I used to be indecisive…

…but now I'm not so sure

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Friday letters – the rain jacket edition

Dear weather,  What is this?  I didn’t move to California to be wearing my winter woollies and a raincoat!  Apparently there is another week of it to come but then after that I hope you will resume your seasonal norms as far as the temperature is concerned.

Dear Girl Scouts,  Your winning smiles and polite requests are very hard to resist.  Our kitchen cupboard now has more boxes of your cookies in it than is really good for us.

Dear kitchen sink waste disposal,   I’m sorry to have to write to you again this week, but you still don’t seem to be feeling quite yourself.  We may have to call the plumber out again, which is not ideal.

Dear  legal U turns,  Along with turning right on a red light, I am very appreciative of the fact that it is quite normal to be allowed to make U turns at traffic lights – it has saved me from having to make a few detours as I am learning my way around my new location.

Dear Google Snow Games Doodles,  I’ve been enjoying your amusing daily representations of different winter games while the Winter Olympics are taking place.  Once again I take off my hat to whoever it is that comes up with these ideas.




Friday letters – the ‘Days’ edition

Dear Pancake Day,  Please accept my apologies, I am so sorry – I completely forgot about you.  In my many visits to the supermarket in the last few weeks, there has been nothing to jog my  memory.  Back at home, it would be hard to walk into a supermarket in the two weeks before Shrove Tuesday without almost bumping into a display of flour, eggs, packets of ready made pancake mix (just add milk…) and lemons, but here there was nothing.  I will try and do better next year…

Dear Valentine’s Day,  I was struck by how big a ‘thing’  you are here, with people wishing each other “Happy Valentine’s Day” in the same way that we might say “Merry Christmas”, or “Happy New Year”, and handing out small Valentine gifts.  The shops were full of multi-bags of sweets, and multi packs of Valentine cards intended for children to hand out amongst their school friends.  At first I thought it was a bit over the top, but realised that actually it makes it an inclusive day for everyone to enjoy and not just those who have a romantic partner in their lives.  Of course it has just turned into yet another commercial enterprise, getting us to part with our hard earned cash, but at least everyone can join in.

Dear kitchen sink waste disposal,   I hope you are feeling better now that you have been given a thorough clear out and your pipes have been unblocked.  I wasn’t particularly impressed when you decided to spray ground up food and water all over me and the kitchen last weekend when I switched you on.  I would like to point out that it was not due to our thoughtlessness at pouring fat into you that caused your temporary disablement, but we still had to listen to the lecture of the repair man who came out.

Dear  local library,  Your modern light building is very welcoming and I am going to enjoy borrowing books from you.  I’m also impressed by your pretty laminated membership card with a photograph of flowers on it.

Dear Winter Olympics,  Some of your activities look so painful.  Who thought that hurtling face first down an icy track on a thin metal tray was a sensible sport?  Or launching yourself high into the air wearing skis and performing all sorts of acrobatics? Some of the athletes must be so cold too, apart from the snow boarders and the freestyle skiers, who are wearing sensible thick clothes, gloves and scarves, everyone else seems to be very scantily clad.  Brrrrr.

Dear Oceanside Pier,  At 592 metres (1,942 feet) I am not surprised to learn that you are one of the longest wooden piers on the west coast of America.  I think you look very impressive.

Oceanside Pier

Oceanside Pier


Friday letters – the second California edition

Dear weather,  Nope, I’m still not fed up with the blue skies and warm sunshine.  We did have a cloudy afternoon earlier in the week, and I felt quite downhearted, but it didn’t last long and you were back to normal and all was well.

Dear turning right at a red light (if safe to do so),  What a great idea – I wish we have turning left on a red light at home, it would make the traffic flow so much more smoothly at some junctions.

Dear supermarket ice cream selection,  I have never seen so many different varieties of ice cream in one place.  As a lover of ice cream I feel it is going to take some serious dedication on my part to work through them all.  It may have to be ice cream for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Dear Girl Scout cookies,  Having got over my initial disappointment at your size, based on the box that they come in, I will agree that the two varieties we tried (mint, and a new caramel coconut one) were very tasty indeed.  I’ll be looking out for another Girl Scout so that I can buy some more.

Dear sanderlings,  You bring a smile to my face every time I see you at the beach.  Your little legs move so quickly as you run down to the water and then turn and run away as the waves come up the shore.



