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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

a beach diary christmas 2012

i used to have a private blog called a beach diary, every day i was at sea dream i wrote about whatever i saw, heard or enjoyed, but when blogspot changed their format i was not able to blog anymore, my browser was not functioning and i refused to switch to google chrome to make things work again. ten months later i see that my browser now works, my old blogs have long been deleted, but i still feel the same thrill whenever i am at sea dream to want to record the simple daily joys. its a daunting task to write everyday again, but i decided to just post a diary of our christmas, for me to look back on next year, to me it is always magical here. may i never lose that joy...

24th~ after a horrendous storm the day before, with thunder, lightning and flooded closed roads, that made us postpone going home to check on the pets, we got up early to quickly head home for a fast turn around. in the car we took the last of the delicious cream cheese ring i made the day before, licking our fingers all the way...



the skies were gray, but the sea was calm and gorgeous after a furious day before.

arrived home the fastest time ever, not a soul on the road until 1/2 way home, and then nothing to speak of, if only traveling could always be so deserted. after a quick pet update, off to deliver cookies, hit the library, gas up and let scott pick out his christmas present. 2 stops later, he has a brand new camera, after 40 years of me playing with pictures, scott decided he wanted his very own.

on the way back, since we didn't have any pets, i wanted to stop at the winery i noticed with a new HUGE lion on the hillside. we pulled in and drove to the top of the property, the lion was not visible, i thought if i strolled up the muddy dirt road perhaps i could get a glimpse, but first i had to pass VERY active bee boxes, i mean way to active... i wonder if they put them there just to make is so you can't see. i was to chicken to get closer then 25', for as cold and stormy as it has been, why weren't they in a deep sleep? sounded like a hot summers day... i ended up walking away without even a shot to take. why are they hiding this massive lion...

walked down thru the wet grass and grapes to a beautiful holding pond. the picnic area is charming with a high waterfall in the background.









back just in time to grab the dogs for a low tide beach walk. beach was crowded, after being cooped up with storms having a sunny day was a welcome sight for all.











home to late to want to make the planned xmas eve dinner, instead i made ham and cheese crepes. we feasted on gift sweets~ a couple of phone calls to wish merry xmas, a new years invitation and out the door for a moonlight walk with the dogs. was magical hearing the waves crash and peek into everyones homes with the lights twinkling and families gathering on our long walk.

at sea, for the first time ever, i could see a fully lit up ship in the shipping lane. 3 layers of lights, huge ship. i wonder if it was a cruise ship, freighters are never lit up like that, unless maybe just for xmas eve. was a glorious walk in the cool crisp moonlit air.

dec 25th woke up early to the sound of rain. scott was the first one up and lit the tree and lanterns. was so cozy with the rain and tree...



i fed the feral kitty a christmas feast, we had eye contact and he didn't run. he seems to like his new dining room. need to make him a bedroom next...

scott got the dog new biscuits, he knew i would like the blue wave...









i didn't think we were exchanging presents, i have everything i could ever want, this house is my gift, but scott had presents... i said lets walk the dogs first, he said no, open this one. no i said, lets go, he said trust me, open it. a gift for the dogs? i tear into the box and find my gps, huh? he said find your way point... i am so excited, i wanted to do this for his birthday, but instead he is SURPRISING ME! when i open the way point it says merry christmas. this is beyond merry!

we layer up and head out, gps in hand... i am tickled beyond belief, this means last night when he walked the dogs he set this all up... i am so happy i start to cry... i don't care about a gift, but the fact that he has done this all up to make me happy makes me cry. i follow the gps to the dogs regular morning walk, off the road is a rock, ground zero, under the rock is plastic bag, protected from the rain, and inside is a gift card for homegoods, because he said that i make our home so special...

i am really weeping now... it may all sound so silly, but it was so touching, it reminded me when we were young and he hid packages around the house, or i followed a string, or had to answer clues to find my gift, it was just magical... and the fact that he even cares that i love to decorate the house, over and over, enough to get me card, all was just so sweet. so heart felt. i was warm until i started to cry, and then the cold wind and rain stung my cheeks, but my heart was so full of joy. i am so very very lucky...











the house felt so warm and snug after the walk, we opened the rest of our gifts and scott finished the crepes and we made cinnamon chocolate rolls.

scott played with his camera, i worked on dinner and added fresh greens to our holiday table.















we vowed rain or shine we will walk the beach every christmas day. because maggie likes water to much i insist on low tide... we bundled up for a very wet and rainy beach walk, scott was still cold, but i loved it. ran into only 2 other families braving the rain, the streams gushing down the hillsides were plentiful, the rivers had doubled in size from yesterday, was a wonderful walk. watched a sea lion swim right off the shore, again, its all magical to me. no camera, to wet to risk it...

returned home sopping wet, stripped and into warm dry clothes, scott was brave and put the dog leash back in the car naked, i wonder if the renters got an eye full :-)

house smells of love to me, toasty and steamy, prime rib and roasted veggies scent the air, my favorite desert in the fridge, everyone i love is warm and safe. i feel very blessed to be here, to sit typing this with the tree bright and a storm whirling around the house, to see the ocean ebb and flow, its all so special to me....

we ate our dinner as the sun set, if you could have seen it through the storm, but there was a horizon and rain showers, very dramatic in shades of gray and black. the little feral kitty looked at me through the storm in the bushes, it broke my heart to be so warm and happy and it is outside bearing the brunt of the cold wet winter... maybe next year i will have a happy ending for him, after all dreams come true, i am living it every day at sea dream~