Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas From The San Joaquin Valley

This may take a bit of CSI'ing: There's an English Sparrow in there...




Our father's large cactus plants bear abuntdantly. My sister and I shared one of these while we were in Sicily: Fichidini (prickly pear)...

Shadows lengthen near the setting of the sun...


A member of the thistle family...




This variety is the Fuyu. Sliced and dried in the Ronco Food Dehydrator, they are unbelievable...











Merry Christmas to all!




62 Comments:

At Monday, December 24, 2007 at 11:21:00 PM PST , OpenID ocquill said...

Mele Kalikimaka, Gawpo! Come by and listen to OC's Christmas Concert!

 
At Monday, December 24, 2007 at 11:40:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

QUILLY: Same to you, but more of it.

See you there. I'm up for some trumpet.

 
At Tuesday, December 25, 2007 at 3:35:00 AM PST , Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

Merry Christmas, my friend!

 
At Tuesday, December 25, 2007 at 8:15:00 AM PST , Blogger Pam Aries said...

MERRY MERRY Ho HO Hooty HOO!!!!

 
At Tuesday, December 25, 2007 at 10:16:00 AM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Mr. FAB: I love you, man. Merry Christmas to you and the attorney.

PAM ARIS: And a Ho Ho Hooty Hoo, Merry Christmas to you, Pammers!

 
At Tuesday, December 25, 2007 at 10:46:00 AM PST , Blogger lime said...

merry christmas, gawpo! may it be merry and bright!

 
At Wednesday, December 26, 2007 at 6:43:00 AM PST , Blogger Scarlet said...

Hope your Christmas was as bright as those tomatoes!

Deseandote todo lo mejor para el 2008...

~Scarleta~

 
At Wednesday, December 26, 2007 at 7:42:00 AM PST , Blogger armalicious said...

Merry Christmas, my Gawpo friend! Hope you had a good one!

 
At Wednesday, December 26, 2007 at 9:42:00 AM PST , Blogger Brett said...

Hey-Fuyu mama!

 
At Wednesday, December 26, 2007 at 3:32:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

LIMERS: Merry, bright, and just about as tie-dyed happy as your face! xo, G

SCARLET: Blessedness all over to you and yours!

ARMALICIOUS: A wonderful Christmas, indeed. Hope yours was just as good.

BRETT: I never know what it's gonna take to get you out here. Good one, Chang!

 
At Wednesday, December 26, 2007 at 6:48:00 PM PST , Blogger Claire said...

Are those persimmons by chance?
Merry Christmas Gawpo! At least you had good weather while you were visiting.

 
At Thursday, December 27, 2007 at 12:09:00 AM PST , Blogger Cheesy said...

OOOO I love permissons! Yum

Happy peace filled holidays!

 
At Thursday, December 27, 2007 at 12:10:00 AM PST , Blogger Cheesy said...

and persimmons too!

 
At Thursday, December 27, 2007 at 12:56:00 AM PST , Anonymous Brooke said...

And a most Merry Christmas to you, dear Gawpo... a few days late. Travel safely home. Oh, and check my blog soon... There's a post I'm headed off to write very soon and you will recognize some places in it. :)

 
At Thursday, December 27, 2007 at 6:25:00 AM PST , Anonymous Kat said...

A belated Merry Christmas to you Gawpo, and I'm wishing you the happiest of New Years!

 
At Friday, December 28, 2007 at 3:31:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Oh, CLAIRE: Yes. Those are persimmons, I swear. Merry Christmas, my friend. I love winter in The Big Valley.

CHEESY: You do? Cool, Cheesy. These are the variety you can eat when they are firm as apples. I brought dozens back with me and am drying some as I type.

CHEESY: Ha! I missed that. Didn't even catch it until I went to the second comment. Funny, huh? Permissons. Works for me.

BWOOKIE: Merry, MERRY KWISSMAS, dear Bwookie. I am going through a VERY slow internet period due to the rules of satellite providers. They shut you down after you use a certain amount of bandwidth and I always get shut down due to downloading music and cool pix. So, here I sit in dial-up land until they turn me back on to full speed.

KAT: And to you as well, dear Kat----Merriness even after the Event. Happiness to you in the year to come is my prayer for you. Xs and Os, G

 
At Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 12:48:00 PM PST , Blogger Gillian @ Indigo Blue said...

Merry Christmas past, Gawpo. I hope you enjoyed and feasted and pictured!
xo
Gillian
Happy New Year, 2008 as well, keep the photos coming as well.
(Can you still buy those food dehydrators?)

 
At Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 2:53:00 PM PST , Blogger Pam Aries said...

