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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Post-Prandial Perambulation

Our Christmas day walk on the upper path, east side of Hahamongna Watershed Park.

I did not saturate the colors in this photo. When we get rain, we get green.

Considering how we've been eating, it's going to take a lot more walking.

25 comments:

Dina said...

Your ground must have good natural saturation. Lovely green.

"Post-prandial"--haven't heard that since my medical editing days.
Happy hiking.

dive said...

I thought for a moment you'd sneaked over to England for Christmas.
Beautiful, Petrea.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Beautiful photo, Petrea!

Petrea Burchard said...

Dina, I think of "prandial" as a "dad word." It goes on the same list with bumbershoot, claptrap, and nincompoop.

I'd have loved that, Dive.

Hi Sonia!

Adele said...

Beautiful photo - sounds like a wonderful day.

Nincompoop. I love that word. In my family, we have lots of "dad words." Actually, ours are phrases, which we've dubbed "Haroldisms." Our Harold is full of sayings that you hear nowhere else. Which, sometimes, is just as well...

Bellis said...

Just been reading Michael Frayn's book about his father, who used to exclaim "Hatchamakacha!" and now I can't get the word out of my head - it's very useful.

They were cutting the grass in Hahamongna this morning! In winter!! The cuttings smelt very summery.

Petrea Burchard said...

Now you've got me trying to think of phrases, Adele. Mostly I think of songs: "Bird in a Gilded Cage" popped up first.

Bellis, I'm glad I got there before the mowing, though I know they have to do it.

Ms M said...

So lush and green! (It's been snowing here off and on today.)

The "dad words" and "Haroldisms" are fun. My dad used rather salty language when he was irritated, so I'll spare you. My mother was more "refined"; she'd firmly state that X "was a dumb bunny!" or Y "was dumber than a post!".

Petrea Burchard said...

Ms. M, you remind me of a friend who uses "dumber than a sack of hammers" for people who really deserve it. I love it.

Katie said...

Gorgeous! I love CA winter, watching the world turn green.

Book Dragon said...

The green is so vibrant and the comments make my day.

Both my parents used dumber than a doorknob and short a few cards in his deck. I think their post one was dull as a fence post.

Petrea Burchard said...

Katie, a woman I know drove north last week and remarked on the golden hills along the highway between SF and LA. It rained while she was there for Christmas. On her drive back, the hills were green.

BD, I think I've heard those--tells me what generation your parents come from.

I find myself still wondering about the salty language Ms. M's father used.

TheChieftess said...

My Dad every once in awhile would answer the phone with "Mort's Mortuary...you stab 'em we slab 'em!"

Yep...he really did!!!

Petrea Burchard said...

I'm sure you were mortified, Chieftess, especially when you were hoping the caller was a boy.

I'm keeping a list of "Dad Words" now. Today I added "smidgen" and "skeedaddle."

Margaret said...

Very pretty. I bet is was quiet and lovely.

Ms M said...

Here's a few more "Dad/Mom/Grandfather" words for your list:
"gumption", "horse pucky!", "flummoxed", "geegaw", "thingamajig", "numbskull", "nitwit", "twit", and the phrase, "X hasn't got the sense God gave a goose!".

Petrea Burchard said...

Thank you, Ms. M, I'll add those. And you made me think of another: flibbertigibbet.

Dina said...

This is turning into a priceless collection of sayings.
I just read your Friday post about the cold weather and remembered a fellow vol at Heifer Ranch in Arkansas, an old man, a former farmer. He'd say "Lordy lordy, it's as cold as a witch's tit!"

Petrea Burchard said...

Yes! And I'll bet when it was icy he said it was "slicker'n snot on a doorknob."

Pasadena Adjacent said...

I like that path but have a hard time getting Mr V to take it

Dina said...

Eeuw. Fortunately I never heard that one.

Paul Parten said...

I don't think I've ever seen such a beautiful, peaceful or, hell GREEN walking path in my life. Those trees are amazing.

Petrea Burchard said...

Hi Paul--maybe I'll post a summer picture of the same path and you can see how brown it gets during our non-rainy season!

Tim Martinez said...

What a great shot. The kind of trail that makes me want to just keep walking to see what's around the next bend!

Petrea Burchard said...

I bet you know this path, Tim. It's a nice trail when you don't have a little time but you need a break.