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  • I found hope in Hope thanks to nature and my nieces.
  • Reminder: There is always light at the end of the tunnel(s).
  • Possibilities.
  • "After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on - have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear - what remains? Nature remains." Happy 200th birthday, Walt Whitman
  • Spring is always the most alive after the darkest and rainiest of winters. #hyggehouse
  • "There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind." C. S. Lewis. Or, as the Secret Sisters sang, "Tomorrow will be kinder."
  • "It was here in Big Sur where I first learned to say amen." Henry Miller

Friday afternoon I decided to take a last-minute trip up the coast. Every time I've driven it, I've  always had some place to be and up against time.

But not this trip.

Friday I spent time in Santa Barbara and Paso Robles.

Saturday I spent time in Steinbeck country (of Mice and Men is one of my favourite books) and finally drove the G16 across to Carmel before heading up for a quick stop to see of my friends who I would literally drive 8hrs for only to spend 2 hours with.

Today I got up super early and got a super big coffee so I could drive down highway 1, through Big Sur and hopefully beat the crowds.

Henry Miller is the author of some of my other favourite books so as I drove though Big Sur I thought of him and Steinbeck and how they wrote about what they knew, what they loved, and what they questioned. I've had this idea in my head for a new project and community that I know will resonate and mean something but just unsure how to begin.

So I made sure today to stop when I wanted to. Linger when I needed. Drive wherever for however long.

And, after all the times driving through Big Sur, I finally stopped at a beach. I spent two hours here practically alone and just was.

People say it but there is something magic about Big Sur and today was the first time I felt it. I felt the shift, the inspiration, the hunger. And I felt wet sand between my toes. 
I'm ready.

Amen
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  • Last week I drove through the area of Malibu that was most hard hit from the fires. It was completely devastated only last December but now, life is blooming again in a way I've never seen it before. The scars are there and it will take 20yeara to get back to where it was but life is back. That's the amazing, heartbreaking and beautiful thing about life. #malibustrong #earthday

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The Coffee Table Book Table

November 28, 2006

After two and a half years of literally no furniture or home bits, I feel as though I have everything I need; the sofa, a TV table, dining room table with two benches, bed frame, large linen trunk, great work chair, desk, guest chair and corner unit for office. The only things I think I could need at this point would be a side wall unit for my office (to house my very large printer and small airport plus books) and a couple of side tables (one for the bedroom, one for the office chaise).

But for the last three things, I am determined to do it as inexpensively as possible. There are some things I will pay money for and not blink twice (linens, bed, sofa) but for the tables, at this point, I just don’t feel justified to spend money on them since they’re not essential pieces and when I move, I’m not sure how they’d move with me. I’d rather do without than spend money on something just to “have it.” So at the moment this means I’ve been using plastic boxes covered with a pretty sheet I bought years ago to make due for the side table in the bedroom followed by an old farmhouse chair which is just too small for the printer.

However, over at Simply Green I found my solution; a book table secured with wonderful leather belts! I love this idea for a couple of reasons: it involves large books!

I haven’t owned large coffee table books before because they were always too heavy to move, too impractical to buy or just plain expensive. But with a great discount at a store I’m working at, I’ve been able to pick up a few very large books for this purpose.

So slowly but surely, my own coffee table book table is coming along. Just a few more books and then finding some belts and voila – a coffee table book table. Now, if I can just figure out something other than plastic bins for the bedroom…

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