Goodies in the mail

Today I get to send goodies in the mail. It's a very great thing when you can go on a trip to a place where you don't know anyone and come away having met some great folks that you want to stay in contact with. Even not knowing them well, they trust me enough with their mailing addresses and now I get to send them things. Who doesn't love getting fun stuff in the mail? Well, after 11 1/2 hours of sleep beginning yesterday afternoon and 5pm and interrupted only by eating, watching a movie and posting a new blog, I finally managed to finish the FIRST painting from Newfoundland! I'm not posting it on here though however; here is another sketch and little story from my trip!

"dock" ink & watercolor on paper in my sketchbook

Traveling alone makes me really homesick sometimes. It's interesting and fun, but sometimes you just need familiar faces and familiar things. I have moments of extreme adventurousness...and then moments where I want nothing more but my chair in the corner of the living room by the window with my dog nearby and the sound of Gabriel typing away on his laptop in the next room. When those things aren't readily available, sometimes you just need to settle for things you know. This morning was such a morning and it was kind of cold and rainy and I took shelter in a mall downtown St. John's on Water Street. I did so because it happened to have a Starbucks....and an entire wall of windows that faced the harbor! Score! There was a bar set up with tall chairs right in front of the window. Most patrons were in the comfy chairs facing the cafe....so I got a familiar coffee, found a nice spot by the window and watched boats come in. Having grown up nowhere near a significant body of water I'm really fascinated by boats and people who make a living off of working on them. (not to repair them and not on cruise ships) It was neat to watch them come in, watch people working on them, see passengers and crew getting on and off for various reasons....almost like being in an airport and people watching, but with the calming effect of water.

It didn't really stop raining that day and it was fairly chilly...but I did make plans to rent a vehicle for the next day, and I did take tons of photos and chat with very friendly random Newfoundlanders. The bought of homesick had passed.