Wednesday, February 27, 2019

I Heart Kombucha

I discovered a sweet little heart on the bottom of my Kevita kombucha bottle.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019


It is always very disconcerting when the pomegranate tree drops all of its leaves (not too many deciduous trees here in SoCal) and it is very exciting when the pretty new little leaves appear. Yay!

Monday, February 25, 2019


 I was sweeping behind a garbage can that has not been moved for a while (it is the spare for when we have extra trash, which is almost never) and I found this old wasp's nest. They are remarkable, aren't they?
Dislike wasps but love their architectural handiwork!

Friday, February 22, 2019


 A very pretty and delicate flower...
...that contains within it a butterfly and a purple bunny with big ears.

Thursday, February 21, 2019


 Like most of the country, we have been having VERY changeable weather here. Lots of crazy wind, torrential downpours, and the sky going from above... this: hail! All in about the space of an hour or so. Weird!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Yellow Bird

 A different yellow bird in the fountain! I think this is also a warbler, but not a Townsend's (wings are not dark). I'm not sure though...yellow warbler is my best guess (but maybe a vireo?). In any case, seeing these lovelies in my own back yard thrills me.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019


 Before the clouds did what they did at sunset, they did this. Amazing. It NEVER gets old!

Sky Time (and pretend this is Monday)

 Technical difficulties and general ennui meant no blog post yesterday (Monday)--so two today!

Amazing sky.

 And a cloud elephant! Do you see it?

Friday, February 15, 2019


 Gorgeous magnolias...I've never seen these pink ones before.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day 2019

Happy Valentine's Day,'s my thirty-fourth wedding anniversary, and I am as crazy in love as I was in 1985!

(Tallulah Mae wishes everyone a happy Love Day from heaven.)

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Happy Valentine's Eve

May you all receive your heart's desires, on Valentine's Day and every day (love truly does make the world go 'round).

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Random Heart, Tangled Yarn Edition

Two random hearts in one week--so apropos for Valentine's Day (which is also my wedding anniversary!).

Monday, February 11, 2019

Avian Loveliness

Yay! Look who visited: a Townsend's warbler! Gorgeous! (The photo is a bit blurry because I didn't want to get too close and scare him off...)

Our fountain has had to be off/empty several times this fall/winter due to mechanical/leaking issues, so there have not been as many birds--that, plus it is winter, so I think there are just fewer of them around in general. 

Come on spring, and welcome back, my dear little avian friends!

Friday, February 8, 2019

Random Heart, Light and Shadow Edition

 I looked out the window and saw this today, on the garage...

Thursday, February 7, 2019


 So intricate...
...and cheery!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Sky Lollipop

Cloud on a stick!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Camellia Puddles

Heavy rain and winds take a toll on camellia flowers (not the hardiest of blossoms under the best of circumstances). On a grey day, they are lovely spots of colors on wet pavement.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Rainy Day Solution

Rainy and chilly day? The only thing for it is to curl up with a can't-put-it-down book like this one (anything by Kate Atkinson is HIGHLY recommended--Life After Life is on my top 10 list) and a hot, milky, sweet cuppa. Heavenly!

Friday, February 1, 2019

Last One

Very last amaryllis bloom (from beginning of December!)...rainy day outside.