Meandering Along the Coast

One of the great perks of being retired I’ve discovered, is spontaneously tossing a few things in the car and heading down the coast… without calling out “sick”. I waited ...

“Seafarer” Brown Paper Bag Junk Journal

My newest Junk Journal is made from a brown paper bag and two envelopes. My goal was to make this journal look old and well-used. I’m calling it “Seafarer”, and ...

Visiting Wildlife Waystation on Bird LA Day

Yesterday, my sister-in-law, Jeanne, and I visited the Wildlife Waystation in Little Tujunga Canyon. My brother, Glenn, has been volunteering there for the past several months. He was recently assigned ...

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Pondering

The expression and pose in this picture describes my week. Starting on ...

Hiking Andreas Canyon, Part 2 of 2

Continuing from yesterday’s post at the halfway point, I crossed the footbridge over ...

Rose Floats!

Pasadena was in the spotlight yesterday, and didn’t fail to impress. The ...

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Meandering Along the Coast

One of the great perks of being retired I’ve discovered, is spontaneously tossing a few things in the car and heading down the coast… without calling out “sick”. I waited for morning rush hour traffic to fade and actually enjoyed my drive on the freeway. I exited at San Clemente and walked along the water’s […]

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“Seafarer” Brown Paper Bag Junk Journal

My newest Junk Journal is made from a brown paper bag and two envelopes. My goal was to make this journal look old and well-used. I’m calling it “Seafarer”, and am imagining a sea captain using it to keep his pictures and notes in.  The pictures are from a group of postcards from Catalina Island, […]

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Visiting Wildlife Waystation on Bird LA Day

Yesterday, my sister-in-law, Jeanne, and I visited the Wildlife Waystation in Little Tujunga Canyon. My brother, Glenn, has been volunteering there for the past several months. He was recently assigned to assist in the raptor section, and was helping out yesterday. As part of Bird L.A. Day, visitors were allowed into the sanctuary for a […]

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It’s 5 o’clock Somewhere

I’ve been blissfully retired four days now and wonder why I didn’t do this twenty or thirty years ago, haha! I’m still a bit befuddled, checking the clock every hour, worried my vacation days are rushing by too quickly… then I pinch myself and reality settles in and I break out in a big grin. […]

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A Day of Touring

I decided on a drive to Oak Glen this morning, wanting to have breakfast up on the mountain. It was a perfect idea; no traffic on the freeway, and clear blue sky. After breakfast, I drove to Oak Glen Preserve for a walk on the nature trails. Listening to nature was nearly a lost cause, […]

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Oldies Car Show in Orange

Kat and I wandered around the oldies car show in our town plaza this past Sunday. The sky was clear, the sun hot, and we forgot to bring our hats. We attempted to stay on the shady side of the street, but the cars just kept calling us over. Lucky for no sunburn! I was […]

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Out to Pasture

My retirement from the full-time working rat race is coming to a conclusion in three weeks and two days! I’m happily turning myself out to pasture as of April 30. That final Monday and Tuesday won’t include much in the way of work, though, with the 30th consisting solely of an exit interview with some […]

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Boats on the Lake

While at a birthday party for the doggies of my friends at William R. Mason Regional Park in Irvine yesterday, I became fascinated watching remote controlled boats on the lake there. A small group of men seemed to have boat sailing as their hobby by the looks of all their paraphernalia and the intent way […]

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Stranded?

This view was taken from top of the cliffs at Corona Del Mar and seems to show someone stranded on top of the craggy rock in the distance. I wished I’d brought my zoom lens to confirm, but from the looks of it, the person might have gotten quite wet when returning to shore. The […]

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Junk Journals Photo Shoot

I thought I’d do a “photo shoot” of all the Junk Journals I’ve made to date. I tell you, though, those journals weren’t very cooperative, shoving and pushing, knocking each other over, causing so much frustration I nearly gave up. Trying one last time, I finally got very strict and was able to get this […]

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Writing on the Beach

The results of some very industrious people, on the beach at Corona Del Mar. ~SueBee

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A Few Junk Journal Tags I Made Today

I’ve been thoroughly engrossed in making Junk Journals. My sister-in-law is to blame, actually, for getting me started on this hobby. I’ve always done lots of sewing, but never worked with paper, or stamping, or scrapbooking, etc. I must admit I’ve been having so much fun making these journals, using junk mail, photographs, other papers, […]

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Through the Garden Gate Junk Journal

For this journal, I envisioned bright, cheerful colors and a real sense of being in the garden. My friend, Emma, works at an adorable gift boutique called Through the Garden Gate, so I adopted the name for my Junk Journal, and made a garden gate for the first page. Even before starting the book, I […]

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On the Peninsula

Recently, taking advantage of a wonderful break from the storms we’ve had, I drove to Balboa Island and rode the ferry to the Balboa Peninsula. I wandered a few blocks and reached the sand. A really large berm had been built up by whichever government department is in charge of such things. I’m sure the […]

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View from the Balboa Island Ferry

While taking a brief visit to the coast yesterday, I decided on riding the little car ferry from Balboa Island over to the peninsula. The ferry fits 3 cars. I chose to park mine in a nearby neighborhood, though so I could walk onto the ferry. I figured it’s good exercise, just $1 each way, […]

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Daisies Framing the Pacific

These cheerful flowers are on a very steep hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Corona Del Mar. We’ve had so many storms lately that I chose the few hours without rain to get out and walk near the beach. Many others had the same idea! ~SueBee

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Reach For the Sky

Another desert oddity I spotted while visiting my friends in Pahrump, Nevada, this past weekend.  A saguaro cactus robbery in action! ~SueBee

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Tortoise Crossing

The crossing sign spotted while visiting my friends, Aranka and George, in Pahrump, Nevada this past weekend! ~SueBee

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Perplexed Squirrel

I witnessed the impact of humans on our wildlife population while visiting the Huntington Library & Botanical Gardens a week or two ago. It was so sad to see. I watched a poor squirrel skitter to the end of each branch on a tree that had been recently trimmed back; each branch was freshly cut. […]

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Late Afternoon at the Huntington

On the way home from my brother and sister-in-law’s in Burbank yesterday, I stopped for a fairly short visit at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens. I arrived at 3pm; the gardens close at 5. I’m glad I arrived so late because it looked to have been a jam-packed day. It was, after all, the […]

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