Friday, November 13, 2009


Every year we head over to Calistoga for a little R and R. Yeah, technically we're retired* but we still like to get out of the house and not be able to either clean the litter boxes or run a few loads of laundry.
*(Hubby actually works for himself - he started a small computer repair business nearly four years ago.)
It's always pretty but this year seemed especially so. The sky was milky which made for so-so photo taking but you can see that the grapevines are looking pretty darn nice.
We ate a lot of good food, had amazingly little wine, visited NO wineries but did cruise around a lot of twisty back roads which made hubby very happy. We spent a fair amount of time floating in hot pools mentally drifting. I did very little knitting or much of anything.

Even near town hubby can find dirt roads. It's a gift.

We did a six mile hike up to and past the Robert Lewis Stevenson cabin site. Vintage California scenery. Oaks, scrub brush, great to fantastic views. Manzanita, sage, madrone.
We're always a little smug that we've done The Palisades hike twice. Not sure we'll ever do it again but I hope so. It's about the most beautiful hike I've ever done in California that wasn't in Big Sur.

(Opal enjoying the undergrowth.)
Omar was taken to Miss Courtney's for a two day overnight. All the felines stayed home with massive amounts of food and water.
Lately we've let Opal and Olive do a small amount of outside exploring.

(Olive on the right. Opal giving me "the eye". Nearly 4 lbs as of Tuesday.)

They seem to still think indoors is much nicer. Now that the weather is cold (frost for the first time this morning) a place on the couch nearest the wood burning stove is just fine thank you very much.


At 8:07 AM, Anonymous Suzy said...

Which one is whom? Is the little masked marvel Opal? Or Olive? They look ever so charming, and are growing by leaps and bounds.

At 9:11 PM, Blogger Gail said...

Beautiful photography!

At 3:15 PM, Blogger Becky said...

Wait, did they turn into girls? I thought they were Oscar and Owen. They are adorable either way.


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