on a slow boat

enjoying the freedom of open space

SoCal pano

sun-kissed rock

barrett’s truck took this photo!

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mass photos - de boat

Here’s where I load up some photos which I ‘heart’.  I am always on the hunt for some delicious boat/sailing/sea blogs - -

dreamy boat, image via lostatsea.

do it, image via cannot remember!

this image and the next few are from boatporn.

sketch, image via sailsfullofwind.

drip, image via sailsfullofwind.

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one inspiring lady

No.  This is not my hand!  But, it could be, right?  I am a girl whom likes to get down and dirty and do stuff.  By hand.  Making things can be so gratifying.  I think I get that from Mo & Jo Po.  (Morris & Jo Ann Postlewate, mis padres.  Thanks Mom & Dad!  I know that it is because of you that I am not afraid to take anything apart and am continuously determined to make crafty things).

I just came across a website of the cutest girl in Brooklyn.  Her name is Ariele, and she appears to be a woodworker, electrician, designer, you name it.  How cool is she?  You have to check out the restaurant she just finished and her amazing take on patterned-wood-things.  Brooklyn to West.  Lovely!

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never been disappointed.

i have probably said this before (especially if you really know me).  but, i feel i’ve never worked harder before in my life.  maybe it’s cuz i’m getting older.  maybe i expect more.  who knows.

but it’s true.  i really put my heart out there.  & now I am ready to have some fun this summer!  pictures will come soon to explain a little more of what i have been up to.  but, to give a little hint, it was a labour of love for prAna, design, color, home interiors, visual arts, exploring the inner creative…  overall, a fun and worthwhile project. 

…& on to other things.  catalina is slowing creeping upon us.  (barrett and i, that is).  i think we keep making our trip earlier and earlier each year.  that is probably for a good reason.   we just cannot wait a full 12 months before the return.  it calls us.  unbelievable, the ‘pull’ this island has on us.  like a tidal reaction.  i cannot believe i never even knew of this place until a few years ago.  it’s like being in the mediterranean.  true crystal blue water & beauty, so close to the california coast.

ahhh.  now, the early summer months are gone.  really, the true summer for us is just beginning.  just yesterday it was May, even April.  The chickens (now coined ‘Dragons’ … and very appropriately, by Barrett … ) are now laying.  the water warmed up to the 70’s.  WOW.  the house never cools down (true sign of the eternal summer with no a/c).    and the rare funky heirloom tomato shines vibrant red in the sea of our garden green.  thank goodness.  i was needing some freshness.

i keep glancing at the title of this post, and am so excited just for ‘summer’.  it’s here!  never disappointing.  always fun, just pure fun.  the occasional skunk-catching keeps us on our toes.  & we love being outside and living IN IT.  monday was my first real day of summer (back from traveling, working long days, waaaah, boo hoo.  not really that bad!  who am i to complain!  i am overtly thankful for the hard work and everyone whom knows me, knows that i thrive on the thrill of a challenge.  but.  it didn’t take me long (3 days to be exact)….to find a new project.  the squall.

here she is.  tomorrow, it is all about her.  bolivar (we think that is her new name).  barrett is so kind to drop me in the water all by myself so i can ‘realize’ somewhere in south bay.  i’ll let you know how it goes.

cheers to new projects, be them fun…& more fun!

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Yes it did, and it liked it.
Having fun ‘till our heart’s content’, NYC style!
Seeing lots and soaking in massive amounts of retail research and good times.

Yes it did, and it liked it.
Having fun ‘till our heart’s content’, NYC style!
Seeing lots and soaking in massive amounts of retail research and good times.

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From Hood River, OR.
I feel so fortunate to travel a bit this summer.
Especially to new places, to see familiar faces.  Hood River seems so natural to me, although I have never been here.  The scenery is lush, the people are friendly, they live outside (in the summer-at least), and the food is fresh.
Cheers to new traditions & new projects - The Hood River Project.

