Monday, August 31, 2020


Last day of August.
Twenty-one days until Fall.
Sleeping in until 7 am. And still not enough.
Listening to classic rock while cleaning.
Clean windows. Well, some of them.
Laundry done.
Listening to Tim McGraw.
Practicing painting with my watercolors. 
Breakfast for dinner.

Sunday, August 30, 2020


Getting up early to go kayaking.
Cool weather, partly cloudy, and not too much smoke.
Calm water and very little wind. It was like glass at times.
Just sitting in the middle of the reservoir, floating and watching all the birds.
Getting in a good workout.
Taking selfies and using my watch to control my phone camera.
So glad Mike's back is getting better.
Good tired.
Watching "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" and crying.  I loved it!
Meatloaf and broccoli for dinner.

Saturday, August 29, 2020


A two-mile morning walk.
Listening to a Liz Gilbert and Martha Beck podcast.
Listening to Amazon music while going through old photos.
Taking down curtains, cleaning windows, getting shit done.
Getting to see Jesse, Bri, and Logan for a few minutes this afternoon.
Seeing how happy and more relaxed they are in there own home.
Scouting kayaking location with Mike.
Walking around the marina and the wetlands.
Crossing bridges and walking another two miles.
Seeing Egrets, Red-tailed hawks, and Osprey
Watching people fly kites.
Another new recipe for dinner: Spicey shrimp over Creamy Cauliflower rice.

Friday, August 28, 2020


Sleeping in till 7:45 am. Ahhh.
Taking a walk while listening to a Tiffany Han podcast.
Watering my plants and harvesting tomatoes.
Getting out of the house and running errands around town. 
Talking to my Sister.
Listening to country music.
Playing with my art supplies and flat lay photography.
Chatting with the neighbors.
Stir fry for dinner.

Thursday, August 27, 2020


Another cool, clear morning.
Uncle Clifford survived Hurricane Laura.
Watching Bluebirds in the back yard.
Listening to music and getting my chores done.
Clearing out more junk.
Talking to my Dr. CynCyn. Planning Christmas.
Venting about politics with my Sister. 
Switching from reading the news to following Trevor Noah. Way more entertaining and less stress-inducing.
New recipe for dinner: Chorizo and vegetable breakfast skillet with a fried egg on top.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020


Much improved air quality this morning.
Getting to go for a walk.
Spending some time in the backyard.
Harvesting cherry tomatoes.
Opening all the windows and doors.
Talking to my Melissa, several times today.
Setting up a maternity shoot with Bri.
Getting the guest room ready.
Taking photos of Jesse, Bri, and Logan.
Chatting with their neighbor.
Takeout for dinner.


Tuesday, August 25, 2020


Checking in with my Sister.
A trip to Michaels.
Finding a note behind a painting an IG friend sent me.
My Melissa calling me so we could chat!
Discovering the best IG video ever. Thank you, Thor.
My Jesse calling to catch up.
InstaPot pork chops, roasted sweet potatoes, and broccoli for dinner.
Watching the AQI go down. 
Finally being able to open all the windows.

Monday, August 24, 2020


Eight whole hours of sleep.
Air conditioning.
Getting my hair done.
Listening to Train.
The smoke clearing out. We could see blue sky and clouds.
My eye feeling better.
Medical benefits.
Crispy Spicey Turkey with lemon and herb riced cauliflower for dinner.

Sunday, August 23, 2020


Almost a clear sky this morning. AQI 40
A MUCH needed walk. It was so quiet and peaceful.
Seeing little, early signs of Fall!
Chatting with the neighbors.
Making brunch for me and Mike.
Reading Click magazine. Getting inspired every single time.
Getting lost in my photos.
Laundry done.
Marinara sauce with ground pork, spaghetti squash, and broccoli for dinner.
Seeing some blue sky among the clouds and smoke. 


