Saturday, April 28, 2012

A neighborhood tour...

Since my days are numbered in California, I've been running around everywhere with my camera, taking pictures of all the lovely things I've gotten used to seeing every day ~ the ocean, beautiful blooms everywhere and our adorable little beach community. I thought all of you might enjoy seeing our neighborhood, which is located a few blocks from the ocean and contains some pretty old houses by California standards. Quite a few of the homes were built in the 1920s and some even have historical markers.
Having grown up in a house dating back to the late 1700s/early 1800s, the 1920s didn't really seem all that old to me, but then I learned that because of all the earthquakes, most of the older buildings here have been knocked down and rebuilt over time to stringent codes. As a lover of old houses and buildings, it was a bit odd to me at first, but after a couple of good earthquakes, I saw the wisdom. Not that it kept me from seeking out an old home, of course.
The house in the photo directly above is the little cottage we live in now. The house in the photo directly below is the cottage we lived in until last year. It was white when we lived there; the new owners painted it yellow. The other houses are just some of my favorites from the neighborhood. The mailbox below is painted with the Oceanside pier, which is just a few blocks away from us.
All in all, as you can see, it's been a lovely place to live...

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully

Monday, April 23, 2012

The beauty of not knowing...

Everywhere I look there are boxes full of books and pictures and all the other things that used to line the empty shelves now staring at me. I quit counting after I got to 13 boxes of books and wasn't even close to being done. I figured some things are better left unknown, including the number of boxes of books I am moving across country. Books are one of my favorite things in life until moving time comes and then all I can think is I've got to get another hobby. I clean my shelves regularly and donate them to the library sale, but I only seem to fall further and further behind... probably because I'm one of those people who leaves a bookstore with an armful of books, not just one.
And of course it's not just books. There's my dish collection, too. Really, if it wasn't for those two things, the whole moving experience would be a lot less time consuming. But since I'm not willing to give up my dish obsession any more than I'm going to give up my love of books, I'm sticking with my ignorance is bliss theory. I'll just pack and pack and pack until it's done, silently (or not) cursing myself for not leaving more of those tea cups in the store. If only they made space bags for things like that...

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Porch days...

Some days all you can do is sit on the porch. Today is one of those days.
I've had a headache off and on for days and my throat is sore and I just generally feel, well, blah. I woke up this morning, realized I didn't have anything super urgent that required my presence at work today and decided to take a sick day to relax and see if I can get this headache to go away. I'm sure it's stress related ~ moving across country is just such a pain.
It's a warm, beautiful day here, so I'm going to sit on the porch for awhile and enjoy the beauty around me. Anyone care to join me?

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully

Monday, April 9, 2012

April blooming...

April truly is blooming here, in more ways than one.
I know I haven't been around much this month, but it's only because I've been incredibly busy. Between work and coordinating my impending cross-country move, I feel like I'm running in five different directions trying to get to the same place. I'm sure you know what I mean.
However, in the last few days, everything has suddenly started to come together. I got my job situated (my employer is going to let me stay full-time and telecommute), one of my best friends is flying out to drive back to the Carolinas with me and three dogs, and we've got the moving dates lined up. My fiancé also discovered that the headquarters of the company his oldest friend works for is located in the city we're moving to, so he'll be guaranteed to see him at least once a year when he's on the East coast on business ~ that's more than he gets to see him now.
And then there's this gorgeous wisteria blooming on our front porch. Isn't it divine? I love how the color graduates so beautifully. And it's so perfectly delicate...
Please forgive me if I'm not able to visit as much as I would like over the next few weeks as I finish (I mean start) packing. I hope things are blooming for you, too.
Wishing all of you a lovely week...

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully

Friday, April 6, 2012

The beauty of Easter weekend...

Easter weekend is always a lovely time. It's one of those holidays, for us, that seems quieter than the others. I love going shopping for Easter tulips and lilies for our home and our family, and I love preparing our traditional Easter dinner: glazed ham, potato salad, lemon butter, baked beans, deviled eggs, green beans and rolls. I enjoy setting the table with some of my pretty pastel dishes, too ~ it's really the only time I use them. The photo below is our dining room table waiting to be set for Easter last year. It's so nice to gather with family and enjoy a nice meal. And, of course, there are a few chocolate gifts to go around and usually a stuffed bunny or two for the pups.
Wishing all of you a lovely weekend and to those who celebrate it, a happy Easter.

I am linking to Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound.

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully