And now it is December in Los Angeles. Bright trees call out greetings as I drive by – ginkos, liquid amber, smoke trees, pink-flowered floss silk, flowering eucalyptus, mounds of bougainvillea, and evergreens. The plant kingdom are wearing their bright party gowns. Outside the windows, rain showers and dark clouds, then sun and shadows. Moonbeams and starlight. The flight path from the LAX superhighway in the night sky. How lovely it all is.
I caught my first virus since 2019 – just a cold. I blew, sneezed, and coughed my way through the last 2 weeks – no fever or headache, or body aches, or covid thankfully. Now I’m on the mend. The most severe part of the cold happened over my week off for Thanksgiving. I was in Santa Barbara sitting in the sun on my big porch-away-from-home for 4 days.
I’ve always got my eye on seaside mobile home parks. Here are a few. Sometimes I print the photos and glue into my writing journal.
Wherever I end up will need to have lots of trees and birds near the windows. Otto & Iris will insist.
These are 2 separate homes. I like the catio in the bottom photos.
In a few weeks I’m heading up to Santa Cruz to have a look around. The milder, cooler weather suits me. I yearn to escape the big city and find a retreat by the sea. We’ll see what develops.
On My Bookshelf
Books like each other. We understand each other. You could even say we are all related, enjoying a kinship that stretches like a rhizomatic network beneath human consciousness and knits the world of thought together.
Loved this book about a boy who hears the voices of inanimate objects. A great commentary on the voices that live inside all of us. Some welcome, most not. There is a second story inside this one about a Zen nun in Japan and the power of tidying and a library and a book that narrates and what is real. You won’t like any of it if you prefer more linear plot lines. Stick with it. It’s worth it all in the end.
Karen I-Kemper says
your photos always make me want to take out my paints!!! hope you are on the mend
Sandra L. says
Sorry to hear you have been sick. Last spring, when many of the mask mandates were lifted, I caught a regular ol’ cold immediately after I stopped wearing a mask to work. C’est la vie! Take care of yourself! XOXO
Kim J Bates says
Much luck finding your perfect spot! I insist on a screened porch wherever I live!
Holly Hudson says
oh, I have read some of her other books….great to know she another one! I think those lovely homes would be wonderful for the kitties…..
recover and enjoy your Holiday break from school
Mary H says
Just looking at the seaside home pictures was like a mini vacation. The book you recommended sound interesting, and I checked online, it’s available at my local library – yay! I’ll be checking it out today.
Maybe the title of this blog post could be “Books [and cats] like each other” 🙂 . What sweethearts. Have a great trip to Santa Cruz!
You will love Santa Cruz. There are so many lovely towns from Aptos to Santa Cruz. I live nearby and love our central coast. Enjoy your Christmas vacation.
Mobile homes look awesome!! The curtain is a nice idea. xo
Omg!!! Snatch up that adorable green mobile home! It’s so cute!
Mary Ann, I just wanted you to know that the “advent calendar books” I made in one of your classes — Full Tilt Boogie? — from Christmas cards and safety envelopes for my nephews maybe 14 years ago, and their siblings as they came along, are still being used and enjoyed (at least by me!) They’ve gotten a bit beat up, as they were poorly designed (by me lol) to contain some of the 3-dimensional gifts and pieces of candy I force into them; I also use scotch tape to affix pieces of candy to some of the pages, which sometimes mars the pages. I usually make repairs with tape and stickers. This year, I found that my sister in law had lovingly mended some of the pages in her kids’ books with cutouts from her own christmas cards and stickers. They’re a family tradition.
Thank you so much for that wonderful class, and inspiring me with your creativity and derring-do. You are a treasure. I wish you the best in all of your endeavors.