Friday, October 12, 2012

Simple Pleasures

Happy Friday! These are some things I'm taking joy in...

Gloomy Weather
Photo taken on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles
Even though I love the summer warmth here in the Bay Area, I can't help but look forward to the crisp autumn weather that is sporadically upon us. Right now it's overcast with a hint of drizzle and the first time this season I'm wearing a heavier sweater. I'm fairly certain we haven't seen the last of the heat, but I'm enjoying every bit of the cooler temps for the time being.

Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival

Artwork by Rebecca Coffman

This weekend is the 42nd Annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival. Half Moon Bay is one of my favorite places to be at any point during the year. I love it on a nice clear, sunny day or on a blistering cold, windy day. As long as it's not raining there this weekend, I'll likely be making an appearance there. One of the highlights is seeing the giant pumpkin. I'll never know how someone is able to grow a 1,700 pound pumpkin, but it is quite a sight to see! 

A Long Distance Chat

Ever since my mom and I went to Simi Valley to visit some of her relatives, I have felt a connection with my great aunt. Something about her reminds me of my nana - my mom's mom - who passed away 11 years ago this month. I feel like I didn't have enough time with my nana (she lived in Nevada) and I still have a lot of guilt for not going to see her that one summer when I decided to go to track camp instead. My great aunt has some of the same characteristics of my nana, she sounds like her a little, and there's just something about her that I can't quite seem to pinpoint that makes me feel a little closer to my nana. I know that by talking with her that I'm not talking to Nana, but it fulfills something in my heart. I spoke to her online very briefly yesterday, but it made me so happy to do so. It made me even happier to hear that she's moving back to California next year. Now maybe I'll have the opportunity to see her a little more than I will with her living in West Virginia. 


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