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Remember When Your Server Was Your Waitress?

If you tried to visit me yesterday, you probably had difficulties.

Twenty Four At Heart currently uses a company called Dreamhost as its server.

Dreamhost was down/broken in South Orange County for a LOT of yesterday.

My apologies on their behalf.  (Did you hear me spewing four letter words in their direction?)

The timing of having my server down was not good.  Knott’s Berry Farm had linked to me on their Facebook homepage and LOTS of people were trying to visit.

And yes, after repeated recent disappointments with Dreamhost –

I do plan on changing servers relatively soon.

In any case, yesterday I wrote about a trip I took last week (at a reader’s suggestion) to Descanso Gardens.  The post includes a really pretty, kind of dreamy, photo of the gardens.  You can see it, and read what you may have missed, by clicking here.

(A boob/trucker/freeway flashing might have been involved.)

Sigh …

Technical problems suck!

I’m glad it’s Friday.

I’m ready for the weekend.

Photo:  Orange County beach walkway

How about you?

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Descanso Gardens In Spring

Not long ago, I got an email from one of my (very nice!) readers.

The subject line read, “COME BACK!!!”

Part of the email said this:

“I know you just had a crazy busy week with San Diego, then Knotts but I have to tell you that Descanso is in bloom and screaming your name!!!  You’re going to have to come back to LA! “

So …

Last Thursday I hopped in the car and drove to L.A.

I’m easy like that!

(Well, okay, let’s be honest.  I shouldn’t have gone.  I had BAZILLIONS of things to do, but I went anyway.)

The drive itself was NOT easy.  For some unknown reason, traffic was WAY worse than usual,  It took me close to three hours to arrive at my destination.

(A “normal” drive there would be about an hour and a half during non-rush hours.)

It was a long, long, loooooong, frustrating, drive.

Photo:  Descanso Gardens

I was rewarded with a lot of beauty when I arrived.

It seemed like everything, everywhere I looked, was blooming.

There were a lot of people visiting.  I’ve never seen so many people at the gardens before.

I think it was Spring Break for L.A. schools … lots of kids/families!

Photo:  Pretty, pretty, flowers everywhere!

Of course,

Because I’ve been cramming so many activities into my life lately, I’ve barely had time to look at most of my Descanso photos.

I imagine you’re tired of seeing flower photos anyway, right?

If I don’t edit the photos until next winter, you’ll probably be grateful for a break from all the damn pretty flower photos I’ve been posting lately.

(Is it my fault spring has gone NUTS with the flower-blooming this year??)

I did take a photo of this garden bench because it was screaming at me to pull out my wide angle lens.

Photo:  Garden bench

In a few months, during summer, the trellis will be covered with vines, making a shaded “cave” for the bench.

On the drive home,

During rush hour –

I dropped a peanut shell down my shirt.

It got stuck in my bra and it was pokey.

I had trouble getting it out.

I flashed my boob at a truck driver as I tried to resolve this problem.

Photo:  The man in the passenger seat of the truck on the left got to see my breast – nipple and all!  He smiled.

It just goes to show, I can’t even go to a nice, serene, garden for a few hours without some type of mishap.

Mishaps follow me everywhere I go.


Peanut shells can be very pokey.

Photo:  Descanso Gardens

Descanso was so beautiful.

It was worth the five (round trip) hours in the car just to see it.

It was even worth being poked in the boob by a peanut shell.

If you’re in the Los Angeles area during spring, it’s definitely worth a visit.

P.S.  Thank you Shawna!

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More About San Diego …

*  I will be in Los Angeles April 25, 26, and 27.  Want to meet up? *

I thought your questions/comments yesterday were interesting.

I’ve answered/responded to them in my comment section.

(By the way, if you leave me a comment I always try to reply to you.  Sometimes it takes me a couple days, but most of the time there will be a reply within 24 hours.)

If you missed yesterday’s post, I wrote about my day-trip to San Diego.  I was checking out colleges with my high school aged son.

The day caused me to make a life changing decision.

I’m going to turn 17 again and go back to college.

(And yes, I was seventeen when I left for college in Santa Barbara – a mere baby!)

Photo:  Academia Revisited

My son isn’t sure yet where he wants to go to college.  He might end up out of state.  We’re trying to expose him to different types of campuses right now so he can get a feel for what he likes and dislikes.  (Big campus?  Or little campus?  Cute girls on bikes?  Or cute girls walking from class to class?  Etc., etc.)


I couldn’t resist showing you one more photo of the adorable baby seal we saw while in San Diego.

He/she wanted to play, but all the grown-up seals were sleeping.

Photo:  Baby seal looking for FUN!

Grown-ups are so boring!

(That’s his mom right next to him.  She looks exhausted.)

I really wanted to bring Baby Seal home to live in our pool.  We have a salt water pool so it would work.

Well, except for the no-fish-to-eat-in-our-pool thing.

The sleeping seals got a rude awakening after awhile.

