Monday, January 24, 2011

fun in the sun

While other parts of the country freeze, the Bay Area is enjoying some lovely January weather. California may need the rain (and snow in the mountains), but I'm loving the sun and warm temperatures.

Sunday we visited Saint Paul Lutheran again. We're still trying to find the right church for us, but St. Paul is a good fallback. (We've also been enjoying the 2nd Church of Monteskewed in Oakland, aka College Avenue Presbyterian.)

JLS Farmers Market

After church, I'd arranged to pick up some unused bags of dirt from @egratto, aka The Inadvertent Gardener. She lives near Jack London Square, so after we loaded the bags into the trunk of the Prius, K and I walked over to the Sunday farmers market at JLS. We frequently go to the farmers market in Montclair, and have gone to the farmers market near Lake Merritt (on Saturdays), but given the gorgeous weather and the timing, we decided to check it out. It felt less crowded than the others, though that may be because it was more spread out physically.

After picking up a few things, we debated about getting food from one of the stands, heading home, or finally trying Bocanova. With the glorious weather, we decided on the latter, and I'm glad we did -- I'll post more about that later.

I hope you've been able to enjoy some of this lovely spring-like weather we've been having.

windows and shadows

Amtrak artwork

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

signs: Cars


Idon't know how long it's been since this sign has been used, but it's been watching over an empty paved lot as long as I've known about it.

Friday, January 7, 2011

signs: Ideal Cleaners

Across the street from Disco Volante (which hosted last night's Blogoaksphere party) is Ideal Cleaners. It's got a great sign: art deco design, working neon, period paint colors). I took the daytime picture quite a while back, but only got the night shot last night.

Ideal Cleaners

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

last sunset pic of 2010

Here's wishing all of Oakland a happy and peaceful new year.

And if you write an Oakland blog (dc and Driver, I'm looking at you!) or just read various Oakland blogs regularly, I'd like to invite you to the 2011 Blogoaksphere on January 6th. You can find all the details on Living in the O. Hope to see you there!