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Art and Beauty

What a World

I’m sitting here on my porch watching two mourning doves take turns drinking from our bird bath and listening to chickadees and house finches as they vie for spots on the feeder.  Their flitting and flying make me smile.   Flowers, too—peonies, sunflowers, Gerber daisies—are […]

It’s Flower Time

  Happy May! 🌸  It’s Spring and flowers are a-bloomin’ 💐 And what a joy they are —hits of light, color,  beauty and happiness.  I seem to be buying more and more each day. And I want to display them the best I can.  To […]

Spring Forward

Welcome, Spring!  May you bring warmth, health, and smiles to all.  Here’s what have been making me smile of late… 🌷…our home garden… where our 10 foot planter, which housed last year’s “corn field,” is now our daffodil patch. The red tulips right in front […]

Travellin’

We are currently on a road trip to the desert—Joshua Tree and beyond.  We will be hiking with Wisconsin friends, revisiting spots we encountered forty years ago (!) when we took our first trip together to Palm Springs, and visiting new-to-us spots like the Desert […]

Wow!

How do you begin a New Year?   Create goals? Join a burning bowl ritual?  Eat  black-eyed peas or lentil soup for good luck? For good measure, I do all of them!  And this year, I even started the above vision board.  The first word that […]

Take Heart

  When I turned 79 this August, I decided to 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Vote for Goodness Sake

Here’s Vote! She is the doll I created honoring the 100th Year Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. She is right in front of me as I fill out my ballot. “To vote is to rise to […]

Ten Small Pleasures

“As the world turns” in these chaotic times, most of us are seeking health and balance the best we can. Here are ten recent activities that have helped lift my spirits: Drawing and dressing my four Gigettas shown above with polka dots. Gigetta and polka […]

“Are We There Yet?”

Here on our little hill, our garden continues to provide. As our vegetables and fruits come into fruition, I am enjoying using them in old and new ways—salads, steamed corn on the cob (!), plum ice cream, applesauce, lots of basil pesto, my first-ever gazpacho, […]