Weather Patterns

The quality of light and amount of cloud cover at different times of day has made for some spectacular sunsets, shadow and cloud play over the last couple years.

I was talking to a friend about this and she and I agree it really IS different, in a way that may mean many things.

Is the current El Nino that isn’t really dropping a lot of rain but teasing with clouds and haze 30 miles away at the edge of the Pacific to blame? Maybe.

Is the fact that the smog levels in Southern California are way down from 20-30 years ago responsible for a different colored view? Perhaps.

Are long cycles of global warming and cooling just rolling by and we as tiny humans living in the blink of a cosmic eye are making much of them? Probably.




Vintage Postcards are a fun collectible for any age. They cover a wide range of subjects and  while some postcards are valued in the hundreds of dollars many can be purchased for less than a quarter.


Holiday greetings and vacation spots are among the most popular of Postcards.

These examples are from my personal collection of unusual Thanksgiving Postcards.

Cloudy Disney Day

I cannot think of a better way to spend a cloudy drizzly day than to visit Disneyland.

Wet pavement makes everything feel cool and damp even with the temperature in the comfortable low 70s. Springtime means there are lots of ducklings splashing about on every pond, river, lake and canal.

Disneyland Food and Wine Festival was in full swing over in California Adventure with many, many well crafted small plate offerings. My favorite was a little sourdough bread bowl filled with Sharp White cheddar cheese, ale and bacon chowder, it really hit the spot on an overcast afternoon.

Thanks to everyone on the team over at SkyWatch Friday, go there and see more of the sky above us all!

Also linking to  Fun Friday Favourites for the first time, go visit and have some fun!

Machinist’s Chest

Well crafted of wood or steel Machinist’s chests are designed to safely hold specialty tools.



The top of the line chests were and are made by Gerstner & Sons in Dayton Ohio since 1906. Many other brands are made including Kennedy and Union.

All are works of utility and art in one.

Many survive today while still being used for their original purpose. Many are also storing tools of other trades, brushes and pens for the artist. needles, bobbins and spools for the quilter.