California Dreaming on such a Winter's Day

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

First of all, let me begin by saying how much I love living in the Pacific Northwest. I really, really do. However, the month of January often finds me struggling with the blues. No doubt, because of all the grays. It's the one time of the year when I work to stave off a desire to climb back into bed and read all afternoon.


My sis even gifted me with a light box one year to help with my SAD symptoms. I didn't really notice a difference and gave up on it, perhaps too early.  I digress. At any rate, the best cure for me is to get out the door and head to the gym, or a nearby trail with Mac, our white Golden Retriever, and Bernie. Exercise is a great way to shake off the winter doldrums.  

This morning though, I found myself daydreaming about a trip we took in October to meet our friends Ron and Alexandra Seigel for an fun adventure in the Sonoma area. Thoughts of warm weather, beautiful sunsets, and great wine longingly came to mind. Minutes later, Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR wrote a post about a place called Salt Traders Coastal Cooking. 


Reading the word, oysters, in Dorie's post, instantly transported me to a magical place called Nick's Cove in Marshall, California. Coincidentally, we were there during the same October trip I'd been dreaming about all morning. What an enjoyable but circuitous adventure we had while in search of the perfect oyster experience. But, it sure paid off. 

As good fortune would have it, or perhaps the magic of co-creating, Nick's Cove was celebrating Wine Wednesday - with wines selling at half price!  Therefore, we shared a very nice bottle of Chenin Blanc from Chappellet Vineyards, and two trays of grilled and raw oysters. Full disclosure, we ordered seconds on the oysters. They were that good. 


And there you have it, my very legitimate reason for California Dreaming on such a Winter's Day. 

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Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Thank you for taking us along on your California dreaming today. Oysters is something I have never had. Dream away my friend. 

Jan 19, 2019 08:31 AM #3
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Sharon Lee Well then, we'll have to grill them one day when you visit again. D 

Jan 19, 2019 10:46 AM #4
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Great excuses for winter dreaming, and those oysters look wonderful. When I finished my Camino and ended up back in Santiago de Compostella, I found the market and had some oysters for lunch. They had a cool method of opening them.Oyster opening in Santiago de Compostella

Jan 19, 2019 12:05 PM #5
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oysters are right at the top of my list of favorite foods - I can never get enough of them! I prefer them broiled and with a nice glass of wine as well.

I'm glad you followed your drive for oysters - sounds like a great way to spend 'such a winter day,' Debb!

Jan 19, 2019 02:54 PM #6
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Now that feast fits my NW lifestyle although I love to California dreaming also Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

Jan 19, 2019 11:21 PM #7
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good mrning Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD ,

I love this post...... Nothing wrong with California dreaming on a cold dreary January day! It's those wonderful times with family and friends enjoying life that make us smile even when we are a little down in the doldrums. Loved the photo and those oysters sure do look good! My Geno always mixes a mean dip with the red sauce, lemon and horseradish (I've gotten pretty good with it too)!! Looks like a delighful time

Jan 20, 2019 05:37 AM #8
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Debb and Bernie -  Dining outdoors on the water in nice weather is great.  That picture transports me back to a place in Florida where we eat on the water.

Jan 20, 2019 06:12 AM #9
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debb, so sorry you have the winter doldrums, and maybe a trip to CA should be made?   Luckily, here even when it is cold, we still have sunshine, which sure helps.

Jan 20, 2019 06:34 AM #10
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hey Debb,
Until you and Bernie get your act together and take some real time for the California life in winter, perhaps you can live vicariously through those of us who do.  LOL  I totally get the winter gray "blues".  It's why my husband and I always made time to escape in January or February.  In the meantime, enjoy the beautiful Columbia Gorge life, with Nature as Neighbors.

Jan 20, 2019 08:44 AM #11
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I don't eat oysters, but I can totally relate to everything else. We have a very gray day today with the bonus of freezing rain. So hard not to climb back into bed.

Jan 20, 2019 10:11 AM #12
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Lighten your mood whatever way works best...exercise...light...and enjoy the dream !

Jan 20, 2019 05:31 PM #13
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

We have a very cold and windy Monday in Maryland.

However, we have a beautiful sunny day and life is good.

Jan 21, 2019 07:33 AM #14
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Debb, I can relate to the January blues and understand exactly what you mean. Looking at your pictures makes me want to make an escape to warmer weather. Oysters and wine are always at the top of my list, that combined with the company of Ron and Alexandra really would make for the perfect day. 

Jan 21, 2019 11:43 AM #15
Kristal Wilson
Strategic Sales and Marketing - Chino Hills, CA
Cause We Like 'Em New ~ New Home Specialist!

Debb ~You reminded me of two favorites things - a beautiful song called California Dreaming by the Mamas & the Papas, and an old Lewis Carrol poem "The Walrus and the Carpenter"  all great for keeping away the January blues.

Jan 21, 2019 07:50 PM #16
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Debb and Bernie

Sounds like the perfect way to enjoy California! Of course the title made me think of the Mamas and the Papas! Beautiful photos!


Jan 22, 2019 07:51 AM #17
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Debb... I'm going to be singing California Dreamin' in my head for the rest of the day now! We had so many grey and rainy days in Charlotte for weeks that it was beginning to affect my mood, as that is not typical for us. With three straight days now of sunny skies, I'm feeling much happier, even if it is below 30 degrees!

Jan 22, 2019 08:33 AM #18
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Now you've gone and done it. I keep eyeing those oysters on ice with Tabasco sauce and my mouth waters.

Also, I tend to forget that Sonoma County extends all the way to the coast of California, because the town of Napa is only 45 minutes from Sacramento.

Jan 22, 2019 09:32 AM #19
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

As someone who does work on both coasts, I totally get it that you want to be California dreaming on a cold winter’s day.

Jan 24, 2019 07:42 PM #20
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Happy Birthday my friend!!!  I hope that you have an amazing day for your special day!!!  I feel so blessed that I get to call you friend!!!

Jan 26, 2019 06:47 AM #21
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Well Come out to Denver on a sunny day, I sure we can find some good wine to share.


Jan 26, 2019 08:06 AM #22
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