Time well spent


Family & friends – what could be better? Being with them at the beach in Manzanita! The “Robin & Bob Memorial Birthday Weekend,” a long-standing family tradition, was celebrated with gusto: delicious food (fabulous dinner at Blackbird), tasty beverages (French 75), good conversation, vigorous bike rides and sandy walks.

Our friend Betty contributed paper napkins for Sunday evening’s cocktail party. I snagged one and ripped it up, then embedded it in beeswax to create this encaustic collage, commemorating time well spent. Wish you’d been there too!

Walking to the end and back

The beach at Manzanita is wide and flat. Walk north and you run into Neahkahnie Mountain – a formidable hulk of columnar basalt. Walk south and you’ll go for miles, all the way to jetty. This past Saturday morning I chose north.

The air was warm, no wind to speak of . . .  and the water was crystal-clear.

The beginnings of a drift-wood beach house?

With the tide coming in I could only go so far.

So many rocks . . . I did bring one back for my soon-to-be studio pal, Leah, to cover with her lovely felt.

The receding waves’ frothy bubbles made great polka-dot shadows in the shallows.

Turning around and going home.

Roll on happy circles, roll on

bowling balls line artist Jil Smith’s walkway

If you know me, you know I LOVE dots. Full dots, empty dots, circles in any size, shape or form. So this weeks’s 52 Photo Project prompt – CIRCLES – sure does float my boat!

Dictionary.com has many definitions for circle, here are the first five.

cir•cle [sur-kuhl], noun, verb     1. a closed plane curve consisting of all points at a given distance from a point within it called the center. Equation: x2 + y2 = r2.     2. the portion of a plane bounded by such a curve.     3. any circular or ringlike object, formation, or arrangement: a circle of dancers.     4. a ring, circlet, or crown.     5. the ring of a circle.

silk embroidery on linen, think I need to add French knots

Needless-to-say (at least in my humble opinion) these do not do the circle justice! Very dry explanations for an amazingly fabulous shape.

painted balls at Earthues

My favorite thing about circles, dots, ovals, anything round in fact, is that they appear to have no beginning or end. They are constantly continuing . . . rolling on and on.

jetsam from the beach at Manzanita

Circles are happy shapes; they invite touch and stir memories – of the sun, familiar faces, delicious fruits, bouncing balls and much more. All that round goodness in a closed plane curve consisting of all points at a given distance from a point within it called the center.

Valentine treat from Cupcake Royale on my favorite plate

isn’t this sewer cover fun?

Life at the beach – happy 4th!

Family tradition has us in Manzanita on July 4th. We snarf fluffy breakfast pancakes at the Volunteer Fire Department (to benefit the local high school), cheer loudly for costumed neighbors/honored Vets/floats/candy tossers in the parade, bar-b-que and finally oooh and ahhhh at the town’s over-the-top fireworks display. Often there’s a huge crowd at the house, but this year only seven of us are enjoying the sun and doing our bit to celebrate 236 years of independence.

warm enough for bare feet and flip flops

sand castle with crab claw topper

happy family

finish of a lovely beach day