hello friends. how are you? i am fine.
do you remember when you were a kid starting letters that way to your relatives and penpals who lived over the river and through the woods and across the plains?
i’m still playing in my small sketchbook daily.
i’ve painted the (faux) brass clips a couple of times. it’s an enjoyable puzzle trying to capture the brass color & gleam. today i used black paper that i ended up cutting and pasting into my sketchbook.
i think i’ll paint another roll of washi tape next. or maybe one of my travel bottles of sea water. or my glasses. or a cat. or.
the birds are singing, the sun is shimmering, a breeze is moving through the windows.
my chalice vine is in bloom and my cheri hibiscus is covered in tangerine colored flowers.
i left the house early – out for a hill walk. i saw my old friends, a flock of red-crowned parrots, high up in a camphor tree (below) eating the dark purple berries it produces this time of year. i love spotting the wild flocks of parrots in my neighborhood. they are a raucous delight.
armed only with my iphone, i didn’t get a clear shot, but see if you can spot the parrot in the photo below!
here’s a great video of parrots of california if you’re interested.
i’m in training for the bavarian alps in early summer. not sure that the hills of highland park will adequately prepare me, but it certainly can’t hurt!
too bad there aren’t any freezing plunge pools i can dip into every night in preparation for swimming in some alpine lakes. i suppose one cannot prepare for every potential adventure though can one?
i’ve started a new book after having listened to 2 rather bad ones in a row. i love that audible lets you return anything you deem unsatisfactory without asking any questions. my returns are all legitimate, but i have done it quite a few times! i’m not sure that i should mention the 2 i found so idiotic, since reading tastes vary so widely. i almost never find reviews useful. if you want to avoid misfortune and you happen to have identical taste to mine i can let you know in the comments if anyone asks…
in any case this is what i’m listening to now.
a story about a reclusive weirdo. right up my alley!
okay you crazy kids, i’m outta here! take care and keep in touch.