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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.

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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.

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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.

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During The Rains

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Upstairs, where I was happily, obliviously enjoying a moment of sunshine during the rain…

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Who the *&#%$*  knew that the porch gutters over my kitchen were so overflowing with leaves that it could’ve been an Al Qaeda hideout and I wouldn’t have known? (It does face East)  OMG. I walked into the kitchen and my first thought was; How charming! that splashing of the rain… so dramatic and unusual for us!  Second thought-hmmm…sounds so close-almost as if it’s raining inside.  Third thought as I round the corner-could there be ANY more water coming through the windows if they were actually open?!  I seriously contemplated pushing them open to deflect the river of water absolutely pouring in and onto my desk (and computer)  Even “Rachel U.” the spider didn’t survive the onslaught-or at least her web didn’t.

So, that was my upper body exercise for the week, thank you very much.  My husband and I were working in shifts with mops and brooms and umbrellas like two lunatics until help came.  We haven’t had a single leak in this house (built in 1895) for the sixteen years we’ve lived here so I guess I got just a liihhtle too complacent about the whole “WINTERIZE” your house drill.

Oh well.  At least I didn’t have that grown up nails/manicure resolution thing pulled together cause that would have been a waste.  :)

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The photo above is from a sumptuous book my parents bought me for Christmas called The Life and Love of TREES by Lewis Blackwell. (Chronicle Books 2009)  It’s a MUST for all lovers of trees- a real beauty.

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All Photos by Lewis Blackwell From The Life and Love of Trees

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Now the sun is out and it looks like we might even get a rainbow.

   Oh, now it’s gone again and it looks like more rain, they say we  might even get thunder and lightening storms.

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An absolutely perfect day for this song;   Four Seasons in One Day  (Crowded House)


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Lastly,

I leave you with an example of when water rushing onto a table is a beautiful thing

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The Planted Dining Table with water runnel and fountain designed by Suzanne Biaggi and Patrick Picard at The Late Show Gardens in Sonoma earlier this fall

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