Thursday, September 22, 2022

Week 37

"I am the intentional creator of my human experience."
~ SelfHealers Circle

Bike rides, clouds, walks, Great Horned Owls, hanging out with the grandkids, and even some rain. 
It was a good week.


Downtown PH pond.
That sky though!



Our City Hall.



Sidewalk Sunflower



Another cute yard in Martinez.



No power here for about seven hours while they replaced a power pole.
That's an impressive amount of equipment for one pole.



It's the time of year for backyard sunrises. Yay!



Second breakfast.



Okay, this is a really bad image from my iPhone of a Great Horned Owl we came 
upon while on a Saturday evening walk. It was being harassed by a Cooper's Hawk, 
and we were able to watch it for a while, once the hawk left. 
We believe this is one of two that have been calling from the trees in the creek behind our house. 
In the middle of the night, we can hear them talking to each other and they lull us to sleep.  




Painted this one a little differently. Still, so much fun!



We had a very nice rainy Sunday. 


Week 36

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are  tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
~ Henry S. Haskins

I've gotta keep up here - the weeks are flying by, as are the years. For example, we celebrated Miss Paisley's 2nd birthday this week. How did that happen? I've been here the whole time and yet, poof, she's not a baby anymore.



A Tuesday morning with this sweet pea.



I love flowers.



After school snack.
Did I bribe him? Maybe.




Still playing with watercolor rainbows on my iPad. 
Can't stop, won't stop.



She came to cheer on her big brother.
We don't know where she got this pose, but we all love it.



He ran/walked all the laps for his school fundraiser.



An ice cream bar for the birthday girl.



Birthday bouncy house pile.



Opening ALL of her gifts, with some help.



"Push Papa"

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Week 35

Back to our regularly scheduled program.



There is this spot in their living room where the light hits in the morning.



She is ready to go explore the neighborhood.



So many cute yards with fun decorations.



Went on a dinner date with Hubs and of course, we ordered the infamous Fox Roll from Mikuni.



Chillin in the backyard.



The illusive first-grader. 
I don't get to see him as much since school started.


I'm having a lot of fun playing with digital watercolor. 
This one requiered a lot of layers in Procreate.




ALL the rainbows! Always.



A quick little fun project in Procreate.
My favorite part about this, in addition to the quote, is the shadow under the paper. 











Week 34

Spent most of this week with my Mom. It was nice to visit with her and a few of her dear friends. 

One evening we got to talking about her life in the 1950s... 

Mom joined the Civil Air Patrol with a friend when she was fourteen. My father was a flight instructor there at the East LA airport and that is how they met. She started taking lessons and got her private pilot license at sixteen, then her commercial license at eighteen. So much history still to discover from this woman. 

The Monsoon Season was in full performance mode in the afternoons and it was beautiful. Hence, all the sky photos in these past two posts.



Sunset from Mom's backyard.



Mom lives in the high desert and she calls these weeds. 



She has several rose bushes on her property. 



This is Goofy. She adopted my Mom. They are inseparable. 




Spent a few nights on the front porch watching the Monsoon show.



My customary stop at Sunset Point.



Thankfully, I had very little weather to deal with on the way back down to the airport.


I got myself into a watercolor rainbow groove in Procreate. 
(more to come)
A very soothing activity while dealing with an "insect venom allergy" 
aka 50+ mosquito bites on my ankles and feet.
My souvenir from Arizona's monsoon season.






Monday, September 5, 2022

Week 33

I'm so behind here, I almost can't remember this whole week. 
I'm enjoying the new Tuesday and Friday morning routine with Miss Paisley.
I saw the most fantastic rainbow mass as I was driving north on AZ 17 and into the monsoon. 
I flew to Arizona on Sunday to visit Mom. I have to say, flying is it used to be so fun, then it got tedious, and now it is downright awful. 


I love summer fruit - especially these delicious slices.



Got out my watercolor supplies for some quick fun.



August sky.



Found these poster paint sticks at Marshall's. Fun!



Splish, splash on a Friday morning.



My plane. Almost three hours late. Made for an unnecessarily long day.
Don't get me started on their incompetence. 



Phoenix International Raceway, from the window seat, of course.
We drove our 1988 Ramcharger onto this track many years ago.



This. Had my flight been on time, I would not have had to drive into this scary beast. 
Thanks for the extra dose of anxiety SWA.



Thankfully it cleared up as I drove north and I got to see all that gorgeous sky.




Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Week 32

I've been getting outside in the mornings as much as possible to help balance my circadian rhythms. It feels wonderful and might actually be helping with my energy and sleep.

It's that time of year. Back-to-school...already?? Logan started first grade on Wednesday and celebrated his birthday with his new classmates Friday. Then we all went to the Zoo with him on Sunday.


                    

Notes from the Universe via my cup of tea.



Grounding.
Lush lawn by Jesse - kept this way with recycled water.



Green Heron and two ducks. 
Once again, I wished I had brought my DSLR in my bike basket.



Like me, she wants to play with ALL of the colors.



I found Dahlia's on our Saturday afternoon trip to Lowes.



Grizzly Bear or North American Brown Bear? I think they are the same.
I say Grizzly.



Giraffes are amazing creatures.



Meet Lucha the Jaguar and oh so pretty. 



The majestic Bald Eagle.



I'm still looking for the photo I took of him in this same exact spot on his second birthday.
Pretty sure he wasn't as tall.



"Do this?"
We tried to get her to spread her 'wings' too. 



Mr six-year-old had a busy, fun birthday week.