Our back roads…

It was a nice and relaxing weekend. And thanks for all the comments and emails on my,  Almost perfect day.  Darrill installed pergo flooring in the dinning room which by the way he did all by himself and it looks great ! I guess I could do a before and after photo of the dinning room, maybe later on this week.   After I have spent 20 years designing room and kitchens for soooo many clients, I have lost interest in decorating. But when people come to our home everyone does comment on my unique style, and how comfy our home is, but I  wished we loved in a little romantic cottage by the sea, or a loft in a cosmopolitan city, where I could ride my bike everywhere. We live in a big Tuscon tract home, pretty much like everyone else in Southern California. But I do love our back roads, and our beautiful views. You can see all the way to the snow-covered mountains.  And all our mountains are  snow-capped as the weather here has been usually cold and rainy. I don’t mind one bit , I love cold crisps mornings here in California, something we don’t get enough of. Leonardo and I went for a walk along our beautiful back roads…

 

  

 

… we had a simply wonderful time… I think these back roads would be a great place for a photo shoot ! 

 I hope you have a nice week ! 

Almost perfect day…

  

Well it was an almost  perfect day,but the ugly truth is I went to the gym with my tight exercise pants on backwards, boy did I have a hard time bending my knees. I actually returned the dress I bought at Anthropologies, I love shopping at this store, but the dress was $280.00  not really in my budget this week. Why ?  My photo shoot was cancelled today, (can’t shoot in the rain). When I found out my shoot was cancelled  I went shopping at Trader Joe’s . When I was checking out the cashier politely said”  your ATM card was declined.” Hmmm I just returned a dress. Oh that’s right it takes a day to record the credit. Good thing I had cash in my wallet , but I was still embarrassed over the whole transaction. Next I had lunch with my wonderful son Brandon, and he did  make me an excellent lunch ! And yes I did throughly enjoy reading my magazines at the bookstore with my Chai tea in hand. I know I have an inspirational blog and I should write inspirational words (which I most certainly intended to do) but sometimes things go sideways(in no way do I mean like the movie Sideways).

 The day ended with Darrill texting me, ” please get home ASAP, I can’t take it anymore !” Funny I was just thinking the same thing.

 Well I hope you all have a great weekend, and if it’s not that great… it’s OKAY !

The art of doing nothing…

Today I enjoyed the art of doing nothing. I enjoyed sleeping in late. Then walking to our fountain by our house and putting my feet up…

 

 

…and I watched Leo play in the distance with his trains…

 

 

 

I looked at the water pouring out of the fountain again and again thinking to myself , this is really nice.

 

 

I could hear the birds chirping, funny I have been here before I and never took the time hear them chirp…

 

 

I don’t think I ever realized the tiles were such a pretty color BLUE.

 

 

and the flowers so RED, the art of doing nothing is such a wonderful art !

Hope everyone has a simply relaxing week !

Monterey…More Tourists Than Fish !

 Monterey is one of the more beautiful coastal cities of  California and can make for a great two-day trip for those visiting  San Francisco or a weekend getaway for California natives. It was originally the state capital of California, and has more historic buildings in its downtown than any other city west of Santa Fe. Today it is most commonly known for its beautiful coastline, its world-class aquarium and from the many John Steinbeck novels that used the town as their setting, including Cannery Row and Tortilla Flat.

Heading north from the wharf, a bike path runs two miles to Pacific Grove along Cannery Row – named after John Steinbeck’s literary portrait of the rough-and-ready workers of its seafood plants. Since abandoned, the canneries reopened in the 1970s as malls and restaurants, and now teem with tourists instead of fish.     Information from ( www.canneryrow.com.  ).

We were only there for 3 hours so I didn’t get many photos so  please feel free to pass these photos on…

I love this old coastal town, I felt like I was walking into one of  John Steinbeck novels, my personal favorite  is Cannery Row .

  Hope everyone has a simply adventurous week ! 

Love, love, love… San Francisco

Hello travelers. I love San Francisco , I got up at 7am every morning and jogged while taking pictures. I call that a photo trek.  Here are some of the street pictures I took of this beautiful  city. The people here are just pain cool. A lot of out-of-town travelers, and a lot of business travelers also, but you can tell the residents. They are the ones jogging, or biking, and just hanging out. This is where we stayed and I must say it was a very nice place.

I took soooo many pictures, not sure what to do with them,  maybe I should do a book on the great citys of the California Coast…… I hope all is well !

xoxo Cheryl

A Romantic Place…

Yes, the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco is a very romantic place and I loved every minute of it …but I think true romance is a state of mind, a look , a feeling of escape into another realm, a realm of a dream like fantasy which could be anywhere, anyplace , anytime. Do we really need to travel to Paris, or Venice , or San Francisco to feel this way? Maybe a walk in a park, or a midnight stroll under the moonlight  can be so very romantic if we are with that special someone.  Sometimes when we have so much to worry about we lose ourselves and our desire for that moment of bliss that can inspire our true connection to each other…

 

(Palace of Fine Arts)

 

a simple smile , or a simple compliment, maybe a  kiss… from our sweetheart is all we really need…hopefully we all can take the time to find that romantic place in our hearts again…., I am wishing  you all… a very romantic day  !

xoxo Cheryl

Unplanned road trip…northbound !

Darrill  needs some time off. This Sunday we are hopping into the car and heading to the California Coast(surprised ? ). He wants to reconnect with his creative side which he says is dormant and needs some nurturing.  We will at Santa Barbara for one day and then head out. Darrill has several destinations in mind but feels we shouldn’t make any reservations, just tracks. Just get in the car, grip the wheel, hit the throttle and go (don’t worry we ‘ll have a road atlas).We are going to try and connect with all of you each day on my blog. I will document our travels with photos along with  a journal of our adventures each day, we will try to post every night.    No matter where we pass through we are guaranteed  a transformative experience while traveling through the magical landscape of the California Coast.  So, if you love the simple  idea of an unplanned road trip with only a map and road signs to guide you , log on…  and let the good times roll…

 

 

See you next week !