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Sketching & Exploring


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When I mentioned previously that I was a “Goldie Locks Girl,” I wasn’t kidding!  Temperatures were in the 20’s at night and 50’s during the day. The days were windy, and dry…very dry. Nights were very cold, and well, we just didn’t go out!   How can I complain when nature is so beautiful, and inspiring.   Although we fiound it cold in mornings and late afternoons, I was still able to get a little sketching in.


I regretted not taking my paints, at least my watercolor paints.  Since it was so cold and windy during the day, we were either in the car exploring, or at the resort.  I stiffened up like a pop sickle just out of the freezer!  My paints would have helped keep me busy working out color schemes, and designs.  The colors in Tahoe were breathtaking. . .  In Southern California we are literally living in a Mediterranean climate,  it’s hot and dry.


Many pictures  were snapped that still have to be edited out, the good ones will remain to be inspiration.



The day we left Lake Tahoe we did more exploring. We drove up to the little town on Truckee, not far from Lake Tahoe. Had we  had another day, I would have loved to poke around looking into the handful of artsie fartsie shops created just for people like me.  Another day another time!  This time I saved money by not having time!

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

The colors were so beautiful I had to make an effort to capture them in a photo, even if it was from the car.img_0449

Just a few of many, even the weeds were beautiful with the sun back lighting them.


As we left the magical mountains, and the wisdom of the trees, I had to stop and take a moment to appreciate all that nature has to offer.  All the peace and tranquility I was able to breathe in, and all the wonderful memories I now have to return home with.


Thank you for taking time to read Stone Soup,  I hope you enjoy the mix of ideas, and artwork I try to express.


Thursday Time Out For Art



As you know, my family and myself just returned from the Big Island, Hawaii with lots of pictures, and stories to tell.  While my daughter took most of the pictures (I’m still waiting for the CD with pictures of our trip), I’m trying to write about the clean air, and beautiful people we were privileged enough to meet.  Absolutely everyone we talked to was smiling, healthy looking, and kind.


Just about everywhere we went was covered with lava rocks with only a few sandy places for the kids to swim, and play in the water.  The upside of that was that the tide pools were numerous, and amazing.  There were all kinds of little creatures in those tide pools, and it was fun to explore.

I feel so blessed that our children, and grandchildren actually want to have family vacations with us included.  Going on vacation with my parents after I was married, was something I would never have done or even thought of.

The relationship we have with our family is a very special one, and I feel blessed to be able to be that close with all the kids.  We actually have fun together, and want to go on another family vacation.

I belong to a group that tries to post artwork on Thursday, more commonly known as Thursdays Time Out For Art.  It is sponsored by Zebra Designs & Destinations!  Since that website is much like mine, I feel confident Z won’t mind me talking about out fabulous Hawaiian vacation.  Check them out…