Thursday, February 6, 2020

Really Random Thursday, 2/6/20

Welcome to the new month.This will always be one of my favorites--my embroidered version of something designed by Gabe two years ago when I had thyroid surgery. I actually think it's a genius design, don't you?

I was able to see both Charlotte and Levi play basketball this week. I saw Charlotte score her first basket of the season.
Levi is to the far right, in the green, with the ball.
It warmed up enough to spend a little time outdoors. Ella is definitely an outdoor person. Me, on the other hand, really wanted to buy a t-shirt from Target that said "indoorsy." Haha.

Anyway, we thought it might be a good idea for the Gabe and Ella to have their own scooters at our house. And of course, helmets. Ella requested a unicorn. We found a helmet for Gabe that came with markers--just perfect for the artist that he is.

Christa was out of town for a couple of days. Aaron and the kids were going to a local nursery that has food trucks every week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. He invited me to go along. Levi had a sandwich called "pig and mac," HUGE--pulled pork with mac and cheese. This is only half of it. And yes, he ate the whole thing.

Mark and I went to Carmel, one of our favorite spots on the coast of California. For the past several years, we have always gone on Super Bowl weekend. Our favorite hotel runs a special--three nights for the price of two.
Beautiful calla lilies in a planter box outside the office.
And on Super Bowl weekend, the town is deserted, the calm before the rush of the AT&T golf tournament at Pebble Beach this weekend.

However, this weekend it was cold and very windy--30 to 40 mph, so we didn't walk around the charming town as much as we usually do.Finally, on Tuesday morning before we had to leave, it was much nicer and we had a lovely morning in town.

Fun facts about Carmel:

There are no street addresses, so most of the houses have names. It is considered bad luck to change the name on a house.

Also, local law bans wearing shoes with heels more than 2 inches in height or with a base of less than 1 square inch, unless the wearer has a permit! The town was trying to avoid lawsuits resulting from all the irregular pavement.
 And just in case you need a permit, they are available without charge at city hall.

The benefit of the high winds was catching some spectacular waves. No matter how hard I try, it is really impossible to catch a good picture of waves.  And just when I give up, the next wave is astronomical...

Seen in a shop window in Pacific Grove. :)
We had dinner Monday night at one of our favorite restaurants in Monterey, the Chart House. We were there early and had a lovely window seat, looking out across the bay. This was right below our window.
I had to buy this card. Because...#truth.
Hope your weekend is a good one.


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FlourishingPalms said... #

Oh, I sure love seeing those ocean waves in the high winds. I can almost feel what it was like. It's so nice you could visit Carmel, even though you couldn't wear your high heels! :-) I wish we visited the ocean more often, but we know that during this time of year - snowbird season - it's silly to think any oceanside community won't be jam-packed. Love those pillows. Wouldn't those be nice to embroider and gift? And wasn't that Euripides a smart cookie?

Mary on Lake Pulaski said... #

You are so right friend!
I miss the ocean, Carmel & Monterey; it’s been too long since we’ve visited. You & Mark have a great tradition going.

Anne / Springleaf Studios said... #

Ahhh . . . the ocean. It's been ages since I've seen it or experienced the waves, the sounds, and the salt air. Here it's rushing mtn streams, the wind and snow, and the smell of pine in the mountains.

Robby said... #

I always look forward to these posts, like a brief visit with a friend. Your pictures of the ocean were wonderful, just enough to make me wonder why we haven't been to Carmel for several years. My parents lived there when they were first married, Dad was stationed at Ft. Ord. I wonder if they would like to go back and see it? I should ask.

Deb Cox said... #

Lovely post Cindy. Thanks for sharing. You are helping to make a very snowing cold Southern Ontario night a little more bearable......cheers.

Anorina @SameliasMum said... #

What a lovely weekend. I love that the town has no addresses but house names. That's super cute.