Celebrating in Sunshine & Rain


Dinner at McPhee Reservoir

My hubby and I share the same birthday month – our birthdays are just five days apart. The best birthday present we can give each other is to get away and play. This year we snuck in a few days before our birthdays. We planned the days and the meals — but held open where to go depending on the weather and how we felt.

When the weekend arrived – the weather forecast for the state was typical: chance of showers. We decided to head southwest — partly because our original destination was hosting a big event over the weekend and we wanted to avoid crowds.

On that Sunday (a few weeks ago now:) we pedaled on a new (for us) trail called Boggy Draw, near Dolores.

Looking towards the San Juans from the Italian Canyon Loop -- at Boggy Draw

Looking towards the San Juans from the Italian Canyon Loop — at Boggy Draw

It was a beautiful day – downright hot, and we were sweaty and dirty when we were done. We headed to McPhee Reservoir – for a dip and to find home for the night. We had a lovely dinner (see the photo above:), and then settled in to watch the lightening flash in all of the clouds that had amassed  in the surrounding mountains.

It was a beautiful show – and we listened to rain on and off throughout the night. When we woke to a drizzly wet morning we debated what to do. We wanted to pedal, but not in the rain. If it was raining in the desert, it would certainly be raining in the mountains.

In the end we decided to head back towards Durango (higher elevation & closer to mountains) anyway. We figured at least there was a movie theater if all else failed. But by the time we reached Durango the universe had sent the rain clouds packing for us, and we pedaled in the sunshine on the Telegraph Trail system, just outside of Durango.


After our ride we headed towards Wolf Creek Pass to find home for the night. We found a beautiful spot to camp at the western base of the pass – and watched the sunset as we ate our dinner.


The clouds began to gather again as the day turned to night. And we were again awakened by raindrops pattering on the roof of the van. The next morning the rain was still falling – and we watched a herd of elk disperse as we drove along the dirt road back towards the highway.


By the time we reached Salida the clouds had again dispersed, and we spent a sunny, and relaxing, day at home. Just around sunset we took this fun self timer surrounded by the bounty of our garden, before heading out to dinner – on my actual birthday:)


How do you like to celebrate with the ones you love – in the sunshine and in the rain? You don’t really need a birthday to celebrate – so I sure hope you’ll find a way to celebrate beautiful you soon!



P.S. I even snuck in a little journaling play during our getaway – it resulted in a fun commemoration of our birthdays getaway 2014.


P.S.S. Speaking of celebrating – I’m also going to be celebrating the launch of my 2015 Daily Musings Journal this month. I’ll be sending info on pre-ordering (= early bird special) next week.

2015DMJ-cover-3D_smIf you’re interested in learning more – or signing up for my early bird special update – just click here.

I’d sure appreciate it if you spread the daily musings love.

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Fall is in the air — and a shameless plug:)


On Monday as I was pedaling with my husband that Colorado golden color of autumn kept catching my eye. It was September 1, but YIKES — I did not feel ready to see fall.

I asked him if I could possibly have just a little more August — and sadly he reminded me it was not possible.

fingerless-glovesThe next few days were beautifully hot & sunny, but the evenings were really chilly — I even had to pull out my fingerless gloves in my studio one morning.

I notice the days are definitely growing shorter! The equinox will be here in just a few weeks.

But (and here comes my shameless plug:), with the coming of autumn comes thoughts of 2015 journals and calendars…and

The 2015 Daily Musings Journal is coming!


I finished this fun new cover design about a week ago and I’m currently working on the details for taking pre-orders. I should have this ready in the next few weeks — and if you want to be on the Early Bird Special list, click here to sign-up.

I felt so well supported in 2014, and this year I hope to spread the Daily Musing love even further.

Click here if you want to learn some fun ways to use the Daily Musings Journal.

Thank you for listening to my shameless plug, and for helping me spread the Daily Musing love! Happy Fall!



