Here and There

Sunday, May 23, 2010


Monday, May 17, 2010


Switching from Jif to natural peanut butter was SO hard for me.  I love(d) the texture of that Jif.  I knew it had a lot of extra stuff, I knew it was processed beyond the necessary peanut processing, I knew it had those bad oils...but even if the rest of my cupboard looked like home to healthy whole foods, the Jif jar lived there too.

It's gross to stir the natural peanut butter.  But it's better when I realized that I don't have to store it in the fridge like it says.  Anyway, I'm officially a convert to the natural stuff.  It tastes pretty good if you get the salted variety. 

I probably will keep some Jif on hand for peanut butter cookies and peanut butter frosting for that amazing peanut butter chocolate cake, but for our daily PB and J's, it's the natural stuff now.  One more step in the right direction!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Poem on a dreary May morning

The Exhibit
by Lisel Mueller

My uncle in East Germany
points to the unicorn in the painting
and explains that it is now extinct.
We correct him, say such a creature
never existed. He does not argue,
but we know he does not believe us.
He is certain power and gentleness
must have gone hand in hand
once. A prisoner of war
even after the war was over,
my uncle needs to believe in something
that could not be captured except by love,
whose single luminous horn
redeemed the murderous forest
and, dipped into foul water,
would turn it pure. This world,
this terrible world we live in,
is not the only possible one,
his eighty-year-old eyes insist,
dry wells that fill so easily now.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Lillian Austin

The Lillian Austin rose is blooming a lot this year. And I noticed a crazy new rose to rival the now extinct pixar rose. Tenth and Addison. It looks like a Cecille Bruner. I must get a Cecille Bruner rose and plant it! I love the smell and the color and the look.

Thursday, May 06, 2010


Mags' huge head in a bonnet.

If you have 6 inch pans you can make a dozen cupcakes and a two layer 6 inch cake with one recipe of cake batter. I like this.

We went to the Marine Mammal Center. Later, processing the idea of a seal hospital, Lily put band aids all over her souvenir.

Sea glass from Sea Cliff Beach in Santa Cruz.

Very pretty shell that looks like it needs to be turned into a necklace.

Kitchen counter remodel got finished right before Easter and I love it.