Sunday, March 30, 2014

happy trails

The week had us spiffing up the laundry room. Whew, excitement! Mainly some cleaning, cabinet clearing out and organizing, and painting the walls. I want to take out the existing counter tile and John seems to be warming up to the idea. Once we do that, we can check this sucker off the list.

John's last day at work is tomorrow. I'm very proud of him...not that many people stick with a career they are good at and like and can retire from with a pension these days. We're fortunate to be "young" retirees. Although, it must be said, I'm still having some adjustment anxieties. Mostly feel pretty dang excited at the possibilities we're exploring for the future.

This is an image I made recently that I feel good about. I don't think anyone else would have captured it this way. It represents my (ever evolving) artistic vision. We're going to embark on a road trip to Arizona in a few days. Got a circular polarizer filter for my great landscape lens & wondering if I'll be lucky in terms of witnessing some of those famed desert sunsets/sunrises. Happy.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

golden rolling hills of California

I love how this iPh5 image turned out. Thinking I may have a canvas made of it. We've been doing a lot of yard stuff. Some kind of fun (making a pot with flowering spring plants) and others not as fun (raking up all the pine straw -- a never-ending chore). Still ambivalent about this period of transition...can I really leave this place?

Sunday, March 16, 2014

no comment

What signals spring better than pink tulips?
Attempting to get my blogging mojo back and one frustrating thing I've encountered is the inability to leave comments at other blogs. I can't do it signed into blogger/google or as name/url for those who make this option available.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

back in time

Here are some images from a camping trip to Fallen Leaf Lake this summer:

I like the contrast between the tiny trailer and the tall trees.

Inside the wee trailer.

My guy.

 We had planned to take Cassie to a new to us campground in Yosemite, but the terrible Rim Fire closed the road to get to it as well as the campground itself. So we found rare summertime openings at Fallen Leaf campground. Off we went never thinking the smoke from Yosemite would drift north to the Tahoe basin. It wasn't ideal air quality wise but we had a good time anyway. Lots of bike riding and exploring new parts of both Fallen Leaf Lake and Lake Tahoe.

Monday, March 10, 2014

cupcakes and the meaning of life

Made red velvet cupcakes for John's birthday yesterday. First time using a pastry bag for the icing - can you tell?

Well, by the looks of this sadly neglected blog, we either joined a secretive egg trailer cult or vanished over the side of a mountain road. Instead, just a bout of adult onset attention deficit disorder. We're in a transitional period as John approaches his retirement. Lots of stuff to sort out.

One thing we're actively considering is moving to live closer to our daughter. We've been in our current home for almost 11 years. Moving would mean selling our house. Selling our house means getting it ready to sell. I've been assessing things around here. Eleven years is enough time to need to do some updating. We've been by room. Something weird is happening though, the more we ready our home to possibly leave it, the more I appreciate it. Am I ready for this change?