Monday, January 19, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook ~ Week of January 19

For Today:

Outside my window... I am looking out over the Monterey Bay with the morning sun shining brightly making the water a beautiful bright blue. The mountains behind Santa Cruz are seen in the distance.

I am thinking... that I want to soak up every last ray of the California sunshine before I have to head back to the cold winter of Toronto on Friday.

From the learning rooms... I have learned about wine this week after visiting the Beringer winery in Napa Valley. It is the oldest, continuously operating winery in America and a favorite wine of ours for years. I even learned that I like some red wine... who knew?

I am thankful for... this incredible opportunity to get away with Doug on this trip and have these incredible "record breaking" warm temperatures.

From the kitchen... of the hotel, came a delicious breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon with cranberry juice and vanilla bean tea.

I am wearing... jeans and a short sleeve white t-shirt, running shoes and white ankle socks. For now, until I get outside, I also have on a green cotton hoodie.

I am reading... The Other Daughter by Miralee Ferrell for my book club and my Bible (although this past week I have already fallen behind in my reading through in a year reading)

I am hoping... that my minds eye can capture all the wonderous beauty I am seeing here on the central coast of California.

I am creating... more memories with my precious hubby as we travel.

I am hearing... the women of the View yaking in the background as we let breakfast settle before we head out on the road exploring.

Around the house... I'm sure my cat (at home) is wondering what happened to us and if we're ever coming home.

One of my favorite things... is to be at the ocean. Doesn't matter if it's the Atlantic or Pacific (or Carribean)... just as long as there is sand and waves my soul is happy. I do prefer a west facing coast (Gulf Coast or Pacific Coast) because there is nothing like watching the sun set over the water!

A few plans for the rest of the week... are exploring Monterey, Pacific Grove, 17 Mile Drive and Carmel-by-the-Sea, and then laundry at the hotel in Milpitas and packing for home Friday :-(

Here is a picture thought to share with you:

The look of shock on our faces is the surprise of the cold surf on our bare feet


Cindy said...

Great pic Sue. I am so happy that you are getting to experiece this time traveling with Doug. How awesome is that?

Have a great week. Hugs!

Susan said...

Next time you will have to come out this way again and maybe we can do to Disneyland together! Hugs

Miralee Ferrell said...

Hi Sue,

I stumbled across your blog when Google alerts told me my name was mentioned here...I'm the author of The Other Daughter and am thrilled to hear your book club is reading it. May I ask how they happened to pick it? Send me a note at miralee at gorge dot net if they'd be interested in doing a speaker phone chat with me after you've finished the book...and if they'd like bookmarks sent free.

Tammy said...

Hi Sue! I can't comment on this week's post but I wanted to let you know that I stopped by and I am so glad you are enjoying your time with Hillary. This will be an awesome opportunity for you and I know you will learn so much. Love you sweetie! xo

BTW, the picture you shared of Hillary is precious!