My computer access is rather limited today, but this is where I have been (besides Doll Club, that is).
Today is a travel day (well, first it was a work day, so now I can travel). I’m heading to the Central Coast to hang out with my Daddy, brother, and the Cuesta Doll & Study Club ladies.
I finally have the car loaded with a huge box of vintage underpinnings, a hatbox with Victorian hats, gloves, and jewelry, and an armload of exquisite dresses on fancy hangers. Plus the usual backpack of “stuff”, of course.
I’ll check in tomorrow.
The Cuesta Doll & Study Club’s annual December meeting and Christmas party was delightful fun! Although Mother Nature chose our day to send much-needed rain (and not just rain, but tiny needles of rain blown nearly sideways in great gusts)and many ladies got royally soaked, once the soggy coats came off we had a blast.
As one of the hostesses, I got there early while the rain was still fairly light. Our committee decorated and set up the room, giving breakfast treats pride of place for the meeting, followed by Christmas card, gift and ornament exchanges, doll sharing, and lunch. It might have been cold and stormy without, but inside all was warm and cozy, the kind of coziness that comes from friendships that span decades. We celebrated Opal’s 92nd birthday — she has now caught up with Marie — with cake and song. Nearly completely blind, her spirits are high and her engineer’s mind is sharp.
After the party guests departed and the hostess team finished cleaning up, I drove from San Luis Obispo down to Shell Beach. I am happiest when the ocean waves are roiling and dark (and I am on shore, of course), so I parked my Jeep, rolled down the window, and watched and listened.
Because it was so windy, the sky was quickly changing. I took this picture when I first parked the car.
About ten minutes later, the clouds were beginning to clear. (As you can see, I took these last two from inside the car.)
Before I started back to Visalia today, I paid Mom a visit with a new bowl of pansies and a Christmas light. I had to tell her a bit about the party, even though in my heart I know she was watching over us and knew everything already.
Now I really feel as though Christmas has arrived. Merry Christmas, everyone!