Life Lessons


"Figuring out our gifts in life is part of our journey to becoming enlightened human beings.” – Allison DuBois

Monday, February 20, 2017

Wet and Wild

Song - Sunset Piper at the Inn at Spanish Bay


 Every night at sunset, there appears a bagpiper to say goodnight to the links at Spanish Bay.  He walks along the 18th hole with the ocean and sunset behind him.  It is a sight to behold.




So several months ago I decided to plan a trip to Carmel with Mr. B for his birthday and to surprise him I invited all of the kids to join us for dinner at Spanish Bay!




The weekend was great....except for the weather and road conditions.  In fact the hotel called me on Friday at noon saying they had no power nor did they have any idea as to when it would be restored so we could cancel. 

But Mr. B is an adventurous sort and decided if we could get food and wine, then we should go!!! Talley Ho....





 By the time we got to our hotel, the power had been restored, however the kids were staying at the Santa Cruz cabin and they didn't have power nor a break in the rain.  The San Lorenzo River was close to flood stage - but Mr. B knew none of this as it was all a big surprise! There were a lot of secret texts going on.






Have you heard that Carmel is a dog friendly town?  And it is, as is our hotel - there were dogs everywhere.  They were rather well behaved too! As we came down the stairs for dinner Friday, at the Cypress Inn, there was my cousin, her husband and their new little four month old Cocker Spaniel, Romeo. They have a home in Carmel Valley and their power had been out all day so they drove into Carmel for dinner and we just bumped into each other! Romeo had a proper neck tie on for dinner - of course.  I told you that they were well behaved!





Meanwhile we had intermittent breaks in the rain & wind in Carmel and spent Saturday shopping and poking in galleries.





We stopped in at the Tuck Box for Scones & Devon cream so we could practice for our upcoming trip to Britain.  Is it cream first then preserves or preserves first then cream?  So many tough decisions in life. It was so windy that the Tuck Box sign had been blown loose!




You can see that I decided to go with Olallieberry preserves first then the cream on my scone and all I can say is - mmmmmmmmmm......mmmmm....mmm...it was a mighty good choice!



Saturday nights dinner at Roy's was a grand surprise for Mr. B but it was freezing outside while waiting for the piper to arrive.  We were seated around a big fire pit with blankets passed around by the waiters but still it was cold and windy.  The picture above is the ocean whipping around that evening and the very top photo is of our piper.  I'm still not sure how his fingers played the bagpipe when it was so cold outside.



Great dinner together where we were warm.  The kids had stopped by Gayle's Bakery in Capitola and brought down a yummy cake - double chocolate with salted caramel.....yummmmmm!


Sunday we spent walking around Monterey with our son Jon and his friend Jackie.  We had a great lunch and they introduced us to an outdoor granite bench that is warmed from within - they had to tear me away!




Monday we headed home in the pouring rain.  It was a long drive with downed trees, mudslides, road closures, traffic accidents and flooding everywhere.  Mr. B thought he could outsmart them and took several back roads - most made us turn around to only to try to find another route but one worked out great.








We made it home safely and are looking out our back window with our own creek on the rise.

Hope you are warm and dry where every you may live.


" The Carmel is a lovey little river.  It isn't very long but in it's course it has everything a river should have.  It...tumbles down a while, runs through shallows, ...crackles among round boulders,  wanders lazily under sycamores, spills into pools where trout live.  In the winter it becomes a torrent, ... and in the summer it is a place for children to wade in and for fisherman to wander in." 
--John Steinbeck, Cannery Row


PS - at 4 am we had a blasting Emergency Alert on our cell phones - I thought the hotel was on fire but no it was to notify us that the Carmel River was flooding - I guess Mr. Steinbeck didn't have that joy!  We had about 6 alarms on our way home on Sunday notifying us of flooding in our area - thanks - I didn't notice!



Thursday, February 16, 2017

Looking for a Home

Song - Oak Titmouse Spring Mating Call


Last year for my birthday I asked Mr. B for a birdhouse that we could place on a light post near our side lawn - which happened to be where our son & daughter-in-law got married.  He chose the one below.....



Now this is a cute little birdhouse in a rustic sort of way that felt a little too rustic for a wedding site.



And here is the one that I chose below.  I love it with it's gleaming white base and copper roof.  It also has holes on both sides and a partition in the middle so that two families can make homes there....kind of like a bird condo!




Well, I have never seen a bird near this house and just in the last few weeks a little Oak Titmouse has been trying to lure a mate into Mr. B's rustic house.



He/she sits on top of the birdhouse all morning and sings her/his little heart out. Then she comes back in the afternoon to do it again.  It's very dear.




And in the last few days she has decided to check out the inside to see if it's suitable for a home.




I am hoping it is!



I just love it when my husbands is right......mmmm...


"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful,
 for beauty is God's handwriting." 
 ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, February 10, 2017

A Trickster In My Garden

Song - Cartoon Hoedown by Media Right Productions




Zipper the Squirrel is looking for me through my office window



He comes closer and double checks that I'm still here 
and not walking toward the door to pelt him with ice cubes.





Go to the right?



"Hey Zipper.....I see you!"


Better go to the left!





Zipper's got one hand on the prize but still checking to make sure I'm seated.





"Zipper - Don't you dare"-  Jeanette says while shaking her finger at him.





"I'm warning you Zipper - Don't you dare"



And he does.....


.... d a r e !





 How does he get into that little space?

I don't really know because just before he goes into the feeder - I'm at the door!

I clap my hands and throw an ice cube at him.





And by the time I sit back down, this is what I see.....

 




About a hundred times each day.






But Tyler and I have a trick up our sleeves - 

I'll send you a photo as soon as I catch him eating the nuts inside the horses head..... tee hee!




"Comedy is a necessity to get through life with the fewest scars. 
Humor is the best antidote to relieve all struggles." -- Suzy Kassem

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

TBT

Song - Vivaldi's Winter - The Piano Guys



My cousin Susan with Missy and myself with Molly at the family cabin in Lake Tahoe - c. 1965




A snowlady that I made with my friend Jill on the same deck as upper photo - c. 2012



"I want to become acutely aware of all I have taken for granted" – Sylvia Plath

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Mr. B's Silver Ladle

Song - Gonna Fly Now - Rocky Theme Song

Every year about at this time of winter our friends, Bob & Chris hold an Annual Soup Tasting Party.  About 12 couples each bring a pot of soup which is anonymously placed on a table with a tag which includes the name of the soup and a number.  Each person gets a bowl and a voting sheet where they can take notes and rate each soup as it's tasted.

Most years I make the soup but this year Mr. B wanted to be involved...and it came down to the last minute of deciding on a recipe, shopping and cooking....'cause that's how he hangs.

I'm thinking that you kinda know what I am going to tell you.....




Yes...Mr. B's Tomato Soup won!

And the photo above is of Mr. B with his award winning recipe and trophy - a silver ladle.


Here is the recipe - as best as his memory recollects......
The base recipe was from a Ree Drummond recipe and he added a pinch of this and a taste of that until it was just what he was looking for.




Next year Mr. B has decided to use his ladle for tasting wine just like a sommelier! 

It's great to have a chef in the house!!!



"I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food." 
- W.C. Fields




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Food is everything we are. It's an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It's inseparable from those from the get-go.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/search_results.html?q=anthony+bourdain
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