Christmas Tree lights with fence
on the way





A December wedding of our friends
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A Vineyard in December


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Since my blog is about daily meanderings, this is a mishmash of experiences and preparations.  … and working on the house getting “in shape” for Christmas.

By now I finally know what I can’t do without!
1. Good working appliances in kitchen & storage
2, a clean and functional bathroom
3. a  good mattress

What is indispensable for you?

This week hubby installed glass doors for shower/tub – they’re beautiful. Having worked in million dollar homes in So. CA, he has a  standard of excellence. He went twice to the hardware store just for the right screws! 
Our toilet in the guest bathroom kept running over (and it looked like a child seat to me – so low), so he installed a higher one with a bigger connection to the pipes.




Waiting in the car, because I don’t want to get wet …


It’s a special event when it rains in California. It’s super special when it rains a few days in a row! On Dec. 11 we had the worst storm in 10 years in CA.  In San Francisco the wind gained speed up to 100 miles/hr.  – that’s 3 hrs. from where I live. Here in the mountains the thunder sounded like a giant engine revving up.  That day,  nature was roaring like a wounded animal! Heard some eerie whistling sounds through the house.




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Modified for Mandarin Orange and Orange TGIF

Still getting to know Amador County better. Driving half hour, we at least pass 4 vineyards. They display striking Fall colors now.




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This is to remember my mother by, who had a huge pot of these  Christmas cactus flowers in bloom by Christmas

Am super excited that they are blooming “in time” (my previous house was a lot darker, so this one bloomed the end of Jan-Feb)





Left: scratch (metal) brushes and steel wool for different effects.
On top: ink.  On the right a specific blue ink with a small reflection,
barely visible on scratchboard (which is hardboard with layer of clay, and topped with India ink to scratch on).





First phase – I painted the Neighborhood gang  (there are normally about 6 deer, included one male and one bambi) roaming our streets and looking on when hubby builds a retaining wall in the yard. Now it gets colder, more deer are passing through -
Second phase is scratching the outlines of the deer.  In reality the contrast is not as stark as it appears on the pic (am not a photographer!)
The hard part now  is how far do I go  with scratching out…

 But Rudolph I haven’t seen yet…. have you?


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Balboa Park – San Diego

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Am so sorry -made the mistake in publishing my post Vineyard in December is  but that one is for next week – so I put it back in draft!

Love to spend time in Balboa Park in San Diego – it won’t be often anymore since we moved to N. Calif. – which is not only a park, but also a cultural center.  Most of the buildings have an opulent Spanish building style. Several museums and restaurants, surrounded by fountains and flowers, a botanical building, and an artist corner with several kinds of arts.

Not to mention many trees, lawns and other places to sit, as well as opportunity for street performers, plant and flower shows. A little city in itself.




The side of the grand platform




The front side of the platform for (mostly organ) concerts and a gallery of pillars on each side. Beautiful background, much used  for wedding photography.  Photo below is taken by hubby:) – oh, what a difference of 10 pixels more on a camera can do for a photo!









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About the only place in Balboa Park I could find a fence, as a division between the restaurant and the dome and tower behind it. Have noticed that in the city are much less fences  and in rural areas.






The Botanical building with many orchids has a long pond in front,  laced with these  water lilies. These 3 are actually a vibrant yellow, not white! Usually eat a packed lunch  here:) Close by,  monthly displays and meetings  of horticultural associations







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What a treat!
No more 7 hrs. drive  for the holidays, now we live up North. This Thanksgiving it’s at my daughters’ whose hubby will graduate in a few weeks with his education degree.  He’ll be a very pleasant English teacher:)
As food is prepared, things are still pretty much under control.
“Everyone helps” is the Unanimous motto!





Modified Watercolor and dry brush PS for Mandarin Orange and Orange TGIF

But soon after the desserts –  which hubby choose because it was it can’t be true his 70th birthday – the little kids played their heart out, and the moms and pops decided they would have a little fun too with board games …





…it was when two tired princesses snuggled on the couch with their grand parents …





cousins making wise cracks in between …









… Daisy  came down in an effort not to give in to sleepiness after the meal, since her sister Izzy  had already conked out …
(just read that it is not Tryptophan that causes it)




Daisy, the princesses, the cousins, and the parents  did not hear the click-click of Daisy’s prom shoes on the kitchen tiles
when 2 year old Bee decided she could be a big girl too!



