Rachael’s Birth Story

Yesterday was Rachael’s 29th birthday. In the spirit of tradition, I am going to chronicle on paper what I usually do in person with each of my three children on their birthdays, which is to recap my pregnancy with them and the events surrounding their births. Their birthdays, after all, are not only important days…

Happy 29th, Rachael!

Our youngest daughter Rachael turned 29 today. She is still our baby and our whole family loves her very much. She has the good fortune of being beautiful both inside and out. She is kind, considerate and a great listener, but is also strong, straightforward and clear. In addition, she has a great sense of…

Happy Birthday, Ron Betty!

Today is my son-in-law Ron Betty’s 33rd birthday. He and our daughter Liz have been together for several years now and were married last August in Mexico. Ron and Liz live in Ojai at the orange grove and I have had the pleasure of watching them settle in there, first building a little mini-house, then…

Flash Fiction: A Cantelope Kind of Girl

I am not an apricot kind of girl, all small and soft; squishy and sweet. No, if I had to choose a fruit to characterize myself, I would have to pick a cantaloupe: a rough exterior, but sweet once you find a way to break me open. This exercise we’re doing in group therapy today…

What I’ve Been Doing During the Quarantine

With the quarantine, it’s easy for the days to run together. I decided to chronicle my last three days, just to remind myself I have actually done some things this week. Here is my list which is certainly not conclusive and is in no particular order. You will see that since my housekeeper is not…

Glazed Orange Bars W/ Buttery Crust

Rachael and I made these bars a few days ago. The crust is baked first, then the chilled orange curd is spread over the top. The photos do not do this dessert justice. The combination of the crisp crust and the orange curd is rich and delicious. Ray described these as “way too good,” meaning…

A Repost: The Road to Normal

This is a piece I wrote a while back, but tonight it spoke to me. Not sure why, but here it is just in case it might also speak to you. Stay well. I’ll be checking back in with you tomorrow. Len The Road to Normal My husband said to me today, “Thank you for…

Easter During a Pandemic

Today was the first time I have not officially celebrated Easter with my family in a very long time (like ever). It was a strange day from that point of view; however, I did have the advantage of getting to see Easter services broadcast from my priest’s dining room with the addition of music from…

Good Friday

Well, here I sit in my kitchen on Good Friday, the night that I was scheduled to serve at church as an acolyte, after a Holy Week when I was scheduled to serve at almost every service. Instead, tonight I tuned into the St. Thomas the Apostle Facebook page to watch a video of my…

A 5-Star German Chocolate Cake Recipe & A Little Personal History

The first cake I ever made was at age 12 when I made a German Chocolate cake from scratch. For many, this wouldn’t be a significant milestone, but in my house where my mother didn’t cook or bake at all and my dad’s time in the kitchen was limited to Saturday morning breakfasts, my making…