Baby Whales

“To have a huge, friendly whale willingly
approach you and look you straight in the eye
is without doubt one of the most
extraordinary experiences on the planet.”
Mark Carwardine


Photo by: Brad Graverson/The Daily Breeze

Late this afternoon, we had a Pacific gray whale and her calf visit just a short 30+ feet from the beaches shore. The pair put on a show popping its huge head out of the waves and rolling around in the surf.

The juvenile whale spouted water and scratched itself in the sand just feet from the Redondo Beach shore. Dozens of onlookers watched in wonder and many snapped photos.

The local news reported that the yearling was probably making its first annual migration. Gray whales commonly migrate this time of year from feeding grounds in Alaska to Baja California lagoons, where adults mate and give birth in the warm waters.

An annual census has documented more than 1,420 grays passing by since December. This is the second time this month we’ve seen the baby whales.

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Binging on Daredevil

“The problem with binge-watching on Netflix is
that you lose three days of your life.”
Harland Williams

Binging on Daredevil

For the last year I’ve been good about watching less television and spending my spare time reading or being productive. However, that all changed when I discovered the Netflix series, Daredevil.

If you haven’t heard or seen this series yet, you are one of the more fortunate. Why? Because ever since I watched the first episode of Daredevil I haven’t been able to turn my television off. I promised myself that I wouldn’t binge-watch anything, but this series got hold of me and now I’m stuck awake until the wee hours of the morning watching Matt Murdock, attorney by day and vigilante by night encounter one bad dude after another.

Do yourself a big favor and don’t watch this show. Because if you do watch just one episode of this tantalizing TV show, I guarantee you that you too will be binging on Daredevil.

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Pink Jasmine Grows Wings

“From plants that wake
when others sleep,
from timid jasmine
buds that keep their odour
to themselves all day,
but when the sunlight dies away
let the delicious secret out
to every breeze that roams about.”
Thomas Moore

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My patio garden has been coming along quite well. I’ve been using my herbs for some of my favorite dishes. However, I wanted to add a pink jasmine plant to my garden for a little fragrance throughout the day and into the evening.

Sunday I visited one of my favorite garden stores and bought a beautiful sweet-smelling pink jasmine plant. When I got home, I placed the plant on the top shelf of my wrought-iron plant rack. Throughout Sunday and Monday I enjoyed my new plant. The aroma was intoxicating and I felt like my patio garden was now complete.

Monday evening we had some strong winds kick-up. I didn’t realize how strong the winds had become until Tuesday morning when I looked out the window and noticed my jasmine plant was gone. The winds were so powerful that not one trace of the plant was to be found.

I plan to replace the plant with another pink jasmine, but this new plant will be anchored down tight. I don’t plan on having the new pink jasmine grow wings.

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Shelf Life

“Life and death matters, yes.
And the question of how to behave in this world,
how to go in the face of everything.
Time is short and the water is rising.”
Raymond Carver

Shelf Life

Spring has arrived. This season is one of my favorite of the four. But, it’s also one of the most difficult. Why? Because March is also the month that reminds me of the people and pets that I parted with in the month of March.

We all deal with the process of grieving differently. For animal lovers with pets they have lost, grieving can be as difficult as losing a human loved one. Don’t judge yourself for not getting over it fast enough. You have to grieve in your own time. There’s generally no right or wrong way to grieve. Some people like to talk about good memories and good times they had with the deceased. Me, well I prefer to be alone and to have quiet time, looking at old photos or videos of the deceased during better times.

Life and death is something that everyone must learn to deal with in our own way. We will never know our expiration date. And whether we like it or not, we all have a shelf life.

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Eaglets Hatched

“The beautiful spring came; and when
Nature resumes her loveliness,
the human soul is apt to revive also.”
Harriet Ann Jacobs

Eaglests Hatched
Yesterday the world watched in awe as two adorable bobblehead eaglets hatched. With all the press coverage they’ve received, they’ve become instant media superstars. From east coast to the west coast people are talking about these two feathered siblings. Look out Donald Trump you have some serious media competition.

Glad to see the news is covering more than just bad news and especially glad to see lots of new eagleholics around the world sharing in the success of this eagle family.

If you are interested in following this wonderful first family living in Washington D.C., check out their eagle cam at:

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I Love Spring

“When daffodils begin to peer,
With heigh! the doxy over the dale,
Why, then comes in the sweet o’ the year;
For the red blood reigns in the winter’s pale.”
William Shakespeare

I Love Spring

What do I love about spring
Why that would be most everything
The clear blue skies after fresh rain fallen
The fresh sweet scent of flowers blooming

What do I love most of spring
The new beginnings
For all Earth’s creatures
From baby birds to caterpillars

With spring brings warmth
Brings growth to plants
Brings birds that sing
Brings new life to everything

I love spring for all its joy
That it brings to young and old
But most of all I love spring
For all the fragrant daffodils

By: J R

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March 14, 2016

Go Fly A Kite

“True courage is like a kite;
a contrary wind raises it higher.”
John Petit-Senn

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Today is the 42nd Annual Redondo Beach Kite Festival at the Redondo Beach Pier. It’s a spectacular festival for kite lovers and is also Southern California’s longest running kite festival. As an avid kite connoisseur, I must say the variety of kites are spectacular.

I’ve enjoyed kite flying since I was a little girl and up into my adult life. When my son was born, I had several of my old large kites decorating his bedroom ceiling and walls.

My son’s favorite super hero is Superman. I remember when my son was four years old I bought him a very cool Superman kite. When we would fly this kite, the kite would sway up in the sky just like a flying Superman.

The last time we flew the Superman kite it was a rather windy day in the park and my young son kept wanting me to hand him the kite for him to fly. I reluctantly handed him the kite string holder when a big wind kicked up. My son released the Superman kite and the kite disappeared over some houses near the park. We both ran where we believed the kite had landed, and fortunately were able to get the kite down from a tree. The kite was badly damaged. Later when we got home, I was able to piece the kite back together, but we never flew the kite again. For many years my son saved the Superman kite, but I think he eventually parted with his favorite kite.

If you have young children or grandchildren, you might want to give kite flying a try. And if you’re looking for a cheap and entertaining hobby to share with young children, I say, go fly a kite.

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