Life Lessons

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

Monday, September 17, 2018

Simple Pleasures

Only two small patches of snow left on Mt. Tallac.  Wonder if they will make until the next snowfall. Some summers I have been on this same beach and the mountain will be covered with snow. It’s most impressive feature is that a cross is formed in two small ravines near the top.

Love this little Western Aster growing near the cabin.  There are so few wildflowers this year due to our dry winter but don’t worry.....

As there are plenty of chipmunks, squirrels, bears & Stellar Jays to keep me entertained!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Mountains Are Calling

In the mountains of Tahoe, I am at my second home.  My grandparents, father & uncles built a little cabin here in the late 1950’s on Forest Service land at the base of Mt. Tallac.  For me it’s my heart & souls place to reconnect with nature and myself. 

Over the weekend all three of our sons and their wives or girlfriends came up to join us. My heart was full seeing them share their boyhood memories with their significant others. 

On Saturday we spent the day at the beach and then had dinner at the cabin. Sunday we drove to Angora Lake were they rented a boat and rowed around the little Alpine lake.   We had planned to go out to dinner but the traffic around the lake was so bad that I made a big bowl of Pasta Salad & we enjoyed another evening at the cabin visiting & playing Canasta!  Everyone took off early on Monday so Mr. B & I have been relaxing. 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Stand By Me

Song -  And I Love Her by The Beatles

Thirty nine years ago Mr. B and I said "I Do!" 

We look so serious during our outdoor vows. 

I love the twinkle in my dad's eyes as he hands me off to Mr B. 

I'm thinking that he is wondering if we "kids" know what we are getting into.

We all look a bit more relaxed now that the service was over and the party was about to begin!

Mr. B's brother Bob (in gray) was a classically trained French chef 
and he graciously agreed to cater our reception.

The usual cast of friends (Mr. B and his friends from Chico) were there ready to cheer us on....

My mom and Mr. B dancing with his white man's overbite!!!

Me with my niece Katie and my two brothers Tim and Dave.

Cake cutting time and as I remember we had a carrot cake, a chocolate cake and a vanilla cake 
(guess we couldn't make up our minds).  
Our cake knife was given to us by Mr. B's sister Kristy.

Then Mr. B did the unthinkable.....

I can still hear my mother yelling "Don't you Dare" from across the room!

Time to gather up your bride Mr. B.....

A quick change of clothes and we are off on our honeymoon!

Driving off into the sunset in our chariot......
 err I mean our Toyota Corolla!

Thanks Mr B for 39 years of magic and love! 

"Before you marry a person you should first make them use a computer with slow Internet to see who they really are." 
—Will Ferrell

Friday, August 24, 2018

'Tis A Gift

Song - Take Me Home by Phil Collins

Happy to be at home and painting again!  Above is a painting that I started yesterday of a bouquet of peonies.  The photo reference was taken this spring in Paris. (see below)

Can you believe this beautiful and massive bouquet taken through a shop window?

"Just living is not enough....
one must have sunshine, freedom, 
and a little flower."

--Hans Christian Anderson

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Gardens, Whales & Bunnies

The last two days have been busy on the island of Nantucket. On Wednesday my girlfriends and I went on the 34th Annual Home & Garden tour in Sconset.  It was another dripping hot-humid day but it was so much fun to see the decor & history of some island homes.

It went from one end of the spectrum..... the other....

It was an all day affair and when we returned home, I finished my second painting for the week. Then we dined on Lobster rolls from Sayles & watermelon-feta salad.  Yum!

Thursday was spent in several museums as it was raining with thunder & lightening......and still dripping hot!

One of museums was of the islands famous Lightship Baskets. We listened to a basket maker named Jerry Brown (yes the East Coast one!) talk about his style of weaving. Unfortunately they did not allow any photos inside but look what I found in their garden below!

Next we headed for the Whaling Museum in old downtown. 

A reconstructed whale hanging from the ceiling 

The light from an old lighthouse 

Scrimshaw done by sailors on whaling boats. 

We headed back home and I began a new painting then at dinner time we drove back into town to have dinner at The Languedoc which was both relaxing and delicious! And on the way home we were treated to bunnies running amuck on our property!

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