musings about food, travel, creativity and life

Life

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 […]

Mamma Mia!

This Mother’s Day weekend, I want to honor my mother in a very simple way–by sharing one of her risotto recipes. I had planned to make the risotto on Mother’s Day, but I just couldn’t wait. So Thursday night, I prepared it and it was as […]

Lifting Our Spirits

In navigating the last few months, I imagine each of you has developed a “lift your spirits” program that has informed your days. I wonder what yours contains. Here are a few items in mine: Laughter: Pluto, the cute talking advice-giving dog, who is found […]

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 […]

Sweet Therapy

One afternoon this week, as I was riding my emotional roller coaster through the daily policy pronouncements and health warnings, I read a text from a friend saying that at that particular moment, her husband was enjoying dunking a cookie in his tea. I liked […]

“Happy Birthday to You”

Reading the news these days can be scary. Staying informed about the coronavirus is important, but it is just as important to stay balanced and grounded. The question is “how?” Here’s my current plan:    1. Wash my hands often, singing two verses of “Happy […]

Island Time

This past week was a gift.  John and I had the privilege of joining family and friends for a week- long  catamaran trip through the British Virgin Islands.  We experienced fabulous food, new places to explore,  natural beauty, the excitement of wind in our sails […]

Happy Valentine’s Day!

On this Valentine’s Day, I wish you love, health, and all good things.  And I share with you a thought from Mother Theresa: “Few of us can do great things, but all of us can do small things with great love.”         […]

Ah, Choices

In driving back from San Francisco this past Monday, I realized I had a choice. I could listen to the live impeachment hearings, and be informed. Or I could make a different choice and perhaps keep a healthier psychic balance. I chose the latter. We […]

Let’s Talk

Having dinner with friends is a joy, partially because talk flows freely and naturally.   Topics, though unpredictable, often include weather, news, health, sports, challenges, politics, good books, new restaurants in town, travel. There are seldom lulls because curiosity and the desire to connect keep conversations […]

Slow Could Be Best

* I began this year vowing to read more books. I was thinking “quantity.” Then I started reading a travel book about Italy and food and I just had to slow down. Why was I rushing through what was beautiful writing about topics I love? […]