Monday, June 12, 2017


Twenty- six miles across the sea
Santa Catalina is a-waitin' for m

My awesome sister and I spent a lovely Saturday visiting the tiny seaside town of Avalon on Catalina Island. It was drizzling in Newport Beach when we left and windy. We decided that the sea air was "brisk". (The first rule of traveling in our family is "no grumbling") The ride was only an hour so we arrived ready for adventure and a warm meal.

After a hot lunch of burritos and drawing in our sketchbooks we were much revived. The sun came out and we made our way to the Catalina Island Museum. There was a Chihuly glass exhibit on display. I had seen photos of his installations but was not prepared for the mesmerizing beauty of his work.

There were explosions of color around every corner. 

 There were also bits of Catalina tile everywhere.

We took a leisurely stroll down to the casino, an art deco landmark from the twenties, then wandered back in to town and in and out of shops. It was a completely pleasant day, over too soon. Grey clouds were rolling in as we left and the ride back was shorter and colder.

I'm looking forward to returning to Catalina again soon.

(Note to self, take a warm jacket for the boat ride)



"There is nothing--absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."
- Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Avocado Toast and Too Many Books

Sometimes it is nice just to go out on a Sunday for brunch. The hub and I did just that today at a local place called The Outpost. They have the best coffee cups and great sourdough toast.

We had a good time talking about summer and books.

Now I have a Kindle I can read again. I dug up my college reading list and want to go back and reread the books that I missed. Heck, I want to reread the whole thing. Most of the books that I read when I was in school I really didn't understand at all. What do you know about life when you're twenty?

I also found this website that estimates how many books you have time left to read based on your reading habits. I'm going to have to up my game from average to voracious. 

What's on your reading list?



“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
~ Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft