This year for my birthday, I celebrated at the beach. Two days of listening to the pounding surf, as I hiked through sand brought in from the storms of 2017, while hunting for sea glass. The first day was windy and cold.
The second day on the sand was gorgeous, but there was not an abundance of sea glass. I decided to focus on rocks with holes, lines and texture as my found objects. (I always check for signage regarding removing objects from the beach).
My birthday celebration would not be complete without reservations at Cafe Rio in Rio Del Mar.
Mango Salsa atop Swordfish resting on shaved Brussel Sprouts and Rice was delicious, but of course, I saved room for dessert.
Words cannot express the intense flavor of this dessert. As Tess Flanders expressed in 1911, “Use a picture. It’s worth a thousand words.”
Every Thursday, my husband and I attend an exercise class with our trainer, Ella. Originally, my husband was meeting with Ella as a form of rehab after being hit by a car as a pedestrian. As a result of a head injury, he needed to work on his memory, balance and muscle strength. He enjoyed Ella’s class so much, I’ve been recruited to attend with him.
Ella trained in Russia as a gymnast and is an artist. Ella uses geology as her canvas and each rock has its own character. I can imagine a garden dotted with Ella’s magical geologic artwork, or a single rock perched for viewing on a desk.
Ella’s work makes me smile, especially the pine cone tree. In a world of instant gratification, I respect the time and effort Ella spends with her art.