Painted ladies of San Francisco…

During my recent trip to San Francisco, I made sure I made a trip to see the “Painted Ladies.” on Steiner St.  I first remember seeing them in the opening credits from the television show Full House.  I loved them from that point on and always said I would go see them.

Wikepedia: In American architecture, painted ladies are Victorian and Edwardian houses and buildings painted in three or more colors that embellish or enhance their architectural details.  The term was first used for San Francisco Victorian houses by writers Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen in their 1978 book Painted Ladies -San Francisco’s Resplendent Victorians. 

^^^ Good definition from Wikepedia. ^^^

These homes are beautiful, but as I can see from pictures in the past, the colors aren’t as vibrant as they used to be.  They’ve become more muted and blend in more with the rest of the city.

I do envy their owners though.  To live in such a beautiful setting. The city scapes, Alamo park across the street.

One thing I’m sure of though, this beauty comes with a price.  Always having onlookers come to see these homes. They’re always being photographed. I’ve read that people knock on their doors and want tours.  Privacy I’m sure is an issue. I noticed that not one home had their blinds open.

I can now cross this off my bucket list.  I love the city of San Francisco and I know I’ll be back to explore more of the hidden gems along with some other popular sites too.

As always: Keep Smiling!!! (:






Photo’s of Doors…

I’ve become a bit fascinated with photographing doors.  I’ve taken some from my local park, London, and San Francisco.  Each door has pulled me in and I often wonder what the story is behind each one.  What goes on behind closed doors is anyone’s secret.  They all seem to hold one and have a story to tell.

Here’s a few I photographed:


I left my Heart in San Francisco…

I just got back from a few days in San Francisco.  I was there a few years ago, but there is so much that I didn’t see the first time-that this time I saw more and really enjoyed it.  Two things that I did repeat was Alcatraz and walking the Golden Gate Bridge.

Alcatraz, what can I say… Something drew me to this cold place again.  It definitely had some weird “ju ju” going on there.  You could feel it in the air and especially in the prison.  My weird self wanted to tour it at night-but at this time the evening tours weren’t available.

Golden Gate Bridge-beautiful as usual.  The one mile walk across and then the mile back was worth it.  The views from the bridge are breath taking.  You can see Alcatraz from the bridge.  I remember reading that the prisoners actually hated it because San Francisco was so close-but so far away.  I must say they did have an amazing view from that prison.


The sail boats were in full force on the Bay that day.  I got a front row view from the bridge- I love the freedom of the boats and how the wind just lets them be free.

I also wanted to see the Painted Ladies.  These houses are beautiful-but over the years the colors aren’t as vibrant as they used to be.  I’m assuming when new owners take over they tone down the colors of the houses-but never the less they are beautiful.  They are located across the street from Alamo Park.  It was so crowded that day with onlookers and people just enjoying the sunshine and views of the city and the Painted Ladies.  Lots of picnics and wine and cheese going on here. (:



One of the last things on my list was to walk down Lombard Street. The crookedest street in world.  This street has some beautiful homes too.  But what I found most fascinating were the wild parrots.  I heard a lot of squawking and looked up and saw about a dozen or so wild parrots up in the trees talking away to each other.  These birds are so beautiful and carefree.

I walked so much of the city and enjoyed my time in San Francisco. I love the vibe there, the lifestyle.  It’s a lot like Seattle -but a little more hustle bustle.  One thing that did sadden me was the huge number of homeless people.  I know every city has this-but it seemed way more prevalent there.

I’ll write more about my experience soon.

As always: Keep Smiling!!! (:

Bucket List…

Bucket list, I think most of us have one. I have several things I want to do, and a few I’ve already done.  My most recent one was to become CPR certified by the American Red Cross, and while doing this I also became life guard certified.  I teach swim lessons part time along with Art/drawing classes to young children.

When I was younger a lot of my friends were lifeguards, as well as my siblings.  I wanted to also-but never did. Because of a recent requirement from my swim lesson job, I was told I had to and just finished training this past weekend. So, I’m able to cross this off my list.  🙂  It was hard-but I did it!

Other things I want to do or have done are:

Publish a book (This will be done in the next few weeks (: )

Travel to more countries ( I went to London alone 2 years ago-first time over seas for me

Zip line

I’m learning another language -but really want to speak it more fluent

Buy a Converteble Car ( I know it’s silly-but I really want one )

Learn how to surf

These are just a few I can think of, but I know there are more.  Even if we never accomplish them, or only a few, it’s fun to have this list and see where it can take you.

