Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Jack is waiting patiently for his morning walk...

Jack and I are lucky to be able to start each day with a walk at Quarry Lakes in the Fremont / Niles area of Alameda County. Based on Jack's reaction, it's safe to say its a dog's "heaven on earth", complete with squirrels to chase, ducks to catch (he never does), lakes to swim in when he needs a break, and plenty of dog pals to wrestle and play.

A few weeks ago, I met two different groups of folks on the trail who were vacationing here from Wisconsin. When I mentioned this to the second group, they were not all that surprised, saying "it makes sense why people from back East would want to winter out here". True enough, it was another beautiful day in a week of beautiful weather in the middle of November.

The Bay Area gets a bad rap sometimes for all the known (and perhaps deserved) reasons: traffic, over-crowding, high cost of living, and now high unemployment. But that day, I finished the trail reminding myself to be thankful for this place we call home, and hoping that everyone else here can find the time in their busy day to appreciate something as simple as the weather, and maybe that will help keep things in perspective.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Restful Storm

Jack is looking out the window....

It's raining (finally) in Northern California. Seems we are getting the tail end of some of the storms that hit last week in far away tropical places and did much damage. Strange how we can welcome something that did so much damage to so many, but we sure need the rain.

Jack has settled into his spot by the window. He lets me join him for a moment (though sometimes I think he'd rather be by himself in "his spot") and I wonder what he is thinking as he looks out at the rain on our street. He looks bummed out - think he realizes that daily walk has officially been canceled? I personally wouldn't rule out a rain slicker trek outside, but actually he's the big-baby when it comes to the rain - he'd swim all day long if you let him, but water from the sky seems to bug him. Fine with me, today seems to be shaping into a nice one for guilt-free desk errands (list making, anyone?) and Internet shopping as long as the power stays on.

Watching and listening to the rain after such a long absence feels calming. Who'd have thought a storm could relax you..?