Tuesday, November 24, 2015


A  L  O  H  A !
Marin Sunrise
"You don't stop laughing 
when you grow old, 
you grow old when 
you stop laughing."
               George Bernard Shaw

" The most terrible 
poverty is loneliness 
and the feeling of 
being unloved. "
                        Mother Teresa

" As I grow older, I 
pay less attention to 
what people say. 
I just watch 
what they do. "
                Andrew Carnegie


I gotta say
I'm loving Northern

The women all look
like they are dressed up
as me for Halloween:
jeans, boots,
long hair.

I haven't raised
a sweat all day!

My thin "pineapple blood"
is getting used to
bracing temps.
But this isn't 
Chicago: it is NOT
snowing. I could
drive to some snow!
But there is too 
much closed at hand
to see anew.

I wanna go back in
to San Francisco
again soon.
Too many GREAT
photos waiting there!

Gotta moisturize,
that's a must,
but my hair looks 
better not plastered
to my forehead in
this drier clime.

Hawaii is part of 
me, especially
her people & culture.
I really grew from
punk to adult there.

But I do seem to be
in my element here.

I feel younger, too if
that makes any sense.

Perhaps it is the 
stirring memories
of growing up with
four seasons
that make me feel
full of youthful
associations and

I do miss some
Hawaii comfort foods,
but have spotted a
Japanese restaurant
that serves donburi,
and noodle soups,
and tempura. It ain't
Zip Min, but it will
have to do.

Photos of Hawaii
sunsets tear at my 
heart. But it was 
time to leave.

I will be back,
For a visit.
But the Bay Area
seems created just
for me and millions of
other like-minded friends
of every race, creed,
and lifestyle.

How's life
in YOUR neck
of the woods?
Are you a 
Newbie or a Native?

Thank YOU!
                  Fondly, cloudia


Nancy Chan said...

Laughter brightens up our faces even with the wrinkles! I am now paying more on action. Beautiful quotes, Cloudia!

Elephant's Child said...

How I love hearing that you have come home.

rupam sarma said...

Nice photos and quotes.
Loved the 1st pic, awesome.

Tom said...

A sunset like this should get your day off to a great start.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Cloudia, gorgeous sky shot. I just love that first quote, awesome. I am so happy you are loving your new home. Have a happy day and new week ahead! Happy Thanksgiving!

TexWisGirl said...

enjoy it, cloudia.

A said...

That first quote is everything :-)

eViL pOp TaRt said...

The feeling of being at home is so precious. Enjoy California! Enjoy your days there, and your memories of Philadelphia and Hawaii.

I'm a newbie here. Been one in different places since 2005;

EG CameraGirl said...

You sound happy, Cloudia, and that's a good thing. I'm neither a native or a newbie. I've been here for about 30 years. ;)

Teresa said...

The sunrise shot is totally gorgeous. There is a chain called L & L Hawaiian Barbecue in SoCal. It has all kinds of weird Hawaiian dishes. You might see if there is one in your neck of the woods.

Charles Gramlich said...

Nice and warm here today. Gonna get out for a walk.

William Kendall said...

It sounds like you're adjusting well.

We have snow on the ground this morning.

Cloudia said...

Thanks for your cool comments!

Tammie Lee said...

such a big change for you.
that is a lovely area. I never thought of that area as having 4 seasons. I suppose that compared to Hawaii it sure does! It sounds like you have adjusted and are enjoying the changes and new and oldness of the area. I am so happy for you.

RedPat said...

Love that first quote! I'm going to save it! I'm a 2nd generation native here and I love it here. Glad you feel like you have found 'home', Cloudia!

Merlesworld said...

Glad you are settling in well, bet you are not missing the humidity we are just starting summer here and it's just too humid at the moment, I would love a cool dry wind right now.

Giga said...

Although I am already an older person, I try to always laugh. Regards.

Grand Crapaud said...

That's a beautiful sunrise!

Su-sieee! Mac said...


Maggid said...

LOVE San Francisco - (okay, it's been years since i lived there . . still, it's part of the fabric of who i am . . I'm so glad you are there.)

Cloudia said...

Thanks friends

DeniseinVA said...

You've got a lot to see out there, so many wonderful new sights and sounds. I am happy for you. Hawaii will always be part of you but now it's a new day :)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

There's nothing better than the feel of laughing :) wonderful Californian sunrise Cloudia. I can see you are embracing your new home with arms wide open, I can't imagine it any other way :) even though I was born in Scotland I think of Africa as home number one and Perth as home number two :)