i was here yesterday evening wishing like hell that i could sleep here by this water in my car. that got me thinking about turning trixie into a bed on wheels. which made me think of camping, van life, nomad lifestyles, being on the move, and trying to scratch mad desires and itches that cannot be reached.
i rarely watch tv these days instead i follow wanderers & adventures on youtube. recently i found randy vinings.
and now i am reacquainting myself with …
i’m trying to get out of town on the weekends a bit. trying to figure out how to spend less and live more. i went for a daytrip to spend the day with this dear woman.
we met at the lucky llama for coffee talk. then we treked over to my future home at the rancho santa barbara AND/OR san vicente mobile home parks. since i am determined to become a future resident of either park i must visit every chance i get. we meandered through both parks pointing out “trailers” we thought especially fabulous. some have extensive gardens and sprawling decks, others are small and cozy, but just as charming. i like driving through the lanes and wondering which of the homes we pass will one day be mine.
i jumped out when i saw flyers in a plexiglass box in front of this lovely little place. 469k – lot rent $532/month – yearly taxes $1227
it’s HERE if you care to have a look. small, but exactly 472 sq. feet larger than moss cottage!
after our spin through the environs of my future self, we motored over to montecito for a tour of a private garden designed by same people who did lotus land! joyce also regaled me with charming stories of visiting madame walska at lotus land many moons ago. that joyce. she knows everyone!
i was in garden bliss wandering through these oak woodland & palm studded garden. i was on my best behavior and didn’t pluck a single succulent and deposit it into my pocket.
or did i? i’ll never tell.
finally it was time to scoot over to joyce’s crib and get busy in our sketchbooks.
the sand and water gleamed before us as we yacked and played in our books.
i even posted a real live actual instagram which i haven’t done since july. i wish i could blog AND do IG, but i can’t so i choose blogging. i know plenty of people who have done the opposite. good for all of us! one has to roam down the path one is most suited for. some clever souls have figured out how to do both. even though i rarely post i try and pop over every couple of weeks and see what everyone else is doing.
this week saw me looking out the window and scribbling neighborhood scenes.
also this week an OMG class member asked me a question in the comments of the class blog. in order to answer i had to zip over and watch the video in question. while i was there poking around i came across a sketchbook flip i’d done that showed some birds i’d drawn in gouache. drawing with red gouache ranks high on my list of fun things to do.
ditto for drawing & coloring a joyce portrait.
she made my portrait also and i LOVE it. thankfully she didn’t sketch in the white nose hair i just noticed sprouting in one of my nose holes. whaaaaaattttt?! if one of you would please advise me of a painfree way to remove it i would appreciate it. i was not informed about this particular aspect of aging.
anyway back to wandering adventurers and other crafty folk.
have you checked out heidi sue wallace’s new LOVE LETTERS TO CRAFTING? so so so good.
SCAMP dreams. retire. buy some sort of campervan so i can hit the road. see the canadian rockies, british columbia, montana, utah, maine, vermont. dying for some solitude in deep nature. dark skies.
none of these links are for those with a short attention span, but if you’re looking to replace some television with some youtube…
in the meantime. can i turn my kia soul into a camper? crazier things have happened.
hope you’re well. off in your own land yachts sailing down little highways of adventure. stopping along the way to write and draw and breathe. xo