College students are introduced to Ernst Haeckel in biology class. He was immensely popular during the Victorian Era and was a household name because of his subscription nature prints availible for viewing at home.
This island it not for the average tourist. Only local foods are available. There is not one traffic light on the island. Get acquainted with a cabby and have him show you the sites and tell the tales
This plant is called fire sticks because of its branching effect and red color. You will see it everywhere as gardeners switch to drought tolerant plants. It grows profusely. Here are some care tips.
The proper way to heat tortillas is on a pan you would find in the Mexican home that's called a comal. Without the browning, the tortilla cooking is not finished.
Make paper rosettes for parties and home decor! Kids can get in on the fun, and satisfaction is guaranteed. The brighter the paper, the bigger the pop!
A lesser known resort on the beach at Playa del Carmen. It is about 45 minutes south of Cancun. Get all the charms of Mexico. Two blocks from 5th Avenue.
Create lighting for nighttime comfort with these walk-through instructions for rewiring a lamp. You will need a screw driver, pliers, maybe a wire clipper, and a good online source for lamp parts.
Early fall is the time for guavas to be picked. Many Latin families will have this tree in the yard, lovingly grown from a seed of a fruit that tasted so good. Now what to do with them?
This game is fun if you do not mind changing the official Scrabble rules. Released at the end of 2012, it is now rare to find in stores or online. Some tips on getting your own Beatles Scrabble.
We always have a bottle of Cholula hot sauce in the table. Not only is it great on Mexican food, it's wonderful on many American dishes, too. It comes in several different flavors to match anyone's taste preference.
A Handmade Halloween card is fun to make. Draw a skull that fits your mood and put wings on it. The flying skull is a version of the flying heart.
The plumeria photos here are in Flickr Creative Commons for your use on the Internet. We visited Maui in June 2013 and the plants were all in bloom. I learned more about my camera.
I have used this composting bin for 9 years. The bin started to lean and this is the base my husband devised for it. If you purchase the bin do this first for a stable tower.
Social Security is a topic that becomes very important for every new generation. In the 80s payments were adjusted for baby boomers and now we are covered. The next generation should look at it now.
Beautiful beach side resort much like a Marriott. Town is walking distance for local cuisine. Restaurants in resort are very good with rotating menu and much more than hamburgers.
This soy-based cleaner does a good job on stainless steel appliances and is eco-friendly without petroleum chemicals, smells, and hand irritation.
There are many varieties that go beyond the traditional jade plant everyone is familiar with. Here are photos of three different kinds, with care and propagation instructions.
US Stamp Yearbooks are a history lesson and a feast for the eyes. Postage collecting used to be a very big pastime in the early 20th century. Stamps are not so much the focus now, but lots can be enjoyed with young people. Art and more can be explored while paging through the yearbooks.
Showy easy to grow succulent is beautiful in a mass planting. Some rosettes can get as big as 10 inches across. Replant broken stems to maintain size variety. You will love the display. Some shade during hot summer afternoons is best.
The Moth: one man's life journey and what he was thankful for in the end. A book discovered while on a reading binge of the author. Drama and emotion before the Great Depression and the following decades. Filled with wonderful period vignettes and a male protagionist's view of life in the U.S.
Wilkes was the only mind driving the Lincoln assassination forward. His twisted determination and star status brought in the luckless, professionals and even childhood friends. Engrossing & detailed.
Treachery, personal finances, and a woman's drive to make it on her own are the elements of this story. This period novel written in 1941 gives a clear picture of what L.A. was like before WWII.
This is the easy flat fold for completing a card because only four tiles are needed. This would be a good scout group craft or classroom Holiday memory for the parents.
Halloween bookmarks are fun to make. This one has an origami bat on the top. A fun paper craft for Halloween or any time of the year.
How to make a template for tea bag folding patterns. Templates are used to help the colors and motifs on your TBF tile pop and show on top of a completed rosette. Helps to avoid too much white showing
Hawaii vacation review of the Marriott Beach Resort at Ko Olina. Half the vacation is rivaling in the beautiful surroundings, but there is also lots to do on Oahu and nowhere is far to go.
A fold for flat unit origami fans. Rosettes create new looks for handmade cards. Several variations shown for more fun with paper folding for scrapbooks, gifts and greetings cards. Get your paper!
I did not stay in or even visited inside but I took photos of the grounds of this beach resort. Use this photo essay to decide if you want to visit Aruba on Palm Beach.
