Life Lessons

"Figuring out our gifts in life is part of our journey to becoming enlightened human beings.” – Allison DuBois

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Mountains are Calling

Sunset from Sunnyside Lodge
The mountains are calling and I MUST go.....

I am heading to the Sierra's for a few days with 5 girlfriends for our annual retreat.

Well, it's kind of a retreat, in that it is very relaxing. 

But it's not like a spiritual retreat in that there is a lot of good wine, story telling and laughter....well maybe that is my new idea of a spiritual retreat!!

We are heading for Lake Tahoe for a few days.  My old stomping grounds!  I feel it in my know that pull to be in the mountains. 

Half Dome
I came across this time lapse video on Pinterest yesterday.  It is photographed by Shawn Reeder in Yosemite over a two year period.  It is just mesmerizing to watch the clouds and stars and light pass over the mountains and landscape.  Beautiful soundtrack as well!

I hope you find some time in your day to enjoy the beauty that Shawn shares with us here.

Yosemite Range of Light by Shawn Reeder

It is funny that I never went to Yosemite as a child and yet it is so close.  My parents took me there for the first time on a day trip while I was home from college.


My mom went with her family when she was a teen.
Neither look too impressed.  (Love the outfit mom!)

I think Grandpa's car was giving him trouble so he wasn't too happy.

Ever since then I have gone once or twice a year. 

Sometimes I take plein air painting classes there from my mentor Marcy Wheeler.

Sometimes I go there with my girlfriends, or to take basket weaving classes from Julia Parker.

Splitting the reeds

Gathering the reeds

But my favorite time is going with Mr. B to relax and watch him fly fish. 

It is a thing of beauty.

The Awahnee Dining Room

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."  --John Muir

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Happy 22nd Tyler!

Song - Beautiful Boy - John Lennon

Tyler - my baby is 22 today - May second....and just when did he grow up?

Can you believe it?  Well you probably can but I certainly can't!

He is handsome, smart and so funny!  (Oh yeah, he would probably like me to add that he has muscles, lot's of muscles!)  I will also add that he has a tender heart....

Hope your day and year is filled with love, dreams and happiness - Mom

 "All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much." --George Harrison

"God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well." -- Voltaire

Monday, April 30, 2012

Birthday Party Time

 Song - Happy Birthday - The Beatles

Last evening we had a quadruple birthday celebration BBQ.

A very happy birthday to Tyler, Ashley, Tom & Barbara!
The weather was beautiful, the company divine, the food was delicious and the birthday's were celebrated with a few close friends. 

What more does one need?

Oh yeah....a martini....remember that martini I told you about last month when Mr. B and I were in Arizona.  Well, I decided it would be fun to greet people as they arrived with a "Summer Solstice Martini". good!

So I thought I would share the recipe with you and see what you think?

  • 2 1/2 ounces raspberry vodka
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 1 ounce Rose's lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce cranberry juice
  • 2 ounces orange juice 
  • Place in an ice filled martini shaker and give it a good shake.  Pour into martini glass and add a slice of orange.  Enjoy!

Hope you try it sometime this summer!

"I bought a piano once because I had the dream of playing As Time Goes By as some girl's leaning on it drinking a martini. Great image. But none of it worked out. I can't even play Chopsticks. But I've got a nice piano at my house!"  -- George Clooney

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