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Wednesday:) When The Vacation’s Over

8 Aug

“Don’t be sad that the vacation is over. Start planning the next one.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Well, I’m back home in beautiful steamy McKinney, Texas. It’s after 9pm and I asked Google what the temp is, and she said “The current temperature in McKinney is 91, but with the humidity it feels like 99.” Also, my AC was acting up before I left, and I made my Joplin’s AC appointment for Friday because I have Art Club in the morning. I had the AC set at 86 while I was gone, and it said 86 when I got home, OK, I turned it down to 80, and over the next few hours the readings went up instead of down. It’s blowing air, but now the thermostat reads 88. It doesn’t feel that warm, but maybe the thermostat is wonky? I’ll survive. So, back to my vacation,.,

Yesterday was my last day in beautiful Venice CA where the evening and early morn temps were around 68 and daytime in the 70’s. Matt had to work most the day, it asked what I wanted to do for my last evening. I said, “I want to put my feet in the ocean.” Now, that’s one big step for mankind! All my friends and family know that I’m afraid of water. But, you can’t go to the ocean and not walk by the ocean.


When a small wave rushed up by my ankles, I got nervous and walked further away. But, we did walk along the shore for a while, until the sun started setting. It was beautiful.

I took so many nice pictures that will make beautiful references for watercolor paintings.

Then, I wrote my name in the sand and watch the water come in and wash it away. Cool!

Matt then took me for my last vacation vegan dinner in California. A perfect end to a perfect visit with my California boy.

Thanks for the pick up at the airport Lynne. It’s so nice to have wonderful friends. Zelda took me to DFW and Lynne picked me up. I’m a nervous traveler, so having a friend give me a ride always calms my nerves. We’re so busy talking, I don’t have time to get nervous.

Happy Wednesday my friends. It’s good to be home. It’s sad to be home. I can always start planning my next trip.

Saturday:) Some More Sun, Fun and Sightseeing in CA

3 Aug

“All I do is eat, sit in the sun, paint, walk by the beach, take naps, get waited on, and have fun. It’s like being on vacation. Oh wait, I am on vacation.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Another leisurely day in paradise. Matt keeps telling me, “Now, do you see why I lobe living here?” I have refrained from saying, “Maybe your old, yet wonderful mother, should come and live with you.” I don’t want to give him a heart attack. He’s too young. It is beautiful, but I still love my McKinney best.

This. morning, I sat outside and finished the watercolor I was working on of some random old lady sitting by the pier. (I’m the random old lady)

We walked around town. There was a little street fair we strolled by. They only had one artist. I was surprised. The rest were selling jewelry, clothing, and touristy stuff.

Then, a nice lunch at the Mexican place where I loved the guacamole.

More fun murals on our walk.

We walked back home, and I did a little more reading until I started nodding off. Time for a nap. ( it’s a tough life)

We’re heading off to the Hollywood Bowl in a few minutes for a concert and a little sight seeing. Watch out! I might get discovered in Hollywood and never return home. STOP LAUGHING! Anything is possible!

Have a great Saturday, my friends.

Montage Monday:) A Week in Three Peeks

30 May

“What I tell you three times is true.” ― Lewis Carroll


Normally my Momday montage consists of a quick week in a peek, but this week it will take theee peeks to even begin to catch a glimpse of my week of travels through New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado. 36 photos, not even a tenth of the photos I took. It was hard to decide which to share…

Wednesday:) What? More Wonderful Vacation Pictures

25 May

“No man needs a vacation as much as the man who just had one.”

~Elbert Hubbard


I’m going to need a vacation after my vacation. Only half way through, and I have ten thousand pictures. Well, almost. Maybe just five hundred. 

Yesterday, a drive up to Chaco Canyon. 

The Center of Chacoan Culture

For all the wild beauty of Chaco Canyon’s high-desert landscape, its long winters, short growing seasons, and marginal rainfall create an unlikely place for a major center of ancestral Puebloan culture to take root and flourish. Yet this valley was the center of a thriving culture a thousand years ago. The monumental scale of its architecture, the complexity of its community life, the high level of its community social organization, and its far-reaching commerce created a cultural vision unlike any other seen before or since.