Monday, June 29, 2009
and able to make friends in five seconds while completely unaware of any differences!Living the life in California!
Sunday, June 28, 2009
The rest of the day we hung out here and had fun doing lazy summer day things. Swimming, talking to new neighbors, playing pickle ball and cooking out on the grill.There are so many things we experience day to day that I don't guess I think are worth writing down and most of those things tend to be things we do when just hanging out and not going places. I've been pondering more and more whether I want to take the time to capture more of them or whether I'll find it incredibly boring later on when reading it. I've also pondered whether I should be taking more pictures of these slower lazy days as we call them. Well tonight while playing pickle ball and Aubs was talking to some people that she is helping with dog training tips and Ace was chasing down our balls for us-a baby bird got caught in the fence around the tennis/pickle ball courts. He must have just been learning how to fly. And he couldn't figure out how to get his wings spread out while sitting there because of the position he was in. Nathan tossed the pickle ball racket to Aubs and she laid it out flat under his tiny feet and coaxed the baby to step on it. From there, he could fly off again, aided then by his mother.
This was just a small moment and the kinds of things that happen almost every day but I had this awareness in that moment that this is our life as much as the other stuff. I mean, I knew this before and I truly love these days as much as the days we visit national parks and museums and aquariums. It's more that my brain went aha...why wouldn't I stop and capture these memories too.
So, I am going to try to stop and take time to write this stuff down too. Because some day it will be cool to remember that we helped a bird while it was learning how to fly. And that the baby boy next to us was so deliciously chubby that his leg folds were white in contrast to his tanned legs and Auburn and I sat and admired him for the longest time because we couldn't take our eyes off his sweet face. And that people sitting around fishing is a beautiful sight. Even when the fish aren't biting. Or perhaps even present.
God help us all because I am publicly announcing that I will be using even more words on this blog. You've been warned!
Living the life in California!
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Tonight Austin and I attended a Beatles concert. Well, at least an incredible facsimile of a Beatles concert. Having been born a few years too late to attend one on my own, and Austin being born a few decades too late, we did the next best thing by attending a tribute band performance.
"The Fab Four" performed at the Pechanga Casino in Temecula, CA and did an excellent job of recreating the experience. "Paul" even played left handed.
They played about 30 songs spanning the Beatles career, changing outfits, instruments and hair at 3 intervals during the concert. The band produces all the music live on stage using guitars, synthesizers, harmonics and a piano.
Since we purchased the tickets very late, Austin and I didn't get to sit together. We actually got much better seats than we would have otherwise. When I went to buy the tickets we couldn't get 2 tickets together even in the last row, but by purchasing single tickets Austin got a front row seat, and I was in the 4th row.
Austin wore his Beatles shirt, which got the attention of the band and a comment from Paul on stage of "nice shirt". We both had a great time, but Austin was especially into it, at one point interacting with the band about Ringo, and getting to give Paul a high five as the band was leaving the stage. He claims he will never again wash that hand.
The Fab Four are extremely talented, making it easy to forget that they were not the real thing. I was once again impressed with the amazing creativity and talent that went into the music the Beatles produced over the years. Sometimes and superficially their (the Beatles) music does not seem that complex, but as you see and hear the band's transformation over the years compressed into a few hours, and then realize that even after hearing 30 or so wonderful songs there were still so many great songs left unplayed.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Living the life in California!
Fortunately, this is what is behind our RV, so we just hang out here instead. Oh, and we are no longer right next to the dumpsters. While it is not fun having to move two days after having settled in, it sure does beat having about 50 flies inside my RV. I only have about 10 which is what is to be expected in summer, when living next to the dairy farm.
Living the life in cow country!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Living the life in California!
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Living the life in CA!
My personal favorite was A Palace for Wednesday. A Palace for Wednesday is the fabulous work of art above that is about four feet tall. It is a fantasy village for Wednesday and 60 of her friends. All of the creatures are made of fabric which is incredible when you see the detail involved. A few more close up shots of this:
When I spotted this, I instantly thought of Jaci who is someone I met on an online homeschool group (and just became grandma to a second cutie pie), because she does cool things with faeries also. I would love to dabble in something like this someday just to see what I could do. In the meantime, I'll just admire the art of those who are doing it.
Overheard today during lunch, as a woman was sharing with her lunch partner about her family starting from her mother/father down to great grandchildren being over 100 members: It's really great when you have that many people because you can pick your favorites and spend lots of time doing things with them. And the people you don't like so much, you don't really have to do much with at all.
Coming from a large family, I laughed because it's so true in a way only those of us with large families can relate to.
Another overheard between an elderly woman and a middle aged man: Is Robert still alive?
Guessing she and Robert aren't real tight.
I could people watch/listen to all day long.
Living the life in San Diego.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
We spent quite a bit of time just sitting and looking at the plants from a distance, and then getting as close as possible to see the detail. It was another wonderful day when we went here!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
As I strolled through here, soaking up the sights and scents, I thought of Diana and my mother-in-law who both have beautiful gardens in their yards. I think they would have loved this garden too.
From their website:
Located in San Diego's beautiful Balboa Park, the Timken Museum of Art houses the world-class Putnam Foundation Collection of European old masters American art, and Russian icons.
Artworks in the collection range from 13th-century altarpieces through 18th-century portraits to 19th-century still lifes. Represented are the works of Dutch, Flemish, French, and Italian painters, including Rembrandt, Rubens, Petrus Christus, Fragonard, Jacques-Louis David, and Veronese, as well as American artists such as John Singleton Copley and Eastman Johnson.
Admission to the Timken Museum of Art is always free.