However, I've been blessed with an understanding soul mate. A best friend. He understands the complexities and nuances of me. And so he got in the car on Saturday and took me to the movies (The Help - excellent, excellent! If you haven't seen it, you must!) After the movie we drove home, and I was still hoping to do something else. We walked upstairs and changed our clothes - because I'd spilled the top layer of buttered popcorn on myself in the dark movie, and I had to soak the top I had on to get out the oily stains. AUGH - I hate when I do things like that! Got the soaking going, and suggested that maybe we could take the Miata out, top down, and drive through Carbon Canyon. It was such a beautiful afternoon, and I just needed to be out of the house. L sighed, but off we went through the canyon. We took the curves, looked for the place where the hot springs and the biker bar used to be back in our wasted youth, ( never having gone to either, you understand - our knowledge was all high school hearsay and innuendo) and wound up on the other side of the canyon in Chino Hills. There's a sweet little Italian restaurant there that we wound up having dinner at. We chatted through dinner like the old friends we are, and got in the car to drive home. Now, driving in the daytime with the top down is nice, but top down in the evening air is amazing. The air was cool, the stars were out, and I turned on the heat so our feet would stay warm. There's something a little magical about zooming through a dark canyon, zipping by the totally funky little town that's there, and finally heading home on the city streets with the top down to the night sky. It soothes and exhilarates me all at the same time.
No - this is not a picture of our Southern California night sky. We NEVER see stars like this - too many
people, too many city lights. But driving top down through the canyon at night FELT like this.
Today was our typical Sunday of church. We came home and decided to change and drive down Corona Del Mar and walk the streets all named for flowers for a little exercise. It was the first time I realized that the streets were named in alpha order (Poppy, then Poinsettia, then Orchid, then Narcissus, and so on) I love those beautiful little streets. 1940s original cottages set next to a double lot Mediterranean style home, next to a Leave It To Beaver pure Americana home. I have my favorites, but honestly, I'd take any one of them if I had the chance. Especially if the front door was a Dutch door - you know, where the top half can open while the bottom half can remain closed. I love those.
And all of the houses - cottages or large homes - have the loveliest flowers in their yards.
We walked several blocks, admiring each home in turn. I have an ankle that is suffering right now from an RA flareup so it started to get swollen and sore, and we had to stop for a bit. (I hate turning into an old geezer...) We found a bench on one of the bluffs overlooking the ocean and sat there admiring the view for about an hour.
This is actually a picture taken by my daughter in Puerto Rico - I didn't take my camera today, so I'm cheating.
There was an old sailboat out there that had a black sail like a pirate ship. A couple of guys were out in a little raft fishing. We saw a couple of seals. We admired the seagulls that glided by - they hardly had to flap their wings at all. The simply glided on the air currents for the longest time. A little black pigeon limped nearby. It's left birdie foot was all floppy and he was limping badly. I could sympathize. I wondered how it got hurt - maybe he had RA too - but I was happy he could still fly. Two older ladies asked if they could share our bench, and of course we said yes. They lived in the area and were very well dressed in expensive looking casual clothes. One lady was wearing a pair of yellow Toms. I decided that I would like a pair of Toms, too. They look really comfortable, and these days I'm all about comfort for my poor swollen foot.
L got hungry so we got up and walked/limped back to the car. The sun was getting lower, and the ocean reflected it brightly. "Sparkle light with yellow icing, just a mirror for the sun" - Red Hot Chili Peppers. It wasn't a day that you would normally write about. Nothing spectacular. Nothing of note. Just one of those good afternoons spent in the company of your best friend, yakking about anything and everything. No pressures, no schedules to keep. A relaxed agenda. I know that tomorrow the work madness starts all over again. But for a couple of days it was nice to have no demands on our time. For a couple of days, time was ours to spend in any way we pleased. And now, as the day winds down, I'm here blogging, and L is in the next room playing his guitar. A little Led Zeppelin, a little of this, a little of that. It's a relaxing end to a very mellow weekend.