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63 and 39 equals a lot of life and love

63 and 39 equals a lot of life and love
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Pete and Nellie Martinez, 1951 63 years ago my parents were married at La Placita.  I now know that the more formal name is La Iglesia de Nuestra SeƱora la Reina de Los Angeles, but formality seems a bit pretentious when a place has been a part of the family for a long time. My […]

Still here, behind all the paperwork and such

Still here, behind all the paperwork and such

It’s been over a month since I last wrote.  James is of the opinion that “nobody writes blogs anymore”.  He might be right.  See evidence in first sentence. But I have a real excuse.  A good reason why I’ve not written.  Dear Ones have been dealing with health issues, the day to day tasks have […]

Father’s Day 2014

Father’s Day 2014

Em Sedano shared this detail from El Castillo de Chapultepec, Juan O’Gorman’s pantheon mural – in honor of Father’s Day. I shared the thought that instead of a machete my dad took care of me with hi optimism and his ready smile.  I should have also shared that his work ethic was as constant as it […]

Space shifting

Space shifting

The past few months have been spent on moving things from here to there in the house.  It’s time for James and me to use rooms that have been used as spaces of accumulation rather than spaces to live in.  So, aside from meetings and such or dates with family and friends, I’ve been hunkered […]

Supervisor-elect

Supervisor-elect

I am somewhat shy by nature.  Some of you out there who are used to seeing me in different roles may be wondering, as did my children, how I can write that I am shy.  Here’s the answer.  Give me a role to fill; not shy.  Leading a meeting; not shy.  In front of a […]

Mostly settled

Mostly settled

Lali has been a part of our family for a month now.   She has learned that she may not snap at another creature who is getting attention from us.  Well, she may still snap, but there are squirt bottle consequences for her action.   Lali has learned how to nap with Panfilo and Larry. […]

Onion quandary

Onion quandary

What to do when this is the last batch of onions you harvest??? Pair them with leeks and potatoes. Ta dah – bliss in a bowl. Very informal leek/onion/potato soup recipe based on one found at The Splendid Table website… 3 cups of leek and white of onion (ratio of onion to leek can vary; […]

Seasons

Seasons

Some say we have no seasons in our area.  I beg to differ.   Here’s my evidence.

Fresh onions

Fresh onions

One of the best things about having more time is using that time to garden.  Which has turned into have more time to cook with the veggies from the garden. Today’s lunch. Equal parts kidney beans, garbanzo beans, and black beans marinated for a bit with artichoke hearts and pickled onions.  Fresh onion added about […]

Ah, it has been one of those weeks…

Ah, it has been one of those weeks…

I always wonder about those folks who are able to keep their houses immaculate, their cars clean and shiny or their calendars straight.  I try, but none of these are natural or developed strengths. Proof yet again was exampled this week. In my planning mind, which is superior, but which is also a bit of […]

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