February Spawns the Need for a Respite

Our winter decided to only tease us during the months of December and January, and to save it’s full fury for the month of February. I don’t like February anyway, so that seemed to me a particularly cruel move – sending us cold and snow and more snow and then some more snow. So I did what every winter-disliking person should do – I ventured off into warmer climes. I went to visit my son in Santa Barbara, where there’s an ocean and warmth.

I left two days before my original plan because of the forecast of an incoming snow storm, so I did not have a chance to make any goodies to take to him. But it all worked out. The night I arrived, we went to a brewery for dinner, where good food, good beer, and the happiness of being with someone I love made a happy heart.

The next day, while Gep worked, Shasta and I wandered down to the ocean. I loved seeing things in bloom

And the boats in the harbor

Then to the sand! Where we could enjoy the ocean breeze and sound of the waves with the added bonus of watching a kite surfer.

Then to a little park, with clouds moving in, bringing a chill to the air.

 

 

We decided it was time to go back because Gep would soon be home from work, and we would go out to his favorite brewery for a beer. Mine is the smaller of the two, because mine is a smaller body.

Then to the Fishhouse for a Happy Hour dinner.

The next day, another walk on the beach, because – well, why not? It’s there. And it was so much warmer than it was at home. And the ocean recharges my batteries.

The weekend trip to Cold Springs for lunch

Beach walks

 

 

Dinners at the beach

My last day there the clouds and rain moved in, so the beach walk was short.  But  the kite surfer braved the chill.

Our “last dinner” was at the Llama Dog Brewery, where I had a delicious quesadilla and a well-mannered Shiba visited with his dad, but did not imbibe.

 

And home again. Apparently  all  it  did  while  I  was  gone  was  snow.

We spent part of the weekend at the Santa Barbara Mission, where Gep has trained to be a docent and took me on a private tour, but that’s food for another post.

 

 

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About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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14 Responses to February Spawns the Need for a Respite

  1. ghostmmnc says:

    What a wonderful get-away from the snow! I loved seeing the ocean photos with the light sparkling and the waves rolling in. So pretty! 🙂

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  2. loisajay says:

    What a great trip. I am not a beer drinker, but I am sure there was wine….! Soup in a bread bowl–best invention ever.

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  3. lakeafton says:

    Love all the pictures.

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  4. Mama Cormier says:

    Lucky you. I wanted to join all my friends who went away to warmer climates. Instead I looked after their homes and shovelled their snow. Maybe I’ll do it next year. Hard to plan these things when your husband has a chronic illness and your 92 year old father lives with you.

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  5. Carol — I love the photographs you shared!

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  6. dawnkinster says:

    Looks like a great trip. Glad you got to go and spend time with your son and the sun!

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  7. leendadll says:

    is that an upside down pogo-stick in the last pic??
    glad you got to enjoy SB and the ocean and beers!!

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    • Carol says:

      Laughing because I had never seen it that way. But no, it’s a leaning rain gauge. There’s some neatening up required out there come spring.

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  8. Lisa says:

    I’m so happy you got to get away from winter for a while and got to see your boy! Your pics are simply fantastic and make me want to go back to a beach….any beach! February has been a hard month here. Heck, winter has been hard here this year. I think a lot of people are looking for that blasted groundhog. Glad you’re home safe and sound. I’m sure Shasta is happy and her world is right again. xoxox

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    • Carol says:

      February is always a hard month for me – cabin fever. But I think winter has spent more time with you this winter, so you deserve beaches. Phil has definitely proved not trustworthy.

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  9. How lovely to be able to get away to somewhere snow free for a few days, and the ocean is always a great lifter of spirits.

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  10. Ally Bean says:

    Beautiful photos of the ocean. Seeing them soothes my winter weary soul. I also like all the different glasses of beer that you photographed. I especially like lama dog’s logo. I’m glad you got to get away to somewhere so fun.

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