Catch UP

Yesterday was my first full day around the homestead in weeks. It felt so nice to get the house clean and in order, get laundry done, the refrigerator cleaned out and at least take a look around the garden to see all the blooming I’ve been missing while we’ve been away. It’s really starting to […] Read more…

Friday Fun

Ok, I’m at work, so really how much fun is being had….Well, as I don’t believe anyone I work with (who would care) is reading my blog, I’ll admit this: it can be lots of fun!! Especially today – I have time to catch up on all my favorite blogs, play with some of my […] Read more…

90th Birthdays Texas Style

Pops and I have been traveling a lot these past couple of months. Our latest trip took us to Fort Worth, Texas where his mother, Mimi, turned 90 years old. One of the family’s good friends, Tex Rankin, also turned 90 and invited us to his extravagant costume party at their neighborhood country club. The […] Read more…

Everything’s Bigger in Texas

I’m here in Texas visiting Pop’s mother who just turned 90. I’ve been visiting the Ft. Worth area for over 16 years now. While I’ve noticed in the past how things are “bigger” in Texas – bigger houses, bigger cars, bigger hair-this trip I noticed something “bigger” that is incredibly important to me- and I […] Read more…

Animal Product Substitutes for Vegans

I just sent in my latest post to my friend Nia’s Elements of Life site. Since it’s not quite time to be focusing on my garden yet, though I’m anxiously awaiting the moment I can be outside working the soil, I wrote about being vegan. Here’s some of the information I shared including substitutes I’ve […] Read more…

Photos on Flickr

I’ve been uploading some of my favorite photos to Flickr lately. Check them out by clicking the Bubba picture below. Read more…

My Boys – Round 1

There are so many incredible people in my life, and I just happen to have hundreds of photos of them. Here are some of the boys that I love, love, love with all my heart. This first one was taken at Stinson Beach last year. They look cold, but oh so handsome! Pops and his […] Read more…

Inspiration

I may be a new blogger myself, but I read many blogs – and have many favorites. One of them is This is Reverb. It’s written by a man named Ryan – he’s a minister in Cincinnati. He’s inspiring, spiritual, talented (a wonderful photographer) and so very giving. Right now he, and a few other […] Read more…

Winter 2010 Trip to the Snow

Pops and I just got back from a week long trip up to Lake Tahoe. It’s my second year as a beginner skier (yes, it’s possible for a skier like me to be a “beginner” two years in a row) and truly, I feel like I just can’t get enough. First thing I asked Pop’s […] Read more…

Mimi

Here is my lovely, youngest step-daughter Mimi. I can’t believe I was blessed enough to come into her and her sister’s  lives over 16 years ago. They were so much younger then! Mimi was 9 when I met her and the cutest, snuggliest bug you’ve ever seen. She has incredibly curly hair, perfect skin and […] Read more…

Libby

My oldest stepdaughter Libby is, well, she’s just amazing. I met her when she was 12 and I can promise you that even at that age she had more self-confidence and maturity than I have, even now, in my 40s. You can tell she’s someone who had to grow up so quickly and she’s handled […] Read more…

Plague, skiing, Dooce and Pioneer Woman

I think I have the plague! Really, I do. I actually looked up the black plague this morning, just to see what it was like. It was pretty nasty and apparently attacked people in Europe between 1348 and 1350. (photo from themiddleages.net) Maybe I had a past life there and brought this along with me. […] Read more…

Tanks, Tanks and more Tanks!

Adventure – yes, this was an adventure – a BOYS adventure, I might add. I was talked into going on this one. Well, bribed, actually. I took the bribe because I was promised that after visiting the tank museum, we’d head to Stanford to eat lunch and visit the Cantor Museum. I love Stanford! I […] Read more…

Elvis Lip

This photo just had to be shared…notice the lip – the “Elvis” lip. A very common look for this studly dog. “I said One for the Money, Two for the Show, Three to get Ready, Now go CATS go!” Read more…

Vegan Stir Fry

I hate going out to eat (yes, I know I’m a freak), so this is one of those quickie dinners I throw together – using whatever is in the fridge. I’ll point out the staples I always have in the house. It’s a warm, tasty treat. The ingredients I had on hand this time: (you […] Read more…

Fun Items of the Week

Here’s a few of the fun discoveries I’ve made this week. They seem to be all food related – what’s that say about my hormonal level during the past few days? Foodzie.com – a farmers market on the web. This is an online marketplace where you can discover and buy food directly from small passionate […] Read more…

Perfection

Perfection is overrated….I don’t do perfection – not because I don’t want to, but because I find it utterly impossible to attain that goal – in my garden, my life, my blog, etc. So, I stick with the best I can do at this moment. For instance, in my garden, I wish I had one […] Read more…

Meatless Mondays

I always see so much information out there on being green, gardening, health, etc. either through magazines or websites that I’d like to share. I’ll also start a sharing page on this site – to try to keep it all organized and together. Today, I saw this online and wanted to share: Meatless Mondays: Small […] Read more…

The Most Dangerous Man

Today, I’ll go off on a bit of a tangent. I can tend to do that a lot in my life – but hey, this is a blog about my journey, so I guess it’s okay to put up information on any part of that journey. Until and unless I decide to focus a bit […] Read more…

Green Coupons

Yes, there is such a thing. Did you even know? Of course, I live in the Silicon Valley, so anything techie like this probably exists here. We’re lucky that way.I also think it is such a fabulous idea – for who doesn’t have a cell phone or laptop with them nowadays? If you’re like me, […] Read more…

Green Cleaning

A good friend of mine, Nia Peeples, has started a new site called “Nia Peeples’ ELEMENTS OF LIFE”. Nia’s goal with this site is to form her own brand of health and wellness products and help spread the wealth of knowledge she has gained in her 20 plus years as a celebrity and a devoted […] Read more…

First Bloom

Here’s the first new bloom I’ve seen in my garden this year. I love these plants…they bloom early when it’s still chilly and they do well in the shade – a key for a lot of my new garden area. I entered this in the Pioneer Woman’s shallow depth of field contest. There are so […] Read more…

Finding Calm

Just a random picture I found on my external drive today and thought I’d share. I think I came across it because I needed it, for I truly haven’t seen it in years. It’s been a crazy week here and even though this photo can appear somewhat bleak…to me, right now, it simply appears calm. […] Read more…

Card Fun

I love to make cards. In fact, I try to make it my New Year’s Resolution every year that I won’t buy any cards, but that I’ll create them from either the art supply collection I have in my studio or other cards I’ve received and recycled. Here’s my first card of 2010. A Welcome […] Read more…

So Cute

What do I say about this guy??? He’s my fourth child….and just about the cutest french bulldog there is. Trust me, he knows this. I could really write this whole blog about this guy and his clowning around. When we’re out on our daily walks, people alway stop us and say “he’s ‘So Cute’“. So, […] Read more…

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