Pumpkin Cottage

Pumpkin Cottage
sit and visit a spell

Friday, May 31, 2013

PUNCH Vintage Hyper Bliss

Sometimes you need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star.

 Punch ...fabulous.  

Santa Barbara has something for everyone.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Portuguese Pride

Lupini Beans - brine salty goodness

Traditional Sopas 

Holy Ghost festival season commences in May
and proceeds through September in California.

Everyone is welcome. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Beyond Fear

I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life -
and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to.

Georgia O'Keeffe

My attention is captivated by
vines of science fiction flowers.
Thousands of tourist have wanted by
these vines without a thought but they gave me pause.

I recall  moments of sheer panic during
my very early years as an undergrad.

There were words I wanted to speak.
Questions I needed to ask.
Yet, my HEART pounded rapidly.
My ability to speak lost.

Never ever give up.
Never ever let the fear paralyze
your spirit.
Press on.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Art at Mission Santa Barbara

Well meaning friends and associates, often
comment...Mr. Lee and I should share more alone time.
The kids won't suffer for an evening away from us.
It sounds like blah, blah, blah to us.  

All well and good, but we have demanding
careers and already spend too much time away.
We are happiest together.  As a couple, we have plenty of alone
time and occasionally we do go out on a date.
Our entire relationship has been one long date.
We have grown children.  We understand this time is fleeting.
times life plummeted us. We've shed plenty of tears and
encountered trials, still our happiest times are spent together.

As a creative bunch, we inspire, encourage, and energize
each other.

Blacktop pastels.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Queen of the California Missions

In the Great State of California, 4th graders study the Missions.
The Queen of the Missions, Santa Barbara, was our destination.

Armed with digital cameras: Mr. Lee, Jacob and Holly created a slide show.

Here's a sample of their creative vision.

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The day was brilliant.  Blue blue skies vibrant color.
The mission was busy, and yet, there is a atomshere
of peace, reverence and calm. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Girl Gets First Manicure

She asked for pictures on her nails.
Fortunately, our nail lady's first language
isn't English.

Yes yes, sigh,  look how cute.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Blast to Graduation 2013

My oldest child, Mark.

My friend, Ana, who stood with me through
the darkest period in my life. 

Mark, Jacob, Holly..Children my greatest achievements.

My in-laws, Priscilla and Jacob, the best Oma and Opa.

Sea of graduates.  Only 17 in my graduate class but 425 undergrads.
Each called up by name.

First on stage.

Hooding ceremony.

My dear Monir. A loyal heart of gold. 

Girlfriends for ever.