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reflections A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock when somebody contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind. –Saint Exupery s a teenager, I would help my uncle Frank, along with my sister, Karen, and Grandma Amy, pick stones out of the fields Uncle Frank was preparing for spring planting. I despised that job. It was right up there with piling bales in the hay barn on hot, humid summer days, with chaff and sweaty clothing sticking to you. The stones could damage the equipment Uncle Frank was going to use, so we had no choice but to pick them up. Stones are everywhere. You will find them on the beach, in old house foundations, surrounding fireplaces, and in the pillars of craftsman house porches. You will also find them inside my home and in my garden. Amazingly, even though I loathed them in my youth, I’ve become a collector of stones. Not fancy jeweled stones, no just plain, old flat beach rocks; rocks that have stood the test of time and the caress of crashing of waves, smoothing their exterior. They represent resilience to me. They survive no matter what storm in life is thrown their way. Sometimes I splurge and purchase ones that have quotes or a single word carved into their hard surface. I have one in my office that says Purpose to remind me that I have a purpose in this life--to my family, to my friends, to my clients, and to myself. My desk at home has a stone that came from the Georgia O’Keeffe art museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It prompts me to “take time to look.” Another is in the shape of a heart and has friends engraved on it. It takes me back to a special time spent with a beloved friend. The majority of my stones are displayed in a beautiful enameled bowl that my most-cherished friend and confidant gave me after a trip she made to India. She is my spiritual mentor. The bowl itself is treasured because I love this friend as though she were my sister. What better thing to put in the bowl but mementos of precious walks along the ocean with those that I love and care about. Sometimes, it’s been a playful adventure to find that one treasure, the most unique rock in color, shape, or size with my grandchildren. Other times, it’s strolls with my man or contemplative walks alone when I need time to ponder. Every time I walk on the beach, through a forest, or even down a sidewalk, I’m looking for that one treasure to remind me of my life’s journey. I keep them as a tribute, a calling to mind of those that I love and cherish. Or of times spent that were quiet, or for the listening of crashing waves to soothe my soul. I don’t feel strange about being a collector of stones, as many cultures have collected them. The Hebrew practice in the Bible’s Old Testament was to set up stone pillars as an act of remembrance for something important that God had done in their lives. The story of the stone pillar was then passed down from generation to generation. Moses built twelve standing stones (representing each of the Tribes of Israel) at the foot of Mount Sinai after receiving the Ten Commandments (Exodus 24:4). The ancient Mayans used stones as money. Expensive items required the use of stone beads made of jade or gold. Stones in the Chinese culture are the symbol for longevity. In Japanese Zen gardens you will find large stones specifically picked and painstakingly placed amongst a sea of grey stones, perfectly raked around it. Sitting in one of these gardens, or any garden for that matter, will give you a sense of calm. It seems to absorb the negative energy in your life.

My little bowl of stones is a recollection of all that is good and sacred in my life. The gifts bestowed upon me. I like to think that I follow the philosophy of William Morris, "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." Stones aren't necessarily useful, but I do find them beautiful, especially the memories that are attached to them. FROM THE FRONT PORCH JOURNAL april/may/june contributors:

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Reflections: Rosemary Joles A Note from Rosemary: Rosemary Joles Mortgage Memo: Carolyn Plummer On Our Porch: Rosemary Joles Feels Like Home: Lisa Vasey The Nibblers Digest: Marco Sawrey & Karin Zonis Sawrey The Cork Connoisseur: Beth Fraitag Travel The World: Beth Taylor Travel San Diego: Rosemary Joles Bravo and Mia Bites: Todd Joles Podsibilities: Todd Joles Technaholics: Todd Joles Ingenious: Rosemary Joles Nitty Gritty: Susanne Romo Project DIY: Robert Davidson Photo credits if not noted: dreamstime.com & Rosemary Joles Editing for Rosemary’s Articles: Barbara Allen


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the real estate brief a note from rosemary To be prepared is half the victory. –Miguel De Cervantes o you’re thinking that 2016 is the year that you will make the transition from being a renter to being a homeowner. It’s been your dream for years or for just a little while, and you now feel ready to take the leap. Just like sellers, preparation is key to a successful home purchase. There are several steps that you may want to take before you start looking at homes online and going to open houses. This is where potential buyers make their first mistake. They fall in love with homes that they don’t qualify for financially. With that said, here are some things you need to do first.

