Wednesday, July 26, 2017

common things

Fun spontaneous gift, and of course~more coinage

"The act of being happy lies in the powers of extracting happiness from common things."

Henry Ward Beecher

It's been a pleasant week of sunny walks, slicing/dicing in the kitchen, and dining al fresco. Storing up all this lovely, lazy summerness.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017

Sunday, July 23, 2017

in which we learn that puppy likes French toast

Maybe twice a year, I feel the need for a sweet/traditional breakfast and with nectarines fully ripe~this morning seemed to call for French toast.

Dining al fresco is one of the nicest perks to summer living. 

And little Ms. GinGin decided that the toast smelled so good, she needed her own piece.

Lip-licking excellence.

Saturday, July 22, 2017


I know that I posted a poem yesterday, but this one is too funny to keep to myself.  Happy weekend!!

Summer mornings in the garden
the horoscope this morning
really put me on my guard,
sent the adrenalin coursing
through my veins,
as it predicted a crucial confrontation
that would require all the will and
ingenuity that i could muster …
until i remembered i was looking at
a week-old student newspaper.

"timing is everything" by Gerald Locklin from Poets and Pleasure Seekers. © Spout Hill Press, 2015.

Friday, July 21, 2017

brown penny

Heard this read at a garden party, but hadn't really ever read the words.  Figured it was a fitting poem for me and my penny findings.

I whispered, ‘I am too young,’
And then, ‘I am old enough’;
Wherefore I threw a penny
To find out if I might love.
‘Go and love, go and love, young man,
If the lady be young and fair.’
Aye, penny, brown penny, brown penny,
I am looped in the loops of her hair.

O love is the crooked thing,
There is nobody wise enough
To find out all that is in it,
For he would be thinking of love
Till the stars had run away
And the shadows eaten the moon.
Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny,
One cannot begin it too soon.

"Brown Penny" by William Butler Yeats. Public domain

Thursday, July 20, 2017

just some pretty

Some interesting plant in the parents' backyard~my friend dubbed it:  gardenus seussical.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


While I added more travel adventures and created some happy memories, SoCal is just not my milieu.   So grateful to be back in the Bay.

Dime sized blossom at the shore.

Beautiful scarf gifted to me and another lucky penny!

Mosaic fountain just outside Trader's doors.  Bliss.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

scenic route

More verbiage to come~had an interesting trip.

Feet propped up is always a good way to travel. 

Santa Barbara

Pasa Robles

Gotta be a good story here~abandon key at train station. 

San Luis Obispo 

Edge of Monterey. 

Where are George and Lennie?

More Salinas Valley.

There's just something about California summer twilights. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

all things Getty

It's astonishing that there are 16-lane freeways here and traffic is super heavy.  We are guessing that we covered about 300 miles over the weekend~feel as though I've seen a fair chunk of this region.

The last outing was to the Getty Museum near Bel Air.  Gorgeous grounds.

This water labyrinth was my favorite thing seen. 

I also enjoyed the concrete poetry exhibit and the one of the design and building of Disney Hall~unfortunately, photographs were not allowed in that one.   

I was also disallowed to climb up by this sculpture to kiss the frog that the boy is holding. ;)

Intriguing sculpture garden near the tram station.

And this is a neighbor's beautiful succulent yardscaping.  Off at 0-dark-hundred to catch the coastal train northwards.