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Adventurous, Escapist, Generalist & Enthusiast

Yep, that’s me. I just took an Enneagram test for fun. I don’t really like tests, being boxed in and defined. But, I have to admit this is too darn accurate. Now what? I guess it’s really good to stay mindful of my strengths and limitations. The following defines me so well. It all sounds so great but being spontaneous and free-spirited isn’t easy–especially when you are the mother of an Aspie.


hygge life

We’ve been spending time at home more this winter because of the rains. Even when the rains stop, we can’t get in the ocean because of the runoff from the urban areas. So we put on a fire, do some crafts, make some movies, listen to music, cook, bake and make ourselves at home.


Low tide play

Jim woke up really ill this morning so we decided not to go to the boat today. I spent the morning ordering and inventorying engine parts on my new What’s On My Boat? app. After the kids did some chores we headed to San Gorgonio Park to shoot hoops and ride bikes then we timed it just right for the low tide at the tidepools at Dana Point Harbor. We were able to climb to the top of the…

It’s not easy being green

It’s not that easy being green;
Having to spend each day the color of the leaves.
When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow or gold-
or something much more colorful like that.
It’s not easy being green.
It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things.
And people tend to pass you over ’cause you’re not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water-
or stars in the sky.
But green’s the color of Spring.
And green can be cool and friendly-like.
And green…

Tahiti Iti

We had been looking for an offshore cruising sailboat for awhile when we discovered one for sale in Tahiti. It had a great layout and seemed like the perfect boat for our family. Both kids would have their own stateroom and it satisfied other technical requirements we desired including a center cockpit. So, we made an offer and hopped on a plane to go see Bella Vita, a 53′ Pearson sailboat 4115 miles away in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

We previously sailed French Polynesia…

Decisions, decisions-on choosing our blue water cruising boat and why it took so long!

I have been dreaming of owning a boat since I was 14. I read the novel Dove and was inspired to pursue an alternative lifestyle ever since. I grew up sailing on my family’s Catalina 27 and spent many, many weekends in Dana Point Harbor paddling one of those blue and yellow rafts between trimaran amas and sailing our Sabot around the island. When I met my husband, I had no idea he too had…

childhood portraits

I haven’t taken straight forward, soul-baring portraits of my kids in soooo long, I can’t remember the last time I did it-maybe a year ago. It’s such a bone of contention between us. Merrik is very uncomfortable in front of the camera. He is self-conscious and feels like everyone is being critical of him. He doesn’t know if he should do a goofy smile or give me stink-eye. It breaks my heart because his smile is so beautiful. Maliea…

Know that feeling

Do you know that feeling? The one where you have been dreaming about something almost your entire life-at least since you were 14-and then that dream becomes reality?
Well, I do and it is amazing!! Thirty five years ago I had a dream to own a sailboat and sail it everywhere. Then just fourteen years ago I started down the path with my husband to buy a sailboat for our family to sail the world. After all the hard work and the patience and…