Posts by Claudia:

around here

life

beautiful autumn days with the exception of tropical storm zeta passing through

it’s been a busy and long week

happy that it’s friday and that halloween is tomorrow but sad to not be with Lilian this coming week

bitter sweet friday

happy weekend friends

our voluntary tomato plant keeps on giving

this guy who is always super happy to see me

these two besties who don’t see nearly enough of each other

pod week

pod week art

while the girls pod upstairs, i pod downstairs

folley beach memories

los angeles bougainvillea memories

my brother turned forty

around here

it’s been the most beautiful autumn so far

chilly mornings, warm sunny days, pink dusk…

no complaints here

this autumn reminds me of the glorious one we had when we first moved here exactly five years ago

truly loving every day of it

just wish it wouldn’t turn into winter when it’s done…

did a little bit of this while in los angeles but need to get back to it

a favorite easy breakfast/brunch

before being apart for two weeks

the most beautiful card sent in the mail by a dear friend

her art

when mornings are chilly and gloomy and she doesn’t want to get out of bed

a saturday out and about in west asheville. our new neighborhood

a sunday apple and pumpkin picking out at grandad’s farm

a post school, pre dinner stroll

pink dusk

our pod. we are now three because one of them went out to colorado for skiing season

#mycaliforniadreamin2020trip

on october seventh i left asheville before six in the morning, drove an hour to greenville and flew out to los angeles

it had been three years since i had been out there

the last time i was there was for my birthday

this time around, i went for my dear Connie’s fiftieth birthday

it was a mellow covid/quarantine trip where we mostly just hung out at her house/yard/neighborhood

we went on a few drives, got to see and walk around griffith observatory, out to eat…

there was no shopping or a trip to go see the ocean like previous trips but i did get to go on long beautiful walks every morning

los angeles looked the worst i have ever seen it look

so many places still closed and boarded up, more homeless people living in tents and under tarps than i have ever seen anywhere else, people in corners completely out on drugs…. reminded me of nyc in the eighties before giuliani cleaned it up

it felt like the apocalypse

for the first time since moving to asheville, it felt good to return home from a trip somewhere

no desire to return any time too soon….

first lunch upon arrival. delicious mexican food

a beautiful california sunset with palm trees in the distance

first morning in silverlake

lots of morning walks

birthday party day

leftover birthday cake. probably the best i ever had

griffith observatory

until next time los angeles

41/52. twenty twenty

“a portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2020”

Lilian

it’s getting harder to keep this 52 project going with only being with Lilian every other week but i am trying my best to keep going

it’s important to me

and maybe some day it will be important to her too

this was our last picture together before we were apart for two weeks (it was painful)

she was in west virginia with William visiting family and i went to los angeles to visit Connie

thankfully we are together now for two weeks

ARTsy wednesday

by the time some of you read this (does anyone come here anymore though?), i will be on my way to los angeles to spend one of my bestie’s 50th birthday with her

it’s been three years since i was in california and despite everything, i am looking forward to spending time with her and being there

i first fell in love with the west coast when i was 18 and it has always held a special place in my heart

if you know me, you know that i hate flying and am totally nervous about it because every time i fly, i think i’m going to die

this time is no different

covid or no covid

so… in case anything happens to me, i’d like to be cremated and, i’d like my ashes to be sprinkled in the ocean

that ocean being at the beacch in monte gordo portugal, ocean beach san diego and/or southbeach

i also leave everything to my daughter Lilian (sorry honey)

yes, there you have it, a small will right here on the blog (being written at 4:30am because i couldn’t sleep)

fingers crossed all goes well and i make it safely across

happy ARTsy wednesday friends!

liar liar

disconnected connections

burden

black and blue

i will say more when i feel less

i’ll call you

dreams like feet better than knees

40/52. twenty twenty

“a portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2020”

Lilian

reading her “book” on a rainy afternoon

she’s only been gone for two days and i miss her like crazy already

ten more days until i see her face again

and fourteen more days until she comes to stay with me again

time cannot go by fast enough…

happy monday friends

around here

it’s the end of the week with my pod

which sadly also means that it’s the end of my week with Lilian

this is hard and something i don’t think i will ever really settle into

not having her with me all the time…

who would have thought

it’s not something i ever wanted

this time around we will actually be apart for two weeks

it will be the longest we will be apart since the day she was born

my heart hurts just as i type this

two weeks…

morning snuggles even on school days. i’d like to say we make the most of our time together

last year on our way to lake placid from vermont. what a great trip that was!

coffee tastes better with her around

pink flowers always brighten my day

and speaking of pink

autumn inspired meals

tomatoes from our voluntary plant in our front yard

i continue on going on walks and taking in the last of summer colors

i continue on doing a lot of drawing and stitching

we had some dark rainy days

but for the most part we have had glorious early autumn days

ARTsy wednesday

i have returned to stitching

this time on thick watercolor paper

there is something about stitching that is very therapeutic to me

even more so than oils, acrylics or watercolors

i have been busy creating 6″x9″ little stitched pieces of art just about every day

one thing has to be said about this pandemic year, i have created more art this year than i have any other year

happy ARTsy wednesday friends

i’m not crying you’re crying (sold)

sunshine on a cloudy day

tuesday’s best

indian ocean

when you find me

i love you

indigo

moss

sunset red

orange

black

yellow (sold)

cobalt

pretty in pink

never saw you (sold)

contemplation