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Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Have A Large Glass Of Holiday Whine...

"Once upon a time, the Reindeer took a running leap and jumped over the Northern Lights. But he jumped too low, and the long fur of his beautiful flowing tail got singed by the rainbow of the aurora. To this day the reindeer has no tail to speak of. But he is too busy pulling the important sleigh to notice what is lost. And he certainly doesn't complain."

What's your excuse?"

~Vera Nazarian
The Perpetual Calendar Of Inspiration

I have never needed a reason to complain during the holidays. Lets get some out of the way, shall we?

1. It's too damn cold!
2. I want it all and I want it now! What? I can't have it NOW? BAH HUMBUG!
3. Why is everybody so gripey? 
4. Did I mention it's cold?
5. Did I mention it's TOO DAMN COLD?
 6. Not another pair of slippers! Why do I keep buying myself slippers?

Wait... I can't take it no more! I can't stand to hear my own whining anymore!

It's December 1st!

If you have anything you would like to whine about, feel free to share it in the comment thread! Anything! Consider it my gift to you for this holiday season!
 Happy Holidays!
Leaf Of The Day
December 1st 2015
Mood: Happy

~Me :)

Monday, November 30, 2015

A Look Back At November 2015...

Leaf Of The Day
November 30th, 2015

"November's sky is chill and drearier
November's leaf is red and sear."

~William Cullen Bryant

We are nearing the last days of autumn for this year. November saw the trees finally lit with real color, and just yesterday my heart sank as I realized the branches on my favorite trees are beginning to look bare. I will keep photographing the leaves wherever I find them, hopefully they will still shine into early 2016. 2012 did. In fact the leaves pretty much turned well into March of that year! Winter was barely noticeable, but with the impending El Nino I am not so sure about history repeating itself. Still, as I said, I will be photographing the leaves, as long as I can!

Okay, on with our look back at November 2015 in photographs,
 but first a poem...


November comes
And November goes
With the last red berries
And the first white snows

With night coming early
and dawn coming late
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate

The fires burn
And the kettles sing
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.

~Edward Thomas

On To December...

Mood: Happy

~Me :)

Sunday, November 29, 2015

One Day

"He who contemplates the depths of Paris is seized with vertigo.
 Nothing is more fantastic. Nothing is more tragic.
 Nothing is more sublime."

~Victor Hugo

San Francisco is the great geographical love of my life. The Golden Gate Bridge takes my breath away, as does each neighborhood, and of course, sourdough bread. There is nothing quite like the taste of sourdough bread, fresh from the oven, with just a little bit of butter. You only need a small amount of butter, and really that is a matter to taste, because the warm bread is amazingly decadent. Well, I think so anyway. Yes, I love San Francisco, but there are other places I have dreamed about seeing one day. You have to feel the bittersweet of leaving home, to know the sweet joy of returning... right?

On my list are New York City. Bangor, Maine. Lake Champlain, Vermont. Whistler in Canada. London. Helsinki, Finland, and of course, Paris, France. Alan and I have been learning French, through Rosetta Stone, and one day, if the lottery is in our favor, we will see Paris. I thought earlier this year we may have had a chance, when we settled our case against our landlord out of court, but about half of the money ended up being wasted through that stupid, false condo deal. We lost money, and our chance to see at least one of those places, but life has a way of surprising you, so who knows... maybe one day.

For now, I will honor Paris in my heart. I will learn more recipes. Hang a tribute ornament on the tree. Finish my French homework, and most of all, pray for her. There are some bitter hearts in this world. People who can't see the beauty for the bomb. Why anyone would choose to bring terrorism to such a beautiful place is beyond me, I feel sorry for those folks who die in the name of an empty cause. Paris will go on. Paris will thrive. And the name of the suicide bomber... already forgotten. So, if luck does shine on us one day, HELL YES we will go, Paris, New York, Helsinki, Whistler.... we love you, and we will see you one day!

I just know it! 
Leaf Of The Day
November 29th 2015
 Mood: Happy

~Me :)

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Christmas Rated PG-13 Strong Language, Adult Situations

"Moneys scarce, times are hard, 
here's your fucking Christmas card."

~Phillis Diller

We never made it to Union Square yesterday. Hostages situations. New home blues. Total discombobulation in general. BAH HUMBUG! That's how we felt until about noon, or so, then Alan and I decided to take the sticks out of our asses and head for the Tilden Park Merry-Go-Round Christmas Fantasy. A family tradition of ours, the day after Thanksgiving, for years! It never fails to bring the smiles back to our faces, and put the Christmas spirit back into our hearts. This is year two of the new management, and it's not quite the same as when we first discovered the magic, but the carousel animals have been freshly painted, and the places looks so happy that it's hard to dwell in the past. The new owners are doing their best to keep the tradition alive, so we are just going to go and enjoy the Christmas Spirit.

