The holiday season is feather weather

Christmas bird

Another reason to slow down on Murieta Parkway. This is the egret who is adding to the holiday cheer at the Rancho Murieta Association Building, as photographed by Bill "Birdman" Gengler. Bill speculates the bird has been hanging around for weeks just to celebrate Christmas with residents, but we think the canny fowl was waiting for the right backdrop for its close-up. (Click for larger image)

Happy holidays, Rancho Murieta!

Here's a video look at the home Christmas lights honored this year by the Rancho Murieta Association. The video is two songs covering 19 homes. If you want to see a list of the homes and a map to do your own tour, which we recommend, you'll find that here.

Your neighbors: A holiday reading tradition

Christmas reading

Wanting to share love and holiday cheer with friends and family, for 22 Christmas Eves Bob and Bridget Gransee have held an afternoon open house. There's music, food and drinks and the reading of a holiday story. This year, Bob read "Snowmen at Christmas," assisted by Karsyn Duval, an 11-year-old neighbor who turned the book's pages so everyone could enjoy the illustrations. There were 50 or 60 people on hand. You can see some of them in the panoramic photo below. (Click for larger images)

Reading panorama

Tom Shaffer, longtime RM Realtor, dies at 81

Tom Shaffer, a top real estate salesperson for decades and a member of the Murieta Voices chorus, died Dec. 12 at age 81. Mr. Shaffer also served as a Rancho Murieta Association director in the 1990s and as its president in 1995. Read more »

We Live Here: An otter sunrise

Otters

Paul Anderson does it again. Our neighborhood nature photog brings back a collection of sunrise photos of a family of otters, including the first shot below, which shows four of them gathered on a log at Lake Clementia, faces into their fur, grooming themselves. All told, there were five in the group, Paul says. And guess what? We live here. (Click for larger images)

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