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Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends in the USA.

And to those friends that aren’t in the USA…

May the spirit of Thanksgiving grace your heart and tables.


A wonderful Halloween weekend

**************WARNING this is a picture heavy post***************

I had a great time this weekend. I hung out with friends from out-of-town on Sunday.

We went to the Old San Luis Rey mission in Oceanside for a Dia De Los Muertos festival.

I had not been there in more years than I can count.

That day I realized that I am sitting in the midst of a beautiful and culturally diverse community that I have not utilized for many years. Lucky me and yet, stupid me, for not checking things out sooner.

With Madi growing and learning this is not the time to be remiss on this fact, but to pay attention to the treasure amongst my place of habitat.

I am always amazed at  how much more it means to me at my age than when I visited as a child.

This beautiful lady posed with children and adults in 90 degree weather.

The costume was gorgeous and she looked like a painting or drawing come to life.

I loved this and with the Mission behind her it was amazing.

The Dia De los Muertos Festival  was amazing. With food, yay!

I ate pork and cheese pupusas with curtido and salsa roja, from El Salvador. Recipe links in the titles. I did blend the salsa roja with a little water and then cook again adding salt and pepper, when cooler stirring in the cilantro to make it more like the traditional sauces I have had.

A pupusa is a stuffed corn dumpling or flat bread of sorts served with cabbage slaw(curtido) and red sauce(salsa roja). This is my new favorite thing to eat and I found a great recipe online, above links, totally gluten-free. I have my Sandy Camp committee and San Diego Guild  member, Pat, to thank for this wonderful introduction to Pupusas. She is so kind to always look out for me and my choice to eat gluten-free.

I made it with masa harina but now I want to learn how to make fresh masa because the difference in taste is amazing. Still very good with the corn flour(masa harina) but a 100 times better with fresh masa.

There were also many Spanish and Mexican crafts and vendors, a car show, music, dancing, and beautiful colors everywhere. I want to go back next year and spend the whole there. A couple of hours is in no way enough for all the sights and sounds.

This mission is beautiful and well-kept, I have to go back and take Madi for a tour, there is all kinds of history there.

This is one.

Old adobe bricks.

Commemorative plaque1.

I didn’t have time to stop and really read and take pictures and ask questions because we were on the way out to Encinitas to meet others for a coffee at Swami’s.

Commemorative plaque2

Commemorative plaque3

Commemorative plaque4

I believe I made the pictures bigger for the plaques so you can click on them to read them.

This was right next to my car when we were leaving.

The Lavanderia (the laundry; the laundromat).

Loved the old adobe archway, it was very inviting, on a schedule, snapped more pics. I am going back to see this.

Some folks walking down the sloped gradual steps.

I have to go back now, gargoyles??? Really?

I also bought this incredible shirt.

Lucy, oh Lucy!! Way cool art on shirts. Incredible art. I love this one!

I have to look for the card, they have no website.

See that Key, Kathy Davis made that for me. Thank you Kathy, I adore it!

We then went to Swami’s cafe in Encinitas, a juice bar, coffee shop and good food, I mean good for you food that tastes great. You can look at the menu here

Yum, yum, yum!!

I found this on the flower shop next to Swami’s and thought it might be a profound rule for life! LOL!!

Then we walked across the street to the gardens at the Self Realization Fellowship Temple there right on the coast. They have a garden off of K Street and we walked over to check it out.

I have lived in this area all of my life and I have never been there. WOW! I loved it. It is not a big place but it jammed packed with beauty. Now I want to go on the Temple grounds too. I bet is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.

Beautiful coy ponds (warning, I may say beautiful a lot!)

Glimpses of the pacific ocean (with fog coming in)

Beautiful flowers.

Bird of paradise and views of the pacific ocean.

A living canopy.

Beautiful plants and rocks.

Rock people. I did not put this here.

Rocks and more ponds with fish.

Bubbling up!

Ocean and fog again. The trail wind around and then back to the ocean and every time we came back to the ocean it would be a different feeling.

