some unusual weather just as the rest of the world.  Rarely did this little coastal town experience temperatures even into the eighties.  During the past ten years or so, that I am aware of, this has changed and there have been years when temperatures over 100 degrees have occurred.

This past week we had two days over 90 degrees and several in the upper eighties.  Since then, and thankfully I might add, the temperatures have been in the sixties and seventies. The cooler weather is one of the many reasons I chose this spot to settle.  When this area is hot it is a challenge as most buildings are without air conditioning since it is rarely needed.  Shade and fans are ones only salvation.

Green grasses on the Rock and white where the birds sit!
We have been experiencing afternoon Santa Ana winds which have created many issues in Southern California with the wild fires.  Everything here is just as dry as further south and I am very grateful we had some rainfall not too long ago.   This is keeping our hills fairly green and less apt to be susceptible to wild fires.  There is a prediction of drizzle tonight and tomorrow which will help bring some dampness back to our area.

Prayers and healing to all those who are adversely affected by the recent fires.  To those affected by the huge amounts of water flowing through their areas all around the world.  To those in Turkey affected by the mine explosion and the school girls and families of those taken from their homes.  I send love and healing thoughts to all those struggling with their current conditions.

I remain grateful for my life situation and all those wonderful people, animals, plants and nature that are currently a part of all I experience.  Blessings to all!

Male mallard resting on a warm rock!



To all those celebrating,
Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday, Michelle!
Happy Birthday, Ryan Luke!
Happy Birthday, Heather!
Happy Birthday, Deborah!
Happy Birthday, Kathy!



"When I stand before God
at the end of my life,
I would hope that I would not
have a single bit of talent left,
and could say,
'I used everything you gave me'.
Erma Bombeck



Enjoy your talents!