Sunday, February 26, 2017

another wander amongst the oaks

It was morning and we decided it would be nice to go on a walk. Our first pick was to walk the Bluffs Trail at MontaƱa de Oro only when we got out of the car, the mama a-go-go got blown away. The wind was fierce and even I had a hard time attempting to stay upright. I laughed so hard, I began to wheeze. The mama a-go-go however, was not amused, and so back into the car we went, next stop, the Oaks Reserve where we would be protected by trees (as long as they do not blow over onto us) and where we might possibly spy some mushrooms.
Sure enough, barely into the reserve there were mushrooms left and right. It was still pretty windy but it wasn't hitting us and so we continued through amongst the greenery.
The Oaks Reserve is a favorite wander of ours. You begin walking under a few oaks and then the trail takes you across an ancient sand dune with lichen covered trees on either side of you before you head back into the Reserve. Even on hot summer days, the Reserve remains cool.
Stay on the trail to keep your self from wandering into poison oak, which is everywhere! The trail breaks off into a couple of different paths that loop back onto themselves, at times, paralleling the creek. If you go after a rain, there will be a lovely collection of mushrooms, but there will also be mud so be warned.
There weren't many birds this time around, maybe a woodpecker or two. The bees were out, a few beetles, and a rabbit, but other than that, it was just the three of us and the wind.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

photo diary: february 16-21

feb 16: lovely package, still recovering, another sick day
feb 17: rain, more gifties, all the oolong, reading by headlamp with the power out
feb 18: solar friends, birthday mail, more swappy pretty, finding joy in the succulents
feb 19: our neighbor's camelias, gold crown sparrow in the garden, all the pudding, with a gatorade chaser...
feb 20: more rain, more tea, finding joy, all the reads...
feb 21: surprise postie, dollar section joy, another day another jar of gatorade, happy mail

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

photo journal: february 8-14

feb 8: all the berts and ernies plus a pretty sunset
feb 9: the flax is coming, another chicken mug, the view of the week, my hero...
feb 10: pink room kooky, all the tea, still sick, tomato sprouts
feb 11: tj's brioche turned french toast, our local kite, rain on flamingo, a new yummy rice dish
feb 12: finding mushrooms wherever I go, library read, chicken soup from leftovers, another pretty sunset
feb 13: my new favorite t-shirt, books I want to read, happy mail day, making cocoa playdough
feb 14: painting w ice cream cones, happy classroom mess, valentines for my kiddos, classroom party...

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

photo journal: february 1-7

feb 1: pretty light, happy colors, all the goldenrod, winter clouds
feb 2: citrus party, raindrop, week of nicoles, this cat.
feb 3: more nicole week, blue laundry, apple blossoms, sunset
feb 4: cara caras, chicken mug, library read, new sweater
feb 5: daffodils, sunflower seeds, starting tomatoes, new recipe
feb 6: favorite snack. at the allergist, scaredy cat, happy cloth napkins
feb 7: early spring blooms, the shirt of the week, all the remedies, sleeping it off

Wednesday, February 01, 2017