GUILTY PLEASURES

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Happy 2016 to you!

Hope that everyone had a great end of 2015 and that things have starting out well for 2016.

One of my guilty pleasures is going to the movies. So many great films this season that been to: Brooklyn, Carol, The Danish Girl, Spotlight, Joy and Room.  I also watched quite a lot of Netflix/Apple tv movies at home including Making a Murderer?  Wow!

Any suggestions on shows or movies?

 

 

 

 

CHIPMUNKS

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Sometimes it is so nice to get out of the hustle and bustle of the San Francisco and enjoy the peaceful setting. A few weekends ago, we packed up the car and headed to Mendocino. At least it was peaceful, until Wesley decided to try and befriend the local chipmunks.  Judging by their quick ascent up the tree, they had no interest in a city boy like Wesley!

CACTUS

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There are a ways to bring greenery into your interior, especially for those you who, like me, have a “black thumb”.  This cactus only needs occasional watering and care. My kind of plant!

CERAMICS CLASS

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I have always had fascination with how things are made.  Seeing things on a shelf in a store always makes me wonder more about where it was made and by whom.  For years, I have driven by a ceramics studio near my house, always wondering about it.  I decided to sign up for a weekly evening class.  I am now in my second session.  Learning to throw the clay and form it on the wheel is no easy project. It takes concentration, patience and strength.  There are a lot of pieces that I turn on the wheel that don’t turn out, but I am learning from each experience.  This all started with my 2015 New Year’s resolutions:  I wanted to challenge myself to a different creative medium.  I have a few weeks left in my class.  Don’t worry – I am not quitting my day job!

OLIVE KITTERIDGE

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Sorry for the absence from the blog lately. This time of year has kept me extra busy. Happy New Year!
I promise to get back to things very soon.  I really want to share my trip to Cape Town, South Africa.  So stay tuned!

We have had some rainy days here in San Francisco, which we need desperately.  Something about the cooler weather just makes me want to stay inside and curl up with a good book, movie or TV series.
I recently watched Olive Kitteridge on HBO and I can’t suggest it enough.  If you are looking for something good to watch, check this out.  Frances McDormand plays the title role in this miniseries set in Maine.

WESLEY THE WESTIE

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Summer is here and Wesley has been settling in nicely.  Its hard to believe that he has only been living in San Francisco for four months.  He is just part of the family now –  and the perfect addition.   A day doesn’t go by when I don’t think of my old boys, Campbell and Wallace.  I often imagine that they would have all been great friends.   It’s hard to figure out exactly what goes on in the head of a dog, let alone a nine year old rescue.  So lately, he has been experiencing a lot of “firsts”.  Not sure if he has ever played by a pool for an afternoon or run into the ocean, but he seems to really be enjoying all of his new adventures!

WESLEY GOES TO NEW YORK

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A few weeks ago, Wesley took his first plane trip across the country to New York.  He couldn’t have been any better or more well behaved.  Now he is all ready for his next adventure.  I think that I was more nervous than he was about traveling!

Gardening in the city

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I dream of gardening.  I am not sure where this idea comes from – it’s not as if I have a long history of playing in the dirt!  But I just do.  This is from a client’s garden.  Filled with chards and lettuces.

It’s not a huge area in which to garden – but I love these raised boxes.

Someday…

Until then, i will keep shopping at the farmers market and dream…

WESLEY THE WESTIE

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Last Tuesday, I received an email from Kay, the kind woman who was the foster mother to my last two Westies, Campbell and Wallace.  She said that she had a really special boy and thought that I should meet him.  I spent the week sick in bed with this flu/cold thing going around, daydreaming about meeting this dog.  Saturday morning came around and I woke up at 5am, took a taxi to the airport and jumped on a very early flight down to Los Angeles.  I then rented a car and drove south to Huntington Beach to meet Wesley.  It was truly love at first sight.  Such a calm, gentle little guy.  He had been surrendered by a breeder that did want him anymore.  Things like this just break my heart.  A nine year old Westie with no home.  I seem to have a soft spot for the senior Westies!  I loaded Wesley, his toys, blanket, food and water and we then took the long, long drive back to San Francisco.   He sat in the passenger seat the whole way.  Some of the way he looked out the window and then he really settled in and slept.  He wasn’t too keen on my sing-a-long playlist for the ride home!  So I am so excited to present Wesley to all of you.  The last months without a dog have been hard, but it was also great to take a break and also heal.  I am glad that I waited for this little guy, as I think that he is pretty perfect!
I am sure that I will be photo bombing the blog with all of Wesley’s adventures!

NEEDLEPOINT

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I am always looking for creative projects to do at night and weekends.  I am trying to shut electronics off at night to spend fewer hours on my laptop, iPhone or even watching television.  I was interested in needlepoint because I had heard it was relaxing and relatively easy.  I liked the idea that I could make something for myself to enjoy.  I do love a monogram- so here is my latest endeavor.  When I am done I will have a big pillow for my bed or maybe for my desk chair.

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