Seeds in the Peet

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I know!  I’m placing two posts this week.  I just had to share this.  I just got done starting the seeds for this year’s garden in the indoor greenhouse that I’m trying for the first time.  It is a very rainy day in California and my grandma would have thought that it was an excellent day to sow seeds.  She would have been very proud of my exactness during this project.  If all the plants come up, I’ll have to find neighbors, family, and friends to gift them to.  

A few years ago I had the side hill cut into and tiered garden boxes put in.  They are about three or so feet high and it takes the backache out of gardening.  This is the first year I am trying to start the plants from seed.  I have high hopes.  I was also recycling my coffee pods this morning with the thought that my gardenia’s would love the grounds during the rain storm.  I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot this morning and I was helped with the use of a small fork that I picked up at a Pasadena estate sale.  I didn’t look too closely at it at the time, but once I got back home, I found that the back side of it had “The Good Wife” stamped on it.   Oops, I think it may have been lifted from an event.  I must wear my glasses when I am at estate sales.  Have you ever acquired something that later surprised you?  

Daffodil Spring

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I went to Daffodil Hill this weekend. I went there and also to Ocean Beach in San Francisco, The Japanese Tea Gardens, Union Square, and Fino’s Restaurant. It was a very full weekend but my grand daughter is turning six soon and a shopping trip to SF was just the thing for her. She had a great time and I shot a few wonderful photos of her.
Fino’s is one of my favorite Italian restaurants in the city. I have never had a bad meal there. I’ve never had even a so-so meal there. It is off the tourist track on Post St. You really must try it, if you are ever there. I anticipated what I envisioned Daffodil Hill would be like. It wasn’t really anything that I expected. It was agood two hour drive to get there and once there, we had to wait for a very long time, just to get into the parking lot. There were almost as many visitors as there were Daffodils and I found it hard to get a good picture of the flowers without a body in the background. We had some friends (who have since passed on) that would go there every year and would tell us that we must go. Well, soccer, baseball, scouts, football, cheerleading, etc. all got in the way of going to Daffodil Hill. I’ve wanted to go for thirty plus years. I suppose this would be the time to share my daffodil poem with you. My memories of those flowers, on that hill in Santa Cruz, is clearer to me today then the flowers that I saw last Sunday. I love memories!

Daffodil Spring

In the fields
Of my childhood home
Grew the brightest of flowers
Through which I would roam

The warmth of sunshine
Never failed to bring
The glorious gold
Of each Daffodil Spring

On the hills nearby,
Green, orange, and blue
Seemed to melt into sky
With magnificent hues

And though my family viewed
All as black and white,
My mind filled with colors
Drenched in sunshine’s light

As days turned to years
Those colors remained
They lifted my heart
In the gravest of pain

So I give to my children
Advise through their years,
“Look for life’s colors
Lest you drown in life’s tears.”

10/13/1991
Bonnie DiMichele

 

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Quarry Lily Pond

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Quarry Lily Pond

This is a fading glimpse of the lily pond that my grandmother loved. It is in Stony Creek, Connecticut and I want to return someday to see it in full bloom. I did not add this photo to my book because it would have been in black and white and I thought this place was so colorful and gorgeous. Summer there must be specatular!

Love Song

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I missed writing the blog last week.  I posted a photo that reveals where I was.  I thought, while in Maui, that I should go ahead and write in the blog but I just always found something else to do.  With that in mind, here is the answer to my favorite song.  It’s Love Song by Elton John.  It was never very popular but I always stop and intently listen when I hear this song.  It doesn’t take me to a particular place, like other songs do, yet it takes me to a time.  The good ol’ 70’s.  Most of the music of the 70’s was good and it was a time of growth for me (age appropriate).  We all do a lot of growing in our twenties.  

While in Hawaii, I was so enraptured with the whales.  They seemed to be everywhere I went and so very active.  I can’t remember seeing them in Hawaii like that.  I suppose it was the time of year and the island that I was on.  They are wonderful creatures and viewing them is different wherever you go.  I had a great adventure once in Monterey Bay and another memorable one in Alaska.  I won’t soon forget my sightings in Hawaii either.  I saw my third green flash in Hawaii this time and I really can’t get enough of the phenoninom.  What is it that you have experienced, that you want more of?

Damp Diamond Head Climb

Damp Diamond Head Climb

Aloha Spirit

Aloha Spirit