Wild Turkeys in Monterey, California   Much to the chagrin of other drivers, I break for Wild Turkeys! There is something so fascinating to me about these creatures, and I love to watch them as they feed and move and plume their tail feathers. I took this photo one day as I walked.

Halloween Costume: Space Cadet

Boy’s Space Cadet costume. This was such a F-U-N project largely because I did not have a pattern so I had to design one using a pair of sweatpants and a t-shirt as my guide for the pattern pieces.                                 […]

PLAY WITH FOOD – Pumpkin Carving

PLAY WITH FOOD – Pumpkin Carving When it comes to pumpkin carving, I’ve decided to push my limits so when I came across the book, PLAY WITH FOOD by Joost Elffers and Saxton Freymann, I was instantly ready for the challenge. The main technique illustrated throughout the book is to utilize the inherent characteristics of […]

My Lovely Orchid

  My Lovely Orchid I love this photo because it reminds me of what incredible beauty awaits in the next bloom. It was a gift and I enjoyed it’s iridiscent blooms for many weeks. Suddenly they fell off and the plant seemed nearly dead. I found a book on orchid and learned to repot it. I […]

VULTURE KING – “Man of Faith”

Check out VULTURE KING’s live performance in San Jose, CA. The band recorded their upcoming EP at Franklin Street Recording Studio in Monterey, CA and I was honored to get to spend time with them in studio. I love to be in presence of creative energy and VULTURE KING certainly has it! Check out photos […]

Eternal Mist

Voyaging across the Atlantic from America, hearts beating with anticipation, they were married in the first church they found upon coming ashore. Two new people – one new bond – in the land of love and tears. He rented the old tower that sat on the edge of the cliffs, knowing how much he and […]

Health Crisis and the Climb Back Up!

Here’s the post I made on Facebook: “Thank you for all of the emails over the last 5 weeks. Just after Halloween I was diagnosed with triple positive breast cancer and have been very focused on taking the necessary steps to wellness. It’s crazy fast once one gets this news-surgery 2 weeks ago, chemo starts […]


Did you know that I love to work-out, especially with weights. There is something quite meditative for me in the physicality of movement, though Yoga and such lack a certain intensity that I thrive on. Sometimes I find myself daydreaming of a good little soccer game with a bunch of kids or an evening back […]


Well, The Gothic Gourmet has a new best friend called TOAST. After traveling to Canada, I returned to my requisite bout of Bronchidis. This time though, after two days of improvement, I took a turn for the worst. Finally I went to the doctor and received three prescriptions: an antibiotic, a decongestant, and a cough […]

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