Behind The Curtain

Preparing for Christmas

Preparing for Christmas

The last few months I have been busy with surgeries and recovery. Which, by the way, my doctor is happy with the healing progress and I will only need monthly check-ups (with telescopic laryngoscopy) until my scar tissue fully heals.With a return to normality my house...

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#OscarAndFelixCats

#OscarAndFelixCats

I wanted this to just be an update about Oscar and Felix but, while there is plenty to say just about them, the story would be incomplete without mentioning that the construction to “shore up” our floating home is in progress right now.You may remember back in...

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The Teal Pumpkin Project

The Teal Pumpkin Project

When my daughter was little her school had her sit at a separate table for lunch, with the rest of the kids who had peanut butter in their lunch bags. This was a surprise to me, we never had to do that as kids. But it also made me think of all the food allergies kids...

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Dance of the Monsters Under the Bed

Dance of the Monsters Under the Bed

My musical foundations, laid down in my earliest years, were “kids” shows (like Sesame Street and The Muppet Show), church choir, and film scores (like John William’s music for “Star Wars” and Jerry Goldsmith’s music for “Star Trek the Motion Picture”).Jump forward in...

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Food Stories : The Family Pickle Recipe

Food Stories : The Family Pickle Recipe

When I was young my mother would can or freeze fresh produce from her garden. Pickles were one of my favorite foods she would make. These dill pickles were a favorite family recipe that has been passed down for generations.I say ‘she made’ but in reality she had my...

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Food Stories : Would You Like Some Salad?

Food Stories : Would You Like Some Salad?

I met my husband, Brian, 25 years ago when we both lived in Southern California, he in San Diego and me in Los Angeles. I had been raised in between the two, in Orange County, and while I was not a California native, I definitely considered myself to be a Californian....

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Fruits of My Labor

Fruits of My Labor

This summer I increased my flower, vegetable and herb plants in my yard.You see I have these adorable fur babies that enjoying running (sometimes trampling), digging and eating things in my backyard. With my dogs in mind I have to be very picky about what I plant that...

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Potted Garden Update

Potted Garden Update

I'm very excited that I seem to have figured out how to keep our Bearss lime tree happy and fruitful. Last year I ended up with only two limes on the entire plant. This year it looks like it will be closer to 20. Here's one standout, to the left, and you can see at...

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Behind the Curtain : An Exciting June

Behind the Curtain : An Exciting June

So many plans were cancelled last year, and that included our trip to the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Fortunately we were able to postpone, and Brian and I finally were able to take that trip early this month.Kauai is a stunningly beautiful place, and has suffered so...

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