An over-riding condition of my move from big to smaller house has been my personal mandate that I remain in my neighborhood. I have the great good fortune to live among friendly, helpful and interesting people. Most are within 15 years of my age. We share appreciation of our greater community, gardening, and get-togethers, and hold similar base values. It is so cool. End of … Continue reading Neighbors
No, the instant won’t cut it. Make them from scratch. I use Russet potatoes, one and a half medium size potatoes per person. The large, uniform Russets you see set out individually are best for baked, double-stuffed or wedges. They typically cost more per pound than bagged ‘taters. Buy bagged for Mashed. You’ll need heavy cream or 1/2 & 1/2, unsalted butter, and Knorr chicken base. … Continue reading Oh, Teacup, Mashed Potatoes?
Yes, power outages affect everybody, not just you. Worst possible time? Of course. So, here’s what you need for next one: Flashlight – a real one, not your cellphone app. You don’t want to run down your phone’s battery. You’ll need your phone to call Power company for an update (add their Emergency and/or Outage Information number to your Contacts) and me to reassure me … Continue reading Oh, Teacup, a Power Outage?
All my life I wanted to live on the Northcoast. A third-generation Californian, the Northcoast was any site north of Tamalas Bay and south of Alaska that looked out on the Pacific Ocean. Even Canada was in the running, if I could qualify for a guest pass or whatever. I managed to land in Eureka for a year before settling a mere two miles from … Continue reading Finding my Way to the PNW