musings about food, travel, creativity and life


In Our Own Backyard

  It’s May already.  Oh, my.   Here I sit coffee cup in one hand, pen in the other, binoculars at the ready, watching and listening to nature’s display outside our porch window… ….sparkling raindrops on the bay trees’ leaves  …spirited birds all aflutter at […]

Easy Does It

We just returned from our first trip of the new year.  It was to a little inn on the bay in Baywood-Los Osos, California and then to nearby San Luis Obispo. Our sojourn included lots of walking along the bay and in the Elfin Forest, […]


  A gentle approach to joy this month…a simple question: what makes you smile?   😊Here are a few “smile creating” events for me this month, all first-time events:      discovering “Spaghett”—a summer cocktail consisting of Aperol, Miller High Life Beer and  lemon juice […]

Home for the Holidays

Home for the holidays, indeed. And our home is over-the-top with decorations. Every holiday ornament, dish, napkin, light, and candle that has been in hiding for years is now out and about and making our house a red and green extravaganza. Why not! By bringing […]

Rabbits, Rabbits, Everywhere

      I have a rabbit fetish.  I haven’t counted how many little stuffed fabric or ceramic bunnies or silver rabbit charms I have, but let’s just say, I have many.  It all started when I had a dream about a rabbit that I […]

A Retreat

A Retreat

I just discovered that I’ve already completed one of my 2019 goals! Little did I know that I could complete the goal of “research and go to a retreat center” in such an unexpected and rather low-cost way. Soon after returning from our trip East, I developed […]

Tidbits for the New Year

Tidbits for the New Year

As 2019 wends its way into our lives, I like to think about what themes I would like to manifest. But I also like to “slow into the year,” leaving room to see what new energy or ideas present themselves. So for this post, I […]