Local Architecture: Irving Gill’s Lewis Courts

Growing up in San Diego, I have had the pleasure of seeing much of Irving Gill’s architecture in person. From various residences to the Women’s Club and my middle/high school in La Jolla, his work is so reflective of the tenants of simple, modern design. Moving to Sierra Madre, I loved to drive around and … Continue reading

Slow Growing Changes

So, it seems like there has been a lot of change in my life lately. For the better, and I am so thankful. New home, new neighborhood, new school for Dilly, new job(s)….. What I am learning, too, is that things take time. Change can happen fast, but often it takes time. There are so … Continue reading

Where our lettuce grows…

So, last spring we rolled up our sleeves and got to garden-making. We built lovely garden beds, amended our soil and planted our seeds and seedlings. Lots of lessons were learned, which I won’t get into now. Brief summary: tomatoes aren’t the fail-safe we thought they’d be (at least not the heirloom variety we planted), … Continue reading

Summertime in Greencastle, Indiana

So it may seem odd to post about our summer trip to Indiana in the middle of winter- but maybe that is why I just wanted to relive it for a bit. Our good friends moved back home to Indiana a few years ago and we have had the good fortune to be able to … Continue reading

Calm after the storm…

One week ago, we were sitting in the dark and putting a puzzle together by candlelight. The windstorm the night before was so intense that we were really thinking that there may be more and were hunkering down for the night. Learning to be sufficient and function without electricity or hot water (downside of tankless … Continue reading

So much to be thankful for…

Thanksgiving is great. And this year, it was extra sweet because we were spending it with our families, the weather was a.mazing, and life slowed down just enough…. God has been gracious again, and Manish had another clear scan- over three years without cancer- and that is huge. And my parents stayed for 3 nights … Continue reading