Tuesday, January 23, 2018

PALM READING FOR $10.00 - Pismo Beach downtown

....sounds like a deal to me - Makes me think of the series "Shut Eye" which i really enjoyed on Netflix.  All about the psychics who work in and around Los Angeles and the thug family who runs and controls them all.  It's like the Mafia  except it's not about drug running, prohibition or the word I want escapes me but yet I had a dream about it this morning... It's like a shakedown they do for money and offer the business protection.

Sunday, January 21, 2018


While on vacation I visited Avila Beach and for the first time finally walked through an area I had only seen from a distance.  These buildings are where people have businesses on the first floor and live on the second floor.  I love the concept and see it almost everywhere I go anymore.  Several towns in Southern California have incorporated these ideas into their cities restoration projects.

These particular buildings are so colorful and beautiful and instead of detracting from the beauty of an area they add to it, in my opinion.  I always have to take many angles of what I love - like I can't get enough of the design, color or "feel" of it.  When I take so many photos and look back it's like I'm walking through it again imagining living there. 

Friday, January 5, 2018


These two boys are my grandsons from different families.  My son, Sam is in the background helping out at my oldest grandson, Hunter - karate awards tournament - or some such gathering.  Before the ceremony started because I had my camera with me I caught these two out on the floor and Hunter was showing Cayden some moves.  This is a favorite photo of mine.  This is why I never go anywhere that my camera doesn't go with me.

Tell me and I will forget.
Show me, and I may remember.
Involve me, and I will understand.  

confucius 450 b.c.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018


Being retired and having moved to a much smaller house I never buy anything for the house ...rarely I buy anything.  I decluttered six years ago and i don't want to do that again.

Yesterday we wanted to get out of the house and I needed to go over to Lake Arrowhead Rite-Aid for a few things and i had mentioned earlier in the day that I also wanted to stop by a favorite thrift store of mine in Cedar Glen.  I rarely go there either and the only thing I have bought there in the past was some type of bedding for the outside cat boxes in the winter.

I won't go into why the color turquoise has been so prevalent in my life these last few weeks but it has - I see it everywhere.  Anyway, so we stop in there and at the lower floor is where they have really beautiful items, more upscale than you would normally find in a thrift store - this may even be more of a consignment type shop down below and then upstairs is where the clothes and linens and household items are.

So we walk in and I see almost immediately my favorite artist's print of Irises (Van gogh).  It was really big, not a small piece of art.  It was priced at $65 and I thought well I won't get that.  Then I find out it is 50% off so we did get it and then I go upstairs and this beautiful throw was $5.00.  I was pretty excited to walk away with two nice purchases.

Cedar Glen is a little area within the Lake Arrowhead area with adorable houses and a few quaint shops and restaurants (the restaurant on the left is pretty inside and we have only stopped in for a beer in the bar and have never eaten there ...maybe some day we will try it).

I could spend all day looking through the bottom floor of this thrift shop- beautiful items in there.

There are three buildings here - the thrift store, restaurant and a hair salon.