We just returned last night from our summer trip to Chincoteague Island. I'm having a hard time picking just a few photos to share with you because I'm still overwhelmed by memories of the beauty and the peacefulness we left behind. So glad it's always there waiting for us... too bad we can't visit more often. Some people like to travel and explore different places every year, but when you find a place that lets out all of the bottled stress that you carry in your daily life, it's hard to think of going anyplace else, no matter how interesting it might be. Why search the world when you've already found your happy place? I've decided this year to share my week's recap with you over two posts that are heavier on the photos and lighter on the words. Today I'll share some of my favorite … Read More...
Since the beginning of this month I've been teaching a Zentangle® class on Monday evenings, right at the time when I'd normally be cooking dinner. As I mentioned that week, it's required a new strategy to get dinner on the table once I returned home from class feeling tired and hungry, and without the patience or time to cook anything that required much effort or even a recipe, unless it could be prepared entirely in advance. At first point Annie volunteered to make dinner Monday nights since she's home for the summer but, unfortunately (for me at least), she has had work hours on Mondays and needs to decompress for a few hours before working on her summer class. Plus, if preparing dinner is tiring for me after teaching, I wouldn't expect her to have the energy and focus to cook after her work shift. There's always a standing offer from Joe to bring home dinner on the nights that I … Read More...
There are now at least three places to find delicious donuts for breakfast, lunch or whenever you feel like it during the day on Chincoteague. It's almost an embarrassment of riches as they say. Or an overload of temptation. But, hey, it's vacation, right? We've always loved getting baked goods from the longstanding Sugarbakers Bakery and Cafe, and that hasn't changed. Earlier this year we discovered that a favorite ice cream spot called Mr. Whippy had a love child (or that's how we see it) called Lil' Whippy which serves donuts, gelato, and coffee during the day. Do you see that little baby in the upper left corner of the sign? Who wouldn't love him or the donuts in the picture at the top? The other addition to the donut cornucopia is a donut truck called Sandy Pony Donuts where they make them to order. Oh my, fresh, hot donuts made to order - yum. We took them to the beach as … [Read More...]
Well, it seems like it's becoming a biannual occurrence that this computer is attacked by malware, and although I wanted to share last week's Zentangle Challenge with you, I couldn't get pictures loaded or anything written. My fingers are crossed that thanks to hours on the phone with the Apple help desk, most of my problems have been solved, except for a printer that appears to have bitten the dust while these other problems were happening. Oy. Remember my word of the year? It was Acceptance, and I've had lots of practice embracing it this year. Be careful what you wish for... a plan for more acceptance in my life brought about more situations to accept... Such as puppy problems... most of her post surgical issues have been resolved except that, as a result of the medications for last week's issue, she has now developed a GI problem too, but I'll spare you the details. However, now … [Read More...]
The first week of each month the Diva challenges us to use a tangle created by another CZT. This week's Diva Challenge #278, is to use Knightstar, created by CZT Daniel Lamothe, CZT. I believe he's one of the youngest CZT's out there, still attending high school. Impressive, yes? Knightstar is one of those amazing tangles where a larger pattern is created by carefully following the step outs. I love the result, although it required some practice and a lot of focus to get it right. While it created star shaped patterns in the center of the lines, once I filled the petals with Printemps, the overall effect reminded me of butterflies, which is why I decided to put the organic tangles Pokeroot and Pokeleaf in the corners and sprinkle a few Fescu around the sides. Thanks for stopping by and your comments! … [Read More...]