While on a weekend jaunt to the San Francisco Bay Area in California last weekend, I reached the final page of my Reasons to be Cheerful Journal...which, using a Pollyanna philosophy could be a reason to be cheerful, I guess, but left me feeling a bit sad nonetheless. However, as I have typed before, I am so glad I saw Kate's blog challenge to journal a reason a day one has to feel cheerful! It was especially good for me do so on the days when I had to ponder at length to recognize a reason :) I have never tried to illustrate on a consistant basis, either, and doing that pleased the six-year-old within me immensely! I found I could embrace my primitive style and not worry about whether anyone liked it or not. I enjoyed the creative process and was grateful for it. Following are photos of the last pages of my journal and some glimpses of the sights and folks we saw while traveling. We traveled many miles and shared many smiles. What have your days been like? Remember to leave a comment before September 30, 2012 if you would like a chance to receive my giveaway in celebration of my first year of blogging and in thanks for your visits :) xxx from Gracie
Friday we drove south from Portland, Oregon, to the golden hills of California and Mt. Shasta.
My oldest daughter and I knit dishcloths along the way.
We explored the Sundial Bridge in Redding.
Saturday we celebrated a first birthday!
On Sunday we crossed the Oakland Bay.
We visited dear friends.
Monday we drove back to Portland, past pumpkins, tomato trucks, bales of hay, palm trees, windmills, and olive groves.