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Life

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 […]

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 […]

A Italia!

“You may have the universe, if I may have Italy.”                                     Giuseppe Verdi Andiamo!  Let’s go…and we can, if only in our imagination. SO…here’s what has unfolded these last few weeks for me along Italian lines… 🇮🇹 Yet another failed attempt at making my own edible, […]

“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, […]

Home, Sweet Home

Last week, we and thousands of other Californians were asked to evacuate our home because of approaching fires. We found safe shelter and then experienced five days of disbelief, disorientation, wondering, hoping. And then we got the word that we could return home. How lucky […]

Women Moving Forward…

Quite a time in women’s history…Kamala Harris has just been named Biden’s vice presidential candidate and August 18 celebrates the 100th year anniversary of the official ratification of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote*.  Wow! Probably no coincidence that three of the […]

“Vegging Out”

  Hi again and welcome back to “Bring Joy to the Table.” This summer John and I are enjoying and thankful for the comfort and pleasures of home. We are “vegging out” by harvesting our first tomatoes, eating Peter Pan squash, and looking forward to […]