SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 28

Greetings and welcome to Sundays With Celia Vol 28. I’m so glad you joined me today! I think you’d have to be living under a rock not to have heard about the unusual weather conditions we’ve been experiencing here in what is usually sunny Southern California. Southern California is well known for its mild climate, and many people are shocked to learn that we get snow in these parts too. Nothing demonstrates this better than a photo shared on Facebook this week by B.A.Y. Photography which shows downtown Los Angeles with the snow covered San Gabriel Mountains in the background. I live in the San Bernardino Mountains just south of the mountain range you see below.

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Since last Sunday it has SNOWED…

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and SNOWED…

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and SNOWED!

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So much so that my husband and I have had to shovel snow day and night to keep up with the deluge. A ton of snow fell off the roof blocking our garage doors, so we gave up and parked the cars in the motor court.

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We double team the snow removal effort, with my husband shoveling from the house and me shoveling from the street until we’d finally meet in the middle.

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I apologise in advance if you’re tired of my snow photos but I thought it would be fun to show you a progression of the snow accumulation around my home. Here’s my back terrace 2 Sundays ago…

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here’s what it looked like last Sunday…

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and here’s what it looks like this Sunday. Can you see my pretty iron chair is buried?

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Here is my vegetable garden a few weeks ago…

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here it was last Sunday…

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and here it is today.

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This was my entry courtyard a couple of weeks ago…

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and here it was last night.

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This was my backyard a couple of weeks ago…

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and here is the same area completely buried in snow.

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Here’s my motor court last week…

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and here’s what it looked like during the last snow storm.

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These were the lanterns on my home last week…

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and here they are today.

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Here’s the bird bath last Sunday…

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and here it is today.

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My Travels This Week

So, as if we couldn’t get enough cold and snow, on Wednesday we drove down our cold and snowy mountain, headed for another cold and snowy place.

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We went to Denver for a couple of nights to attend a retirement party for a dear friend.

It’s always fun to view our mountains from the air.

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While in Denver we also got to spend an evening with our son who attends college in Boulder. And, we discovered a couple of super wonderful Denver restaurants that are real gems which I will share with you in an upcoming post.

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This Week’s Progress on The House On Cottage Grove

A lot of snow shoveling was required at The House On Cottage Grove as well. Fortunately my workers took care of it for me.

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Inside the house progress was being made in the Dining Room, which had a ceiling that once looked like this.

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We removed the ceiling to reveal wooden rafters, but the support beams had to be replaced. Here’s how it’s looking now.

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Below is a photo of one of the 2 bathrooms in the cottage as it looked when we purchased the property. They had used an old door as a shower wall. While it looked kind of cute, it was very dangerous, as it was not made with safety glass. The little pony wall also served no purpose, and the very unattractive tile just had to go.

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So, here is what that same space looks like today.

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As I mentioned last week, every single wall in this home had wallpaper on it. This is one of the bedrooms as it looked when we bought The House On Cottage Grove.

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This is what that same room looked like when we visited today. Instead of wallpaper I’ll be paneling the rooms in beadboard.

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What I’m Watching This Week

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I love escaping to a good TV show or movie. Because I’m not a very good sleeper and suffer from insomnia, most nights I fall asleep to something I’ve recorded on my DVR. Recently my youngest son turned me onto a show that I can say without exaggeration is one of my alltime favorite series ever. And, much to my surprise, it’s sort of science fiction. Frankly, I’m not a fan of SciFi and would almost rather do anything than say, watch a Star Wars movie with my husband, who is a BIG FAN. BUT… the National Geographic show called MARS is fantastic!! The first season, a series of 6 episodes, was so addicting that I binge watched it with my son in 2 nights. When we came to the end we were craving more, so I was delighted to learn that MARS, seen by 36 million viewers globally last fall, and was the most DVR’ed series in network history, has been renewed for another season! I can’t wait!

Produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard (LOVE THEM!), the first season of the series combines scripted drama and special effects with documentary sequences. Each episode looks like a documentary made in 2033 about the pioneers of the Mars movement. So we see interviews of people like Elon Musk and they talk about the Space X program. Then it switches to real time and we see the trials and tribulations of the first people to land on Mars. The first season is available now for sale in digital HD and coming soon on DVD. Get it here.

So There You Have It: SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 28

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Comments

  • Good morning from sunny SoCal! I an attest that that is exactly how LA is looking lately, but only after the deluge of rain. It’s been crisp but the sky is blue and the sun is shining. It’s beautiful! Mr B joked yesterday about going to the mountains. Our immediate thought was no way are we driving up that hill! I bet you’re seeing an extraordinary amount of visitor with the amount of snow. It looks beautiful.
    It looks like progress is being made on your new cottage, how exciting. I can already imagine the wonderful before and after shots.
    I’ve never been to Denver but I hear it is very pretty. Can’t wait to see what you have to share with us….
    Enjoy the day, my friend!
    vanessa.

  • Well you should take your husband’s advice and make a trip to the mountains. The roads are just fine now since the last few days of sunshine. There are a LOT of down-the-hill folks coming up that do tend to clog the highway. But we love visitors to our mountain. Come on up!!