Friday, March 30, 2012

Weekend Thoughts.....


Work like you
 don't need money,
love like you've
 never been hurt,
and dance like
 no one's
 watching.

Unknown Author

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Heart Shaped Stones


Along with sea glass... I've recently started collecting heart shaped stones.
I seem to be finding them every where. Hmm....is this some kind of premonition of sorts about
find true love???? I hope so!!!
Regardless....heart stones are not rare or precious but one of nature's wonderful gifts. Any beach comber can tell you that when they find a heart shaped stone with all their imperfections are one of the best finds on the beach. Some beach combers like myself keep them as talismans. I keep one at my desk at work for good luck.
I met another fellow beach comber and she told me she 
collected enough heart shaped stones that she pressed randomly into her concrete entry as a decoration which I thought was very clever.










Happy Hunting!!!
VU

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Sundown at the Beach

I made it just in time to watch the sunset at the beach and do a
bit of beach combing. I found a few pieces but the tide was coming in fast.
I did find a few pieces and I think the aquamarine piece of sea glass posted below is most
my interesting find to date. I usually find pieces that have been smoothed out by the
sand and waves but this piece....well let's just say it's different. 




I like to think of this as beach art....

VU

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Weekend Storm

Were expecting a storm to roll in tonight and rain all day tomorrow.
I took a quick trip to the beach for some last minute beach combing and could 
see big clouds looming in the horizon.
The tide was high but to my surprise I found two beautiful pieces of sea glass and a
gorgeous piece of lace agate....or at least I think it's lace agate.





Happy Weekend!!!
VU

Monday, March 19, 2012

Beach Day

I had the day off today and went to check out the tide pools and to my surprise the tide was really low
that I could get close enough to the shore line and look for sea glass. 
I found some beautiful pieces along with another heart shaped rock for my collection.
Happy Monday!!!








Have a great week!!!
VU

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Irish Blessings


May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

May God be with you and bless you:
May you see your children's children.
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.

May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
And may the hand of a friend always be near.

May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.



Happy Saint Patrick's Day!!!
VU

Winter at the Beach

The sun finally came out after a long afternoon of rain.
I headed down to the beach to see if I could find any sea glass after
the storm. The tide was too high. I did find one beautiful pale green piece of sea glass.
Maybe I will have better luck tomorrow?




Can you believe it....this is what's left the of huge  rock piles...



Off to do laundry!!! and drink wine with the neighbors....
Happy Saturday night....
VU

Vanilla Chai Latte

It takes me forever to catch on to something new....I'm always the last one and here would
be another example. I just discovered chai and all I can think about is when will I
get make my next cup. 
I am still and always will forever be a coffee drinker but chai lattes are pretty amazing.
There are a lots of different ways to prepare chai you just have to find a recipe and technique
that sounds good to you and adjust the spices to your liking.
Don't worry if you don't have all the spices on hand listed below....use what you have and
see what you come up with.


Vanilla Chai Latte

1/2 tsp spoon ground ginger
2 sticks of cinnamon
10 black whole peppercorns
10 whole cloves
6 cardamon pods
6 cups cold water
3 bags of tea ( I like Assam) 
3 cups milk
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 whole vanilla bean split
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 brown sugar
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
4 anise pods

Cut open the tea bags and combine all the spices in a large sauce pan. Using a mallet or back of a spoon, lightly crush all the spice. Add the 6 cups of water and bring to a boil over high heat.
Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes.
If you like a more concentrate flavor simmer for at least 20 minutes. 
Remove from the heat and add the sugar and milk and whisk until the sugar is dissolved.
Bring the chai to a rolling boil on high heat and make sure not to let the chai boil over. Watch it
carefully and boil for another 5 minutes.
Strain the chai and serve hot.

Don't worry if you don't have all the spices.  Even keeping it simple by using what you have on hand will create a wonderful warm elixir that everyone will enjoy.




Happy Weekend.
VU





Thursday, March 15, 2012

A Poem for March:

The March wind roars
Like a lion in the sky,
And makes us shiver
As he passes by.
When winds are soft,
And the days are warm and clear,
Just like a gentle lamb,
Then spring is here.
 Unknown
Happy Weekend....


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Day Light Savings

I love day light savings!!!
I been wasting no time trying to rush home from work
to sneak in a few minutes of day light 
and go to the beach to look for sea glass or
just watch the sunset.....










Happy Wednesday!!!
VU

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Victor Hugo

Winter
 is
on
my
head,
but 
spring
is 
in 
my 
heart


 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Goodbye San Francisco

Had the best time in San Francisco....love the city and loved the company....lots of good
food and lots and lots of laughing...
Some of my favorite photos of the city....










XOXO
San Francisco
VU






Sunday, March 11, 2012

Day 3 in San Francisco

Ate breakfast at Tartine, the Morning Buns are amazing...pop in at Bi-Rite, went to the Marnia, walked all over Crissy Field, took hundreds and hundreds of photos of the Golden Gate Bridge, walked around Fort Point...took more photos.... saw the adorable painted ladies, had the most amazing reflexology massage and ended the evening at the Salt Table.