Monday, October 11, 2021

Blue Skies and Family Time

 We're finally getting out for our early morning walks. It had been quite a while and mostly that was because of the persistent morning fog. But lately the skies have been clear and pretty. We even went out on our little deck in the pre-dawn darkness and stared at the clear skies. If not for small city lights, we probably could have seen the Milky Way. 

On Friday, just as the sun was coming up over the mountains we had a lovely view of the radiation fog in the cow pasture. 

Later in the day we had a visit from the grandkids. They were cute as always. 

Ian picked nasturtium flowers and placed them artistically on the very old barrel cactus (the one my father dug out of the desert in the late 1980s). Silas looked at me and wondered what I was taking pictures of.  He was probably thinking, "Why does she always have that camera?" or maybe it was, "Take my picture, Robin." So, I did.

Sunday morning the sky had a lovely cloud formation (I hope you'll click on the photo). It was fun to run outside just before 7:00 am with the temps a very chilly 41 degrees (5 degrees C) and shout out hellos to the beauty of sky once again. 

That's what we've been up to. Life felt almost normal... almost.

32 comments:

  1. Cute as can be……

    I’m wondering how you got your post dated for Monday before Monday came? I know you are in my time zone. I read it and thought I had the wrong day today. Glad to know I wasn’t a full day off. Blogger does funny things. We still have an hour no forty five of Sunday to go.

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    1. Linda-- I can't remember how I set it up, but blogger has me on east-coast time. That way, I set it up to publish at midnight, and it publishes here on the west coast at 9:00. It's good that way because I can see the blog post early and make sure it looks right!

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  2. Those little people will make some fine citizens. Probably wondering why us old folks don't use their phones to take photographs.

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    1. John-- Yes, they really will make some fine citizens. It's true about cameras. The kids pose for me and love that I use a camera.

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  3. Your grands are adorable and I love the cactus decorations. They are not only cute but clever.
    Wonderful that you can get out again. Almost normal is delightful.

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    1. Patti-- Yes, they are cute and clever. A perfect description. And, almost normal is pretty delightful indeed.

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  4. Lovely skies, and cute grands, of course! Enjoy being out and about to see more skies!

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    1. Barbara-- It's the little things, like cute grandkids and beautiful clouds that make our day!

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  5. I am glad to get out and enjoy the fall colors. I feel that Winter will be zooming towards us and I want to take advantage of the nice weather when I can. Lovely photos again, Robin Andrea!

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    1. EllenD-- We go for our long walks whenever the sun is shining on a bright day. The weather forecast for winter is promising lots and lots of rain. Good for the forests, not so much for our walking.

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  6. Clear skies and grandkids...great times.

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    1. Red-- Yes, clear skies and grandkids. A great combination!

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  7. Beautiful photos, as always. I feel like you're always looking up, photographically speaking, and I'm always looking down. LOL!

    The nasturtiums look really good on that cactus!

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    1. Steve-- How funny, that never occurred to me, but you're right. We're a perfect match, Steve.
      I'll tell Ian that you like his nasturtium-cactus artwork.

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  8. that is a wonderful cloud formation as if they are radiating out from the rising sun. my grandkids are all grown but I remember those early years.

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    1. ellen-- I'm so glad you liked that cloud formation. It was such a lovely sight. Our oldest grand-daughter will be 10 next month. The youngest grand-son will be 2 next month. Little cuties!

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  9. clever kid decorating the cactus with bright nasturtiums- I am sure the cactus felt fancy and appreciative. Cute kids!

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    1. Linda Sue-- They really are clever kids. They have a big garden in their yard; they go around identifying all the flowers and plants they see. The future looks pretty bright for them, reminding me of Gary Snyder's poem "For The Children."

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  10. Yep, those kids are definitely models for a calendar. I also love your nature photos, Robin.

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    1. Catalyst-- Yes! A calendar of grandkids. What a great idea. Thank you so much for your kind words. I so appreciate it.

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  11. Regard fog as a challenge. If you can't see the area you're walking through, imagine it. And don't necessarily confine your dreams to northern California: beyond the fog it could be the Amazon rain forest or the Gobi Desert.

    If you're skeered of getting lost leave a trail of cake crumbs behind - the origins of a great fictional post on days when there's nothing to write about.

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    1. Roderick-- I'm not skeered of getting lost in the fog. I just find it utterly boring. I like atmospheric optics. I want to see the sky and clouds and rainbows and halos. Fog is the impenetrable gray between me and all that I love.

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  12. Love seeing the grandkids in action and the sky above you all. A friend who lives on the East Coast emailed me today asking if I'd seen the northern lights last night. Apparently they would have been visible from my porch if I had been out there. They were featured in a series of photos on weather.com taken by a woman from Bellingham. Tonight we have another wild storm, so no chance of seeing them tonight. Thank goodness for the sky and its beauty.

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    1. am-- We did not see them here. The light did not come this far south. I was just looking at photos taken in Vancouver of the skies there last night. Wow. It looked spectacular. I would so love to see northern lights. Thank you for reminding me, am.

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  13. Adore seeing the grandkids. They contribute heartily, I'm sure, to life feeling almost normal.

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    1. 37paddington-- Yes! It does feel almost normal when we see them.

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  14. These are the things that really matter - the very ordinary day to day stuff. Lovely.

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    1. Dr Michelle-- Yes, the very ordinary day to day stuff. The things that matter. Yes.

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  15. beautiful photos, Robin. I love what the kids did to the cactus. Amazing you still have it. That radiation fog is what we, in the Sacramento area, call Tule fog. It gets very intense there and can make driving hazardous.

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    1. Tara-- The cactus looked pretty cute after their nasturtium art work. I had forgotten that Tule fog is radiation fog. It does get intense.

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  16. Sounds like you had a pretty great day all around with beautiful weather, cloud formations and cute grands. Hope there are many more of the same because they never grow old, but sadly we seem to be.

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    1. Beatrice-- Yes! It was such a beautiful day all around. We loved spending time with the grands, and yes, we are definitely growing older.

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