I was going to blog about this over the weekend.  But I was on call and it not one of those weekends that nothing happened.  Sunday I was on just after noon and almost eleven hours later I was done!

Friday I went for a walk at El Dorado. There were so many ducks.  Dozens of them.  Some coming in for landing, motor boating to a stop.  In one shot I had 20 ducks, in the water, around the shore.

There were also Snowy Egrets, and Hooded Merganser.  I was so thrilled with seeing the Hooded Mergansers.  I took lots of pictures but had to go look them up when I got home to double-check.  I think it’s the first time I have seen them in person.






Pick Up

We swung in and picked up our pottery yesterday.  Or most of it.  We went through many shelves and found most pieces but I believe I am missing 2-3 based on the previous photos.

It’s all good though, we have lots and each have favorites in the bunch.


Food Prep…round 2…company

I don’t even know what to title this thing.

I am on day 35, just kept right on chugging with Whole30.  Maybe I’ll reintegrate some things after the 4th of March.  Will just have to wait and see.  There are currently no cravings bad enough to reintroduce anything.  Convenience is the only thing that is tempting.  Like being able to pop toast in the toaster and call it breakfast.

Food prepping and shopping have been my biggest hurdles.  But with planning and taking a little time every few days it is doable.

Having the CSA deliver a new round of veggies helped today.  I only had to shop for protein to get through the rest of the week and that was easy enough to squeeze in after the gym.

Now my nieces Taylor and Maria are doing Whole30 as well so there are lots of texts, food ideas and support.  I now also have an Instagram where I have been putting all the food pics, mostly to not bore you and get ideas from others doing the same thing.

Here are some of the vegetables delivered today along with some food prep.  Watch for beets and romanesco this weekend.

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Beach Time

I fear posting this because of so many people I know snowed in or traveling this weeks cold weather.  We spent Sunday morning at the beach.  It was beautiful and warm and we walked up and down barefoot in the sand.  Couldn’t have been more perfect.

Something about the grounding of feet and earth touching and the sound of the waves crashing just made it all the better.

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New Year/New Color

We spent the weekend painting the living room, kitchen and hall.  We still plan on doing the office and bedroom on another weekend this month and then tackling the outside over Spring break when it is warmer outside overnight.

The grey and cream colors in the living room were covered with similar colors, just a warmer pallete.  The ceiling in all the areas got the same cream color and the grey and yellow in the kitchen again were similar colors just warmer.  It is very nice to have everything clean, organized and a fresh coat of paint.

The main color we changed was a green that was in the living room is now orange.  We pulled from the area rug and a piece of art on the wall and came up with a great color.  It changes the look of the room quite a bit.  Remarkable for a couple coats of paint.

Ikebana #3

I was not the star pupil last weekend.  I was having trouble starting from the beginning of class and it showed during the critique when my feedback was “that is not Ikebana”  because the three elements in my arrangement were not merged but three separate sections.

Granted it wasn’t that clear.  What I have learned from Ikebana in the last three classes has been sort of my watching, listening to others critiques and by osmosis.  Some of those things include:

The three main parts we are working on in the beginning class are The Shin, the Soy and the Hakai.  The Shin, is the longest part but it is not random, the length is determined by the size of the vessel.  The Shin needs to be twice the width and twice the height of the base.  Not longer, not shorter.  Then the Soy needs to be 3/4 the length of the Shin.  The Hakai is then 3/4 the length of the Soy and they all have particular angles compared to each other.

The advanced students in the class have the same materials but were on a free style day so theirs looked much more like sculpture.

Today I made an arrangement at home.  But cut everything way down from where I was starting to get the Shin measured against the size of the vase I was using.  The rest of the flowers went into a standard vase for a “western” arrangement in the bathroom, which I didn’t bother to photograph.

Christmas Kitty

I have missed a couple days of the posting every day in November task.  It has just been too hard this last week to come up with things to blog about.  My mind has been quite preoccupied.    So here is a holiday picture of Cee Cee our kitty.  She was actually quite okay with this hilarity.