Greetings from Ocean Mesa!

Hello Dear Friends and Followers!

Well, it doesn’t get much better than this. I’m writing from my camper van at Ocean Mesa, a mere 20 minutes north of Santa Barbara. I had the carpets cleaned in my apartment and decided to let them dry thoroughly for couple of days. I know, I know! Any excuse to get in my Roadtrek (aka Gone with the Wind) and explore new territory!

But this isn’t exactly new territory for me; it’s more a new experience. My dear friends John and Donna Steinmann used to lease this canyon and ran the private El Capitan campground for many years until it changed hands and became a “resort” destination. For me this was a sad transition because it lost a lot of the TLC that Donna and John provided. They were supreme hosts. They instituted the music on summer weekends, and that carries on today. Donna created the Canyon Market and John designed the cabins, which Donna furnished beautifully. It’s a Glamper’s delight now. As an aside, I walked down to the Canyon Market and presented our Gourmet Girls Go Camping Cookbook. The buyer is eager to stock it when the season starts again in April. But don’t wait to purchase copies for those gourmets, foodies, and campers on your list! It’ll be a welcomed Christmas gift.

By the way, Donna was a client of mine with a children’s book titled Hello, Grand Mamoon. She taught me and a host of others how to look at the moon in a whole new way! Kids who have the book still tug on their mother’s arms when the moon is full to go outside and see the woman in the moon.  I wish I could see the moon tonight, but there’s a storm coming in and that’s perfectly okay. We surely need the rain here in California!

I’ve digressed a bit, but it doesn’t minimize this new experience I’m having. Ocean Mesa has full hook-ups (for the now spoiled me) and a heated pool and sauna. It’s like a mini spa respite while my carpets dry, of course!

And why would I have my carpets cleaned in November with rain in the forecast? Well, a dear friend and client, Sarah Dickey, Founder of Cool Creative Press, is arriving from Ohio this week and we’re planning the launch of her new title, Sweetly Seeking: Living an Inspired Life. Sarah is a godsend in this crazy world of ours. I’m looking forward to her visit. It’s been a year since we launched her first book, Ode to Love.

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! I herald Denise’s last post about being thankful! We do have much to be thankful for in spite of our daily challenges. Nature is a never-ending salve and a life-saver. Take time to reflect in the nature you have at your disposal. It may be closer than you think!

Until next time.

Cheers to a good holiday season!

Gail, Denise and Lindsey.

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