Cake by the Ocean

I love this song.  It always makes me want to get up and dance.    In fact, I’m dancing right now!

For those who don’t recognize the location of this sketch, it is the beach at Goose Spit (weird name, I know).  It’s a local favorite for picnics and summer evening fires.

Aaaaand thats the end!  30 Days of Sketching !  Nailed it – yay.

Just to keep it going ( and because I’m a chronic goal setter),  I’m thinking about joining 30 Days of Water color at Doodlewash.  If you are interested, click here.  Even if you don’t join in, you will receive many inspirational and beautiful watercolor images from the group.




Wash day

When I was young we didn’t have a washer and dryer.  That was pretty uncommon in those days but I think we couldn’t afford them.  Every Saturday my Mom and I and my sister would haul big green garbage bags to the laundromat at the end of our street to do the laundry.  My two brothers usually had hockey practice so they didn’t have to come with us.

Saturdays were a busy day.  There were large industlaundromatrial size machines and if we were lucky we could get a couple of those.  They held a lot more and so it cost us less overall.  

Once we had filled the machines, we sat and read books or did homework until it was time to move everything into the dryers.  Again, there were the coveted newer machines and it was always good to get ones near the folding table.  As we folded clothes, we sorted them into piles for each member of the family.  

There was something soothing about clothes fresh from the dryer, all warm and soft and fresh smelling.   The neatly folded piles of clothes provided a sense of order to the day.  No matter what else happened, this small piece of our world was under control. 


The last book I read for pleasure was Stardust by Neil Gaiman.  I enjoyed this well written fantasy adventure.  It kept my interest but was light enough to entertain me despite my being a bit overwhelmed by textbooks right now.    This beautiful unicorn isn’t a main character but plays a major role in helping the beautiful star (Yvaine) travel with a broken leg.  

The movie looks like it would be really good as well!



Adopt a Garuda

The Garuda is a large mythical human-like bird creature from ancient India and I’m currently fascinated with it because I’m studying Hinduism.  When we visited Cambodia a few years ago, the walls of Preah Khan in Siem Reap were lined with many Garuda in varying states of restoration.

garuda detail.jpg

The Word Monuments Fund has an Adopt a Garuda program where an organization can pledge to restore a specific Garuda in Preah Khan.