Uke Fingers

September 11th, 2017

Uke Fingers

Ukulele, Not for Wimps! :-)

End of Summer

September 2nd, 2017

Block Party

Arena Street’s End of Summer Block Party & Concert

Eclipse at the Patio

August 21st, 2017


The Crew view


Cereal Box Projector & Eclipse Glasses

Another Ukelele Sunday…

August 20th, 2017


3 Ukes (1 a Fluke)


1 Guitar & 1 Uke

Cucumber Salad

August 15th, 2017


Laura’s favorite cucumber salad. (Not Mine :-) )
(Cukes, tomatoes, and feta - with olive oil and red wine vinegar)
Thanks to Eric O. for the Summer Cukes!

Ukulele Sunday

August 13th, 2017


Sunday @ the Patio became Ukulele Sunday this week.
Justin & Laura, Sun, Ukuleles, Sheet Music & Beer :-)


A Girl named Sydney, a visiting student from TCU, showed up
and asked to play. She was pretty awesome.

2017 Stitch’nPitch

August 11th, 2017


Laura attended the annual Stitch-and-Pitch night hosted
by the Yarnover Truck ( and enjoyed watching the Dodgers game (and stitching of course)
She even got a pack of baseball cards from Topps (
as a giveaway - Aug 12th is National Baseball Card Day

Laura’s New Toy

August 5th, 2017


Kala Tenor Ukulele (KA-TEM Exotic Mahogany) Bundle with Hard Case, Tuner, Austin Bazaar Instructional DVD, and Polishing Cloth (
Justin’s influence :-)

Ava’s 4th Anniversary

June 8th, 2017


I had a tote bag of Ava made for Laura via ShutterFly
Ava came to live with us in 2013

Scratch Kitchen (Lompoc)

May 31st, 2017

Scratch Kitchen

The most amazing brussel sprouts, caprese with heirloom and burrata, Scratch 50/50 (Grenach/Syrah), Sweetzer 2014 encantada Pinot Noir

Fantastic food, great wine, friendly atmosphere

Lunch in Solvang

May 29th, 2017

Solvang Lunch

Danish farmhouse fare in Solvang. Large homemade frikadeller meatball and medisterpØlse sausage, mashed potatoes with gravy, and red cabbage. Enjoyed with Danish red ale

2017 Bake Off

May 6th, 2017

Bake Off

These are Patio associated entries for the 2017 Bake Off…

In the back row, Justin’s French Coconut Pie
and his Animal Cookie Bark.

#1 is Laura’s Pumpkin Bread w/ Brown Butter Icing
(2nd Place in Breads)

#2 is Helen’s Carrot Cake
(1st Place Blue Ribbon in “Cakes & Pies”)

#3 is Laura’s Mondrian Cake

Bake Off

Mondrian Cake

Bake Off

Mondrian Cake

Finished Pickled Eggs

April 27th, 2017

Pickled Eggs

Spring Cymbidiums

March 24th, 2017


First Cymbidium Blooms of Spring (Thanks Diane)

2017 Iditarod / Iknitarod

March 4th, 2017

Iknitarod 2017

Watching the start of Iditarod XLV and participating in the start of the Iknitarod VIII on

Pickled Eggs

February 26th, 2017

Pickled Eggs

Instant Pot hard boiled eggs for Joe Josts recipe for pickled eggs (seasoning mix from Joe Josts via Denny). 14min HP, NR. All eggs peeled beautifully and were perfectly done.


Ieedschock und Kielke

December 2nd, 2016


Swedish, Russian Fusion Meal :-)

Swedish Potato Sausage, Russian Mennonite Noodles & Potatoes (Ieedschock und Kielke) with Onion Cream Gravy.

2016 USO Benefit

September 22nd, 2016

Laura’s work group had a Bake Sale as a fund-raiser for the USO. She brought in three items for the sale: Apple Pie Cookies, Birthday Cake Truffles, and Streusel Bundt Coffee Cakes. The two coffee cakes sold as whole cakes (!) first thing in the morning and were taken as treats to morning meetings - the others were bought as singles throughout the day. There were a ton of yummy treats, and the fund-raiser was a great success!


First Pumpkins of the Year…

September 21st, 2016


Pumpkin Season……

September 6th, 2016

… Has officially started in our house.

We used up the last of our frozen pumpkin purée for yummy pumpkin pancakes :)