Friday, November 16, 2018

The big squeeze


This evening, I passed two homes that were already decked out in Christmas lights, and it's not even Thanksgiving yet. Personally, I prefer to have my full three weeks of giving thanks, before I start to think about decorating for Christmas.

But earlier today, I passed this silly pumpkin almost hidden in the branches, and realized that it's not just Christmas that encroaches on Thanksgiving. The squeeze comes from the other side, too, with leftover Halloween peeking out when you least expect it!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Slowing down

Memorial Day Downey Cemetery

Downey Daily will be nine years old next month. That's over 3,000 posts, nearly every day, mostly of Downey. Joan, Allison, and I started Downey Daily with the thought that it would force us to practice and improve our photography skills, with the added benefit of learning more about our city.

And we have. We've learned about Downey's history, going on history walks and poking around the old Rancho Los Amigos site. We've enjoyed more yard art than I ever imagined possible.

And along the way, we've met many wonderful people and made lots of new friends. Downey Daily has been our excuse to step into your lives and you've welcomed us with open arms. When Allison went back to school, her dad Steve took her place and added a new dimension by sharing your stories through Humans of Downey.

And we're finally running out of ideas. Keeping up with a picture a day is getting harder and harder. We're not ready to quit, but, like the two fellas above, we're ready to sit a while, go back to the beginning, enjoy what Downey has to offer—and some of the time, take a picture and blog about it.

So, we're slowing down. We won't be posting every day anymore, but hopefully, you'll enjoy our posts more when they come.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

A last peek at Halloween


I know it is November, but I still had a couple more pictures of Halloween yard art.

“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
~ L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Downey's autumn


Since we are further south than the New England states, our autumn colors come a little later in the year. But they come just the same, as verified by these red leaves. Soon, the whole tree will be filled with brightly colored leaves signaling they are ready to fall. Then this homeowner will be out each weekend for a while raking up the leaves off his lawn just like homeowners in Vermont. Oh, except, we don't have to worry about getting the leaves up before our lawns are covered with snow.

Enjoy the brisk cool mornings, the warm sunshine afternoons, and beautiful sunsets, Downey. This is a great place to live.

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."
~ Albert Camus