My New Mermaid

Anika and I returned from vacation to treats! She is a mermaid!

And I can take photos! I got an underwater camera for my birthday. These were the first images.

We are both enchanted :)

Absolute delight! “I have a tail!”

My camera is the Olympus TG-3 Waterproof Camera. Needless to say, I am thrilled about the opportunities! Much fun for both of us (hopefully for others when we share them, too :)

Diving into adventure :)

*This post does contain affiliate links. Should you decide to purchase, a small amount supports Lenkaland. Your price remains the same. Win win and thank you!

PS- the tail is from Fin Fun Mermaids. We are not affiliated with them- just amazed and happy to share the magic :)

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Vacation Moments

Truth: CMT symptoms (or any disability symptoms) do no take vacations. If anything, they are aggravated by vacation. Different places, different schedules, different expectations. I see how carefully I manage my day-to-day life when I step away from the crafted routines.

At the same time, I am defiance. I am the next experience. The challenges are opportunities to create memories that last through rough days. The moments are most important.

Jumping on the Bed and Over the Lava-Floor!

Jumping on the Bed and Over the Lava-Floor!

On the Lake

On the Lake

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

"You Played Murder Games, Mom?"

“You Played Murder Games, Mom?”

Sunset Over Carson Valley

Sunset Over Carson Valley

Finding the space to enjoy these times may add to my careful management. But it’s worth the effort. I am lucky to have an understanding family. We take frequent breaks. We keep the schedule light (one or two activities a day). I find that I need a few hours in the afternoon to recharge.

Life doesn’t have to be easy to be wonderful. I am so enjoying the time together. We are laughing. Swimming. Creating memories. And that’s the most important thing of all. Live life :)

Challenges and all :)

Into the Storm

Our annual family vacation started with a hot summer morning. And became an insane summer storm!

StormWe crested the pass into the Carson Valley to see these clouds massive over the sky. I must say that I have not seen green skies before. And these were really green. We pulled over on a lookout spot to watch lightning fork and flash across the sky. We tried catching a lightning strike on camera. They are shy, quick, and always out of the frame :)

We drove down the hill. The storm arrived in the last stretch of highway. Big plops of rain that drenched the windshield. Then hard cracks on the roof and windshield as hail joined the rain. And lightning speared with crashes of thunder. In the back seat, Ian quickly moved from wonderment to apprehension. We calculated the time to the store (one block) as an alert blared from our radio.

BLEEEEP BLEEEEP Emergency flash flood warnings…

We drove at a crawl to the store as water sloshed over the road. How well did we know this area? Could the whole road wash away? We were below the pass and the mountain range.

We made it to the parking lot and the rain and hail managed to intensify, becoming a crashing  pummeling thunder on the car roof. Ian became increasingly upset. I glimpsed muddy water washing into the parking lot. I reassured Ian and myself as we stayed in the car to ride out the storm.

Want to feel small? Want to feel how mighty the sky can be? Sit in a Prius as a red-cell storm (on the radar) passes directly overhead. Whew!

So we waited it out and drove past washouts and rock slides to our hotel. Where the power had gone out! No power meant no keys. And no elevators. So we had to wait for security to let people into rooms one by one. Rain kept falling as clouds broke into peeks of clear skies.

Security walked us up seven flights of stairs to our room. Where dark gathered. And, yes, it wasn’t the vacation that we had planned, but there was magic in the quiet. The kids played ipad games sparingly (didn’t want to waste the battery).

Around 8pm, the power returned! Yay! We appreciate all of the little things again. Like charge cables and elevators. I felt like Rapunzel for awhile stranded in my tower.

But morning arrived with power and (almost clear) skies. Vacation is on!

ipad anika

Time to go play :)

Children’s Festival 2014

Our favorite event of the year! The Children’s Festival is here!

We became a unicorn, a fairy-kitty, and Superman (I was a pirate but we forgot a photo with me :)). We found new friends!

I will let the photos tell our story since we have a busy evening. Enjoy!

Thank you so much to all of the volunteers who make this magical day possible. Such a treat!


Off to save the Enchanted Forest! :)

Go, Blog, Go

How quickly days become weeks. And weeks become months. I’ve been busy. And distracted. And dealing with CMT flares.

I miss this space. I need a place to observe and record. To inspire myself. Maybe inspire others :)

So I’m back.

Rough edges, difficult days, sunshine and sparkles.


I get caught up in the meaningful posts. The stuff that matters. But my original plan was to create a living history. Showing life for my children when they are older. Sharing my journey with CMT. Being quietly present, not for the big moments, but the little things. They pass quickly.


And they are the moments that I want to remember.

So I commit. Again. To showing up :)


Life happens fast.

Time to slow down and notice. :)

I hope you get to hear (and see) more from me in the next days and weeks and months :)

DANK Opening Reception

Last Friday we joined talented artists in Nevada County to celebrate DANK. The opening reception featured good people, good art, and good fun!

I love challenging my kids with the question, “What is art?”

My kids have ideas about paintings and drawings. Framed portraits. Wide landscape photos. But this?

“Water the Children”

A boat with a sprinkler? Where they become a part of the installation? This inspired them.

I observed that the viewers became part of the art when they interacted with it. So my children stepped up to perform.

Dancing in the Rain

Art is fun :)

We found beautiful art inside, too! I enjoy how this photo caught the talented Shelia in the background and in the mirror :)

Collection by Sheila Cameron. Can I seriously bring all of these blue beauties home? I love, love, love these colors. I am in the deep sea :)

We all adored this collection. These treasures were found by a dog named Tyler Foote. The collection is called Tyler Foote Finds: A Compendium of my Ignorance. Again, we pondered about dogs and art. And admired the collection with each find labeled. So cool!

And knitted sculpture hanging from manzanita branches. Another fun way to observe, question, and admire.

I didn’t get to catch all of the fun. I missed the bathtub adventures (yes, a real bathtub in the parking lot) and some other lovely installations. Which means you need to go visit for yourself. I can’t promise that the water art will be active. Check the Facebook page for updates.

Yay art!

The DANK Inaugural Showcases Nevada County Contemporary Art
Artists’ Reception:Friday, August 1
5 – 9 p.m.
300 Spring Street 
Nevada City, CA 95959
For gallery hours please visit

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