Jury Duty Woes and Lunch Spots

I am sitting here tonight wondering what to write about. I can’t write about the trial since I can’t talk about any of it until it’s over, so what else is there to discuss? My life is somewhat on hold until we are finally dismissed from duty, and I have already reported on the few…

Family Sickness and Jury Duty Update

Ray and Rachael – both of whom rose at 5 am and drove to Ojai to fertilize our orange trees – are now sick in bed. Ray has been congested all afternoon since returning, and Rachael has thrown up at least 5 times. Ray’s ailment is probably related to allergies; Rachael’s looks a bit more…

A Few Pieces from the Urs Fischer Exhibit at MOCA

  Today we went to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) here in Los Angeles.  There was an exhibit by an artist named Urs Fischer.  Here are a few of the pieces:   Thousands of “raindrops” suspended from the ceiling   A Close-Up of the Raindrop   A Full-Sized Cabin Made of Bread Loaves  …

After a Long Week…

I am dead tired. Perhaps it’s 7 days of jury duty so far or getting up at 5:30 am to go cook for 200 people at the St. Thomas homeless breakfast or maybe it’s the relief of having all three of our family’s babies born safe and sound in these past few weeks. Whatever it…

RIP Bettye Whitmire

An older friend of ours, an antique dealer in Texas, was buried today.  She was 83 and up until 2 or 3 years ago, she was out and about in her Camaro convertible, always on the look out for antiques.  She had a great sense of humor and a real joy of life though she…

Practical Lessons of Jury Duty After One Week

I can’t talk about the case since we are still active jurors, but I can mention a few things I’ve learned so far that won’t go against the judge’s orders. When you’re a juror: 1) Lunch becomes VERY important. 2) Sunshine becomes VERY important. 3) Breaks become VERY important. 4) Learning your fellow juror’s names…

A Delicious Honey-Sweetened Flourless Chocolate Cake

My husband loves dark chocolate. I made this cake recipe specifically for him since I knew that it would make him exceedingly happy. It did, by the way. This is EASY and fast and delicious. It is not for anyone who is not completely in love with dark chocolate, but for those of you who…

My Mother’s Gift

I was twelve years old when I scanned through the beautifully bound books that comprised our family library. I don’t know why I decided on that particular day to look through these volumes. Perhaps it was cold outside and the idea of curling up with a book in a cozy room was alluring. Whatever the…

Seeing Luna and the Importance of Nurturing

I am riding back home with Ray from an evening in Arcadia seeing Sarah, Gregorio and baby Luna.  Ray and I took turns holding our little pink snuggle bunny while Sarah finished cooking and Gregorio put together a recently purchased baby swing.  I admit to not being a great sharer when it comes to Luna,…

When Life Gives You Lemons…

I am sitting outside my back door in a small alcove that we’ve furnished with two chairs, a bench and three small glass-topped tables. There is a lemon tree to my right filled with Meyer lemons, a wonderful variety that is sweeter and has a thinner skin than regular lemons. The dogs are out back…