Tag Archives: Seasons

Whatnot – Week 1

The House with lights!

My weekly fall tracking has ended. Most of the colorful leaves were blown away over Thanksgiving. We had horrible winds. I mentioned how Edison kept threatening to turn off our power. It was no joke. My patio furniture went flying. There was no way anyone could have eaten outside.

It’s still nice in Southern California though. Cool in the mornings which make the morning walk a crisp, energetic affair. But by the afternoon it’s 70 degrees with a gorgeous blue sky. I love this time of the year!

We put some of the lights up and the tree is up. Had to keep it simple this year which is fine. I am not totally into the holiday yet. Might not be this year. It all feels weird to me. On my walk this morning I passed the elementary school my kids used to go to.  They are doing small cohorts for special education and as the kids arrived, there was a line of school health representatives in full hazmat suits taking their temps. I hesitated because it looked so strange to me. Who would have thought we’d ever go through this in our lifetime? I mean, I’ve read plenty of dystopian fiction and still, it seems surreal to me.

How are you all doing? I am back at work today after a very long break. It will be a long day.

Fall Tracking – Week 7

Good morning!! How are you all doing? It’s Thanksgiving week and I have the week off, plus Monday and Tuesday so I am feeling pretty darn good. I’ve been cleaning the house and tossing stuff out. I am trying to get rid of some of the clutter that has accumulated over the months. Being home is fine and all that but one does collect things even though I am not really buying much of anything. How does that happen?

Today, I might make the cornbread for my favorite dressing recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence, Caramelized Onion Cornbread Stuffing. It’s filled with sage and smells so good when it’s done.


As you can see from the photo at the top of the page, the trees are actually changing color. My husband and I were driving around town and noticed quite a bit of color actually. This almost never happens in Southern California. It’s so beautiful.

Well, I am on a quest to find my next book to read. It might be Parable of the Sower. Check out this summary:

When global climate change and economic crises lead to social chaos in the early 2020s, California becomes full of dangers, from pervasive water shortage to masses of vagabonds who will do anything to live to see another day. Fifteen-year-old Lauren Olamina lives inside a gated community with her preacher father, family, and neighbors, sheltered from the surrounding anarchy. In a society where any vulnerability is a risk, she suffers from hyperempathy, a debilitating sensitivity to others’ emotions. – Indiebound

Uh, what do you think? Freaky, huh?

Tomorrow, I hope to have my review of The Weekend posted and then I will spend the rest of the day cooking. My son is coming for the meal but not sure how long he can stay. He has some school work to complete and he starts his new job on Saturday. We will make the best of it and do so in a safe, responsible way.

Have a great week.