And to those who have their Candy Cane's up their Asses about it...

They Are Doing The Best They Can!
And To All A Good Night!

 Leaf Of The Day
November 28th 2015
Mood: Okay

~Me :)

Friday, November 27, 2015

FaLaLaLa... Black Friday Is Here!

"I went shopping at the general store...
 they wouldn't let me buy anything specific."

~Steven Wright

It's one of our favorite days of the year... BLACK FRIDAY! And Alan and I are ready for the fun! You see, it's not the shopping that really intrigues us, rather it's the people watching that we adore! People go crazy... they are rude, mean-spirited and selfish, but by the same token we have also seen folks let other folks take the very last "Black Friday Doorbuster" as well. Granted, not as often as we have seen the competitive shoppers, but it does happen. Once Alan and I saw two ladies carrying their super Black Friday bargains all lined up on a shower rod. There must have been thirty bags between them, and they were running onto the next bargain! Alan and I laughed for most of the day, and marveled at the amazing idea! So, off to the fun for 2015! What in the world will we see this time? Check back here this weekend to see what we saw!

Leaf Of The Day
Friday, November 27th 2015

Mood: Happy

~Me :)

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving 2015

"Give Thanks For Unknown Blessings Already On The Way..."

~Native American Saying

From Our House To Yours...

Leaf Of The Day
November 26th 2015
Mood: Happy/Grateful

~Me :)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


"Even in the midst of the storm, the sun is still shining."

~Dayna Lovely

California is finally getting rain! And snow! I love a cold, dark, rainy Thanksgiving, because it makes for a cuddly, lazy day with Alan and the boys. It's been forever since we all took a long nap together, while the cold rain outside sang us to sleep. I am hoping for rain on Thanksgiving, but alas, I think it will only be partly cloudy. Oh well, that's fine, bottom lining it we are together, and happy, and yes, THANKFUL. While 2015 has been nothing short of turbulent, it's also held some wonderful surprises! After all, we had NO idea we would be in our own home this year, and yet here we are, and despite all the uncertainty we are happy. That's because of the love we feel for each other, the fur babies included, we are just happy we are together, nothing else matters.

And for that I am truly thankful!

Leaf Of The Day
November 25th 2015
Mood: Happy

~Me :)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Leaf Of The Day For Tuesday, November 24th 2015

"The human spirit must prevail over technology."

~Albert Einstein

If only there were real geniuses like Albert Einstein around today! If only they hired ONLY geniuses, like Albert Einstein at AT&T Uverse, perhaps someone could finally resolve my TV and Internet issues! Someone was supposed to call me tonight, to reschedule my service call... they haven't... so here I sit, with only spotty connectivity. So, tonight I am simply posting the Leaf Of The Day for Tuesday, rather than one of my long winded, repetitive rants and about nonsense. Please... no applause necessary! LOL! See, I haven't quite lost my sense of humor about my TV tiling in and out, and the occasional full stop of my service all together. Hell, at this point all I can do is laugh. But there is a bit of serious involved as well. I have to pay my mortgage at the end of the week, and if I don't use the Internet to do it, I get charged an extra $12.00. And I would like to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, not capitalism, and by the way, we live in a very unstable time. God forbid... who knows how many more parades are in any of our futures? We don't. We really don't. 

Mood: Perplexed

~Me :)

Monday, November 23, 2015

November Photo Jaunting

"Fallen leaves lying on the grass in November sun
 bring more happiness than daffodils."

~Cyril Connolly

I love that quote. Alan gets a couple extra days off this week for the holiday, so hopefully we can make our way up to the snow soon. It's been a long time since I felt snow in my hand, or heard it make a slushy sound under my feet. I would love to go on a warm November day. Well, a sunny November day anyway! LOL. I want to get out and get back to being me, the me who goes looking for the adventure. It's all waiting for me, I just need to find the energy. It hasn't helped that several times when I did have the energy to go photo jaunting, I suddenly had to change plans to wait for the Uverse repairman to come out and fix our constantly down service!

We have two play a bit of catch-up because my AT&T Uverse service went out again yesterday. SIGH! My patience is quickly running out. As of later today, the 19th repairman since September 9th will be attempting to fix my service! Ugg!

