Night Palms

I promise I won't post about the holidays every single day between now and the end of the year.  Really I won't.  

Yesterday I mentioned on Twitter that it was only 60 degrees at my house and I was "freezing."  Man, I got verbally abused on Twitter!  I was called a "sissy" a "thin-blooded California girl" reminded of 19 (and zero) degree weather in other parts of the country etc., etc. Sixty is cold for us though.  It was much warmer last weekend, and my understanding is the weather should be pretty warm again in a day or two.  In the meantime, brrrrrrrrrr! 

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is seeing all the pretty lights. Everything seems so cheerful and festive when lights twinkle everywhere you go.  

For the record, I have a nice camera.  I haven't been able to use it since the car accident because of my bum arm. Instead I've had to resort to a much lighter-weight point and shoot.  The photo quality isn't as high but it's convenient.  At least I always have it with me in my purse. I'm sharing my poor quality photos with you today, aren't you thrilled?

There's a park near our house.  The other night Briefcase and I were driving past it and I asked him to stop.  He loves it when I do that.  

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I thought you might like to see the palm trees lit up.  (My Florida, Hawaii, and other tropical-area readers can start yawning right now!)

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There are a few lanterns in the park, but other than that there is no lighting.  It makes the tops of the palms difficult to see.  Those are flowers on the ground not snowballs.  We have no snowballs ….

Also, that isn't fog you're looking at.  No, it was a beautiful clear night.  I hate to tell my cold-weather readers this, but I was wearing shorts, a t-shirt and sandals.  At night. Wandering the park.  No, what looks like fog is merely ala-crappy-photo-quality.  Sorry about that!

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I love this little path with the palm trees holding guard on both sides.  I started wandering down it when all of a sudden I was startled by a man inquiring, "Are you alright?"  I nearly jumped out of my skin.  It was a policeman making his rounds through the park. I was the lady weaving as I walked down the path.  I was trying to get the palm fronds to be visible despite the darkness.  I started babbling to him … I write a blog, did you know people in the snow don't get to see palm trees all lit up?  I'm only weaving because I lost my balance trying to get the right angle, and officer …..

He said, "You have a good night and stay safe," and left.  I could have been a lunatic for all he knew.  He simply said good night and went on his way.  It's so nice to know he's out there keeping my community safe.

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We sure have a lot of palm trees around here!

75 Responses to “Night Palms”

  1. Alan

    Oh…I dunno. You choose where you live. And looking at these pictures, I can understand why someone would want to live in warmer climates! This reminds me of the Corona commercial where the palm tree lights up with Christmas lights. Very nice! For the record…it was 40 yesterday in Cincinnati…

  2. Alan

    Oh…I dunno. You choose where you live. And looking at these pictures, I can understand why someone would want to live in warmer climates! This reminds me of the Corona commercial where the palm tree lights up with Christmas lights. Very nice! For the record…it was 40 yesterday in Cincinnati…

  3. Alan

    Oh…I dunno. You choose where you live. And looking at these pictures, I can understand why someone would want to live in warmer climates! This reminds me of the Corona commercial where the palm tree lights up with Christmas lights. Very nice! For the record…it was 40 yesterday in Cincinnati…

  4. Di

    the cacti and the palms are also wrapped with lights in Arizona….. it’s one of the few things that I miss about living there. I saw a fake one at the tree nursery yesterday…. (fake palm tree)… I went hmmm, and considered buying it for a second… then said, NAAAH. Thanks for the crappy photos though… haha
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  5. Di

    the cacti and the palms are also wrapped with lights in Arizona….. it’s one of the few things that I miss about living there. I saw a fake one at the tree nursery yesterday…. (fake palm tree)… I went hmmm, and considered buying it for a second… then said, NAAAH. Thanks for the crappy photos though… haha
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  6. Di

    the cacti and the palms are also wrapped with lights in Arizona….. it’s one of the few things that I miss about living there. I saw a fake one at the tree nursery yesterday…. (fake palm tree)… I went hmmm, and considered buying it for a second… then said, NAAAH. Thanks for the crappy photos though… haha
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  7. Donna in VA

    Oh how I miss Southern California! I remember when I moved here from San Diego. It was Thanksgiving weekend 20 years ago and it was 50 degrees outside. I was absolutely FROZEN. After 20 years here, 50 degrees is nothing. But that first few years, I dressed like I was at the North Pole. Hated it!!!!
    So basically what I’m sayin’. . . is that I totally understand what you’re saying.
    Pretty lights!

  8. Donna in VA

    Oh how I miss Southern California! I remember when I moved here from San Diego. It was Thanksgiving weekend 20 years ago and it was 50 degrees outside. I was absolutely FROZEN. After 20 years here, 50 degrees is nothing. But that first few years, I dressed like I was at the North Pole. Hated it!!!!
    So basically what I’m sayin’. . . is that I totally understand what you’re saying.
    Pretty lights!

