Cold and foggy and after experiencing heat at Lake Shasta and California, I am not complaining. I know it will warm up later today when the fog burns off. But at this moment, it feels delicious. (Photo for Maggy).
My vacation is almost over. It feels great not to be invested in the news for two weeks. I am feeling rested. Back to awaking early ... my body must know this, I woke up at 5am this morning. One more week would be perfect!
Before arriving anywhere, we were thoroughly entertained by ground squirrels at a rest stop that literally met us at the car door begging for food. Very cute. Lake Shasta - the thing to do there is rent a houseboat for the week. San Francisco - San Francisco MOMA, graffiti on Haight, Chinatown, North Beach (we just walked around from our hotel), Laguna, Union Street, The Presidio, Palace of Fine Arts. Then there was camping at Lake Sonoma in wine country. After the sun came up, the hills were filled with bees buzzing around. Hwy. 101 through the giant Redwoods, a beach near Orick where I found the best, thinnest rocks I have ever seen. Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.
Bees using lavender as springboards over to another. Tiny unknown flying objects sparkle in the sun while the dogs follow me around the yard, digging where I dig. Me, trying to tame the grapes from taking over hydrangeas. And prune one of the Snowball Viburnums (badly planted spot) into submission of being a smaller version. A robin so robust, I thought it was a crow ... just waiting for some juicy worm to show itself in dewy grass.
I am on vacation. Trying not to let my brain explode with my endless "to-do" list. Instead, enjoying feeling freedom to explore the yard, the studio, catch up on correspondence needing a stamp. Chores, like installing a new area rug in the living room, some dusting, cleaning. But not too much the first day. Also thinking of a road trip to San Francisco via Shasta Lake (for a day of fishing). Right now, it is all spinning around in my head. Tomorrow, we might be packing the car.
So mom and I watched our last Midsomer Murders (52so far) from Netflix the other night. In mourning that it would be the last time we sat down with Inspector Barnaby as he investigated yet another grizzly crime in the idyllic village of Causton, England. Taking in the wonderful theme music that makes my heart jump a beat when I hear it. Well, I just discovered there are 15 more episodes. They are not available on Netflix (yet) and I am trying to find where we can view them somewhere. We are so thrilled that we have something to look forward to watching! The little things that make us happy. ;)
Don't you love this wall with old clip boards used for frames!!! I have one but I want an entire wall too. Lat image found in Elle Decor magazine. More ideas at Embellish, Apartment Therapy and Remodelista
This is the one I have in my kitchen, where I keep poems written to me from friends or something I love torn from a magazine ... needs to be cleaned off now.
Well, it wasn't a waste of an entire day but I didn't think it would take me so long to edit my book. I haven't uploaded the new version yet, just want one more pair of eyes to look over the text. I replaced photos, added a page to identify flowers - I have learned a lesson. Makes notes of what you are shooting and write it down some place! Okay, uploaded my new version.
Do I have space for one? Hydrangea paniculata Vanilla Strawberry looks so delicious. A couple of my hydrangeas are completely full of blooms, almost too many, they get too heavy and the some blooms get a scorched edge. The others are still trying to come back from the pruning a couple of years ago. Pixel getting around the yard pretty fast ;)
I have a huge bouquet of flowers that D bought me at the market. I love to see the collection of amazing colors and shapes. But I really love photographing and visiting just one at a time. To see the patterns, the colors, the construction of that one flower ... each one is simply a work of wonderful art.
Okay, now off to get some real work done, like, clean out the refrigerator. Finish my book. Register my new brand name and logo. Clean the family room. So on, and so on.
Sumi Ink Club is a Los Angeles-based drawing collective founded in 2005 by Sarah Anderson and Luke Fischbeck. The group holds regular open meetings to execute topsy-turvy, detailed, collaborative drawings using ink on paper. in each of its permutations, Sumi Ink Club uses group drawings as a means to open and fortify social interactions that bleed into everyday life. Sumi Ink Club is non-hierarchical: all ages, all humans, all styles. Isn't this fabulous!
I really want to see this paper installation by Paul Hayes called Foursite (4 Artists | 4 Materials | 4 Sites) at San Francisco Museum of Craft+Design in San Francisco! Paul says he used about 15,000 pieces of paper.
I had such great intentions of putting up a calendar once a month. Fail! So next year I will put it in a better format for printing from a computer rather than this weird size. But had to share my July because I love the quote ;)