Christmas in La Jolla

Due to my husband’s cat allergies we had to abandon staying with family and flee to:

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On our way to the hotel we saw a woman out working on the Christmas decorations in her yard. She already had lights and decor galore. But she was adding more! She looked so happy, pulling things out of bags and smiling.

I never used to pay attention to Christmas decorations. This year, inspired by Leanne Cole’s challenge, I am paying attention. The decorations add beauty to the month of course but it is the spirit behind the decorations that inspires me. From the effort people put into decorating their homes, to the efforts of companies like the Hyatt and The Georgian Hotel, to the efforts of cities like Melbourne, all the work has a personal feel. People work really hard to make these decorations! And the result is a feeling of connection, of a shared season.

A day on the beach, San Diego

A couple years ago we rented a second story condo on Mission Beach. It was foggy most of the time we were there, but it was amusing to watch the passersby.

What's with the umbrella?
What’s with the umbrella?
All day, every day, this man roller-bladed.
All day, every day, this man roller-bladed.
Here's a job for you!
Here’s a job for you!
Still with the umbrella!
Still with the umbrella!