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I shot this picture when I was just about to get on 101 N from Highway 25.  January 26, 2011.  The hills turn a beautiful emerald during the winter.  It is beautiful.  The temp yesterday was 70. 🙂  Yes!  I’m enjoying winter.

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This past Saturday I was at the church office doing a little work for Sunday and low and behold I heard a roll of thunder. I really got excited and thought we are going to have a thunder storm. There was even a flash of lightening. I heard a couple more claps of thunder and thought the rain was surely soon to come. I left the church and headed home. Still no rain. When I got home I looked toward the hills and the pics below is what I saw. Still no rain. There was one more roll of thunder and then it was all gone. It never did rain but I loved hearing the thunder anyway. 🙂

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Keep those coats, sweaters, gloves and scarves handy. You will still need them for awhile. And I was going to start putting my winter things away today. Oh well, the Punxsutawney groundhog saw his shadow this morning so winter remains for another 6 weeks or so.

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. – Brace yourself for more wintry weather. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow Saturday, leading the groundhog to forecast six more weeks of winter.

The rodent was pulled from his stump by members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle, top-hat- and tuxedo-wearing businessmen who carry out the tradition.

Each Feb. 2, thousands of people descend on Punxsutawney, a town of about 6,100 people some 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, to celebrate what had essentially been a German superstition.

The tradition is that if a hibernating animal sees a shadow on Feb. 2 — the Christian holiday of Candlemas — winter will last another six weeks. If no shadow is seen, legend says spring will come early.

That was the forecast from Gen. Beauregard Lee, Punxsutawney Phil’s counterpart in Lilburn, Ga. Beau did not see his shadow Saturday morning at the Yellow River Game Ranch.

It was the third year in a row the two groundhogs’ predictions differed.

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Summer is Here

Summer has arrived.  I think I am finally getting adjusted to Summer in Hollister.  I have to remember to grab a sweater before I leave the house.  Especially if I will not be home before around 4:00 in the afternoon.  It gets chilly.  For instance, the weather forecast for today is, “A mix of clouds and sun this morning with more sunshine this afternoon.  High 76F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.”  High 76!  Tomorrow is to be, “partly cloudy.  High 74F. Wind W at 10 to 20 mph. and Tomorrow Night: A few clouds. Low 47F.  Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.”  Have you ever heard of such a thing in the summer?  That WNW wind is straight off of the Monterey Bay and it’s cold.  lol  Some people think that our weather here in Hollister is like the San Joaquin Valley.  Not so!  Our summers are mostly like I described above.  The best time for warm weather here is September—–November.  That’s when it’s best in Monterey and Carmel too.  It’s nice and warm then.  I can get to warm/hot weather very shortly if I so desire.  Just a few miles (12) into Gilroy, today it will be 80F.  If I go over Pacheco Pass to the east in Los Banos (28 miles) it will be 92F.   However,  if you ever head this way (Monterey Bay Area) in the summer be sure and bring you a light jacket or sweater or you will be cold.  I hope you all enjoy your summer vacations.  Have a great one.

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The hills that surround Hollister are snow-capped. The winter rain has made everything else green.  It is quite a contrast.  Simply beautiful this morning.  Everything is just beautiful and crisp.  It’s something how everything seems washed after a good rain.  And, I like the mornings because everything seems new.  I guess I’m one of those people that wake up to a new world every day.  LOL 

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Well, we did have a great time.  My last post we had skied and it was only 12 degrees.  When we went back the next day there were signs posted that said, “No exposed skin! Wind-chill is 30 below 0 on the mountain. Frost bite very likely.”  I looked at Nathan and he at me and we said, “NO WAY”!  lol  I guess we’re getting finicky in our “old” age.  But, we live to close to the mountains to waste a day freezing to death. We just cozied up in the condo by the fire.  Nathan’s oldest brother, Gary and his wife, Patricia came up on Friday and we enjoyed being with them and playing spades, etc.  Yes, you can ask who are the best players.  LOL  One night we ate at a seafood buffet ’til we couldn’t eat any more.  Oh my, the crab was incredible as was the fried catfish, seafood gumbo and boiled shrimp.  (see pic below) 

It is good to be home where it is warmer.  It was actually 39 degrees when I was coming home from the store a while ago and it felt warm. lol  It beats the 2 and 3 degree weather we were having at Heavenly with wind-chill way below freezing.  We did have a great time though of just being together with no telephones to answer and all was quiet and peaceful.

ski-trip-2007-005.jpg  Patricia, eating Alaskan King Snow Crab. Look how big that leg is.

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Nathan and Gary.  Nathan forgot he had taken my purse so I could take this picture. LOL  Patricia, Gary and me.  This is the day it was 30 below on the mountain.  ouch, it was cold!!!

ski-trip-2007-007.jpg  It may look nice and warm here but it was only 8 degrees and we are standing on solid ice but at least the sun was bright and beautiful this day.

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Rain in California

Today I was in Target and it began to rain hard enough to hear it pounding on the roof.  The store was crowded and everyone around me stopped and was looking around and up and down.  I heard little kids saying “what is that momma”.  Finally I heard a mother say in a half disgusted tone, “it is just rain”.  I couldn’t help but smile.  These poor people would think the end of the world was happening if they were ever to be in a good ol Texas thunder storm.  LOL  The lightening and thunder that goes along with one of those storms is incredible.  And the rain comes down in sheets.  It’s a good thing that the “hard” rain today only lasted a very few minuets.  There may have been total mayhem.  Anyway, I just thought it a little comical.

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