In the air again

I’m about to head out west again, this time with my husband to visit family in and near Denver. Sandy will fly back home on Tuesday while I hop another flight to California to attend Art is You Petaluma. I will be glad to see my family, but I just can’t get up much enthusiasm for the retreat afterwards. Usually I am pawing the gate. Now I would rather come home and paint the new bathroom, get the house put back in some kind of order, and weave. I’m feeling low about Mama and the big tasks on the other side of this trip, but I paid too much for this retreat to skip it due to moodiness.

Some good news: the bathroom should be finished by the time I get back, except for the painting and window treatments. I have a loving pet sitter so I won’t worry about my critters. I’m caught up enough at work so that I should not have a huge pile waiting for me.

I know that once I get there I will thoroughly enjoy myself. I went to this one a couple of years ago and it is really one of the best, in a beautiful Sheraton which is also a marina on the Petaluma River. I’m taking classes with three artists who I really like. I’m splitting a room with the retreat vendor and she lives in Petaluma so we will probably use the room at different times. The weather forecast is great for all of it. I will get a little alone time. I will even enjoy the bus ride from the San Francisco airport to Petaluma.

I’ll come home with a couple of fabulous journals, a little more knowledge about watercolor and mixed media, a few new friends to bombard with Facebook posts, and some grand memories. That’s the good life for me, and I’m grateful that I can do it. Of course, I’ll blog it here because that’s one of the best parts of traveling – reliving it.

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98% Water tapestry progress

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Almost there. Maybe by the end of September?

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I had forgotten about my community garden plot. It was bursting with flowers and the red amaranth had gone to seed. The green cotton is still struggling (planted too closely) but blooming. Maybe I’ll get some bolls this year if it doesn’t turn cold suddenly. Lots of carrots.

A week from now I’ll be on my way to Colorado to see my aunt and cousin, then to California for three workshops at Art-is-You Petaluma. I’m so lucky to be able to do this, but wish that I could have spaced out the trips a little more. I’m still flying high from Oregon! When I get back I’ll have to knuckle down and deal with my mother’s house and estate. Oh, man. Let’s not think about that right now.

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A gift left unopened

I don’t usually take photos from airplane windows, but I couldn’t resist this time. What beautiful compositions!

From Above, August 2014

From Above, August 2014

From Above, August 2014

From Above, August 2014

From Above, August 2014

From Above, August 2014

Those are sand dunes ^^^

For more photos from my trip, go to my Flickr site.

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and a flower, always a touch of beauty

Wednesday, August 27, our last day at Cannon Beach…

Cannon Beach Tapestry Retreat

The famous Haystack Rock.

Cannon Beach Tapestry Retreat

Not nearly as crowded as an August day on our beaches here.

Cannon Beach Tapestry Retreat

Cannon Beach Tapestry Retreat

At Wave Crest Inn

Cannon Beach Tapestry Retreat

Shirley’s little tapestry

Cannon Beach Tapestry Retreat

Flowers around Pam’s cabin

In Portland

Pam drove Linda and I back to Portland where we stayed at the fabulous Lion and the Rose Victorian Inn. Possibly the nicest place I’ve ever slept.

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A footprint like no other

Tuesday, August 26, morning low tide in Cannon Beach, Oregon

Cannon Beach Tapestry Retreat

Cannon Beach Tapestry Retreat

Cannon Beach Tapestry Retreat

Pam helps me with the finishing touches on my wee tapestry, “Laurie Meets the Pacific” or “Saint Feet.”

Cannon Beach Tapestry Retreat

Cannon Beach Tapestry Retreat

Linda Weghorst’s small tapestry

Cannon Beach Tapestry Retreat

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