Happy New Year!

Wishing you the best in the upcoming new year, my friends. Here’s to health, happiness, compassion, tolerance, prosperity and peace in all of our lives and all around the world. 

Thoughts While Here in Ojai

Nico is our little bed mate tonight. He is snoring currently. His dad will no doubt pick him up at whatever time of night he becomes unhappy. He and Sarah and Luna are sleeping on the other end of the orange grove. It is going to rain tomorrow here. We will need to spend time…

Ojai and Fun

Grandbabies Nico and Luna arrived today to the orange grove accompanied by their sweet parents. Liz and Ron are here as well along with our friend Jared from Texas. Rachael came for the day and is returning tomorrow.  In other words, we are having one big family campout here at the orange grove. Ray and…

Ojai, Debbie and Carrie

Hi all, Well, we are slowly on the mend over here though I have to admit I have a residual nausea that won’t quite go away. Daughter Rachael had this malady last week and she complained of the same. I am hoping by tomorrow, I will be free and clear. Ray is feeling better, as…

Respite at the Orange Grove

Ray Abe I are feeling well enough to head to the orange grove in Ojai. Ray still has a slight temperature and I can’t seem to stomach much food, solid or otherwise, but we agreed that the fresh air and the quiet will do us good. Ray is already in bed. Has been since about…

Some Ramblings on this Day After Christmas

Hi all, Well, here I sit in a quiet house, all the Christmas paper, ribbons and boxes cleared away, leaving the Christmas tree to enjoy through January 6th.  Ray is upstairs asleep after a terrible bout with stomach flu that started a few hours after all our kids and grandkids left. This is the same…

Luna Day

I have a little visitor tonight. Luna Pacheco Beaty is here beside me watching Peppa Pig. We have spent today together, beginning with making gingerbread houses this morning at her school. Then there was a Christmas program where Luna had quite a showing of support since she had her mom, dad, grandpa, grandma and two…

Comfort Food

When I need comfort, I cook. There’s nothing like chopping garlic and onions and starting them to saute in a pan with olive oil to make me feel a little more grounded. Today, I added carrots, celery, green pepper, yellow squash, zucchini squash, and fresh mushrooms, then sautéed them until they were coated with the…

Christmas Shopping and Other Thoughts

I have just returned from Christmas shopping – two nights in a row – and I can happily report I am finished with the buying of Secret Santa gifts, white elephants, and stocking stuffers, along with the few books, toys and clothes I picked out for my grandbabies.  We are not big Christmas spenders around…

Chocolate Eclair Cake: Perfect for the Holidays

This recipe comes from America’s Test Kitchen, and even after I modified it to use agave syrup rather than refined sugar it is still awesome. The combination of homemade pudding with whipped cream, graham crackers and chocolate syrup creates such a wonderful taste blend that the only word that does it justice is delicious. This…