Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Today on the way to work, I heard this "dense fog warning"! Now the driving was about the same as usual. So I began to ponder: Fog or dense fog. What defines dense fog. According to wiki, dense fog is visibility of less than 1/4 mile. Then as I pursued the subject a little more, I found not only is there fog and dense fog, but there is also "VERY DENSE FOG"! What ever you call it. . . I AM GETTING VERY TIRED OF ANY KIND OF FOG!! Give me some sunshine!



Lo de Marcos here I come!

Monday, January 24, 2011


The fog is like a cage without a key.

After 2 beautiful days of sunshine, I got complacent. I thought Spring was here. I was clearing the soil, wondering why Lowe's didn't have their spring plants yet. Then this morning, I opened the blinds and just gave out a big sigh!! What happened? Winter is still breathing down my neck. . . . .and cooling my bones. Once the fire was going in the stove, I warmed up and remembered it is still January. Anything can happen. Best of all, I leave in 10 days for Lo de Marcos, a truly sleepy town with a beach to die for and a kind of laid back ambiance. Which hopefully my Canadian cuz, will let me vegetate and enjoy a "peace" of paradise.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

"A day without sunshine is like. . . .

"A day without sunshine is like, you know, night."
--Steve Martin--
I mentioned before that fog creeps in . . . and then moves on. What a difference a little breeze can make. When the fog really does move on, let the sunshine in!! I was energized!! I headed out to the garden. Sure we could still have some freezing weather, but I felt like time for the winter harvest and plan for spring planting. The beets were huge. Begging to be freed from the winter soil.

"The beet is the most intense of vegetables. . . .
the melancholy vegetable,
the one most willing to suffer.
- - Tim Robbins--

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Do you ever feel you are just too busy to cook up a healthy meal? Now you will have NO EXCUSE! This recipe is too easy, even a child can mix it up and it only takes a few minutes. It is family tested and approved. In fact I am always asked for the recipe, and they can't believe it is so simple!

  • 2 cans of black beans (try 1 can S&W "caribbean recipe" and 1 can pinquitos or chili beans or 4 cups of home-cooked black beans)
  • 2 cups salsa (my fav Rojo medium restaurant style)
  • 1 pkg frozen corn (1-2 cups)
  • Squeeze of lime
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
Mix beans, salsa, and corn. May microwave for 8-10 minutes in a glass bowl or heat over medium heat for 20 minutes. Can also combine in slow cooker and cook on high for 1 hour. Add lime and garnish with cilantro to serve.
Bon App├ętit

Sunday, January 16, 2011

HE'S BACK . . . .

Since a picture is worth a thousand words. . . I don't think I need to say anything.

His "desk" in the family room!

Bed-side "table"

The chicks are back to roost, or should I say the rooster's feathered his nest?!?!

Saturday, January 8, 2011


OK, so I don't know about the little cat feet. . .

As you can see from these pictures: "It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches".
However, "then it moves on" only happens in the poem.

Tired of the winter valley fog? Head up the hill. In the California central valley, winters are characterized by days of cold, clammy fog. On the other hand, my sister lives in Fiddletown, situated in the foothills at about 2000 feet and usually looks down on the fog.

I have marked in this sea of fog exactly where I live!

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), better known as the "winter blues" is easily treated with a generous dose of sunshine!!! I hung out with my sis and found the sunshine delicious and medicine for my soul!