Spirk (with a small dose of Pinto)

Fan Fiction and Personal Ramblings



May’s Walk With Me

Here’s the park on a somewhat muggy May day
This is another tree that in early spring had no leaves. I took a picture of it back in March with just a crow sitting in it. Now it’s all green and leafy!
Yellow Rose of Texas? Nah this one is in California!
Flower Explosion
I like this yard because it’s full of flowers and a tree!
Rosemary!!!! Anybody got a turkey? Goes well
The people by this house tore out this bougainvillea, but it decided it was coming back!

Even During Storms…

We are pretty. Here are some shots of the lightening last night. These were in Santa Barbara.

Because everything is dramatic here!

Beautiful Day

It’s beautiful here today. These are both from my work location. What’s it like where you are? HA HA. Bet not like this. This is a picture perfect day.

I uploaded the second chapter of Best Friends. So take a look.

Otherwise, we shall see what is next!

Walk With Me


Went for my walk this morning. Here’s a shot of my area as I approach the park. See how it’s partly cloudy? More about that later!

Wash by House

I don’t know if you folks in other areas called it the same thing, but we call these things “washes”. This one is right by the park and with the rain we’ve been having it’s so full of water parts of it have become waterfalls. This is from the bridge you take over it to get through the park and to the houses.


Years and years ago M and I lived at these apartments you see over the wall.


Uh oh the clouds are becoming more threatening! Is it going to rain again?

Yep, it started raining shortly after I took this picture. If you are on my walk with me, I hope you brought your umbrella. I did not! ha

My Favorite House in the Area

Think they’d let me buy it for $10,000. No? Damn, Wait, Where would I get $10,000 from anyway? Bummer.

And now I head home as it begins to rain on my poor little head.

The Girls



Ramblings of the week, February 04, 2018

Our stateroom. They gave us twin beds for some unknown reason. I think because we were the same sex.





St Thomas








Puerto Rico



This was their library damaged in Hurricane Maria





Grand Turk IMG_3232

Our cruise ship next to another in Grand Turk. Ours is the bigger one!

We had pretty rough seas due to some bad storms in the Caribbean. The Captain decided to skip our first port Amber Cove because the waves would be 18 feet high. We ended up having an extra day at sea. It was fun though. An excursion on St Thomas that would have taken us to St John was also canceled due to the waves, so I still didn’t get to St John. Other than that we had a great time. I love both Puerto Rico and Grand Turk. This time we got to do a tour of Grand Turk, which really is a tiny place, and I really liked it. So beautiful and the natives have such an amazing attitude even after the hurricane. They do have an issue with stray starving dogs which made me very sad.

And now I am back and rather tired, but happy for the great time I had.



Ramblings of the Week, August 28, 2017

I am back from my trip and am now melting. MELTING. We are having a mega heatwave and our AC is broken. We’ve called a couple of places and no one calls us back, so I guess I have to suffer for the next week and a half before we get some relief and it cools at night. Ugh.

Here are some pictures from my trip.

EsteroInn Our room. See that little porthole? It’s actually a window that you just cover up at night. And the door leads to the balcony.

MBWINE  A bit blurry but the dude we listened to Saturday at the Morro Bay Wine Seller. We had wine and music. Great.


An Otter in the Bay


See how sunny it is in Cambria? Cambria is one of our favorite towns. We have to have breakfast at Linn’s there. In September/October they have a scarecrow thing where all the stores and restaurants puts out the most creative scarecrows. It’s so much fun. We’ve only been there once during that time, but great. Now, we go up above San Simeon (Hearst Castle) to see the elephant seals.

At the end it started getting sunny as you can see in the next to the last picture. It remained foggy in Morro Bay the whole day though. I took this last picture of the elephant seals because I loved the fact one dude had his little flipper/arm on the other dude. These are males this time of year. I say it’s the Kirk and Spock of Elephant Seals!

No idea what I will work on this week. I know I hope to finish First Impressions. Anything else is up in the air!



Ramblings of the Week, July 8, Saturday Edition


So yesterday we had some stops to make after work. We needed half and half for our coffee. (random observation, I discovered when talking to someone in Europe that they don’t know what this is there, bizarre). We both drink it with half and half. Years ago I used to drink it with Carnation plain creamer. (off on my first tangent), but one day I taste it and there was a weirdness to it. So I looked at the container and they said “new taste”. I wrote to them and complained. Apparently I was not the only one. They vowed to change it back. It was too late. I had moved on. First to mocha mix (no idea why it was called this because it was just non-dairy creamer) and then eventually to half and half when I decided mocha mix was nasty.


Smart and Final (don’t know where they are at in connection to the rest of the country, but we have  them, they call themselves the faster, smaller food warehouse) has the best price for creamer. $1.69 per quart. The grocery store we go to charges $5.99 for a half gallon unless you can get some mega deal. Anyway, we both drink it.


Which brings me to (tangent 2), M is on this kick where he doesn’t want to use animal products. It’s been to varying degrees of success. He declared one day he would be trying to drink his coffee black. Neither of us uses sugar or other sweeteners. I said okay. I gave him his morning travel mug of coffee black. That evening after we came from work he said, nope. He would not be giving up half and half in his coffee after all. HA

Anyway, we are in the parking lot and we wait for this lady in a red car to pull out and she does. And she’s sitting there for a second gathering her bearings I guess, who knows, and all of a sudden this mini-van comes barreling out of his space, backing up at high speed. There is no way he will miss her. She just sits there looking at him. M is blowing his horn at the moron to stop but he just keeps going, right into her. Put a huge dent in her car and scraped up his own. OMG. PEOPLE.

It’s hot. It’s super hot. We  are having a big time heat wave for this time of year. (Tangent 3) One of the local Catholic Churches, St. Rose, does a yearly summer carnival the second week in July. I swear if I were a member of that church I would be suggesting, Spring. Yes, a lovely Spring Carnival in March. Who in their right mind would go today when it is supposed to be well over 100. I hear all the “Oh but it’s a dry heat.” Go turn on your oven. Go on, I’ll wait. Let it preheat. Now crawl in. Yeah, that’s how it feels (don’t really do this, duh).


Next weekend I am off to Vegas and yes they are a miserable place in the summer. Their low at 11 last night was 108. But you expect that in Vegas and you are mostly indoors anyway.


My own real picture of Vegas by the way.

This, trust me, is miserable.

Today is going to be a lazy lazy lazy day. Movies, games, hot dogs. No socializing. Sounds splendid.

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