Friday letters – the big move edition

Dear San Diego, California,  I hope you are ready for us, because Mr Indecisive and I have arrived and will be staying for two years.  It’s been in the planning for a while, but it’s finally happened and here we are… fasten your seatbelts.

Dear shipping company,  I would like to commend the three packers who came to our house for two days the week before last, for the excellent job they did in wrapping up the entire contents and loading them into a container.  I have never seen quite so much cardboard, brown paper and tape.

Dear container ship,  Please be careful with our wordly goods which are currently sailing the high seas on route from Southampton to Los Angeles.  I’d appreciate it if you made sure that our container remains firmly attached to the ship for the duration of the journey.

Dear weather,  I am enjoying your warm sunshine and blue skies which are such a change from the chilly, damp stuff we were having in England until recently.

Dear vehicle drivers at red traffic lights,  You are very patient when the traffic lights turn from red to green.  At home, if we don’t start moving the moment the lights change, other drivers will soon let us know that they are unimpressed by sounding their horn, often repeatedly, but here that doesn’t seem to happen and it makes driving anywhere a much more pleasant experience.

Dear beaches,  I am looking forward to many long walks.

It’s very busy at Fletcher Cove …


Friday letters – the productive week edition

Dear fellow bloggers,  A whole week has gone by and I don’t think I have managed to read any of your wonderful posts.  Maybe next week…

Dear sunshine,  It’s lovely to see you today.  It might be chilly outside, but having sunshine makes it all so much better. 

Dear hands,  Depsite the application of plenty of hand cream and the wearing of gloves for washing up, and when going outside you still seem to be very dry.  Perhaps you could drop me a line and let me know what else I can do.

Dear Ribena/hot blackcurrant drink,  You are just the thing on a chilly day – so much better than tea or coffee.  I think I am on to my 3rd cup already, and can imagine many more to come.

Dear mobile phone,  I’m sure your battery isn’t lasting as long as it used to, which is a bit inconvenient.

Dear various tradespeople who have been here this week,  It’s been a busy week, but a productive one.  Electricians, plumbers and fence repair people  – you have all done a good job.

Dear garden birds,  Where are you?  I went out early this morning and broke the ice on the birdbath and topped it up with some warm water.  I haven’t seen a single visitor to it.







Friday letters – the slightly late New Year edition

Dear readers, Happy New Year!  I hope it has started well for you.

Dear motorways,   Thank you for being clear for our journeys both north and south over the festive period – a bit wet or snowy in some places, but no hold ups.

Dear weather,  I’ve not been particularly impressed with your recent strong winds, which have resulted in us needing to replace about a quarter of our fence panels.  They coped with the prolonged stormy winds we had about two weeks ago then one day last week, there was one strong gust that came from nowhere, and down they came.

Dear red squirrels, You are definitely making a comeback in some areas of Scotland, and we really enjoyed seeing three of you in my sister’s garden, helping yourself from the feeders (squirrel friendly ones) and then rushing off to bury the spoils in the ground.  Her family are eagerly awaiting spring, when they imagine forests of hazel tree seedlings are going to appear.

Dear world,  Just a word of warning… Mr Indecisive and I are coming… More info to follow.

red squirrel




Friday letters – the it’s very nearly Christmas edition

Dear people,  Thank you for staying off the roads yesterday when I had to drive around doing a few errands. 

Dear car,  You look so much better now that you have had a wash and brush up.  Not that it was me that did it, of course, but the car wash people at the supermarket did a good job.

Dear supermarket,  I was very impressed by you yesterday.  The first thing that impressed me was the trolley-full of brightly wrapped Christmas chocolates which greeted your customers at the door, and the cheery ‘Merry Christmas’ that was called out to us as we were invited to take a chocolate.  I don’t know how many boxes of chocolates it took to fill the trolley but it was quite a sight! Then when it came to the checkouts, it’s a long time since I have had to wait such a short time!  Yes, the shop was busy, but you were dealing with it by having all the tills open.

Dear unusual eared squirrel,  It seems you are not alone.  On a walk through the park last weekend I  noticed lots of similarly eared squirrels.  Maybe you come from a very large family, or maybe you are from a breed that I have not seen before.  I’m going to have to do a little research when I have the time.

Dear motorways,  Please be nice and clear tomorrow for our drive north to spend Christmas with the family in Scotland.