1. My weather week went from this:
snow at night
sunshine and green grass on the mountains above my neighborhood
blue ocean and blue skies
2. I knew that more rain was predicted for our area, so I took a day to work in the garden. The hyacinth is in bloom now, as are the daffodils.
I planted tomatoes and snap peas and marigolds. I cleaned up buckets of fallen camellia blooms. I repotted my chocolate mint.
3. And today it is RAINING. Again. No, I won't stop being thankful for the rain! With this storm and the next one headed our Southern California way, we might actually move out of drought status. Fortunately, I finished all my errands yesterday, so I can stay home today. (Hint: if you live in Southern California, don't assume people actually know how to drive in rain!)
4. Our son Dr. Mike happened to be traveling through Los Angeles, so he arranged to spend a couple of days with us. I flew in to LAX. The Professor picked me up. Then we drove directly to our favorite Indonesian restaurant and met him there. Of course we savored our meal. Since he was here for a few days, The Professor arranged for him to speak at the university on the most recent research he has been doing which was of interest to more than one department--Comp Sci, Anthropology, and Environmental Science.
Mama might have been a bit proud of her boy.
5. I drove him to LAX the next morning to fly back to snow and ice. Since it took two hours to navigate the freeways to deliver him there,
I decided to treat myself to a leisurely drive home via Pacific Coast Highway. The beach photos above were taken near Mugu Beach campground. Also, on the mountain side of the highway, I noticed that the coreopsis are blooming! I just had to pull over, jump out and walk up the trail a bit.
Do you see the specks of yellow on the crest of the hill? Those are giant coreopsis. The large stumps look like dead cactus most of the year. But in the spring, they bloom with clumps of yellow daisy like flowers.
This zoomed in photo shows more details.
And the poppies are blooming, too! (See what a little rain will produce?)
I am so thankful for the beauty in nature around me and for my family!