Hooty New Year!

 
At Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 5:05:00 PM PST , Blogger somewhere joe said...

oh, there it is... behind that leaf.

I got a food dehydrator for Christmas. I have big trail mix plans.

 
At Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 9:32:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

BLUE: Feasted and pictured all over the place, Dahlin'. And an H.N.Y. 2 U 2! Can you still buy those food dehydrators, you axe. Let me put it this way: Mine still has the masking tape price tag that says $4 on it. I will never remove it. Anything I purchase second-hand (including my guitars) have the price tags still affixed. History, I tell ya. Xs and Os, G

PAM ARIES: And a big Hooty New Year to you, too!!!!

SOMEWHERE JOE: Yes, well, sort of behind. More like framed. But you're in the frame.

Trail mix? In a dehydrator? Doesn't it already come that way?

 
At Sunday, December 30, 2007 at 4:08:00 AM PST , Anonymous CresceNet said...

Gostei muito desse post e seu blog é muito interessante, vou passar por aqui sempre =) Depois dá uma passada lá no meu site, que é sobre o CresceNet, espero que goste. O endereço dele é http://www.provedorcrescenet.com . Um abraço.

 
At Monday, December 31, 2007 at 10:01:00 AM PST , Blogger Ps said...

Happy happy new year Gawpo. May you have health, loads of laughter and true friendship.
Lovely pictures--had to look hard at the first one and figure out where the sparrow could be.
Hugs
xo xo

 
At Monday, December 31, 2007 at 10:24:00 PM PST , Anonymous quilly said...

Happy New Year! I hope 2008 finds you and yours well, happy and blessed in all things good!

 
At Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at 4:24:00 AM PST , Blogger Bazza & Wifey said...

Happy New Year Gawpo, is an English sparrow something of a rarity over there?

 
At Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at 5:17:00 AM PST , Anonymous Brooke said...

Happy New Year to you, Gawpo! I'm planning now on being home by the end of April and am very excited. I hope your holiday is safe and fun.

 
At Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at 10:32:00 AM PST , Blogger Logophile said...

Merry Christmas and happy new year and watch out for the lake!!
EEEk, it will get you every time.

 
At Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at 11:19:00 AM PST , Blogger Candace said...

Happy New Year, Gawpo! I love your new picturer so much! Yum. Persimmons. . .

 
At Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at 2:59:00 PM PST , Blogger Cindrarella said...

Now when you pick a pawpaw
Or a prickly pear
And you prick a raw paw
Next time beware
Don't pick the prickly pear by the paw
When you pick a pear
Try to use the claw
But you don't need to use the claw
When you pick a pear of the big pawpaw
Have I given you a clue ?

Happy New Year!

Gawd, I love Louis Prima. And I love you.

 
At Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at 3:01:00 PM PST , Blogger Cindrarella said...

But Louis Prima sang the other song from the Jungle Book. Don't get confused. Louis sang the wouldn't wanna be like you one...

 
At Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at 3:03:00 PM PST , Blogger Cindrarella said...

I don't know who does Baloo's voice and I dont' have time to look right now so quit fretting about it.

 
At Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at 3:09:00 PM PST , Blogger Nessa said...

A a very Happy New Year to you, Gawpy.

 
At Wednesday, January 2, 2008 at 7:44:00 AM PST , Blogger Candace said...

I passed 2 towns named Paw Paw in 2 states last week. Twice.

 
At Wednesday, January 2, 2008 at 2:52:00 PM PST , Blogger AnnieElf said...

Hi G. Shame we could not get together this time arounod. D's eyebrows perked up when I mentioned you were in town.

Found the birdie though she was very well hidden.

Love the dried thistle.

 
At Wednesday, January 2, 2008 at 7:51:00 PM PST , Blogger Diesel said...

And a Happy New Year from the San Joaquin Valley as well!

 
At Thursday, January 3, 2008 at 6:34:00 AM PST , Blogger Pam Aries said...

Woo Hooo..I woke up to 20 degrees here in the Southland this morning! brrrr!

 
At Thursday, January 3, 2008 at 6:18:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

PS: Hope you did finally find the sparrow. And loads and loads of the same good wishes for you and the whole fam damily over there in Pune. Blessings and love throughout. xoxo

QUILLY: I couldn't have said it better. Hugs and good wishes.

BAZZY AND WIFEY: Happy New Year, Bazza. No, not a rarity at all. Just hard to find in this picture. But worth it, of course, because it is after all, English. I'm told they are not really sparrows, but finches. Could this be true?

BWOOKIE: Then I shall tempt you all the more, knowing that you will finally be home. Yay!!!

