Pismo Beach in Winter

Pismo Beach in Winter

Blue skies, expansive beaches, and frigid nights best describe my Christmas weekend at Pismo Beach.  I don’t consider myself a beach person.  Have I mentioned that before?  I come from

The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, Part I

The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, Part I

I recently went to Newport Beach for the first time.  Yes I know.  I’ve lived so close for years and years and just never made the trip down to Orange County.  We won’t get into that now.  It happens to all of us.  This was a Christmas outing, a chance to see the  famous Christmas Boat Parade and I went with a local community group.  It’s so nice to leave the driving to a bus driver.  But being tied to

Travels with Jem

Travels with Jem

There are times, well most of the time if I were honest, when driving alone is just dull. Music entertains only for a while and then I long for conversation. It’s just more enjoyable if I can bounce ideas about with someone else. That’s why I’ve started

The Maloof Gardens

The Maloof Gardens

For years I’ve heard about master woodworker Sam Maloof and his home and gardens just up the hill from where I live. And as is so often true with attractions in one’s hometown, I just never went to visit the place. It was time I did so.

I chose a perfect autumn day with a blue skies streaked with clouds, clouds being a rarity for southern California. The air had been chilly in the morning and I was overdressed by the time arrived a little after noon. Thank goodness the garden wasn’t so large that I would expire from