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.

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.

Sunflowers Mean Fall is Almost Here

sunflowers
Sunflowers mean fall to me. On my morning walk I saw these sunflowers for sale and along with our slightly cooler weather, at last, it’s really beginning to feel like fall is on its way. It has been a very hot summer, and I think many of us in Southern California will welcome the cooler days and nights.

An Orange Hibiscus

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This beautiful orange hibiscus grows in my next door neighbor’s back yard. It’s on the other side of our wall, so I get to enjoy it while I water my own plants. I had to hang over the wall to take this photo. Hope nobody saw me. It was pretty early this morning.

Yesterday I spent the day with my mom in Seal Beach. We had a delicious lunch of enchiladas, beans and rice. We both love Mexican food. I took the above photo while we walked on the Seal Beach pier. It was a wonderful day and as I look at my two photos, I know why I often feel like I live in a little bit of paradise.