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Eating our Garbage

When my children were younger I wanted to share the cycle of life with them in a real way. I wanted them to be able to see, feel, experience how the circle of life really works. I purchased some worms, (red wigglers), and purchase a box that would allow earthworms to procreate, as well as eat all the garbage that we generated. We would put our shredded papers in the box, coffee grounds, and the filter, apple cores, banana peels, and various other food in our worm box. We had our worm box outside. I have read that some people keep their box in the home. NO! 

When my son was 18 months old, he would take all the daily refuse for the worms to the box. The box did not smell bad, since they eat the bacteria that generates the odor from the food. What does smell is the poo from the worms. Every couple of months we would have to clean out the box, and that wasn’t a fun job. We would separate what was the “black gold” from the garbage, and save the worms. We would then have another generation of worms, and we add the black gold into our garden. We grew some of the biggest pumkins on the block, and then when we were done with Halloween, the worms had their favorite food. Honestly, after having these creatures in our life all these years, I can tell you with confidence that they love mellons, pumkins, etc. 

To this day we still have a worm farm, and we still feed our worms. Some of them are from the same parents we started with more than 18 years ago. 

This is the newest edition, it has layers, after a few months, we take it apart and sort out the gold, and start all ove with new food. This system ensures nothing goes to waste. We dont like waste doing nothing, we want to make the most of it. 

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R. Moretti

I have some small scale reverse glass paintings by R. Moretti that I just adore.

Both are rural Italian scenes, a farm house in the background. I used to having these little gems beside my bed, when we lived in the city. I’m guessing they made a subconscious impact on us, since now we are people that have a town and country life. With all the heavy clads it reminds me of the end of summer, and beginning of the autumn is looming in the horizon.

I love how the artist made use of the light just breaking through the clouds, and the detail is amazing for such a small painting. One has touches of orange, indicating the poppies that are still in bloom. The other has a creek with a waterfall, with light bouncing on the rocks. I just love how paintings take us out of existence in this time and space, then transports us to another location. Well, of course, you have to be willing to use your imagination.

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Bradbury and Bradbury Ceiling Paper

“Family love is messy, clinging, and of an annoying and repetitive pattern, like bad wallpaper.”  P. J. O’Rourke.

The other day, my daughter and I had a wonderful day together. She’s a senior in high school. It was a special day at school when the parents go to Liturgy, then the seniors are dismissed to spend the rest of the day with their parents. My husband couldn’t attend, since we are harvesting our grapes. She and I went to Barnes and Nobel, we are avid readers, and then went to eat. When we were eating she asked me “Do you miss our house in Oakland?” I answered…I miss the memories that we created. She told me that she missed the way the sun came into the front room, and the time we would spend in that room just reading together. We then remembered the Bradbury and Bradbury ceiling paper story that always makes us laugh. I believe it would make anyone laugh.

It took us years to get our house to be the gem that it was before we sold it. We had reconstruction done to our house, and that was so labor intensive for all of us. Then after the contractors went away, it was time for us to do all the finish work, and one of those projects was the ceiling paper for our living room. This would be the room where the family would gather for conversations and reading.

We ordered our Bradbury and Bradbury paper, and it doesn’t come precut, or at least at the time, it didn’t. You have to do all the trimming for the paper yourself or hire a professional. It is also paper that is hung using a clay. The paper sat in the large tubes until it was time for Roberto to take his winter vacation. The anticipation of the paper going on the ceiling was intense.

Roberto broke out several saw horses, and made himself a cutting space. After all that was done, he was ready for me to help him. He had two ladders, one for me at the back of the room, and his ladder was near the clay. The paper was folded according style as we gently put up section by section. I was in charge of holding it while he made sure all the bubbles were out of the paper. Success! We had the first section up, only 12 more to go. The first section took so long, and the kids were young, so they had questions to ask…which made the whole process seem longer.

We were on section 2, and I was holding the accordion piece with one hand and holding the paper with the other. Sabrina came into the living room, and told me something that was funny, but Roberto told me “Stop moving, you’re going to rip the expensive paper.” I told Sabrina, I would be in the family room once we finished this section. My arms were shaking from keeping them up in the air for so long. All the sudden, almost the whole part that we just put up on the ceiling peeled away, and drooped to the floor. Roberto was pissed. He walked over to the five gallon buck and picked it up, then slammed in on the floor in frustration. At the same time his glasses slipped off his face, and fell into the bucket of mud. I just busted out laughing so hard. I couldn’t stop laughing. He grabbed his glasses and took off to the kitchen where I could hear him laughing too. Then the kids came into the kitchen saw his glasses and laughter filled the house.

