Category Archives: Things I love

Santa Claus Beach, photo by Donna Greene

Beachin’ it

Santa Claus Beach

My broth­er and sis­ter-in-law came to San­ta Bar­bara to drop off their ‘baby,’ Sarah, who is attend­ing UCSB. While they were here, we got some good time in at the beach, one of the things they miss most about mov­ing away many years ago. Here are a few cap­tures of the day.


Hiking Edwards Crossing, South Yuba River

Edward’s Crossing, South Yuba River

My daugh­ter moved to Egypt two years ago and had­n’t been back to vis­it since. But that changed this month. She was­n’t able to bring both kids — imag­ine two hyper kids on an 18-or-so-hour trip — but brought her youngest, Abdu. We trav­eled up to gold coun­try to see fam­i­ly and took the most amaz­ing hike. We even had my mom with us, who turns 80 in Octo­ber. It was a very spe­cial time spent togeth­er, for all of us.

Trea­sure time spent with loved ones. We can’t be with them all the time or always.

Barn owl nesting box

Helping out the owl population

In ref­er­ence to my post in Feb­ru­ary, I decid­ed that to keep the rodent pop­u­la­tion under con­trol, it would be nice to have a barn owl nest­ing box on the prop­er­ty. Luck­i­ly, ‘I know a guy’ who was will­ing and able to build it. We hope to have many owlets born in this cool lit­tle pad.

If you are look­ing to build one your­self, here’s a great resource that has all the info you need: You can also buy them, but I can’t guar­an­tee that they will be fur­nished with all the right accou­trements need­ed for the sur­vival of the barn owl pair and owlets.

Breville Espresso machine

A nice surprise!

I got this won­der­ful new espres­so machine for my birth­day! What a huge and won­der­ful sur­prise! I’m still fig­ur­ing out all the lit­tle tweaks to make the best cup of cap­puc­ci­no every morn­ing… mind you just one dou­ble shot each day. But I’ve added it to my list of things to get bet­ter at… keep tweak­ing to improve, bit by bit… just like my work. I’m nev­er bored since I’m con­stant­ly try­ing to improve my tech­niques and knowl­edge. I love my job!

Clouds, photo by Donna Greene

Random things I’m loving right now

Winter sunsets

The col­ors and tex­tures are amaz­ing to me. The pho­to shown above is one that I took a cou­ple nights ago. Cap­tur­ing just the right moment is the trick, since the light changes so quick­ly.

fresh strawberriesFarmers Market and the beginning of strawberry season

These organ­ic beau­ties are grown local­ly and are as deli­cious as they look. Won­der­ful just by them­selves, or on some steel cut oats for break­fast. What a great way to start the day. Only prob­lem is… they’re gone before you know it!

Mange TooMange Too

A Christ­mas or two ago, my niece got me some Ocean Salt by Lush. It’s a great face and body scrub that leaves my skin feel­ing great. I got a few gifts there recent­ly and picked up a lit­tle some­thing for myself. It’s a mas­sage bar, but works equal­ly well as a mois­tur­iz­er dur­ing win­ter months or when­ev­er my skin is feel­ing dry. The Mange Too has a won­der­ful scent of hon­ey and choco­late. When I rub it in my hands, it melts just enough to coat my skin.

Crazy pajama slipper partyGirlfriend parties

I was recent­ly invit­ed to one of my girl­friends’ birth­day par­ties. She is quite a char­ac­ter and we have a lot in com­mon. She want­ed to have a ‘Crazy Slip­pers and Paja­ma Par­ty’ as she turned 40. We all brought a brunch item and hap­pi­ly indulged and cel­e­brat­ed her enter­ing her 40’s, com­plete with belli­nis. It was great!

Bobcat sightingPeriodic wildlife sitings

This bob­cat wan­dered down the dri­ve­way the oth­er day. I just love when that hap­pens. I love it even more if I have my cam­era with tele­pho­to lens handy.