Sunday, November 21, 2010

Cold Up There

Hey, guess who won this week's contest: it was Betsy Coles! Congratulations, Betsy! Like everyone else who entered this week, Betsy answered Friday's question correctly. "What famous San Marino institution just received a $100 million gift?" Why, the Huntington, of course.

Betsy's name was pulled out of a (clean) poo bag by my neighbor's delightful mother/mother-in-law/grandmother when I sidelined her while she was trying to get from her car to her family. I'll be mailing out Betsy's copy of Hometown Pasadena 2009-2010 this week. It's my last one, so this Friday I'll be giving away my one and only copy of Helen of Pasadena by Lian Dolan! That's going to bed the day after Thanksgiving, and we're kicking off the holiday season with Helen. Be sure and check in to win.

Despite yesterday's rain, the Farmers' Market did a brisk business. More than one merchant mentioned, however, that the Saturday before Thanksgiving should be BIG, much bigger than a rainy day crowd. I admit I didn't really want to go but I was out of Sconeage granola and that is not to be borne.

When I finished shopping I came home and stayed cozy indoors. I love that on a rainy day. I felt so domestic I made corn bread. Okay, it was from a mix, but it filled the house with a nice smell. I didn't feel domestic enough to do laundry, but it was a pleasant afternoon.

I thought I'd do a comparison of our weather with that of Chicago and New York but it's not bad out east. It was 45 degrees and cloudy in Chicago yesterday, and 54 degrees and sunny in New York. (They say it got to 63 degrees here but I'm not buyin' it.) You know where it was really cold yesterday? Right here in California, in the mountains at Mammoth. 38 degrees and snow. And it got down below 20 overnight.

It's beautiful there, though. Check out what the Chieftess has been finding with her camera at Mammoth Lakes Daily Photo.

16 comments:

Bellis said...

Congratulations, Betsy!

I was at the same Farmer's Market at noon and by then the poor vendors had difficulty giving me change as their hands and brains were frozen. At least in Pasadena we know we're not in for 3 months of this.

P.S. I was there to buy three purple irises, but when the gardener found out they wouldn't get full sunshine, he took them back! It's endearing that he cares for his plants' welfare more than making money. That's why I love the market!

Petrea said...

Really, Bellis? Did he offer you a plant that would grow in your spot?

I'm sorry they got so cold yesterday. They come out rain or shine (and on some of the shiny days it's extremely hot). I'm grateful to have such a wealth of good things to choose from there, and such good people to buy from.

ben wideman said...

I can't believe you braved the elements for the farmers market yesterday. The rain at times was an absolute downpour!

Petrea said...

Granola, Ben, granola!

altadenahiker said...

I was supposed to do a Huntington Tour yesterday, but called in wet. I was domestic enough for laundry, but not cornbread. But I'll brave the crowds at TJ's today.

(I like the picture very much.)

TheChieftess said...

Hmmmm....I'm not sure...but I'm guessing the farmer's market is closed for the season up here!!!

TheChieftess said...

Thanks for the plug for my newest blog Petrea!!! I'll be sharing some photos of the beginning of our winter this next week!!!

Steve Scauzillo said...

Yeah, I wanted to get a rain shot... but I was out all day Saturday going to Lake Elsinore to attend the funeral of our good friend, Cindy East's mom. Karen and Cindy have been friend since high school at Marina High in Huntington Beach.
Good shot.

Petrea said...

TJ's wasn't bad this morning, Hiker. Sorry we missed you.

My pleasure, Chieftess!

I'm sorry to hear you lost a friend, Steve.

J+P said...

¡¡¡ Nice crop !!!

Susan Campisi said...

I've been hibernating all weekend. Time to venture out to TJ's myself. I'm sorry I missed the Farmers' Market yesterday.

Thanks for the link to Chieftess' blog. God's Country, indeed.

Jean Spitzer said...

Not the usual farmer's market scene.

Congratulations to Betsy.

Petrea said...

Ha, yeah, J & I looked at this photo for a while and found symmetry in it, but it needed a crop for it to work. Thank you, sweetie.

I hope you're feeling better, Susan.

Jean, not usual for us, anyway. People were still buying vegetables and bread and flowers galore, though. I've often thought we should have more crafts vendors. I wonder if that would work.

altadenahiker said...

I like the photo as is. The rangy, wet wet feel. The guy with the frozen knees. The curtains on the mountains.

Petrea said...

I had to come back and look for frozen knees. Some people wear shorts no matter the weather. Southern California insists on summer, no matter what.

TheChieftess said...

It's true Petrea! I've actually seen guys in shorts up here, in the first two snow storms...I expect I'll still see that when it's clear up here...but nobody was braving the cold this weekend in shorts!!!