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Art and Beauty

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, […]

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–             […]