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Thursday, July 31, 2014

a favorite treat

i adore sun kissed warm fresh figs right off the tree, the only way i almost like them better is when they are stuffed with ginger and dunked in chocolate and shared with the book club~

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

alaska







15 years young, he will live in my heart forever~
1999-2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Saturday, July 26, 2014

jessies girl...

come on and sing it, i wish that i had jessies girl ...



last weekend i went to a book signing at a fabulous book store in marin called passages. i thought it would be hysterical! out of ALL the books and authors i pick this goofy "writer" to stop in for a quick peek... mind you, at 1 pm they had isabel allende, at 4 pm rick springfield and at 6 pm tom rob smith, it was a very full day and i choose the simplest of the trio. oh and he was late... rock star late! he didn't arrive until 4:45, the room was packed to the rafters, the vibe was electric, except for the handful of men stuck with their wives playing with cell phones...

while we twiddled our thumbs killing time, after i purchased 4 new novels to support the independent bookstores, the crowd was restless. they ran out of food and beverage, well except for wine, it was a very loose crowd of middle age woman... with constant updates to his pending arrival and a vocal crowd this young salesperson bravely stepped forward to sing to the masses. HE WAS ADORABLE! he got a standing ovation :-)





finally rick arrives, with dark glasses on the entire time. he uttered maybe 3 sentences, sang 3 songs and then leapt up and said lets sign some books! it was a huge let down... except for the face lift and hair dye, he looked great "refreshed"! not even a standing O for rick~

it was so disorganized, usually they talk about their book, there is q&a, there was NOTHING... just 3 songs and a massive rush at least 50 deep to sign his book. 300 woman all vying for his attention before they toss him out for the next authors arrival. i left without bothering to get it signed, but I did take pics of others enjoying their moments in time~







haven't had a chance to read his book yet, I will keep you posted if it was worth our effort!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

hell by the sea

oy, its been a rough week, I had to buy 8.1... the learning curve was astounding, who has crashed a new computer, raise your hand? I will skip all the nasty, endless hours, days and nights, trying to make things I own compatible with this new monster, but I will tell you you can't own a pin it button on 8.1, nope not written, part of the new world dominance I refuse to join.

my camera can no longer delete its pics, even after spending 3 hours with sony, unfortunately I wasn't in japan, or even the u.s., I was stuck in india and all I got was thank you very much and zero help. it was so bad that my husband bought me a new camera, due today, thinking surely it will be compatible... I cannot begin to tell the fear and dread I have at the thought of learning a new camera AND discovering it still does not do the same thing on this damn new operating system.

I am so ticked off with change, just because some young computer whipper snappers feel like rewriting history I have lost a good week of my life relearning how to even TURN OFF A COMPUTER. did I mention they did away with the back button too? all the basic commands of just getting around are gone, oy why even discuss it, eventually you will all fall in the rabbit hole as your computers fail and you are forced into the future. I would give my eye teeth to have bought a new computer with 7 last year when my husband wanted to get me one, no I said, I love my computer I am fine I don't need a new one...

with all this whining going on I have not read or done anything fun in a week as I struggled 8 hour shifts day in and day out with this machine, but one thing is a constant, dogs need to be walked no matter whats going on.

Katie has picked up some bad habits after a hiking picnic where we allowed her on the picnic table, I cannot begin to tell you the shock I felt when I walked in the house to find my dog sleeping on the DINING ROOM TABLE!



I picked up some good habits, right at the beach~



saw my very first dolphin on the west coast in my entire life...



some of katies play dates~



Harley is our favorite gal pal~


mercy and grace are deaf, to me they look like snowflakes on the beach...







the beach has been littered with these by the wind sailors~



we had a storm roll in, the sky has been gorgeous, was out walking and without my camera when I missed 2 rainbows on the beach :-(





I so look forward to getting back to my normal beach life of reading and dogs now that I have almost mastered 8.1! all I can say is heaven help you when the change comes...

Thursday, July 10, 2014

tapenade

















recipe from a wonderful series of books by carol drinkwater, read them all!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

a gift from the sea

to me... from EDDIE!







halibut with summer fruits and ginger

fresh caught halibut, delivered right off the boat by the fisherman himself :-)
s&p

bake at 400 for 10' until tender depending on thickness

blackberries
blueberries
raspberries
mango
fresh ginger minced
parsley or cilantro
green onions

thank you eddie so much for such a wonderful gift! just as we sat down to dinner to dine on this gorgeous halibut up he pulls with a bag full of fresh oysters! thank you for sharing your bounty from the sea!

Sunday, July 6, 2014