A Foggy and Damp California Morning


Foggy and damp definitely described the view out of the front window this morning. We  could barely see any of the neighborhood houses. I went into our family room and turned on the electric fireplace. You can see it below. I love the way it cozies up the room.

Next I went to the kitchen to make my morning cup of coffee, in my snowman mug.
Before long, the sun broke through and I  was out in the garden,  checking on my plants. Not long ago I showed you my flowering Thanksgiving cactus. Well, now it’s the day before Christmas, and my Christmas Cactus is very close to blooming. You can see it below.

It always amazes me to see how these plants know exactly what to do. I ‘m keeping the Christmas Cactus inside for a few days, so we can enjoy the beautiful color up close.

A Pretty Kitty At Christmas

  • black cat in Christmas wreath

This pretty kitty whose name is Sophie belongs to a good friend of mine. My friend sent me these photos earlier this evening and I wanted to share them with you.
black cat in Christmas wreath sleeping
Sophie was obviously very comfortable in her Christmas wreath. The second photo shows her snuggled in and sound asleep. So glad my friend sent me these photos. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Umbrella Day in Southern California


It was an umbrella day in Southern California. I keep an umbrella in the trunk of my car, but rarely use it. Wednesday morning I definitely needed it as I hurried into the building where my knitting group meets. Still I was quite surprised when I entered the room and spotted several more umbrellas. Mine is the orange one. Because it is such a rare occurrence I had to take a photo.

Candles are Warm and Friendly

Candles are warm and friendly, especially on a cold and rainy day like today. The droughts of the past few years here in California have kept our days mostly sunny and warm, but this morning we woke to rain, and it has continued all day. I can hear it outside the window I’m sitting near. We rarely have gentle rains here in California. When it rains, it really rains. Now that I am retired, it’s a great excuse to stay inside and relax a little. Warm weather keeps us out and about most of the year. This afternoon I read, caught up on my knitting, and lit two of my  favorite candles. The first one is called Sugar cookie and it gives off a wonderful warm cozy scent. The candle below is vanilla scented. Another one of my favorites.

The rain is supposed to end early tomorrow morning, so I’m very happy I took time today to relax and smell the candles.