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It’s Green day!

Posted by on Jul 1, 2010 in meme, photo | 0 comments

Summer Colour Week on poppytalk

I finally found my pluots at the farmers market yesterday! I have been waiting for so, so long for them to show up.

Pluots! [green]

[For the unacquainted: pluots are a DELICIOUS plum-apricot hybrid. Try them. You will love them.]

Green sea glass in Rome #2

… some souvenirs from recent trips — sea glass from various locales, pebbles from Moonstone Beach …

Souvenir sand dollars

… bitty sand dollars from Morro Bay …

Gwen in the elephant

… a thrifted green elephant …

How much is that me in the window

… and my reflection in the window of the cutest cabin ever in Carmel.

[that last one was a Green Wednesday highlight]

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pink! [belated for Monday]

Posted by on Jun 29, 2010 in meme, photo | 5 comments

Summer Colour Week on poppytalk

Pink at Lily's in Cambria

Tea tree #1

Pink flower’s at Lily’s Café in Cambria, California. There is a whole little row of very cute shops there.

Tea tree lives down the street. they’re Australian natives but do wonderfully here in the Bay Area. So do the eucalyptus.

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Cutest shoes ever, too small!

Posted by on Jun 29, 2010 in love | 1 comment

If you’re a 7 1/2, they’re for sale over at Allen Company Inc..

these shoes

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Yellow!

Posted by on Jun 29, 2010 in meme, photo | 1 comment

Summer Colour Week on poppytalk

Lemon drop cupcakes at Lily's

January 9: Lemons for you!

Mustard

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Arbitrary Day 2010: Super kawaii fun pack!

Posted by on Jun 13, 2010 in love | 1 comment

I participated in the First Annual Arbitrary Day swap and received this awesome pack of Japanese goodness from my Secret Santa:

Super kawaii fun pack!

The KitKat is Sakura Green Tea-flavored chocolate. It came in two packs, very delicious. And the snail is a tape measure — how cute is that?

I think I will frame the postcard. It is always Delicious Coffee Time here.

Delicious Coffee Time!

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June 5-6, 2010: Carmel, Monterey, Asilomar

Posted by on Jun 11, 2010 in travel | 2 comments

Carmel was lovely lovely lovely. LOVELY! Chad was more relaxed that I’ve seen him in years. Seriously. The boy is always worrying about this or that he has to do. He swam with me and smiled at me and kissed me all weekend and was generally sweet and calm and happy.

Gwen & Chad Outtake #2

So we took this last-minute overnight trip to Monterey. We drove down 101, which goes through farmland and took a break at Mission San Juan Bautista [the climax of Vertigo takes place here] and saw more than a few hens and chicks and roosters and a wedding. We arrived at our cute little cabin —

22, front

An aside here, if you are going to be in the Monterey-Carmel-Big Sur area, you could do a lot worse than staying at the Carmel River Inn. It is not super fancy but it is the cutest little green cabins with cut-out shutters and they are very reasonably priced — ours was $110 for a summer Saturday night, which is chump change in that area. There are lots of flowers and frogs and crickets and the staff is nice and it’s a short drive from anything you want to do.

— which turned out to be the one I have been eyeing since the first time we went there, it is the most removed and sits at the edge of a field and has an enclosed patio and gets great light. We took a swim — it was a hot day but the water felt nice and warm — then we went down to Carmel Beach [white sand, pale blue-green water, very sexy!] to watch the sunset and another wedding. That’s *the* Lone Cypress out there on the point.

Carmel Beach Sunset #4

We tried to go to Vivolo’s for dinner — they have the most amazing clam chowder — but they close whenever they feel like it, which that night was just as we arrived, so we went to a BBQ joint and I ate SO. MUCH. MEAT. Then went back to our cabin for some stargazing from the hammock out back and went to bed early.

Saturday morning we woke up super-early — very unlike us, we can barely drag ourselves out of bed before check-out — and I went for a swim, then made a quick stop in Carmel-by-the-Sea to stop by the Cottage of Sweets, home of the World of Licorice, because we needed to stock up.

Lollipops #1

We had breakfast at Toastie’s in Pacific Grove and there was some kind of bicycling extravaganza that started with a race between a hundred or so children, followed by grown people doing a zillion laps around downtown for the rest of the day.

We headed over to Cannery Row in Monterey [yes, the Steinbeck one] to find the sea glass beach I’d read about. Turns out there is a little public access beach right in the middle, it’s a sweet little yellow-sand cove with tidepools, and on the south/east end there are quite a few tiny bits of sea glass.

Beach on Cannery Row

I met a woman from Arizona who was just beside herself with glee over this. I wanted bigger pieces so Chad and I ventured underneath the boardwalk — you can clamber over the old pieces of older iterations of the boardwalk, rusty old pipes and hunks of ancient concrete, almost all the way down to the aquarium. It was very dark under there but I found a few larger pieces of glass and gave the biggest to the Arizona lady since she doesn’t have her own ocean to explore whenever she feels like it.

