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When we bought a cheese plate at Rusack winery it included this cheese pictured above.  It was the first time we had tasted it.  What is great about it is that when it is sliced, the blue (Stilton) crumbles onto the double Gloucester.  You get just the perfect amount of blue cheese taste with the...
Yesterday was Allie (our niece) last day in Santa Barbara.  We decided that after a superb breakfast of the Baker's Table croissant offerings (plain, chocolate and almond), we need to get some exercise to get all those carbs put to good use. (I was the virtuous one with one tiny bit of the chocol...
Some of you may or may not realize that Santa Barbara produces some of the best wines in California.  We have over 200 vineyards, employing over 10,000 people full time and generating over $2 billion dollars, annually. (I am quoting stats from 2014, as I could not find later stats).  I am sure th...
Pictured above is part of the terrain we encountered when we hiked to view the waterfall on the Ojai side of the Los Padres National Forest. One can still see the scarring effect of the fires of the blackened tree skeletons.  However, you can also see green leaves and flowers rising from the eart...
Pictured above is our cat Quincy.  He likes to snooze on the ottoman under my desk.  Our desks are made of glass, so it is easy for him to look up and make suggestions, and for me to look down as ask his opinion.. “The smallest feline is a masterpiece.” Leonardo da Vinci“ "There are two means of ...
If you have read our posts in the past, you know that we surround ourselves with smile landmarks.  These smile landmarks remind us to be mindful, grateful and smile as we go about our day.  We discovered this very short video, and we hope it will bring you a smile of two.     Puppy Noodles from T...
Understanding means throwing away your knowledge.Thich Nhat Hanh There have been countless of discussions about listening to our clients in real estate and other professions.  Listening is a valuable skill, however, listening without judgment is the ultimate skill in our opinion.  Understanding d...
Ron and I had these beauties growing in our garden in our Los Angeles garden. There are so many color varieties of these.  We had purple and red ones. Gomphrena the Globe amaranths, is a genus of plants in the family Amaranthaceae. Species include: Gomphrena celosioides Gomphrena globosa—Globe am...
We spotted this man tuning his hurdy-gurdy tuning his instrument with the help of his iPhone, at the Santa Barbara Farmers Market .  This was the first time, either one of us had seen a hurdy-gurdy. The hurdy-gurdy is a stringed instrument that produces sound by a hand crank-turned, rosined wheel...
Blue Shackamaxon beans are an ancient Lenni Lenape pole bean.  We were gifted a start for this wonderful bean and will add it to our “forever” garden lineup.  These beans are prolific, beautiful and tasty too!  The green pods quickly fill with beans then turn a purple/blue color as they bulge wit...

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