Tuesday, June 26, 2018

For the Love of Old Cars

I came across this lovely Mercedes parked at Old Fisherman's Wharf on the Monterey pier.
It's not like me to pass such a beauty without taking a photo.
Of course, it's not about me - it's about the magnificent vehicle.
However, taking interior photos of another's car could look snoopy, if not suspicious.
How about that handsome dashboard and steering wheel.
One last glance before leaving...
Good-bye, you gorgeous thing.

Friday, March 9, 2018

A Turkey at Sunrise

 Outside our window a turkey, perched on the studio roof, enjoys the sunrise.


Saturday, February 24, 2018

You only get one first 5K

Today, I ran my first 5K!

I was not planning on taking it too seriously. However, the friend that I have been training with (a former marathon runner) really wanted me to do well. I felt I couldn't let her down.

In addition to that, the night before our run, I was reading an online article 14 Tips to Prepare for Your First 5K. One sentence caught my attention: "You only get one first 5K, so make it count and take it all in." That kindled a little fire in me. I decided that I did not want to blow my only FIRST 5K.

I was hesitant to give everything I had to this, because I had no way of tracking my pace, and I did not want to run out of steam before the finish. So, after the first mile, I ran at a steady slightly increased speed. I was surprised to finish as well as I did. And although I did not give it an all-out effort, I was pretty pleased with my finishing time.


Saturday, January 20, 2018

Winter Mornings and My Running Journey

I love foggy mornings.
Although we have not had technically freezing weather,
many mornings have dipped into the 30s this past month.

The cold weather is refreshing, especially when jogging.

For years, I have wanted to run. (I found that Life Is N-o-t Like a Dream.) Every time I attempted running, I set out at a runners pace - leaving me breathless and sure that I would never be able to run. I finally discovered that all runners start slowly - meaning jogging, tiny steps. I learned that I need to develop distance to strengthen my heart and breathing capacity, and then incrementally increase my pace.

On December 20, I began my running journey. I have been jogging with a friend (a two times Boston Marathon runner). We meet at 5:30 a.m. three to four mornings a week. It is one month now, and we are jogging four miles. By the way, it is technically not run until the pace is six mile per hour - 10 minute miles. We are jogging at a pace of 5.5 mph.

I look forward to reaching the day when I can RUN that four miles.

Celebrating with Cinnamon Rolls

 I love cinnamon rolls, and so did my sister.
Today I celebrate her birthday with these delicious rolls.
For the frosting, I used less sugar, more cream cheese, less butter, more vanilla: 

about 1 cup powdered sugar instead of 1 1/2 cups
1/2 cup cream cheese instead of 1/4 cup
4 Tablespoons butter instead of 6 Tablespoons
1 teaspoon vanilla instead of 1/2 teaspoon

I left a few unfrosted for my husband. But even he liked the frosting on these.

Friday, December 29, 2017

For the Love of Christmas Cards

Over last week, just in time for Christmas,
my sister showered me with the loveliest bunch of
 homemade Christmas cards.
Eight cards in one week!

She knows how much I love to get Christmas cards to hang on my wall.
Since most people no longer send old fashioned traditional cards,
for years I have been saving cards to decorate my home.

A grand gift of love.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, lovely sister of mine!
Christmas Card Collection from Christmases Past


 {Pine Branch Frame}

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The Most Puzzling Christmas Holiday

 My daughter created a tradition, years ago: building a Christmas Eve puzzle.
This year we started before Christmas Eve with this 500 piece snowmen puzzle. 
Although there were 500 pieces, 
you might have noticed that one piece on the upper right window is missing,
while we had a duplicate of another piece.

 Next we began this winter scene.
We first put this 1000 piece puzzle together during A Puzzling Weekend last Christmas.
This extremely challenging puzzle took us about as long to build this year as it did in 2016.

 Finally, we got around to our 2017 Christmas Eve project: Churchyard Christmas.
In one delightful evening we had this 1000 piece puzzle together.

Now I am ready for another puzzle.

Happy winter days to you and yours!
{Pine Branch Frame}

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A Little Bit of Christmas

 Hammond's Retro Radio Peanut Brittle Tin

 My sister sent this cute red radio tin to my daughter this month.
I looked for it online, but apparently it is no longer available for sale.
I did find one currently available on eBay. (It has 2 days and 19 hours left on it.)
I think it is too adorable, and I am happy to have it.


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