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4,000 miles, Mexican Food, and Some Art

Happy T-day if you celebrate it.  I am late, late, late but I didn't want to miss catching up with the T-day gang over at Elizabeth's Blog

I visited California last week after 40 years and would you believe I have only two interesting pictures?  First, my trip was a quick one for work, but almost immediately after I landed, I started having pains.  Turns out a kidney stone decided to visit California along with me.  The people at the hospital were super nice!  Here are my two interesting pictures:

Hwy 1 - I was lucky enough to get to drive along the beach on the way to the office.  Not a great picture as I was in a hurry and also not feeling great.

 I love Mexican food and I got to eat one of my favorite dishes (Chile relleno) at a fabulous place in Oxnard.

This is the worst thing you can eat with a kidney stone by the way.  No interesting drink pictures from the week - the only picture I have is of some sweet tea at Firehouse Subs (local town near my home). 

Closing with a few painting/sketches I have recently done - all are cards sent to thank friends or to celebrate an 80th birthday. 

Thanks for dropping by!  



  1. It's ok to not take photos, that means you are enjoying the trip and not spending the time staring through a lens.
    Your paintings are lovely, I especially like the one with the bottles.
    Happy Tea Day,

  2. I like these cards with beautiful paintings. And a lovely view over the road. The food looks delicious too..
    Happy T-Day!

  3. Hi Nancy!

    I like where you placed the hello, on the card. Fits so well.

    Sorry about the stones. Very happy to hear they took good care of you.

  4. Oh what a pain!! To have a kidney stone on a rare vacation, so you don't get to do what you want or take photos or anything. I hope you are all well now and will have a chance to return to California soon.

    best, mae at

  5. Oh, Nancy, a kidney stone on a trip! So sorry. I love your cards. Happy T Day.

  6. so sorry about the kidney stone-and away from home too-I have not been further west than Colorado, the ocean view must be awesome there off the highway.
    Love seeing your cards-your food looks delicious-I made has fajitas today one of our favorites.
    Happy T Hugs Kathy

  7. Noooo... scary kidney stone, that! But yay to nice people at the hospital!
    Oh, the ocean!
    Oh, and Mexican Food! So long ago - we have a new one I´ll check for a lunch break soon, though (Ingo hates it).
    Hope no kidney stone around then (or ever!)
    I love especially the third card! Big Hugz, hope the stone is gone for good!

  8. Nancy I hope you're feeling better, kidney stones can't be fun.
    Love your Artwork and the photo reminds me of our drive to Half Moon Bay from our sons,
    Take Care Jan S

  9. Sorry I am so late visiting. I now have four cats and two households to take care of, and each night I visit Sally at the hospital till they throw me out. She finally got a room late last night. Before that she was stuck in the ER on a cot.

    So sorry to read about the kidney stone. I hope you are now feeling better. AWE, PCH (Pacific Coast Highway). Brings back memories of traveling it. I also did it for work as well as for vacations.

    Chili Rellenos are MY favorite, too. I eat them any time I visit a Mexican restaurant. They can be rather mild or hot, so I agree it probably wasn't the best meal with the kidney stone.

    I really love all your cards, but I especially like the card that I'm sure "Dennis" felt honored by.

    Sweet tea can be fun, especially at Firehouse Subs, a sub shop we don't have here. Thanks for sharing your trip to CA, your chili relleno, your lovely cards, and your tea with us for T this week, dear Nancy. I truly hope you are feeling much better now.

  10. I've had kidney stones so know what that pain is like. I wish there was a sure way to avoid them. I drink a lot of water every day, but I don't know what else I can do...

    The food looks tasty!

    1. They told me at the hospital to make sure to increase my calcium intake as the stones are calcium crystals. They said it was counter-intutitve to prevent crystals with more calcium but that it works. I have increased my water and my calcium.

  11. Hope you are feeling better, kidney stones are not nice. Love the cards! Happy belated T Dayy, hugs, Valerie

  12. Oh dear, kidney stones away from home. that is awful. I hope you are feeling better now.
    Happy belated T-Day,

  13. So sorry that your kidney stones decided to ruin your trip! Hope you're OK now! Fabulous cards - you must have made Dennis smile! Belated Happy T Day, Chrisx

  14. So sorry to hear about your kidney stones and hope it didn't ruin your trip too bad as those are very painful! Sending hugs your way! I absolutely love Mexican food and that looks amazing! Your paintings are just gorgeous Nancy! What beautiful scenes you've made with those! Thanks for sharing my friend!

  15. I love Mexican food but never tried that :)
    Wonderful cards, the scenes are so pretty- amazing watercolouring ♥

  16. Oh so sorry to read about your kidney stones, more during your trip. I hope you are feeling better now.I loove your cards, they are all Gorgeous.
    Have a very nice Thursday, and take care.
    Big hugs, Caty


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