Friday, April 10, 2015

Los Angeles ~ Signs of Spring

And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley

Spring has sprung here in L.A. ...

The accountant from my old commercial agency sells roses at the farmers' market, in Larchmont Village. If I show up toward the end, and she has extras ...

Touches of pink are everywhere. Even through the glass at the pet store! Love this little chameleon!

Spring is when life's alive in everything.
~Christina Rossetti

Outside work ...

Oh! And I red about Daiso, this dollar-fifty store chain, and decided to scope it out. Turns out that there is one not to far from me, in a little shopping mall in Koreatown.

Almost everything is a buck fifty. I think I only saw a few other items for 3 bucks.

My best find were little stainless steel bento lunch containers, but these mini spice spoons and soft cheese knifes (at least that is what I am using them for!) below, were so cute and prettily packaged! Couldn't resist!

Cheap art supplies? What? Adorable.

I also bought some floral sponges that will be so cute in the kitchen. I am definitely going back! 

My grandma gave me this tray she found at the Assistance league thrift shop. Perfect for my little stones and crystals, and fits nicely in my bedroom window!

Never yet was a springtime, 
when the buds forgot to bloom.
~Margaret Elizabeth Sangester 

Speaking of my grandma, my sister and nephew came into town and we went out to my grandma's, in Whittier, to hang out and have lunch. Don't you love blossoming trees? I mean, who doesn't, but it really might be my favorite sign of spring.

Love this painting my grandma did!

I took the next two shots on another visit. Aren't these delicate, old, coin purses and bags lovely?

This silhouette is of my mom and done by my grandma. It hangs with 3 more silhouettes of my mom's sisters and are on the way up the stairs. They remind me of my childhood when I had to stand as tall as I could to see them, while trying not to fall down the stairs.

That night my sister, Ben and I headed to West Hollywood to Yoshi Sushi and then to see Cinderella at the El Capitan Theater. The next day, we went down to Exposition Park to see the Space Shuttle and then to Little Tokyo. I will save that for another post! It was a very busy 28 hours!

Writing this post, I've been listening to my Elton John mix. Here's one to share ...

Expect to have hope rekindled.
Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways.
The dry seasons in life do not last.
The spring rains will come again.
~Sarah Ban Breathnach 

Blessings and light!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Southern California ~ In Gold, Green and Blue

Watch for all that Beauty reflecting from You
and sing a Love song to your Existence.
~ Rumi

This post is a mix of pics from the last few months, since Christmas, that I never got around to sharing!

Ah! And who doesn't love a little Bach!?

These first photos are in Ojai, just after Christmas ... A photo walk with my niece and nephew.

We are all bathed in the same light.

Los Angeles after the rain ... (yes, it actually rained!)

The alleys behind Melrose never get paved, so you must be extra careful not to lose a tire! Makes for cool patterns and reflections after the rain though!

Tractor Landscape
Mixed Media on Paper

Wyatt, 9 
Artist and creative philosopher  

Back in Ojai, in January or February ...

All the particles of the world are in love.

Each Moment contains
a Hundred messages from God.
~ Rumi

Oh look!
I open my eyes and the Beloved
releases the sun, the wind, the trees,
the birdsong, all for me to play with.
~ Rumi

Inspired by Georgia
Animation cell, mixed media 

Ruby, 9
Artist, hugger, and my tap dance instructor  

 Do you know what you are?
You are a manuscript of a divine letter.
You are a mirror reflecting a noble face.
This universe is not outside of you.
Look inside yourself;
everything that you want,
you are already that.
~ Rumi

Happy April, my friends!
Blessings and light!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Avila Beach!

Avila Beach!
January 2015

After driving around the ranch the day before, (see previous two posts!) we enjoyed some great food and a lot of really nice wine. We had planned to go wine tasting the following day but after sampling all that really nice wine ... wine tasting didn't sound so good, all of the sudden.

New plan. We headed into town, to San Luis Obispo, for a big healthy salad and then a lovely view of the ocean! I'd never been to Avila Beach, and really wanted to see it, after hearing raves from my bosses, at the art studio. They go every summer, on their week off. 

It was a gorgeous January day, just after New Years and a great way to start the year off! Somehow,  I can always breathe better by the ocean. My heart and lungs open, and I have a sense of peace ... and freedom.

Here's some music for the journey ...

Freedom is the oxygen 
of the soul.
~Moshe Dayan

The freedom we are looking for 
is the freedom to be ourselves,
to express ourselves.
~Don Miguel Ruiz

The best freedom
is being yourself.
~Jim Morrison

All good things 
are wild and free.
~Henry David Thoreau

Freedom requires 
that you discover your own inner language
you own life rules-
your own vision.
~Zephyr Bloch Jorgensen 

My friend Tim. Thanks Tim!!!

For to be free
is not merely to cast off 
one's chains,
but to live in a way that respects and enhances
the freedom of others.
~Nelson Mandela

Letting go
gives us freedom, 
and freedom is the only condition for happiness.
If, in our heart, we still cling to anything -
anger, anxiety, or possessions - we cannot be free.
~Thich Nhat Hanh

Blessings and light, my friends!