Saturday, August 22, 2020


My Julie texting me this morning.
Jesse and Logan spending the morning with us.
Logan helping Papa feed the birds. 
Robin stopping by with his new travel trailer and giving me a tour.
Mike and Jesse helping him with the towing hook-up stuff.
Taking a drive to pick up another Kayak - a purple one for me.
Group texts with my girls.
Getting my 'Nasty Woman' stickers in the mail.
Checking in with my Sister.
Leftovers for dinner.
Listening to Rumors by Fleetwood Mac

Friday, August 21, 2020


The wildfire smoke cleared for a while this morning.
Finding an injured Bewick's Wren.
Watching it flit about all over the backyard.
Talking to my Sister.
Mom called, we got caught up on life.
Texting with my kids.
Playing with brush pens and watercolor paints. AKA clearing my head/meditating.
Listening to Liz Gilbert's Magic Lessons podcast with Glennon Doyle
Catching up with Mike at the end of the day/week.
Chicken Verde with cilantro lime riced cauliflower for dinner.

Thursday, August 20, 2020


Waking up in my own bed, in my own home.
Getting the news that Brian and Julie's and Father's houses survived through the night.
Wishing my Julie a Happy Birthday.
Talking to my Sister.
Medical benefits.
A little bit cooler weather.
Air conditioning, to keep the wildfire smoke out.
Got to talk to my Melissa AND my Dr. CynCyn.
Sandwiches for dinner.
Watching the DNC with Mike. 
The air quality improving some this evening.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020


Mr. Logan visiting today. We had a good morning. Lots of hugs.
Talking to my Sister a couple of times.
Granddaughter number two is doing well and in the launch position.
About four weeks to go before we meet her.
Brian, Julie, and Erika made it out safe from the Walbridge Fire.
Hoping their home and surrounding ones are spared.
Takeout for dinner.
Watching the Democratic National Convention

Tuesday, August 18, 2020


A morning walk before 7 am.
Watching the neighborhood flock of turkeys.
Catching up with a neighbor.
Getting the grocery shopping done.
Getting some food prep done before the heat of the day.
Roasted chicken and artichoke for lunch.
Listening to 70's pop while editing photos.
Learning about the Golden Torch Cactus flower and how lucky I was to walk by when I did.
Watching Deadliest Catch with Mike.
Roasted Chicken Caesar salad for dinner. 

Monday, August 17, 2020



The sky shows Mother Nature is putting on lately. 

I just can’t get enough of them.

A morning walk before the temperature started climbing.

Listening to Brene Brown’s Podcast with Glennon Doyle.

A wonderful two-hour phone call with my Julie!!

Our eye doctor who is such a joy to visit.

My prescription has not changed much, thank you.

Mike home early from work and feeling a little bit better today.

Jesse stopping by to help us with the generator.

Grilled t-bone steaks, sauteed mushrooms, and salad for dinner.

Watching season 2 of Yellowstone.

Sunday, August 16, 2020



Waking up to an epic thunderstorm

Sitting outside, under the patio cover, just watching the show.

It went on for hours.


Paleo waffles, homemade pork sausage, and berries for breakfast.

Texting with my girls.

Power and air conditioning.

Researching the history of Abiquiu, New Mexico.

Listening to 70’s pop while editing photos.

Leftover Sausage and Kale soup for dinner.

And again, air conditioning.



Today…(Saturday 8-15-20)

Thoughts on my morning walk: no matter how crazy and messed up so many things are right now, we still have Mother Nature. Blue sky, trees, air, flowers, birds, animals, and more.

Power and air conditioning. Currently 104º and rising.

Making breakfast for me and MIke.

A great phone conversation with my boy. We talked about his work, their house, politics, or rather politicians, and found out we are both on the same episode of Yellowstone. 

Logan’s birthday party at Jesse and Bri’s with just the families. 

Jesse getting into the kiddie pool to cool off and play with the kids.

Getting to see and talk to other people in person.

Enjoying an evening out of my house.

That sky!

Air conditioning.


Friday, August 14, 2020



My Logan turns 4 years old today. Where does the time go?

That glorious cloudscape on my walk this morning.

Saw the egret again. Watched it forage for breakfast.

Watering and taking pictures of flowers.

Air conditioning during a heatwave.

Talking to my Sister several times today.

