Category Archive: California

Jan 04

Near Year House Sit at Hermosa Beach

Sunset Photos from our New Year House Sit at California’s Hermosa Beach. The Pier and Life Guard Huts make great props for sunset photography.

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Dec 01

Santa Monica and Bodrum becoming sisters

Santa Monica Sister Cities Association has reached out to Bodrum to request a Sister City alignment. Find out more about this partnership, and how I have been blazing the trail of Citizenship Diplomacy for years.

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Nov 24

Sunny Blue Rice Balls

Sunny Blue Rice Balls You usually have to travel to a foreign country to encounter a new dish that captures your taste buds and imagination, but yesterday I stumbled upon a narrow little hole in the wall called Sunny Blue along Venice’s Main Street. “First Omusubi Store in Southern California”, caught my attention, and at first …

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Sep 28

Consignment & Resale in Los Angeles

Resale and Consignment shops are popping up all over, and there’s a good selection in the West Side of Los Angeles, California. Check them out in Mar Vista.

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Sep 18

Life’s a Beach for our House Sitting gig

House Sitting at Hermosa Beach was like trying on somebody else’s life for a week. It fit like a glove, and left we wanting more days at the Beach.

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Sep 14

WordCamp LA 2013

For those of you who haven’t heard of these events before, they’re like the WordPress equivalent of Alcoholics Anonymous. In short, it’s a WordPress meet up for WordPress addicts, to talk about WordPress, breath about WordPress and drool over WordPress … oh, and to share information and insights about this open source platform with other addicts.

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Aug 21

Maternity, Paternity, Techernity

We need a new employment law which gives people Techernity Leave when they buy a new piece of Technology. My computer is my new bundle of joy, so it should have the same rights as any other new arrival.

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Jun 30

I should have listened to Jamie Oliver

What should you do when you go to all the effort of making your own Chutney … but it’s just way too spicy to eat?

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Jun 15

Mobile Flower Truck

If you’re on the Westside of LA, look out for the Mobile Flower Truck. This converted ice cream van sells flowers to passers by, and can be hired out for private events. Just one of the many Mobile Retailers operating in SoCal

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Dec 27

Horse Riding and a House Sit in Palm Springs

During our New Year’s house sit I took the opportunity to go out into the desert on a horse riding expedition. It rained and I got soaked.

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Nov 16

Beating drums on Santa Monica Beach

Walking along Santa Monica Beach, I didn’t expect to see a young boy playing a drum kit, being videotaped by his dad. This post includes my entry for Photo Roulette #50

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Oct 28

Stuffed Zucchini/Courgette Blossoms

These bright yellow blossoms may be challenging to prepare but this simple recipe will inspire you to make & serve these at your table

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Sep 20

My husband has found another

Now – each morning, as the last vestiges of sleep slip from Red’s body he calls to her. He turns his face to mine, and whispers those 3 special little words to me …..

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Aug 07

BBC’s The Good Life: When did I become Margo Leadbetter?

I yearned for the Good Life, but somehow I’ve morphed into Margo Leadbetter. Shiny car, Corporate Castle. What’s needed is a couple of chickens and a sustainable lifestyle.

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Aug 05

26 feet of Marilyn Monroe

A 26 foot statue of Marilyn Monroe has pride of place in downtown Palm Springs, during the year of the 50th anniversary of her death.

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Feb 25

Pebble Beach Golf Course and the 17 Mile Drive

This famed circuit in the Monterey bay, is made up of sweeping California Coastline, Pine Forests and more than a golf course of two. The pinnacle of the golf course collection is Pebble Beach, and although Red’s knee injury has thwarted his golf game – he still has enough game to swing a putter.

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Jan 21

Benefits of a Lockbox for Home Owners during a Haboob in Palm Springs

A lockbox is a really useful thing for home owners. It allows house sitters to have access to your house and help you out in high winds. We helped out a previous house sitting client during high winds in Palm Springs

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Jan 11

Birthing Season for Elephant Seals at San Simeon California

December to March is a mesmerizing opportunity to observe this rookery of Elephant Seals giving birth to a new generations of pups.

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Jan 08

Stopover at Pismo Beach California

Pismo Beach is one of California’s longest & widest stretches of beach, with a daddy-long-legs pier, & a traditional Surf-Town ambiance

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Jan 07

Living in Harmony, Population 18

Harmony – Elevation 175 Population 18. Just outside Cambria, California, this towns enticed us in with a tour of their glass blowing studio.

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Jan 04

Los Angeles to Cambria Road Trip

A road trip from Los Angeles to Cambria, led me to a conversation with a stranger. We had a 1 degree of separation link with Samson & Delilah

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Dec 03

My entry for Photo Roulette Round #31

My entry for Round 31 of Photo Roulette. This week the theme is Music.

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Aug 19

Capture the moment for prosperity

Cashing in Living in America, you get used to the optimization of the commercial opportunities at the local tourist attractions. Ride a scary roller coaster at Magic Mountain and they’ll snap your grimace of fear, just as the car hurtles down a steep decline.  When you get off the ride, still high on adrenaline, you eagerly hand over a fist …

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Jul 31

Channeling my inner ballerina

Each session I’ve attended Pop Physique it’s the same — I pliè, dip and tuck until my calves quiver and collapse in defeat, and wonder if I’ll ever get the flexibility to kiss my own ankles. Maybe if I’d made a different set of decisions at 7, I’d be one step closer to dancing The Nutcracker Suite.

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Apr 16

Back in the Creative Saddle again

Not only did Touche enhance his plot and dialogue with the skills of a professional storyteller, he played to role of a very vocal grammar and spellchecker!

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Mar 31

Overcoat for your umbrella

England is synonymous with rain.  It’s the reason I left.  That – and the cold.  Living in LA is appealing because of the sunshine – but it isn’t complete Nirvana.  We do get 2 weeks of rain a year – and at the moment, we’re experiencing one of those weeks.  It’s such a novelty, that …

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Mar 19

Slinking out the back door

For week 4 – Last week I was “won” in a notebook raffle, and this week I nearly went home with a booby prize. Each week upon arrival, Mentors have to sign the visitor book.  This week, I wasn’t paying attention, and signed my name in the “parent picking up child” section – I made …

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Mar 17

Consumerism 101: St. Patrick’s Day in the U.S.

One of life’s mysteries of being an Expat in America, is the fervant celebration of St. Patrick’s Day!  On March 17th every year, anyone who has ever been within 500 yards of a pint glass with a Guinness logo on it – anoints themselves with Irish heritage – and jumps feet first into celebrating their Patron Saint Day. Even though . …

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Mar 09

Creating Log Lines & Beginning the Creative Process

When I arrived at school for week 3 – Touche was outside the principals office.  I warned him that if he was late to Storytellers, he’d have to do the Chicken Dance – and then I promptly gave him a demo of my version. Touche’s hopes of remaining as unobtrusive as possible were dashed, as …

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Mar 01

Two by Two onto the Ark they went

Week Two of Storytellers.  This week we were assigned to a mentee by way of a Notebook Raffle.  Our names were written on the inside, front cover of a notebook, and the mentee’s chose one at random.  I was assigned to Touche — time will tell if he considers me a worthy prize. As a group we completed …

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