Monday, February 29, 2016

GOOD. RANDOM. FUN. V.9 {2016}

taken outside the Container Store, San Jose
flowers & vegies
reds & purples
GOOD color & texture!
Mission San Miguel, San Miguel, CA
During my drive from Allie's, I took 20 minutes to stretch my legs & take a few RANDOM pictures.

Located 51 miles north of my home,
Mission San Miguel has the only surviving original church altar found in ANY of
the 21 California missions.
This EYE of GOD is located at the center of the church altar... and reminded the mission Indians they had a God who watched over them. My iPad picture doesn't capture the beauty of the colors or details of the design. 

A "baker's dozen" = the number of days spent with Ms.Lola... she's simply FUN, FUN, FUN.
Her expressions tug at your heart!
As much as we wanted her to stay,
her LOVE was needed at home - Allie & Brian were anxious to have their furry baby back.
JPE & I miss our Lola-Bug.

posting with Tamar at Random-osity

My question for today?
How are you spending your L.E.A.P. DAY?

Monday, February 22, 2016

GOOD. RANDOM. FUN. V.8 {2016}

 Asparagus, Parmesan Cheese Fritatta
cleaned out the fridge - GOOD for breakfast & dinner

RANDOM = Spring + Easter decorations
are beginning to appear in stores!
Wish I had purchased one of these felt bunnies
so I could try to make my own pattern!

creative FUN
(l) used PicMonkey to add a red hat & sunglasses to a pic of Lola
(r) took pic of a pillow that resembled Lola
(at Therapyone of my favorite stores
in Mountain View)
 she's such a C.U.T.I.E. P.A.T.O.O.T.I.E.

Lola will be going home Tuesday...
we will M.I.S.S. her sweet little face! 

posting with Tamar @ Random-osity

Sunday, February 21, 2016


Cambria Pines Lodge, Cambria, CA
I think I need to "pin" this so I can duplicate it
in my garden!

WOW! love this bedroom!

be careful! 

let's go check out the POOL now!

still following along?

ummm... this is an awfully small pool house...

the pool was closed for the winter!
well, it's time to head back to the car...

hope you enjoyed this magical visit??

(pssst... this was sort of a silly way to be able to post some of my pictures)

Friday, February 19, 2016

FIVE ON FRIDAY {2.19.16}

Shell Beach, CA
Sunsets along the coast have been stunning!

The "hummers" are storming the feeder! this photo was captured on my iPhone. 

LOLA... our sweet grand-dog!
she's been visiting while Allie & Brian are in Washington DC.
Her expressions "crack-me-up"... I think she was wanting to sit in the sun!

Wednesday's rain fall totaled about 3/4 of a inch. Given the California drought, we are grateful for any rain.

Cambria Pines Lodge

posting with FIVE on FRIDAY!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016


quote by Okakura Kakuzo (1862-1913) Japanese author, The Book of Tea
Oh boy! it's hump day (the middle of the work week, which I no longer have to think about)...

WEATHER-WIZE: After unseasonably warm weather (mid-80's) we are experiencing chilly weather & had a dash of drizzle this morning. 

HOME-LAND: We are enjoying having LOLA (our grand-dog) for a visit. She's such an adorable Boston Terrier... a real cuddle-bug when she wants to be (usually while you are sitting on the sofa trying to read)! JPE has been training her to run on a slack leash. They run down the center of our condo complex street (away from the distracting smells of the landscape & bushes). It's a kick watching them take off each morning for two times around the complex.

CALENDAR-STUFF: JPE & I are headed to a meeting this afternoon. Even though we have both retired from SLO County Office of Education, we still maintain ties with our community agencies... 

Don't you love this picture? it was taken on a trip to Virginia/Washington DC this past October. The leaves had just started turning COLORS... I envy those who have "seasons" they must adjust to... On the coast (Pismo Beach, CA) we have few seasonal changes... 

Allie & Brian are in Arlington/Wash DC visiting SLE & MB. They have enjoyed the "hushed" sounds of falling snow on Monday, then Tuesday, they were treated to a "chilly downpour" that turned the snow into slush & ice. Other than wanting to experience more snow, they have enjoyed the "constant readjustments to their surroundings."

Will plan to see you tomorrow...

