Since vegetables are primarily all I eat, choosing a true favorite is nearly impossible. So, instead, I chose some peppers because I’ve been craving them lately and that must mean they’re currently at the top of the list for some unknown reason. Sure, they’re actually a fruit, but they’re a culinary vegetable, so that counts for this post. It’s true that peppers tend to appear more in the summer in our house. As it starts to get cooler in the fall and winter, our menu changes, and the pepper tends to lose its place as a raw snack or salad additive and turns back into a cooked ingredient. As a kid, all peppers were off-limits as I didn’t really like them all. Additionally, all hamburgers were ordered onion-free, so I guess I preferred my food pretty bland then. These days, I adore a lovely mix of ingredients, but in those days the plainer and simpler the better. But as vegetables go, the one thing peppers can boast about are all the colors they possess. I’m not sure nature is actually boastful, that’s probably just a human thing, but if it were, peppers would likely flaunt it a bit.
We’re actually heading out of town tomorrow, to visit a friend in southern California for a long weekend. It’s been months since we went anywhere for a break, so this is long overdue. I won’t, of course, be breaking from doodlewashing, since that’s all part of my fun and relaxation. To skip painting makes me sad and they’ll be no sadness on this trip! But just a heads up that my posts might appear at different times since we’re leaving with no plan whatsoever and taking each day as it comes. I literally have no idea what will happen while we’re there and that, to me, is always the perfect way to start any adventure! And best of all, I’ll be near an ocean and beach once again. Just three days into World Watercolor Month in July, I was already dreaming of a beach and painting a conch shell. Though Florida would probably be a better choice for that, I’ll still be on a beach, so all will be good.
As fun as it is to be someplace new, I don’t particularly enjoy the process of getting there as much as the experience of actually being there. If teleportation is ever invented in my lifetime I would be the first to sign up. Airports are stressful, and not very fun. I far prefer traveling by train in Europe. And since we’re traveling to an area between Los Angeles and San Diego, we can’t fly direct. Having to catch a connection just adds to the unfortunate drama, but once there, all is forgotten. I’ll be somewhere brand new, that I’ve never been before, so that’s a very exciting thing indeed. As much as I love a great new adventure, I’m equally a creature of routine. I like my simple little life that happens in all the usual beats each day. My excitement comes from finding out, along with you, what will appear in my sketchbook. In many ways, I’m traveling in my mind, each and every day. Creating a new memory on a blank page that will one day, when I view it, feel like going back in time. Nothing particularly amazing or profound. Just that one day, I suddenly craved peppers, and decided they were my favorite vegetable.
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