Recharging my batteries

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In my entire life I've never lived more than an hour's drive from the ocean. I'm not sure I could! It's something that gets into your soul if you let it...




The vast expanse of water is not only changeably and breathtakingly beautiful, but one of the most peaceful places I know. It's an important reminder for me that there's a whole other world out there making my problems and worries seem downright insignificant.

Today I took a little drive out to Bodega Head, IMO one of the prettiest pieces of coastline in the area.  It was foggy, crazy-windy day with a beauty all it's own, and I walked and walked along the cliffs and just soaked it in.




Only a few yards inland the sun was shining on a gorgeous array of wildflowers....






I couldn't help but come away with my mental/spiritual batteries recharged! And a little pit-stop at a roadside stand on the way home for one of these didn't hurt...




Where do you go to find your happy place?

A small case of blogger's paralysis

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Definition: a temporary condition of paralysis affecting one or both hands of the blogger in the presence of a laptop, desktop computer, iPad or other communication technology. Often accompanied by feelings of blogging inadequacy brought on by over-exposure to high quality blogs with excellent content. 

It's a thing, I swear! See, there I was: Super beyond words excited for the school semester to be over, to have some extra free time (to write a million blog posts!) (to do Pinterest projects that would put Martha to shame!) (to read all the books waiting in my Kindle library!) and what have I done with myself so far?? Well...none of those things. And I've missed blogging most of all. But man, I don't know if you've ever experienced this, but every so often when I really get into reading all my fave blogs I start comparing myself...and not in a good way. I start thinking that until I can write something as clever/funny/insightful/original/whatever as so-and-so then I just shouldn't bother writing anything at all. I become extremely self-critical, and avoid my blogger account like I owe it money. Which really, is ridiculous. I'm not trying to win any awards here. I don't make money with my little blog. It's a hobby...it's for fun and a chance to be creative and make connections. So for God's sake, I just need to relax already and get on with it!

...Whew...felt good to get that out there.

In my last few free days (since I obviously haven't been blogging) I've worked on getting my kitchen into shape. I'm ashamed -like really ashamed- to admit that the hubby and I actually started on our "fix up the kitchen" project last October. We got as far as painting the ceiling and trying out a few color swatches on the walls. Since we couldn't seem to agree on a color at all...well...our little project stalled and our poor kitchen spent 8 months looking a bit like a homeless encampment. (Sorry not sorry, I could not agree to a red kitchen...next to the green living room. This ain't Christmasland!)


Is it wrong that I like this pic just because it somehow makes my butt look better
than usual??


Anyhoo, we finally broke our stalemate and just painted the kitchen a neutral color. Added some curtains, new rugs...done! If you happen to follow my instagram you may have seen this a few days back: I made a set of cushions for the long window seat that runs across one end of the room, and they turned out fine...better than I expected. You know, except that they don't match the curtains even remotely...which makes me feel kind of like the villain at the end of a Scooby Doo episode: foiled again! Damn you DIY projects...you get me every time!




Sooo, we -and by we I mean I- have a few odds and ends still to take care of (like making new cushion covers...meh!) but we finally have a fully functional kitchen again! Woot!


Pattern mixing fail (it's a little more obvi in the next picture)
...good thing I don't try it with my outfits!

Is a kitchen really a kitchen without a shrine to alcohol? I think not!



So how are you guys spending your free time now that summer is officially here? (...it is summer now right? ...or did I screw that up? Eh, whatever. Close enough.) I need some fun ideas that don't involve endless paint cans and sore shoulders! 

*paralysis cured! :-)
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