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but little Bee  did not count on Nana’s Secret Weapon!


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From here on out, preparations for Christmas. Even before that, a grad dad (BA) in the family and a home coming from our son,  living and studying in the Netherlands. All significant moments of our family tree!




A drive by  shot –  it was like the weather was saying  “A Happy Thanksgiving” –  a daring 70 degrees – no one has any reason to complain

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Am in anticipation of my lipstick plant (and Christmas cactus)  to flower soon!
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Browsing at a seashell shop in Seashore Village in San Diego. Love sea shells and had several on display in my counseling room.
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The Chinese Garden in the Huntington Library Gardens in Pasadena, CA
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…and a Happy Thanksgiving to all!

On the eve of Thanksgiving I was going to post some things I am thankful for. On second thought, it’s also  the eve of a depressing time  for many, who are trying to cope with any kind of loss.

Drinking coffee at Peets,  hubby started reading the Sacramento Bee of Sunday, Nov. 16.  I became intrigued, and got the whole story for myself.

In short, the police were on a man hunt of a couple accused of having  shot 4 people and killed two cops.  In this chase with dozens of police, armored vehicles and helicopters, they went into a house to seek for cover.




Click on image to get the intro of the story. The second pic is the official announcement that this house had been tear gassed.


The owners of the house, a retired couple, were away for the weekend, but the brother was home in the basement. He fled and told the police. They deployed teargas, shot 8 windows, and all their belongings are destroyed.

A cleaning crew  went through every item in the home to determine if it could be salvaged.  Since then the couple lives in their 25 foot trailer at the edge of their property because of the residual fumes of the tear gas.

What if this had been you?

By no fault of their own they suddenly lost their whole history, except for the skeleton of the house. First their insurance didn’t want to pay – now they pay part. The county pays part. The silver lining is that all kinds of people have stepped up to give donations, food, etc. Because the two cops were killed the owner doesn’t see himself as a victim. He sure does more than surviving!



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a faded rose on my table – only edits on background, not on flower


 No matter where you are at in life, your age or gender, what job you hold, what relationships you have, which house or room you call your own, there are two ways

one is survival
the other is blooming

When we only see clouds above us, we sometimes forget that the sky is blue and that the sun is shining behind the clouds. Especially when those clouds have not moved in years.



Managing to bloom on rock and in triple digit heat

(Modified for Mandarin Orange and Orange TGIF)


Am I just surviving or existing, or am I blooming?
Do I need courage to face my fears, anger, failure, passivity, or depressed attitude so I can bloom?
There’s no shame – it’s the smart thing to do to get help.

Get good help (note: not medication – it only covers up the problem and delays the restoration of yourself).
Not someone who tells you what you want to hear. Good help may take time and can be very painful or expensive. Because you may have been living with lies all these years,  the lies have become your friends.



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You may have to hold on very tightly, not to slip into the blues nostalgia  seeing the leaves yellowing, falling off, turning brown and paper thin. It  may make you feel like you’re on a slippery slope and sink in a hole too deep to pull yourself out.





The storm left her bereft of leaves, but immovable






Grit your teeth if you have to, but be determined to make it through below zero and snow in the winter. That’s endurance.


A daily recipe. Eat, drink, sleep, and dream HOPE


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Below are some of the ingredients for
wisdom”  – I deleted the word success, because right away I caught some followers  putting me as another number  on their list of social media  …  but I want to be on a list of friends!  -

continuing my sentence – if you like to advance and become the best …  chef, sculptor, CEO, scientist, or whatever you like to become
when you grow up.
( If you say “I’m just a mom or grandmother – you ARE an educator!)


…To Process … will help you



(Modified) for Mandarin Orange & Orange TGIF

To “process” any detail on the progress of treatment is the hub of the wheel of therapy – the art of helping people – according certain set rules given by the Am. Psychological Assoc.

It’s  expected that a therapist her(him)self keeps track of processing her/his own  development, attitudes, etc. in
coming along side of the client/patient to
give them a new structure and apply the changes they need ( compare it to giving them a new psychological and emotional skeleton).



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Watercolor, 9 x 12 inch ,  Journal,  St Germain  I painted this (without the lettering) for a women’s retreat

Journaling slows one down enough to see a situation or a relationship from more than one angle, or to discover hidden feelings or motives

You would be surprised how clear things become by  journaling. I may not be able to change a situation, or a person, but I certainly can change things into a more acceptable frame work for myself.

I also journal about the subjects I paint!
In the busyness of the move and adjustment  to the new area,
I almost forgot that I had

an Art Show
the weekend before Thanksgiving

Fortunately, the organizers  emailed me last week to remind all the “rules” for this art show in Laguna Niguel.
Am blessed to have a hubby who is handy




in framing or putting canvas in a new frame,
or varnishing the oil paintings I prepped on the table outside

For this group show I went “small.” One 18 x 36 inch called the Poinsettia Tree, and depending what space is available, parts of the Christmas story, all 9 x 12 inches.

It’s going to be a lot of fun.





Driving the lumpy bumpy road
enjoying all the fences and the yellowing leaves
down to Southern California



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and  looking up at the Oleanders  on the balcony  when we arrive …


Which is/are your most favorite event(s) of the year?

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Fall Business

Cutting trees, drying lines, 10-stitch blanket – it’s all new to me!

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Our first  new job of “gardening”  ( lol)  was to cut off branches and clean the gutters (for our home insurance). This is nothing compared to what we saw down the street. A  scary-hard-hatters tree cutter’s team cutting down giant pines, but it helps our son-in-law did major part of ours.





On my walk to the mailbox (yes, city kids, I walk to the end of the street to get my mail!) I saw this gate, with a sign “Posted,”  and a warning not to trespass. My guess is that Teresa from Run-a-roundranch knows what that means?  Any Takers? It does not have a “For Sale” sign, or the Sign of a Real Estate agent.




Had a gas stove and dryer. My experiment is to see whether I can do it without these two appliances, since at my new house in the mountains everything is electric.  (My daughter thinks electric cooking is the pits and bought a gas stove as soon as she could).






Cropped and modified for Mandarin Orange and Orange TGIF


These foldable drying lines above come from Australia – those round holes on each side  are for hangers. Hubby told me that his mom dried clothes outside even when it snowed! Don’t know if I would like to rough it to that degree!
“Did the clothes ever get dry,” I asked doubtfully.  According to him, they eventually did.






Doubting Frowning, “Hope that ant guard will do the job … I don’t think hummingbirds like ants in their food  …”
(now if I could only get my reflections like James from Weekend Reflection, sigh)





Is it gonna be anything?

Well… you start wuth 10 stitches … and end the blanket with 10 stitches
and how do you get around the corner?
glad you asked! If you’re tinerested PurlBee.com shows wrapping stitches the best.
For the 10 stitch blanket go to Verypink.com or YouTube.


I you’re not into Knitting, skip this part  and pick up with the Sky pic, but this is my Fall project!


 Am knitting with a double thread

After knitting 18 straight rows of Right Side- knit, Wrong Side -knit (makes one wave or rib), so  9 waves,


you have come to the first half of the mitered corner
On the Right Side wrap * around the 10 stitch, next RS:  wrap around the 9th stitch till you have 2 stitches left.
*to wrap a stitch: bring yarn forward, and wrap it around the next stitch, and bring yarn to the back – and turn your work.
After you turned to Wrong Side of your work, bring your yarn to the back and continue knitting till the end.
This is where I got stuck.
Leave the wrapped stitch alone and turn your work (do not knit the 10th stitch) and knit the rest of the stitches.  Next (Right Side), wrap the 9th stitch, and turn work (now 2 stitches are not knitted), etc.

