Have to create art;making beach pebble people

I do not have any of my art tools here in Mexico but I cannot seem to resist creating art from what ever is at hand.  So the beach here has lots of smooth rocks and pebbles.###Travel tip for artists:  I purchased some school paint, glue, and a couple of canvases at the dollar store here in Mexico called Waldos.   I am creating pebble people collages.  The trick is to make these collages with only things found on the beach.  So my pebble people and animals take shape from the shape of the beach finds.  So here my little art set up on the balcony; art paint shells  There are shells and rocks that I have cleaned with bleach and oiled with oil oil.  With my school paint, I am ready to go. CREATE!  Here is a canvas I made to remember my sweet dog Daisy who lived on earth for 17 years and is now a dog angel.daisy angelHere is a bride and groom set of pebble and shell people with some drift wood and wooden weeds.pebble people wedding And here is a couple in love.  It was really hard to find a beach pebble the size of a heart.couple pebble people  I will see what images comes from the beach next week.

The fog comes in on little cat paws

So this afternoon, I was sitting on the balcony in the warm sun reading my book. Within 5 minutes David came out and said look. There was a layer of fog blowing in from the ocean. It was like a silent blanket coming in from the sea. Within another 5 minutes the entire shore was covered in dense fog. I was reminded of a Carl Sandburg poem ; that the fog comes in on little cat paws. ( If I remember it correctly)

It is amazing to be able to witness the changes in the weather here on the shore of the fog on beach 5x7 netPacific Ocean.sea fog 2 netsea fog 3 net  No more sitting in the sun reading today!

Where do we shop in Rosarito Beach?

Some people have asked where  we shop here in Rosarito Beach.  We have a lot of American stores here.  We grocery shop at Walmart.walmart  We also shop at Home Depot,  Office Depot and eat at Carl’s Jr.home depotoffice depotcarls jr These stores are all in Rosarito Beach.  We also have a McDonalds, Subway, Radio Shack, Burger King, and Dairy Queen. There are several Waldos ( like a dollar store).   There is a Costco in Tijuana and another Costco across border in Chula Vista.

But luckily we tend to eat at the local places where you can eat fresh seafood , beans, tortillas and produce for about $2.25 for a huge seafood burrito.  I had a lobster dinner the other evening for about $20 in a Puerto Nuevo restaurant.  We are going back next week for a lobster lunch.  You can go American or go Mexican


How to save money by setting up pet and house sitting

We are applying to house and pet sit for some people in the United Kingdom.  We miss our animals so much while we are away and we want to meet new  people .  House sitting will let us do both things.  We have even been chosen already for a pet and house sit in May in England.

We know it must be hard for people to decide on who to choose when they get lots of applications to pet and house sit. We of course, think that we are perfect for the job and want to do it, lol.  We were really lucky and have a pet and house sit in May in England which thrills us to no end.  Of course , the fact that I am a photographer means that the photos we send people of their sweet animals will be an added gift as I will leave them for the owners.  Here is a photograph of our dog cousin, Bernard


Budget Travel tip:  We are asked how this works.  We signed up with an online site called Trusted Housesitters.  Then filled in an application and got some references.  I applied as soon as possible when house and pet sitting assignments came up in the area we were interested in.  If chosen you normally call or Skype and exchange information.   Most of the time you agree to house and pet sit for free and you stay in the home owners home for free.  You take care of their animals and home. This works out as a win/win for all involved.  The home owner goes away feeling good about the fact that their animals get to stay at home with loving people and you get to see what it is like to live somewhere else in the world.

linda david and dogs_small  Here is a photograph of us with Mac ( white dog) and a couple of dog cousins.

How to ride out stormy weather on the beach

So another El Nino storm is blowing in from the ocean today.   The wind is very strong.  Since we are up on the 13th floor of our condo complex we have been seeing lots of sea gulls and pelicans flying by.  They normally stay closer to the sea.    So this is how the storm goes.

It rains hard for about a half an hour and then the sun comes out and then it clouds up again and rains.   But the wind has stayed steady, blowing hard. A storm like this is different when you live on the water.  You can almost see the storm come into land and wash over you.  I am glad I am not out on the ocean today.

We knew it was coming last night.  Here are some photos of the fog coming in last night;fog comes in It was so foggy that the sun keep trying to set through the cloud cover.  This is all we could see.fog and sun and sea Then this morning the storm struck and this is what it looked like from our balcony behind the sliding glass doors.rain on balcony Later today the ocean was frothy white with the wind making the bay a sea of little waves.stormy ocean  Needless to say, we are staying inside warm and cozy.  We knew the storm was coming on Friday so we stocked our shelves and refrigerator with lots of easy food to make.  Hot chocolate and cookies , anyone?

Had to add this sunset ; After the storm; hope always rises.storm sunset fan 5x7 net