Sunday, February 16, 2014

Mosaic Monday: California Dreamin'



A week ago Saturday, we went from 14 degrees and snowy in New Jersey to 65 and sunny in southern California.  My husband had to attend a conference in Carlsbad, CA, and I went along for the ride.  What a blessing it was to see blue skies, and sunshine, and flowers in February!  These are just a few of my cellphone photos from the trip.

Top row:  Balboa Park in San Diego.
Middle row:  Balboa Park, the view from our hotel in Carlsbad, beach at Carlsbad.
Bottom row:  beach at Carlsbad, Midway Museum (aircraft carrier) in San Diego.

We had the most marvelous time, including two extra days in San Diego, courtesy of a blizzard which dropped over a foot of snow in our hometown.  It was snowing again when we arrived home, and the first thing we did after emptying our suitcases was to shovel the driveway.  :(

More photos to come next week.  ;)

Here are the instructions to join today's post:
1. Publish your Mosaic Monday post. The post may be about any subject you wish. The only stipulation is that it include a collage, or mosaic of photos.
2. Once it is published, click on the title of the post. This will lead you to the static link for your post. The static link is the page with only that post on it. Copy the url from your browser at the top of the page.
3. Paste the url into the appropriate inlinkz box in this post.
4. Type your name in the appropriate inlinkz box in this post.
5. Click on "Enter."
6. Please link back to this Mosaic Monday post so that your readers can find other wonderful mosaics.
That's all there is to it! It's always a good idea to then check and see if your link is working. If you have any questions, feel free to email me: mrcarroll(at)optonline.net


33 comments:

  1. Oh Mary, lucky you! It is nice to leave this snowy cold weather behind for California's warm climate. Your photos even look warm to me, the beach and park look beautiful. Lovely views and photos! Thank you for hosting, enjoy your new week ahead!

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  2. Your California mosaic is lovely. Always enjoy joining the party and thanks for hosting!

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  3. Sounds and so looks like a great trip! Great mosaic! Hope to join in on the fun soon!
    Nancy

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  4. What a treat it would be to visit California! I'm sure you must have enjoyed every moment of warmth while you were there. What a great trip!

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  5. What a wonderful trip, Mary! Beautiful, warm, colorful images!

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  6. What a great little break away from the snow. I love the architecture you've shared at Balboa Park, and once again, the iPhone has produced fabulous photos.

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  7. How lovely for you to have been able to escape the cold and snow and ice to the warm and sunny temps of beautiful California! The architectural shots are spectacular and the ocean is tempting! Thanks for hosting and have a splendid week!

    Poppy

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  8. Beautiful photos, Mary, and a gorgeous mosaic! These are cheerful to look at after all the snow we've had. I'm sure you must have really enjoyed the sunny getaway. :)

    Thank you for hosting Mosaic Monday and have a great week!

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  9. San Diego, a city I have longed to visit one day. It looks like you had an enjoyable adventure. Oh and that snow...oh how I am so tired of it by now~

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  10. California dreaming sounds good to me with all our snow!...:)JP

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  11. Sounds like a great trip ... loving your mosaic (and seeing the warmth in Cali) thank you for hosting. C. (HHL)

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  12. Carol,

    I'm back after quite some time. Thanks so much for hostessing. Hope the weekend is going well.

    Yael from Home Garden Diggers

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  13. Hooray! What a treat Mary. I got away to San Francisco before Christmas and it was just heaven to walk along in T shirts and sunshine. Aren't we lucky? :)

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  14. I can see why you went along for the drive Mary. What a nice change it would have been from the cold.
    Have a wonderful week. I missed Mosaic Monday last week. Thanks for hosting.

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  15. I love San Diego, Mary. I've been fortunate enough to accompany my husband on many business trips there.

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  16. A lovely respite for you Mary, soaking up the suns rays!
    It looks so interesting and beautiful architecture.
    I missed the MM party last week too - I had a post 'ready to go!
    Thank you for hosting today!
    Shane

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  17. Always love joining in Mary, thank you for hosting Mosaic Monday. Nice that you got a taste of spring last week.
    Joy

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  18. Lovely photos this week Mary, looking forward to more next week.
    Rob

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  19. Great pictures... and I would do anything for a trip to California. Thanks for hosting.

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  20. I knew immediately at picture #1 that you were at Balboa Park. The architecture is distinctive. I went to college in San Diego and lived there for 12 years. It is a beautiful spot with perfect weather almost every single day. I do recall one day while I was in college, that it actually snowed, but the snow melted the minute it hit the ground.

    Thanks for hosting.

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  21. What a treat! It has been so very cold here this winter. As I type this morning I am listening to the arctic wind blast against my windows!

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  22. Mary,
    Beautiful California-we lived in Mission Viejo years and years ago-I remember thinking it felt like a little slice of heaven-gorgeous blue skies!
    Have a lovely week,
    Jemma

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  23. We absolutely love San Diego. In fact all of the Southern California area that we visited in 2010, we fell in love with. Your collage brought back great memories.

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  24. Hi Mary,

    It has been a while, but I wanted to link up this week with some winter scenes! I think beautiful California would be great right about now ... LOL. Thank you for hosting.

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  25. Thank goodness for conferences! I tagged along to one in AZ it was a nice break form all the snow. Love your pictures, thanks for hosting, Laura

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  26. I recognized your photos right away. We were in Carlsbad last January and spent a day at Balboa Park. Lovely sunshine and warmth is what I remember.
    I hope the snow is beginning to melt for you, or at least stop falling.

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  27. Your trip pictures are lovely.
    Thanks for the party.
    Denise

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  28. How wonderful to at least get to enjoy warmth and flowers and sunshine for a few days. You certainly got some great photos. I can't take a decent picture with my cell phone to save my soul.

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  30. 65 degrees sounds divine just about now! How beautiful your photos are!

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  31. What a beautiful place. Wonderful pictures :)

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