Here is some lichen and old man’s beard I found on a plein air excursion down the peninsula. Lichen is the result of a nice…

I learned how to temper and mold chocolates and couldn’t wait to make up gift boxes for friends and family. I thought of the comfort…

I was tired of untangling necklaces and earrings and couldn’t find a jewelry box to purchase that wouldn’t perpetuate the problem. So I took a…

When I first came to California, I didn’t recognize a lot of the plants, because so many would never thrive on the East Coast. I…

Last week I took a trip to the Sacramento Valley, where almond blossoms were beginning to come out, and the bee hives had been trucked…

Every year at this time, the berries of the Pyracantha and Cottoneaster get ripe—really ripe as in fermented—and the birds go nuts. It sounds like…

I love making all sorts of pastry, especially when there’s construction involved. I have made a bûche almost every year. Here’s the one for Jan…

On Christmas Day, my friend Nancy took me to the Dolphin Club in San Francisco. I am fascinated at the ability of people to be…

In July I visited Corsica, which is a province of France, though I don’t think the inhabitants are too keen about that. (Witness the crossed…

I am fortunate to have family in France and I go as frequently as I can. Before going to St Cannat, a tiny village in…

As a cat person, I am always amazed at the patience and devotion dogs show for their beloved masters. Here are a few sample dogs…

The rains kept coming, on and on until June. I am fortunate in that my expansive view is West-Southwest, perfect for watching the Pacific Storms…

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