Life in Lakeside

September 30 - World Heart Day

View of aspen trees with fall colors of gold, orange and red, with sagebrush covered hills behind them

My family and I have just returned from a much needed vacation. We took a road trip and drove a loop to visit members of my extended family. The last few days has been spent recovering from our drive and enjoying a refreshed feeling. I’m slowly getting back into a routine, still need a few more days to get back into the swing of things.

June 3 - D-Day

Looking up at the flight deck of the USS Midway museum from the street in San Diego

June is a month of weddings, the start of summer and a season of travel. It is also a month when the world hung in balance many years ago as the world united to fight a common menace. D-Day occurs this month, and there are still veterans who help us to celebrate that beginning of victory.

February 11-Winter Blah

Hummingbrid, sitting on tree branch, in autumn when branches are mostly bare

The big holiday of the year, Christmas, is over and we’ve moved into winter. The weather has settled in, cold and windy, possibly dreary, as winter settles in. We’ve looked to a groundhog for hope or despair on how much longer winter will last. On sunny days, we hope for spring, then find more cold, rain, snow and other signs that winter isn’t going away any time soon.

January 28- Winter Colors

Faint rainbow viewed against clouds, with hills in the distance

The end of January is almost here, a month that has been an eventful start for 2021. In the meantime, Mother Nature continues her work, with nature sleeping in the cold, waiting to wake up for the spring. In some places, the plants and animals are resting beneath a blanket of snow, curled up and waiting for warmer weather before they awaken.

December 3 - Winter/Cold Weather

The official start of winter is approaching, the days gradually changing from autumn to the next season. Colder temperatures, shorter days, in a time when many prepare for celebrations of upcoming holidays. This year so much of that has changed, I suspect many may find it difficult to plan for festivities. This has been a year to gain a better understanding of uncertainty about our routines, work, school, shopping, social lives and our health. We’ve taken for granted a level of control over our lives that was suddenly yanked away by outside forces.

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