Once the weather and our health had finally improved, his parents and I took my grandson to the park where his perpetual energy found a better outlet than in a small, two-bedroom apartment. There I discovered signs of spring, one of which were a number of these small daisies in patches throughout the grass. I felt much as Edna did, only substituting “photograph” for “touch.” I fell far short of a hundred, but they certainly made me glad.

“I will be the gladdest thing under the sun! I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one.”
― Edna St. Vincent Millay

Our California vacation didn’t turn out exactly as planned (understatement!) but I did manage to find two more power-full doors that I thought you might like. After deciding to use the slider, I had a moment of panic when I couldn’t find it, only to realize it’s called “image compare.” 🙂 As we were in southern California, our son-in-law surfs (not pictured on this first box!), and maybe because these boxes featured surfboards, a reference to the Beach Boys seemed apropos.

You get a bonus skateboard in this second set. A side note: one of the locations mentioned in “Surfin’ USA” is Redondo Beach, home of these boxes and our family.

If everybody had an ocean
Across the U.S.A
Then everybody’d be surfin’
Like Californi-a
You’d see them wearing their baggies
Huarache sandals too
A bushy bushy blond hairdo
Surfin’ U.S.A

Thursday Doors 3.9.23

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and three seconds and I’ll gift you with what we saw on a chilly beach walk this (Monday) night.

Southern California as expected. 😁

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Live from the pitch

Posted: February 25, 2023 in Uncategorized

Games suspended for severe weather until…who knows?

The unexpected day

Posted: February 25, 2023 in Personal
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When we got our tickets for the LA sevens rugby tournament, we expected cool, lovely weather. Instead we arrived to an unprecedented storm, which has dropped snow in Southern California down to about 1000 feet in elevation and has been pummeling the area with rain and high winds.

The view as we drove beneath sunny skies was stunning.

But about an hour from the coast, the weather deteriorated rapidly, leaving us deciding this morning whether or not to weather the weather. We’ll see what happens.

Something had a nip at this butterfly but it lived to fly another day and obviously hanging in there. I’m flying (driving, actually) to California today for another rugby 7’s tournament and family time but the weather might not be too cooperative. The storm which is terrorizing California and much of the West and upper Midwest is threatening to dump rain on southern California, a 90% chance on Saturday although supposedly clear on Sunday. We’ll see. I have rain gear, although not heavy-duty, heavy-duty large garbage bags to serve as coats and over-the-knee-coverage as needed, as well as umbrellas. In 2014 at a stage of the Tour de France, garbage bags saved the day and that of the French couple next to us, so don’t discount them. Anyway…

Not sure how much I’ll be online but I leave you with this lovely butterfly and best wishes for a good weekend. I imagine I might be posting from the road if circumstances are right. 🙂

You already know from several of my previous posts that Mission San Xavier del Bac south of Tucson, Arizona is beautiful with doors that are the same. Now you can see that they also have attractive gates. The design on this first one is purely Southwest.

This one is more church-related but after all, it is a mission. 🙂

The last gate isn’t remarkable, but the surrounding entryway definitely appeals and I liked the way the whole photo set up. Don’t go running out that gate at night (or any time) without looking where you’re going. Cacti are very unforgiving!

Thursday Doors 2.23.23

Bringing sunshine to your day

Posted: February 22, 2023 in flowers
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This Arizona poppy is brought to you courtesy of the beautiful state of Arizona. The photo’s not from this year, but I’m hopeful I’ll be seeing lots more of them soon, maybe even a superbloom, something I’ve never been fortunate enough to see. In the meanwhile, enjoy the sunshine.