New 3 for the New Year (2015): BRING ON THE AWESOME

It is such a bee-yoo-ti-ful day! This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is NEW.

As the prompt on The Daily Post puts it:  Let’s celebrate the new!

Tomorrow self will drive up to Mendocino and inspect her new digs. She’s packed almost everything, including Sumatra coffee, a coffee bean grinder, and Krups.

Today, self walked all over her garden.

Here are the first daffodils of the year:

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And here is a picture emblematic of the mind frame with which self greeted 2015!

You can see this in AMC, Ontario Mills.

You can see this figure busting out of a wall in Ontario Mills Shopping Center (near Claremont)

She tweeted that 2014 was her BEST YEAR EVER.

She has the feeling 2015 might be equally good.

Because, you know, she is starting it off with her residency in the Mendocino Art Center! High Fives! Plus there’s lots of artists up there who self is just dying to meet.

Followers of self’s fan fiction also know that she is up to 17 chapters, 288 hits, and 14 kudos.

YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY!

Although nephew Chris Blackett asked for her fan fiction pen name, IXNAY to that because, you know, fluff!  Too much fluff!

Here’s another picture that’s emblematic of NEW MINDSET:

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

 

Gone, But Not Forgotten: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN.

Since it’s been raining steadily for most of the week, self casts her mind back to a sunnier season: summer, when all her flowers were gloriously in bloom:

Ordered these bulbs from Dutch Gardens, Fall 2013. Summer 2014, they just kept going and going and going, for weeks and weeks.

Ordered these bulbs from Dutch Gardens, Fall 2013. Summer 2014, they just kept going and going and going, for weeks and weeks.

Farmhouse Cottage # 4, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig: Where I wrote a blue streak in May 2014

Farmhouse Cottage # 4, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig: Where self wrote a blue streak in May 2014

Self's Kitchen Table, Farmhouse Cottage # 4, Tyrone Guthrie Centre: The most concentrated writing self has ever done was this past spring and summer.

Self’s Kitchen Table, Farmhouse Cottage # 4, Tyrone Guthrie Centre: The most concentrated writing self has ever done was this past spring and summer.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Endless Summer Lovin’

Backyard, Summer

Backyard, Summer

Backyard:  Clematis "Niobe"

Backyard: Clematis “Niobe”

"Polka," one of self's oldest roses. It blooms only once a year, early spring.

“Polka,” one of self’s oldest roses. It blooms only once a year, early spring.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Still More Summer Lovin’

Plants blooming now in self’s garden:

Amaryllis belladonna, otherwise known as "Naked Lady" for its complete absence of foliage. These usually only get going in August.

Amaryllis belladonna, otherwise known as “Naked Lady” for its complete absence of foliage. These usually only get going in August.

Paid $10 for this wee plum tree from Whole Foods.  I didn't expect it to bear fruit so soon.

Paid $10 for this wee plum tree from Whole Foods. I didn’t expect it to bear fruit so soon.

The white lilies popped up unexpectedly a few days ago:  Self forgot she even planted them.

The white lilies popped up unexpectedly a few days ago: Self forgot she even planted them.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Twist: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is TWIST.

Which is a deliciously challenging theme, obvio.u.s.ly !

The first one is a different kind of twist:  a serendipitous discovery in Culver City, California.

The next two are of actual twists: one in a piece of art, another found in nature.

Tara's Himalayan Restaurant, Culver City. Thanks much to Jennie and Andrew for taking her here! It was her first taste of Himalayan cuisine: funny she should find it in southern California, of all places!

Tara’s Himalayan Restaurant, Culver City. Thanks much to Jennie and Andrew for taking her here! It was her first taste of Himalayan cuisine: funny she should find it in southern California, of all places!

Tapestry by Filipino artist Ugu Bigyan. Self brought it home from the Philippines over 20 years ago. U.S. Customs asked her what it was, she answered "A hammock." They let it go.

Tapestry by Filipino artist Ugu Bigyan. Self brought it home from the Philippines over 20 years ago. U.S. Customs asked her what it was, she answered “A hammock.” They let it go.

