Life Lessons

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

Friday, July 10, 2015


Song - The Mad Tea Party Ride in Disneyland

I remember this moment so well.  We were in Disneyland around 1988 with our two boys at the time.  Jon was having the time of his life shaking Parmesan cheese onto his spaghetti. He was so happy that he could "do it myself" that he clogged up the shaker with sauce.  Jon always, always kept us smiling.

 But the shocker was how B-I-G Mr. B's glasses were!!!

The only other person that I could think of that wore this style......

Yep.  Good ol' Clark Griswald!

Of course, I just spotted a photo of my niece with her new glasses on Facebook and they are equally as large.  Maybe it's back in fashion or these two guys were just ahead of their time?

 "The time to laugh is when you don't have time for it."    
-- Argus Poster

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


Song - Walking the Dog by Rufus Thomas

This is my friend Gwen's sweet doggie named Grace.  She loves her mom, stuffed animals and carrots! A truly gentle soul.

I loved this pose of her relaxing on her front foot, while keeping an eye that Gwen was still nearby.

Since I had bought Gwen a birthday present but wasn't allowed to bring it on the plane (a large candle in glass - what was I thinking?), I painted Grace for her. The mandala in the background is from the Pema Chodron & K. D. Lang event brochure.

"Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails."    Max Eastman

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Under the Boardwalk

Song - Stars & Stripes Forever by the U.S. Marine Band

For the Fourth of July we headed down to Santa Cruz for a few days but it didn't look like the above picture......

It looked more like this! PACKED!

Luckily we were a few miles away in the Redwood Forest.

Painting, reading, walking and relaxing.  It was incredible weather and we ate dinner on the deck every night.

We brought our guard dog Mika with us!

There was a parade down our little lane that began with the new fire truck blowing its siren.

Followed by the old fire truck blowing its rickety old siren.

Followed by kids young and old.

People decorated their cars, trucks, golf carts, bikes, strollers, skateboards and shoes.  Anything that moved.  Mr. B and I just parked our lawn chairs in front of our cabin and ate our lunch while waving to the parade going by.

Heckle and Jeckle were in the tree nearby, cheering on the crowd! Every morning we would wake to them making a weird clacking sound. Apparently it is the noise of dominate females.  They sounded just like the bushmen tribe in "The Gods Must be Crazy".


Later in the day we took a drive to Lighthouse Point to watch the surfers but there were few waves and even fewer surfers. 

People were enjoying their Fourth out on the water.

And on the wild rides at the Boardwalk.  We got caught in a major traffic jam so I was able to take plenty of photos from the car.

How often do you think they inspect those bolts????

"You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family 
picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flied die from happiness.  You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism." -- Erma Bombeck

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