musings about food, travel, creativity and life

Life

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 […]

“Per Natale”

Many years ago I made  “Per Natale,” the doll shown above, to honor Christmas and my grandfather.  Whenever my grandfather said “Per Natale,”  he was questioning how long he would have to wait for something that was supposed to happen soon. “Hmmm…’Per Natale’—maybe by Christmas”…. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Simply Spring

  What a joy food is…and how fortunate we are to be able to enjoy it in so many ways. After many months of mainly at-home eating, this week we broke loose a little and enjoyed a few eating-out adventures—FUN! Sitting outdoors, savoring some favorite […]

What Now?

Here we are…emerging from what has been an historic time. As I slowly peek out from under the covers, I want to take stock. I want to move forward, keeping what was good about “then.” And I want to look for the good and right […]

As Spring Approaches

Over the last few months, I have often visited a local coffee shop.  I order a latte from the shielded doorway and then find an outdoor table and chair for my café-like experience. Simple and pleasureable. Sometimes John joins me, or we meet our doggie […]

Ah, Yes…the World

These last two weeks have had me on a vicarious travel roll. After leaving Paris in my last post, I shifted my attention to other parts of the world. First, I “travelled” to the Australian Open and was introduced to some Melbourne sights, then watched […]

Toward the Light

             What darkness and sadness we’ve experienced these last weeks. Unbelievable. Yet here we are, continuing to move forward–hopefully toward the light, toward the good. Here’s what I’ll be doing toward that end in the next few days.  Please join me […]

Giving Thanks

As I sit here listening to John play a sweet melody he has written, and look at the trees turn gold and orange against the mountain vista, I stop, and give thanks—for this blessed moment, for this dear home, for love, for life. Thanksgiving this […]

Breathe

  What a week. Watching, waiting, up, down. At times exhilarating, other times exhausting. I had to keep telling myself–“breathe.”   I also kept searching for activities and resources that offered hope, learning, and pleasure.  Here are a few of my finds:  •Maria Shriver’s on-line “Sunday […]