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This photo pretty much describes how I’ve felt a good part of the past few weeks. The change of seasons and a few of life’s curve balls hurled my way took the wind out of my sails for a bit, leaving me with little energy. I hate it when that happens! But I’m now back in the swing of things–getting excited for the holidays, looking forward to time spent with friends, and preparing for the February retreat. Lots of good stuff coming up!

Fortunately, I did manage to get up to Oregon to visit DJ for a few days–we spent some quiet time exploring country roads; meeting up with a fellow friend and fabulous artist/instructor; eating good food; and of course, taking photos. I didn’t take many good ones, but I do like this one. Now you know how she gets all those great angles…lol!

And we came across this sweet little face in our travels one day.

The second part of our visit was back here in northern CA–we drove back down here, where DJ was finally able to go to the Alameda flea market with me. As we were nearing the end of the day, I was thinking I was getting off easy, having bought only a small handful of goodies. And then I saw this…

And this…

And what do you know, they both fit in my car perfectly! I had no intention of buying a mirror and a dresser, but as I walked around, I couldn’t stop thinking about them. That’s when I knew they were meant to come home with me! DJ shared some great photos of the day on her blog; she has a special way of seeing things, and captures images like nobody else. I’m so in awe of her work, as a photographer and as an artist.

And it thrills me that she loves to come up with ideas for the retreat! We got some felting needles, and she went crazy making these little flowers. So guess what I’ll be incorporating into the Journey goodies?

On a completely different note, look what I got in the mail the other day! Another good friend found out that I’d never had a pear from Harry & David, so she surprised me with this goodness. I am so grateful to have such generous, uplifting souls in my life.

A Day at the Faire

Apparently we weren’t the only ones who thought it was a good idea to spend the holiday at the Alameda Antiques Faire. Actually, the crowds were much lighter than usual, and a few of the vendors were missing. But look! Lots of goodies and strange folks there as usual.

Harvey was there with his fabulous warm, melt-in-your mouth donuts. And now he offers donut sundaes–have you ever?! If you find yourself at the flea market, run, do not walk, to his booth and treat yourself. Seriously. They are beyond yummy! The donuts were just the first course; Stephanie and I set up a little picnic area to eat the main course—I knew that old quilt would come in handy!

Tinsel Trading Co. had some very cool stuff, as always. And what about these shoes? Don’t you just wonder where the little feet that wore them are now? What stories they could tell…

There always seems to be plenty of body parts, and bodies missing parts….

I found myself looking over my shoulder more than once, as there seemed to be some unsavory characters there.

And then there are the folks who snap photos incessantly, so consider a disguise if you don’t want to be recognizable on someone’s blog.

I do love seeing all the glamour girls who show up in all their finery. I envy the way they always look so calm, cool and collected, even in the heat.

I found some goodies for the attendees of the upcoming *retreat, but my ‘get’ of the day was this old tea box from Boston, MA. It had my name written all over it–literally! I’m slowly taking back my maiden name of Woods, so this was a ‘sign’ that it was meant to come home with me.

All in all, a really great Fourth of July—hope yours was too!

(*The last day to register for the July retreat is this Friday, July 9. If you can’t make it, don’t despair—there’s another fabulous lineup coming in February. Details soon!)