When the summer days are long and the weather is divine the world pretty much feels like my oyster. Creating illustrations in my watercolor cartoon journal is the icing on the cake. And it’s also my way of sharing some of the fun with all of my fans.

Cartoon Journal Highlight #1

Yesterday I sat in a lawn chair with my watercolor sketchbook in hand while my husband swept the pine needles off the roof of the garage. As you can see, I enjoyed the view (and my mom was pleased as punch, too!)


Cartoon Journal Highlight #2

In the “don’t try this at home, kids” category, here’s how I got into the lake today. My excuse was that last night’s rain made the lake level rise over my regular launching rocks and I didn’t realize how slippery they’d be. (P.S. It hurt!)


Meanwhile, Old Blue Eyes (and my husband) have been involved with loftier pursuits…


(I’m told that it’s a very thought-provoking book!)

How about you? Have you read any good books this summer? Any that I should know about? As you can probably tell, I’m fond of laughing. If you have any recommendations for uplifting and humorous books, I’d especially love to hear about those.


  1. Jennifer Greenlee says:

    That looks like a nasty fall—hope you weren’t hurt too badly. I don’t know if you like British humor, but I have really enjoyed books by Terry Pratchett—sort of Lord of the Rings meets Monty Python.

  2. Joana says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    Sorry for the delay in writing back! We’re now in Saratoga (festival starts tomorrow) and I’ve been putting away the groceries and doing laundry while Andy’s at rehearsal. It will be a whirlwind week for me. I play all 7 shows plus a performance of the Mendelssohn Octet (all in 5 days) so this feels like the calm before the storm.

    I did bruise my hip in my inelegant lake/rock dismount, but the laughs my mom and I had more than made up for it. 😉

    Thanks so much for the recommendation of Terry Pratchett! There’s a wonderful bookstore in town in Saratoga and I plan to look up Pratchett’s books when I go there (hopefully tomorrow.)

    A big hug,

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