I got down from the ladder, and he told me; “We need to figure out a better way of getting the paper on the ceiling.” We all took a break together, and then he told me to stay out of the living room. He had an idea…I was replaced by a ladder and a cardboard box! LOL!!

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Harvest Season

“In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.” William Blake

There’s something magical about harvest season when you live in wine country. It’s a current of electricity that runs through the everyone and everything. I always think of Dr. Seuss. Ya know those giant machines that come in to clean up after “It 1 and 2 and the kids? Well, there are grape. Picking machines driving on the roads at this time, and Dr Seuss is at the forefront of my thoughts…I kind of giggle like a child when they get in front of me. I can take it for a mile or so, but then I have to pass them, but not without waving like a deranged lunatic. It is just exciting!!

We don’t use machines to harvest our grapes, we have to hire people. My husband as well as our winemaker get out in the field and pick with all the other people working in our fields. Just this past week we have already processes several tons of grapes, and pressed them. So, the fermentation process is already starting for the 2017 wines. I believe the Merlot for this year has already been picked, destemed, and pressed. 

These were photos of the grapes before some of the fruit was dropped. We have to drop fruit so the healthiest grapes will get the most water, and the best sunshine. Depending on the variety, canopy may have to be cut back to get the right amount of sun, or less sun. We want to pick at just the right amount of Brix, which is the sugar content in the grapes, too high, and the wine is too sweet, you want just the right amount to make great wine.

 We try to maintain a sustainable vineyard, and keep the dropped fruit for compost. Once the grapes are pressed the must will be used for more compost to mix back into the soil and boost the soil with microbes that recondition the soil.  Our ducks are always in the vineyard taking care of the slugs, and soon we want to introduce babydoll sheep and chickens. The sheep will help with the grass and cover crops, and the chickens will take care of the insects in the vineyard. The chickens will also give us fantastic eggs to eat. It all makes for better wine every year. A wine that you can enjoy and feel good about drinking. We look forward to getting closer to becoming more biodynamic! 

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Baby Goats

“Every mans can tell how many goats or sheep he possesses, but not how many friends.” Marcus Tullius Cicero

The babies are staying in the breezeway until they are bigger. If I put them in the pasture, they can wiggle under the gate. We don’t want that to happen.

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Maryanne Jacobsen

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” Vincent Van Gogh

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Maryanne Jacobsen is one of the few artists that I only own one piece of art from her body of works. I love this romantic piece in my living room. As the beautiful model takes her time in the garden to tend to her flowers. She is dressed in a vintage or antique dress with a red ribbon in her hair, and tends to red flowers, and finally there is a giant red bow on her back. Maryanne is directing our eyes to specific locations of the painting. Our subconscious mind looks at the red first, and then travels all over the painting. Her placement of the red in a triangle makes the most of canvas. Maryanne wants us to look at the at details and the nuances of the work.

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Baked Chicken and Magical Mashed Potatoes

Food is not just fuel. Food is about family, food is about community, food is about identity. And we nourish all those things when we eat well. Michael Pollan

Magical Mashed Potatoes

5 lbs of potatoes  4 ounces of butter, 2 cups of milk, teaspoon of salt

Potato ricer, and a mixer

Peel the potatoes, and cut them into small pieces, cover them with water, and start to boil. Add a teaspoon of salt to your water. Once the potatoes are boiling, check them with a fork to see how if they are soft. Drain the water off the potatoes, and in the mixing bowl add the 4 ounces of butter.

Spoon out the potatoes to the ricer, and push the potatoes through the ricer into the mixing bowl. Continue until you are finished. Add about 2 cups of milk, you may need a little more or a little less, it depends on how fluffy or pureed you prefer your potatoes.

Baked Chicken

Stop buying your bread crumbs! When your bread is starting to lose it’s freshness, leave it out so it can become dry. If you have a food processor, put the pieces of bread in there, and store your bread crumbs in a container or plastic bag. What are you going to need?

Chicken,  3 cups of bread crumbs, 1 cup olive oil, spices and herbs you like, use at least a teaspoon of each, Italian Parsley, Oregano, Basil, Cumin, Salt, Pepper, Garlic, Tarragon, Sage and Rosemary are our favorites, but you can add what you like. Three bowls are needed, and a cookie sheet.

Preheat your oven to 450, wash your chicken and put it in a big bowl, Your going to need three bowls. One bowl for your chicken, one bowl for olive oil, and one bowl is going to have the fine breadcrumbs and all your herbs and spiced mixed together.

Give your chicken a bath in the olive oil, and then your going to roll the piece of chicken in the bread crumbs. Add each piece to the cookie sheet.

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It takes about 30 minutes to bake your chicken. Make sure they are crispy and brown before you take them out of the oven. The naked ones I have in the oven are ones I save for lunches. They are just given a olive oil bath, and herbs and spices.

Enjoy!

 

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Anna and Mom

“Empowering women is key to building a future we want.”

Amartya Sen
Anna and I met several years ago, and many things have transpired since we first met. I remember the day we met like it was yesterday. A mutual friend of ours said “the two of you have so much in common, you two must meet.” She said the three of us would meet for lunch, so we all agreed to meet. Well, our mutual friend did not even show up, but we are glad she did not show. The two of us talked, and talked about our dreams, being women entrepreneurs, and our lives. We closed the place down, and they worked around us.
Over they years we have watched our children grow up, and she and I are like sisters we never had. Now, my dear friend and sister from another mother is living her dream of having her own shop  Anna and Mom, the coolest thing is when I went to see her shop, I saw her vision. The one that she talked about out loud at our first luncheon.
Already, her shop has more items for sale, than the first day that I got to view it. I love the way she recycled the toys her children played with when they were young, and all the items made by hand! It is a store that was built from her dreams.
Please, take the time to go to her shop online, or go see it in person. Women that help other women in their business make a stronger world. Let’s do this ladies…
Here are some photos from the first day I saw her store…

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Lady Ann Baroness Herbert Countess Pembroke Devereux

“Princes have but their titles for their glories,
An outward honor for an inward toil;
And, for unfelt imaginations,
They often feel a world of restless cares.” William Shakespere

 

 My 17 Great Grandmother, from Alda Tribble line…Anne Devereux

 

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Anne Devereux (c. 1430, Bodenham – after June 25, 1486), was the daughter of Walter Devereux (1411–1459), the Lord Chancellor of Ireland, and his wife Elizabeth Merbury.[1]

About 1445, Anne married William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke (1423–1469), in Herefordshire, England. He was the son of William ap Thomas, a member of the Welsh Gentry Family, and his wife Gwladys ferch Dafydd Gam. Anne bore William several children, including:

  • William Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke.[2]

