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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Home Again Jiggity-Jig

We got back from the beach today.  Just Ron and I. It was such a nice break to get to just be us. When we got home, Elliot said, " Gosh, I am so glad you are home, I am so tired of animals yelling at me. Every where I go I have cats and a dog following me, I never have a minute to myself. Then I go outside to take care of the chickens and they want me to stand there and talk to them. I am exhausted. " I guess that was how I felt, it was nice to be away from the demanding animals.

 Every morning the sea gulls would start crying and circling. I knew someone must be coming to feed them so I waited. Then a woman in a red hoodie would come up the path and start throwing chicken scratch for the gulls, but the crows would come and then the black birds and then the smaller birds.

Every single morning. She must do it all of the time as the birds are so tame that they will just come up on the railing and visit. Ron thought I was talking to someone on the phone one day, but it was just a little female black bird with cold feet. She kept asking me questions as she would pull one foot up into her feathers and then switch feet. She hung around until Ron came to see who I was talking to for so long. She really wanted a snack though.

It was perfect weather. I have never been to the beach, when the days were so perfect. It was so warm we slept with the sliding glass door open and all night there was the sound of the ocean on the rocks. It was just blue skies and warm days. Lots of sun. The drive was beautiful too, everything is green and the wild flowers on the hill sides are starting to be yellows, golds and blues and pinks. The almond orchards are filled with pink and white blooms. Miles and miles of almond orchards in bloom. It would be pretty to see it from an airplane I think.

I took sewing, and I took books and we even took movies. We didn't do any of those things. We talked and just stared at the ocean. We did take a drive to Nipomo, Ca. It was a beautiful drive. We went to visit Ron's friend George who owns a Bonsai nursery.  I have all of those pictures on my phone and I haven't got those off to my computer yet. It is always a great way to spend a day listening to George talk about Bonsai and look around his nursery and look at his trees. It really is something I love doing and I love now that Ron has trees big enough for styling in pots now. It has been five years of waiting for them to grow.

It was a lovely weekend. I am glad we had reservations made from back in January.  The weeds really would have kept me at home. I didn't feel so bad, with the first thing George did was say how sorry he was  for his weeds. It must be something gardeners do. I feel like that is all I do too.

Last night, I made sure I woke up so I could take a picture of the full moon shining on the water. I have wanted to do that my whole life. It was so pretty. This is my attempt.

As always is is so nice to be home. I don't think the animals ate or slept while we were gone. Everyone is curled up in a ball quietly snoring as I type this out. Silly animals.


For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), It’s always our self we find in the sea. e.e. Cummings


  1. It is wonderful to get away, and just as wonderful to return home. So glad you had a really nice time.


  2. I am SO glad you went to the sea, Kim! That's so funny about the animals! I feel that way when I stay at Kelli's.
    Great moon shot! Well done!

  3. Lovely photos , Glad you both had a good time , sounds wonderful sleeping to the sound of the ocean . Home again Home again Jiggity Jig . My mum would say that to us when we were kids every time we got home from a long trip of any kind even if we were just gone from home for a few hours I now find my self saying it to now a days when we arrive home lol. Thanks for sharing , Have a good week !

  4. Sounds like a perfect time with someone you love.

  5. Sounds like a perfect, much needed respite.
    Hugs :)

  6. I have to laugh at your son being exhausted from the animals needing his attention! :) Sounds like a wonderful getaway! Great moon shot too!

  7. I get the same thing from my son Vaughan when I go away for a week. He gets tired of feeding calves and cats.

    I'm so glad that you went to the beach with Ron for a mini vacation. I think that you both deserve it.

    The moon picture is awesome.

    Take care, Hugs,

  8. It sounds like you had a delightful and refreshing time. Always great to take a step back, slow down and relax !

  9. It sounds and looks about perfect...soo glad you were able to go and enjoy! Such pretty pictures!

  10. ooooh kim, it's always so good to get away, and a getaway at the beach is even better!!! beautiful images, it reminds me of home!!

    funny elliot, getting a taste of mom's life!!!

  11. It sounds perfect. There is nothing more soothing than hearing the waves crash on the shore while you are falling asleep. I love the beach.

  12. Beautiful pictures.
    Nice shot of the moon over the ocean; it looks so peaceful.
    I'm glad that you guys had a chance to get away and relax and recharge :)


  13. It does sound lovely... I used to camp with my father on the Central Coast, and my high school always had a spring picnic on Avila Beach...makes me wonder what spot you were looking out from.

  14. Oh I'm so glad you had a nice time!! Your pictures are so pretty, I can just feel the weather! I'm glad you got some time to just do nothing and talk. :)


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