There are plenty of things to like about the state of California. Check out my list and see if you agree.
A New Year's resolution you can keep! A cheer up journal can remind you of the positive things happening in your life every day. Positive thinking can change the way you feel about yourself.
One of my winter memories includes trips to the laundromat and freshly made doughnuts from Winchell's Donut House
The TV comedy Soap still is one of the funniest shows ever produced for television. It was controversial, over the top, and it made us laugh out loud.
Learn about ten celebrities and famous people born on Christmas. Do these people share anything in common? Find out and take the quiz to test your knowledge of these famous Christmas babies.
Vegan Baked Potato Salad is a quick and easy dinner full of nutrients from vegetables and leafy greens. A meal for one person or more!
Carlos Paredes is considered one of the best Portuguese guitar musicians in the world. He transformed Portuguese music, Fado, with his unique style of playing.
William Hooper and Ladd & Co. set out to make history in the Hawaiian Islands in the 1830s by setting up the first commercial sugar plantation.
Games like hide-and-seek are a great way to provide mental stimulation for your dog. It's also a great way to burn off energy on a rainy day. We play every night just before bed.
The Torie O'Shea Mysteries combine genealogy, history, and humor. These historical mysteries are tied into current events will appeal to the family genealogist and cozy mystery reader.
Need help getting rid of ants? How to get rid of ants in difficult places like under your cupboards and around faucets using products you have around the house.
Portable chairs can really be helpful for disabled people and those with mobility issues. You can stay active by taking a place to rest with you.
The term bird brain would never apply to the Western Scrub-Jays especially the clever bird that I found in my backyard in the San Francisco Bay Area
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or so they say. Can their be beauty in a flower as it withers as well as when it is blossoming?
There were very few opportunities for girls to play baseball until a 1974 court ruling ended Little League's ban.
Many women find relief from menopausal symptoms with Black Cohosh. It's particularly effective with hot flashes.
Mary Shelley created a monster with considerable depth. Why is he so one dimensional on the movie screen?
Butternut squash is a delicious winter staple, but it's difficult to work with. By using the microwave, you can cut preparation time down to almost nothing.
Did you realize that small dogs require special treats that are small and easy to chew? Learn how to choose the best ones for your tiny dog.
My review of this unusual, cleverly written novel.
Sonia Sotomayor is a down to earth person and comes through warmly in her memoir. This is my review of her book.
I didn't know that Jack Russell Terriers love to sleep under a pile of blankets. My dog and her blanket spying make me smile every day.
My review of this most unusual tale where a child gains the ability to taste the emotions of anyone who prepared her food.
The Aftermath is a historical fiction novel set in Germany after World War II during the reconstruction. This is my book review.
How does a person survive when the people they trust, their parents, are the ones that wounds them the deepest? This is my review of the book.
Gotham Chopra has written a very real and down to earth book about his famous father, Deepak Chopra, and his dog.
Tortilla shell bowls are easy to make. Stuff them with some veggies and you've got a meal.
Learn how to make you own lactose free and dairy free yogurt. Everything you need to know including what equipment you need to the basic yogurt recipe.
Avocado and steamed vegetables make a delicious, healthy sandwich. For vegans, vegetarians, and avocado lovers everywhere!
A good microwave steamer pot can make delicious, tender vegetables and fluffy grains. This is my review of the Nordic Ware Rice Cooker and Steamer.
Move over zucchini. Make room for the other summer squash. That means patty pan, eight ball, crookneck, and more!
Old World Christmas Ornaments add a touch of nostalgia to your Christmas tree. These mouthblown glass animal ornaments are beautifully detailed.
Tips for those researching their Portuguese ancestry in Hawaii.
Dads and baseball hats go together. My Dad was never seen without a baseball hat. Each hat said a little about who he was.
No one stays positive all the time. Sometimes you just feel blah. There are ways to get through that feeling and some of them are pretty easy to do.