1. Speak with a lender. If you don’t know one, ask a friend who they used in their home purchase. Or, if you know a real estate agent, ask them! Real estate agents deal with all kinds of lenders, and they know the good from the bad. I think that I work with the best, Carolyn Plummer of Amerifirst. With her 28+ years of experience, I know that when I turn a buyer over to Carolyn, they are in good hands, and she will guide them with integrity and helpfulness. You may not think it’s necessary to take this step so early in the game because you are six months to a year out, but I believe it is the most crucial step in a home purchase. It would be horrible if you got to the point where you were ready to purchase and found some hiccup in your credit report, for example. Or you purchased a big-ticket item, such as a car, causing one to have too much debt and being unable to qualify for a home loan. A reputable lender like Carolyn can look at your credit and see if there is anything that needs to be corrected. She can help you determine if there is some debt that needs to be paid down. Carolyn will show you what loan programs are available to you and let you know how much you will need for a down payment and closing costs. She will also look at what you qualify for and what payment you feel comfortable with. You may qualify for a $500,000 loan, but may not want the payment that goes along with that loan amount. 2. Find the real estate agent that you are going to work with. Again, asking friends, coworkers, or family for referrals is a good resource. Or if you’ve found your lender, ask them! Again, they deal with all kinds of agents. A lender will be able to refer you to the good Realtors®. Once you’ve found one, meet with him or her. I usually work hand-in-hand with Carolyn to meet buyers together, so it saves them time. We cover what the market is doing, why homeownership is a good idea, what renting a home is costing them, and what type of equity they can anticipate getting over the next 10 years. We find out what is most important to them as a buyer, such as how they prefer to communicate, and what the home they have in their mind to purchase looks like. This leads me to my third point. 3. Be realistic! If this is your first home (or possibly even a second or third purchase), you are more than likely not going to get your dream home the first time around, especially here in San Diego County. The goal is to get your foot in the door and begin building equity so that you can work your way up to your dream home. Speaking of dream homes, no home is going to be perfect. Even people who have built their “dream” home find that once they’ve moved in, there is something they would have done differently. So a dream home is just that--a dream. What you must keep in mind when you are looking at homes is what is most important to you. Think of your top three priorities. If the neighborhood you live in is the most important factor in your purchase, then you may need to start with a condo or townhouse. Depending upon what you qualify for, you may have to give up the garage and have a carport or parking space instead. 4. Finally, what is your why? A home purchase is a big commitment, and it’s scary for most buyers. When you are asked for your hundredth piece of documentation from your lender, or signing yet another real estate disclosure from your agent, or you’re dealing with a unreasonable seller, your “why” will keep you moving forward. It will keep the big picture in front of you. Why you want to buy a home is something you should keep in front of you at all times. Is it so you can own a pet? Is it to be able to paint your walls whatever color you want? Is it for security for your children or to have a sense of community? Only you will know your why. Financial guru Suze Orman stated that Owning a home is a keystone of wealth —both financial affluence and emotional security. I agree with her. I‘ve seen many of my clients have great success with building significant wealth through their real estate ventures. So what are you waiting for? If you are considering buying this year or next, it’s never too early to seek the advice of a real estate professional and lender. We are here to help you achieve your homeownership dreams and to help you determine if now is a good time for you to purchase. I can be reached at 619.405.7673 or at homes@livininsd.com.