I cannot even capture in words the beauty in this small space.

If you come here or live near here you should go and visit.

Wicked cool tree with low crooked branches.

There is a great spider web here, this picture is bigger if you like to look at spider webs click on it.

Where the Swami swam, and incredible tile work.

More flowers.

More beautiful flowers.

Beautiful ocean view!

There is so much duality in this place, shade and sun, light and dark, shiny and dull. hard and soft, and sharp and smooth.

Benches through out.

Walkways too.

I think this might just be my favorite picture of the whole day. The fog rolling in.


Weird berries?

Gate to the sea?

Beautiful flowers.


Gorgeous flowers.

These leaves are furry and huge.

Cactus mouths! or tentacles.

Spikes and soft.

These do not bloom very often. It is very tall. The plant itself is probably 4 foot in diameter.


Fuzzy fingers.

Huge spikes.

1 foot plus long fish.

And very friendly too. I think they thought we were going to feed them.

Lush growth around this fish pond.

OK, this is my favorite picture. The sun has started its trek towards the western horizon and would peek through the trees sending rays out through the branches and dance off the water and the leaves, playing throughout the whole garden.

Again he peeks through.

And again.

And on the way out.

Thanks for visiting with me and if you come here you should go see this treasure and visit Swami’s cafe.

I had a blast.

I live in an amazing place!


Another tin can box, “Taco” inspired by Ortega 4 ounce

I had to do it.

The Ortega can.

Everything you would need for a taco dinner.

Onions, tomatoes, and shells.

Olives, avocados, and red peppers.

Beans, Cheese, and green peepers.

Lid off.

The whole thing has a taco shell finish.

Taco feet, ;-D

This has got to be one of my all time favorites and it makes me hungry.



Monday Updates 09/12/11

I had a post planned for Friday and then the lights went out.

It was the “San Diego County Power outage of 2011” and it was amazing. It was really very weird.

About 3:30 pm on Thursday as I was sitting down to the computer to edit photos and get my blog post together, everything shut down, I mean everything. My whole house is electric. So I couldn’t even cook anything. I couldn’t open the refrigerator because I didn’t know how long it was going to last.

Luckily I had fruit on the counter and bottle of water on the cooler.

No TV for the little one after her nap, which was the wrong thing for gramma to say.

My daughter called and said they had sent her home and everyone else home.

She went the back way and got home rather fast, there were people all over the county that spent hours on the freeways.

My family was all together so that was great. It was still stressful because there was no TV, no radio, no phone, no fans, no stove, no computer, no lights, no ice, no showers, and no a lot of things that I forget are attached to an electrical grid.

We sat outside at night because was so warm and it was still, except for the occasional fire engine or ambulance horn blowing, very still. I never realize how much of a constant buzz there is from traffic, fans, motors, trains, talking, and barking till it stops and then it is still and silent and rather nice.

Everything shut down, stores, food places, gas stations, and the phone service (from people calling each other all over the county and saying “Do you have electricity?”). There were a couple of bars open from what I understand and they were packed but only taking cash ;-D

Both of my daughters sat in their cars and listened to their radios to find out what was going on.

It looked grim and then we found out how big this really was, from the Mexican border to some parts of Orange County all the way west to the ocean and east to the Arizona border.

That is big. Really huge, a big outage. The biggest ever from what the SDG&E guys said.

We were also told that we wouldn’t have power until much later that night.

I opened a bottle of wine and sat on the porch with my family and we talked. We haven’t done that for a very long time like that, it was the great thing about the outage for me.


The Power finally came on around 2am my daughter said.

What a day.


I started the next day on a photo album my daughter wanted me to make for her friend’s wedding on Saturday. I know, I am crazy. We were supposed to go to Micheal’s to get paper for it the night before (but the power went out) and I had to wait for her to get home on Friday before we could go.

I am sorry I do not have more photos but I was rushing through this and after ripping the last page and taking it out 5 times at 2:30 in the morning I finally went to bed.

