September has come and gone. The whirlwind of tasks and lists and ‘to do’s’ continues to push us to and fro. I am pretty sure we are getting somewhere. Really. I will tell myself that and see it 5 years from now.
We had/have apples in abundance! I feel likw we have about 140 trees. I think we actually only have about 40 maybe 50. All sorts of fruit bearing trees and bushes and plants. We have plums, cherries, pears, quinces and berries of all sorts. Everything about it is amazing. They taste amazing, they smell amazing , they look amazing and they demand an amazing amount of time and energy to enjoy them! Beautiful things take tender love and care, right? The weather is changing back to cozy cool cold. We make the best of it. I am starting to find the happy things about cold weather. For one, you can drink yummy warm drinks, like tea, in large quantities. The cold is also awesome for work. It is so much easier to get jobs done when the sunshine and warm wind isn’t calling your soul to enjoy it. I can work better when those things are quiet.
We planned to have a BBQ together. Rain or shine. You’ve got to make due when you live in a place that rains.AND! we have 3 new members of the family. Their names are Wooshy, Felix and Maximo. They are fluffy and cute.I was also in California with my family. My precious grandfather passed away. He was the first person fairly close to me that has died. The fact that I am 31 and this is the closest family member that I have had to say goodbye to is something to be thankful for. It was an amazing time. Spontaneous and so refreshingly fabulous. I see my family with different eyes now that I am an adult. My heart overflows with appreciation and love for them.
My Grandpa had a lot of vistors at his memorial. He was a pretty cool guy. I learned more about him there that, as a little child, you don’t really register. He was a fun guy!Then we had a sea burial. It was very touching, not to mention fun. We had a great time together as a family and friends on that boat, remembering a special person. I loved it. James Bond decided to drive by.
not really All of us stared with gaping eyes on that gnarliness.
This is the my precious grandmother. My amazing Dad.It was very strange to say goodbye to my grandfather like this. To see his ashes, the cells of his body, burned to ash and sitting in a basket with roses. Then to see it picked up and placed in the ocean. It moved me.It was hard to take pictures of the family as we were in the boat… because it was windy, sunny and beautiful. The sun and wind worked with me on this shot of my sweet cousin. Isn’t she so adorable?And my sister. Do you think we look alike?! We do. We have the same laugh too.We couldn’t get a picture together although we really tried. This was my favorite. Just because its silly. The sun hurt our eyes so badly and the wind was tossing our hair all over the place.Family game of Eye Spy on the floor (which is almost as soft as a bed). Does your 80 year old grandmother wear pearls and lay on the floor like that? She is a special lady.Burgers and fries and shakes. It’s all American eat. Not!I got time to spoil myself and go to the Getty Museum.and the restaurant. Oh my. That was a treat. Not just the food, but the time and the company.Yes, we’re babes.This is California, friends. Palm trees.Photoshoots. ?Beach pollution. (super sad)simple beauty.