My Pebbles is having some stomach troubles and I have been bathing her once a day. It breaks my heart, because she always think she is in trouble, but I give her lots-o-kisses and tell her everything is okay.
This music came on the other night and jolted me awake ... I said to David (who was watching Jay Leno) "Who is this, I love this song!" Drop City Yacht Club - Crickets
Matt and I were talking about the kind of music I like ... the sunlit summer, breezy kind that you would listen to driving the open road with all the windows open. I listen to too much NPR and not enough music (that is what I have decided). More fun, less serious talking news.
Which made me start thinking about my other breezy faves.
As I get deeper in my work and life here in Edmonds, I almost forget that a mere two weeks ago I was on the open road in Texas.
We dined at my favorite landmark Mexican tourist restaurant in San Antonio, Mi Tierra.
We hit the road to Corpus Christi, where I got a quick visit with my friend, Amanda at the restaurant at the Art Museum of South Texas.
Then off to Rockport to see the beach and laughing gulls. We stayed at a great B&B, drank mucho beer, collected sand, shopped, walked around the town, and then a cold front moved in with rain, the temperature dropped about 30 degrees and we were off the Blanco.
This beautiful 5-foot cross made out of all kind of recycled goodies. I fell in love with it. Found it at The Flying Pig Emporium in Rockport, where the owner was originally from ... Seattle. Small world.
Getting blown away by the beach view. Then off to dinner.
Faith set my up to feed these cute little Laughing Gulls and they attacked my hair. She laughed a wicked laugh while she had her camera all set to capture the mayhem.
Then the cold front moved in while we were leaving town.
Blanco is the cutest little town with the perfect town square. I designed the Blanco Fun Run T-shirt and was there for the event. ;) Got to visit with my buddy, Irene, who has started an antique business. We didn't get to visit enough!
Then we headed to Waxahachie to visit my dad, Lisa - my sister. My friend, former neighbor, Rita ran over for a quick visit as well. Visited with my brother and saw his amazing garden he is creating. Drove the Historic Waxahachieto see the sights with Faith. Then we were on the to Blanco, via Glenwood Cemetery in Alvarado, where I had a quick visit with my grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt.
Then Glen Rose (got sand and saw wonderful rock formations), walked around town for a minute and spotted these great tiles!
Then Hico (fell in love with that town) where we shopped at this amazing store, Homestead. At Homestead, discovered this amazing artist, Jerry McAdams. Ate more Mexican food. I could not eat enough Mexican food or drink enough Dos XX. Got to see my second daughter. ;)
Jerry McAdams art, would have bought them all!
This is what I miss most about Texas ... the open road, and open spaces, big starry skies. Seems those open spaces are disappearing and that makes me very sad. I guess I am a Texas-girl at my core.
Saw lots of wonderful birds in Faith's backyard in Blanco that backs up to the Little Blanco River (dry now). Got sand. Watched birds. Listen to the Live Oaks sing. And hung out with my favorite Texas dogs, Henry and Ollie. And then I was back on a plane heading north. Without seeing everyone I wanted to see and visited with. I think that would require at least a month or more.
I still managed to work thanks to my Sprint HotSpot, listened to my Audible books on my laptop falling asleep at night.
My friend, Bob Sullivan, has a book coming out tomorrow. I am so excited for him. This is a departure from his normal subject of technology scams and frauds.
Duane and I made this little video about his book some time ago.
Trying to do major catch up after being gone for 8 days. Work, work and more work. Finished an illustration today for The Herald. And a website for my friend, Bob Sullivan over the weekend. He has a book, The Plateau Effect: Getting from Stuck to Success coming out on the May 2nd. Can't wait to get my hands on that book and get myself unstuck. ;)
After 4 years of being belittled and degraded about what I didn't' know about building websites, it feels so great to build a website in ONE day. Yeah, to Rick! He has helped me in so many ways that I could never fully thank or repay him.
Rick and Wally returned after a 3-month absence from Edmonds, and we are so glad to have them back. Wally has Photinia blooming (as well as a bunch of other stuff), but the Photinia buds (pink, light green and dark crimson) caught my eye today and made me giggle with delight.
So for tonight, getting my clothes put away. And for the next few months, start "summer cleaning" the house. Weeding, painting, deck restaining, Brantlers made ... the list goes on and on and on and on. And returning phone calls ... Maggie, tried to call you today ;)
The weather was colder in San Antonio than Seattle! Which was a blessing for me! My friend Irene insisted I purchase something in fiesta colors and we went to Fiesta.
I gathered up sand and bought home lots of it.
I gathered up some Texas twigs and bought them home in a 48x15x15 box. As I was checking it as baggage (only an extra $20), I told Faith ... this will be the story told about me for years to come. "Remember the time when Kim shipped home a box full of sticks!" And everyone laughs.
Got home and go busy catching up at work. Catching up with family and the dogs needed some extra pets.
Found this wonderful post to at creativegreed.com. Guusan, a 25-year old graphic designer and illustrator recently designed species of butterflies using letters. Isn't that brilliant?
Just finished a delicious breakfast at Anthony's by the Sea Bed & Breakfast in Rockport. You should definitely stay here your next trip to Rockport. Faith and I drank cold beer and walked around town last night, had dinner and a good, long visit. Catching up for a couple of years of being apart. This is a 250 year old Live Oak tree in the courtyard of the B&B. The main branch is horizontal to the ground. It is wonderful! They have some really large Live Oak trees here.
We are heading back towards San Antontio, then to Maypearl, close the where that terrible fertilizer explosion happened. Hey, look at the new swimsuits Faith and I found here in Rockport. ;))))) The new bodies came with.
I have had such a crazy last two weeks. Work, book, more work, made these crazy eggs spelling out EASTER EGG HUNTS for the A&E cover. I spent 3 days (after watching Martha on the Today Show talk about these decal and making her eggs) trying to find the decals, (no one had them) ... then looked for temporary tattoo decal paper. None. Finally, found decal paper at Galaxy Hobby for car decals. It turned out pretty good, but not something I think I would do again. Spend hours photoshopping the shiny decal edges out of the photo.
After weeks and weeks of not feeling like I had a day off, yesterday, I cleaned up a month's worth of clothes collecting on the chair in our bedroom. A convenient place for the cats to sleep. While I was cleaning ... I watched 2 seasons Shameless on the watchathon. The father character you want to kill ... the mother is a mess, it is train wreck you can not turn away from. If you like incorrigible, reckless, deeply flawed characters that make you feel better about your life ... then this is the show for you. Unfortunately, we don't have Showtime ... so I will have to wait until the next free watchaton to catch up on Season 3.
So, now to go catch up on the rest of my life, like Brantlers and cleaning house. Have a great Easter! xoxox
It was not that long ago that we witnessed one of the most haunting, horrific events live on television. Nature is bigger than us and we sure forget that sometimes. My heart has been broken for that region of Japan since the tsunami. "The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom" by Lucy Walker is a beautiful tribute to them: the living, the lost, nature and Japan's more beloved flower. I watched this on HBO today. Rebuilding goes on.
What happen to those days I would go to Sky Nursery and spend hours looking at flowers? Waiting for my life to settle down ... I want to do that again in the near future! I stopped by my favorite abandoned house on the on my way home. ;)