Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Saint Nicholas Day

I went out for a walk early this morning.  The air was wonderful, so crisp and cold, and lots of clouds were around.
I noticed many little cedar trees growing.  So cheering. The clouds quickly filled the sky, so I started for home.  It even sprinkled a little!
I'm still decorating our cottage and, as I placed this Santa on the mantel, I remembered today is the feast day of Saint Nicholas.  Saint Nicholas, or Nicholas of Myra, is the real-life man that the figure of Santa Claus is based on.  Nicholas inherited a great deal of wealth, but spent none of it on himself.  Instead, he used all of it for charitable acts.  One such act was giving dowry money to three young women so that they could be married, instead of being sold into prostitution by their despicable father.  He is the patron saint of the poor, children, women, sailors, glass makers, fire fighters, prostitutes, fishermen, scholars...just about everyone!

I'm linking with: Our World Tuesday

Monday, December 5, 2016

At Half Past Three...

On Christmas day at half past three, 
Brew yourself a cup of tea. 
I'll think of you, you think of me, 
While sitting round the Christmas tree.   Anonymous 

Linking with:  Through My Lens

Sunday, December 4, 2016

A Quote for Sunday

"Christmas, children, is not a date.  It is a state of mind."  Mary Ellen Chase

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Dreaming of...

Catnip mice?  Catnip sockies?  Catnip jingle balls?  Catnip something, that's for sure. 
I'm linking with: Saturday's Critters

Friday, December 2, 2016


Horribly windy here today, but the winds make for a beautiful, bright blue sky.  Pretty cold, too, our high was only 36 F.  Good thing there were lulls in the blowing, otherwise these trees would be even more blurry than they are.  It's kind of scary to see a pine that's nearly 200 feet tall swaying in the wind like a little cedar sapling!

Linking with: Skywatch Friday

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Happy December!

It's my favorite month of the year.  The villagers are already having fun in Mouseford Falls (a little village that I set up every year in my kitchen window).  I have a lot of favorite quotes about December, but the one that probably fits the best is this one:
             "It's December and nobody asked if I was ready"   Sarah Kay 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

This and That

Most of the autumn leaves have fallen now, although a few oaks here and there are hanging on to some leaves. 
On my way to my studio, I noticed that some of the leaves on this ivy plant were turning red!  It's been hanging in the same place for about 5 years now and the leaves have always been green.  I hope this doesn't mean it's got some sort of disease.
It's been really cold up here with lows at night in the twenties.  On the 27th we got a little bit of rain and a sprinkle of snow.  Only a half inch, but it's all welcome. 
Last week, I made a card for a friend.  I've just started to get into card making.  So far, I'm loving it.  It's a nice change from painting, and very relaxing. 

Linking with:  Our World Tuesday

Monday, November 28, 2016

Normandie Cottages

No, not Normandy, France...these are some cute little cottages in Redlands, California.  I took these several years ago and have been meaning to post them on my blog...better late than never.
This is the street they're on; it's a very short cul-de-sac and I understand there is a waiting list for homes to be put up for sale!  Hmmm...
This cottage had a darling little orange and white kitty in the window.

I'm linking with: Through My Lens

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing everyone abundant blessings...

Monday, November 21, 2016


It rained last night!  We received a little over an inch of rain...not a drought breaker, but it's all important.  The ski resorts received a couple of inches of snow, probably not enough to last through the Thanksgiving weekend, but they've been making snow so the runs are good. 
The colors are always intensified after rain, and I think a cloudy day makes them even more brilliant.
Everything got a good washing. 
It was lovely walking through the damp, cool air today.  Even the fallen leaves and pine needles had extra color.
On the north side of the mountains the clouds were chasing each other. 
On the south side of the mountains the sun was peeking through. 
Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny, drat it.  The clouds never stay long enough these days...

Linking with:  Through My Lens

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


There are clouds around, but they're not giving any rain to parched California.  I think the air is so dry the rain is evaporating before it can even reach the ground, a weather phenomenon that's referred to as Virga. This photo was taken looking south-east from Highway 18 towards the San Jacinto mountain range in the far distance. 

Linking with:  Our World Tuesday

Friday, November 11, 2016

Skywatch Friday

Relentless blue California sky...I wish it would rain.

I feel a little better after finding out that Hillary won the popular vote by over 400,000 votes.  But, once again, the will of the people has been trashed by the Electoral College.  That's a mess that needs to be cleaned up.
My brother, Jack, served on a destroyer in the Pacific during World War II.  Thank you, dearest brother...and thank you, men and women everywhere who have fought on the side of the good, for our  freedom.

Linking with: Skywatch Friday

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Dark Times

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men (and women) do nothing."  Edmund Burke

I am heartsick...the America I thought I knew is gone, and I feel like a stranger in my own land.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Endlessly Entranced

These photos are a series of leaves in the backyard bird bath that I took last October just after a bit of rain.

 I am endlessly entranced by autumn...

Linking with: Through My Lens

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Q is For...

Starting with the obvious...Q is for "quack, quack, quack!" 
Quaint, delicate teacups. 
Randi and Rita are so quick, it's hard to get a non-blurry photo of them. 
One of my favorite things to do is to listen to a quiet breeze moving through autumn leaves. 
It doesn't matter how beautiful the weather is, it's always quake (earthquake) weather in California!  As I finished snapping this photo a 3.1 rumbled underneath my feet.  Thankfully, no damage anywhere on that day.

Linking with: ABC Wednesday

Tuesday, November 1, 2016


A pretty dogwood tree in the San Bernardino mountains. 

Linking with: Our World Tuesday

Monday, October 31, 2016

It's That Time...

Time to put on the hat and hand out the candy.
Max says it's also time to fly...Happy Halloween!

Linking with: Through My Lens

Friday, October 28, 2016

Sky Watch Friday

Looking over Lake Gregory to the San Gabriel mountain range.  Taken earlier this week.  Today and yesterday were cloudy, but no rain fell.  The weatherman says we have another chance to get rain on Sunday, so I'm crossing my fingers!

Linking to:  Sky Watch Friday

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

October's Trees

Trees after the rain...
Wet bark...
Brilliant colors...
I wish I could follow autumn around the world.

Linking with: Our World Tuesday

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