carolyn’s mortgage memo home ownership in the golden years lovely couple, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, in their early 70's, came to me for financing for a condo purchase. After 38 years in their two story, 2500 square foot home, they had decided to down size to a single level, two bedroom condo. Their children are grown with homes and families of their own and Mrs. Johnson had knee surgery three years ago that left her with difficulties navigating stairs. They no longer needed nor wanted such a large home. A condo was a good solution as they would still own their home, but they would not have to worry about stairs, exterior maintenance and landscaping. Like many baby boomers living in Southern California, their home was not free and clear of a mortgage. Over the years, they had taken out equity to remodel the home, help put their children through college and invest in a small business. After consulting an agent, they quickly discovered that the net proceeds from the sales of their current home would not be enough to pay for the condo in full. They would need financing for the remaining balance. And now that they are both retired, they are on a very fixed income. Conventional mortgage options would leave them with little expendable income after the principal, interest, insurance and property tax payments. This was not an option a lender would approve for them. So after being a home owner for 38 years, having 800+ fico scores and never being delinquent on a credit account, they found themselves not qualified for a mortgage, their future uncertain and themselves very worried. Not what they had expected or planned for their “Golden Years" After reviewing their story, financials and goals, a reverse mortgage was the financing option that made sense. With a reverse mortgage, they no longer make monthly principal and interest payments. The mortgage balance including any accrued interest will be paid when the condo is sold in the future by themselves or by the heirs of their estate. They retain ownership and can live in the property for the rest of their lives without the financial burden of monthly payments. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson were quite relieved. And their children were happy their parents would be able to live their "Golden Years" comfortably in their own home. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson are moving into their new home the beginning of April and already have family gatherings planned. Mrs. Johnson is especially please to have some breathing room with expenses and their expendable income. As she put it “now I can spend money on my 15 grandchildren as a grandmother should be able to do so”. If you would like more information on a Reverse Mortgage, please contact me today.

Carolyn lives in Rancho San Diego with her husband and 2 dogs. Her daughter is in her first year of college in Northern CA. She has lived in East County for the past 22 years and loves the sunshine and sense of community. Carolyn can be contacted at cplummer@amerifirst.us or at 619.813.8934. Equal Housing Lender. I am a licensed mortgage originator, NMLS# 256447, and am licensed to originate mortgage loans in the State of California.

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t’s 1908 and Theodore Roosevelt is in his final term as president. The 46th star is added to the American flag, welcoming Oklahoma into the union. Henry Ford manufactures the first Model T with a launch price of $850. The Haydn Quartet’s “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” hits the charts, and La Mesa is home to 700 citrus farmers and town builders. Reverend Henry A. McKinney is one of them. Rev. McKinney and his family moved to Southern California in 1898 from the Midwest. They first lived in National City. The following year McKinney became the minister of the La Mesa Methodist Episcopal Church. He moved his family to a La Mesa farmhouse on Date Avenue in 1901, where he tended a lemon orchard for its absentee owner. In 1908, farmhouses dotted the hills of La Mesa, originally called Allison Springs then starting in 1895 as La Mesa Springs. McKinney purchased a 2.5acre plot for growing lemons and built a two-story clapboard farmhouse with a front and back porch. This style of build is vernacular, or common folk architecture. Rev. McKinney and his family established McKinney’s, a furniture store, in the newly founded downtown area on Lookout Avenue, which is now La Mesa Boulevard. In 1912, Allison Springs was incorporated and renamed La Mesa. A thriving city with a small town feel was born. ver•nac•u•lar (vər nak′yə lər, və nak′-), n. A style of architecture exemplifying the commonest techniques, decorative features, and materials of a particular historical period, region, or group of people. Originally, this style of architecture did not use formally-schooled archtects, but relied on the design skills and tradition of local builders.

on our porch Details The McKinney House Year Built: 1908 Architectural Style: Vernacular Square Feet: 2546 Sq. ft. Address: 8369 University Ave., La Mesa Historic Owner: Rev. Henry A. McKinney Current Owner: La Mesa Historical Society 8369 University Ave. La Mesa, CA 91942 619.466.0197 info@lamesahistory.com

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In 1975, the newly founded La Mesa Historical Society purchased the McKinney home from the remaining McKinney family. For nine years the society lovingly researched, furnished, and restored the house to its former glory. Its doors were opened in 1984 as a museum. The historical society has continued its efforts to keep this historical gem in tip-top shape. It also maintains an archival center of La Mesa history in the Palermo building at the rear of the property, thus providing a culturally significant and rich history for La Mesa residents. If you are interested in finding out more about the La Mesa home you live in, would like to see if your home qualifies for historic land marking, or are want to research La Mesa history, look no further than the La Mesa Historical Society. You will find them to be an invaluable resource on all things La Mesa. Their phone number is 619.466.0197. Current hours and other information can be found at lamesahistory.com. Keep up-to-date on what’s happening at the McKinney house by following them on Facebook at facebook.com/lamesahistoricalsociety/ Historic Information Credit: Jim Newland

The McKinney House today, painstakingly restored to it’s original state. It is now open to the public and houses artifacts from the years 19001920.

