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Old 01-31-2011, 09:31 AM   #6781
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Some friends brought me on a local hiking trail just above the city. It's the El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area. It's a hidden gem. It's beautiful this time of year when the grass is green in California.
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Old 01-31-2011, 09:46 AM   #6782
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Some friends brought me on a local hiking trail just above the city. It's the El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area. It's a hidden gem. It's beautiful this time of year when the grass is green in California.
Sigh.

This is the view from the deck on the back a few minutes ago and the forecast is even worse.
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Sigh.

This is the view from the deck on the back a few minutes ago and the forecast is even worse.
I grew up in CT and I have pleasant nostalgic memories of snow when I was a kid. As an adult I prefer the CA weather. If I want snow I can drive to the Sierras. Nice view though . . .
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We're thinking about Berkeley Springs as a potential site for a home if we ever decide to leave the beach and move closer to the family. You aren't helping.
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We're thinking about Berkeley Springs as a potential site for a home if we ever decide to leave the beach and move closer to the family. You aren't helping.
Other than the months of January, February and perhaps early March, we love the area. So with cold weather like this we just hunker down into "hibernation mode" and wait for Spring.

Berkeley Springs is a gorgeous area but traffic on Rt. 522 can be a bit of a pain since it's a tourist area too. But a motorcycle ride westbound there on Rt 9 and beyond is good way to spend a day.
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Mr B and I went to a Mennonite store in Lairdsville NY for some seriously good cold cuts and cheese. The cold cuts are shipped in from Lancaster PA.
Somehow a bottle of Kutztown (PA) real black cherry soda and authentic birch beer jumped into my basket.

We are watching the local news right now and just chilling out at home.

I discovered that I am not nearly as bored as this guy...

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Ran some errands as next two days are forecast to be various forms of ice (maybe some snow also).
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Considering (read: arguing w/hubby) purchasing a rental property. Does not sound appealing to me.
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Girl, stand your ground! It is w*rk in the worst form. We're selling all three of our properties this year to get rid of this constant headache...

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Some friends brought me on a local hiking trail just above the city. It's the El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area. It's a hidden gem. It's beautiful this time of year when the grass is green in California.
Thanks for the green. Gives us some hope for spring! We're like Walt:

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But as martyb noted, is California always that green?

I remember one year in the earlier 80s, we were on a road trip to Seattle, and of course also visited SF as it was on the way. But we wanted to spend the night in San Jose, hence did not continue on Freeway 5 that would have taken us to SF via Oakland. At Merced, we took 152, then 101 north to San Jose. The scenery was beautiful, with green rolling hills, and cows grazing. It was so peaceful and romantic, for a city dweller like me.

A few years later, we took the same road again. This time, CA was in a drought, and it was also in late summer. I could not believe it. Where were the green fields that we saw? Everything was brown. The reservoir we passed by and could see from the highway had low water level, exposing its ugly bank with debris. I checked and checked my map to see if I had made a mistake.

It was sad, and reminded me of this song.

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Today I had my Happy Hour party . It was a great success . We sipped wine and munched on appetizers overlooking the river on a perfect night . Lots of laughs so I think everybody had a great time and the best part no clean up .
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Today is definitely a stick close to home day.
Mr B needs to go help with a newsletter in the early PM, so he is taking the 4WD Jeep just in case that weather system arrives sooner than expected.
I'm hunkering down here and plan to start entering data for my taxes to kill time.
I got my bone density results and was told to start increasing my calcium intake through diet. No significant bone loss, but enough so supplements may be in order if diet changes do not w*rk out.
I have a container of Ricotta cheese that needs to be used before Feb 12, so Plan B could be making cheese blintzes from scratch.
Hmmm...tough choice...taxes or cooking?
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But as martyb noted, is California always that green?
CA is definitely not always green. Winter is the rainy season. Summer is the dry season. In summer every blade of grass dies and the hills take on a different beauty. Another reason to call it the "Golden State". The type of hillside grass we have here will go to seed and die even if we have late rains into June.
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rentals are great if you don't mind staying home and being on call all the time.... cell phone service + extensive phonebook of drain cleaners,plumbers, carpenters,electricians etc + perfect cell coverage + mototaxi and you will be just fine
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Some friends brought me on a local hiking trail just above the city. It's the El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area. It's a hidden gem. It's beautiful this time of year when the grass is green in California.
I live just a few miles from you martyp. Thanks for the reminder that I need to get out of the house a bit! I'm thinking of a trip to the top of Vollmer Peak in Tilden Park - great view from there. I'll have to try out your suggestion too.
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I'm thinking of a trip to the top of Vollmer Peak in Tilden Park - great view from there.
I keep hearing about Vollmer Peak. I will have to put that one on my list.
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I keep hearing about Vollmer Peak. I will have to put that one on my list.
It's the highest point in the hills above Berkeley. The view over the Bay Area from there is fabulous. You'll love it!
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It's the highest point in the hills above Berkeley. The view over the Bay Area from there is fabulous. You'll love it!
The view from Mt. Diablo is, also, quite nice. Plenty of hiking to be done there, too.
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