“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
– John Muir
To break up the boredom of Corona, we made a day trip to see the Sequoias which were pretty amazing. Not too many people and masks on. The park was established in 1890. We did not see the largest sequoia, which is the General Sherman, the wait for that was over an hour, but we did see the General Grant tree, pretty impressive. Of course, I had to look up all the murders and missing people from the area, which is another reason I don’t hike. Yes, I am watching “I’ll be Gone in the Dark.” Talk about creepy. The author, too bad she didn’t live longer, was a fearless writer and investigative journalist. We would have seen more stories come from her. Who doesn’t like a good serial killer to make you paranoid? Don’t get me started on murder podcasts! So good.
Our first 4th of July celebrated in America since little person number 3 was born 13 years ago. So why not be in a parade? Montecito was the only parade in all of Santa Barbara, the rest being canceled. I pulled out 1954 Tempest for some vintage car fun, our friend and Teen Star, Sofia Schuster sang from the back of an old-fashioned firetruck. It was hot as hell, and Tempest sorta died, but I managed to get the old gal going again and home for BBQ and sparklers.
Let Them Eat Cake (me too)
With the Fourth and two birthdays all in one week we ate a lot of cake. The one above is three layers, vanilla, one layer red, one white and one blue. One birthday cake was lemon the other carrot. They all turned out great and I’ve been too lazy to film them for Instagram, but the summer isn’t over (though it feels like it).
What’s a Set?
Shot an industrial with my modeling agency in Hope Ranch. Only 2 crew and me. Masks on crew, wiping all down, windows open. Felt good. Can’t wait to get back to more normal like that.
My Aunt died in April and we were just now allowed to say goodbye at a memorial in San Diego. Everyone wore masks (though not at first!) and were separated. Was short and sweet. She loved my kids in particular and spent Thanksgiving with us and some time in Italy enjoying her wine and espresso.
Isn’t summer made for camp? I used to put my little ones in Italian camp called Il Campo near our Italian house. They hated it, and all the teachers smoked, but I figured they’d learn more Italian. It turns out a lot of American families were dumping their brats at Il Campo and my kids learned what the middle finger meant. That was the last time they went to camp.
We created Camp Z for our friend Sophia Schuster, since we know she’s been isolating and wearing a mask and socially distancing. We had movie night “Bye Bye Birdie,” s’mores, songs around a campfire, dinners in the garden, runs to Starbucks and Blenders, baking more cake, tik toking (if you’re into it follow me of course, zsazsa.rose and stylebysofia), flamingo feeding, endless swims in the pools and jacuzziing and late late nights!
Sofia About to Sing us her Latest Song
I’ve had some great Write for Success guests, such as Sara Ackerman, Angela J. Ford, singer Malina Moye (please check out her songs, he’s a Billboard chart hitmaker, and she sung for the Queen!) and Jamia Wilson. I have many more best-selling authors coming up, so subscribe to my channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3vFYXlCduA
Coco Likes Campfires
Burlesque and Pinup Emojis
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I’m reading and listening to many awesome books. I do the audio when I walk on the treadmill or have to drive around LA (I had to go to the dentist! Yuck!) “Devil in a Blue Dress” is another one of the atmospheric Los Angeles-based books. I love the main character, Easy and will continue with this series. A lot of bad people, sex and speakeasies. I’ve also enjoyed Hilary Mantel’s “Bring up the Bodies,” to feed my obsession about queens that lose their heads. Its really Cromwell’s book, but enough about Anne Boleyn. “A Long Petal of the Sea” was excellent by Isabel Allende, who’d I’d read anything she wrote. Magical and moving. Also “The Book of Longings” by Sue Monk Kidd who wrote “The Secret Lives of Bees.” Her current book is about Jesus’ wife (if he had one). Liked it more than I thought I would (Jesus and all).
And what I’m reading or recently read
for complete list, I have everything on Good Reads
as I can’t remember them all!
See ya between the pages next month. . . wear a mask, wash your hands and hope we can travel soon.