Boy and his Girl
It has been HOT here in Texas! Triple digits! So when it is hot….. seek water!!!
This is the 4th custom home in our general area (5 mile radius) that has been destroyed by lightening (that I know of) in the past two years. Two years ago, during the first week of June, two homes got hit by lightening during the same 1/2 hour storm and they burnt to the ground. Last week when we had a storm we heard of a home that got hit and also destroyed. We did not even know that the next street over, this neighbor was also hit by lightening in that same storm. This is the result of that lightening strike. It scares me terribly. Coming from California in a populated area, we didn’t hear of homes getting struck by lightening. Transformers were hit, but not homes. We didn’t have many lightening storms for that fact. But here in Texas, every spring and even summer, there are NASTY storms, and all I can do is sit and pray during them. I am like a dog curled up in a corner under the bed when we have lightening storms. And here is proof why I am scared. If anyone knows anything about protecting your home (lightening rods or such) please let me know. I am not sure if the rods attract the lightening or not. I had overheard that this home had a weathervane on their roof ~ was it part of the problem, or just bad luck? So sad.
This is around 8 pm as the sun is getting ready to go down (the perfect time to take pics). The feed corn is all around our area now (with its golden tips!) Nothing like a country road ~ in my book.
to my friends in California who will read this and i did not get to see ~ forgive me.
i had a quick two- day jaunt to Venice Beach, California to meet up with my baby brother for some one-on-one time. he had work there and so i flew in to see him. it was precious time that we have never had together and a memory we will have forever!! just him and me!!!
i never liked going to Venice Beach when i lived in Southern California ~ a bit too, how can i put it….. bazaar.
though~ when spending time there, day and night for two days, i got a chance to meet and witness the local poor, homeless, drug addicts, mentally ill, vendors, shop owners, artists, and musicians. it gave me much to think about. we are all people from different backgrounds and circumstances. we should have no judgment ~ rather~ compassion for all.
if you haven’t seen “the soloist” yet (listed in a previous post). please do. this is reality on so many metropolitan streets.
so with all that said, this wasn’t the Santa Barbara, Beverly Hills, Ventura Beach, California Vacation … it was the opposite …. but i shared it with my brother and i wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. i love you Andy!!
and the award goes to……….
as my brother puts it, nothing is commercialized in Venice. everything is still run by mom and pop owners. this was home while i was there.
there he is ….. my brother!
it’s L.A., would you expect anything other than valet bike parking!
here i am. i never share a photo of myself on my blog, but i couldn’t resist sharing this mess
i had been on a beach cruiser biking up and down the boardwalk and to Santa Monica for brunch ~ can’t go anywhere without my reading glasses ~ i was cold in the fog and ocean air now that i have Texas blood running through my veins ~ wind blowing hair in my face ~one sleeve longer than the other. a real beauty.
Hidden Valley – known by the white fencing
Kanan Road – Vineyards
need help here … any Californians, what is the name of this lake off of Cornell and Kanan?
a familiar site, and much missed.
i love you California.