  9. Donna in VA

    Oh how I miss Southern California! I remember when I moved here from San Diego. It was Thanksgiving weekend 20 years ago and it was 50 degrees outside. I was absolutely FROZEN. After 20 years here, 50 degrees is nothing. But that first few years, I dressed like I was at the North Pole. Hated it!!!!
    So basically what I’m sayin’. . . is that I totally understand what you’re saying.
    Pretty lights!

  10. Linda

    How awesome is that?! I’ll have to get some pictures of the park the light up here in SC. And I love your crappy pictures. Especially that first one. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Linda

    How awesome is that?! I’ll have to get some pictures of the park the light up here in SC. And I love your crappy pictures. Especially that first one. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Linda

    How awesome is that?! I’ll have to get some pictures of the park the light up here in SC. And I love your crappy pictures. Especially that first one. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Jan

    The guy who lives behind us (the one who mows his lawn while wearing pastel plaid shorts that suspiciously resemble boxers) has a fake, lit palm tree in his yard.
    In Ohio.
    At Christmas.
    Where there is snow on the ground.
    I guess we’re boring – we just lined our house with fake icicles; they accent the real ones so nicely.

  14. Jan

    The guy who lives behind us (the one who mows his lawn while wearing pastel plaid shorts that suspiciously resemble boxers) has a fake, lit palm tree in his yard.
    In Ohio.
    At Christmas.
    Where there is snow on the ground.
    I guess we’re boring – we just lined our house with fake icicles; they accent the real ones so nicely.

  15. Jan

    The guy who lives behind us (the one who mows his lawn while wearing pastel plaid shorts that suspiciously resemble boxers) has a fake, lit palm tree in his yard.
    In Ohio.
    At Christmas.
    Where there is snow on the ground.
    I guess we’re boring – we just lined our house with fake icicles; they accent the real ones so nicely.

  16. EricaB

    I think I could appreciate winter a whole lot better if I had to deal with 60 degree temps instead of 20 below zero with the windchill like I did yesterday…

  17. EricaB

    I think I could appreciate winter a whole lot better if I had to deal with 60 degree temps instead of 20 below zero with the windchill like I did yesterday…

  18. EricaB

    I think I could appreciate winter a whole lot better if I had to deal with 60 degree temps instead of 20 below zero with the windchill like I did yesterday…

  19. Midlife Mama

    Great pictures. You really had nice camera angles and captured how they really look. I live in northern California, and while we have had some really chilly weather lately, it does get up into the 60s quite frequently. And those other people who are giving you a hard time are just jealous. Yes, we are thin-blooded Californians, and proud of it!! We’ll lounge poolside while those back east shovel snow. And we’ll laugh into our margaritas while they do it. Yep that’s it…they’re jealous! LOL

  20. Midlife Mama

    Great pictures. You really had nice camera angles and captured how they really look. I live in northern California, and while we have had some really chilly weather lately, it does get up into the 60s quite frequently. And those other people who are giving you a hard time are just jealous. Yes, we are thin-blooded Californians, and proud of it!! We’ll lounge poolside while those back east shovel snow. And we’ll laugh into our margaritas while they do it. Yep that’s it…they’re jealous! LOL

  21. Midlife Mama

    Great pictures. You really had nice camera angles and captured how they really look. I live in northern California, and while we have had some really chilly weather lately, it does get up into the 60s quite frequently. And those other people who are giving you a hard time are just jealous. Yes, we are thin-blooded Californians, and proud of it!! We’ll lounge poolside while those back east shovel snow. And we’ll laugh into our margaritas while they do it. Yep that’s it…they’re jealous! LOL

  22. Kelly

    I think your poor quality photos are really cool. Seriously. And I need to move.

  23. Kelly

    I think your poor quality photos are really cool. Seriously. And I need to move.

  24. Kelly

    I think your poor quality photos are really cool. Seriously. And I need to move.

  25. Angela

    Haha! It is like that in Florida, too! I have some pictures very similar to these from outside the Hardrock Cafe at Universal Studios this past weekend. I was wearing a t-shirt, jeans, and flip flops! Winter? What winter?

  26. Angela

    Haha! It is like that in Florida, too! I have some pictures very similar to these from outside the Hardrock Cafe at Universal Studios this past weekend. I was wearing a t-shirt, jeans, and flip flops! Winter? What winter?

  27. Angela

    Haha! It is like that in Florida, too! I have some pictures very similar to these from outside the Hardrock Cafe at Universal Studios this past weekend. I was wearing a t-shirt, jeans, and flip flops! Winter? What winter?

