Saturday, October 04, 2014

A Face In The Crowd: Mr. Pumpkin's Outlook

"The face is a picture of the mind with the eyes as its interpreter."

~Marcus Tullius Cicero

I am super tired tonight, but so far the vacation is going awesome! I wish things had been going as well for this pumpkin I spotted on my way out of a pumpkin patch the other day. He has a happy little face, despite his circumstance, and I bet he would have made a fine Jack-O-Lanturn come October 31st! But he seems okay with his fate, and he made me smile, and that's a pretty good feeling.

The Leaf Of The Day...

So Far, So Good

Mood: Happy

~Me :)

Friday, October 03, 2014

Pumpkins On A Shelf

"There is something in October sets the gypsy blood astir: We must rise and follow her, when from every hill of flame She calls, and calls each vagabond by name."

~William Bliss

Look at that light! Look right now, or later today, but don't miss it.

Just stop for a moment every day of autumn and look at the light.

You can only see that particular slant of the sun in autumn.

Only in Autumn.

The Leaf Of The Day...

Mood: Happy

~Me :)

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Life Is Good!

"Sunset is a wonderful opportunity for us to appreciate all the great things the sun gives us."

~Mehmet Murat ildan

This is the first sunset of our vacation, and the first one I have photographed this vacation. It's merely the beginning of my favorite time of year. Autumn... sigh... when the sun is at it's most beautiful. When it turns everything a particular shade of gold that makes one believe nothing bad could ever happen on a day that ends like this. Of course bad stuff happens, but autumn makes it all easier to take, with the beginning of shorter days, and all the holidays that warm you from the inside out just around the corner. 
The end of this day, reminds me of what is to come!

Life is good.

The Leaf of the Day 


Mood: Happy

~Me :)

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

The Snowy Egret's Reflections

"Our power lies in our small daily choices, one after another,
 to create eternal ripples of a life well lived."
~Mollie Marti

I revisited my favorite Snowy Egret family. I love these birds so much. When they fly they look like angels just floating along, and when they finally settle down to do a little fishing, they seem to walk along almost like they walk on water!
They are amazingly graceful.
 Such beautiful, beautiful birds!

The Leaf Of The Day
Wednesday, October 1st, 2014


Mood: Happy

Me :)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Look Back At September 2014...

"Do you remember, the 21st night of September?
Love was changing the minds of pretenders
While chasing the clouds away
Our hearts were ringing
In the key that our souls were singing
As we danced in the night
Remember how the stars stole the night away."

Earth, Wind & Fire, September

It's the last day of September, which means it's time to take a look back...

September 2014

There's a lot to look forward to in October!

1. The Rocketboat
2. Our yearly ride on the Ducks amphibious vehicle
3. A Beautiful new beach in Marin County
4. The Mill Valley Film Festival
5. Apple Hill
6. Pacific Grove Monarch Sanctuary
7. The Punchline Comedy Club
8. Pier 39 Fireworks
9. Halloween
10. Assorted new Public Art
11. Wine Country... Napa, Sonoma, Glen Ellen
12. Madam Tussauds Wax Museum
13. A movie or two.
14. Pumpkin Picking in Half Moon Bay, and throughout the Bay Area
15 Assorted Farmer's Markets
16. The testing of new recipes
17. Leaf Peeping
18. The Chabot Space & Science Center Laser Show

And you never know what else, or who else might make an appearance!



Mood: HAPPY :)

~Me :)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Leafy Goodness...

"Ah, September! You are the doorway to the season that awakens my soul... but I must confess that I love you only because you are a prelude to my beloved October."

 ~Peggy Toney Horton

This is the last regular post of September, and it is also the first post during my vacation! I will be doing my usual monthly retrospective tomorrow, but beginning with Wednesday's post I will be bring you a look at what Alan and I will be up to!
Stay Tuned!

And now, here is Monday's leaf...


Mood: Happy

~Me :)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Of Boots And Birkins

"One must always have one's boots on and be ready to go."

~Michel de Montaigne

Okay, so, as of 6:00 am, Monday morning, Alan and I will officially be on vacation. We will be celebrating October, and our anniversary, and autumn goodness until November 8th. It's nice of have a month together, give or take, to just decompress from things. This past year has been stressful. While some things got a lot easier, like Donny and Nina moving off the property, other life events happened to make even good times seem like a struggle. First a good friend took his own life, and just as I was getting back to seeing the light again, one of my favorite humans ever, Robin Williams also committed suicide. I have been walking around, feeling like someone is continually kicking me in the stomach. 

