Friday, January 29, 2010

Tallulah-Palooza Friday

Hey, whose pointy deer feet are these?
Oh, excuse me..."dainty canine paws..."

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Look, Ma, Solid Precipitation

Aren't these the sweetest little teeny-tiny hail, um...pellets? They kept saying we might get graupel, but I don't think it's cold enough where I live.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Bees Bees Bees Buzz Buzz Buzz

I was hanging laundry right next to this rosemary plant and I could literally hear these gals buzzing away. I'm sure they're thrilled that it was warm and sunny again so that could get bizzy.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Moon and Star

Look! It's a crescent moon and a star all in a little water droplet; it's almost the yin/yang symbol, too (almost, not quite). The universe is both vast and minute...

Monday, January 25, 2010

Cloud Ruffles

The aftermath of a very stormy week...

Friday, January 22, 2010

Tallulah-Palooza Friday

Hey there, Tallulah Mae...whatcha doin'?
Ah, I see...having a bit of a liedown.
Inside my cello case.
Comfy? Good, I'm so glad!

She actually does this almost every time I play...she comes from somewhere else in the house when she hears the cello and then jumps up into the soft nylon case. Sometimes she steps on the metronome inside one of the pockets and then is quite perplexed when she hears "Tick tick tick tick TOCK tock tock tock." It's pretty darn cute! But then, how could it not be? It's Tallulah Mae!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Truth in Advertising

This image pleases me, somehow: the turquoise sign against the blue sky, the sign's geometric shape, the welter of lines, the lack of any sort of shop name. It's a store, they sell liquor--'nuff said! Wish I could see it at night, because that looks like a neon arrow at the bottom, pointing the way to...LIQUOR!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I Heart Trees and Apparently They Heart Me Back

Another found heart, right there for all to see if you know where to look...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

First of the Season

Oh cheery daffy dills, how I love did Mr. William Wordsworth:

I wandered lonely as a Cloud
That floats on high o'er Vales and Hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd
A host of dancing Daffodils;
Along the Lake, beneath the trees,
Ten thousand dancing in the breeze.

The waves beside them danced, but they
Outdid the sparkling waves in glee: --
A poet could not but be gay
In such a laughing company:
I gazed -- and gazed -- but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude,
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the Daffodils.

Monday, January 18, 2010

A Little Offering

Look what I found on a walk with Miss Mae: this sweet assortment of foziewisps! Love it! (It was out in front of a house where two cute little girls live, so they may have had a hand in its assembly.)

Friday, January 15, 2010

Tallulah-Palooza Friday

Tallulah Mae shows us some yoga asanas. First up: Yawning Dog.
Downward Dog.
Upside-Down-on-the-Couch Dog.


Thursday, January 14, 2010

My Favorite View of a Gym: From Outside

Do you have to perform a flip to enter, I wonder? I might spill my Starbucks, so that's out of the question...

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Aren't you just waiting for a gnome family to come peeking out from around one of these little 'shrooms?

(Odd photos...the mushrooms look almost painted on to a backdrop, but I can assure you there's no dad-gum Photoshop tomfoolery round these here parts! I don't even have it loaded on my computer.)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Nah, no UFO...just my camera reflected in the polarized windshield!
Here's what the sky looked like without the polarized glass...

Monday, January 11, 2010

The Reason I Left My Cello Music Behind

It was because my head exploded from the cuteness here. Behold Dash, the krazily kute kitten. Sorry if he makes YOUR head explode, too . . .

Friday, January 8, 2010

Tallulah-Palooza Friday

Hey, who's that sharing Friday with Tallulah Mae?

Why, it's the King, of would have been his 75th birthday. I do love me some Elvis.

I find his story to be quite poignant (poor boy makes good, loves his mama, crashes and burns). I love all aspects of Elvisiana: the gorgeous young man with the lovely voice, the kitschy movies (like Viva Las Vegas, from which the image above comes), and the after-death craziness of "tribute artists" (impersonators to you and me), Graceland tours, paintings on black velvet (I have one, oh yes!), and Flying Elvi (warning, this link has music). I love all of it! Happy Birthday, Elvis Aron Presley...from Tallulah Mae to you!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

My Pretend Weekend Cabin

Thought y'all would like to check out the weekend getaway lodge all decorated for the holidays. Lovely little place, isn't it? We're so lucky to have this little pied-a-terre overlooking the ocean...
NOT!!! It is lovely, isn't it? It's the Lodge at Torrey can be your getaway, too, starting at $300 per night. Or skip the room and just go for breakfast, like we do!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Funny or Creepy?

Um. OK. What?!

I have to ask: who does this scarecrow remind YOU of? Give me your ideas in the comments. BTW, this is the same property where we saw this...

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Bird, Glowing

This beautiful bird was initially calling and calling (you can see its open beak in the first pic), so I grabbed the camera and ran outside (yep, I really did run!). Then it sat there, almost basking in the light of the setting sun, which is making its chest feathers glow a lovely pink. Not sure what's going on in the last photo, but I do love the hawk pantaloons! Hawkaloons!

This is perhaps a Cooper's hawk.... Just magnificent.

Monday, January 4, 2010


Check out the oh-so-Dr.-Seussian blooms on this eucalyptus tree...and the cute bee 'tocks, too!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Tallulah-Palooza Friday

"I KNEW that last Singapore Sling was one too many...did I really do a karaoke performance of 'You Light Up My Life'?"
Happy New Year! Hope your 2010 has gotten off to a nice relaxing sure to eat your Hoppin' John to ensure good luck in the coming year. Delicious AND a bringer of good fortune? Sign me up! (We've been making a vegetarian version of this tasty dish for at least 20 years now...while there are many versions, the black-eyed peas are what make it Hoppin' John. Serve with some greens and some cornbread and you're good to go!)