What day is it?

We have dear friends in for a few weeks visiting, and as Monday was Presidents Day and a holiday, we took advantage of the fact that the phone wouldn't ring by going away for an overnight visit to wine country.

Monday we drove up to Solvang, (a 3 hour trip thanks to traffic) visited some gorgeous vineyards and then had dinner overnight in a cute little town called Los Olivos. The weather was perfect, the wine was delicious and the setting...gorgeous. Tuesday we visited a beautiful organic winery called Sunstone and then headed to Santa Barbara for lunch, a walk on the beach and the sunset...stunning. It really does help to remind myself that California, isn't Los Angeles, and that there is so much more to do and see outside of the city. I still can't really believe that I live here, surrounded by mountains and ocean and having friends see the sights with fresh eyes, really reminds me, just how amazing this place is.

Of course having friends stay with us, also means that my calendar is all off whack, and so is my blog, so apologies for that. I want to visit when people are good enough to make the long trip down here to see us, and I want to keep moving forward in my writing. This is easier said than done of course, but one thing that seems to really help me, is to keep my characters alive with me and when I go to sleep at night, try and dream what is going to happen to them next. Well, I am having some crazy dreams, not all about my novel, but about complicated stories with great plots and twists and turns, and I can only think that my subconscious is working out problems in my novel, doing test runs with these dreams. I hope. Now if I could only write in my sleep, that would be something!

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