And add in the world events... war in the Middle East, a airplane full of people disappearing, another one crashes due to being shot down over a war zone, shootings of unarmed children, blah, blah, blah... after a while if I wasn't feeling completely numb, I was paralysed with pain. I am okay now, I am doing what I know works the best for bringing me out of my own self imposed solitude. I am taking new photos, even if it is of the cats, or a bowl of candy. Every single day requires a new step forward, and no one can take that step for me, a fact that all depressed people come to realize and hopefully accept in their path the self healing. 

So, moving forward I have been in full vacation planning for about a month now. Alan is a wonderful man, who for some strange reason thinks I am "the best thing that ever happened to him." His words. Silly man. Just for him, I want this to be an amazing vacation, and I know if he is having a good time, his joy will rub off onto me, as it has so many times in the past. Like P!nk says in that song, "You gotta try try try." She's right. Spending time together is my best medicine. 

In that I know there will be a lot of coming and going, I have picked out a few new wardrobe items for Fall. A couple new sweaters and blouses. Two new skirts. My awesome new Rampage slouchy boots... in several different colors... a bargain steal from Groupon, and I found two terrific new purses, also from Groupon. All together, 3 new outfits 4 new pairs of shoes/boots and 2 new purses for under $100.00! I am proud of that! 

Now if I can just get the first of those purses actually delivered, that would also be amazing! You see, I ordered the first purse in early September. A gorgeous Luna Moon, vegan, Birkin knockoff, in a lovely shade of green. It should have been delivered within 2 weeks. When it wasn't, I contacted Groupon, who said it should be processed and mailed out soon. Within two days, I got an email from them saying it was on it's way! Excellent! I tracked it through 4 states and 6 processioning centers, only to get the dreaded messages that all UPS customers hate to see in their in-boxes... the dreaded EXCEPTION email that basically means there is a problem delivering your package, or in my case, purse.

Now, how a package, or a purse, can make it through all those processing centers, only to be held up, and then rejected by the final point of destination, is completely beyond me. According to UPS tracking service, my purse was loaded on a truck and drove all around Berkeley, but never quite made it to my front door. And it's the weekend, so Groupon isn't around to tell me what to do. Sheesh. I know a $30.00 purse isn't something to be all that concerned over, but I am, I think, because I really tried to budget things in such a way that I wouldn't break my own personal bank, in order to dress nicely on vacation, and now the stress of this situation has spilled over into Monday, which is day one of that very same vacation!
 I guess I should be happy that the purse I ordered isn't an actual Birkin. If it was, I would be worrying about a purse that costs $17,500! LOL. Honestly, I would never pay that amount for a purse, even if I had an endless amount of funds at my disposal. It's a purse! And besides, the Kardashian's seem to have cornered the market on Birkins. So really, I ask you, would I wanna plant down that much money to dress like a Kardashian? Ummm... nope! So why did I want this Birkin knockoff so bad? Well, because it was a lot like the Birkin that Jasmine French, played by Cate Blanchette, carried around San Francisco in the movie, Blue Jasmine. 

Yep. I found a way to bring Woody Allen into the situation. And yes, after over 2 years, I am still completely obsessed with all things Blue Jasmine, but especially Jasmine's wardrobe in the movie. It was beautiful, right down to that awesome Birkin. It's okay if my Groupon Birkin knockoff only cost $30.00, it may not be the real Hermes bag, but I love it all the same. It's just as stylish, and look at the gorgeous earthy green color, it's just perfect for my autumn wardrobe. Now, I just hope it gets here one day. Hopefully before spring. 

 I will share about the second purse I ordered in a different post.
Assuming it comes one day.

One day my purse will come...

Hey, at least I have my boots!
In purple, and black, and brown, and gray, and taupe...

Leaf Of The Day...

By the way, the entire wardrobe budget for the film, Blue Jasmine, was $35,000. It fascinates me that Woody Allen, and Suzy Benzinger, were able to pull off the movie for that amount. The clothes were perfect! And in a way, the wardrobe was an important co-star in telling that story. When the local casting calls went out for extras for the Marin County party scene, potential day actors were asked to come to the casting call, in upscale clothing for an elegant Marin County party. So when you watch the movie, take a good look around at the other people at the party! That was a brilliant idea Woody Allen had!

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Mood: Happy/Frustrated/Not Surprised/But Happy

~Me :)