Thursday, January 21, 2010

stormy weather

when it rains and pours all week in a small california coastal town, what do you do when there's a break in the deluge? you walk to the beach and say hello & goodbye to the setting sun. see you again soon sun okay? but not quite yet, there's another front moving in...



thank you for the mails of concern, we're not so bad, we're not in danger of mudslides or flooding. there's many that are though. i'm praying for all the people in the evacuation areas. and haiti. our flooding and storming seems awfully small when we see the devastation and suffering of this caribbean island and it's people. like so many, i'm praying for haiti.



how can nature be so deadly, dangerous and beautiful all at the same time?
be safe where ever you are.

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puppy update:


after spending a little time with little n, we began to rethink his name. seems he's better at charming than thinking deep thoughts. we are deciding on something else, something the children can actually spell and pronounce. (and since hannah's realized puppy parenting takes more than just a little time) i am now officially the mum.
what do you think of owen? owen elias graham. there's a beautiful place we love, owen's valley, between the sierra nevadas and the desert. and elias is for this man here, someone we always want to remember. he seems to like it. owen it is then.
even though i can't help calling him fluffy pluffy poopie pants.


oooh, puppy love. it's a sure cure for rainy day blues :)




♥ lori

41 comments:

  1. Owen it is then! He is gorgeous whatever his name is.♥

    Haven't been aware of your weather????????

    Haiti is foremost in my prayers, along with prayers that we (humans) all realise that we are all connected, and when one hurts, we all hurt.I have been sending love out everyday, and hoping it gets to where it needs to go. As always, plenty comes your way, my sweetie friend.xx♥

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  2. Adorable I love it. Owen.

    xoxo

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  3. How wonderful to have somewhere like that to say hello and Goodbye!

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  4. i vote for Fluffypluffypoopiepants - or 'pants' for short :-) hehe

    beautiful photos and homage to the weather gods

    poor Haiti!!

    xxxV

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  5. Beautiful pics Lori! Glad you're all safe!!
    Owen is perfect!! My Boston Terror's name is Otis!! lol

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  6. Breathtaking photos Lori. You really took advantage of the "break" ... and I have to say I am more than a little jealous of the surroundings in which you live. My dream is one day to sleep (some of my nights) to the sound of the waves hitting the surf. Is there any better lullaby?? I am relieved that you are safe and sound. Enjoy little Owen (FPPP)!
    Hugs ...

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  7. I'm so glad you've been ok with all this rain you've been having!

    I think Owen is a perfect name for your puppy!! Although I am sure you'll have plenty of love names for him like I do for Winslow...

    Love, Silke

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  8. I think you will find that you call him many different things. I named Beaux, short for Beauregard, but call him BoBo, Bocephus & Beaux Baby.

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  9. I'm so happy you are safe where you are during this series of storms. We have plenty of snow here. The new name sounds perfect for a perfect little companion.

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  10. lori, it's me, owen! i have something to tell you.

    WOOF! WOOF! ♥ woof WOOF!

    Bark ♥ BARK woof little whine ♥ WOOF lick LICK lick ♥

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  11. Owen is a great name! We are receiving a light snowfall now ... part of the front CA and the coast are receiving. I prefer light snow. Take care and enjoy your weekend. My son returns to MN tomorrow ~ I will miss him.

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  12. Hi Lori, we saw some of the CA rainfalls and mudslides on TV, scary! Stay safe and warm and comfy! Shall I send you a tiny little chewing bone for Owie?

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  13. It is good to know that ya'll are safe. You're right; there are so many who need so much right now.

    The wonderful thing about puppy love is that it never fades, even when the puppy is no longer a puppy. Our fuzzy love is 5, and we still call him our puppy.

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  14. Beautiful photo's. So glad that you and yours are safe. Owen is a great name! Happy weekend to you and yours! XX Lori

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  15. Owen is sweet...I'm glad you're enjoying him so much, and that the rain isn't so bad where you are. I spent some time on the phone with a dear friend in San Diego while she described the incredible surf she was watching...ah...the powerful ocean!

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  16. oooh, i really like that name! and i'm kinda glad that you changed the name. i couldn't quite pronounce his former one. :)

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  17. Glad you're safe and dry, and Owen, too.

    wow those sunset photos are exquisite, Lori!!

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  18. What a dramatic change. So sorry about all of the floods. xx to Little Owen...charming name! May all Haiti be surrounded in healing love. xx

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  19. fluffy pluffy poopie pants

    serene sunsets - love them
    x

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  20. I am so out of the world here in northern Sweden that I had no idea you were in such dire weather straights! Hope all is well.

    I think Owen suits the little pooper just fine, and I'm sure the kids will have an easier time calling his name.

    I love the beach photos. Those sunsets are unbelievable.

    Ciao mermaid
    Lola xx

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  21. Hi Lori, thank you so much for your kind words, it's wonderful to meet you!
    I was born and raised in a tiny coastal town in Northern California called Bolinas, maybe you've heard of it? This world is so huge, and so small at the same time.
    Owen is adorable; enjoy those puppy months, they go by so fast. My husband and I were just remembering Kiki's time as a puppy, with clumsy paws and needle teeth, the sweetest ball of love ever. Now she is still a ball of love, and the most precious little being; but she will never be a puppy again.
    It's woderful to have found one another Lori, I'm sure we'll have a great time visiting one another's little bright corners of the web.
    xoxo
    country girl

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  22. I didn't know about your bad weather either!

    I love walking through the sand after its been raining... mmm... I miss that.

    The Dog Of Many Names is adorable. My dog answers to lots of names, Tigs, Tiger Hooligan, Tiger, Puppyface, Babyful, Ugly Dog, to name but a few.

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  23. Yes, Nature really is fascinating. It can be so beautiful and also tragically overwhelming. Nature has that powerful combination of fear and wonder.

