Saturday, September 29, 2007

Oh the weather outside is frightful!

Snow. In my yard. All day. Sticking around through the night. And I am headed to Canada (yes, the "Great White North") for work all next week. Wondering if it is too late to move back, or even, gulp, to try Arizona instead. Can you tell we have been under a prolonged period of stress?!

When things like this happen (cold and stress and nearly losing your mind) there is only one thing to do. Think about Hawaii! And so I did. I have been wanting to post pictures from our trip to Maui last February for a long time, and today seemed as good a day as any to do so, at least as my answer to the stress and snow.

The islands are nothing short of magical. I experience a truly physical change when I get there. Blood pressure drops. Heart beats slower. Mind stops racing. Time seems to stand still long enough to actually take the world in. What a gift. Your worst day on Maui will be better than your best day in most other places in the world. Why is that, you may ask? Well, it may have something to do with the fact that your day starts with sunrise on Haleakala . . .

Then moves on to humpback whales, sea turtles, beaches and sand . . . .

And finishes off with fish tacos and sunsets like these . . .

So if you are feeling stressed, or having to deal with snow, just put on a little Sonny Lim, or Brother Iz, and stare at these photos for a while. You will notice the change, I promise.

By the way, thanks to all who commented last week. It is nice to fish for comments and actually catch some. Especially when they are from such high quality people! Doubt I will be posting much from Canada this week, but I may have a few shots to share when I return next Saturday. Blog you then.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Guess no one reads us any more, but we'll post anyway

So, have you ever posted a photo that you were sure would draw some comment, and then you get nothing? Zero. Bupkas. Don't you hate it when that happens? I thought that about my last post. And, you guessed it, ZILCH. Nada. Oh well. Serves me right for going so long between posts. Well, we aren't going to let that deter us, no way. We are going to keep on posting because that is just the kind of people we are. So there.

Now that we have that bit of unpleasantness out of the way, here are a few pics from our house. This first one is Keegan, who clearly enjoys the front lawn. Heaven forbid that we should ever let him near those flowers.

We have been greeted by spectacular August/September thunderstorms during our first three weeks, and the skies have been spectacular. I was concerned when we left the Bay I would suffer creatively, without all that exquisite scenery around to fuel my desire to photograph. Despite all the unpacking left to do, I finally had to get on my roof and take a picture of a sunset over Antelope Island. As nice as the one below was, it is not even close to some of the really amazing ones we've seen in just a few short weeks (unfortunately, I have been so busy unpacking I failed to photograph those-- so much for sacrificing for my art).

Those skies have brought with them a surprising amount of rain, and Alden has discovered the advantages of living on a hill during a rainstorm. It sure beats the heck out of going to Costco, which is where I naively thought we were headed when I opened the door.

Kate has never been a sloucher when it comes to frolicking in the rain, and this day was no exception.

The only reason for the glum faces is that they had to come in and take a bath.

Many more things to post, but this will have to do for now. We live in a state of perennial exhaustion these days (and YOU thought we were moving to UTAH), and I need sleep. Hopefully, this post will garner a little more attention than the last!!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

The Last Night

There was still much to do to get ready for our big move, but there was a full moon on the bay, and the fog was just rolling in. I dropped everything and ran down to the beach path near our home for a few night photos. Let's just say that San Francisco is not an easy place to leave.

Earlier in the week we had gone to Stinson, and had a wonderful dinner at our friend Harriet's house. Here is the sunset view from her front yard. I don't know if I could ever leave, Harriet, but we all do what we must, and heaven knows the Bay Area exacts a price for its beauty.

Much more to post, including a big THANKS! to all who helped pack us up, but it is late and I am exhausted from the whole constant unpacking, heavy furniture moving, life organizing ordeal. I apologize for the long delay between posts -- we are just now seeing light at the end of the tunnel (which is made of boxes, of course). Hopefully, you have not abandoned us, dear readers . . . Let us know, and we promise to be more faithful posters from this point forward. God bless.