Wednesday, November 30, 2011


When life gives you lemons make lemonade, or in my case, Limoncello. The last of the lemons have been picked from the trees; this years crop surpassed last year by about 40. Here's the basic recipe I use with Stevia rather than sugar. Giada has one as well. I still have a small bottle from Sorrento, Italy that is stronger than the one I make. It's yummy on ice cream.

Gratitude, can we have enough of it? This is a beautifully done video.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


 Burlap adhered on a 16x20 inch canvas. Ready for Gesso and paint.
"You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It's just a matter of paying attention to this miracle."
--Paulo Coelho

Saturday, November 12, 2011


View from the morning desk. Rain splattered window. The desk used to be the sewing machine desk but after a year of not using the machines I moved them aside in order to be able to sit there and journal and meditate with my back to the computer desk. I know, poor me! My sanctuary bedroom is large enough for 2 large desks, a queen size bed, 2 dressers, a wide screen TV, 2 filing cabinets, a bookshelf, night-stand and a desk that was my mother's childhood desk. Oh, and 2 computer chairs.

Sometimes the bougainvillea presents me with a bouquet of blooms. At the moment this is the only color in the garden.  What a difference a little color makes. I love the raindrops on the window.

Friday, November 11, 2011


Happy Birthday to my youngest daughter, Corey, on this day full of 11's.
      Is there anything more magical than a sunset? Or a silhouette of a tree? And the combination is sublime as was the weather today; a nice crisp 70. There is a dusting of snow on the mountains which is always a spectacular surprise here in the desert.

Sunsets are so beautiful that they almost seem as if we were looking through the gates of Heaven.
John Lubbock