One Lil Ole Sketch Page

I’m not sure where the time went today. Somehow the whole day passed by and I can’t account much for it. I was on the computer a lot, but then I always am. Seems like me and the netbook should have an official link up. Like maybe I should get a port installed in the crook of my left elbow and I can just plug it in and be constantly connected.

I haven’t once turned on the television here – and I do think I’ve had access to one everywhere I’ve been. But it just holds no appeal. As long as I have my computer lifeline, I’m all set.

I did go out to the supermarket this afternoon. I like that particular walk and now that I know how much cheaper it is, I’ve been getting regular groceries and eating in. And I saw the most interesting thing on the walk back. It was a rather mild day although most people, including me, were wearing raincoats and carrying umbrellas. It has been pretty rainy and a bit chilly lately.

Anyway, I’m pulling my grocery-laden trolley along the path that leads back to the walled city and an older man runs by me in the grass on my left. All he has on is a pair of red boxer-style trunks and he is barefoot! He is brown as a walnut and in very good shape. His head is shaved, he’s very buff, his legs are muscular and shapely and he’s just loping along like nobody’s business. I was too weighed down with groceries to get my camera out, but it was something to see! I tell ya, you just never know what you’ll cross paths with here.

I watched him until he was out of sight and wondered what his story is. I would love to know how he thinks to be out running barefoot in November on a gray, cloudy day. I don’t think I would have been near so fascinated if he had just had his shoes on. But barefoot! Now that needs a story to go with it…

Ah well, I got my groceries back and had to make a couple trips up the stairs with them. Honestly, I don’t know how I’m going to stay in shape when I get back home and don’t have to work so hard at things!

Then the other thing I did today was catch up on an unfinished page in my sketchbook. I got that new pen the other evening so I could get it drawn over the pencil sketch that was there. And today I filled in the color. It is a page from Rome. On the left is the view from my room at the Sweet Stay B&B (just like the one I did for Piotr & Paola) and on the right is a column from the Ponte Vittorio. The entrance to that bridge was so spectacular and I loved seeing it every day – and especially at night when it was lit.

So here’s one lil ole sketch page for today and that’s it…

More later!

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Daydreaming Monkey
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 08:06:45

    That sounds like such a relaxing lil life you’ve got going. Stroll to the supermarket. Then stroll back. See old barefoot man running…old buff barefoot man! Ahhhhh! Enjoy every minute of all this!MMMMMMMMM! wish I had days like this!


  2. Billy D
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 07:19:35

    Barefoot running has taken off in the last couple of years and it seems you were passed by one of its disciples! The movement claims that the modern shoe, with all the extra support and cushioning, has resulted in an unnatural running form (heel striking) that causes more injuries than it prevents. The barefoot / minimalist shoe proponents believe that a forefoot landing and our already wonderfully designed arches are all we need to run fast and injury free. The book ‘Born to Run’ really brought this movement to the forefront a few years ago. A great read even for the non-runner!

    And nice sketch by the way. The blue sky background sets it off!


  3. the spunkier billy
    Nov 21, 2012 @ 23:00:50

    finally catching up on your blog…

    couple of things – you reference brad as being bad with maps but no reference to the not so mappy map boy? as if he is the good one with directions from the family? i will keep that in mind when i get to travel with the daubenmires again.

    billy is dead on with the minimalist shoes. you will routinely see a few even in full marathons on the roads running barefoot. i have never had a problem with running shoes so i don’t plan to get with the movement.

    while i was in arizona, i did get to visit the winery where the stripper le lei rose was born. i have since received three new bottles and will keep the cards describing them for our next taste test. one of the bottles is from a mere 25 case lot for the year. i also have another ups delivery with three more bottles trying to reach me. when fall gets here, seem he wants to catch up since he doesn’t ship in the summer. but since you are all italiano now, you might not want to indulge on domestic vino.

    it would seem it will be your choice to remain mobile when you return. your heart would prolly appreciate if you kept up with your walking in the states.

    have you figured out trains and luggage really aren’t as non-compatible as you described?

    will get current on the blog through the holiday. enjoy your travels.


    • thesketchylife
      Nov 22, 2012 @ 05:32:33

      yes, I forgot about the not-so-mappy-map boy. Seems both my sons are afflicted. It’s just that Brad is so much worse, we don’t even notice the non-mappy boy! So do keep that in mind. Especially if I am in the mix!

      And don’t worry about me snubbing domestic wine now. Won’t happen. That le lei rose was a real treat, so we definitely need to see what else your rocker guy comes up with. I thoroughly enjoy having several wines to taste and compare. Next time I’ll plan the food to go with them better.


  4. the spunkier billy
    Nov 22, 2012 @ 09:27:26

    i couldn’t believe brad was the bad one after experiencing the good one with directions. it must be hereditary. sweet baby j is pretty good so wish i could send her to help out.

    i have two new reds and one white. there are 3 more bottles with ups but i am never home when they try so as usual i will wait to pick it up after their 3rd try. the next batch though we are going to be tested to see if we can figure out the description he provides after tasting. he gives a nice memo card with each bottle. i look forward to trying them. it is a pretty neat club to be in.

    have a great day!


    • thesketchylife
      Nov 22, 2012 @ 11:47:21

      oh yes, you’ve only experienced the best one of us! How’s that for how the other half lives? If you were me, and tried to do all the travel you do, you’d never make it back in this lifetime!

      Thankfully, I am somewhat better at wine tasting. I can’t wait to plan a meal and taste something new you’ve come across. I’ll add something to it so we can compare! Start thinking what you’d like to eat…


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