I got up about 10 am on saturday and continued working on it. Finally at noon I said to her “you have to help me”, cut this, do this, glue this, tape this and so on until she went up and got ready and little after 2pm.

The wedding was at 3pm, LOL!

When she was ready to go, I stopped. I almost finished it completely.

I was very happy with the way it came out.

I wish I had more pics now and I want to do another one of these with this themed paper too.

I got a paper package from Me and My Big Ideas and it was perfect for her friend. Everything we used except for the chip board, the linen cord (it is Coptic bound), the inks, the glitter glue, distress ink and brads, came in the kit.


I also made another book this weekend, it is mini, it is Coptic bound, it is jewelry, and it is a journal.

And it has clay covers. You knew I was going to go there right?

So fun! The clay is pretty thin, about a the 4th thickest setting in the clay machine. I think I am going thinner next time.

I made the holes and set the eyelets with the new toy Jodi got me and it worked like a charm. I am in love with that Big Bite.

Bit right through the clay and set those eyelets like it was chip board.

I was doing a little dance, this opens so many more ideas in my head ;-D


It has parchment for pages.

It is signed on the back.


It has the waxed linen and rhinestone brads for the closures.

I covered the brads with a super thin piece (the 9th thickest setting in the clay machine) of clay that was baked and then cut with a pair of scissors to size and then glued in place.


I am very happy with this little book and I learned so much in making it.

I plan on making more.




I also made this. I think he is a little confused about his holidays.


He could be used for everyday.



He could be worn for Halloween.



He could be worn for Mardi Gras.





And for the Day of the Dead.



I love him. This is my version of a skeleton key ;-D



I also got my Book that I won from my friend Nicole at Beadwright Blog, Steel Wire Jewelry, by Brenda Schweder. Oh baby, am I going to have fun with this one.

I think you should go get one now! ;-D


Thank you Nicole and Thank you Lark/Sterling, you guys are the best!!

I would have posted on 09/11/11 but I thought it was best to have a moment of silence.


Have a great week, all of you! Thanks for giving me a moment of your precious time, I appreciate you all so much!!

Now go create a beautiful week.


Happy Monday- Drive by photographer

Happy Monday. Drive by photographer, Marie Segal here.

Hope you all are having a wonderful holiday weekend (4th of July here in the
good ole USA).

We will resume life tomorrow. The governmental offices are closed and the
post office is closed, Ups will not deliver or pick up, but spending money is
allowed. All stores will be open at least sometime during the day today and most
likely they will be holding huge holiday sales to get you to come in and spend
the money you do not have! I live in California, a couple of the people might
have money though. They all live in Hollywood. ;-D

Tonight my one cat will be buried as far as she can get somewhere,
freaking out about the noise. Thunderstorms and fireworks do this to her.

It is the birth of our nation.

Happy Birthday Nation!!

Eat hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, chips, coleslaw, fruit salad, corn,
watermelon, and do not for get the dessert, till you are in a coma! Then go
shopping. ;-D

I thought since this is the day that commemorates the birth of our nation,
what better place to show you than pictures of West Virginia and Virginia?

I took these from a moving vehicle so this qualifies me as a drive by

Those red, white, and blue banners hanging from the porch are the thing to do
in this area.

What a gorgeous home and yard. I am, though, curious to know the significance
of the horse. Ah, the perils of drive by photography.

Cemeteries and rock buildings are also a part of this area. I approve, it
looks so nice, doesn’t it?

This one was especially nice.

Cemeteries are everywhere actually. Hey, I see some rock on that building on
the right too!

Churches are also prevalent. Everywhere.

Some of the issues of drive by photography are the angles your wrist and
camera has to be in to take photos. ;-D I photoshoped for you though.

This looks like it might have been a church at one time! Just a beautiful
place. Missed the front of it though, moving too fast.

The beauty of the land must have made our ancestors cry after being in a boat
for months and months.

I wonder what they would think of the massive houses now?

