Showing posts with label author's note. Show all posts
Showing posts with label author's note. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 30, 2016


A is for abandoned.

And, that's all this gal shall be writing for the 2016 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. Life has taken a critical turn that disallows (such a word?) me to participate in this year's blogging challenge.

Best wishes to all participants.

To see the list of bloggers, click here.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016


Lone Tree Road, Diablo Range

Dear Take 25 to Hollister Readers,

I'm taking a hiatus. How long, I do not know. The Husband, the Mama, Molly the Cat, and I have started on an interesting, one-of-a-kind learning adventure. I will be writing about it now and then at my other blog, The View from the Top of the Ladder. I welcome you to join me there anytime.

If you're new to Take 25 to Hollister, I'm sorry to have missed you. Thank you for visiting and please wander about the blog to find out about what there is to do and see in and around the real Hollister, California, such as the Pinnacles National Park, different state parks, the various parades, Mission San Juan Bautista, San Benito Olive Festival, and fantastic shops and restaurants.

Thank you, all Dear Readers. See you around town.

~ Su-sieee! Mac

Thursday, October 29, 2015

October—Full of Wandering and Wondering

My appreciation to San Juan Bakery, in San Juan Bautista, for reminding me about the joy and wonder of October. The Husband and I have had lots of fun adventures in, around, and out of Hollister this month. Who knows what these next three October days shall bring.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Dear Take 25 to Hollister Readers,

I wish you peace and love, joy and happiness on this Christmas Day!

~ Su-sieee! Mac

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dear Take 25 to Hollister Readers,

It's a day of appreciation of our world—our family and friends, our communities, and our environment. I wish each of you peace, joy, love, and happiness.

Yours truly,

Su-sieee! Mac

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Cute and Cozy for Now

After being out and about in the large sprawl of humanity of the Bay Area yesterday, the Husband and I were very happy, and relieved, to turn homeward on the Bolsa, aka Highway 25. I suppose one day our county will eventually become the southern end of the Bay Area sprawl, with houses and businesses lined up from beginning to end of Highway 25. But, I hope that will be in a far distant future. Until then we shall enjoy the comfort and coziness of a cute small town ambiance.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

If Injured Plants Had a Say

I don't get why people have to carve out messages on trees, cactuses, and other plants. Do you? Plants are living creatures, too, just like us, humans. After all, they perform an essential role in our ability to live everyday.

This particular tree is on Fourth Street in San Juan Bautista. It actually looks like its hurt, sad, and a bit angry. If it had a say in the matter, would it agree to have been carved? Would it retaliate by sending word to all the trees and plants to stop making oxygen for those persons who maimed it?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

2014 Calendars

I'm hawking wares today. Calendars, they are.  Three of them in fact. I designed three calendars featuring many of my Take 25 to Hollister  photos, which are available for sale at

Click on the links below to see the calendars. Today, the calendars are being sold at 40% off the regular price of $24.20. And, no doubt, Zazzle will have some kind of discount throughout this holiday season.

Thank you for checking them out!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Break Time

From the late 1940s to the early 1970s, my dad irrigated many of the farm fields in San Benito County, including some off Bolsa Road, aka Highway 25. He and the fields were my babysitter when I was a small kid.  Sometimes at the end of the day he would let my tiny chubby hands turn off that cartoon-looking pump that somehow fed water to all those irrigation pipes.

To this day I love the lay of the fields as they sprawl towards the hills. The quietness that I remember of the fields still translates whenever I look at them. And, yes, there are days when I drive the Bolsa that I can see me, the little girl playing alongside the irrigation ditches as her father does his work.

Okay, enough of the sentimentality. This here blogger is taking a rest from posting on Take 25 for a a week, maybe two.  Enjoy the summer days and nights.

Until later, dear readers,
Su-sieee! Mac

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Cat's Meow

Nothing like hanging out on a sunny Spring day. Purrrrrrr.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

What I Am All About

Dear Take 25 to Hollister Readers,

I'm a bit early for my Sunday's post, but what's time when something needs to be said pronto.

Some of you have been with me since I began this blog, way back in 2008. I truly appreciate each and every one of you for your return visits.

Some of you have just discovered me today, whether it be today, the date of this post, or some time in the future. Hmm, sounds strange, but I think you understand what I mean. To you, I say: Welcome! Thank you for stopping by. I hope you go check out other pages after reading this lengthy, wordy post.

Here goes: It was brought to my attention that a person has been upset because I had posted my photo of a public display she had created for a public institution a couple of years ago. Because she had not contacted me directly about her concern, I have no idea what her exact issues are. Please know, everyone, that I am approachable. I don't bite. I was told though that she did not understand how I can sell copies of my photo of her public display. And there, dear readers, popped my dumbfounded "Huh?"

So, because of this, it's important that I let you all know:
  1. I write this blog for fun. Take 25 to Hollister is my own creation, my baby. The blog is not connected to any organization. I do this blog alone.
  2. Sometimes I get suggestions for topics, which I appreciate. Every so often, a person will ask me if I could do a post about a future event his or her organization has planned, and usually I will.
  3. I don't get paid for writing Take 25 to Hollister. In other words, I receive neither money nor gifts from restaurants, shops, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, or individuals about events, products, or services that I write about. Should I receive some form of compensation, I would post that information because FCC requires that I do.
  4. Once, I received $5 in my virtual tip jar. Thank you, ocean girl!
  5. Unless otherwise stated, the photos on Take 25 to Hollister are mine. I took them. Yep. So, that means I own the copyrights to all my photographs, just as each of you own the copyrights to your photos. Unless I've misinterpreted copyright law, a photograph that one takes of a building, a display, or, even of a picture is the intellectual property of the photographer who took the photograph.
  6. I don't sell my photos—the ones that I post on Take 25 to Hollister. One day, I would like to sell my photos. But that day is not here. Besides, if I did sell my photos, I would advertise it quite openly on my blog.

