Saturday, June 27, 2015

Art

"Decorating Golden Rule: Live With What You Love."

~Unknown

I found this poster at IKEA last week, and I really love it. I am thinking of doing a lot of decorating with posters. I have 4 or so posters that I got from Biography years ago, which I thought would love amazing in our office, and I also have some movie posters I am thinking about for the living room. Certainly my Blue Jasmine poster will be hung up, in fact it will probably be the first thing put on the walls. Next will be my photos of Woody Allen that I took back in 2012. I am putting them over my desk I think. They represent a really wonderful day... and a memory I will never forget!

Mood: Happy

~Me :)

Monday, June 22, 2015

Condo Update #2 We'll Be Home A Little Later Than Expected

"If light is in your heart, you'll find your way home."

~Rumi

 Sneak Peek At The Kitchen

So, we won't be moving in on July 1st, as indicated by the builder, it is going to be more like the third week in July. Uggg. Not happy about that part, but on the other hand it will only be that much sweater come move-in day! It's being built. It will be ours... complete with all the choices of cabinets and floors, and even if we move one day, we will always have the knowledge of the fact that we loved it first. But just a side note... this adventure doesn't come cheap, so I kinda wish those to escaped killers from New York could manage to check into the hotel I am staying at, because I could sure use the reward money!

LOL

  Just kidding. 

Kinda.


Mood: Happy

~Me :)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Wild Sunflowers Everywhere

"Let us dance in the sun, wearing wildflowers in our hair."

~Susan Polis Schutz

As I am getting to know, and learn my way around the Central Valley, I am coming to know all the little things that set it apart from the Bay Area, and one of my favorite things about the area are the gorgeous miniature sunflowers that are growing wildly everywhere I look! They are on the side of the rural country roads, and the freeways. Empty lots, and quiet downtown streets, all the way from Turlock to Sacramento! I can't help it, just seeing them makes me smile, and makes this newly transplanted person feel very much at home!

Mood: Happy

~Me :)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A Sneak Preview Of Next Season On Ellipsis

"The ache for home lives in all of us. 
The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned."

~Maya Angelou
All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes

Here is a sneak peek of what my home will look like. Alan and I joke that if our life was a sitcom, we would be using right now as our season finale, with the cliffhanger being whether or not the home mortgage is approved. LOL. Alan is a little more confident, while I am on pins and needles about closing escrow, so please send some positive vibes our way! Honestly, my heart stopped beating about a month ago, and I am afraid until we get the official word back from our loan officer... it won't begin beating again! Escrow... a new kind of HELL like I have never been through before. But you know, as the saying goes, what does not kill us, makes us stronger... right?

(Insert Frightened Woman (ME) Here) 

Now if the damn DATA charges would just stop eating me alive!

And I really hate the hotel we are in.

I want to go home.

No matter where home turns out to be.



Mood: Quiet (Lonely For Home)

~Me


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Mindfull Micro Climates

"Wilted or in bloom,
 taking or lending daylight,
 the world transitions."

~Richelle Goodrich


Today the temperature in the Central Valley is slated to be 105 degrees. The difference between 105 degrees in the Central Valley verses the Bay Area is that the Central Valley has NO San Francisco Bay to provide a late afternoon breeze. It's a totally different kind of heat. It's dry and mean, and I am already dreading it, but the upside is the fact that my shoulder has hurt much less in the last few weeks than it does in the Bay Area! So, it's all a big trade off. I know I will get used to my new climate, but good lord I miss the lovely micro-climates of the Bay Area! Like the seasons, I am in transition, and this beautiful pile of leaves, that I found at the base of my favorite tree a couple weeks ago, reminds me... EVENTUALLY EVERYTHING FALLS INTO PLACE." 

Mood: Okay

~Me :)

Friday, June 12, 2015

Knight's Ferry Community Church

"It is through living that we discover the ourselves,
 at the same time we discover the world around us."

~Henri Cartier-Bresson
Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century

Last Monday, Alan and I took a jaunt to the tiny Central Valley town of Knight's Ferry. I was in search of a particular feature of the town, the historic bridge, and I found it, but I decided to save photographing it for this fall when I can really do it justice. Instead I concentrated on the tiny town itself, and all it's rustic gold rush charm and buildings. One such building is the Knight's Ferry Community Church. Set back from the main road, and just up a small street on a hill, it took my breath away when I saw it! I have several photographs to post of the town that I think came out pretty nice, but I just had to show this one first!
 Stay Tuned!


Thursday, June 11, 2015

A Face In The Crowd: Sad Pizza Box

"In his face there came to be a brooding peace that is seen
 most often in the faces of the very sorrowful or the very wise.
 But still he wandered through the streets of the town,
 always silent and alone."

~Carson McCullers
The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter

I have been experiencing some pain from my carpal tunnel condition in my right hand, so, I think I will be posting every other day until it is better. But lets focus on this post. I spotted the pizza box in the garbage outside the hotel we are at. It made me a little sad, so I decided to make it into my latest unusual face. I kinda love it. It reminds me of a pop art face like Roy Lichtenstein did. Shrug.

Mood: Happy

~Me :)

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Donut Peaches

"Life is better than death, I believe,
 if only because it is less boring,
 and because it has fresh peaches in it."