From Hood River, OR.
I feel so fortunate to travel a bit this summer.
Especially to new places, to see familiar faces. Hood River seems so natural to me, although I have never been here. The scenery is lush, the people are friendly, they live outside (in the summer-at least), and the food is fresh.
Cheers to new traditions & new projects - The Hood River Project.

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The land of lavender!  It is everywhere here.  No shortage of bees to sweeten the honey.  I love the greenery and fresh scents.

The land of lavender! It is everywhere here. No shortage of bees to sweeten the honey. I love the greenery and fresh scents.

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Rhubarb and SWEET cherry pie.  All homemade and fresh from the Oregon trail.

Rhubarb and SWEET cherry pie. All homemade and fresh from the Oregon trail.

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Dinner by The Gorge.

Dinner by The Gorge.

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good on others

Our recent trip to Nicaragua in the quaint beach town of Gigante has us missing new friends.  There are several amazing Americans setting up camp down there and giving back to the community in a harmonizing way.  In a town of 450 people with very primitive living foundations, you can imagine how tourism can potentially evolve their everyday lives—some for the better, as there is increasingly more income for most people involved in the fishing/restaurant/hotel/surf scene.  But, there is also the potential for devastating turmoil that comes with the rapid changes to their community.  The surf is quickly drawing more and more crowds, almost similar to the Costa Rica ‘boom’ that hit in recent years.  Two projects I wanted to share with family and friends are the Sweet Water Fund and Project Woo.

First is the Sweet Water Fund.  Kassidy, owner of the Surf Lodge where we stayed for our surf trip, has a huge heart and is determined to give back to the place she now calls home, Playa Gigante.  The Sweet Water Fund is the non-profit organization she started as a method of encouraging a better way of life for the locals in Gigante.  (see their vimeo here:  https://vimeo.com/43080225 & be friends on facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sweet-Water-Fund-Inc/243921878990594).  Some of her projects include:  health & wellness training (already proving to be successful with circuit training and yoga taught by India of ‘Papaya Grove’), a women’s co-op boutique where profits benefit the community (Kassidy & her team are training local women in trades such as baking and artisan crafts where they can sell their fresh baked items and hand-made jewelry/crafts to sell along with donated items), and support for local schools and softball teams.  All this, and she manages the lodge. 

in the shop.

Above is Papaya Grove yoga/circuit training deck, (look through the trees) built by India.

India, doing her ‘thang’ on her yoga deck with locals.

Then we have Bo Fox, another friend we met in the last 2 trips to Nica, whom is running Project Woo down in Gigante.  

The Project Woo boys kicking it on the cliff…having a meeting!

One of the amazing things they have been able to provide for the community is a school bus for kids to be able to attend school more easily.  Since the introduction of the bus, they have increased the attendance rate by 80%.  Other projects they are currently working on:  performing town censuses, providing better accommodations for regularly scheduled doctor’s visits into the community of Gigante, health education, recycling/waste education, earned ‘points’ system for local kids to benefit from their surfboard donation room.  (My good friends over at FCS/Surf Hardware hooked us up this year!  Many thanks to their support for WOO.)

The entrance to the Project Woo camp.

**May their good spirits shine over the town of Gigante and the tourists whom pass by!

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right spot, right time

Spotty internet connections are not such a bad thing.  I think it’s best that we were unable to ‘connect’ to our security blankets and news coverage.  It allows you to disconnect in more ways than one and open up to your immediate surroundings - the people drifting about alongside you, the sun and heat pulsing through you, and the sounds - frogs, cicadas, chickens, the offshore wind whipping through the trees making it’s way from the Caribbean…across Lake Managua…then to the west coast of Nicaragua…before continuing its journey over the Pacific, and of course, the silent sound of a beautiful wave ramping up energy right before you. 

I’d like to think we got lucky, but luck really isn’t the word you use when nature just does it’s thing pumping out beauty and fun.

above:  Playa Gigante, a ghost from our past is happily living down in this remote beach town.

Mornin’ coffee/pre-surf at the lodge.

Captain Walter with fish ‘on’.

Lobsters and Double-Fish.

