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Gemini Birthday Greetings!
In our little family that we've created, every member of the family has a Gemini Birthday.  We don't know precisely when Boobie's birthday is, but to the best of our knowledge, it is May 22, 2006, which makes her over 16 years old - ancient by cat standards.  Elke's...
Anna Tivel
When you go through your life as a family unit of five Tivels, and then all of a sudden, an additional, very talented Tivel appears, well you have to go out and see who that Tivel is.  In this case, Anna Tivel, an established, accomplished, touring musician,...
Creatures of the Night
Since we purchased a Bushnell Trophy Camera, we have gotten some interesting pictures and videos of animals in our backyard.  Of course, there is the opossum, which I've written about in a previous post. We've got a skunk.  Boy!  He's as proud of that tail as a...
Hallcrest Vinyards
If we were to provide a recipe for a lovely day in Felton, California, we'd recommend a day of hiking followed by a sandwich and cider at Hallcrest Vinyards.  There are a lot of great places to visit in this area, but for this recipe, we'll keep it simple.  We're...
Our First Post
Welcome to one and all. Elke and I are lovers of just about everything this world has to offer. We feel this in our hearts, and we want to foster it so that it can grow and spread to others. In this way, we heal the world around us, nurturing roots of love. This work...
A Little Book of Fun Ideas…
Elke and I enjoy exploring the vast number of wineries in this area. Three weeks ago, we paid our first visit to Integrity Wines, in Watsonville, CA. There, we met Eric Silverman, who is one of the owners. On that day, Eric was our sommelier. Both Elke and I are fans...
A Valentine’s Day Trip
On Valentine's Day, we drove to Pescadero, CA, a small coastal town with a bit of that barren, wind-swept feeling that you might find around Fort Bragg and Mendocino.  Some enjoyable places to visit in Pescadero are the Arcangeli Grocery Company, Duarte's Tavern, and...
Dinner and a Movie
Last night, Elke and I ate dinner at Bad Animal, in Santa Cruz.  This is a cute little hangout - a fine bookstore on one side and a cafe on the other.  The books are classic, thought-provoking works.  The food that is served here is locally-sourced.  The menu is...
Gemini Birthday Greetings!

Gemini Birthday Greetings!

In our little family that we've created, every member of the family has a Gemini Birthday.  We don't know precisely when Boobie's birthday is, but to the best of our knowledge, it is May 22, 2006, which makes her over 16 years old - ancient by cat standards.  Elke's...

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Anna Tivel

Anna Tivel

When you go through your life as a family unit of five Tivels, and then all of a sudden, an additional, very talented Tivel appears, well you have to go out and see who that Tivel is.  In this case, Anna Tivel, an established, accomplished, touring musician,...

read more
Creatures of the Night

Creatures of the Night

Since we purchased a Bushnell Trophy Camera, we have gotten some interesting pictures and videos of animals in our backyard.  Of course, there is the opossum, which I've written about in a previous post. We've got a skunk.  Boy!  He's as proud of that tail as a...

read more
Hallcrest Vinyards

Hallcrest Vinyards

If we were to provide a recipe for a lovely day in Felton, California, we'd recommend a day of hiking followed by a sandwich and cider at Hallcrest Vinyards.  There are a lot of great places to visit in this area, but for this recipe, we'll keep it simple.  We're...

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The Chestnut-Backed Chickadee

The Chestnut-Backed Chickadee

Elke and I have a long history of fostering wildlife and making them feel safe to visit.  We've had all manner of birds making nests and bringing their babies into the world on this property.  In our back yard, we have this artsy bird house sculpture that we bought at...

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Another Couple of Wineries on the West Side.

Another Couple of Wineries on the West Side.

In the vicinity of Swift and Ingalls Streets, in Santa Cruz, California, you will find a nice area for food and drink that is called "the West Side."  On a particular sunny day in April, Elke and I visited the West Site to cross a couple of wineries off of our Wine...

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