52 and exhausted

I turned 52 today.  It was rung in with cards, emails, texts, phone calls and a visit.  I felt very celebrated!

Right now I’m working late, hoping third shift is in before midnight so I can get out.  I technically got enough sleep this weekend but feel like I am needing a good nights sleep.

Katherine flew in on Friday night and I picked her up after work.  Saturday we slept in a little having gotten in around 1am and then headed out to see the girls in Calimesa and Katherine got to meet Coral!  It was a very quick visit and when we got back home no one wanted to go out or wait for me to cook so Lori went out and picked us up Thai food.

Sunday we all went out to breakfast and then Katherine and I went for a walk on the beach and having not enough walking and chatting in we headed over to Bolsa Chica and walked there as well.  We all managed to make it out to dinner and had a lovely time.


Today I dropped her off on my way to work and when leaving I left Lori instructions to cook the chicken I had gotten for the weekend but didn’t cook.  Granted all I did was wash the potatoes and put them in the dish and left her directions for temp and time.  She looked up a recipe, added the herbs, onions and lemon and sent me this picture of a happy birthday dinner.  She is going to have to give up the “I don’t cook” if she keeps this up.


I am a very luck (albeit tired) girl!


First Beach of the year

Well, Seal beach that is.  (I walked Long Beach earlier in the year, it was a cloudy day also.)

This morning after breakfast we headed to the beach for a  walk.  Parked down by the jetty and wondered up the beach and back a couple of times.

The weather was cloudy and looked of rain but not cold at all.  However because it looked like rain the beach was pretty empty.  The diehard surfers were there and other beachcombers like us.

Lots of shore birds, curlews, sandpipers, seagulls, two pelicans and a heron flying over!  We were walking past a section we had just passed and I saw this conch in the surf.  It was beautiful, I picked it up and it was completely alive, showed Lori and then she got it further into the water so those shorebirds wouldn’t tear it apart.  Simply beautiful!



Hawk Walk

I have blogged about Sky Falconry before.  Lori had given me a hawk class for my birthday a couple years ago.  Well last year for Christmas she gave me a Hawk Walk.

We finally had a weekend that we could take advantage of the gift certificate before it expired.

It did mean that we were up, showered and out of the house at 4:45 this morning.  Drove down to Alpine, CA and did the hour and a half walk.  We got to fly the hawk between us and watch him soar close to the ground conserving energy and right through branches in  a tree.

At the end the hawk dispatched of a rat, completely, while the owner tethered him back up.

Once we finished it was only 10:00 a.m. and we were pretty close to San Diego so we went to a cafe for breakfast before driving home.  The rest of the day consisted of laundry and cleaning.  I have very little left in me from being up so early so I will just load up a few of the pictures.

It was an awesome day!





We were out early to beat the heat this morning.  Dropped my car off for airbags to be replaced, breakfast at a new spot and to Eldorado Nature park right when it opened at 8:00.


(another)Weekend Away

After a crazy week of work, averaging 11 hour days and 25 clients in house all week I left on Friday night and flew to visit Katherine for her birthday weekend.

I didn’t arrive until midnight and got to her house shortly after. Luckily she had my bed made up already and I pretty much said hello and hugged her before going to bed.

Saturday was a great day. Katherine had picked up some Gluten Free bread and I had French Toast for the first time in a long time. I woke up to the smell of bacon and things just got better from there.

We settled on a walk at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. It was a lovely walk and we mostly chatted and watched for birds. Lots of water fowl and one tri-colored Heron was spotted.

We stopped by the house that is soon not to be mine so I could say goodbye. Walking through it no longer felt like mine so that was a good thing. It will be easier this way when this chapter is over.

A late lunch followed at Anthony’s homeport and my salad was very yummy and our Bourbon and lemonades were even yummier. 🙂

The evening was low key, we watched a great movie “The Woman in the Van” and I had more toast because there was bread I could eat and it is such a treat!!!

Sunday I had another lovely breakfast for me and we went downtown and wondered around the Museum of History and Industry before lunch and a little more visiting before heading to the airport.  I landed about 10:40 and was home and in bed before midnight.

The weekend was fun!  However traveling two weekends in a row with a crazy work week in the middle I am exhausted and looking forward to a weekend at home.

Wednesday Morning

We have managed to work a Wednesday morning walk into our schedules.  This has happened regularly for several months now, even today although I didn’t get home from work until 2am.

We also want to incorporate this on Mondays and Fridays but that is still hit and miss with all of the things we have going on.

Wednesday however is very nice.  A walk through Eldorado Nature Center every week and then out for breakfast together.  It is a lovely low key way to break up our week when we see so little of each other during the week.

This morning this lovely Egret was having breakfast, two lizards right off the shore and many little bugs and stuff in the water.

I just loved the blue sky through the trees reflecting in the water.



Lots of the usual subjects on this morning hike.  Ducks, Turtles, Heron, Egret, Hawk and bunnies.  Five different bunnies through the two mile walk.