Sunday, November 30, 2008

Laguna Creek

If the Time is Right, originally uploaded by sgrace.

On Friday Jason and I went up the coast to some beaches that used to be private property but were recently given to the state of California for public access use. Jason said he used to surf here but it was trespassing. There is a large marshy area at the back of the beach that is great for birding, but you will need a scope or binoculars because the area is off limits to foot traffic. Jason was not interested in the birds so much as the nice array of surf breaks including a nice bowl near the point in this photo.

Way Over Yonder

I also managed to convince Jason to come to the Arboretum with me for the first time and, of course, he loved it. He was amazed by the number of hummingbirds. I can't wait to take him up there during hummingbird season!
Winter is a Lonely Song

Friday, November 28, 2008


Prepare to Dream, originally uploaded by sgrace.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Take a Minute, originally uploaded by sgrace.

This morning I went up and hiked around UCSC for a while, since I knew there would be few students around on Thanksgiving. Yesterday I got the stitches out of my foot and hopefully things will be close to back to normal. I can already tell it's easier to walk and my foot is more flexible without the hardware.
Know Your Place

This little fawn was so fearless, he just kept walking toward me grazing on trees like a scene out of Bambi.
First Thanksgiving

My real destination this morning was the "merry-go-round". I haven't been on it in about 5 years.
World in Motion
About That Time

Back at home, the pets were quite excited about the turkey.
What Are You Telling Me?
A Promise is a Promise

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Morning, Goat

Goat, originally uploaded by sgrace.

I have this thing for goats. I want to live somewhere with enough land to have a few. Last week after my surgery Jason took me up to the Soquel Hills to see some goats he knew of. They were cute, as promised.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Doing OK

Rosemary, originally uploaded by sgrace.

My surgery on Tuesday went well. Getting the hardware out was much faster and easier then putting it in, but I was not expecting the level of pain I experienced right afterward. But, about 48 hours later, I'm feeling almost no pain at all. Quick recovery. I have to wear the ortho shoe for a week until the sutures come out, and I had to take an additional day off of work to recover, but other then that it was OK.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Monday's Moon

Moonset, originally uploaded by sgrace.

Tomorrow I have surgery to remove the two pins in my foot. The doctor says it's supposed to be minor -- in fact he would have done it in his office with local anesthesia if I could have held PERFECTLY STILL. I said I'd prefer surgery, thanks. I'm taking today and tomorrow off of work.

Last night we had a really good dinner. I baked a spaghetti squash, and then scraped the insides and mixed it with cooked leeks, bacon, blue cheese and cherry tomatoes. It was excellent, especially today left over for lunch.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Monarch Days


This morning I went and walked around at Natural Bridges. It's monarch season, and the weather has been warm and beautiful. I found a path that goes through the eucalyptus grove to the west of the parking lot, where there were many birds waking up to the sunshine.

Bewick's Wren
Bewick's Wren

Spotted Towhee

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Good Morning!

Tiki & Lola, originally uploaded by sgrace.

We rolled out of bed this morning in time to catch the sunrise down at the beach. Tiki met a new friend, Lola, a 9 month old American Bulldog mix. They had a grand time. It was a gorgeous sunrise. I'm getting more tattoo work done on my back today. One of these days I'll take some pictures of the progress and post them on here.

Gulls at Sunrise

Tiki & Lola

Friday, November 14, 2008

The Center Cannot Hold

Let There Be Light, originally uploaded by sgrace.

I cannot believe how unstable the world seems right now. Job, economy, presidency, war. Everything seems to be happening at once, good and bad. It's exciting and terrifying. Instead of waiting for things to happen, things are happening so rapidly that we hardly have time to ponder, let alone process, the significance. At the same time, there is much to be thankful for. I'm especially thankful to have a safe happy home in which to sit and write this and consider the turn of the universe.

The Second Coming
W.B. Yeats

Turning and turning in the widening gyre,
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

Interesting NY Times article about this poem

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Masts at Sunset

Masts at Sunset, originally uploaded by sgrace.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


, originally uploaded by sgrace.

Some day we'll take another vacation.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Choose or Lose

Acorn Woodpecker, originally uploaded by sgrace.

Eyes on the prize.

We won!

Today Jason and I went to vote at 6:30, just to make sure we were not at the end of a long line. Turns out we were first, and I actually got to be the first one to cast my vote. I had the exciting privilege of verifying the ballot box and the voting machine and some documents to see that they were all empty or blank. Very historic.

Monday, November 3, 2008

This Fish...

Nice 'Do, originally uploaded by sgrace.

Wants you to vote for Obama tomorrow.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!, originally uploaded by sgrace.

Jason carved this gigantic pumpkin this year. It was 150 pounds before he carved it, and about 3 feet tall! It was definitely the hit of our party.

We had a little gathering this year with about 30 or so people overall. People drifted in and out all night, as it always goes on Halloween (especially on the weekend when there's lots of parties). Jason set up a tarp out in the backyard -- it worked well, since there was rain off and on all night.

I wasn't into having a party this year but I'm really glad we did. Jason insisted and he did most of the work. I put on my Alice costume and there were a lot of friends here that I haven't seen in a while.