Again, air conditioning.

Cracklin’ chicken and salad for dinner.

Watching Yellowstone. 

Thursday, August 13, 2020



Meeting up with a Great Egret on my walk this morning.

Getting my bike and camera to go back and photograph the Egret.

So lucky it stayed on the branch.

My Sister calling to check-in. We are all doing alright.

Appreciating my new-ish Macro 100mm lens more every time I use it.

Reading the new issue of Click Magazine while having lunch.

I love that magazine.

Editing photos while listening to Country Music.

Watching tennis with Mike.

Buddha bowls for dinner.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020



Spending the morning with my Logan!

Sitting in the warm sun on a cool morning.

Laying wrestling on the grass.

Playing with 35 mini monster trucks.

Coloring together on a light-up whiteboard.

Having lunch on the back deck.

Watching 'Sofia the First'

The big hug I got before I left.

Playing with stencils and watercolor pencils.

Take out for dinner.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020



Nine, yes, NINE, hours of sleep.

Stretching before I got out of bed.

A two-mile walk while listening to a Chase Jarvis and Liz Gilbert podcast, before breakfast.

Stopping to drop off a card and wish our neighbor Jim a Happy Birthday.

Watering my garden.

Watching a Bee gathering pollen from my sunflower. Amazing.

Getting the grocery shopping done.

Staying off devices and social media most of the day. Got the news from my Sister.

Talking to my Dr. CynCyn. 25 more days.

Appreciating Whole30 vs Keto because - more vegetables and...sweet potatoes.

Evening conversations with Mike.

Sheet pan fajitas with cilantro lime riced cauliflower for dinner.

Monday, August 10, 2020



Feeling extremely grateful that I do not have to work right now with this Pandemic still going on. The stress would just be too much for me, I’m sure.

Starting another Whole30.

Listening to a few podcasts today. 

First, ‘The Power of a Morning Routine’ from Melissa Urban’s “Do the thing” podcast, while eating my breakfast.

Second, a Chase Jarvis podcast featuring photographer David Alan Harvey, while taking a two-mile walk in 80º weather. And I didn’t die.

Remembering how much I LOVE listening to stories and advice from photographers. Especially seasoned National Geographic photographers.

Editing photos while listening to Jason Aldean.

Playing with brush pens.

Trying a “Ground Meat with Stuff over Stuff” template for dinner. Ground beef, asparagus, onion, broccoli, over roasted potatoes. 

Quote of the day:

“Do I take good pictures every day? Hell no. Do I take pictures every day? Hell yes.” ~ David Alan Harvey

Sunday, August 9, 2020



The sun is coming up later and later.

Watching all the birds come in while watering this morning.

We had a whole family of Bluebirds eating mealworms at the patio table.

My Mammoth Sunflower is blooming. A little short but it’s perfect for photographing. 

I found three different things I had been looking for over the last few weeks/months.

All because the garbage disposal broke. Silver linings.

Took an early morning trip to Walmart.

Then a late morning trip to Lowes.

The garbage disposal has been replaced. I am so grateful my husband is mechanically inclined. 

Grateful to our new neighbors, who have spotted two fires in the creek behind our house before they got out of control.

Laundry done.

BLT’s for dinner.

Saturday, August 8, 2020



Was a good day. 

I got some chores done.

This afternoon we took an Intro to Kayaking class.

It was fun.

We learned a lot. 

We played some games to teach us how to maneuver our kayaks.

Then we paddled down the San Joaquin river...

Against the wind and tide.

We visited the Dow Wetlands, just to rest a minute.

Then we paddled/got blown back to the marina.

We ordered pizza delivery for dinner, with our cocktails.

We are tired. Good night.

Friday, August 7, 2020



Slept in until 7 am.

Coffee on the patio with the birds and my journals.

Designated today a rest day.

We’ve got a new juvenile Mockingbird visiting.

Then talked to my Dr. CynCyn.

Gave myself a mani/pedi.

Talked to my Sister twice.

I painted today. Yes, my toenails and on paper with my watercolors.

Practicing painting birds.

