Tuesday, March 21, 2017


For months,
 I have had a longing for spring,
 and for some funny reason,
 the feelings were more intense
 on a good day, 
weather wise, 
than on a bad one.

 I guess the sunshine 
made it easier 
to imagine 
what was to come.

Each night,
 before bed,
 I always check the calendar 
to see what might be in store 
for the morning.

 The only thing of importance 
that I noticed last night
 was that it had been 
the first day of spring
 and I had missed it! 

 It had been the darkest day,
 one that made me want to 
climb back into bed and 
pull the covers over my head.

  Nothing about the day was 
remotely spring-like.

  A day that should have been cause 
for celebration
 was buried under heavy, dark clouds 
and only seemed like
 just another 
winter's day.

It rained hard 
during spring's first night
 and now another dismal day.

  The Captain left this morning
 to walk the dogs but
 Kai and I 
stayed home 
as you can see...

...and all hope is lost
 as far as he is concerned.
 as I look around the Cottage, 
I see many signs 
of what will soon be.

 Signs that winter is 
running its course 
and the celebrating 
can soon begin...

Parlor Mantle:

Brunch for Two:

The Captain says: "Oh, there is a 'hair' in your plate".
Funny guy!
 I said, "No that's in your plate".

Kitchen Vignettes:

Spring Chicken:

The Gardener:



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Tuesday, March 14, 2017


At this time of the year, 
the price of this gold is
 at a premium.

  The golden rays of the sun 
shine down, 
warming the earth and 
giving its inhabitants a sense of
 well-being and 

"No winter lasts forever;
No spring skips its turn."

Edith Sitwell

I can only speak for
 my little part of the world.

  Back in the day, 
rain was referred to as
 "liquid sunshine". 
 Meaning that California
 didn't have bad weather,
 only varying degrees of good weather.

  In recent years 
that has been changing, 
not only in California,
 but all over 
the world.

The gold
 in others gardens is
 starting to shine, 
but mine is 
slow to 

...these sad little specimens
 are what my garden has produced,
 so far as gold 
is concerned...

 there are more waiting in the wings 
which can only be considered
 "late bloomers"...

...but armed
 with this cup of gold,
 the waiting seems 
more palatable.

As I see on the news 
what is being referred to as
 The Blizzard of 2017, 
in the north east, 
I feel very thankful
 for the rays of gold 
coming through my windows and 
wish that will happen soon 
for all 
of you.

Other colors 
are beginning to show up 
in the garden now and 
all are no
 less precious...

for the time being,
 we will take our 
California gold
 any way 
we can get it.


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Tuesday, March 7, 2017


 came down to our house one night, 
quietly pirouetting in 
on silvery-toed 
slippers of snow."

Bill Morgan, Jr.

As is often the case,
 after a dark, dreary and sad day,
 Mother Nature tends to her 
winter business 
and we awake 
to a soft, quiet and serene world.

  The butterfly bush
resembles a magnificent
 ice sculpture that,
 if the smallest twig is touched, 
can shatter and fall to the ground
 with the sound of a
 million tiny 
crystal bells.

Some new animals
 have taken up residence in 
the farmhouse kitchen...

...along with one little vignette
 that calls us 
closer to springtime...

...and another that 
does the same...

...while a new plant 
joins the existing group 
that is still 
alive and thriving.

Hope all is thriving 
where you are and 
you are managing 
the business of winter.


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Tuesday, February 28, 2017


Last week 
I told you about 
the day 
the sun shined...

I will tell you 
about the 
day after.

A small amount of snow
 fell in the early afternoon. 
 It didn't stick and 
by the end of the day was gone. 
 Sometime during the night, however,
 it started to snow again and 
the roof tops were
 covered by morning.

There was some concern 
about the fairies.

 Would they be able to keep warm?

  But, as you can see,
 they kept the 
home fires


We took a ride down
 Highway 49
 to Columbia State Park.

 The water is seeping out 
of the hills 
as the grass is growing 
greener and...

...the wild thickets 
of plum trees 
are putting forth their 

Next to a stream of run-off water, 
two youngsters 
take advantage of the 
new green grass...

...while Mama 
keeps a close eye out 
through a stand of 


On the way back home,
 we stopped at Walmart 
to buy Kai 
a new car bed and...

...found the 
cutest little summer pillow 
for $12.

We also stopped 
at a favorite shop and
 brought home this cute little guy 
who reminds us of spring and
 all that is to come, 
even though 
we still have to keep
 the home fires burning 
a little longer.


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