Saturday, October 17, 2020



It started getting colder, especially at night and had to turn on the heat again. But during the day is still really nice and you can wear a T-shirt. My gerberas like cooler weather. They start having more flowers than during the summer months. I checked the temps, so for the next two weeks, they still can stay outside but then the nights will be too cold and will have to move all the plants inside. That usually marks the end of balcony season.   :(
Pictures below:
1) Picture from one of my local walks
2) Hana
3) Gerbera plants
4) When it's cold, warm soup is a must!




Monday, October 5, 2020


It was a very lazy Sunday! There were hundreds things to do but somehow we ended up relaxing, taking naps or baking. In the pictures:  1) Hana   2) Blueberry pie

Saturday, October 3, 2020



October has started.

… And with it, the first cold night. Temp was still okay in the evening but around 5:30 a.m. I gave in, got up, and turned on the heat. Just a little bit but it felt so nice! During the day it was very warm, to the point that I turned the heat off and opened doors and windows to let the warm air in. But it was a good reminder that the summer is over and I need to do some seasonal things, for example, fold and bring in a table umbrella that I had on my deck, or get out of the storage winter blankets. I usually start using a comforter around end of January as it is the coldest time of year.

I also went out and raked some dead leaves in the garden, so yay me! Afterwards though, I felt quite lazy and spent the rest of my time watching TV and eating ice-cream cones. It means, all the cooking for the week needs to be done tomorrow... Sigh.

Hans and Hana getting some sunshine.
Hans appreciating a warm blanket.



Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Night in the Jungle...

Last night I went out on my deck and recorded some night sounds. A white dot is the Moon!

Have the sound on!



Sunday, September 27, 2020

Trip to Colorado


When to think about it, this post should be before the last one as I went to Colorado at the very end of August. The temps were brutal, on average 95F- 97F (35 C- 36C) in shade. It was particularly bad because we had to wear masks most of the time because of the COVID-19!!! More, the air was full of smoke due to local and California fires. Fortunately, at some point it cleared a little bit and higher up the mountains it was quite okay. Planned to go to Utah, the Arches, but canceled as temperature there was about 107F/ 42C- yuck...



Saturday, September 26, 2020

End of September

Where the time goes????

So practically it's the end of September, all of the sudden. It has been a productive month but wanted to share one activity I really enjoyed. It was a hike to Mt Laconte. There were many stairs there, wooden or made out of stone and the whole thing reminded me of the Hobbit movies! Really, in some places it looked like we were entering Mordor! Definitely worth of trouble (read: hurting for three days after walking up and down too many steps!)