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By: clearlakemike, 6:24 AM GMT on June 29, 2006


Updated: 9:18 PM GMT on July 02, 2006


Summertime and the Living is Easy

By: clearlakemike, 3:25 PM GMT on June 23, 2006

I love Summer so much and am so glad it is here! Summers in California are awesome and it is my favorite time of year and place to be.

After an unusually cool and wet Spring the bright sunshine and warmth are so welcome. Yesterday, Summer sizzled big time in the inland valleys with temps reaching at around 109F with 15% humidity. Today, and the weekend promises more heat and dazzling sunshine.

My poor dog doesn't like the heat so I drove him out to the coast yesterday so he could get out of the house and the AC, and enjoy a comfortable walk along the ocean. Over the coastal range and about 30 miles later the temps descended from the 100's into the high 70's. Brilliant blue skies reigned over the beautiful blue Pacific. We both enjoyed the afternoon walking along the ocean and the wildflower covered bluffs.

Updated: 3:02 AM GMT on June 26, 2006


Just another beautiful day....

By: clearlakemike, 3:46 PM GMT on June 08, 2006

Noon temps and weather conditions at Calistoga, California (Napa Valley)

81.6 °F / 27.6 °C
30% Humidity
Wind - WSW 3mph / 4.8km/h
Precip 0.0mm

Warm, dry and sunny...again! Nice day for a drive through the beautiful Napa Valley. Had to drive down to the city for the afternoon where it was noticably cooler (and windy) but still nice there too, about 70F at mid day.

Picked up some mats I had cut for a few photos I am framing. One of them I took in India and another is a shot by a member who also lives here in Northern California. Can't wait to frame them this morning and get them on the wall. Photos and paintings always look so much better when they are framed and it is like icing on the cake to see them finished off with a good frame.

I am going to try and cut my own mat, on a small one, for the first attempt. Getting mats cut is expensive and takes awhile to get them back. I used to cut my own mats frequently in college days, long, long time ago, and decided to buy a mat cutter and see if I could do it myself again.

Updated: 4:10 PM GMT on June 09, 2006



By: clearlakemike, 5:12 PM GMT on June 02, 2006

After spending weeks of visiting the beautiful and interesting Hindu temples in southern India, I found myself missing the experience and decided to visit the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, not far from my home in Northern California. The temple at CTTB, of course, is a Buddhist temple not Hindu. I was surprised to learn while in India that Buddhism is an offshoot, if you will, of Hinduism. There are, I have discovered, quite a lot of Hindu temples in California. The only one that I have been to in the past is one in Southern California on the canyon road between Calabassas and Malibu.

I enjoyed touring the Hindu temples in India and was blessed to be blessed by the priests in several, getting the red kum kum powder smeared on my forehead and leaving offerings of the beautiful tropical flowers. The temples in India were for the most part amazingly beautiful and the Hindu deities were strung with such beautiful garlands of the fresh tropical flowers. Some of them were very old, particularly the Bull Temple in Bangalore, which is about 500 years old. The huge Hare Krishna Iskcon Temple on Hare Krishna Hill in Bangalore is a community cultural center as well, offering seminars in stress management, etc.

The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas is nestled by the coastal range in beautiful Ukiah Valley about 120 miles north of San Francisco . CTTB is a Buddhist Sanctuary. On a shopping trip over to Ukiah, not much of that here in Lake County, I decided to stop for a little while and walk through the temple and grounds. Very peaceful on a bright, warm sunny afternoon with just the sound of the peacocks screeching at each other, lol. The peacocks stroll the grounds freely. The sanctuary is occupying the site of a former state mental hospital, I believe, which was closed during the Reagan governor era of many years ago. Although the architecture is not near as beautiful (rather utilitarian and institutional = ugly, actually) as what I saw in India it is a nice sanctuary and the setting could not be more beautiful. The inside of the temple is beautiful with its, I presume, 10,000 Buddhas lining the walls and cases. Didn’t stop and count them, lol. I will just take their word for that Buddha count.

Updated: 6:45 PM GMT on June 02, 2006


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