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31 December 2011

Ho Ho Hummm, and Happy New Year!

Have you ever wanted to skip the fuss of a holiday? Me too. Usually, I'm compelled by outside forces to do the traditional thing. But this year's Christmas was different.
Deck this.
We almost got a real tree, like the one below. It's our custom, well before Christmas, to head to Portreo, a small town in SE San Diego County -- close to the Mexican border. Once we hit the tree farm, we roam the rows with grave countenances, marking our favorites with fallen bark or branches. Finally, we narrow it down to The Tree. The pretty drive out into the back country makes it a tradition we enjoy.
Remembrances of Trees Past ...
This year, however, our friend Sue had spent the night, which she used to do much more often before she bought her home in Ramona. As is our habit when we get together with Sue, we eat, enjoy wine, and watch a movie or two; this time True Romance, written by, but not directed by one of our favorites: Quentin Tarantino. Rent it now! Of course we slept in the next day, and thanks to our late start, we decided to show Sue our favorite nearby birding spots, instead. No tree for 2011!
We took Sue to the 'Drip' at Cabrillo National Monument, on the tip of Point Loma. A previous visit revealed six more California Quail joining this group: chubby, bluish balloons.
If you had/have a tree, I hope that it was/is wonderful! If you celebrate a different holiday, I hope your particular celebration was full of joy -- or, if you don't celebrate any particular holiday at all, I wish for all of you a year of contentment. Most of all, I hope that all of you have a great New Year. Here's to a peaceful 2012.