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Devereux

  • Anne Devereux1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
  • F, #21885, b. circa 1433, d. after 25 June 1486
  • Father Sir Walter Devereux, Sheriff of Herefordshire & Gloucestershire, Constable of Wigmore, Keeper of Leominster1,2,3,10,5,6,7,8,9 b. c 1412, d. 22 Apr 1459
  • Mother Elizabeth Merbury1,2,10,7,9 b. c 1412, d. b 1459
  • Anne Devereux was born circa 1433 at of Bodenham, Herefordshire, England.11 She married Sir William Herbert, 1st Earl Pembroke, 1st Lord Herbert, Sheriff of Glamorgan & Morgannock, Chief Justice of North & South Wales, son of Sir William ap Thomas, Sheriff of Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire, & Glamorganshire, Steward of Abergavenny and Gwladys Gam, circa 1455; They had 3 sons (Sir William, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, 2nd Lord Herbert, Earl of Huntingdon; Sir Walter; & Sir George) and 7 daughters (Maud, wife of Sir Henry Percy, 4th Earl of Northumberland, 7th Lord Percy; Katherine, wife of Sir George Grey, 2nd Earl of Kent; Anne, wife of John, Lord Grey of Powis; Margaret, wife of Sir Thomas Talbot, 2nd Viscount Lisle, & of Sir Walter Bodrugan; Cecily, wife of John Greystoke; Elizabeth, wife of Sir Thomas Cokesey; & Crisli, wife of Mr. Cornwall).1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 Anne Devereux died after 25 June 1486 at Wales.1,4,7
  • Family Sir William Herbert, 1st Earl Pembroke, 1st Lord Herbert, Sheriff of Glamorgan & Morgannock, Chief Justice of North & South Wales b. c 1423, d. 27 Jul 1469
  • Children
    • Maud Herbert+12,4,5,7,8 b. c 1456, d. bt 17 Jul 1485 – 24 Feb 1489
    • Sir George Herbert13 b. c 1457
    • Sir William Herbert, 2nd Lord Herbert, 1st Earl Huntingdon & 2nd Earl of Pembroke+14,4,7 b. c 1458, d. 16 Jul 1491
    • Sir Walter Herbert13 b. c 1458, d. 16 Sep 1507
    • Katherine Herbert+15,3,4,16,6,7 b. c 1459
    • Anne Herbert+13 b. c 1462
    • Margaret Herbert13 b. c 1463, d. b 1503
    • Cecilia Herbert13 b. c 1464, d. 1499
    • Elizabeth Herbert13 b. c 1465
  • Citations
  • 1.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 395.
  • 2.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 3.
  • 3.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 280-281.
  • 4.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 388-389.
  • 5.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 346-347.
  • 6.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 132-133.
  • 7.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 278.
  • 8.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 359.
  • 9.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 249.
  • 10.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 388.
  • 11.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 250.
  • 12.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 579.
  • 13.[S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, Family History Archives, SLC.
  • 14.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 395-396.
  • 15.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. VII, p. 167.
  • 16.[S6] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry: 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 109.
  • From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p729.htm#i21885
  • _________________________
  • Anne Devereux1
  • F, #158297
  • Anne Devereux is the daughter of Sir Walter Devereux and Elizabeth Merbury.2 She married William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke, son of Sir William ap Thomas and Gladys Gam.
  • Her married name became Herbert.
  • Children of Anne Devereux and William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke
    • 1.Lady Catherine Herbert+3 d. b 8 May 1504
    • 2.Lady Maud Herbert+1 b. 1448, d. a 1485
  • Citations
  • 1.[S125] Richard Glanville-Brown, online <e-mail address>, Richard Glanville-Brown (RR 2, Milton, Ontario, Canada), downloaded 17 August 2005.
  • 2.[S1916] Tim Boyle, “re: Boyle Family,” e-mail message to Darryl Roger Lundy, 16 September 2006. Hereinafter cited as “re: Boyle Family.”
  • 3.[S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume VII, page 167. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • From: http://www.thepeerage.com/p15830.htm#i158297
  • ________________________
  • Anne DEVEREAUX (C. Pembroke)
  • Born: 1436/42
  • Died: 1486
  • Father: Walter DEVEREUX (Sir)
  • Mother: Elizabeth MERBURY
  • Married: William HERBERT (1º E. Pembroke) ABT 1440, Hereford, Herefordshire, England
  • Children:
    • 1. Maud HERBERT (C. Northumberland)
    • 2. William HERBERT (1º E. Huntingdon)
    • 3. Walter HERBERT (Sir Knight)
    • 4. George HERBERT
    • 5. Phillip HERBERT
    • 6. John HERBERT
    • 7. Margaret HERBERT
    • 8. Thomas HERBERT
    • 9. Cecily HERBERT
    • 10. Isabel HERBERT
    • 11. Anne HERBERT
    • 12. Catherine HERBERT (C. Kent)
  • From: http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/DEVEREUX.htm#Anne DEVEREAUX (C. Pembroke)
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Traveling, Pouring, and Having Fun

“We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character.” Henry David Thoreau

 

One reason why I haven’t been able to keep up with my blog is because I haven’t been able to keep up with my own life.

Honestly, I need a vacation!

Recently, I have been gone just about every weekend. A few weekends past, Sunni and I went to Los Angles. OMG! So, in Los Angles double yellow lines are only suggestions to the people that reside in the area. If you are a visitor in the area of Los Angles make sure that you remember that it is like driving in the wild, wild, west. If you’re in the fast lane, you better being doing at least 70 MPH. AT LEAST…wink, wink.

When I am done working at a venue, I like to take a little side trip to learn something. This particular time, it was going to Mission San Juan Capistrano. Sunni and I rented the head sets, and were off on our adventure through the Mission. It was so beautiful and informative. Here are some photos of our adventure…