Saturday, July 20, 2013

Updated and Ready for Summer

We are expecting visitors this summer, so we thought we would add more outdoor lounge areas. 
The husband wanted to keep the rustic charm of our house, but give it a resort feel.
I took these photographs with my iPad and edited them with Photogene for iPad.







 











Thursday, February 14, 2013

A New Meaning to Fish Sticks

This is my husband's version of Trout grilled over an open fire.

 


The fish are skewered on sticks and cooked over oak.

 

So delicious!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sunday, September 2, 2012

T minus 14 days

This being a long weekend we have the time to do more wedding preparation; watering and mowing the lawn....
 

.... get the Yamaha Vintage Golf Cart running so we can drive the Grandparents down to the after wedding Reception at the Gazebo.

As we like to call it the "Pope Mobile"



Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Getting Ready for the Big Event

We're hosting a wedding in less than a month. 
In 19 days a lovely couple, Alan and Nicole, will be getting married here in Malibu at our place.
I've known Nicole since she was a toddler & am so happy to be a part of their celebration.

I thought it would be fun to post our progress on getting ready.

22 Days before and counting...


Hang lighting and lighting test.

We still have to make some adjustments to the strands of lights adding a little more support. 

Next step... place additional spotlights to throw in more fill lighting.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Beautiful Buff Orpington Hens

Sunday Morning with the Chickens
The husband lets them out to feed and scratch as long as they can be watched. When taking a walk in the morning we sometimes see Coyote scat on our paths; Coyotes are always looking for an easy meal. 
Can you blame them? It's tough out there for those rascal coyotes.
But, we love our hens and it's our job to keep them safe.
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Monday, April 9, 2012

Newly Painted House

We finally finished the house painting project. The husband and his helper, Herminio finished this weekend. Goodbye barn red. Hello chocolate! I wish I could say that I helped painting.... but I can't.

So the "we" is really "he"...





Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter Morning

Happy Spring Holiday, whether it be Easter or Passover...
This year I really got into spring color and this is how I put it together.
We have been coloring blown out eggs and keeping them over the years. When we had Goosie, our pet goose,  we saved some very large eggs for our collection. I like to keep them in a basket by the entrance with flowers.

I love these cocktail napkins that my Mother and her Mother embroidered. Each has a chicken with a drink and they are all slightly different. Perfect for a cocktail of white wine, ruby red grapefruit juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. You can add a shot of vodka if you want to... Love the pink color of this drink. Strain and pour into your favorite glass. Garnished with mint leaves.

I try not to buy a lot of sweets to have around the house, because I am the one who eats them...
I decided upon chocolate almonds dusted with coco and salt
and eggs colored with neon coloring.

For dinner we roasted a salmon on a cedar plank, grilled asparagus and made couscous tossed with herbs, olive oil and salt.
I was entertaining (talking) and forgot to take those pictures... Maybe next year I'll remember.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Design Project

Our Construction Trailer Gets a Makeover

For Years my husband has wanted to get rid of this trailer. 
I have always resisted because I used it to store books, old photographs, arts and crafts supplies and in general, "my junk".  Yes it was an eye sore... beginning to rust and fade... 
but I wasn't ready to let it go.

My clever husband figured out a way to keep me happy and please his design
sensibilities as well...

Now it's suitable for an overflow guest room. He used all recycled materials. The cedar siding is from our friends house remodel after they tore it off and it was ready for the trash pickup.
He decorated it with furniture that we had in storage. And of course an old surf board to make it surf shack worthy.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring is here!

I like to make these graphics to send out to friends and family. It makes me happy and by doing this I feel connected with the seasons. Plus it's fun!
After this last week of unusually cold weather for Malibu, 
the first day of spring is most welcome.
Who doesn't love Spring?

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