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After fifteen months, California is open today, June 15! For the most part, the mask mandate has been lifted.

Will you continue to wear a mask in public or in stores? Do you think we’re safe or should we still be cautious? Are you ready to go to a bar or restaurant?

I’ll continue to wear a mask in stores, not only because it kept me safe from Covid, but I didn’t get a cold or the flu at ALL.

There’s still a mask mandate on public transportation: buses, trains, and airplanes.

At the end of the day, I am really happy to wear lipstick again!

In my county, here’s the details:

  • Aquariums Open indoors with modifications
  • Bars (with no meals) Open indoors with modifications. Max 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. Capacity may increase to 37.5% if all guests show proof of negative test or full vaccination
  • Breweries (with no meals) Open indoors and outdoors with modifications. Max 50% capacity, or 200 people, whichever is fewer. Capacity may increase to 75% if all guests show proof of negative test or full vaccination
  • Cardrooms Open indoors with modifications. Max 50% capacity. Capacity may increase to 75% if all guests show proof of negative test or full vaccination
  • Carwashes Open with modifications
  • Child care Open with modifications
  • Cultural ceremonies Indoor ceremonies permitted with modifications. Max 50% capacity recommended.
  • Day camps Open with modifications
  • Dine-in restaurants Open indoors with modifications. Max 50% capacity. Capacity may increase to 75% if all guests show proof of negative test or full vaccination
  • Distilleries (with no meals) Open indoors and outdoors with modifications. Max 50% capacity, or 200 people, whichever is fewer. Capacity may increase to 75% if all guests show proof of negative test or full vaccination
  • Doctors and dentists Open with modifications
  • Family entertainment Open outdoors only with modifications for kart racing, mini-golf, batting cages. Open indoors with modifications for naturally distanced activities like bowling, climbing walls. Open indoors for activities with increased risk of proximity and mixing with modifications. Max 50% capacity. Arcade games, ice and roller skating, indoor playgrounds
  • Food banks, gas stations and convenience stores Open with modifications
  • Gyms Open indoors with modifications. Max 50% capacity. Saunas, spas, steam rooms and indoor pools open. Capacity may increase to 75% if all guests show proof of negative test or full vaccination
  • Hair salons and barbershops Open indoors with modifications
  • Higher education Capacity for indoor lectures and student gatherings must be limited to 50%. Some courses conducted in certain indoor settings, like labs and studio arts, may be open at regular capacity. Conduct student activities virtually when possible
  • Hotels for tourism and individual travel Open with modifications. Fitness centers max 50% capacity. Indoor pools, spa facilities open
  • K-12 schools Schools may reopen fully for in-person instruction. Local school officials will decide whether and when that will occur. Check with your school district.
  • Landscapers Open with modifications
  • Libraries Open with modifications
  • Movie theaters Open indoors with modifications. Max 50% capacity. Capacity may increase to 75% if all guests show proof of negative test or full vaccination
  • Museums Open indoors with modifications
  • Nail salons Open indoors with modifications
  • Nonessential business offices Open indoors with modifications. Encourage working remotely
  • Pet groomers Open with modifications
  • Places of worship Open indoors with modifications. Max 50% capacity recommended
  • Professional sports Can open with modifications. Check with the venue for additional guidance.
  • Racetracks Open with modifications. Permanent venues with live audiences outdoors only. Max 25% capacity. Regional attendees only with reservations and assigned seating. In-seat concessions only.
  • Recreation Can open with modifications
  • Retailers Open with modifications
  • Shopping malls Open with modifications. Reduced capacity food courts
  • State and local government Open with modifications
  • Takeout restaurants Open with modifications
  • Tattoo parlors Open indoors with modifications
  • Theme parks Larger parks open with modifications 25% capacity. Reservations or advance tickets required
  • Wineries Open indoors and outdoors with modifications. Max 50% capacity, or 200 people, whichever is fewer. Capacity may increase to 75% if all guests show proof of negative test or full vaccination
  • Zoos Open indoors with modifications (Zoos suck and I don’t approve of them FYI)
    (Info curated from the LA Times)

Hiking Mount San Jacinto

There are amazing all-season hikes to the top of Mount San Jacinto near Palm Springs high above Coachella Valley.

San Jacinto Peak is 10,834 ft. and was known to Cahuilla Indians as I a kitch (or Aya Kaich), meaning “smooth cliffs”.

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway hike is the less strenuous option. My son and his friend climbed all the way up and it’s not easy, but taking the tram (which is SUPER SUPER scary) is a perfect way to enjoy what John Muir referred to as “The view from San Jacinto is the most sublime spectacle to be found anywhere on this earth!”

Spectacular view.

We see beauty all around.

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I especially love the contrast of these stark white branches against the blue sky.

(Some) Creatures Great and Small

With a nod to All Creatures Great and Small by veterinarian James Herriot, this is what my Sunday looked like.

