Time for Friday
1. What is your favorite time of
When I am up in the mountains of Big
Bear, my favorite
time of year is summer; in the flatlands of the Los Angeles
2. What is it about your favorite
season that, well, makes it your favorite season?
Mountains: summer. High
altitude, low humidity and above the smog line (so the air is fresh
and clean), Big Bear has perfect summer
conditions. Rarely hot, never unbearable. The mountain
temperatures are about ten degrees cooler than the sweltering
flatlands'. Cloudless blue skies. Lush greenery. Butterflies and ladybugs. The
Today, it is in the 70s. Spring -- with daffodils, tulips,
and flowering pear trees -- is literally busting out all over, bringing much cheer and
uplift. People are out and about in shorts and T-shirts -- and smiling.
3. What is your least favorite
time of year? Why?
Mountains: I love
EVERY season. Big Bear has four distinct seasons. All, mild.
No extremes. 300+ days of sunshine a year. Its snowy winters are
gorgeous and never too long or too cold, springs are refreshing, and autumns
are soft and mellow.
Flatlands: January and early
February. Except for this year, this is our rainy
season. I grew up
in one of the rainiest spots on Earth, Hilo, Hawai`i. I had
enough. I much prefer sunny days. Also, August and
September, as summer in the LA flatlands can get unbearably hot,
occasionally muggy and often smoggy.
4. Do you do anything to celebrate
or recognize the changing of seasons?
I consciously and mindfully
celebrate the changing seasons. Growing up in Hawai`i, the
season changes were subtle. Even after 10+ years of
experiencing Big Bear living on weekends, the novelty of distinct
seasons has not worn off. I look forward to each season with
For years, I personally decorated our
office in the flatlands according to the seasons. These days,
one of my co-workers, Don, is doing a fabulous job. He is even
more jubilant and free-flowing in his decorating, and our office has
never looked better! Folks love to visit and see what the
office looks like; the seasonal decor provides a way for them to
observe the changing seasons.
5. What's your favorite thing to
Walking/hiking with DH and our dogs,
O and Freddy B. Gathering around an outdoor fire. Star-gazing.
Lying on a hammock under the pines, watching the clouds drift
by. Biking. Skiing. Surfing. Gardening. Sitting under a shady tree. Lying on
the cool, green grass. Reading on the front porch swing.
This year, I think I'll go crazy
taking pictures with The
"Life is a Gift."
only gift is a portion of thyself..."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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