After you have wrapped 8 stitches the fist half of the mitered corner is done.





the second half of the mitered corner:
Remember you had 2 stitches left. On next RS wrap the 3rd stitch. Continue till you have 10 stitches wrapped. Voila! The beginning of the blanket is the hardest. When you’re through your first mitered corners you have it made:)


Do I have enough Zeal to finish?- when this blanket is done, I’m probably “pinked out”!


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So much to do – I should not forget to look at the sky!



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 … or to smell the flowers!


Have you started your Christmas prep yet?


BY THE WAY.  wow amazed that most of the 42 comments on my last post, referred to the pumpkin seeds! In recent years I’ve discovered that so many herbs and plants have healing properties. We would be dumb not to make use of it!


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Where I lived before – in Southern California – Fall is not very visible. Hardly any change in trees and shrubs, only a little bit chillier at night.


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A red & orange one among the whites




The stores will not let us forget it’s  Fall season. Love the variety they have now in pumpkins.

A few years ago I was plagued by sciatiga and carpel tunnel, to the point some suggested a wheel chair. Since my brother is an MD, I knew that doc’s would give me: steroids and I was not about to ingest that, even though it took me 3 hours to make a simple  meal,  and hardly could lift a gallon of milk with both hands when extremely focused. I went on line to look, and I prayed God would give me a solution (because He’s much smarter than my doc degree, lol!).

One morning I woke up with the word pumpkin seeds.
Had no clue they have anti- inflammatory properties. After a few days eating a fist full, the itching and swollen hands, feet, ankles was less.
From losethebackpain.com I learned that, because of my job as a therapist certain muscles became over-developed and others
under-developed, eventually after so many years of bad posture resulting in pain.
In recent years they’ve discovered the damage of inflammation, next to heart disease. Much has to do with diet and life style.

It took a full year of recovery with exercise and anti-inflammatory food/herbs and prayer. In the beginning I walked virtually every day (1/2 hour) just to be able to get through the day.

But now I can run again, jump, and lift moving boxes with books in them,



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SIlver Lake at 7000 feet – great for kayaking!

or spin my 7-Year-old grand son around:) He’s a ham as you can see (I didn’t tell him to stand like this!)





For Mandarin Orange and Orange TGIF


A few weeks ago I saw Pumpkin Spice cereal at Trader Joe’s (on right in pic.  For outside the USA – a healthier store than the regular )  and if you like Granola, this is heaven. The pumpkin pancake mix I got for my daughter whose family eats gluten free.




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I choose the most colorful tree in  Fall at the coast of Southern California – around Thanksgiving!




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Am so jazzed I see every sky and sunset  from my window now I live in the North





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You see the heart sideways, on the left of the middle of the flower?


NEVERTHELESS, In California, we are Quite spoiled with having flowers  around the Year.


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A Stroll in Huntington Garden



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After looking  at XXX  blogs (meaning multiple, lol)  I can still read this font without squinting! This header is a roadside in beautiful Utah (own photo) – somehow it reminds me on chocolate mousse:)

The Huntington  Library in Pasadena is a piece of almost  Paradise with all the variety of  gardens they have developed.





This is part of the Japanese Garden, marked by tranquility and artful forms.
Does a handrail of that little bridge also constitute “a fence”? Hope so:)










Happily swimming in the same pond, the goose and Koi






Not much of a story this week – am letting nature speak for itself, because I have to finish a birthday scarf for my daughter this week.  And I finished it in the wee morning hours on Thursday – yay!) The yarn is “Tweed Stripes” from Lionbrand – a versatile and pretty orange-red-Bordeau yarn – my own stitch design, so the back side is as pretty as the front side. Am blocking it, because it rolls over like a tube.

“Blocking” means stretching it with pins on a bed, and spraying it with water for a day or two



NEVERTHELESS, still a significant moment this week
for on Monday I did what I postponed for years, to become a dot com  :)

   my NEW URL is JeshStGermain.com            – happy, because by the time I came to
wordpress, so many times I  ended up typing  blogpress.com




Am not sliding by though without sharing the raddest (same as super cool:)  )   cloud formations when we had high winds last week.
Have a great week all of you!

P.S. The first two shots are hubby’s!



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