Saturday, May 19, 2007

Saturday morning

A perfect morning for walking. The heron was not at the pond but on the way back I saw a mockingbird. At least I think this is a mockingbird. Perched on a chimney, singing it's little lungs out it stopped, did a back flip, circled the chimney and started singing again.

Have a great weekend.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Delta Breeze

The Delta Breeze is the local name for a wind coming from the southwest, off of The Delta of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers. It carries with it cooler, more humid air from the Pacific Ocean. The effects of this wind are very noticable during the summer, as this sea breeze can cool the air by more than 10 degrees F. This can turn an unbearable summer day into a comfortable evening. And you can turn off the air conditioning. The delta breeze is also why we carry sweaters to baseball games that start when it is 100+.

Tonight I'm going to see Shakespeare's King Lear, not exactly a light evening but I do like the play.

Thursday, May 17, 2007


I try to walk every day. It has not been easy since I moved away from my 5:30am walking partner, but I'm getting back into it. I walk a mile to the Borders book store and have coffee or ice tea and walk back. I'm getting faster.

Walking at 5:30am put me in touch with the phases of the moon in the mornings, the seasonal change in light and daylight savings time. The early morning wakings of birds, particularly the crows that roosted in trees along our walk. Over the years the traffic on the freeway we walked over increased from one or two cars to heavy traffic at 6am.

Now I'm getting in touch with how warm it is at 3pm. And there are birds beside the little pond in the park. Today I saw a Blue Heron standing knee deep at the edge of the water. There are Canadian Geese with their families. They are a few months older than the Norfolk golf course geese. (Sue, I don't have to chase that little white ball or carry clubs.) I do however have a little back pack for writing and reading materials.

When school is out for the summer my walk will change again. I will get up and walk in the mornings--not 5:30-- but before the sun gets too high in the sky.

I'll keep you posted regarding the birds.