Finally we are having a little winter here in Los Angeles!
For the last
few days, I have been glad to have lunch dates with friends because, besides the good company, that meant sitting down indoors
to eat. Typically, I take a light lunch to work and find a sunny spot to sit
outside. Walking about at midday on Thursday and Friday was a Chicago-like
experience with crazy-cold wind. Definitely not good for al fresco dining.
But today we have a reprieve. It is sunny and clear enough to
cut your finger if you reach out to the mountains. A few minutes ago, I took
the trash out and stopped to turn some kitchen trimmings into the worm pit. I was perfectly comfortable in a sweatshirt. Lingering in the garden, I noticed that the fig tree
is almost nude but a few hold-out figs are stubbornly hanging on, waiting for a
little ripening warmth. January sunshine may be pretty but it's not much good for figs.
Now, as I write this, I see outside my dining room window, the manzanita is blooming little white bells in the musky green. A hummingbird is looking for a taste of something sweet. There are bumble bees stirring things up, too. You have to appreciate the SoCal Winter.
I have Death Valley photos coming soon. In the meantime, this is the last moonset for 2012.