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April 9, 2014


i just returned from a week in california visiting my parents.

once again i am reminded of the temperate bay area climate,

as opposed to the wind and fury of days along the front range of the rockies.

there was gentle rain fit for walking in,

and there was sunshine that positively sparkled

as it spilled onto freshly washed surfaces.

most of the trip was busy and purposeful,

with moments of beauty tucked into the tiny recesses.






the prettiest day was the day before i left,

so we went to the beach and to fisherman’s wharf.

oh, monterey…

i never, ever tire of your natural beauty.











and all too quickly i was winging my way back home.



i’ll be going back the first week of june for my niece’s wedding,

and it makes it easier to say goodbye when the return can be soon.



spring has come to our neck of the woods,

which means that in addition to the amazing little surprises

popping up in all corners of the yard

there is extended time spent with the horses.

when meadbh learned that her big sister si gaoithe

had dictated a blog post a while back

she stomped her little hoof and demanded equal time!

they are two peas in a pod, those two…


here’s what she had to say,

clockwise from the upper left corner:

*  thank you for braiding my mane, sara.

i feel extremely beautiful.

*  hey, guys!!  come see my mane!

sara braided it and i am extremely beautiful!!

*  pbbbbt…

they are paying absolutely no attention!

*  i derive some comfort in the fact that i know

mom will feature me on the blog.

hey, i AM the feature, right??


when cormac saw what was going on he had only one thing to say:


no way, man!!

that is a girl thing!!


his mama thinks that’s just fine.


the other thing:

that being photoplay:

rose is always the most likely one to have her photos

altered in some way.

perhaps this is due to the volume of photos i have,

or just because she is extremely photogenic.




but little cormac got his turn

when i caught him trying to sneak up on a shore bird:


be well, my friends.

thanks for being here.


6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 10, 2014 10:03 am

    i wish i were in that seal-pile, lying in the sun….

    love each and every photo.
    love you, too.

    [would you come braid MY hair??….pretty please??….]

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      April 10, 2014 4:45 pm

      yup, those glossy critters know how to use their time well when the sun shines!

      the only camera i took was my phone, so it’s always a surprise to see what comes up on the computer’s big screen when i download the photos.

      yeah, lynn wants braids, too. maybe we all just circle round and do that in unison!! 😉


  2. April 10, 2014 12:33 pm

    Oh…Monterey never looked so good! I’ve spent some time there but these photos you took of the surroundings are stunning and soothing. You even captured that ‘cannery row’ style down at the docks! What a story you tell. That seagull. The sea lions all piled together like sardines. Funny wonderful beasts. The flowers, the tropical ness, that glorious air!!
    I know. Leaving too soon. Just when you start settling in to being there and feeling that feeling, next thing you know, you’re looking out an airplane window, waving goodbye. It sucks.
    But, you get to go back in June! Continue where you left off. 😉
    Your horses are so much fun.
    And when you’re done braiding Marie’s locks, will you come up here and do mine?
    Beautiful rest of the week to you and the horses and burros.

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      April 10, 2014 4:50 pm

      gosh, lynn– today is just gorgeous here! i hope it is up north. i feel like we’ve really “earned” spring this year.

      thanks for all your kind comments. as i told marie, all i took was my phone so it wasn’t until after i returned that i really had a chance to look at the photos. i was lucky, although with monterey as subject matter it’s hard not to be!

      perhaps we should organize a braidfest with the tribe…


  3. April 10, 2014 5:30 pm

    I’m astonished by the seals all lying on top of one another soaking in the sun. You (like Lynn, who also has family on the CA coast) get to see the beautiful ocean occasionally and live in the beautiful Rockies, so the best of both worlds.I can’t wait to be by the ocean again! I love the fancy braid in Meadbh’s mane and always the braids in Rose’s mane. Cormac is a special fave – what a cutie (how old is he now?). Love your altered Rose pics, too, especially Rose in the window. We’re still waiting for any sort of bloom up here but the days are warmer and sunnier and almost all of the snow on the ground has melted. Daffodils and tulips in the fenced garden are just not ready to push up from the ground yet, though. Wild turkeys courting in the driveway…spring is here!

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      April 11, 2014 4:23 pm

      spring is definitely here, although my iPhone indicates a snow symbol for sunday’s weather… must be a mistake.
      cormac will be two on may 1. he is a special fave– while all of them are affectionate and crave human attention, cormac is profoundly endearing! i think he is part puppy. and oh! that boy is tall and leggy and moves like poetry in motion when he is at liberty! it will be great fun to see him develop at he gets older.

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