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My Life is My Studio — new journal


My Life is My Studio

Recently as I was contemplating a cover design for a new journal I was making, I was also listening to one of Jamie Ridler‘s podcasts. I honestly can’t remember if it was a Creative Living podcast or one of her daily Behind the Scenes videos — I receive inspiration from both.

That day it was the reminder that “Your Studio is Your Life” that caught my attention and inspired the cover for my newest journal.

I have been inspired by this concept ever since I first heard Jamie speak about it this past spring. Jamie inspired this


and this


in my journal this past March. I return to this concept again and again for inspiration. Thank you Jamie — for all of your ongoing inspiration.

I can’t wait to see what I get up in the pages of this new journal.


I have filled it with a few different types of blank papers that are perfect for all sorts of media.

Remember — as Jamie says “Your Life is Your Studio”.

Enjoy creating, playing & thriving in your studio!





P.S. The 2015 Daily Musings Journal is coming! Here’s a sneak peak of the cover — I’m so excited about the design. Can you see the hearts in the flowers imbuing love into the pages of this new year & journal?


Click here to sign-up for news and early bird specials – coming in September!


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Peaceful — #augustbreak part deux


Peaceful was the prompt for day 20 of The August Break 2014. August 20 was an awesome day, but anything but peaceful:)

Day 20 was quite literally a circus…


The Salida Circus


Waiting for the racers at the finish line

It was the day of the Monarch Mountain Stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge — an event I had been working on for nearly a year.

I knew it was going to be a crazy day so I found it ironic that it was the day that Peaceful was the prompt for The August Break project. After running around coordinating entertainment all day, at nearly 11,000 feet, I couldn’t begin to wrap my brain around the concept.


I took the next few days off, and then it was weekend. Yesterday while sitting at this little mountain lake (photo at top) I leaned my head on my hubby’s shoulder and felt so peaceful. It appropriate to share my day 20 image, albeit a little late, with all of you dear mountain mermaid readers. Some times things just gotta happen in your own time:)


It is the only day I’ve missed so far! OK — I may have posted one the next morning, but I’m doing pretty well…and really enjoying myself. Here are a few of my fav images I’ve created so far

Reflection - Day 6

Reflection – Day6

Selfie - Day 8

Selfie – Day 8

Hands - Day 14

Hands – Day 14

Treasures - Day 21

Treasures – Day 21

…I’m loving playing with the iPhone app Word Swag!

I’d love for you to visit me on Instagram to see the rest of my fun photos! Be sure to go to #augustbreak2014 to see what everyone else is up to, too.

And if you haven’t already, get your own version of August Break in soon…September is just around the corner. The weather in my neck of the Rocky Mountains is sure feelin’ like September already.





P.S. The 2015 Daily Musings Journal is coming! If you want to receive updates about it, click here to sign-up for my early notification list!

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I am so loving Instagram that I thought it would be fun to participate in Susannah Conway’s #augustbreak2014 — “the idea is to simply take a photograph every day for the whole of August.”

I know I’ve mentioned before that I’m not very good at daily challenges, so we’ll see how it goes. August seems like a good month to take a photo a day, and I have a list of prompts to keep me thinking.

I hope you’ll visit me on Instagram to see if I make it everyday (you can also see what others are up to by going to the hashtag #augustbreak2014), although I’ll try to report back here, too. I’ve made it to day 4 — so that’s a start! Here’s what I’ve got so far:


Day 1: Lunch
I rarely go out to lunch, but I had occasion to go to Pueblo and my sweet friend Cyndi met me for lunch at the Riverwalk! Friend joy shared.


Day 2: Pattern
Saturday hike with purple Aster flowers along the trail


Day 3: Window
I was aiming for what was inside the window but found the reflection of the historic buildings & the clouds to be much more interesting.


Day 4: Orange
Felt like I needed a little break this afternoon and realized my orange was right beside me in my studio. Thai triangle pillows bought in Thailand many years ago.

Happy August Friends!



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