Sunday, October 12, 2008

Purple Thistle Dinnertime


A young family recently enjoyed an early evening feast at one of Willits' better dinner houses, The Purple Thistle, on upper Main Street. Our temperatures have dropped dramatically in the past couple of weeks, and people are starting to move indoors from patio seating areas and sidewalk tables. Tonight, there's a 26°F freeze warning, with more to come.

10 comments:

Dina said...

Ahh, such a warm and glowing picture.
You're going down below freezing tonight?!

Laurie said...

I love this photo. It reminds me of Hopper. The relaxed intimacy of the scene is so heartwarming it almost makes me want to cry.

We're snuggling up tonight here, too. Not quite your cold snap but definitely time to get out the down comforter.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Well good for you. Nature at work...we are on the other end. It can't make up its mind if this is August or December.

Hilda said...

It snows in California? Or is a 'freeze' something else?

Here, when it's getting cooler, that's when people start eating outside (assuming it's not raining, of course). Summers, it's next to impossible not to be in an airconditioned room.

USelaine said...

Dina - The cold is definitely early. But daytime temperatures are getting even up to seventy, demonstrating our wide 24 hour cycle.

Laurie - I was going inside to eat, and got to witness how gentle the family was. The little girl did some exploring before the food arrived.

Abe - It hit us pretty quick, and I only just took the air-conditioner out of the window.

Hilda - No snow, just temperatures cold enough to freeze the moisture in the soil into ice crystals. If we had cloud cover, it would probably stay above the freezing point, 32°F. We do get snow in winter, especially in the mountains just above us, but sometimes down in the valleys. California has a huge variation of geography, so it's difficult to describe the climate without dividing up the many parts of it. Here in Willits, some winters we get some "dustings" of snow, other years not. Right now, the open sky releases the warmth of day into the endless night overhead.

Knoxville Girl said...

What a wonderful scene. It looks comfortable as home. Sounds like winter soup weather - how about some mushroom and potato soup with dill!

Hope said...

I just love this wonderful family moment...such a warm and cozy scene. I'm glad I stopped by your blog for a visit!

Chuck Pefley said...

26? Good grief! That's the challenge I'm facing with only one suitcase for 2 weeks travel. Tomorrow I'll be in the mid 80's at noon and probably the mid 40's by night time. Confusing, to say the least. Warm wool takes up a lot of room, too.

USelaine said...

KG - Hey, you make it, I'll eat it! You list three things that I love.

Hope - Thank you!

Chuck - I hear silk is good for keeping warm and cool, however that works... anyway, it's thin as can be, and they make longjohns with it. You will be hunted down and shot if you pass this way without saying hello.

Hilda said...

Thanks for taking the time to explain Elaine. It's so hard for me to imagine the different types of freezing weather you have. Our weather in Manila is simple: hot (and humid), raining (and humid), and cool (and humid).