Challenge word game. Konexi combines the dexterity of Jenga with the spelling skills of Scrabble. It is a challenging, fun game for all ages. Building it is as important as earning word points.
A shaker can is an effective dog training tool that you can make yourself. The noise distracts your dog, breaking them from the annoying habit of excessive barking.
Ever since I went to Yosemite and read up on John Muir I've wanted to hike the trail that was name after him.
Skippers are butterflies but have more intricate wings. I had to save one from the paws of two dogs and got some neat photos along the way.
Spaghetti Squash with it's stringy tendrils is unusual but tasty. Learn how to prepare this delicious winter squash in the microwave or oven.
The 1940 Census provided genealogists a chance to look in on the lives of their parents and grandparents. Learn how to get the most out of your research in this valuable resource.
This is a simple project for adults and children. All you need is some light colored cloth , iron on transfer paper, and flowers and leaves from the garden.
What were your favorite candies from trick or treating? I had a few favorites and I made sure my siblings didn't get their hands on them.
If you were born on Halloween you share your birthday with many famous people.
These tips will help you carve your pumpkin for Halloween. Get ready to carve your Jack O'Lantern!
Winsome Witch and Wendy are just two of the witches I remember from childhood TV shows and movies. Which witch is your favorite?
Could Sarah Winchester speak to the dead or was she suffering from mental illness brought on by grief? Why did she build that house?
October is designated Family History Month in the United States. Get ready to explore your family tree.
How to organize your children's and your own prized school assignments and records into a school memory book.
Yosemite National Park has something to offer each season of the year. There is a different kind of beauty depending on the time of year.
Pumpkin stew with potatoes, carrots, peas is the perfect dish to warm you up on a cold day. Can't wait to dunk some bread into this delicious, savory vegan stew.
I've enjoyed working with crafts and making stuff since I was a child. I've had the pleasure of sharing my hobby with my nieces and nephews.
If you love chocolate like I do, you know that it's difficult to find candy that is dairy free. I've made a list of my favorite dairy free, vegan candy bars.
Small dogs are just as destructive as big dogs. These ten dog toys can survive the most serious chewer, provide exercise, and occupy your small dog on a rainy day.
My Azorean ancestors left their homeland for a place called the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) in 1882. I'd love to some day go to Kilauea, Kauai and step on the grounds they once roamed.
Leftover vegetables can be thrown into a variety of vegan dishes. Something always needs vegetables!
An 80th birthday celebration should be special. I have some tips from celebrating my Dad's 80th to share with you.
Owning dogs comes with hard choices but also joyful moments. I'm a dog mom who loves her dogs dearly.
Family Tree Photo Frames are a great way to display your heritage. Collage wall frames and desk top frames are two options for different types of decor.
Photography is a wonderful hobby. I've been in love with cameras since I was a child. I would like to share some of the photographs I've taken over the years.
My ancestors survived the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire. These are my great grandmothers stories of that experience.
Amelia Bedelia was one of my favorite story characters when I was a child. She taught us how to communicate clearly and how to laugh at our foibles.
March is Women's History Month in the United States. Take the time to record and remember the women in your tree and the women in history. Without them you would not be here.
A very easy craft project for young children. Bath salts make a great holiday gift for relatives, teachers, and others! Children can make these for their parents for Christmas, too!
Build your own volcano and watch it erupt. This is a great project for children.
The Roaring Camp Railroad is situated in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It's wonderful way to get out in nature, get a little history, and enjoy a train ride.
The struggle for women to earn the right to vote in the United States was neither easy nor quick. Did your female ancestor take advantage of this right so dearly held by American men?
Genealogy is a rewarding and addictive hobby. Share my genealogy journey and learn how to start your family tree.
Learn how to fold origami paper snowflakes just like you made in school. These snowflakes have eight points. Every one is unique.
My dog had her back leg amputated at the age of 10 due to cancer. She never gave up. She taught me what it is to live one day at a time and make the most of it.
Misha is my Jack Russell Terrier. She is quite a clown, very entertaining, and incredibly smart.