Instagram Friday


Good Friday to you all. It’s very dark and raining heavily in Santa Barbara. Practically pea soup as I look out my window. Sunset was at 4:38pm yesterday-yuk ( I have a Sunrise/Sunset App.).I snapped this Instagram photo of the granite grey sea and sky yesterday morning. It made one want to just stay in bed with a frothy hot drink and a great book while a hearty stew simmered on the stove. I wish I could say I did just that, but I dihn’t.

77e9008038f711e2a88722000a1f90d0_7The sky the night before was a good predictor of what was coming. I’m having fun with my Instagram App.  Are you using it? Are you following moi? This is with no filters, just plain.

db1f8d0a3b1711e292a022000a1faf61_7This morning there was a brief lull in the rain so I took a walk through the garden. Look at how gorgeous the trunk of the Cork Oaks get when they’re soaked through.  I think these are such under-rated, beautiful trees.  I wonder if Oprah has any on her property :)

1c8ece443b1911e29f1422000a1fbc0e_7Still with the roses… God bless em.

825649843b2111e292eb22000a1fbd89_7-1And can you believe it’s this time of year again?!  The house is filled with the scent of drying orange slices for the Christmas tree.


It’s definitely this kind of day today. I’m staying in, staying dry & cozy and hopefully get some writing done.

Cocktail hour might even commence before 5. The weather made me do it.


PS. I took the above photo with the “Cinemagram” App.-it’s also fun, check it out.

Hey wait- did that just technically make this a “Friday Favourites” post?!!

Wishing you a wonder-filled weekend.



Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

Slim Photo

So here are the dried oranges from a few posts back.    Easy peasy.

10 more days to go!!  May The Last Minute Shopping Forces be with you and curses to all those who are  finished already!


Slim photos


On one of my very first posts on S.P., back in July, I posted a YouTube video as it related to my trip to Japan.  I am posting it here again for Christmas being that it is one of my all time favourite pieces of music. It’s  called “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence” from the movie of the same name starring David Bowie.   I can’t tell you how beautiful this is- you MUST give it a listen.  I could have just downloaded the music, but I prefer to include the video of Ryuichi Sakamoto’s live performance as it is SO passionate.   BTW, can I have hair like that in my next life?  In fact, while we’re at it, I’d like to play the piano like that too.  Hey- it’s Christmas- one can dream…

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence


Still From Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence