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Thursday, May 16, 2013

a beach diary 5-13 to 5-14

5-13 monday

i keep a beach diary for all the time spent at sea dream, even this wee slip of the clock, because at years end i want to be able to look back and see how often and how much i enjoy being by the sea...

this weekend scott was sick with a head cold, he spent the entire time sleeping, by monday morning he was still not well but managed to work an hour before returning home. we had planned to be at the sea dream on the 14th, the anniversary of my fathers death, my parents ashes are strewn on the bodega headlands, something i see everyday from sea dream, being that close i always want to remember my dad on that day. he died 4 hours short of 90th birthday, suddenly... i know, 90 sounds like a good long life, how could it be sudden, we had taken him out to lunch at a mexican restaurant, he was talking about buying a new mercedes, was sharp as a tack, mobile, just my dad 100%. after we left he went to his girlfriends, they went out to dinner and that evening he was talking to my sister on the phone about his day when he had a heart attack and was instantly gone. it was shocking to me. i know its better than suffering poor health, but one minute all was fine and in a blink his life was over.

with scott home sick we left early for the beach, i knew he could sleep there and we would be that much closer for the next day. while scott napped i watered in the garden, i was thrilled to see my iris blooming and still standing in the near constant gale winds of spring on the coast. it is odd to go from full sun in the 90s, to the heavy fog in the 50s in less than 90 minutes. we arrive in shorts, but bundle up quickly, with the wind chill i am sure it was in the 40s as the house rattled about buffeted by the winds.







i put food out for the feral and his dry feeder was full, no sign of him... we arrived at high tide, not interested in walking unless its low tide with maggie...









i spent the afternoon reading in the sunshine as soon as the fog lifted around 2. the warmth was wonderful tucked back in a wind free corner. i finished life after life, took me too long to read it, huge gaps of time, once you grasp the concept i suppose its an interesting idea, but i wasn't as thrilled as most, to me it felt like an author just exploring her rewrites... started and finished the wave, a memoir of a survivor of the indonesia tsunami. she lost her husband, 2 children and parents. it haunts me...

once sleeping beauty was up scott bbq-ed our dinner, we had garlic asparagus, corn and london broil hot off the grill. after slicing off our pieces, cassie helped herself to 90% of the meat off the counter with a huge splat! she has never done things like this, plus we were not even 5' away. scott applied the 2 second rule and bathed our dinner. i have to say i was more shocked he would be willing to eat it, he is not this kind of guy, his head must be off balance with the cold, the scott i know would have thrown it out and been eating antiseptic cereal for dinner.

scott retired back to bed to sleep another solid night, i stared out looking the parasailers, sunset and the wildlife that appears like clockwork, the fox and deer always heading the pack. i slept fantastically, i love the coolness of the beach, at home its too hot to sleep well for me...

5/14 tuesday

it is a sunny morn which i would not have expected, but the wind is strong. i am an early riser but always wait to take my dogs until 8 am so not to disturb my neighbor who goes out at 7. i tried to slip out early at 6:30, but i lingered to long and my neighbor caught me.



she had her little bijon nearly killed by a border collie at the beach, i don't like to make her worry over mine, she froze when she saw us and waited until we passed, i was fussing about taking pics in the my garden with my dogs on a leash and she still wouldn't move until i stuffed them in the garage.

went back to chat with her, she has surgery on the 23rd, i plan to come back that weekend to be her back up if she needs anything. she told me she will not be receiving guests, i informed her i was there if she needed me. she is not to drive for 6 weeks, she said thats not going to happen i am driving now. i told her we didn't need her looped on painkillers wheeling around the countryside. i just want to be there while she heals if i can be of any assistance. she has always told us she likes it when we are there, it comforting knowing i am around, i think after surgery it would be even more comforting looking over...



scott was up early, he greeted the dogs when i put them in the garage. he came out to set up the new plants on a drip system. we have extremely expensive water on the coast, the residents own their own water company, but i can tell you the cost is one of the highest in the state. we had a major disaster when our battery powered controller failed in the on position and we did not get to sea dream for 2 months! a neighbor called us the day we were driving over to tell us the water was stuck on, she had been there only a few days, so we really don't know how long the water was running, but our water bill had doubled, so i imagine a very long time :-( i am worried about it again getting stuck on, but at least we will be back in 10 days this time, not 2 months!

as soon as the water was done, we zipped down for a low tide walk, sans doggies! cassie can't come near water until june 1st with her punctured ear drum and stitches on her back from surgery. scott thought it was cruel to leave her alone and only take maggie, so we were adults on the loose, no kids to monitor!

first off we got to enjoy the birds, cassie chases them off...



we didn't have to fear doggie jellyfish stings either.



or crab bites...



or woolly mammoths...



was a delightful walk by the sea, but the tide was rushing in...











came home and packed a meager picnic of tainted meat and baguette to walk on the bodega headlands. i am wild over lupine, the scent drives me crazy, i could bathe in it, roll on it, eat it, its just a favorite flavor that makes me tingle with delight...





scott was carrying the picnic basket and i was stopping every 10'... he pointed out a perfect blue lupine in the sea of yellow, he knows i am always looking for the color blue, but when i sat down to click he said i am jingling my keys, i am going to your fathers to set up the picnic.

my father was antsy, whenever he was done and ready to go he popped up and jingled his keys in his pants, scott was just fed up with me enjoying the lupine to much and used my father to dump me :-) it was blowing about 40 mph, it was cold and he really doesn't care much for all the little things i like to stop and ponder, he just likes to eat ;-) my parents ashes are spread by a donated picnic table, when my mother had cancer we used to bring her out here, it seamed a fitting place for her ashes and 11 years later my father followed...



















it was too windy to want to do the 3 mile loop, i have vertigo and did not need to be near cliff edges in the whipping wind. i did spy a white lupine bush, a beautiful rare mutation.



came home mid afternoon and scott needed another nap, this cold is taking him down down down. i started and finished a very odd/dumb book... i pride myself on quirky, this was a series of short stories, which i never like anyway, and they were odd, but there is a point when they just seem so stupid that you a can write anything disjointed and odd and call it a book... the cover was the highlight~

our brief stay is ending, but one thing we both adore about sea dream is that even if we come from just a day, its a world away and time washes clean. it never feels like we just got there and have to go right back, its always in a time warp, hard to explain but we both feel time is displaced. how else could we keep coming back time after time and never ever feel deja vu~