Summer dreams...

Walking on a heavenly beach for miles, searching for treasures... 
anything that catches the eye. For memories, future nostalgia, recollections, something to hold and see it all again. 
The bright sun, my daughter's footsteps in front of me, her pareo dancing around her in the trade wind.
The horizon where the ocean blue meets the sky blue, warm sand, 
and a dip in the blue water to cool our feet.
And the long drive back home along the ocean as we had ventured far.
And a lunch stop on the side of the road for fresh mahi mahi plate! I think about that day often. It's so clear in my mind, more so than any other day that I had spent just with her. That was before she married her sweetheart and had two sweet babies.
I can't wait to see them all very soon!


My wild beast...

warming his belly in the arroyo.

The endless meandering of arroyos are all around us in the wild wild west where we live.
We go there to surf the steeply carved sand walls, for inspirations, treasure hunt 
and to stay alert just case we encounter coyotes or rattle snakes... and I have seen them!

In this state of heightened awareness we find respite from the swirling world we live in. 
Along the side walls of the dry riverbed are beautiful exposed juniper roots, rocks, 
curious skeletons, scurrying horny toads and other slithery things and many curious 
plants I don't know the names of. 
As the season changes so does the arroyos. It can be filled with water
during the monsoon season. Snowfalls are heavenly in there.

I walk the beaches in Hawaii for the same reasons. In some ways, there is no difference 
except I can't jump in the sand and go for a swim. Ipo doesn't know about the ocean... yet.

I love kimchi...

Red cabbage + red and white radish kimchi on the counter fermenting away...
This makes me a very happy Korean!

Scroll down to April 1 post titled "Lets make kimchi" for the recipe.
I dare you to make it!!!


Farmers Market blooms...

and I am just so happy about that!
Just made some radish kimchi and it's fermenting away. 
I feel healthy already!

Fearless...

and happy in her playground. She will be seven in June. 
I am counting the days till I see her and her baby brother in July.
They are my little loves.


Awaiting leaves of summer...

Elms are everywhere in Santa Fe. To me, they are the prettiest right 
about now before the leaves sprout and pods drop. 
The chartreuse pods look like pompoms threaded into dancing branches
against blue spring skies.

Sadly once the leaves grow, the elms lose their special spring charm 
yet they will provide cool shade along the winding streets.