Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Back from California but not Back....

We had a fabulous trip to California. We were home Friday night but couldn't get into my internet. Monday being our Civic Holiday my work was closed and they held answers to my dial-up not working.














My 45 day password had expired I was told so I fixed that at the library yesterday where I could log in. Now my 24 day vacation is almost compete. The rest of the day went away with me and I couldn't visit...

This was on our drive from airport to Oakland where we spent the first couple of nights. I found it so interesting to have the fog roll every afternoon around 4:00. High up in the mountains and over the homes and buildings. Geoff asked me the same question "what do they do when they want to bbq and its foggy?" Good question I thought.

Here is the hotel we stayed at in Oakland. Marc has stayed here many many times but not for 15 years when he'd come for business. Darn!! that WOULD have been a good Blue Monday pic!














We had a nice view













Marc had ordered a Welcome Plate for us for our arrival. Yum.













Isn't this a neat table made of vintage suitcases? They had it in the main foyer. I said to Marc now I have to start thrifting for .... suitcases... He stared at me. I don't have a spot....














We didn't have any rain except for a spit here and there or with the mist. In SanFrancisco the weather was cooler around the 60s mid 60s and perhaps it did hit 70s on one day. A bit nippy in the evening but other areas of California were much warmer. So this is a bit of Oakland I'll be back to share more of our vacation after the weekend.
Aren't these flowers lovely? California has beautiful flowers... Some flowers will have to go for Blue Monday and some for Pink Saturday....


















This morning my mother is driving over and we're driving to Niagara Falls. Its a gorgeous day. It is a 2-hour drive from my place to the border and the Falls and the same route I'll be taking again tomorrow going to Marc's cottage in New York State.

So I won't be here in "real" life until Sunday and then back to work on Monday. Enjoy your week and weekend and SEE you soon!
Love Judi xoxo

15 comments:

Shelia said...

Hi Judi!!! Welcome back, but not really back! :) I couldn't help myself! I'm so glad you had a great vacation! I love California and I also love that fog creeping in!
Hope you get your internet up and running soon! I'll be looking forward to more pictures!
bE a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

I"m glad you enjoyed your visit to our fair state :0). I'm sure it's a good feeling to be home safe and sound :0)
Welcome "almost" back.
Enjoy your day!

P.S. We still bbq even if it is foggy. lol! Shoot, here we bbq even if it's raining outside. We just move the bbq under the patio cover :0)

Neabear said...

Glad you made it back home. It has been foggy here lately too. I should take a picture sometime of the fog rolling over the hills in the afternoon. Quite a sight sometimes. I just have to take my camera with me more often, so I can pull over and get a picture the next time I get a chance.

Pug1 said...

I luv cali...I lived in san Diego for 15 years!!!! CHEERS! Michele

♥ Kathy said...

I miss you Judi! Great pictures...I'm a California girl by birth ♥

Marilyn said...

My goodness, but you had some fun. Glad you are back though. I had to go private for a little while. If you'd like in my blog please email me. marilynnicky@gmail.com

Judy said...

Welcome almost back. It sounds like you had a perfect time.

Julie said...

How grand, Judy!!! Hope your Niagra Falls trip will be a blast!

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

Welcome back, kinda.

Love those photos, but I gotta make me one of those suitcase tables!

Shelia said...

HI Judi! What are you up too? Hope all is going well after your trip. To answer your question about my rooster dishes ~ no, they're not new. I've probably had them eight years or so. I do think they're silly but you know me, I love silly!
Have a great weekend sweet friend,
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Glad you're back! Sounds like a wonderful trip. I love that suitcase table, and I'm also wishing I had a spot left in my house for something like that! laurie

Neabear said...

Hi Judi,

Napa Valley is where grew up. We moved there from Hayward when I was 4 years old. My children also grew up in Napa. Now we live in Sonoma County which is the next county to the west of Napa County. I think Muir Woods is in Marin County and Sonoma County is the next one north. So you were right around me. Napa is about 35 minutes from our house. Muir Woods is maybe 45 minutes probably depending on traffic.

Regarding the cookie jar lids, I cut the wood myself and there is a smaller circle on the back that keeps the jar from falling off the cookie jar. I guess I should post a picture of how that works. Then you can see what I mean by that.

I have been to Niagra Falls one time. In 1976. I still remember that trip. I hope that one day we will be able to travel more than we do now. We don't travel much at all now. Can't afford to go far and I don't get very much vacation time which is a bummer. I am hoping to be able to do a trip to see my kids in Oct/Nov. I have requested the time off and now we gotta save for it.

Have a good day!

Linnea

SmilingSally said...

Welcome home. We lived in the Oakland area for a time, and our daughter was born at the Naval base.

Isn't it funny how blogging has changed our lives? We now look for blues and pinks!

Kay said...

I love that table with the luggage..very original..and what a treat ..blue sky..lucky you!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog and I'll be sure to look in at yours again to.xxx Kay

The Quintessential Magpie said...

That is a super neat table, Judy! Love it!

XO,

Sheila :-)