Photo:  Wave crashing on sleeping seals

I suppose seals are used to be woken up by crashing waves?

The waves have been huge this week.

Rumor has it, a spring storm is inbound.

Photo:  La Jolla, San Diego County

It sure hasn’t looked very storm-like lately.

(I think I just jinxed us with rain?)

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San Diego College Visit

Yesterday, Briefcase, PR, and I made a quick trip to San Diego.

Our goal was to tour a few of the San Diego colleges.

We got a late start and ended up only seeing San Diego State University (SDSU).

(I also HAD to stop by and see the seals in La Jolla.  I haven’t visited them in awhile and I really needed to.)

San Diego is only an hour south, so it’s okay we didn’t get everything done.

It’s easy (and will be fun) to make return trips.

Photo:  San Diego State University

It was a beautiful day.

Temperatures were in the 80’s.  We got a little sunburned walking around campus.

I didn’t take many photos since we were busy investigating the beautiful campus.

I haven’t been on the SDSU campus in years and I was very impressed.

In fact,

I’ve decided I want to go back to college.

Is that okay?

Can I go live on the SDSU campus for four years?

Photo:  The ceiling of Love Library, SDSU

I couldn’t resist snapping a quick shot of the library ceiling.  I think I might need to make a return trip to the campus just for photography purposes.

Oh, what I could DO if I had a few minutes and my 14 mm lens – ha!!

(Yes, that really IS how my brain works!)

After a couple hours of wishing I was seventeen (and headed off to college) again, we started the return trip home.

And by that, I mean we drove a short distance to La Jolla.

Photo:  La Jolla View

La Jolla is similar to Laguna in many ways.

(You need forty bazillion dollars to live in either place, beautiful bluffs on the beach, the rocky coast, etc.)

Not long ago, I shared a photo of the California Sea Lions in San Francisco.

A lot of people get confused between California Sea Lions and Sealsthey’re different animals.  If you haven’t grown up with both it can be very confusing.

La Jolla has (mainly) seals, including this adorable BABY seal:

Photo:  Seals on a rock – and a baby seal!

It’s always very entertaining to watch the seals swim and play.

PR and I were particularly entertained with the interaction between the baby pictured above and his/her mom.

So cute!

Photo:  La Jolla

La Jolla was a beautiful place to end a long holiday weekend.

Photo:  Pelican soaring

And now?

Sigh ….

It’s back to reality.

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I Ate The Ears Off A Chocolate Bunny

I hope everyone had a nice weekend.

How many of you have kids on Spring Break this week?

[One of my (three) kids is on break right now.  Of course, all three have of them have different weeks off school.]

Two of my three kids were home for Easter.

We had beautiful, warm, weather for the holiday weekend.

I went for my first swim of the year yesterday.

Photo:  Swimming pool

I only swam a couple laps, and I used my one-armed stroke very carefully.

I’m trying to calm my arm DOWN right now.  I’ll (hopefully) gradually increase my pool time as we move towards summer.

I worked very hard over the weekend –

Mundane stuff like cleaning, and grocery shopping, and LOTS and LOTS of cooking, and putting on the charm for family (and friend) house guests.

I’ve been fighting a sore throat, so I think the whole holiday-ness of the weekend was a little more tiring than normal.

It was a nice weekend though.

I ate the ears off a chocolate bunny, and they were delicious.

(See’s, of course!  My family is related to See’s.  I’m genetically predisposed to love See’s chocolate.)

PR played guitar for everyone out by the pool.

Photo:  Playing the guitar

He’s gotten so good; I love listening to him play.

My house is looking very spring-ish right now.

Photo:  Pink and yellow tulips

I’m headed to San Diego today.

Briefcase and I are taking PR on some college tours.  (There are several colleges in San Diego.)

Can you believe my BABY is beginning to think about where he might wind up for college?


I’ll be taking my camera with me, of course.

(By the way, the new camera is AMAZING.  I love it so much it hurts.  I know it’s wrong to love a material object, but I love it anyway.)

If all goes as planned,

I’ll be back with an update tomorrow.

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Spring Holidays

I hope you have a nice weekend.

Some of my friends are celebrating Passover this weekend.

My family will be celebrating Easter.

I love this time of year.

The pool is now heated and ready for swimming.

Flowers are blooming everywhere.

It’s hard not to feel like good things are on the horizon.

Photo:  Pink and yellow tulips

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More About Knott’s Berry Farm …

I hadn’t intended to do another post about my day photographing Knott’s Berry Farm,

Life is full of unplanned surprises, right?

I was at Knott’s to photograph the park.  (If you missed it, you can read my original post on my very fun, interesting, day by clicking here.)

Because I was invited to the park for photography purposes, I took way more photos than if I were visiting just for fun.

I haven’t had time to edit the pie making photos yet.  Watching pies being made was one of my favorite things from my “behind the scenes” tours.  (I do plan to share those with you because it was SO interesting and fun to see!)

I do, however, have a few other glimpses of the park share-worthy now.