We started off the day at the beach and I’m beyond sad that I didn’t have my good camera with me so I couldn’t capture the magic of a school of dolphin jumping and splashing in the water. I’m sure this paddleboarder was happy because they seemed to follow him wherever he went. Trust me, there are about six dolphin in this photo.

On the way home, we saw a bit of an odd sight…check out these seagulls that shouldn’t have been this far away from the beach. They usually only fly inland when there’s a storm, so I have no idea why they were flying around in circles and then perched on the telephone lines.

Today was a work project day in the garden, cleaning up around the rosemary and lavender. I sat down for a minute for a wheatgrass break and this little alligator lizard stopped by to say hi. I scratched his back with a stick and he allowed me to take these pics.

All in all, a great Sunday for creatures great and small.

“Look at the sky!”

It was one of those days where everyone was looking up and toward the horizon.

For me, looking back provided a fresh perspective of tonight’s magnificent sunset.

Photo by Enchanted Seashells.

The sky beautifully metamorphosed all day, culminating in this fiery red-orange sunset. The beach was packed at sundown with people taking pics. I found a place to park, looked in my rear view mirror, and decided THAT was the money shot.

The rest of the day spoke to me, too, in colors and textures.

(All photos by Enchanted Seashells)

Vitamin Sea

Today was the perfect day to soak up the positive energy of the ocean.

“The ocean has the ability to trigger a psychological state of calm and contentment. It can literally wash away the pain.”

I didn’t see any whales and this beach isn’t abundant with shells, but the sand was warm and welcoming.

Hearts in the sand.
A pretty little shorebird. This looks like a painting.

And a couple short videos:

Pinnacles National Park

Pinnacles National Park is an American national park protecting a mountainous area located east of the Salinas Valley in Central California, eighty miles southeast of San Jose.

Could the sky have been any more blue?

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The Fine Art of Healing with Retail Therapy

Frivolous or not, the re-opening of Nordstrom Rack sent waves of happiness through every cell of my body.

Today was almost like a pre-Covid day, with the exception of mandatory mask-wearing.

(I started sewing some Chanel and Dior masks; look for that DIY post soon.)

My day began at Homegoods where I found an adorable beaded basket for $7.99.

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I moved to TJ Maxx, where I purchased these amazing summery earrings ($9.99) and a skateboarding dinosaur t-shirt for Angel Boy 2.0.

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At Nordstrom Rack (yay, they’re open again!) I couldn’t resist these Sam Edelman Passion Red Velvet Dot Tulle heels. I might not have anywhere to wear them right now, but they are SOO me. They’re a bit pricier than my other items; on clearance, right around $50.

I LOVE doing photo shoots with shoes and jewels. It’s so much fun, especially balancing that one shoe.

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But my shopping joy didn’t stop there! Marshalls is next to the Rack. I walked up and down every single aisle and that’s where I discovered this gorgeous handpainted mandala glass bowl (I’m fascinated by receptacles). I couldn’t stop snapping pics! It’s embellished inside and out, glowing in the late afternoon sunlight. Also $7.99, unbelievable. How could I resist?

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It was a thoroughly satisfying and mentally healthy day, the best kind of retail therapy, and it doesn’t always have to be a pricey Chanel to bring pleasure.

UPDATE: While I was out, Governor Newsom ordered a new shutdown, so it seems as if it’s possible that stores and malls will once again be closed. I’m grateful I was able to experience a few hours of normalcy.

Pandemic Journal 2020: Walkin’ around my ‘hood

It’s Easter Sunday and that always meant a traditional day hike or walk to the beach or a camping trip to the desert.

This year was a bit different because of the pandemic, isolating to protect ourselves and others from Covid-19.

But the beach always beckons. Well, not exactly the beach because it’s now closed, but non one can deprive me of a view of the magnificent Pacific Ocean.

My round-trip walk is about 6.5 miles, maybe a bit longer because I took a detour to include pics of Agua Hedionda Lagoon.

For those of you that didn’t get out for a walk today, here ya go!

It looks like an advert for a hallucinogenic (LSD) but that’s an ALTERED PERCEPTION haha. That’s just the way the light hit it. The sign really said “Beach closed.”

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And just in case you didn’t take the hint, this signage made it extremely clear…

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And if anyone is STILL clueless, this sign and caution tape is even more specific…IMG_9132

But here she is. Mother Nature. The Pacific Ocean. No waves. I bet a million dollars if there was a solid 4-6 swell, those waves would be packed. No one can keep a surfer from the water. That’s essential to life.

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I took the long way home around our Agua Hedionda Lagoon. Pretty daisies, the lagoon, and the power plant off in the distance.

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One of my favorite views; the lagoon and the ocean.IMG_9136

All the rain created a mudslide on Adams, the street around the lagoon.IMG_9137I’ve never before seen Adams closed at Park due to a landslide! Crazy times we’re in.

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And finally back home. There’s really no place like home. Dorothy was right.

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