This land is our land and it is a gorgeous place, sometimes you just have to
search it out. We need to cherish it and take care of it. Look for the beauty
where you live, it is there.

Happy 4th of July!!


Marie’s Italyun Dressing

I love olive oil and red wine vinegar dressing. My grandma used to make it like that and to me it tastes like Italy. She could pour it out of the bottles and right on the salad and it would be perfect every time.

sorry about the lousy photo, took it with my phone ;-D

On Sundays as a child we would eat at grandma’s house and every time we would have spaghetti and salad with garlic bread.

PS. I forgot to tell you it makes a great chicken maranade too.
Pour it over the chicken and let sit all day.
Cover with foil and bake, about 3/4 of the way through.
Take off the foil and bake some more.

I though am not that good, if I pour it out of the bottles, no one else will eat it. I make it too vinegary, I like it like that though ;-D

I had to come up with something that would work every time.

You are supposed to add sugar to Italian dressing recipes, I do not like sugar in my dressing. If you like it sweet you can add up to a tablespoon of sugar ;-P Add sugar with the rest of the dry ingredients.

Use something that you can shake over and over again, like a 16 ounce pop bottle.

Or a shaker bottle with tight lid.

Do not store in the fridge. Makes the olive oil hard. Cool cupboard is good.

Lasts for a couple of weeks.

The fresher the ingredients the better the dressing is.

Make one day and serve the next. The longer it sits, the better it tastes.

Agitate until one color and the Olive oil is not separated.

Put them in the bottle in the order given.

4 ounces (1/2 cup) of red wine vinegar

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon dried whole oregano

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon granulated onions

3 cloves pressed garlic

8 ounces (1 cup) of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Enjoy ;-D


Winner of the buttons from the African Trade bead giveaway!

Norma’s Clay

Is the winner of the buttons from giveaway 9c the fourth giveaway Thank you for the great advice about my Grand daughter. Yes, I knew it was a stage and we found out she is cutting her 2 year old molars, all at the same time, I would be crabby too. I was going through a stage too! LOL!

Thank you Norma!

CONGRATULATIONS!! Sorry didn’t mean to yell, I just get so excited. ;-D

I hope you all are having a wonderful, magical, and prosperous week. Are you remembering to breathe?

The week is almost over and the weekend is almost here.

Are you having good weather, have you been to the lake or beach yet? Are the birds in your neighborhood singing up a storm? Ours are crazy, the crows are hap hap happy! I got in the middle of a hummingbird territorial dispute this week and I was standing on the ground. They were so busy protecting their space they didn’t realise I was standing there I guess. Sounded like dive bombers around my head and they were moving so fast I didn’t know what was going on.

I am awaiting the arrival of the swallows. Messy but happy, darlings of the sky.

The gophers and squirrels and I have resumed our yearly fight over my garden if that is what I could call it. I plant things and they eat them, sometimes even before they sprout. I am just planting for the local rodents, I guess. It is very frustrating, but I do get a little exercise.

I am glad to be out there with them finally though. They have built runways into the garden from underground so they can make a fast getaway. I plug the holes with huge rocks and they hide the holes behind things. I only notice when there is huge mounds of dirt displaced.

Madi and I are growing a-matoes. She can not say the “t” yet. The girl loves them and will eat a whole one by herself. I can hardly wait to show her fresh ones right off the bush. I planted them in a bucket the first time and came back out 1/2 hour later and the seeds were gone, so I covered it with metal screen and you can see where they walked all over the top and tried to lift up the sides, LOL!!

They haven’t got in so far. Today is a new day though, I haven’t checked yet. We have small seedlings and Madi and I check them everyday. Tomatoes do really well here and the last time I grew them I had tons.

I might even attempt to can them this year, there is absolutely nothing like a home grown tomato, I probably shouldn’t count my tomatoes before they bloom though.

Have a great rest of the week you all and surprise someone with your smile and your light every chance you get.

You just never know how you could brighten some one’s day. 

Show them your stuff, baby!

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