Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel

On our last day in the Bay Area we decided to head a few miles south of Pacifica, which is where we were staying over the weekend.

I saw on the map a lighthouse in Montara which has been turned into a HOSTEL. There was a sign that asked vistors to head to the office before exploring the grounds. Very nice lady in the front office area! Bombarded her with lots of questions about hostels, as I’ve never stayed at one. Am SO coming back and staying next year!

“Historic 1875 fog signal station and lighthouse overlooking the Pacific, just 25 miles south of San Francisco. Located on California State Park land, the hostel grounds include a secluded cove beach and gardens. Hike, bike, surf, kayak, or visit nearby Half Moon Bay, Pacifica, or Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. An on-site cafe serves espresso drinks daily. Free wi-fi, free parking, certified green business. Dorm beds from $23. Private rooms from $63. Additional $3/person for non-HI members.”

The hostel sits on absolutely beautiful grounds…luck had it that low-tide was nearing so we had some beach at the little cove to hike down to. Me thinks I need to become a hostel member…as there are quite a few of them in Northern California.

Today Snow…Tomorrow the Beach

I took these photos at Rancho San Rafael Park…the day before I left for the Bay Area to spend a few days at the ocean.

Tomorrow…beach pictures! 🙂

Ice Patterns on the Windshield

It snowed most of the day today…sun came out just enough to melt a lot of the very wet snow…it’s was pretty dang icy when I left work at 4 pm. I had the truck today and this is what I found when I hopped in. While waiting for the defroster to kick in, I took some pictures from the inside.

For Today ~ 23 November 2010 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 23 November 2010

Outside My Window… I’m looking out the double doors of my office right down the hall to the main entrance and I see big ole fat wet snowflakes! I know they’re wet as I’m still drying off from them. 🙂

I am thinking… I wonder if I can just unplug my phone today? We’ve been moving into the new building here on campus and…well…it’s been one big cluster %#*&. 🙂 And they’re all bitching AT me. I’m not moving my office until I get back from Thanksgiving. My Buffalo Bills are 2-8 now! We won another game! 🙂 YEAH! That snow out there sure is pretty. Caltrans had better have I-80 plowed by Friday when I head out over the hill to Pacifica!

I am thankful for…My friends, family, kitties, excedrin tension (the big bottle), my camera, furnance working, Sierra Nevada IPA, and for the fact I’m still in a position to earn annual leave.

From the kitchen…I have absolutely no idea. Giant Burger’s falafels maybe?

I am wearing… Jeans, tennies, black turtleneck, my SF Giants hooded sweatshirt, pony tail frozen from cold…I really should dry my hair more in the winter time.

I am creating… I finished quilting my last quilt. Not creating anything at the moment.

I am going… to sit here an stare at the snow coming down…it’s quite hypnotic.

I am reading… Country Living magazine.

I am hoping…no one comes to work today.

I am hearing… hvac, liquid nitrogen tank, ice machine/

Around the house… probably two kitties piled on top of each other next to the heater vent.

One of my favorite things…

one of those that you have to click on the youtube link..


Here is a picture thought I’d share with you…


The Simple Woman is the original home of The Simple Woman's Daybook.

Finished ‘All Patched Up’ Quilt ~ Moda Cotton Blossoms & Cluck.Cluck.Sew.

I just pulled out my All Patched Up quilt from the dryer! I’m nice and toasty at the moment. 🙂 This is going to be my couch snuggler.

I bought the pattern from Allison of Cluck.Cluck.Sew….you can find her patterns here. It’s a fun quilt to make, even though I couldn’t match up blocks after cutting them into quarters and making them whole again! But that was my fault for changing feet in the middle of this quilt, I was off on the 1/4″ seam. 🙂 I like the raw edges around the circles…instant comfort look.

I used Cotton Blossoms by Bonnie & Camille for Moda. LOVE this line of fabric! I had two cakes and used almost both cakes for the top.

Northern Nevada Sunrise ~ 18 November 2010

While leaving the house this morning I knew we were having ‘the calm before the storm’…no hard frost on the car windows, warm, and a slight breeze. Then I looked to the east…oooooohhhh…we’re going to have a beautiful sunrise! Got to work, parked, and took out my camera from my tote.

Sunrise from University of Nevada, School of Medicine.

For Today ~ 08 November 2010 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 08 November 2010

Outside My Window… Snow up in the mountains! Leaves on the ground. It be chilly! 36F right now at 7:34 am.

I am thinking… I really enjoyed my trip to Apple Hill by myself. My Pontiac G6 GT sure drove nice up and down the Sierra…it loves twisties! 🙂

I’m also thinking that my Buffalo Bills look a lot better than an 0-8 team. Big sigh. Sure wish we played the Cowboys…we could pick up a game! ROFL!

I am thankful for…all the quilts I made! I love piling them on and crawling underneath them with the window open…makes for a nice sleep.

From the kitchen…Left over tri-tip and sauteed mushrooms.

I am wearing… Jeans, tennies, grey 3/4-sleaved shirt, pony tail frozen from cold.

I am creating… I finished all of the blocks for the ‘All Patched Up’ quilt I’m working on, just need to square them up and then I can start sewing the quilt top together.

I am going… to turn the heater on under my desk…it’s a bit nippy here at work.

I am reading… a Michael Perry book, and all the magazines that I’ve been bombarded with. I’m not sure how I get onto mailing lists as I don’t sign up for them.

I am hoping…it rains some more. Wendy’s baked potato and a cup of chili sounds good for lunch, no?

I am hearing… hvac, liquid nitrogen tank, ice machine, doors slamming.

Around the house… just a few dishes in the sink.

One of my favorite things… If this doesn’t make you smile…you’re weird.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… quilt and go to the Nevada Museum of Art to see Explorer, Naturalist, Artist: John James Audubon and The Birds of America

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you… more from my trip to Apple Hill…up in the Sierra.


The Simple Woman is the original home of The Simple Woman's Daybook.

Saturday Rambles ~ 6 November 2010

Just a few rambles for tonight….

First off, as I stated on FB Friday morning….Jay Leno is an arse! SF Giants Brian Wilson, our awesome closer, brings the World Series trophy with him to his interview Thursday night…and the idiot took it from Brian then put it on the floor BEHIND his desk. First time I’ve ever seen Brian a bit flabbergasted! Should have waited for Conan to restart his show! Again…You, Jay Leno, are an ARSE!


The colors are very pretty in our area right now.

My sister and I took our lunches to Rancho San Rafael park on Friday and walked around to take pictures.


Mother Lode’s Marionberry pie is WONDERFUL!


152 Days until Opening Day 2011 at AT&T Park.


It’s going to be cooler and raining tomorrow…I have fresh chestnuts to roast! Bought a bag full at Ikeda’s in Foresthill (near Auburn), CA. I love that place.


The colors are also pretty up in the Sierra! I took a drive today to Apple Hill (Placerville, Ca area). Some pictures along Hwy 50 and 80.