    If someone has bought a photo that comes from Take 25 to Hollister, please email me immediately: susieeemac at gmail dot com. Someone is pretending to be me! I hope I don't hear from anyone, because I don't want to have to deal with such a problem. So, maybe don't tell me. But, let the person from whom you bought the photo know that a) you know that she isn't the real Su-sieee! Mac and b) she owes me money now!
  7. As many of you know, it is quite easy for unscrupulous people to "steal" photographs and words from Web sites and pretend those photos and words are theirs. So, I've made it a habit to put a watermark on each photo that I post on Take 25 to Hollister. The watermark may be my copyright,, or both. I place the watermark in a spot where it would most likely ruin the image if a thief tried to erase it.
There you have it, dear readers.  This is what I'm all about, as I write about and photograph my hometown and surrounding area.  I hope that the person who is upset has read this and is no longer upset. Whatever she thought I had done to wrong her—whatever it may be—was inadvertently done. And, to ensure that everything is put to rest for her, I have removed both my photos of the public display from the Web.

Thank you, dear readers, for your support over the years.

Su-sieee! Mac

Post Script

I am writing this about 15 hours after having published this post. I learned a big something about myself today. My short-term memory is shot! Is this what comes from growing older?

It turns out that somewhere near the beginning of this blog's time I created a copyright alert that pops up whenever someone right clicks on one of my photos. The alert reminds you not to "steal" my photo. There was also a message about sending me an e-mail if you would like to purchase the photo. When I started producing Take 25 to Hollister,  I thought I would sell my photos. I forgot about that. I also forgot about the copyright alert. I deprogrammed (or whatever the correct term is) the right-click feature on my mouse because I find it a nuisance. In short, out of my sight, out of my mind.

So, today, after much protesting that I don't know about any copyright alert message, the husband calmly showed it to me. It took awhile to find the gadget that produces the message, and in so doing, I finally recalled that it was me who put up that notice about selling photos. Way back when. Hmmm, that could be why someone asked to purchase a photo last year. I had declined because I wasn't set up to sell photos. Hahahahah. Is this what growing older is all about? Oh, I already asked that, didn't I?

As for the copyright alert, it's still there. I just revised the message.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Onward and Forward Through 2012

Whoo-hoo! 2012! Here we are heading north on Union Road, crossing the bridge.

Salud! to you, dear Take 25 Readers. May we each forge confidently forward through another year.

Happy New Year! ~ Su-sieee! Mac

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

100 Things I Like: Hollister!

Today's post is my last of the 100 things that I like about living in Hollister. There are more than 100 things, of course. Much more.

I was born in Hollister at the old Hazel Hawkins Hospital on Monterey Street. I went to the local schools and after several decades continue to be friends with many of the kids I grew up with. In fact, the 1971 Balers offer a scholarship to graduating seniors. At 19, I moved to San Francisco to attend college and, except for a couple short moves back to Hollister, I lived in SF and the East Bay for about 30 years. I've visited my family regularly through the years, but I honestly never thought I'd move back.

When the husband and I moved to Hollister  8 or 9 years ago, I did not realize how much I missed the area—the open spaces, the expansive sky, the surrounding mountains, the farm lands, the back roads, and the cute downtown. As a kid, other than school stuff, I took part in few of the local activities, including the San Benito County Fair. That has changed. For instance, one of my goals has been to win a ribbon in something at the fair. Checked!

For more 100 Things I Like About Living in Hollister, click on that link.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

100 Things I Like: Irrigation Pipes

A farm at the southern end of  Cienega Road
Yes, irrigation pipes.

My dad irrigated fields for many of the farmers in San Benito County, from after WWII to the early 1970s. When I was a small kid in late 50s and early 60s, I used to go to the fields with him. He trusted me to close the irrigation pipe's water gate to a row when he held up his shovel on the other side of the field and waved it to tell me the water had reached the end of that row. He also had faith in that small kid's tiny fat hands to tightly close the valve on the water pump at the end of the work day.

For more 100 Things I Like About Living in Hollister, click on that link.

Monday, July 11, 2011

44 Shore Road

The first address I remember is 44 Shore Road. Our house was white with red trim. It was one of four small houses that stood behind Dunneville Store (now called the Dunneville Restaurant, Market, and Deli). The house no longer exists. Where I stood in the Dunneville parking lot to take this photo is about where our house would've been.

Today, the field and the parking lot are the same level. I recall going down a long flight of stairs from the back porch to the back yard, and if I wanted to wander in the field, I had to climb up a short incline to crawl through the barbed wire.

Things look so much bigger and higher when you're five years old.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Sun setting from Fairview Road
I wish you all dear Take 25 readers a very wonderful and wondrous holiday season. Merry Christmas! Happy Festivus! Joyful Boxing Day! and Happy Kwanzaa! And, for all you grumpys out there, may you have a Merry Bah, Humbug!

See ya next year!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Dear Take 25 to Hollister Readers,

Thanks so much for hanging out with me for as long as you've been coming by. It's been fun for me. Hope it has been for you, too.

No, no, this is not a good-bye. Just a note to let you know that because my work schedule is changing (for the better), I will eventually have less time for blogging.

So that means no more Tuesday in Hollister. Yes, I know how much some of you look forward to the feature. But, maybe later, I'll bring it back.

For a long time, I've been thinking about doing a daily photo post, or one every other day. . .or two. 

Hmmm, looks like I have a plan a brewing. Now, I make no promises as to how often or when I post.  I suggest you subscribe to my feed, if you haven't already. Otherwise, come by when you feel like it.  Okey-dokey.

Yours truly,

Su-sieee! Mac



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