We drove down Sunset, which goes around the point at the end of Monterey past a bunch of tidepools and a golf course and an old lighthouse, and stopped at Asilomar State Beach [check out the Julia Morgan Architecture just over the dunes]. Asilomar is another of those white sand, pale blue-green water beaches like Carmel. We had an hour or so of sun before the fog rolled in and lolled in the sand and it was really, really, really nice. Just super.

Crazy.

Chad went in the 55° water because he is crazy. We went for a walk almost all the way down to the next beach over, which is along 17-Mile Drive and a hop-skip from Pebble Beach Of Golf Fame.

I found some shells

We got a ticket because there is a sign that says “no parking between this and the next sign” then there is another sign five feet away but I guess that is not the next sign they mean.

We had ice cream at this wacky little parlor that is covered floor-to-ceiling with Beatles collectibles. We stopped in Castroville, home of the Giant Artichoke, on the way home and got the most amazing food, which is deep fried artichokes. Seriously good stuff. It was a very good weekend.

I am still working on the photos but most of them are up here.

They go in the sand

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Recommended: Sea Glass Designs

Posted by on Jun 11, 2010 in love | 0 comments

Rita in Nova Scotia has the best luck in her sea glass-hunting excursions — check out these lovelies …

found

… which she turns into the most exquisite statement pieces. Have you ever seen such a big piece of red sea glass?

red

There’s beautiful pink depression glass …

pink

…and a sweet sea creature …

sea creature

… and the most delicate piece of flowered sea pottery …

rooster

you can see more and buy some at Sea Glass Designs on etsy.

All photos and jewelry © Rita Laidlaw of Sea Glass Designs

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I told you rain this time of year was unusual

Posted by on Jun 10, 2010 in photo | 0 comments

Record Report
Statement as of 01:35 am PDT on June 10, 2010

A record rainfall of 0.02 inch(es) was set at Santa Rosa Airport [north of here] yesterday. This breaks the old record of 0.01 set in 2005.

Bamboo beads #2

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My creative space: summer bracelets

Posted by on Jun 9, 2010 in craft | 4 comments

I’ve been making more charm bracelets this week. They’re a little lighter — you might say summer weight :]

I put a couple up on my etsy

Je t'aime Paris Eiffel Tower charm bracelet

Je t’aime Paris Eiffel Tower charm bracelet

Little pink elephant charm bracelet

Little pink elephant charm bracelet

[my creative space]

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Things we ate this weekend

Posted by on Jun 7, 2010 in recipe, travel | 1 comment

ham and swiss croissants
fresh OJ
fair trade coffee
bagel
grapes
free bottle of merlot and a very nice note from the folks at the hotel thanking us for our return visit [i guess had our credit card on file?]
BBQed pork tenderloin, chicken, and tri-tip and some sweet island-style pulled pork
clam chowder
garlic bread
bacon cheese bread
strawberry blintzes
bacon
veggie omelette
lots of fancy imported licorice
caramel-wrapped marshmallows
a giant dark chocolate peanut butter cup
oregon bing cherry and coffee-truffle ice cream cones
deep-fried artichoke hearts
grilled meats
peach cobbler

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Gwen and Chad, Asilomar

Posted by on Jun 6, 2010 in gwen, photo, travel | 6 comments

Pretty much any time we go anywhere scenic, at least one person will ask me to take their picture. I take very nice pictures of them. Every once in awhile I will ask someone to take our picture. I say, push the button halfway to focus, then all the way to shoot. I only ask people who are carrying their own cameras and I am pretty sure this is how most digital cameras work, right?

Yet almost invariably, we end up with a completely out of focus, crooked, feet-chopped-off photo. So you can imagine how pleased I was when today’s shooter returned my camera to me. Look at that. Nicely composed with our whole bodies in, heads above the horizon [which, you’ll notice, is not at a 45° angle!]. Thanks, lady stranger, you totally made my day!

June 6: Asilomar

[Asilomar State Beach, Pacific Grove, California]

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Foodie Thursday!

Posted by on Jun 3, 2010 in recipe | 4 comments

Some recipes I like that I was telling J. about at coffee yesterday:

Zucchini Crab Cakes. These are super delicious and EASY and healthy except for being fried, but that just makes them that much more tasty. Serve with Creole-style remoulade [there are a million ways to make this; I mix catsup, mayo, seedy mustard, cayenne, and whatever else to taste].

Beer pizza dough. Chad makes this once a week, he rolls out two doughs and we put our own toppings on. Mine usually has some or all of the following: pesto, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, fresh mozz, parmesan, prosciutto, garlic, olives, oregano and basil, red pepper flakes, whatever else is around. Here are some photos from Tuesday’s batch. Do not view on an empty stomach.

Pizza #1: Just the doughPizza #2: Oven ready

Pizza #3: Ready for me belly!Pizza #4: Chad's

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