~Alice Walker

Alan and I went for a ride yesterday to one of the quaint little gold rush towns that the Central Valley has to offer... Knight's Ferry. All along the way we came across fruit stand after fruit stand when finally we couldn't take it anymore and finally decided to stop at one just outside Oakdale. I couldn't resist all the amazing tastiness. Cherries, Melons, and, of course, fresh peaches. I had never heard of this variety, so I gave it a try! Delicious! It's white with a sweet juicy flavor. 

Heaven!
Mood: Quiet

~Me :)

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Beauty

"The world is your real country!
 Replace your local mind with the universal one."

~Mehmet Murat idean

Patterson isn't Berkeley, but it does have a special beauty all it's own, and I am beginning to love it.

Mood: Happy

~Me :)

Friday, June 05, 2015

Wait... What? Episode 3: Meet Miss Sepia Cow

"The cow is of bovine ilk; one side is moo, the other side milk."

~Ogden Nash
Free Wheeling

I spotted this lovely lady, on my way into the town of Turlock, on my first day in the Central Valley, May 23rd, 2015. I was completely exhausted, my body ached from the packing, and deep cleaning, all the stress of suing my landlord, and saying goodbye to my life in the Berkeley cottage. And just to make it all a little more awful, my Fibromyalgia pain was RAGING. So, while making that long drive, I wasn't in the best of moods, but as I made my way through those country roads, I began to see things here and there that made me smile, and this young lady was definitely one of the them! Now, we have become old friends, and I say hello each time I drive from Turlock to Patterson. I think when we finally move into our new place I will miss Miss Sepia Cow! I just know I will have to go see her when possible, as she has now become a part of my creative life.

Mood: Happy

~Me :)

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Wait... What? Episode 2: As Seen While Ordering Glasses

"Sometimes seeing everything just gets in the way."

~Chris Lynch
Angry Young Man

Okay, so, I was sitting at a table of sample glasses yesterday, trying to decide which ones made me look less like Sarah Palin, and more like Tina Fey, when I spotted this ad on the wall. At first I thought that someone had perhaps vandalized it, but after speaking with the optical assistant I found out that the picture actually arrived looking that way! How spooky/weird is that? The photo seems to indicate that the man in the photo not only has a pig nose and liver spot on his head, but he has no teeth. As ads for glasses go it's an interesting choice I think... it certainly made me do a double take!

Do my eyes decieve me?
 Nope, It really looks like that!
Mood: Intrigued
~Me :)

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Wait... What? A New Ellipsis Series

"Resistance is common to the unusual."

~Toba Beta
Master Of Stupidity

Episode One: An Alternative Troth

As I am getting to know my new surroundings, I am coming across more and more unusual and highly photogenic things. I think the month of June will mostly be devoted to the strange and inspiring sights of the Central Valley. I am excited... this could be fun!

Mood: Happy

~Me :)

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Silent Joey

Silence...

It has a sound, a fullness.
It's heavy with sigh of tree,
and space between breaths.
It's ripe with pause between birdsong
and crash of surf.
It's golden they say.
But no one tells us it's addictive.

~Angela Long

Ordinarily, the last post of the month is all about the retrospective on the previous
 months photos, but here is what's happening instead...

All the work of moving out is done, and now we are resting in the hotel in Turlock. Except for Alan's commute down to the Bay Area four days a week, we finally have a little time to sit back to catch our breath and enjoy some time together, all five of us! Moving the cats so far away has been a bit of a challenge. They hated the car ride. They hate how hot it is here, and I agree with them, it's HOT here. But if all goes the way it's supposed to, we will be in the condo in about a month, so that's not very long at all. In the mean time I am enjoying the quiet. No mean spirited neighbors dog barking. No sirens. No gates slamming. Just the usual sounds one hears at a hotel. You know... vacation sounds. Splashing at the pool. Maids vacuuming, room service carts... wait... not that one, but you get what I mean! LOL.

After we move into the condo, I will do a retrospective of May and June, until then... rest!

Mood: Happy

~Me :)

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Spring Apparent

"Despite the forecast, live like it's spring."

~Lily Pulitzer

I am loving all the flowers I have been seeing lately. Funny how things can look more beautiful when one is in a good mood, or perhaps terribly ugly when all that can be seen is the negative.  My moods have been all over the place lately, and I expect they will until we are finally moved into the condo. Right now life is one big transition... I hate it... but I know it's an necessary evil. Change will never happen for me, unless some unseen, unknown entity picks me up, and places me in front of the doors I need to go through. When that happens, and I find myself in the same surreal universe like the one I am in right now, I just try to remind myself that it's all an adventure, and the mystery is always over way too soon. I find it's better to hold on tight, and be ready for what comes next.

Sometimes what comes next is simply lovely.




Mood: Happy

~Me :)

Friday, May 29, 2015

Summer Soon

"Summer afternoon, summer afternoon,
 to me those have always been 
the two most beautiful words in the English language."

~ Henry James

Just a quick photograph today. I took it at the park, where Alan and I ate yesterday. I couldn't resist, the Mantilla poppy is one of my favorite of all the summer flowers. 
There is NO mistaking it, Summer is almost here!
Mood: Tired

~Me :)