Photo:  The entrance to Ghostrider – the SCARIEST roller coaster!

I didn’t ride on Ghostrider this trip.  I had a lot of photography gear with me.  (More than I would for a normal photography outing.)  It couldn’t be taken on the ride with me.  I never let my gear out of my sight so I wasn’t comfortable leaving it behind.  Ghostrider is a great roller coaster though – I’ve been on it many times before.  You really do feel like you’re about to go flying off as you ride on it – making it both scary and fun.

Photo:  Knott’s Steam Engine

I did get to ride on the train.  It was fun and provided a lot of great photo opportunities.

Speaking of trains, The Roundhouse is where the trains get worked on.  It’s also where I managed to get very dirty.

It started when I lay down on the floor to take this shot:

Photo:  Inside The Roundhouse, Knott’s Berry Farm

The above photo is probably a strange photo to love, but I do love it.

The light streaming in the window, the LINES and CURVES …!

(I’m weird like that!)

When I was done photographing The Roundhouse, Neil looked at how filthy I’d gotten and said,

“You’re not at all like other OC women.”

I might have snorted out loud.

Photo:  Traveling back in time, Knott’s Berry Farm

A lot of Knott’s charm is tied to Ghost Town and the old west.

I remember watching a REAL blacksmith at Knott’s as a kid.  It’s such a simple thing, but there’s still a working blacksmith at the park –

I think it’s fascinating to watch him work.

Photo:  A blacksmith at work, Knott’s Berry Farm

Knott’s also has an area just for little kids called Camp Snoopy.

Of course,

Teenagers probably don’t care much about Camp Snoopy, the blacksmith, or the ghost town.

Teenagers are all about the rides.

Photo:  Hanging mid-air at the amusement park

There’s nothing quite as fun as being twirled and whirled through the sky!

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How Far Away Is Bathing Suit Season?

Yesterday, while on a walk, it occurred to me it’s now April.


How did that happen?

Photo:  Poppies (taken yesterday)

I realized it was April when I noticed how many flowers I was surrounded by on my walk.

They’re everywhere right now.

Photo:  Spring Flowers

It’s flower-mania here in Orange County!

Next, I realized this upcoming weekend is Easter.  I have family and friends coming to my house for the weekend.

(And a menu to make.  And groceries to buy.  And people-are-staying-over-at-our-house things to do.)

PR is also about to begin his Spring Break – !

What I’m trying to say is …

All these things combined means –


I usually heat up our pool on the first of April and we keep it heated well into October each year.

I’ve been so busy, I didn’t realize April was here.

It’s time to get in a bathing suit!


I love swimming.   (!!!)

I don’t love being in a swimsuit though.

(I never have – not even when I was a skinny-minny which I definitely am NOT anymore.)

Photo:  Thomas Hawk and (not-ready-for-a-bathing-suit) ME.

(Above iPhone shot taken by Nike in San Francisco.  Didn’t she do a good job?)


I hadn’t even booked our summer vacation which I normally do in January.

So, yesterday I did.

We have a big/special trip to Kauai planned.

(The last time I was in Kauai I got pregnant with my firstborn … over 20 years ago!  I’ve been wanting to get back to photograph the island for YEARS!)

Hawaii equals ….


Just kidding.

I crack myself up.

Hawaii equals ….


Last year, swimming caused me a lot of pain and I had to really limit my one-armed swimming.

I don’t know what I’ll be able to do (or not do) this year.

Pain is a fickle bitch.

She hasn’t been kind to me in recent weeks.  (Months/Years)

Yes, I KNOW I’ve been overdoing the camera/photography lately.

I keep meaning to take a week or two off.

(But, it just doesn’t seem to happen!)

There have also been some changes going on with my physical therapist –

Which have resulted in a lot less treatment for my broken body.

So – yeah, pain.

But … regardless of how much my arm can take –

I will be in the pool beginning this weekend, and almost daily for the next several months.

The good thing?

I will increase my exercise level the minute the pool is heated.

The bad thing?


That would be getting into a bathing suit – THIS WEEKEND!


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I’m Bored And Restless, But Why?

I have been SO busy lately.

San Francisco, San Diego, Knott’s ….

Citrus trees, herb gardens, family in town visiting ….

A photography business that’s taking off faster than I can keep up …

A website redesign in progress.

Hundreds (if not thousands?) of photos I haven’t had time to edit.

Physical therapy appointments,

A blog I call home …

Not to mention, all the normal family/home stuff.

Photo:  Spring Flowers

I also have so much ahead of me on my calendar.

And yet …?

I feel bored.

And restless.

I can’t figure out why.

Do you ever feel like that?

What’s my problem?

I have things I feel passionate about.

I’m not apathetic.

I’m also not unhappy.

I’m just very antsy.

How can I feel so fidgety when I have so much to do?

(Most of which I love doing?)

There aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done –

I definitely don’t need MORE to do.

I can’t even say I need a change of scenery because I’ve been getting that too.


I’m just very restless.


And  ….