Monday, January 25, 2016

I miss Oaxaca...

I laid in bed for awhile waiting for the breakfast Ellen would say....  "waaaaaaaaa!...."

We had such a good trip!  Good peeps,  good food, good shopping,  good tour and
sites and an amazing workshop!!

I am going to show you what I mean....

Here's mom and dad waving good bye..

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Hello 2016

December went out jam packed with fun stuff....ending with a great visit from LE.  We did some art and eating and saw Star Wars...again.

I had a show at Art from Scrap.  Always a fun event...

Madison and I made some fun holiday projects

We had a great Art Hus holiday party at Heather and Scott's

Maison opened a restaurant and a hotel at our house on her break...

And now I am getting ready to go to Oaxaca with a quick stop in Puebla.  We will be doing a workshop in our favorite spot, Casa Colonial...can't wait.  I will post when we get back.

Friday, December 11, 2015

As 2015 races to the finish....

...I am amazed, again, how fast the year has gone...and how incredible it has been.  I just want to fill you in a bit  on my Nov.   It was full of events.  I had some great food, fun time with friends, beach time, sold some art but on the down side Madison broke a bone in her elbow.  Not a bad break and she was super brave and barely complained...I told her she was a real trouper...she said a storm-trouper?

These sky pics were on the same day on our walk at Arroyo Burro Beach with Mary Stanley, Mary Ann Moss and her sister Dottie.  One of my favorite  beaches...First a polka dot sky, then a golden and pink and then it just lit on fire...Really awesome!!

I like to visit my mom's grave on or near Thanksgiving.  She loved the fall and cooking for us all on Thanksgiving.  I have not cooked more than maybe a dozen turkey dinners in my life because we always were with either my or Earl's family.  And now Joe like to cook the whole meal..really good!  
Mom is buried by her life long friend Louise, who I am named after...middle name.  They had "best pals" put of there because they used to eat a candy bar that was called that.
The flowers are from Molly Robertson at Ballard Farms.  Jill loved them as we all did.  Madison did the awesome turkey painting to complete the Thanksgiving decor at Jill's.

The fall clouds and long shadows are only one up-ed by the sunsets this time of year.  I am always want to take a picture.  I took this one of Refugio Beach as I was driving...I don't recommend that by the way....

I have been getting ready for a visit from LE end of Dec.  We are all so excited...I even bought a new mattress...It is comfy.

So now I am  into Dec. and I will post soon....

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Antigua, Guatemala

What an amazing place!!  As many of you may know I love Oaxaca, Mexico and go often but I have to say there are many things here in Guatemala that do not compare.  It is easy to get to know this Antigua because it is set out in square blocks that radiate out from the Parque Central.  Once I figured out the buildings facing the park in connection with East, West, North and South then I could travel with confidence and I could make it back to our Casa Blanca....but that is not to say we did not get lost...Mary and I make it a point to always do the at least once...

Our little  (not really little) casa was perfect.  It had everything we needed and was close to great shops and food.  Mary Ann met the owner and got more info on the place from the maid and gardner.  We had fun thinking what it would have been like to have really lived there.

Besides all our shopping and eating in town, we took a day trip to San Antonio Aguas Calientes and the area that was the first Spanish Capital, from Nicaragua through Chiapas, Mexico.  The town was wiped out when the Agua Volcano's cone filled with water and broke to destroy it.  The capital moved to Antigua where earthquakes destroyed everything several times.  The third and final spot was Guatemala City.  It is now 5 million people and very modern. The natural disasters and devastating war has seemed to make the people strong and proud of their country.  They are very united to bring tourism back to this beautiful part of the world.  I felt very safe and comfortable at all times.