  28. goodfather

    Ahhh, beautiful. Your shots remind me of the ‘Feliz Navidad’ Corona ad, heh.
    Sorry I verbally abused you on Twitter. I’m mean and surly these days. 😉

  29. goodfather

    Ahhh, beautiful. Your shots remind me of the ‘Feliz Navidad’ Corona ad, heh.
    Sorry I verbally abused you on Twitter. I’m mean and surly these days. 😉

  30. goodfather

    Ahhh, beautiful. Your shots remind me of the ‘Feliz Navidad’ Corona ad, heh.
    Sorry I verbally abused you on Twitter. I’m mean and surly these days. 😉

  31. Brian Papa

    Ha! This sure beats my candy cane in the dirty courtyard posting.
    And pat on the back for carrying your camera with you!
    Well done! 🙂

  32. Brian Papa

    Ha! This sure beats my candy cane in the dirty courtyard posting.
    And pat on the back for carrying your camera with you!
    Well done! 🙂

  33. Brian Papa

    Ha! This sure beats my candy cane in the dirty courtyard posting.
    And pat on the back for carrying your camera with you!
    Well done! 🙂

  34. Brian Papa

    Ha! This sure beats my candy cane in the dirty courtyard posting.
    And pat on the back for carrying your camera with you!
    Well done! 🙂

  35. Brian Papa

    Ha! This sure beats my candy cane in the dirty courtyard posting.
    And pat on the back for carrying your camera with you!
    Well done! 🙂

  36. Brian Papa

    Ha! This sure beats my candy cane in the dirty courtyard posting.
    And pat on the back for carrying your camera with you!
    Well done! 🙂

  37. Sandra

    Nice Palms! Thanks for stopping and getting the shots. How nice of that policeman to allow you to swerve your way home. lol

  38. Sandra

    Nice Palms! Thanks for stopping and getting the shots. How nice of that policeman to allow you to swerve your way home. lol

  39. Sandra

    Nice Palms! Thanks for stopping and getting the shots. How nice of that policeman to allow you to swerve your way home. lol

  40. Tricia

    Those of us on the east coast are just a bunch of jealous twits.
    I lived in California for a bit but I remember missing the snow for Christmas. There was something weird about decorating in shorts and sandals, but I’d be willing to give it a second try.

  41. Tricia

    Those of us on the east coast are just a bunch of jealous twits.
    I lived in California for a bit but I remember missing the snow for Christmas. There was something weird about decorating in shorts and sandals, but I’d be willing to give it a second try.

  42. Tricia

    Those of us on the east coast are just a bunch of jealous twits.
    I lived in California for a bit but I remember missing the snow for Christmas. There was something weird about decorating in shorts and sandals, but I’d be willing to give it a second try.

  43. MLS

    Just being in Texas where cold weather there is still warm to me, I miss the cold. O.k. that made no sense but to me it did so go with it, k? Today I’m in OK and it’s spitting snow and it was 31 degrees at 4 pm. I love it and wish it would snow more. I’m sure if I had to deal with it ALL the time, I’d be whistling a different tune.
    Nice crappy pictures. LOL

  44. MLS

    Just being in Texas where cold weather there is still warm to me, I miss the cold. O.k. that made no sense but to me it did so go with it, k? Today I’m in OK and it’s spitting snow and it was 31 degrees at 4 pm. I love it and wish it would snow more. I’m sure if I had to deal with it ALL the time, I’d be whistling a different tune.
    Nice crappy pictures. LOL

  45. MLS

    Just being in Texas where cold weather there is still warm to me, I miss the cold. O.k. that made no sense but to me it did so go with it, k? Today I’m in OK and it’s spitting snow and it was 31 degrees at 4 pm. I love it and wish it would snow more. I’m sure if I had to deal with it ALL the time, I’d be whistling a different tune.
    Nice crappy pictures. LOL

  46. Stepping Thru

    Beautiful Palms! People here decorate all kinds of things like tumbleweeds and cactus. Just give me an old fashion Christmas Tree.

  47. Stepping Thru

    Beautiful Palms! People here decorate all kinds of things like tumbleweeds and cactus. Just give me an old fashion Christmas Tree.

  48. Stepping Thru

    Beautiful Palms! People here decorate all kinds of things like tumbleweeds and cactus. Just give me an old fashion Christmas Tree.

  49. thistle

    The palms look nice at night, all strung up with lights. We’re getting temps dropping down to ~ -9C starting this weekend…time to get the heat tapes plugged in…oh joy.

  50. thistle

    The palms look nice at night, all strung up with lights. We’re getting temps dropping down to ~ -9C starting this weekend…time to get the heat tapes plugged in…oh joy.

  51. thistle

    The palms look nice at night, all strung up with lights. We’re getting temps dropping down to ~ -9C starting this weekend…time to get the heat tapes plugged in…oh joy.

  52. mama llama

    That is very pretty. I have stood a few years in Jackson Square in N’awlins in shorts singing Christmas Carols, so I know that it can be done…let me tell you, I’m clinging to those warm memories right now, baby! 🙂
    Be well, 24. Thank you for the pictures, and to Briefcase for stopping!

  53. mama llama

    That is very pretty. I have stood a few years in Jackson Square in N’awlins in shorts singing Christmas Carols, so I know that it can be done…let me tell you, I’m clinging to those warm memories right now, baby! 🙂
    Be well, 24. Thank you for the pictures, and to Briefcase for stopping!

  54. mama llama

    That is very pretty. I have stood a few years in Jackson Square in N’awlins in shorts singing Christmas Carols, so I know that it can be done…let me tell you, I’m clinging to those warm memories right now, baby! 🙂
    Be well, 24. Thank you for the pictures, and to Briefcase for stopping!

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