A summary of one traveler's first cruise experience and why it was a good idea. We choose one of the oldest liners, Princess Cruises. For first timers, you will not be overwhelmed by crowds.
Before you plant, first think about why you want to plant and get involved with yearly sago palm care and maintenance. A total guide to the "Cycas revoluta" and its problems.
An origami box with a lid features no creases on top or bottom. 10 Easy Steps shows how to fold the origami box. Each step has picture illustrations and written instructions. Gallery photos and ideas.
Magnolia leaves and artificial blooms are a hardy and beautiful display for the cold winter months. Get a few stems from the craft florist and add them to leaf cuts from your tree.
Cutest and most interesting collection of Santa and his reindeer. The imagination of Ms. Brewster can entertain you each year and guests will be delighted to see this when the Holidays come around.
This origami ghost looks good on a string for flying. Use double stick tape to stick to the wall in all directions. Fancy papers would make pretty ghosts if you want to break the traditional scary mold.
Costuming ideas for Halloween, Rodeo Days or Mule Days in your county or city. Get into proper character. Reading a book about Belle Starr is very interesting and the Internet has information too.
The Marriott Vacation Club on Poipu Beach illustrated with 18 pictures and video. If you are thinking of going I have reviewed the resort for vacation planning.
This writer is taking pictures of the river rock home in Southern California. These are in Claremont on north Mountain Ave. I have addition photos on other Hubs. Check them out too.
A paper rosette with big or small impact. Nine different craft ideas included with this tutorial. Instead of the eight piece rosette: fashion the fold into a Holiday tree, as well. Fun for all ages.
Many can use this thorough book on animal anatomy. A teen that loves animals will benefit from this coloring book. A beginning artist of animals can learn the muscles and bone structure. The aspiring vet must know animal anatomy. This book is for the curious and all animal lovers.
Color 100 year old images by Ernst Haeckel for fun and for homeschooling. Introduce the preteen to zoology and a foremost figure of the Victorian era.
One night the a portion of the family met at a theater in Hollywood to see Ricky Fitness play the drums. The whole band is entertaining and many fans have followed them since being kids.
It took three years to see my first oriole, so there is no reason to give up because, in a few months, the birds will fly over in springtime. Try, try again.
There are many types of aeonium and this is the easiest one to grow and propagate. Complete guide with tips and information to familiarize yourself with the a very colorful succulent for your yard.
Chayote soup is comfort food, in my estimation, because it is almost effortless to make. Complete instructions on what to expect if you have not tried cooking with chayote. You will love the results.
Make lovely Christmas craft paper ornaments to hang on the holiday tree or back with a magnet for the kitchen. You can also use them for special gift tags.
This nativity is the most unique on the Holiday scene. Grandchildren will spend many enjoyable moments gazing on this endearing manger set. The details offer look and don't touch exactness.
A fun, flat-unit origami fold to use for holiday wreaths or any occasion. Try pink and red on a Valentine's card or red and green for a Christmas card.
Original Hyper Dash instruction sheet is included here for those of you needing it. It seems this game is in many closets with box and tip sheet long gone. Have fun with a dashing fun game.
Brief story about the box turtle found in the street in the thick of suburbia. Then the Internet search on now to care of it.
In 2015, all advertising was eliminated from the magazine. Not just for birds, it also addresses the birds' environmental homelands and skyways such as the Gulf of Mexico.
One year I had to look for the old sized Creative Memories album because I had old pages already scrapbooked and no album for them.
Our Baracuda pool vacuum cleaner is giving us several years of good service. In SoCal we run it all year round, 7/24. The main housing is holding up very well. We have replaced the flap once.
Paperfacets has been writing about tea bag folding since 2007 and has folded paper extensively beginning in 2002. She continues to explore the craft as a hobbyist with a website and paper tile designs
Here are a plethora of decorating ideas for origami bats, from choirs to kitchen help. I have spent more than 7 years having fun with this single origami fold. One is never too old for Halloween fun!
Lamp repair with pictures and lots of information about the process. Securing each segment is the key to holding the lamp together. Buying the components on the web is easiest for getting the parts.
The Wharf has a bit of the carnival atmosphere and has gone to the birds, but there is much to like. Visit one of the old restaurants or walk up and down streets that surround the area.
This craft is easily assembled and can be used for greeting card embellishments. This tutorial will produce four greeting cards. Use it for the classroom or groups.
Hobbists of egg decoration call this style of the craft Eggery. Real eggs are used in all the sizes that can be produced by birds. The biggest being the ostrich egg and the smallest the quail.
