More Rewards in Mendocino

The WordPress Photo Challenge this week is REWARD.

Food is its own reward. Right? Right?

First, Queenie’s Road House in Elk. Worth driving 20 miles from Mendocino for.

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Strawberry waffles rule!

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Saturday brunch: The Mendocino Café on Lansing:

Thai Hotpot at The Mendocino Café, Saturday Feb. 28

Thai Hotpot at The Mendocino Café, Saturday Feb. 28

Everything yummy.

Stay tuned.

Reward: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is REWARD.

When one has spent a hard couple of days writing, applying to grants, and commenting on student writing, one needs to reward oneself with . . .

Gelato!

Since self’s favorite gelato place is all the way in Palo Alto, however, self has to be content with walking around the Mendocino business district, which has all kinds of quaint businesses, like this one:

Lansing Street, Mendocino

Lansing Street, Mendocino

Her first week here, self heard a woman calling out: “Wif-Fi! No! Wi-Fi!” Turned out Wi-Fi was the name of her pooch. But at first self thought she was bewailing the state of the wi-fi connections here. Then, self had no complaints.

Now, it’s self’s turn to cry, “Wi-Fi! No Wi-Fi! No!” It took her 10 minutes just to upload one picture.

 

Stay tuned.

Rule of Thirds: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is Rule of Thirds.

“The Rule of Thirds is a photography concept that puts the subject of the photograph off-center, which usually results in blank space in the rest of the image.”

Wow! Self loves off-center photographs!

She hasn’t been taking too many pictures lately, so these pictures are from a few weeks ago.

Hopefully, they successfully illustrate the Rule of Thirds.

Port of Richmond: Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

Port of Richmond: Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

The laundry room at the Mendocino Art Center has proven to be a great source of inspiration for self!

Another shot of the laundry room at the Mendocino Art Center: Who knew that a room with such a utilitarian purpose would prove to be such a great source of inspiration!

There's a path that follows the bluffs of the Mendocino Headlands. One morning, self walked there with a steaming cup of hot chocolate, and it was just heaven to find this bench.

There’s a path that follows the bluffs of the Mendocino Headlands. One morning, self walked there with a steaming cup of hot chocolate, and it was just heaven to find this bench.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Symmetry 6: Elk, California

Elk, California

Elk, California

Clinic, Village of Mendocino

Clinic, Village of Mendocino

Morning has come: Mendocino, CA

Morning has come: Mendocino, CA

Scale: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Self finds this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge — SCALE — very interesting.

She thinks the theme has a lot to do with surprise and contrast. She finds the photograph accompanying the prompt (by Michelle W.) very amusing.

The instructions are to “share a photograph that highlights a size relationship.”

Here are her takes on the theme:

A miniature lamp enlarged self’s childhood imagination (and probably went a long way in determining what she would eventually become: a writer)

Self has had this lamp since she was three or four: a present from her parents. She has it with her in Mendocino, a little talisman. Also, an indication of what work she hoped to do here: an exploration of myth and legends and first life.

Self has had this lamp since she was three or four: a present from her parents. She has it with her in Mendocino, a little talisman. Also, an indication of what work she hopes to do here: an exploration of myth and legends and first life.

Her second trip to Elk was when she finally got to appreciate the view (On her first trip, she was too nervous trying to get out of the way of trucks, buses, etc that all seemed to be crawling up her bumper). Self took this photo from Cottage # 3 behind The Griffin House Inn. A view isn’t a view without something to lend it a sense of scale, and here self used the deck.

Elk, California: View from the Back of The Griffin House Inn

Elk, California: View from the Back of The Griffin House Inn

En route to Chicago, last fall

En route to Chicago, last fall

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Marcus Cumberlege: First Wednesday of February 2015

from firelines (London: Anvil Press Poetry) by Marcus Cumberlege (who self discovered when she was at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, last May)

Children of Lir

Cork of the dark waters
Connaught of the storms
Meath of still pastures
Our triangle, our forms

Everywhere we come from
Everywhere we go
Swans grow sleeves of crimson
The ancient ring-marks show

Ireland is a no-man’s-land
Where dead and living meet
Finola’s ‘flower-stung’ fingers
Knit Pearse’s winding-sheet

Coffin-ships trawl the ocean
And on beds tilled long ago
The shadowy birds of winter
Claw crosses in the snow.

Sunset, Elk, California

Camera non-responsive. This was from self’s cell phone . . .

Elk, California: Saturday, 31 January 2015

Elk, California: Saturday, 31 January 2015

You really don’t know the ocean until you’ve seen it from Elk.

Stay tuned.

Matthew Park Imagines “The Freeze”

Matthew Park is a young artist who just did the most fabulously beautiful illustration for a Read the rest of this entry »

Self Did Not Know This About Russell Crowe

The man knits! Honest! He knits!

Today, self went to the Fort Bragg Library to do some research on the northern California shipping industry.

A flyer above the check-out desk caught her eye:

The flyer in Fort Bragg's Public Library

She only noticed because Caroline, a member of her San Francisco writers group, is a fabulous knitter.

Her eyes traveled upwards, and her jaw dropped at this photograph:

Russell Crowe knits!

Russell Crowe knitting!

“Wait, that’s got to be a joke!” Self remarked. “Russell Crowe knits?”

“He does,” said one of the librarians. “He took it up as anger management therapy.”

OMG, will wonders never cease?

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

This Great Novel: SILAS MARNER, p. 63 (Everyman’s Library Edition)

Silas Marner, where have you been hiding all of self’s life? You’d think self would have encountered this book in high school or something.

Never mind. It’s just as well she’s encountering it for the first time at her advanced age. If it were force-fed to her in high school, she might have developed a revulsion towards all things George Eliot.

She was under the misconception she could finish this book in a week or so (Only 205 pages! If she were operating up to snuff, she’d have polished this off in a matter of days!)

Here’s her great Silas Marner sentence of the day:

Our consciousness rarely registers the beginning of a growth within us any more than without us: there have been many circulations of the sap before we detect the smallest sign of the bud.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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