Monday, February 15, 2016

GOOD. RANDOM. FUN. V.7 {2016}

Sunday, February 14, 2016 - VALENTINE'S DAY
GOOD - Went for an afternoon drive to our favorite place along the Shell Beach cliffs! Yesterday was a beautiful, warm (mid-80's) day along the beach. Not exactly winter weather, but okay, I can live with a few days, THEN we better get some more of that El Nino weather (meaning... rain) before all the trees bloom thinking it's Spring. The 101 highway was sooo crowded it took us 65 minutes to drive home... in general, it's a 15 minute drive.

RANDOM - A group of women were practicing their hula dance for an upcoming performance. They were being accompanied by a guy on his guitar. A lovely addition to the beauty of the coastline.

Allie's classroom - Thursday, February 11th
FUN - Volunteered in Allie's TK classroom. (TK = Transitional Kindergarten). Haven't seen her students since October... they are ALL 5 years old now...
She has the most interesting items in her classroom! a new set of puppets with an upper & lower case letter on them...
And, doesn't this plate of (plastic) spaghetti look tasty? At the beginning of the school year, playing in the kitchen was the TOP choice during free-time... now it's the writing center (they love those glue sticks + scrap paper). Allie has a huge stack of little "treasures" created by her students!
 Posting with Tamar at Random-osity
Last I checked, she was enjoying
a snowy day on the slopes!

Sunday, February 14, 2016


taken 2.11.16 - ALLIE's birthday!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ALLIE (ACE)! ummm... as I'm typing this, I realized that ALLIE is no longer ACE. Those WERE the initials of her first-middle-last name. She's married now, so technically, she is ACM, but I think I'll refer to her as ALLIE from this point on.

I drove up to volunteer in Allie's classroom on Weds & Thursday... and take her to buy some work-out shoes for her BIRTHDAY.

JPE + Lola ~ VALENTINE'S DAY 2.14.16
AND... I picked up LOLA to spend a vacation here while Allie & Brian are visiting SLE & MB in Arlington, VA & Washington DC. 

Saturday, February 13, 2016


In honor of the upcoming
here's a collage of some RED items from my photo archives.

RED wooden airplane - Open House in SLO
RED bowl - White House tour 
(state service selected by Abraham Lincoln)
RED accordion - Winchester, VA
RED buttons - personal button collection

:: is an emotionally intense color ::

RED evokes feelings of passion, desire, love
Brides in Nepal & India wear RED saris.
Japanese women wear RED kimonos for good luck & happiness.

RED is associated with war, energy, danger, power
Stop signs are RED to signify danger.
Countries include RED in their flags to signify power.

and, lastly...
Men love when women wear RED!

Friday, February 5, 2016


L.O.V.E. this publication!
 First issue - Christmas gift from Allie & Brian.

C.O.O.L... I'll be my brother-in-law could build something like this!

who wouldn't want a TIN MAN?? he captured my HEART!!

adding another quote to my collection!

aren't you amazed at the creativity of people?

posting at Five on Friday

off to Cambria Pines to preview a workshop
...thinking I may have a hard time concentrating in such a beautiful location!

Monday, February 1, 2016

GOOD. RANDOM. FUN. V.5 {2016}

Saturday, we took a drive to Montana de Oro... about 25 minutes from our house. There are H.U.G.E. cliffs with sweeping views of the midnight blue ocean. Waves were pounding the rocks, people stood along the bluffs enjoying the wind and watched the storm blow in. It was sooooo GOOD to be out in nature...

Hopping rocks, looking in tidepools, exploring between the incoming tide... A few RANDOM samples of ocean life. 

Some FUN... a break from procrastinating
(still decluttering the bathrooms,
honestly, I haven't gotten far...).
Too late for Christmas, but it was certainly FUN mailing this ornament to Allie & Brian
  • I photocopied both sides of their wedding invitation on card-stock, cut it into slivers of paper, which I rolled around a pencil & dropped them inside this glass bauble.
  • Then I punched purple(s) & green confetti from the crepe paper I used to make their wedding flowers. 
  • Here are the photos I sent to family showing them how this looked. Since no one had seen the ornament, I labeled the arrows showing them what the curled paper pieces were... C.U.T.E. & FUN!

posting with Tamar @ Random-osity


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