Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Zoom, zoom!

How have you been? Did you have a wonderful Easter? Ours was more quiet than usual, yet the fare was more exciting than usual. Our oldest son doesn't care for pork, so ham was out. "What would you like?" "Lobster!"

I've never cooked lobster in my life, but my friends, Costco, and the internet assured me it's not so difficult. Had I known I could do it successfully, I might have cooked it before 2011!! We also had turf, as a backup. ;) Here is a behind-the-scenes look at our preparations...surf

and turf...

sauteed mushrooms,
and spinach salad with tomatoes, artichoke hearts and feta.

We also had some of that fresh-baked clove-in garlic bread, from Costco.

On Monday I got up early for a one-day road trip. Zoom, zoom!!

I've already driven an hour north, now I'm headed west. Past barns,

Past the alfalfa harvesters,

No, not to San Francisco, I'm still headed west...

I've never taken a picture of this dam. I don't know how many times I'd seen it, before I realized it WAS a dam. I must have thought they shaved off the top of the hill? But there's the terminus building, at the base of that "hill."

The San Luis Reservoir is FULL. It's been years since I've seen it this full, almost decades even. But I do remember, it's been this full before. What is truly amazing is how much water it received just this year. Last year, it looked like the tide had gone out, it was so low.

This year it's even spilled over to the other side of 152.

As in the previous pictures, most of the hills have already turned "golden." But near Casa de Fruta, they are still green.

I've been up and down and back and forth more than once this year, and the only "wildflowers" I've seen have been mustard. I guess it's been too cold and rainy for anything else...

zoom! I'm still on 152, headed towards Gilroy...

I love the old barns gracing both sides of the highway.

But I'm not on my way to see hills or old barns or the dam. I'm on my way to see Penelope (and her folks). ;) When I got there, she was dressed up in a pretty little hand-me-down from her Mama. :)

While there, I got the chance to accompany them to the pediatrician. Five weeks old, and 13 lbs, 9 oz!! :)

I have one more picture for you, taken after the appointment. Isn't her outfit cute? I think she was wearing yet another before I left. It was a busy diaper day, doncha know? :)

And I guess that's about it. I'm back home this morning, thinking about getting my house in order before rushing off again. No sewing, but you know? This might be almost as much fun...


Deborah said...

Wonderful pictures! I know you must have been glad to see your daughter and granddaughter. Doesn't get much better than lobster.

Del said...

You were on "my" road! I was amazed at the water in San Luis when I drove by a couple weeks ago - much more than in January when it was way down. I missed the wildflowers this year and wondered if they were blooming now. More recently in our area, but still, with all the rain, I expected spectacular blooms.
Love seeing your grandgirl and hope you will continue to share pictures. Substitute grandgirls are good for me! Love, Del