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  24. Owen does fit a tiny bit better (not as big of shoes to fill!) and is an adorable name.

    As usual, I love your photos - they always make me smile.

    And I have to give you kudos for leaving me the best comments - whether they are totally supportive, absolutely hilarious, or just generally awesome, I always look forward to having you visit my page :)

    You keep things interesting, Lori!

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  25. Now don't be scared of those two darling Lori. They would look at your serene and beautiful face and both Michael and Medusa would melt.

    xoxox

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  26. HAHAHAHA! lori, i am the worse at keeping secrets that involve me! maybe i left a comment here already without my trademark name.

    i'm just saying...

    woof!

    (& love!)

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  27. I love the name Owen, it's short and sweet ....like him !
    Yes, the devastation in Haiti is very chilling.Nature is so unpredictable and can be deadly as well as very beautiful.
    Ian (DH) has gone today to Samoa to help build houses for the people who lost so much in September.He will be driving a digger over there.I guess it is going to be quite a lifechanging experience !

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  28. natsy, we are drying out now, but another storm is approaching. owen got his first taste of thunder and lighting! i know your praying for haiti, your a good heart ♥
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    renee, we're glad he does too! ♥
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    dave,
    thank you and you are right, we are grateful.
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    thanks val, ffpp should have been named handful. haha.♥
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    thanks manon,
    otis & owen sounds like a movie, doesn't it? i love those names! ♥
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    lyn,
    your right it is the best sound to fall asleep by, i hope it'll happen for you soon. thank you so much for the kindest compliment ♥
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    thank you silke,
    yes the storm has subsided for the time being, i like it,minus the destruction.
    is winslow named after winslow arizona? he is a beautiful dog yours is. ♥
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    coco, thats cute. it is already happening, mostly though i call him my baby, that is scary.
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    thanks nancy, i'm glad your safe too and i hope the snow isn't getting to you. it must be beautiful. ♥
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    hi owen! what in the world? did someone with the initials k and j put you up to this? love you puppy!
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    thanks helen,
    i hope you had a wonderful time, lightly falling snow sounds so beautifully romantic...♥
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    geli, no no, save them for paco. little owen doesn't need one more thing. maybe a playmate would be nice. no no, what am i saying! haha. ♥
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  29. whitney lee,
    i know what you are saying, its the same with my kids, they are grown but they are still my babies.
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    lori, thankyou and the very same to you.
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    diana,
    we did have that surf too, but we're far enough back from the shore. part two of the storm is on the way.
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    kavita,
    i know. and i would misspell it. haha. owen suits him i think!
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    thanks reya,
    storms always bring the most incredible sky shows.
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    cynthia,
    surrounded in healing love sounds just right. thank you.
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    janet,
    fppp says thank you.
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    thanks lola,
    stay warm up there! and don't worry about us here, we'll weather it! take lots of photos okay?
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    country girl,
    i left you a message on your blog, i do know bolinas, a sweet country town on the beach several hours north of here. will you be back?
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    sammi,
    your dog is adorable. i'm happy to say owen will be owen from now on (except when he's fppp or fluff muff or little pooper or...)ha
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    always des, those things are true. a healthy respect is needed. take care.
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    thanks tracy,
    oh dear, i only want you to feel happy, if i get too mothery you'll tell me right?? but thank you. i actually thought of calling owen "that furry pain in my ass" like you named your pet, but i didn't want to be a copy cat. :)
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    renee,
    shall i knit you another pair of slippers sweetest renee?
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    anonomous (k j)
    i sent you a mail you silly girl. owen said to come and play!
    funny.
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    sally,
    which island is ian on? i'll write you a mail, i want to reply to yours also. we've not heard from friends on western samoa.

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  30. I love you Lori... and that cute little fellow Owen.

    thank you for being so beautiful.

    Tippi is amazing... i know of her... i'm sure that there's only one Tippi in the world and I wish that there were many more.

    I hope that the sun is shining for you all again.
    It's shining bright here in my corner... making glass hearts twinkle :) xoxo

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  31. Gosh many reminders of how vunerable we can be against the forces of nature. The problems in Haiti must surely make us all realise how lucky we are whenever warm and safe.

    I adore your little puppy! He is so cute!!

    Take care Lori xxx

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  32. omg, he is adorable. Sorry I haven't been around for a while. Congratulation on this new addition to your family.

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  33. i love you too ribbon.SO glad it made it safely! i saw it and knew it had to come to you. i'm so glad you like tippi. she's an old soul. and a wise and beautiful one too.
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    joanne,
    you are right, count our blessings, thats what we'll do.
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    thank you bhavana,
    no worries! nice to see you again!
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    thanks wizz!

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  34. Sweet friend and we are lucky to have good Moms to help us become good Moms.

    You are going to laugh. Guess who now is wearing my slippers because they are light and feel good on her feet. Jacquie. She has confiscated them.

    So you gave pleasure to the both of us.

    Love Renee xoxo

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  35. Hey Lori,
    I just came to thank you for leaving very cool comments on my blog! I really enjoy reading them.
    Btw.... Otis and Owen sounds like a great movie and child's book!! I bet they'd always be getting in trouble!! lol

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  36. Dear Lori, just checking in to see how you are doing! Is everything going well? Is the puppy still making all of you smile? Thinking of you! Love, Silke

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  37. What absolutely beautiful photos! Owen, is just perfect.. hope you are keeping well, sorry i've been a bit out of touch! x

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  38. Hi Lori, I've been thinking of you and my kids in the mud and the deluge. We are used to rain up here, lots of trees to absorb and divert. Stay dry.

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  39. Hi Lori,

    There's an award for you on my blog! Take it and showcase it on your blog :)

    Beautiful Walls

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xoxo lori