Leaf Of The Day
Sunday, November 22nd 2015

Leaf Of The Day
Monday November 23rd 2015

The leaves are finally beginning to get some moisture, 
and it's making them amazingly beautiful!

Mood: Happy

~Me :)

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Withered Autumn Leaves In 3 Versions...

"A withered maple leaf has left its branch
 and is falling to the ground;
 its movements resemble those of a butterfly in flight.
 Isn't it strange? 
The saddest and deadest of things is yet so like the
 gayest and most vital of creatures?"

~Ivan Turgenev
Fathers And Sons

Every once in a while I like to put one of my photos through the enhanced filters I have available in my photo editing software, or my favorite photo editing site... Ribbet. Here we have an example of one of my photos if it were done in watercolors, rather than as a photograph. I really like this version, and it makes me wonder why I don't convert my photos more often? I have also planned to do some paintings of my photos. I have the easel right here, and a lot of paints, yet something stops me every winter from getting my act together, and doing that painting! Maybe this will be the year. Shrug. I kinda hope so, or even better yet, maybe Alan and I can finally do that couples painting we have been promising to do. That sounds like fun too! You know, a little procrastination makes for missing a lot of fun! And for what? Wasting time? It's not like I am getting younger... like the leaves... I SO not getting any younger! LOL. But I am doing quite nicely at withering away... LOL.


(Cool Tone)

So tell me, which one of the three versions do you like best?
Leaf Of The Day
November 21st 2015

Mood: Happy

~Me :)

Friday, November 20, 2015

Autumn, In The Midst Of Living At My Desk

"My ideas usually come not at my desk writing
 but in the midst of living."

~Anais Nin

Here is what my old desk looked like...

When we still lived in the cottage, but since we moved my office space has changed, like all other parts of my life, completely. First of all, I have my own office, rather than using an extra large space off the kitchen that I think was meant for a pantry, but which fit my needs as an office much better. Now, my office has a door! LOL. And it looks out over the swimming pool, which is nice, because it casts a soft blue/green glow in the room early in the morning. It's on the east side of the house, which means I also get the gentle morning light of early morning. It's pretty early in the day, I just love that golden color. 

It's all white on the walls, but I have hung some posters and put up some simple shelves I got from IKEA. I have a new TV on the opposite wall, so I can watch my favorite shows while editing photos and posting to my blog. The biggest change might be my new desk, also from IKEA. I had a big desk, as you can see in the above photo, but Alan didn't want to move it, and it was kinda on it's last legs, so he took a hammer to it. My goodness my heart broke. I had a lot of good times at that desk, but it was time to move on I suppose. Sigh. Well, anyway, my office isn't quite finished, but it will be soon. Until then I will leave you with this brief glimpse.

 There is more to come, so stay tuned!

Leaf Of The Day
November 20th 2015
Mood: Happy/Nostalgic

~Me :)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Curb Appeal

"The smell of burning firewood and the molding of organic, earthy substances reminded her of jumping wildly into the enormous leaf piles of autumn past
 and she suddenly wished that it was appropriate for someone her age to do such a thing."

~Abby Slovin
Letters In Cardboard Boxes

I love leaves! I love everything about them. I love when they turn and fall from the trees, and I love raking them up into big piles. Granted, I appreciate doing that more when my body isn't inflamed with Fibromyalgia pain, but even when I have to take it easy with the amount of leaf raking I can get done, I enjoy any time spent with leaves, and I am thrilled to live in my own home now, where I have complete control of the landscaping around me.

By this time next year I hope to add at least 5 more rose bushes, and at least 4 dwarf Japanese Maple varieties. I am going to plant a couple of them in the yard and a few will be in decorative pots. Because of the drought in California, Stockton has a list of trees and plants you are allowed to plant and fortunately some of my very favorite are on the list! Ginkgo is especially lovely. I love their little fan shaped leaves, and Willow is another gorgeous option. I want to make the place lovely for us, I am lucky to have a hubby who loves autumn as much as I do! And trees too!

 It's our plan to live here a few years and then maybe move back to the Bay Area, so I will be able to, hopefully, take a couple of the trees with me, but I want to leave the place peaceful and lovely for whoever purchases the house next. I want the yard to not just have curb appeal, I want to house to put out a genuine welcoming vibe and spirit.
 An autumn spirit.

Do you have a favorite tree?
And tell me, if you were buying a new home would trees and shrubs be a deal maker or deal breaker?
Leaf Of The Day
November 19th 2015
Mood: Happy

~Me :)