Working on another rainbow plaid with brush pens.

Talked to my Melissa. So glad she is feeling better. She sounds better too.

Listening to country music while editing photos.

Chicken thighs, mushrooms, and broccoli for dinner.


Thursday, August 6, 2020


Thursday with Logan.
I brought him some fresh-picked cherry tomatoes. He loved them!
We went on a short adventure through the empty high school. 
A flight of stairs became a "Bat(man) Tower.'
Lunch on the back deck.
A quick trip to our house and back. He noticed all the things that are different since they moved out.
He loves to chat, a lot, while in the car.
Cuddles while watching cartoons.
Getting a few minutes to visit and catch up with Jesse. 
He gave me a lamp for my office. 
Breakfast for dinner.
Watching the Yellowstone series with Mike. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2020


Wednesday morning with My Logan. 
Hugs, cuddles, play, conversations, and his sweet habit of twirling my hair around his fingers.
Peanutbutter and jelly sandwiches for lunch. 
Hanging out at Jesse and Bri's cute little cottage.
Miss Bailee doing so much better.
A much-needed catnap when I got back home.
Listening to country music on Amazon while editing photos.
The weather and that sky today!
All the feels.
Take-out for dinner tonight. And a cocktail. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2020


Woke up, made some coffee then sat on the patio sipping while watching the sun come up over the trees.
A Black Phoebe joined me. So did Miss Cleo.
Wrote in my journal a quote about how we gotta start romanticizing our life. Yes! 
"...start believing...even the smallest most mundane things are exciting and new because that's when you start truly living."
Basically, be in the moment, all of them, and be grateful for all that you have.
Working on it. Everyday.
Then I had some breakfast; two eggs, a slice of bacon, a little avocado, some spinach, a couple blackberries, and blueberries. Yum.
My Sister called and I took her on my walk with me.
Stopped to talk to Jim for a bit as he was watching the birds. Got caught up on the neighborhood. 
Made a run to Whole Foods and found they had Dahlias. Joy spotting for sure!
Wanted to buy them all but settled on one bunch. I took pictures with my phone of all the others and then finished my shopping.
Dropped off some donations at Goodwill. 
Got home and put the Dahlias in water before I put the groceries away then, had some leftovers for lunch.
Did a photo session with these beauties in my front yard. It has the best light in the middle of the day and lots of green foliage for backgrounds.
Edited photos while listening to my 'Girls' playlist.
Got my posts done for today and tomorrow.
Mike came home just in time for dinner. Chicken Verde in the CrockPot with cilantro lime riced cauliflower, avocado, cabbage, and tomatoes.
Now I get to read before I go to bed.

Monday, August 3, 2020


Up before the sun.
Watering my garden and picking my first tomatoes of the season.
Laundry done.
Straightening and putting stuff away. Trying to clear out space.
Working on the guest room and purging more stuff I don't need.
My Melissa called me. They are ready to leave if Hurricane Isaias gets too crazy. 
Taking and editing photos.
Listening to Kenny Chesney, Green Day, then, my Girls playlist.
A cocktail and catching up at the end of the day with Mike. 
Grilled pork tenderloin, broccoli, fresh mozzarella cheese, and some of those tomatoes.

Sunday, August 2, 2020


Kayaking San Pablo Reservoir with Mike.
Watching the Terns, Cormorants, Pelicans, some Tukeys, and a Bald Eagle.
A much needed afternoon nap
Reading 'Life will be the death of me' by Chelsea Hander
My Dr. CynCyn called me.
Editing photos
Marinara sauce with ground pork over zucchini, Caesar salad, and a glass of wine for dinner.

Saturday, August 1, 2020


Shopping for a kayak with Mike.
Bought another kayak. My kayak.
Beautiful weather at the marina.
Watching NBA basketball.
Planning a trip to a reservoir tomorrow with our kayaks. 
Managed to find a waterproof pouch for my phone at our local REI.
Can't wait to take pictures on the water!
Pork tenderloin, roasted sweet potatoes, and broccoli Chipotle for dinner. 
An evening cocktail.