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Cheers To All Our Ancestors!

Do you ever rejoice in the day to day? I do! Everyday, I am thankful for ALL our ancestors. There were only a handful of people that lived an easy life. I know that Hollywood and media wants everyone to believe that life was so easy, but if you believe that then you need a guardian to take care of you. Even people that seemingly had it well had their own private hell that they had to go though every day.

I thank ALL our ancestors everyday. Without each of them making the contributions they made we would not have the lives we have today. One of the bronze statues that is in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California is a testament to the earliest wine makers. When I own a winery I want something similar to this bronze. A way to pay homage to the men and women that made wine. It was hard grueling work! Happy July 4th! Remember that our freedom did not come freely. The men, boys, women, and girls contributed to make this land we live in free. Cheers! Cheers, to all though that have come before us to make our lives better, easier, and free! IMG_2235

Do You Feel Squeamish?

This is a close up of thousands of pieces of bubble gum left by people at “Bubble Gum Alley”, in San Luis Obispo, California. Bubble Gum alley is thought to be around since after WWII. It is thought the gentlemen would leave their gum in the alley, and then Cal Poly students got more creative with adding letters and numbers. I have to be honest…although I think it is a “fun” spot for others I could not venture into the area. I did get this photo from my sister. My daughter and sister were “brave” enough to enter the alley and add their gum to the historical alley. IMG_0132

Worms of Gold

Not to freak you out or anything, but I feel guilty about leaving our worms in the Bay Area. Ok…let me start from the beginning. When my son was only 18 months old I purchased a book about worms. I forgot the name of the book, but I am sure I still have it somewhere. The book got me thinking about the amounts of garbage that we as consumers just add to the landfills throughout the world.

Being a lover of history I often wonder what our ancestors did with their food waste. I am sure some was given to animals, however I give extra credit to our ancestors. I am sure someone, probably a woman, noticed the pile of compost where the worms were decomposed faster. The matter under the worms was rich, and some of the seeds from plants that were in the compost were growing really well. Ok…I don’t know that for sure, but it sounds good to me.

Back to the story…My son loved that we had a worm box. We kept it at the top of the hill, and he put the coffee grounds, apple cores, strawberry tops, corn cobs, banana peels, used paper towels, mail that only had soy based inks, and lots of other things. It was part of his childhood. It became part of our ritual. Filling up our compost bucket, and sharing it with the worms.

I never want my children to become a part of the “throwaway society”. Everything we buy cost money, and it ends up somewhere. When we make a conscious decision to buy something our family considers where it is made. How is it made? Once it is home, I want my family to use it, and after it has had a life with us. We give goods to family, friends, and our community. In that order. The worms are part of the life cycle. The worms end up with finished products for us, but the beginning for them. The bacteria breaks down the food, and the worms actually eat the bacteria.  The poo from the worms is really great for plants, as well as “worm tea”. Worm tea is made from the poo, and water is added. There was a study by the Japanese that found the “worm tea” helps repeal other insects. Many orchard are now using this system instead of harmful insecticides. Isn’t that great?!

Now, we accidentally left our worms behind. I feel guilty every time we throw something in the garbage that could have gone to the worms. We changed that today. We ordered new worms, and new composting systems. My son is going to start his own business selling worms, worm tea, and worm castings. The name for his worm business is “Worms of Gold”. He came to this decision since our ranch name is “Terreni D Oro” (Land of Gold) The worms are growing up on “Terreni D Oro”, so they are golden worms just like the sun. I know it may sound bizarre to some, but this is a step to restore soil, recycle food waste, and reuse the waste of the worms. You may laugh now, however pretty soon there will be a moratorium on allowing some waste material to be thrown into the “trash”. IMG_1123

Connie Chadwell

Collecting art is a passion of mine. When I first began collecting my ultimate goal was to help artist from around the world to showcase their art. Share with others the great artists that I really like.

I found works of Connie’s online. Often, I begin looking online on several sites around the world by theme. I really wanted to find a fine lady having a cup of tea. If I were to commission a lady having a cup of tea, I would not have described it any better than the way Connie put this vision on hardboard. When I saw “Mrs Grayson’s Tea”, I knew I had to have this one.

The background with the stripes, almost like elegant wallpaper. She wears her simple dress with ease and elegance. Her hat with the feathers…oh, the hat! I just love it! I would wear it! Her big eyes, and her pursed lips, looks like she just took a sip. The left hand almost has a look of implied action. The chair she is sitting in looks more like a dining room chair instead of a more simple kitchen chair. Mrs. Grayson could be at a party, and she was the lucky one that Connie sought to become the subject.

Soon, this painting is going to be framed, and hung on the wall of the eat in area of my kitchen. If you would like to view, the work Connie does click Connie ChadwellIMG_2496