Saturday, December 21, 2019

December 2019

for the making
for the giving
for the getting
for the noticing


The stocking you saw me starting, is now done.
It has gone off to to the family who graciously shared their
mantle full of stockings here.
I wonder how any more will fit?

Beautiful trees in a parking lot.

Pears, a re-gifted gift...and most of them, gifted to others as well.

One for him, one for me
New reads, I've yet to start mine.
All in good time.

So, my wish for you this time around is 'time'.
Time to be with loved ones
Time to learn and grow 
Time for the outdoors and for noticing 

Photographs by NAE ©2019

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Road Trip ~ Part 2

After heading down the road, through Big Sur,
We stayed in Morro Bay on the Back Bay.

We love it there.
We could live there.
We spend time in our favorite haunts
and make new discoveries too

 We actually pull over to enjoy the stunning sunset 
and roaming zebras and cows near 
Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA.
You can't beat these views!

I could have stood there forever!

At home on the Back Bay, this was a gray trip.
The birds didn't care, so of course, we didn't care either!
We did lots of exploring in the rain!

We stop at our usual stores...
books and music!

I buy "The Stranger in the Woods"...
which I've almost finished already!
That tells you that I am enjoying it quite a bit!
It is a fascinating story and leaves me learning and imagining.
The music store is a kick, the 30 year owner is so nice!

Crusin' around town and the Back Bay,
I imagine a life on the coast...

where the air smells of salt
where the pace is slower
and the folks are friendly

We discover Montana de Oro State Park
and truck across the rocky beach, even though it is raining and cold.
So fun.

Driving through the eucalyptus groves,
I think of all of you who dye with these leaves,
especially Nat!

We agreed that we need to return in the Spring or Summer
when we could hike more.
But, truthfully, I don't even care what the weather is like...
just to be.

Until then, I'll read purchased books from the two bookstores we visited
and I'll hold on to the memories stored in my new Big Sur ring!

May you have adventures that fill your heart
May you explore places dear to you
May you hold memories close

Photographs by NAE ©2019

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Road Trip!! Belated Post

The last cut rose
Off we went for Thanksgiving travels
Up the coast, through rain, rain, rain!

Mama Rose bush travels with us, off to live in a cheery garden

We hit some of the well talked about winter storm, but are please it is not as bad as expected...nor is the traffic!
Storm clouds and rainbows

I marvel at the darkness of the sky and delight in the rainbows, trying to capture it all in photo after photo.
Part of the herd of VW buses!

Once in town we cruise about discovering a parking lot of vintage buses! How fun.

We end up at a new breakfast place in an old building. Yummy! Uncle John's Pancake House
A new place for breakfast
 We come together with friends for a night before Thanksgiving relaxed meal and then again for Thanksgiving day gathering, including a White Elephant gift exchange. 
We're excited to end up with a George Thorogood,
best of CD ~ which includes the great driving tune
"One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" ☺


Food was served on "something old", 
flowers in "something new"...
this friendship goes back many years.
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Melty leaf

It was wet, but that didn't matter.
We went on down the highway, Highway 1...through Big Sur. We later heard they closed the road, so I'm glad we got through!

Heading down the highway

So many of these billboards...Pine Bros are back!

Storm traveling with us!


The rugged Big Sur coastline


Me trying to grab a hold of all I love out there





As said in the movie "Forest Gump"
Make me a bird, let me fly far, far away

With dreams of always being on a road trip, 
I'll pause and post this now.
I'll finish up the rest on another post soon.

May you dream and soar

Photographs by NAE ©2019