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Take Heart

  When I turned 79 this August, I decided I celebrate each day of my 80th year on the planet by making an origami heart. I started out with traditional origami paper, six inch square, but have branched out since, buying Italian marbleized and other […]

My Kind of Camping

The traveler in me is looking for creative ways to be happy. Right now, close-to-home VW van trips seem to be doing it for me and us, and for that I am thankful. Our latest trip in Baci—our van’s name, meaning kisses in Italian—was to […]

Let’s Have S’More

I think there’s a fire pit in our future!  We’ve been around a few, so to speak, in the last few weeks, and I t’s been wonderful— cozy and fun,  a celebration of togetherness, a setting for uplifting conversations and a scene for great desserts—S’mores.   […]

Thank you, Biscotti

These last few weeks, I have been needing inspiration.  I felt I wanted a little adventure, but I couldn’t put my finger on where.  Then I got an image of biscotti from Gayle’s Bakery in Capitola.  THAT’s what I wanted and where I wanted to […]

I See You, Autumn

Autumn comes slowly and gently here in Carmel Valley.  I can feel it, that’s for sure…I’m a little wistful, a little more moody.  The light is more subtle, with the camel colored hills providing a soft background to the dark green oaks. But here and […]

A Weekend in San Francisco

“What I like best about San Francisco is San Francisco.” —Frank Lloyd Wright It was time.  Time to visit my childhood hometown of San Francisco.  And to even stay over a few nights in the Marina District—woo-hoo!  I got to see Golden Gate Bridge, hear the […]

Plums Galore

Hi Everyone and Welcome Back! As I look out our window across Carmel Valley, the first thing I see is our Satsuma plum tree. It is my nature calendar. Right now it is signaling the end of its harvest season with its west-facing branches turning […]

Color Perks!

         “Color is a power which directly influences the soul.” Wassily Kandinsky, painter Sun Valley and nearby Ketchum are filled with summer color.  Flower boxes and hanging baskets line the main streets and shopping areas.  And many stores, as well, provide oases […]

Mix It Up!

  It’s that time of year for salads.  And how I love the mix and match of making them—easy put-together adventures for hot, and sometimes smokey, summer evenings.   These last two weeks, we’ve had a couple of fun combos.  Each offered varied tastes, textures […]

Let’s Hear It for Inspiration!

I’m feeling inspired. Inspired by the beauty of Sun Valley, by the hope of life reemerging, and by the gifts of words that seem to abound right now in this little  mountain town. First, there are all the words and sayings I serendipitously happen onto […]

“On the Road Again…”

We just arrived in Sun Valley– our first out-of-state destination in a year and a half!  As we drove through California into the Sierras I was in transition mode. I was still thinking about home. On our second day of travel I was more present. We […]

“Keep It Simple”

  Like some of you perhaps, I have been slow to do any indoor entertaining. But this past week, a friend returning to California provided the perfect impetus to finally break into the next stage of life on the planet. Since it was going to […]

Here’s to Polka Dots!

I have a slight polka dot fetish. I have polka dot plates, bowls, egg cups, napkins, silverware,  salt and pepper shakers, pillows, clothes, ceramic critters and and even a doll that I made. What can I say? Polka dots just make me happy. So what […]

Stepping Out

                                                      Around our little garden in Carmel Valley, John has created all kinds of paths. This last year, I rediscovered […]

Seeing With New Eyes

Spring continues to bring us longer days, greener hills, wildflowers, and hope. As I step out into the world, I’m aware of having to make decisions again.  Choices. For over a year, our decision making was circumscribed.  In a way, our lives were simpler, quieter. […]