LOGO: That darned lake! Cell phone call coverage fiend that it is! Puh-TOOEY!

CANDACIA: OH, so you are not a stranger to the ways of the persimmon. Good. I think that next year I shall put together persimmon packages for my blogger friends who indicate an interest.

CHEENDRUH!: That's a Louis Prima lyric? Wow. I dint gno that one. Very Sicilian, though. Happy New Year!

CHEENDRUH!: Oh, I get it. Yeah, the Jungle Book. Now I get it. Now I need to get it, that is.

NESSY: Gawpie loves his Nessie. Happy New Year, beloved Nessie!

CANDACIA: You did? Cool! I wonder if there are towns called Ma Ma.

ANNIE FROM TURLOCK: But alas, I did not go anywhere except out on Blaker Road to see my dairyman friend's new house. Beautiful. Milk been berry berry good to heem.

You found the sparrow!!!! You are the first to having made the claim outright. Good for you!

DIESEL: I got me some good shots of that water tower. Happy New Year, friend Diesel.

PAM ARIES: Hooty Hoo!!!! I just got off the phone to Limers and she said that they had a whole 10 degrees out east this morning. TEN. Count 'em. You are twice as warm. lol

 
At Saturday, January 5, 2008 at 4:59:00 PM PST , Blogger mindy said...

you sure are getting good at taking pictures!! that's a good camera you've got! :)
hope you had a merry christmas and here's to a wonderful 08!

 
At Saturday, January 5, 2008 at 10:32:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

MINDANCE: Hey, don't you have the same picturer now? I am going to go see what you've done with it.

 
At Monday, January 7, 2008 at 8:31:00 PM PST , Anonymous snavy said...

ya know ...

putting lights on those suckers cannot be fun

 
At Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at 3:22:00 PM PST , Blogger mindy said...

i do have the same.. in response to my keeping the pics big like you do.. how do you make them smaller?? can you resize them on the camera? if so.. that might require reading the manual. ugh.
:)

 
At Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at 5:21:00 PM PST , Blogger Katie McKenna said...

Happy New Year Gawpo!

 
At Wednesday, January 9, 2008 at 1:51:00 PM PST , Blogger Cindrarella said...

Gawpo-i'm bored now. please post something new.

don't forget to vote at TGQDC either! You hear me, mister?

I ain't givin' you the car keys till you do these things. Yer keyless locks will only get you so far...

 
At Wednesday, January 9, 2008 at 1:53:00 PM PST , Blogger Anissa said...

Hiya, G! Dropping in to say hello.

I thought perchance I was getting a new picturer for Christmas. Here I was, all prepared to wow you with my vision. Alas, no. Ah well, best to keep the focus on the words, I guess. Here's to a rockin 2008.

 
At Friday, January 11, 2008 at 8:51:00 PM PST , Blogger Candace said...

I swear I commented again. Where are you? Doing that pesky work thing again?

 
At Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 9:23:00 AM PST , Anonymous katie meyers said...

HEY! Happy 2008! I am back in Moscow and having a tough time getting back in the groove....I just don't want to read any more boring, dead books. You would die if you would have sat in my first day of crim law class last week- proff basically says you would be better off jumping off a bridge than working in the crim justice system, yada yada. Why do people get so hung up by all the BAD that they see with out even stopping to think what amazing resiliancy and humanity that you witness in the same system? Whatev. Should be a fun class for me. take care and keep me posted on things...ps...looks like studying law in Rome this summer might REALLY happen!!!!!!!!
katie

 
At Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 5:29:00 PM PST , Blogger Gillian @ Indigo Blue said...

Do you think you could actually POST something. A sign. Give us a little sign of life.
Wiggle a toe.
A pinky.
Blink your left eyelid.

xo
Gillian

 
At Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 6:05:00 PM PST , Blogger Candace said...

Anybody know where they keep the defibrillator around here?

 
At Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 6:05:00 PM PST , Blogger Candace said...

Mouth to mouth? ^_^

 
At Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 8:44:00 PM PST , Blogger Claire said...

Gawpo, where art thou? We miss you so. Candace even wants to give you mouth-to-mouth! Would it help if I pounded on your chest while she does that???

 
At Monday, January 14, 2008 at 10:12:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

SNAVY: Putting lights on a persimmon is sheer drudgery. You are SO right.

MINDANCE: Yes. You can resize on the camera and it makes another file while retaining the original. Or you can resize in the photo program. I like 'em big. Size does matter.

KATIE: It's never too late to say Happy New Year to you, too Katie!

CHEENDRUH!: You bore easily. Like an apple by a worm. I am blog-lazy these days. More to come, I promise.

