John Lennon & Johnny Depp both said it ... and they were right.

"Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans."

Isn't that the truth?! I'd originally "planned" on writing this blog last weekend, but life has a funny way of reminding you what's important, doesn't it?

But first, let me back up to last Friday, July 3. I went down to the Point Arena Cove to enjoy the festivities for the 4th of July celebration.




It was a great crowd, lots of happy kids and the air of anticipation was thick...


Live music was jammin'.


The fog bank was holding steady off shore!


The fireworks off of the end of the pier were awesome. What is it about fireworks that brings out the kid in all of us? The smiles surrounding me made the night bright as day to my mind's eye and heart. I especially loved the ones that went off on the surface of the water, they reminded me of the Pirates of the Carribean.

As a recent transplant to Mendocino spending her first 4th of July here, I was so utterly charmed by the whole experience. Point Arena wisely closes the Port Road to traffic. So it's wide open for everyone to stroll down to the cove. I must say that I greatly prefer no congested traffic and being surrounded by happy people in a social stroll for the festivites! It does great things for the ambiance of the evening.

Then, on Saturday, the 4th of July, Point Arena put on their Independence Day Parade.


My kids and I were there with a whole lot of other cutie patootie doggies too. You know me, I can't resist a cute pup!



Love that smile....

and this cool art car.



Gotta love a parade that has Goddesses flashing peace signs


and Pony tails too, FTW!


Dogs + Jeeps = Pawesome!


Ever buy Organic Valley milk products? Yep, they're my neighbors! It's not just gorgeous here on the MendoNoma Coast... it's organic and the air smells sooo sweet.


A happy milk calf from Organic Valley Farm.