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Art and Beauty

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, […]

When a Little Goes a Long Way

This week I needed some “uppers.” Natural ones, of course! And I found them in little things along the way… Like… *savoring my first cup of coffee, with my homemade Low Fat Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, a David Lebovitz recipe *being greeted by our bright […]

Garden Gifts

“To have a basic ingredient that can be prepared a million different ways is a beautiful thing.”                                                         […]

Overheard in the Garden

  Today one golden blossom popped into fullness announcing “New life will follow”   I hope it’s true

Along the Way

  This week with all the news and realities of “re-opening, ” I felt a mix of emotions. As we leave the known shelter of “shelter in place” and experience this uncertain next phase, I wonder, “How will it go? What new decisions will we […]

Connecting the Dots…

A little while ago, we happened onto a bit of happy news. It was an interview with San Francisco illustrator Wendy MacNaughton. She was talking about her #draw together project–free drawing lessons for children who are sheltering and educating at home. She presents these live […]

In the Garden

We all need a little hope and healing these days. Earth Day provided me with that when I became John’s assistant in our garden. Since I had played the role of Mother Nature in my first grade play, I figured I might have some as […]

Creative Endeavors

                       “When you arise in the morning,                          think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive–             […]

Feathery Friends

Birds are everywhere these days, at least in Carmel Valley. In the morning I hear them call to each other and I see them, little whiffs of color, flit from feeder to feeder. Crows land in our oaks, birds of prey soar over the valley, […]

Allora…

Allora is one of my favorite words in Italian. There are many nuanced meanings for allora; I think of it as “and so…” It is often used in conversations as a transition or filler word when one is going from one thought to another, a […]

A Little Lift

Here we are staying at home as part of our state and country’s attempt to slow the spread of the corona virus. This will be a challenging time. We will need to be our best monastic selves, while finding creative ways to be social. I’ve […]