The McKinney’s on the east side of their new home in 1909. Shown are Reverend McKinney, wife Florence and sons Cromwell and Joyce. Henry would pass away in 1930 and Florence in 1956, leaving the home to their sons—by this time most of the former lemon orchard property being sold off, leaving only the house lot.

The parlor holds the organ that belonged to Mrs. Florence McKinney and still resides in the McKinney home today. Mrs. McKinney was known for her work in the church.


feels like home hen I think of the words “Master Bedroom” I think “Sanctuary”. When staging homes, one of the most important rooms in the house is the Master bedroom – if buyers can imagine relaxing in a beautiful and serene setting, it helps them fall in love with the house. But you don’t have to buy or sell a house to create your own sanctuary – here are some tips on transforming your bedroom into a place that will help the stresses of the day melt away, and rival magazine photos.

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You may want a fresh coat of paint to really transform the space…if you decide to paint, choose a color that relaxes you. You probably know that blues and greens are said to be relaxing, but muted shades of almost any favorite color will help to personalize your space. I would recommend, however, staying away from any bright, vibrant colors in an adult bedroom. Be sure to clear all the clutter and extra items that have collected over time – simplify and start with just the basics: a bed, nightstands, dresser, lamps, a chair or two if you have room, and a bench or ottoman at the foot of the bed. You can add a few (but just a few!) finishing touches later. And my number one rule is NO electronics in sight. No television. No cell phones. No computers. It’s bad Feng Shui, and they actually interfere with your sleep. Now here are the designer tricks for you – white; layers; and pillows. Lots and lots of pillows.

No matter the color of your walls, nothing looks fresher than a fluffy white comforter. If you think white will be too hard to keep clean (kids! pets!) stick with a solid, neutral color that can be versatile – you can always use accessories to bring in color and personality.

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Pick an accent color as well as a secondary accent color, and use them throughout the room – this is where your artwork, linens, and decorative accessories will tie it all together. One mistake that people often make is to use just two colors – which ends up feeling bland and too “matchy-matchy”. Sparse use of a third color will really make it look finished. Just remember that too many colors in one place is too stimulating for our brains – which is the opposite of the desired effect! The trend in bed linens right now is to have multiple layers of bedding and pillows. So go ahead and put a contrasting comforter on top of another one – just roll it down halfway to make room for all of your pillows.

Now about those pillows – don’t be afraid to pile them on. The trick, though, is to use multiple sizes (and symmetry). Think of it like building blocks - start with two or three European squares as a base, then a couple of layers of bed pillows in shams. Next add a couple of smaller pillows and perhaps even one even smaller pillow Lisa Vasey, lives in La Mesa with her husband and two pugs. When as the finishing touch. not staging or redesigning, Lisa likes to try new restaurants and recipes, travel, read, and enjoy live music. You can find Lisa on the web at stagedtodaysoldtomorrow.com. Reach out to Lisa at 619.335.8550 or email her at lisa@stagedtodaysoldtomorrow.com for help with your redesign or staging project.

Add some fresh flowers or an orchid, light some candles, then sit back and breathe!


bon vivant Marco Sawrey & Karin Zonis-Sawrey

Bracero Cocina de Raiz 1490 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, 92101 619.756.7864 bracerococina.com

orget everything you think you know about Mexican food and visit Bracero. This Little Italy gem opened last spring by renowned Mexican chef Javier Plascensia, whose other restaurants include Romanesco in Bonita and the well-reputed Mision 19 in Tijuana. The split level restaurant uses downstairs for walk-ins and upstairs for reservations. Both floors are open and airy with indoor and outdoor seating..

Riffing off of traditional Mexican recipes, Chef Plascensia combines ingredients in a way that will open your eyes to a Mexican cuisine not often seen in the United States. Four salsas start you off, ranging from mild tomatillo to hot ghost pepper, designed to accompany your dishes. You won’t find chips here unless you order the guacamole everyone raves about. All the dishes, from the small to the large, are great for sharing. The tamal de pato (duck tamale) with mole is a sweet and heat combo that packs a punch. It’s like dinner and dessert in each bite. On a recent visit it was served with raw persimmon for a refreshing crunch. The corn masa with crispy perfect egg is similar to a scotch egg with a cornmeal masa crust. This version is topped with steak tartare and served over a potato foam, onion confit, and padron peppers… ay caramba! Brown Butter Panque

The verde es vida is not your ordinary salad with its pickled chayote and nopalitos, watermelon radish, fennel, greens and oregano vinaigrette.

Tamal de pato The street taco menu offers perfect bites to start or end a meal. Thick hand-sized corn tortillas, made by the ladies downstairs, are outstanding. Do yourself a favor and get the beef tongue (lengua) taco. If you have had it, you know. For dessert, we fork dueled over the brown butter panque, a pound cake with tamarind crunch, poached quince and pear salad, and yogurt sorbet. The plate was clean two minutes after it was served; ‘nuff said. Whether you are new to Mexican cuisine or a longtime fan, you will find bold flavors and dishes to excite any palate and create a meal experience to remember. Perfect for any occasion with family or friends.

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ow! Where to start? To try and put all one’s experiences, emotions and metaphors into a topic like ‘spring’ I initially thought, we could be here for a while. But as I narrow down my thoughts it really comes down to a simple quote I found from Robin Williams. ‘Spring is nature’s way of saying, “let’s

For a lot of the world, spring is one of the most loved & anticipated seasons because winter can drag on too long. Shedding layers of heavy clothing, hearing nature come alive again and the gradual warmth from the sun, our blooming earth reminds us of hope, renewal and the promise of possibilities. As we celebrate all the holidays of spring (Easter, Passover, Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day, Mom & Dad days) I start to think about cuisine and the wines that I look forward to. Naturally we tend to gravitate towards heavy, comfort foods during the colder months drinking wines that pair with these types of foods; primarily big reds. Cabernet, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cab Franc & Malbecs are first to come to mind. The bold tannins and ripe fruit flavors are the perfect marriage to our beef stews, crock-pot medleys and heartier meals. But as the days get longer, and the sun starts to thaw out the air, I start craving the lighter, softer styles I’ve come to love. One of my favorites wines for the spring is rosé. I’m not talking about the white zinfandel of our youth. No, this is a red wine drinkers’ white. Made from red grapes, this style of wine is one of the oldest known wines dating back to the Greek & Roman times. Nowadays, by leaving the skin of the grape in contact with the juice for just a few hours, winemakers can impart the fruit flavors of the red grape while still maintaining the liveliness of the acidity characteristic of a dry white wine. If you enjoy dry, crisp and elegant wines, there are many regions to explore that make world class rosés. Don’t be afraid to embrace the pink! These wines are not only affordable, they will be a beautiful addition to every celebration this spring. Light and delicate yet aromatic and complex, rosés can be found from just about every region around the world. Try exploring France, Spain, Italy and California to start. Once you’ve found a style of your preference you can then become the resident rosé expert in your circle by introducing your friends & family to this wonderful & exciting beauty.

Beth Fraitag is a lead wine consultant with Quigley Fine Wines. Wine is her passion and she works one on one with individuals who also enjoy popping the cork from time to time. Her specialty is small production wines from around the globe where sustainable farming practices have been the norm for generations. Her belief in biodynamic methods to bring mother nature's bounty into our lives is the basis for the wines she represents. She can be reached at 619.742.0245 or beth@quigleyfinewines.com. Check out the QFW website at quigleyfinewines.com for additional information.


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have ireland to yourself-travel off season

Most destinations have a prime season for travel that coincides with excellent weather. Throughout this "peak season", the crowds tend to be heavy and the prices high. Ireland’s peak season is the summer months. An alternative time to travel is the "shoulder season" or the "low season". Shoulder season in Ireland is April, May, early June and early October and has the distinct advantage of retaining many summer travel perks: longer days, good weather and extended shopping hours. Low season is November through March - the winter-weather months in Ireland. Rates and crowds lessen proportionally as you travel farther from the warmer months. Airfares are often hundreds of dollars below peak season rates, and hotels offer bargain discounts. But for many, one of the best advantages of traveling in the "off season"

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veryone wants to go to Ireland, and it seems that everyone wants to go in the summer. Now don’t get me wrong. There is much good to be said about the warm days of summer on the greenest of islands. However, fall, winter, and spring offer their own special charms, as well as being amazingly affordable times to travel.