ANISSA: Your picturer time will come. Oh yes, it will come. Hello back! Happy 2thousand and eight.

CANDACIA: Doing that work thing and with a vengeance. Puff, puff, puff....

KATIE!: Sooo good to see you here. I love that you would peek. Law school sucks. I went through three years of it myself, but suffering at the hand of my father's attendance. I remember crim law and especially, torts. We heard about torts every gol dang night. I do so hope you get to Rome through some of your studies. That would be awesome. Keep us posted. Love your way, Dearheart.

BLUE TSG: Here's a wiggle of all ten toes your way, Bleu. Can't quite muster the pinky to the keyboard yet, though. Sorrowful self says so. Left eye winking, not just blinking. Mwah. xo, G

CANDACIA: Very funny! CLEAR!!!

CANDACIA: Just don't forget the compressions between the blows.

Oh, CLAIRE: I love my naggers. They prod. They poke. They more than gently nudge. And I see you have the compressions covered. Lovin' THAT. xo

 
At Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 7:57:00 PM PST , Blogger Gillian @ Indigo Blue said...

Alright, still.


I'm listening to Lily Allen. Are you diggin that yet? Such a funky listen.

Thinking you should post soon. Even if it is a gratuitous nod our way...a simple gesture of caring and sympathy on your part.

Your faithful audience awaits.

xo
Gillian

...remember TUT. No forget.

 
At Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 10:54:00 PM PST , Blogger Amanda said...

Those pictures are beautiful. I am new here so bear with me when I ask if you took them.

 
At Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 7:29:00 AM PST , Blogger Candace said...

He lives!!!! Huzzah!

 
At Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 1:32:00 PM PST , Blogger Catnapping said...

He's back! Dibs on the lap!

 
At Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 3:27:00 PM PST , Anonymous Brooke said...

Now that's funny you said to not forget the compressions between blows. I thought the exact same thing! lol

 
At Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 8:35:00 PM PST , Blogger Claire said...

Woowee, my arms were getting tired from pounding and compressing your chest...
Gawpo, baby, you work too hard!

 
At Sunday, January 20, 2008 at 3:53:00 AM PST , Anonymous Kat said...

Enough looking at birds Gawpo, what's new with you?

 
At Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 5:36:00 PM PST , Blogger Gillian @ Indigo Blue said...

Snap out of it man.
(Slaps your cheeks with a pair of black leather gloves.)
Old chap you're sadly missed.

xo
Gillian

 
At Friday, January 25, 2008 at 11:20:00 AM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

BLUE TSG: WoW!!! This is the longest I have ever gone without being in the Mundo de Los Blogs. Something soon. My wireless died. But then, I told you that....xoxo

AMANDA: Welcome!!! Yes, I took the pics with my new Nikon D-40 picturer. Took a bunch more today that I will post soon.

CANDACIA: I love that word: Lives.

Huzzah!

NATCAPPING: Uh....is that lap dibbs still valid?

BWOOKIE: Sheesh. It's been a month since I've posted. Internet access issues prevail. More later. It snowed! And your sister still has no water. I feel so sorry for her. xo

Oh, CLAIRE: Got me a day off, honey-bunney. I think I shall post.

KAT: Ok, OK. Sheesh. Internet issues here. And tons and TONS of work to pay for more adventures to add to the annals. Don't give up on poor Gawpo....

BLUE TSG: (slowly waking to slaps on cheeks with black leather golves)....hmmm?.....wuh?.....where.....am...I?....Zzzzzzzzz

 
At Friday, January 25, 2008 at 12:11:00 PM PST , Blogger Lisa S. Oceandreamer said...

For gosh sakes man it's a new YEAR.....how about tossing us a morsel. I keep checking here day after day, and now it's been a month and I have serious Gawpo jonesing issues! Is this a planned thing? Like whip everyone in to a frenzy as to Where's Waldo? I give......
XOXOXOXOXOO
Lots of overdue love and squishy hugs!
Lisa
p.s. never did hear back from you about the mutual friends son? ??

 
At Friday, January 25, 2008 at 4:55:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

LEEESUH-OCEAN-DREEEMUH!: HA! I tried to post today, but Blogger would let me add any pictures. Maybe I just should have fluttered an eyelid?

SOON!!!!!

TIL THEN----XOXOXOXOXO!

 
At Wednesday, February 6, 2008 at 5:11:00 AM PST , Blogger dabrah said...

That sparrow drove me nuts. When I enlarged the picture I could see it clear as daylight in the top right-hand corner, but everytime I looked at it as it is in your blog, no matter that I know exactly where it is, I just can't see it. Nice pictures.

 

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