Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Back from San Diego

My daughter and I scored tickets to the International Comic-Con in beautiful San Diego last March and after several months of anticipation we were off.

La Jolla, Seal Cove

I spent my high school years here. My bicycle was my freedom to explore. I took my daughter to the San Diego Zoo where I spent a lot of my time as a teenager. I lived in Pacific Beach, but I rode my bicycle to the Zoo to study the animals on a regular basis. I thought I might be a veterinarian for a long time.

San Diego Zoo, California


I don't know the little boy, but it was hard to get a shot without people in it and he was so excited about being at the zoo, I thought I'd leave him in.
Unfortunately, it was VERY warm and humid and most of the animals were hiding in the shade trying to stay cool. I'll post some more pictures after my daughter sends me her photos. She's a better photographer than I am.


We drove up to the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. My dad and brother were veterans and this memorial is a tribute to the men and women who served. There are photos and memorial plaques all around the memorial. It's very touching.

View from Torrey Pines towards La Jolla



We live in a beautiful country, don't we? We are truly blessed. I'll post more pictures next time.

Clara


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Summer Reading Excitement



Summer Reading Time!!

A long, long time ago in a land far away there was a little girl who lived in lots of different places because her daddy was in the Navy and his family followed him around. There was always a new house and a new school to get used to, but the very best thing about moving was that there was always a new library to explore.Yes, I am a hopeless bookworm. 

It's Summer Reading time at the library and because I am lucky blessed to have my dream job, I get to sign kids up for the Summer Reading program. I get to tell them about all the fun programs we have all summer long and if they read 15 books---ONLY 15 books---they get to pick out a brand new book to keep. We didn't have a program like that when I was growing up...sigh.

Our library is having an adult summer reading program this year :) How cool is that? So all you book worms drop by your local library and sign someone up.

I am currently joining Brenda from Cozy Little House in a book club on Goodreads. We are reading a book a month. This months book is Don't Go by Lisa Scottoline. Join us. Just go to Brenda's blog and sign up on sign in to your Goodreads account and look for the Cozy Little House Book Club. WHAT? you don't have a Goodreads account? Well run over and get one and then friend me. I'll be waiting.

Until next time,
Clara



Friday, May 23, 2014

Happy Memorial Day Weekend




You might not know that I am a died in the wool, red, white and blue patriot!
My father and my brother were both Veterans. I grew up a Navy brat in the old days when people honored our service men and women.

Not very many people consider the families of soldiers who give up time with their spouses and parents while the soldier is gone. There were many many months when my dad was on a cruise when he couldn't be there for us. There were Christmas's and birthdays and functions that he couldn't attend. My Mom was a single mom until the ship pulled in and dad came home.

You can't imagine the joy and excitement to see him coming down those stairs running towards us. Daddy's home! My heart swells with thankfulness and pride for the sacrifices these men and women make. And then there are some who don't come home.
Memorial day is for them more than anything. They gave everything for you and me and our country. I don't care how you feel about war. NO ONE ever wishes for war. Every single citizen of the United States of America should be thankful for the sacrifice of these selfless men and women.

So I leave you with this...if you are blessed enough to live in this great country and you are related to or know someone who has served, thank for their service this weekend. I wish I had treated my dad and my brother more like heroes when they were on this earth and

GOD BLESS AMERICA


Until next time,
Clara

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The last thing I need

The LAST thing I need is another art project, but...we just held a Zentangle class at the library where I work and its my new favorite thing to do when I have a few minutes. If you do it "right" it will even calm you down.

I'm not an artist in the traditional sense, but I can actually draw these. If you can draw a circle, line, curve, dot and a curly-cu then you can create your own Zentangles. All you need is white paper, a pencil and a Fine 0.5 or small ink pen and a few minutes.

If you don't live in Spokane and you can't attend a workshop at your local library by the fabulous here to read Loretta West's blog at Color Garden Studio. She is one of the most encouraging people I've ever met. We are having her come present a Dr. Seuss Zentangle program for Summer Reading at our library.

If you really get hooked like me, you can sign up here with Linda Farmer and she will email you free patterns. I'm betting you might also find a book or two in your library. You may have to request it because it will be on hold.

Here are a couple I bought that you might like:
The Zentangle Basics is a great beginning book.



  

While the Craft-a-Doodle book is not Zentangle, you'll find lots of simple patterns you can turn into cards, signs or bookmarks.



So go ahead and grab a pen or a pencil and have some fun!!

Until next time!
Clara