Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching ~ Thomas Jefferson

The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, Wyoming

Feel My Temperature Rising…

Lord almighty, I feel my temperature rising…..

Higher….

Higher…

Its burning through to my soul…You light my morning sky with burning love ~ Elvis Presley Burning Love Lyrics

Yellowstone National Park has the most amazing hot springs and geysers, with of course, Old Faithful being the most famous but there are geysers and hot springs located all over the park. This little hot spring apparently loved showing itself off as it just kept erupting over and over ~ I was in amazement at how active it was which allowed me to capture some decent shots of it.

Here’s to wishing you…

…as productive a work week as this little gopher in my yard! Believe me, that ensures you a VERY productive week! Don’t let the ghouls and goblins spook you this week. 🙂

A Day By The Bay

To say that the weather has been utterly glorious these past few days would be an understatement. It has been picture-perfect here in the San Francisco Bay Area ~ to stay inside would be a crime. So there was no question that it was a perfect day for a bike ride by the Bay.

The hubby and I threw our bikes in the back of the pickup and headed to the Shoreline Bay Trail. A perfect trail for a leisurely ride by the Bay that goes on for miles and miles and the enjoyment of many different types of wetlands wildlife.

Silly I know, but I love all the wooden structures.

Along our ride, we arrived at a spot where there are some duck hunting blinds and we came across two hunters that had just wrapped up their hunting adventure for the day. This is where I met, Zuzu, the sweetest, most adorable hunting dog. Once the ducks have been shot, it is Zuzu’s job to plunge in and retrieve the duck and bring it back to her owner. I took a picture of the ducks that were retrieved but in the end just couldn’t post them.

At one time, this area was known for its salt beds but today there are only dried up remains. I have to say, I found the dried formations fascinating.

In the background of this picture are the airplane hangers located at NASA Moffett Field.

And we came across some great wildlife such as Ecru…

this flock of white Pelicans…

which I then managed to scare away…

and how cute are these two?

Overall, an amazing day in the sunshine, enjoying nature and getting some good exercise! Can’t ask for more than that. 🙂

“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many, not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” Charles Dickens

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Kona Sunset

The St. Martin Rose Garden Home Tour 2012

What is it with us women (and let’s not exclude the men) with our need to “nest”. We love scouring the design magazines looking for ideas and shopping at home stores searching for that perfect accessory to adorn our house. It’s an innate need to cozy up our homes and create the perfect atmosphere for family and friends to dwell in. And no one does this better than my sister does.

I speak of her often so you know that it’s Vicki Petulla and my statement is evidently true with the huge success of her design idea Facebook page The Creeping Fig. Vicki was asked by St. Martin School if she would put her home on the St. Martin Rose Garden Home Tour which is their annual fundraiser and she agreed to do so. Which indeed drew all of us women in large groups to tour the homes and gather ideas we can implement in our homes….or for some of us, become extremely depressed that we don’t live in homes like these!

 

Vicki’s home is always in pristine condition but with the help of a local design services and furniture shop, lulu Pom in Los Gatos, the house was in amazing form. I wasn’t sure if it would have been appropriate to take pictures at the other homes, not to mention trying to capture images with hoards of people, so I don’t have images of the other homes however they were all nice….but of course, I’m partial to one. 😉

So for your entertainment, enjoy the readers digest version of my sister’s house as it was on the home tour.

The Main Living Room: Designed with a relaxed elegance, this room is perfect for intimate conversations and entertaining.

Dining Room: A large farm table easily seats 10 for fun dinner parties. The mixture of fabric covered chairs along with the criss-cross patterned side chairs adds an eclectic touch that creates interest.

The Family Room: This is the room most used by the family. Some fun accessories were brought in by lulu Pom such as those antique, oversized books (that I drooled over…sorry lulu Pom if there are any stains on them), and they created a fantastic contrast with the juxtaposition of the warm sofa, with the complement of a couple contemporary chairs. For a creative touch, the TV is framed with a real picture frame and for a Halloween treat a showing of Psycho played during the home tour.

The Master Bedroom: Warm and cozy, this room invites you to come in and shed the day’s stress.

Son’s Room: Really what little boy doesn’t want a room like this? Fun and unique art, antique planes and trucks (not seen), an extra bed for your buddy and a set of Hardy Boys books to top off the evening ~ this room has everything a little boy needs.

A fun vignette created by lulu Pom Interiors

And Vicki’s incredible floral arrangements and holiday decor

Kudos to the women/men and homeowners who put on this event. I know from personal experience, as I donated my services one year for this event, that it is a lot of work. It looked like it was a very successful event by the attendance and I hope that it raised a lot of money for the school.