Tuesday, October 19, 2010

It never rains in California...

...it pours, MAN it pours!

Our corner of the world anxiously awaited a BIG rainstorm to blow through last night. Well, I waited and waited and waited some more but nary a drop fell in our neighborhood. The morning news reported that it rained and thundered and lightninged (ok, I know there is no such word!) apparently in PARTS of San Diego. Whataaa? It finally came for us around 10:30-11 this morning with a vengence! However, it seemed that as quickly and ferociously as it came, it stopped. The whole day was one big drizzle after the big downpour.
Batten down the hatches!

Current weather conditions:

Currently: 64°F Rain
San Diego, California
Currently: 18°C Rain
Wind: North at 0 MPH
Humidity: 77%
Dewpoint: 57°F
Barometer: 29.89 inches

Raindrops keep falling on my...

Forecast for the week

Rain swept street in front of my house.

Sadie softly snoring through the mid-morning rain storm safe in her bed. She's snuggled in her serape that I got at a neighbor's yard sale for $1.

Kitty positioned himself on Sadie's other bed in front of the picture window in the living room. He was resting peacefully until I disturbed him - sorry Kitty.

Hope you are managing to stay dry wherever you are in the world!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Mid week interlude

Photographs du jour, taken on our morning walk. Just little bits and bobs going on in our neighborhood.

A little peek into a garden

Feeling a bit naughty, who would miss just one banana?

I love figs. I know it's a wierd fruit with a funny texture. As a kid I loved fig newtons and fairly recently a friend's grandma made a fig cake and it was delicious.

A neighbor's grape vine, they look like champagne grapes I think.

I thought this vine was pretty.

Gorgeous flowers

Funny sign on a local business.

An amusing little fellow with some magic mushrooms!

Door knocker on a garden gate

Notice how the garden is in a circle? I call it the San Diego version of Stonehenge.

A remnant of happier times

If you like pinwheels, I'm sure Martha Stweart can show you how to make one.

A mail box almost hidden by the vines

Allrighty then!

Hello kitties!

It's Mikey, a furry little dynamo!

The lovely Sadie who did not want to pose for this picture!

Is it Halloween yet?

This house is always about Halloween every year

This is more my speed!

And finally, Sadie and I saw a great bumper sticker that said....
Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and good with ketchup!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

tea pots, bargains and john lennon

If anyone is thinking of coming out to southern California, now would be the time! The weather has cleared up, the temperature is mild and in the low to mid 80s, and there is nothing but sunshine. Is there nothing better than basking in the sun's warmth after a week of cold rainy weather?

Beautiful La Jolla Cove

This calls for a day of searching for bargains and I found myself another teapot at Goodwill! I have such an obsession with tea pots and while I do have some that are functional most of them are purely decorative like this little beauty. I really couldn't pass this one by at $4.

Isn't it cute how the lid sits askew atop the tea pot?

And while at Goodwill I picked up a new blankie for Sadie as cooler weather promises to be rolling in soon. It's actually a baby blanket which is exactly how I think of Sadie...my little girl.

On a recent cruise past a yard sale, a lovely lady watched me pick up this little pitcher and said I could have it for free! I couldn't pass that up - here it is:

And finally, always one on the lookout for a bargain, I was at JC Penney's big blowout sale not so long ago where I found a pair of cropped jeans. It had some bling on it, not something I would search out, but it was my size so I figured why not. It fit, ok, should I get it? When I looked at the price tag I couldn't believe it....

...Yes, the original price was $68 and I only paid $6.49 for it...a total savings of $62! It was the find of the century!

I'm not one for ripped jeans or jeans with bling but this pair has grown on me, and they are comfortable! A close up of the bling, silver sequins.

Here I am with a bracelet from Foverever 21 and Jones NY shoes.

By now I'm sure you've heard it was John Lennon's birthday yesterday. Hard to believe he would have been 70. I still think of the Beatles as being young, very young.
like this...
or this...

or like this

Last Sunday I happened to catch CBS Sunday Morning and they had a wonderful interview with Julian Lennon on the occassion of the opening of his photography exhibit in New York. It was insightful and amazing as he talked of his father, his love of his brother, his extended family and speaking of family, the Lennon family feud. Julian said he sent invitations to his mom and Yoko and they both knew the other was invited. I think you'll be surprised when you watch this video.

Julian Lennon interview on CBS

I couldn't find any John Lennon or Beatles music on Playlist so instead please enjoy the music of Julian Lennon and Sean Lennon!

Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tuesday's Child is off window shopping

I have been complaining of the weather lately being in triple digits haven't I? Well, two weeks later we are in the mid to high 60s. Today started off cold and drizzly and here are some pics as I make my way to Seaport Village to meet my niece Jamie in town for business.

At a stop light in back of a truck full of tortillas! You can see a police car on the right.

It really got dark and rainy as I headed down Washington Street

Straight ahead is an old brewery

Finally made it to Busters in Seaport Village to meet up with Jamie. I started things off with a cup of coffee and she had a delicious looking hot chocolate.

Oh, yummy!

Here is my niece Jamie about to dig in...

...to a delicious order of french toast with toasted coconut and bananas.

Yes, that's me eyeing up what's on my plate...

...Eggs Benedict!

Surprisingly the weather had cleared up when we left the restaurant BUT just for the record it did get overcast once again and the temperature cooled.

Look at these gorgeous flowers and a beautiful blue sky.

There are so many beautiful photo ops, here are a few

One of the many plaza's that dot the village

Cerveza, anyone!

Love this sign

Here's a store called Urban Lounge which features a lot of fair trade items.

This isn't such a great shot but here is a photo of the USS Ronald Reagan across the bay.

In the distance towards the left is the Coronado Bridge.

Let me take you into my favorite store at Seaport Village. It's Upstart Crow and besides books and great lattes, they got lots unique merchandise.

From fun jewelry...

...to the expected tchotchkes!

A take on soap on a rope, how about candles on a rope

Pretty little tea pot

A selection of teas

Love this mug!


Ok, remember my last post where I found that cute kitty mug? I did go back to Marshall's to pick it up and did you happen to guess what the price was? I was pleasantly surprised!

Yes, only $2.99 so I did pick it up!

Have a great rest of the week!