Bucket list, dreams, goals, whatever you call it. Never stop believing in yourself.  You never know where these could take you.

As always: Keep Smiling!!! (:





Missing you…

I look for you

Missing your laughter and smile

I know you’re at peace

And no more pain

Your smile lit up a room

My last image of you a happy one

Leaping by my car

Shouting “I love you!”

I’ll never forget you

Our talks about life

The excitement in your eyes

About a future so bright

I feel your presence

Knowing that everything will be alright

Your smile and laughter was always so bright




Goals, deadlines, and anticipation…

We all have goals and deadlines to meet at some point.  I have one major one that I have put on myself.  I’m self publishing my children’s book soon.  My goal was January. It’s now February.  Things happen, life happens and sometimes we have to push our goals back a bit.

Now I’ve set my deadline for March. No particular day in March, just I have to have this deadline for myself.

Now comes the anticipation of it all. I still have a little work to do on it-but I’m also anxious to say the least. I want this dream to become reality so bad and I know I’ll make it happen.  It’s just like waiting for the ketchup to come out of the bottle… Anticipation…

As always: Keep smiling!!! 🙂




pexels-photo-839466.jpegJanuary and February are always a time of a little withdrawal and hibernation for me. Yes, the New Year is always exciting on January 1. The newness of the upcoming year, the out with the old crap that we’ve built up from the past year.

But, then by the second week of January the newness wears off for me and I just want to curl up in bed and write, read, and watch mindless television until Spring.  The dreary Pacific Northwest Skies and rain just make me sleepy too.

As we’re entering the 2nd week of February, I still feel some need to hibernate-but I’m slowly coming out of it.  You see, Spring starts to come a little early in the Pacific Northwest. This I’m thankful for after living in the Midwest for most of my life. Now I feel like a sleepy bear starting to wake up a little, starting to feel a little more energetic.


The sweet smells of Spring can’t come fast enough for me. The Spring smells, the new flowers. There’s just something about the air that makes me happy.

As always: Keep Smiling!!! (:


The beauty of birds…

I remember in 5th grade my Science teacher taught a unit in Birds.  He would have 2 or 3 different types stuffed birds in glass cases on all of the tables in the room. We spent a few weeks talking about each bird and their habitat.  At the end of the unit we were tested. We had to identify the birds and write a little about each one.

After this time, I was able to identify birds when I saw them outside. I was pretty proud of myself that I could identify what the bird was.

I have since then had a love of birds.  I love how they fly through the air effortlessly.  But.. I do have my favorites.  I love the Great Blue Heron.  Their wings are so big and beautiful while flying.  I always feel as though I’ve hit the jackpot when I see one up close along our local river or the puget sound area around me.  I came across one along the trail I walk on and he was just sitting there as pretty as you please-like he was posing for all to see. I was also lucky enough to see one in the Puget Sound last Fall.  There’s just something about them that fascinates me.

Another of my favorites is the Cardinal.  I saw them all the time back when I was living in the Midwest, but for some reason they don’t fly west of the Mississippi. I really miss seeing these birds. The males have such vibrant red feathers and in the winter brightened up the yard filled with snow.

If I could I would thank my 5th grade Science teacher for introducing to all kinds of birds.

Here are some of my favorites, along with some random shots of a few. The Great Blue Herron and the Goldfinches.

As Always: Keep Smiling!!! (:




Coffee Shop writers…

For the last few months, I’ve been coming to the coffee shop to write, once maybe twice a week.  Now I also write from home-but often get more inspired when I come here.  The smell of the coffee flavors, the whirring of the cappuccino machine, the buzzing of conversations all around me.

As I’m writing, I take breaks to people watch.  It always makes me wonder what people are doing on their laptops. Typing away, headphones in, some chatting on and on into their phones.  Many may be working remotely.  Some come here just for the free wi-fi.

No matter why they are here.  It’s a good vibe here. It’s one of my happy places and has helped me write lots of blog entries and has helped me finish my book. I like the fact that I have the freedom to write where ever I want and that this happy little coffee shop can be an inspiration to some of my writings.

As always: Keep smiling!!! (: