My first was a purchase, then I got totally hooked.

I have a love for Fiddle Leaf Fig trees, the current “it” plant of interior decorators — you see them in model homes, magazines, Pinterest pix, and home sales photos. Yes, you can grow one yourself. [click to continue…]

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Which way to Fun in the Kentucky Sun?

TALLY HO!  If Kentucky isn’t on your radar for a getaway, Angelenos… it’s simpler now. American Airlines just launched direct flights – LAX <-> SDF – to open up a lotta fun in as short or long a trip as imaginable. Two years ago, Larry and I hit a few spots in Kentucky on a road trip, and regretted only having a couple of days there. [click to continue…]

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Patti at the 2019 Super Bloom!

Go ahead, ask. After weeks of poorly behaved flower lovers overrunning the super bloom poppy fields of Southern California, how did I get this photo with no one around? I drove to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. And didn’t even arrive by helicopter, like the skofflaws who landed there illegally that very afternoon.

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Women travelers fall into a few categories (adventure, leisure, business, I Wanna Look Rich…). Most of us want to be perceived a certain way when we step up to our destination. This Joy Rich Leather Weekender with Wheels DELIVERS what I want – the I Wanna Look Rich category.  [click to continue…]

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IMAG0053It’s been hot, baby. One town on our road trip from LA clocked 113 degrees. What was the temp when friend, Sue and I rolled into Carmel by the Sea and the Hofsas House Hotel on a recent July afternoon? A remarkable 68 degrees.

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P7071644This is a POSITIVE review of whale watching with Discovery, in Monterey, CA… but you might not get that at first glance because I’m going to warn you… You NEED Dramamine.

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Build a Better Guest Room ~ 10 Things Yours Probably Doesn’t Have and Should, Plus 5 Bigger Ideas

Here’s an eye-opener – sleep in your own guest room. About a year ago Larry caught that terrible cough – he needed sleep AND to cough without waking me, so I slept three nights in the guest room. He felt better, and I felt… bummed. It was not great. The room was not a haven. […]

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One-Tank Trips from Los Angeles ~ Staycations: Whacky to Whoa Cool

Kids or no kids, couples or solos, siblings or pals… every Angelino could use fresh ideas for short trips. Don’t overlook staycations! Pile on a bunch of these experiences in the coming warm weather months.

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Dominos in Cuba, The Game, Not The Pizza ~ Rules & Strategies

Don’t worry, American fast food pizza has not yet arrived in Cuba. But “Dominos” is well known throughout the island. Dominos, the tile game, is a ritual, probably nightly for many passionate players.

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Postcards from Cuba–We Visited a Second Time. Why? I Love The People.

Cuba, I love the people. Busy with things that matter. Music, haircut, pottery, breadbaking, fishing, dance, painting, sewing, a rancher with a chicken on his head, ration butchers, cemetery manager, music teacher, taxi.

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Authentic Pisco Sour ~ Nat Geo Amazon River Cruise Cocktail of Choice

It’s the beloved foam-topped tart/sweet cocktail of South America. Pisco Sour – the featured drink on our Upper Amazon Rainforest Cruise on National Geographic Adventures.

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Skyspace Slide in LA ~ Anticipation is MUCH Scarier Than The Experience

If something comes with a ticket, Larry wants to do it. So, he booked the Skyspace Slide in downtown LA, PRONTO. Nothing like being a “first.” I’m not afraid of heights, nor of flying through the sky, having bungee jumped, hot air ballooned, helicoptered, parasailed, slid down a glacier on my butt, flown tiny planes […]

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Ch-ch-ch-Cherry Cobbler ~ Our Now-Frozen Cherries Put to Work

Once our luscious fresh-picked Bing cherries were pitted, frozen and bagged, the pressure was OFF to make something quickly. FROZEN cherries are called for in this recipe for Cherry Cobbler.

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