|Early Morning Mid December|
When did this happen? Where was I? Where was everybody else? Wasn't anybody watching? Seriously!!! So, here I am just minding my own business here on the Central Coast and all of a sudden it is the middle of December. I am still enjoying left over turkey from Thanksgiving. (Don't panic, it has been frozen!)
|Early morning Moon Set|
We had the lighted boat parade, which was lovely, although my pictures didn't turn out very well because I was so far away. The crowd was very mellow and the weather was perfect. Zero wind left the harbor water smooth as glass, and with all the reflections of the lights on the water, it was magical. My favorite was the Christmas tree. The flame throwing dragon was absent. There was also a very "partying" party boat containing, what sounded as, persons in various stages of intoxication. The skipper must have been sober as the vessel stayed its course as boisterous banters continued between those on board and those on shore.
|Sunset appears to be a fire storm after the rain,|
|Sunset after storm|
|Old Glory standing guard as sunset reflects on clouds.|
|Coast Guard vessel on the right. Lights on both.|
It is fun to see the on lookers who brave the elements and go out to the jetty to watch. Some are in awe and some seem a bit careless by getting a bit too close to harms way. To each their own. I have to admit, it is comforting to know that we have our own Coast Guard personnel here ready to do what is needed of them. I enjoy watching them as they protect those traversing the harbor entrance, which can be quite dangerous.
So, my only gripe is that Trader Joe's changed their Almond Butter. It now has cashews in it and it is now in a plastic jar instead of glass. I rarely let things bother me. Takes too much energy away from other things I prefer to give my attention to. Anyway, this one gnawed at me just enough to prompt me to send them an email. To date, no response. I am sure they will return this product to its original state just because I want them to. (Ha ha!) At least they now know my feelings as I have expressed them. Done!
Finches!!! I have gold finches and more. It is awesome to see and listen to them. A few of the swallows have taken to hanging on the feeders to get seed as well. This aspect of my little yard is so calming and joy producing. I also can report that my succulents are thriving. The once tiny little plants are now huge and beautiful and have developed into some amazing specimens. So, overall, my space is perfect.
Joyce and I went to the Apple Farm in San Luis Obispo and we spied this little fellow:
Who will one fine day magically transform into one of these:
During my morning swims, when it is early and things have yet to reach full momentum for the day, it is always fun to watch the hummingbirds. Sometimes, out of nowhere, one will just fly straight up out of a tree, pause, and then zoom off in one direction. It all happens so fast I'm not always sure I saw it happen. The swallows have been absent for quite a while.
And then there was this young hawk. My landlady and I each saw it at two different times swoop in towards the birds. Fortunately it missed and the little ones fled quickly. There are two rather thick bushes right there for them to hide in. I suspect the hawk then realized that this was not going to be the easy pickings it anticipated. We have not seen it for over a month. Grateful. As are the little birds, I'm sure.
I am very glad I have taken all of these pictures as it has helped me piece together the missing parts of my life!
|Nicholson Hand Blown Ornaments, Auburn, CA|
Yes, I am in the throws of buying a car, with the help of my son and his friend. I few things need to be done to wrap it up and who knows, I may have a set of wheels by New Years. This will open up a whole new aspect of my Adventures. More about all of that later. For now, I need to get the ingredients to make Panocha!
To All Those Celebrating,
"Every generation laughs at the old fashions,
but follows religiously the new."
Henry David Thoreau
Enjoy whatever you wear!!!