Monday, December 10, 2012

Frank's Gift..Bali





My beloved friend Frank, was an incredible host. He reminded me to "receive".  I learned to be a "guest", in the true sense of the word.  He made oatmeal, and wonderful Indian food for me, and his other Brahma Kimradi (sp) associates, often. It was wonderful!  See my sweet Bali home...

See----this is the reason....that I made the move....They stop in on my often, and it makes me blissfully happy!  2013 will be a wonderful year. The kids are very close to buying their first house. It won't be in Vacaville. But, it is not very far away.  They found a nice house in Southern Sacramento, near Dannie's brother and his terrific wife, and family. There are really good schools near by, and the price is amazing. I will miss not having them so close, but it will be my turn to drop in on them I guess.  I hope this finds you all well and happy....sharing the holiday Joy!

I am enjoying these Holidaze!  Being here in Northern California is a real treat. I know you all think Hawaii is wonderful, and it is, but after all my years there, and losing my Makaha house to the slumping environment...imagine, Hawaii is even worse...I am happy to be here in Vacaville. I made my final payment on my Mobile Home, and even managed to get insurance on it today. It is a pretty old one, but in an excellent park and in excellent shape.  They even said they'd cover it up to $81,000 in value--Hallelujah!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sore Throat tea--borrowed from another BLOG

Preparing for Winter...


With the start of school (and cold season) I've finally gotten around to making some lemon-honey tea base for me and the kids. I guess this stuff is ubiquitous in Korea and other Asian countries, but here in America it probably looks like you're drinking marmalade jam.

The first time I ever tired this was in Oregon when my Korean neighbor invited me over to share in my first ever Korean food experience. While she was gathering up things like shrimp flavored Cheetos and salty toasted nori for me to sample (this is probably why it took me another 3 years to ever try Korean food again), she also mixed up some Korean honey tea. She produced a glass continaer from the very back of her fridge and dug out a giant dollop of amber colored jam that she uncermoniously gloped into a cup. She poured boiling water over it, and handed me my mug. Wow, the most glorious thing I've ever tasted...it was fruity, and warming, and totally blissful. I was suprised to find it only contained two ingredients as well...sliced lemons and honey. She said when she ever had extra lemons she sliced them up and added them to her jar...extra honey? Same thing.

I guess you can buy this stuff pre-made at any Asian market, but why bother when you can use fresh, organic ingredients, and put it together yourself? Honey is a natural preservative and after awhile the lemons kindof dissolve into the honey to make a fragrant, sweet, marmalade like concoction. This would make a really thoughtful dinner party gift. A perfect hot drink during the cold months, and very soothing to a sore throat!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Redwood Plant Stand

I was inspired by a large redwood lumber plant stand, but couldn't afford the large boards.  So, I modified it and used Redwood fencing boards, 6 ft long, and it turned out really nice. This cost me about $60, my power drill as a screw driver, and about an hour and a half labor. The hardest part was holding it up for the first board by myself.  I laid the side boards on the ground, but then had to stand them to put the first shelf on.  I leaned it against the side of my carport, and voila, it worked out fine. I prefer it unfinished.


Friday, June 15, 2012

Recycle Ice Chest for patio stand up box



  • Totally inspired by "Heather Fitts"  "Cowboy Cooler" . Heather made it out of pallet lumber. The spigot ties in to the drain on the cooler. She says: No serious woodworking skills required for this one.  Love this....great way to recycle an old cooler.
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