This is what's left after the clematis petals have fallen off. SO beautiful.

This is what’s left after the clematis petals have fallen off. SO beautiful.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

 

 

Spring 3: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Irises, Venice, April 2013

Irises, Venice, April 2013

Sidewalk Café, Venice, April 2013

Sidewalk Café, Venice, April 2013

Feast of St. Mark's, Venice, April 2013

Feast of St. Mark’s, Venice, April 2013

Spring! WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Apologizing in advance for this post, because self used pictures from last year.

She’s in Dublin, which is rather gloomy, and what with the hectic arrival, she still hasn’t had the chance to snap a single picture here.

Poppies!  These were in front of the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, last month.

Poppies! These were in front of the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, last month.

Hydrangea "Nikko" Blue, grows in a pot in self's backyard.

Hydrangea “Nikko” Blue, grows in a pot in self’s backyard.

Mums.  Self planted them from a florists' bouquet that someone gave her a long time ago.

Mums. Self planted them from a florists’ bouquet that someone gave her a long time ago.

Inside 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

The San Mateo County Historical Museum is located in Courthouse Square, downtown Redwood City.

San Mateo County Historical Museum, Courthouse Square, Redwood City

San Mateo County Historical Museum, Courthouse Square, Redwood City

This gallery was just off the main lobby of the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park.

This gallery was just off the main lobby of the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park.

The Inside of Self's Helleborus "Courage."

The Inside of Self’s Helleborus “Courage.” For some reason, the plant didn’t bloom at all this year.  The picture above was taken last year.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Dreaming of Gardens

Last Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle Datebook had several pieces on Golden Gate Park and the people who garden in it. Self was absolutely fascinated. The Park has been part of her best memories about living in the Bay Area.

These are what Golden Gate Park has meant to her, over the years: serenity, beauty, stillness, rest, happiness.

Today, self spent a lot of time in her garden.  She planted a Spanish lavender (even though it is getting harder and harder for her to dig holes:  every single bush in the garden, she has planted by herself.  There will come a time when she won’t be able to do it anymore.  This makes her feel sad.)

"Regal Josephine" Clematis

“Regal Josephine” Clematis:  Self bought it only six months ago.

A Private Garden (Self discovered this when she followed some people walking into an office building, and saw the garden through a back door.  The door had a key situated in the lock:  As dear blog readers well know, when self encounters a key in a lock, she ALWAYS opens it)

A Private Garden in Venice (Self discovered this when she followed some people walking into an office building, and saw the garden through a back door. The door had a key situated in the lock: As dear blog readers well know, when self encounters a key in a lock, she ALWAYS opens it)

The Grounds of Hawthornden, southern Scotland

The Grounds of Hawthornden, southern Scotland

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

 

 

 

The Hue of You 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is about color:  “The Hue of You.”  The idea is to “share a photograph with a prominent color (or assortment of colors) that reveals more about you.  It could be a symbolic, meaningful shade; a color that expresses how you currently feel; or a combination of colors that excites you and tells a visual story.”

Color is about emotions, too.  Since all the ones in this set of photographs are bright, self knows she is feeling pretty good right now.

In the first picture, self was attracted to the pop of magenta among the welter of fliers on this kiosk on the Stanford campus.

Stanford Kiosk, this evening: Walked around after attending a Valerie Miner reading

Stanford Kiosk, this evening: Walked around after attending a Valerie Miner reading

When self returned from Bacolod, the garden was dry.  It was a sad place.  Bella’s water and food dish were still on the deck, as were all her pillows.  Then, suddenly, two days ago, the alstroemeria began to bloom.

Backyard:  Alstroemeria "Third Harmonic"

Backyard: Alstroemeria “Third Harmonic”

Self had never seen grass so green as the grass she saw on the campus of Pampanga Agricultural College, which she visited at the end of September.

The Main Quadrangle of Pampanga Agricultural College

The Main Quadrangle of Pampanga Agricultural College

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

 

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