Freezer bags for the Debbie Meyers vacuum gadget. It is like the old Reynolds freezer bag vacuum system. Here is a review of the bags purchased through Amazon.
A story I hope you find entertaining. There is much to enjoy composting and getting into your own backyard. I find composting relaxing and the daily aerating keeps my upper body strong.
Here are some of my mother's handmade eggs for Christmas. She is 94 and has not made eggs for a few years. The exactness she is known for is too hard for her to do now.
The San Gabriel Mountains suffered a devastating fire in 2009. Route 2 was closed for months. In 2014 the mountain range and National Forest was declared a National Monument.
Dried jamaica is available at Mexican grocery stores. So, making your own hibiscus tea is as easy as brewing sun iced tea. Add just enough sugar to suit your taste and enjoy a naturally infused midday pick-me-up.
This writer spends time stopping at certain sites featuring river rock buildings. The buildings on this page are all in decline. A couple of them are gone as of 2017.
A distinct style of structure in southern California started to appear at the turn of the 20th century. Tons of round rocks were so available that some went rock hunting and built a few homes.
This article showcases my art collection of river rock homes in Southern California. Most of these homes were built between 1900 and 1920 and are located in the San Gabriel Valley near the mountains where the rocks are located.
Learn how to start a handmade card business below! I've also included a few tips to help you set it up for success.
Use this traditional Mexican rice recipe to impress the whole family on taco night. Do not serve tacos without the red rice and beans. The recipe is easy and the biggest secret is to brown the rice.
Egg creations done in the eggery style by Lorinda. Most were done in the 80's and 90's. A skill practiced is an excellent pastime. This is one family's legacy. Hope you enjoy the pictures.
Try the shredded beef taco at home. This is a family recipe. We use flank steak with your favorite seasoning. For variety, roll the tacos in corn tortillas and pour green sauce and buttermilk over all
A story written the day after the concert by someone who was there. Read the teen's experience and the Times Entertainment Editior's story from a news clipping.
The town I live in is part of Route 66 in Southern California. It used to be all orange or citrus groves, but now it is a small suburb with all homes. Route 66 is the business corridor in town.
After reading a bio by Glenn Shirley, a book review follows, I found out that Ms Starr was not a bank robber, but was a colorful woman of the Oklahoma territory. She knew how to use Colts 45s.
I have 35 years experience with the foxtail fern. Here's how to propagate and tend your plant for years of green enjoyment.
Web scrapbook of article writer Sherry Venegas also known as paperfacets. This is what I did before I became interested in the Internet as a way to spend some time.
An excellent TV movie with an engaging story. Plot and characters are believable and filming is without pretension or gimmicks.
Folded paper bats are fun during Halloween or any time of the year. Here you'll find easy, step-by-step photo instructions. The bat is curious and a little scary too. It's a great craft for any age.
Monoprint is a fun art form to explore. Bright inks can be used and a roller press. See about classes in Upland, CA or explore a class in your area. All ages can enjoy this art technique.
Ideas for setting up an art show or craft boutique in your own backyard and living room. Share the chores with your artist friends.
My daughter tweaked an on-the-can soup recipe. It is one of our favorites now. Making the dried beans from scratch and freezing them can save money and curb the amount of salt in your diet.
Go back in time in Pasadena, CA. For many years I worked on Route 66 and did not realize it. A brief narrative of the Mother Road experience and info found relating to the area.
Get help with an easy way to start home compost for your garden. I have only used one type of compost bin so I can not say I have the best home composter, but it has served me for 8 years.
We live at the edge of the newly designated San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. This is a range of mountains that towers over the San Gabriel Valley and Is In LA County.
Learn to make an original version of the tea bag fold Christmas tree for handmade holiday cards. A set of simple 4 x 5 inch greeting cards could be used to mount your tree creations on.
Female blues musician has been a favorite of mine since the seventies. She resides in Great Britain and schedules concert tours regularly.
A discussion on one reader's impression of a biography about the 2nd President. Comparing it to Theodore Roosevelt by the same author I found John Adams a more exciting read.
My weekly routine of preparing and freezing refried pinto beans means that they're always at the ready whenever we need them. Compared to buying canned beans from the store, we save money and help the environment, too.
Author Cain is still my favorite writer and I just finished reading a Steven King book for the first time. I've heard Mr. King has dictated his series, Mr. Mercedes, to James M Cain.
This is an introduction to tea bag folding or flat unit origami. Create paper rosettes for decorating cards, scrapbooks or art journals. Add rosettes to gift tags or create wall art. Be creative.