Grammar, Please! #petpeeve #wordlesswednesday #grammarpolice #grammarmatters

From “The Product” by Ice Cube

Just because I didn’t want to learn your grammar
you say I’m better off in the slammer.

walkcarlsbad1I planned to bring a red pen and cross out the offending apostrophe, but there’s plastic covering the sign, so all I could do was snap a pic.

Every Picture Tells A Story, Don’t It?

We live near an elementary school and I took a random pic from my upstairs office window while they were doing some noisy playground maintenance during spring break.

I had no idea that this moment in time was captured by the camera until I downloaded it.

(Hee hee.)

Man at work. Where did he go?

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P.S It’s not MY bad grammar. Blame Rod Stewart.

Older. Wiser. Better?

Many years later, still puzzling things out.

SELFIE PUZZLEStill the paramount focal point of any photo.
Still fabulously attired with beautifully coiffed and beribboned hair.
Still unable to fit round pieces into square shapes.
And yet, still, the world revolves around me.

And most importantly, still adorable.

P.S. I sent this post to hub and he emailed back that this has always been his favorite pic of me and it’s because I look so determined.

Passionately Purple

We didn’t have much of a winter here in SoCal — just a couple cold days around the end of 2014 — and now buds are bursting and flowers are blooming.purple stock flowers

Happy Sunday!

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[Lavender Haiku] #Poetry #Photo #Wordless Wednesday

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Photo credit: Enchanted Seashells, Confessions of a Tugboat Captain’s Wife

Late afternoon sun
Perfuming a slight warm breeze
Lavender grows here

 By Princess Rosebud

Mother Nature’s Amazing Aloe Vera Flowers

aloeflowers1Who says cacti and succulents aren’t beautiful?

For the longest time, these aloe vera plants never revealed the beauty that lay deep within their DNA.

And then they burst forth with vibrant reddish-orange spikes tipped with yellow.

They must be filled with nectar because the hummingbirds linger.

Not only is aloe beneficial for a variety of skin and digestive ailments — we all know that aloe relieves the pain of a burn, but did you know Cleopatra used it as part of her beauty routine?

Maybe she used this sugar scrub:  Mix together two tbsp. of aloe vera, 2 tbsp. of brown sugar and 1 tsp. of  lemon juice.

Mother Nature is so AMAZING.

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Flowers, Aloe Vera, Native plants aloeflower2 aloeflower4All together now, take a deep breath. Namaste!

Pictures of a Garden Rose

…from many perspectives.

 

Drinking from a small Waterford crystal pitcher.yellowishrose6Sunshiny orange and yellow.
yellowishrose1 yellowishrose2 yellowishrose5Bashful
yellowishrose7Warm temps and big surf. Just another winter day in SoCal!

What’s your Sunday?

 

Living in the Shadows in Sunny Shiny Southern California

There’s another side of California that you might not know about.

Sandwiched between the manicured lawns of upper middle-class residential subdivisions in SoCal, there’s a microcosm of humanity living in the shadows — migrant laborers from Mexico in makeshift camps.

In my own neighborhood, just minutes from the beach and overlooking chaparral-studded canyons, hidden behind purple sage and giant coyote bushes, we recently went for a hike and found evidence that suggests there are still active encampments.

Mostly these men are invisible, ignored by us as we speed up and down our streets, shopping, caring for our families, and only sometimes do we notice these shadow people standing on the roadside waiting to be picked up for day work or at the local liquor store buying twelve packs of beer and money orders.

Like the crows that fly in and out of our trees in a raucous cacophony, there’s an exodus out of the canyons at dawn and back at sunset.

Whatever side of the undocumented worker discussion you’re on, it’s a  blight on our supposedly civilized society that in 2015, in this country of overabundance and excess, men and women live in the bushes without benefit of safe shelter or even running water.

When you scratch off the thin veneer of Pilates classes, weekly mani-pedis and facials, that fifty dollar bottle of pinot noir, and glance beyond Anthropologie and Sur la Table, in the hills behind The Forum, and probably most of the other open spaces that are clinging to life —  that’s where you’ll find them.

It doesn’t seem quite fair for us to have so much while others are living in squalid conditions.

It’s sad, don’t you agree?

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We especially liked the misspelling. There’s a certain poignancy.

There were several white rags hanging from trees along a certain path; we assumed it was to mark the way when it was dark.kellytrail2I think this is a creek, or it could be runoff from all of the developments.
Kellytrail Hard to see the turkey vulture among the clouds.
kellytrail4Do you know who and what lives beneath the surface in your neighborhood?

 

 

Studly Porno Obsession. WHAT? Sparkly Pink Morganite Earrings.

I love big studs. Hee hee.

It’s time to shake it off just like my girl Taylor Swift, and lighten up the content/mood here at Casa de Enchanted Seashells.

There’s no better way to accomplish this than by sharing one of my bestest prezzies this year.

Studs on a  seashell.
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My erstwhile tugboat man again departed for a smallish portion of the vast seas and that means that I need to return to my (ab)normal life as a part-time single lady.

Single and ready to mingle — with aisles of shoes and racks of clothes, that is…

I spent the better part of last evening attempting to capture the exact hue and sparkle of my new three carat oval morganite studs.

With American Idol droning on in the background, I posed (wasted three hours) these guys in every position, under every light, with every background, and have come to the conclusion that photographing jewelry is a most difficult task.morganite2

Shooting porn with two willing adults would prolly be easier, ‘tho I’ll never know, THAT’S for sure.

Anyway, here’s my jewelry porn.

morganite3Sparkle.

Pink.

Studs.

Three of my most favorite words in the English language.

What is MORGANITE?

Have you ever heard of it?  Just after graduating from college, I worked part-time at a posh jewelry store in La Jolla and that’s where I gained a lot of knowledge about gems and all that sparkles and shines. If you’re thinking that most of my time was spent trying on all the jewels and parading around the store like a princess — you’d be right!

Like emeralds and aquamarines, morganite is one of the better known gemstone from the colorful group of the beryls.

The enchanting soft pink to peach color is produced by trace amounts of manganese.

Morganite found its name in 1911 when it drew the attention of one of the world’s most esteemed gemstone experts, George Kunz of Tiffany & Co, He named it in honor of millionaire banker and mineral collector John Pierport Morgan.

Legend says that beryl was once used to ward off demons and evil spirits and that it can protect the wearer from danger while traveling.

Other legends also state that beryl can be used to bring good luck, cheerfulness, energy, and eternal youthfulness.

Morganite is believed to nurture feelings of love and to increase tenderness in a relationship. Morganite can enhance one’s communications skills and provide patience to help focus during times of stress.

Enchanting, gleaming, illuminating,…PINK!

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I don’t often purchase jewelry online, but these three-carat studs set in a basket of real gold caught my eye.

I’ve been obsessing about pink stones for a while, not that I don’t love my sparkly white diamonds, but I’m one of those girly-girls who LOVES pink.

Pink diamonds are way out of my price range, but for their size, these morganite studs are perfect.

They have a huge presence and sparkle. I’m in love.morganite5What’s YOUR obsession?