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Life

Food Fun

Discovering fun new food is always an upper for me.  So in Madison, I’ve been “up” a lot!  One food find, a bread purchase at the Farmer’s Market, led us to the bakery source, interestingly enough called Origin Bakery; while there, we saw the bakers […]

Happy Fall, All 🧡

    Yes, Happy Fall to you all.  May it be filled with health, beauty and joy.  After my summer reflection time about what next for my “Bring Joy to the Table” blog, here’s my new approach.  Rather than having a regular posting schedule, I’m […]

Ciao for Now

  Here I am with my morning coffee and biscotti, musing about summer, good food, and life. Ah, yes.   I’m also musing about what next in terms of “Bring Joy to the Table.”  Since August marks four years of my blog and 80 years—omg—that […]

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 […]

The Power of Words

My book club recently met at a local winery to have a discussion.  But we didn’t meet to discuss a book.  Rather, we met to explore what word we would each choose as a theme for the year. This idea was based on a New […]

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 […]