Clear the schedule…Full Moon party on Saturday night at the end of the road.

Running into your neighbor at the Full Moon party on Saturday, miles from home=good times.

This is me.  I promise.  Seeing one of your best rides of the trip on the surf report you have been checking for 2 years=worth every long hold-down and heavy lips on your head.

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Call of duty.

More to come soon…from the land of warm water, good friends, amazing food, and even better waves than I get all year.  

All in one week.

Playa Gigante, day 1, 1st evening session, swell on its way!  
What we love most:  the humidty, really.

Call of duty.

More to come soon…from the land of warm water, good friends, amazing food, and even better waves than I get all year.

All in one week.

Playa Gigante, day 1, 1st evening session, swell on its way!
What we love most: the humidty, really.

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from Hangzhou to Dalian…

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Live from Hangzhou (hung-joe)!
Departed my house in San Diego Saturday @  9am.
Arrived in Hangzhou hotel, alongside West Lake, Sunday eve, 11:00pm.

It’s quite quaint here, a very clean, lush city.  The sun comes up early, around 5am, and everyone gathers around the lake for exercise in the form if walking, biking, jogging, dancing, tai chi, you name it.

I made my way along the well-groomed trails by the lake’s edge, and here is what I saw: ducks in bags (for sale), azaleas, a chihuahua frantically running after its owner on a motorized bike, fisherman, an elderly man sitting on a bench with his iPad, lots of people gathered in groups stretching and/or performing some form of dance.  There was a lot of music along the way, seems that every other person had a portable radio.  Couples were dancing to the communal music and sharing the morning glories.  Oddly enough, seems that clapping to the music is quite popular!  A little bit of exercise is apparently good for the soul.

Live from Hangzhou (hung-joe)!
Departed my house in San Diego Saturday @ 9am.
Arrived in Hangzhou hotel, alongside West Lake, Sunday eve, 11:00pm.

It’s quite quaint here, a very clean, lush city. The sun comes up early, around 5am, and everyone gathers around the lake for exercise in the form if walking, biking, jogging, dancing, tai chi, you name it.

I made my way along the well-groomed trails by the lake’s edge, and here is what I saw: ducks in bags (for sale), azaleas, a chihuahua frantically running after its owner on a motorized bike, fisherman, an elderly man sitting on a bench with his iPad, lots of people gathered in groups stretching and/or performing some form of dance. There was a lot of music along the way, seems that every other person had a portable radio. Couples were dancing to the communal music and sharing the morning glories. Oddly enough, seems that clapping to the music is quite popular! A little bit of exercise is apparently good for the soul.

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inspiration

What inspires us? I know it is different for everyone, and can even be more complex than just a simple image or thought. It depends on the day, the moment, whom you are with, the music…oh, the music.

Maybe it’s the music, maybe it’s the company, maybe the setting.

Either way, I’m feelin’ Texas.

"Yeah, everybody gotta get away sometime,
Forget about yourself for awhile…
Sometimes you’ve got to grab your world with your own two hands,
Set it spinning off on a course all your own,
Take yourself a big bag for your shoulder,
Find yourself some good times, bring them on back home…
Got no one to blame but your own damn self,
Ok, alright, heaven only know what gonna happen tonight,
Ok, alright, I’m ok, I’m alright…”
Well said, Pat Green.

Ok, it was the song. BUT, with the company of my husband, and the close memory of some special Texas friends whom visited recently, I am so proud to be from the big state.

The recent visit with friends was such a lovely one, hearing some Texas souls in a California world. Maybe it was the twang, the soft, sweet manners, the conversations of familiar places…yeah, it was the Texas.

Don’t get me wrong, I love CA, and our most beloved friends here. In fact, I truly cannot imagine our life anywhere but where we are now. TX just rings my heart. The way an old photo can make you smile.

Heading to China tomorrow. Unlike when I was a child, I am flying there, not digging. Maybe that’s why I am already missing home. One of several homes. But man, do I love the chance of experience. Worth more than words. Cannot wait to feel lost in China town!

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