Okay, I'm really not "fine and dandy" with Kiely and Matt going back to school early in the morning with all the other "Utites." (Actually, that's better than what I used to call people that lived in Utah.)
I love to visit, my children even in the snow. However, give me cold weather and gray too long, I wimp-out and want home in California. It seems a whole lot of slippery and mud for way too long. The "missing-of-the-one" just starts me missing all my three babies that are away from me, and their families It's just too far to Laramie and Oklahoma City and they have worse weather. I'm not going to ponder this anymore.
We did have a party last night. Not so much for ushering in the New Year, but a chance to play together as a family. My Steve and my Dustin already signed-up for Station Duty at the Fire Department. Both are captains, but one "rules" the East-Side, and the other, my son, "rules" the West Side. It's New Year's Eve madness, again. Both, like the busy nights running calls, not all the gunfire at midnight and that's where first responders go is under the freeway over-passes. This year is a bit different because of all the work at home and helping with a move and then cleaning the ranch all spiffy-- both of my captains would've rather slept the whole night to rest-up.
Just for reference in my former post I mentioned an "intestinal sink" and the photo was purely an optical illusion. The sink is kinda' cute, except it's for the wine-rack just above it. I suppose we Mormon's have got to be helpful and fill it with bottled grape juice, cranberry juice, and the fizzy apple juice. I've decided that's going to be my house-warming gift.
|Photo Bomb with "The Dad" Right There|
|My Dear Mother-in-Law Loving The Harbor|
|The Beautiful Sunset Dawn's First Evening At The Beach House|
|Over By The Marina with My Camera/Phone|
It's such a beautiful, puffy cloud day!
We were off to buy Walnettos for my mother for her birthday. Glad I planned well in advance. Somis "Nut House" was almost out of my mom's favorite candy, ever.
The wind it did come with a grand force. Cowboys and cowgirls put out "Sonny Stallion" in a new, nice, big, clean pen. Honestly, no one in their right mind tries this on the first hard "East Winds" of the year. Only one casualty, I mashed Marnie's finger in a thick horse panel. I think Sonny ❤'d the attention. Moving even a sweet curly stallion "takes a village" Dr. Mike G., the vet, calls him a cutie-pie and he is just that. He definitely was calm. He just walked in the trailer and we could've moved him. He's so mellow. Kiely and Matt already moved Banner, Sonny's Dam. She's a piece-of-cake to take out. Honestly the kids could play with her all day.
|I love this Photo so much-I "cartooned" Sonny with My Photo App|
|Banner, Our Other Bashkir Curly Mare. Love her!|
I became so chilled outside. I really was sick with the flu a bit and wondered about the horrible chills, so I went in the house to get warmer. It wasn't exactly cold outside but I was shaking. I'm glad I heard about my son having it also and it wasn't a reaction to my medication, it was a virus and super fast moving. Both of us recovered in just about 12 hours. Kiely and Matt got off on a little vacation and sightseeing later in the day and really enjoyed the beach
Steve and I had a 5 day together (and that's super rare) and did all those needed trips to the market and errands that Christmas had stopped and then took a couple breaks at the beach, in Ojai Valley at the "pink moment" and yesterday evening visiting with my daughter and admiring the most beautiful Palm Tree sunset from their home. I had to get my cowgirl coat for the coming rain expected today. I call a 30 second rain shower-no rain, but it is chilly. We're having another bit of wind, just enough to make our sky so amazingly clear.
|Chief Peak Above Ojai Just Before "The Pink Moment"|
|Ojai and The Topa Topas|
|Coming Down "The Conejo Grade"|
I sent this to Kiely because she said that the
lights were always her "treasure chest" when she was
little. The view from the top of the grade
looking down is spectacular!
I have to say it doesn't look all that different around here. My Kiely and Matt left back to school and as their car moved away from us, we cried again. I think Kiely and I cried a really long time. I watched her online clear-out to Victorville. They needed to get back to school early so all the "move-ins" to the Dorms for this Spring Session of school would have Resident Dorm leaders (Kiely and Matt) to help them. Our Sonny's covered and no problems with mud and our dryer is back in service. Dawn's household is almost all moved over to her seaside home and we are all so happy it was done. We come home and all looks just the same. But for us, it was a "moving experience" the whole week and one that will stand-out as ... what we did the first big week of the 2013 year. It doesn't seem possible.