Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tuesday's Orts--Sept 6, 2011

And the Orts go on...
  • I forgot a traffic rant last week!  But I can report that drivers everywhere continued to misbehave.  Yesterday not less than four cars pulled out from side streets and a driveway on a one mile stretch as I drove on a two lane road.  All of them slowed--but didn't stop--at stop signs as they glanced my direction and then pulled out in front of me anyway. Sigh.
  • There are 116 days left in the year.  Of course, the kids that just started school are really only counting to the winter school break.
  • My youngest brother and his family drove out from Arizona for the holiday weekend to escape the heat.  Brother Ted forgot to bring a jacket--and our low on Friday night when they arrived was to be 57 degrees, about half of what the daytime high was at their home.  He had to borrow a jacket from my dad.  It was foggy and cool in the mornings, as usual, with sun in the afternoon.  They all enjoyed the break from heat and actually having to wear long sleeves for warmth instead of for sun protection.
  • Family in town always means lots of get togethers and of course lots of eating.  I was pretty good sticking to my eating plan but when Grant made oatmeal raisin cookies for dessert, I couldn't resist a cookie.  Or two.
  • Someday I will add exercise to this diet. 
  • There have been lots of programs on TV about the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on New York.  It never stops giving me sickening chills when they show the planes hitting the towers, and again when the towers begin to fall.   
  • I drove out to a nearby new home project, of which the sales offices were touted to be "green", since they are retrofitted shipping containers.  The containers are not impressive from the outside but the view is one of my favorites.  (click to biggify)
The foothills lead up to the Topatopa Mountains that range East to West with a peak up to 6700 feet.  I think the views of the mountains change as much as the sea and I never tire of seeing them every morning as I head to the highway onramp to go to work.


Libby said...

I am always slightly amused by our inland- and desert-living guest that require jackets and sweater here on the coast *s*

julieQ said...

I would love to see a 57 temperature!!! Yum! I think we set all kinds of records for heat this year...we are ready for fall. I too have noticed that "stop" signs are just a suggestion....not a real indication of doing anything...like STOP!!

Candace said...

Hee - aren't cars supposed to turn in front of you where there is no one else in sight for miles behind you - lolol! Glad your brother and family could escape the heat - we're in the 90's but at least we have no humidity and cool nights!

Quilter Kathy said...

Don't you love it when the temps drop in the fall?!? Well, I sure love it :)

Kate said...

We got the drop in temps with Labor Day. It's been heavenly to need a jacket in the morning, versus leaving the building in the afternoon concerned we'd have heat stroke.