hello out there. i’m just here tucked away inside the air conditioned walls of moss cottage. there is not so much as a breeze to soften the heat, so for now porch sitting is out of the question. we’ve entered the hottest part of the year with our mild days of summer behind us. september always ushers in her long hot days with temps in the 100’s. dry blistering heat that makes you hope your a/c doesn’t choose now to go out. too late. mine did! but i have 2 units and the remaining one is working marvelously. while i await repair i hold out hope that we don’t get any days over 100.
if there’s one thing i detest, it’s having to deal with repairmen of any kind. Getting Things Fixed. oh how i hate it. if i was a parent of a girl i would make sure she had the opportunity to apprentice under a handyman so she would know how to fix things when she grew up. how to repair simple things – like clean air filters in mini-split units. who knew you had to pull those suckers out and wash them in the sink from time to time? not i! alex gave me a real scolding when he came out the other day. and when he asked when was the last time i cleaned the filters i looked at him with an idiotic expression and said, “um…never.”
i look forward to the window guy coming out soon. i am practicing my answer now, for when he asks, “but why didn’t you try and remove the screens before now!?”
what else is new?
i spent the last couple of days on the coast. left my 33 students behind and headed north on thursday after school. i was dying to be near the water. to walk all alone on the shore at dawn. breathe in the salty air.
above: hendry’s beach as seen from the douglas family preserve, where i went for my last stroll before heading home yesterday. long tendrils of fog rolled up from the water far below and through the tall trees as i walked the trails. i always make sure to visit at least once when i’m in santa babs.
caught a few sunsets – one alone and one with dearest sharron. carpinteria below.
butterfly beach below.
school started. i’ll tell you all about my new class soon. i have a nice group of kids.
but for now let’s zoom into the shore, where our feet are actively gliding across the sand.
look down. what do you see?
i like this shot of the snowy egret…looks like he’s gazing at his own reflection, but of course that’s not actually what he was doing. they use their yellow feet to agitate the water and sand – foraging in the tide pools for their prey which they quickly pounce upon with their pointy bills.
i long for the day when i’m living within a few miles of this place. that day is on the horizon, but still feels like a very long way off. september 11th will mark my 30th anniversary in LA. i never imagined i would want to live anywhere else, but there you have it – now i do. the urban tangle has grown too large.
if mendocino wasn’t so remote it would be my chosen place. less populated and everything is a bit wilder, but i’m afraid practical considerations such as airports and hospitals have to be taken into account.
dottie & carol & i enjoyed our week so much we’re planning to return again same time, next year.
have you seen this film?
it takes place in mendocino county. found the dvd online and watched it after i returned home. so good!
carol took this photo with her phone’s timer when we were at the mendo coast botanic gardens. i must acquire a frame and hang it on the wall.
a few more shots from our trip to mendocino.
3 tectonic plates meet in this area of california. the american, pacific, and the gorda plates. and it is here that the coast ranges continue to be formed. the scenery is spectacular with sea stacks, sea caves, waterfalls, and hidden coves. the san andreas fault lies in the waters just off shore. living, breathing earth in the process of changing. such a marvel!
the headlands make for dreamy walking. if you’ve never been i’m going to declare them one of california’s greatest natural wonders. you can find blackberry & rose brambles, douglas iris, bracken fern, clovers, meadowfoam, and coast buckwheat. there is a veritable sea of bunch grasses and other native plants on the coastal prarie atop the headlands.
how we moss sisters did enjoy our exploratory rambles far and wide down the footpaths above the blue waters of the mighty pacific.
this is where i say adieu until next time, friends. keep me posted on your own meaderings both physical and metaphorical. i’ll just be here soaking up the heat. waiting for some cool evenings to sit again out on the porch.