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fill mornings of exploration, and crisp afternoons call for cozy Irish sweaters and refuge in a warm pub, where visitors mix with the locals. Many of Ireland’s attractions, the cliffs, shores, castles and great stone circles are accessible throughout the year.

is that it’s much easier to enjoy and absorb Ireland’s renowned culture and avoid getting lost in crowds of tourists. Off-season visitors often find that their hosts, hoteliers and shop keepers engage easily in conversation and provide individual attention, increasing the odds for a fascinating and flawless vacation. Off-peak Ireland is one of the best travel bargains worldwide... short daylight hours and cool weather provide a new, moody perspective on the country. Celtic architecture and cool seascapes

A good travel agent familiar with Ireland is the best resource for planning your off-season itinerary to ensure that you experience the best aspects of traveling during this time. Travel agents can connect you to highly regarded tour operators who are financially sound and have a reliable history of taking care of the agent’s clients; Ireland can be equally enjoyed through a fully escorted or independent tour, and often at additional savings over already low rates. In addition, an agent is an invaluable source of insider tips and research materials that take the worry and hassle out of planning an enjoyable, quiet, and affordable trip to Ireland. So pack a sweater and have the Emerald Isle to yourself! Beth Taylor is a local travel consultant who has been in the travel industry for over 30 years. She specializes in group and family travel. Her experience has taken her to places around the world. She’d love to help you plan your own unique vacation or simply “talk travel” with you! She can be reached at TMTravel@cox.net or 619-303-8771. Visit her website at BethTaylorMadeTravel.com for more tips about travel and some of the latest travel specials


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rosemary joles ot wanting to be late for my docent-led tour of the Japanese Friendship gardens in Balboa Park, I found myself rushing from the parking lot behind the Spreckles Organ Pavilion to this exquisite garden. It beckoned me to slow down and enjoy my journey as I walked down along the curving walkway, greeted by gently waving golden bamboo, its leaves rustling in the wind. This is an intentional feature to Japanese Garden design. Paths are curved so that you leave the rushing world behind. They are meant to hide and then reveal that something new will be happening around the next bend. Stepping beyond the main gate, known as a Torii, which literally means “bird perch,” you feel as though you have just traveled 5600 miles to San Diego’s sister city of Yokohama, Japan. You are welcomed by a traditional fountain, called shishi-odoshi which translates to “scaredeer.” Found mostly in farm and park areas, water drips inside a piece of bamboo pipe, causing it to change its pivotal point, making the bamboo thump against a rock. This action is meant to scare away deer, boar, and any other herbivores that would eat or trample a farmer’s beloved crop. A Japanese black pine tree, trained to grow horizontally and with all its needles growing up, hovers above it. Any needles being obstinate and going rogue will ceremoniously be plucked for their defiance by a skilled landscape artist. The 25-year old tree resembles a large bonsai, which literally means “planted in container.” Except this one isn’t growing in a pot. Not much taller than I am at 5' 5", a pine tree of that age is generally more than 50 feet tall. The landscape artist uses similar techniques as the bonsai sculptor, but on a larger scale. This tree will not grow taller but wider. Its tufts of needles are meant to resemble clouds in nature. The tree looks much older than it is, and is gnarled and twisted. It’s meant to illustrate longevity and the ability to survive, with the capability to push against the elements, in spite of the fact that there is wind and rain and someone around pruning it beyond its natural abilities. It seems to state “I’m going to survive.” Green moss and mondo grass grow underneath the tree and are valuable parts of the traditional Japanese garden. The value of green is that it is a calming color, giving the viewer a feeling of retreat, calmness, and serenity. Boulders are painstakingly picked, sometimes from as far away as Japan, for their striations resembling water, (to honor and symbolically water the plants), animals (I saw a mountain ram), or mythical creatures, such as Japanese dragons that are protectors and benevolent creatures in Japan’s culture. A Japanese white fringe tree in bloom gave both creatures shade. Throughout the garden, trees, shrubs, and boulders are placed asymmetrically in groups of 3, 5, 7, 9, etc. Lanterns, with various names, guide you to numerous parts of the garden. The first one you see is called oribe doro. In the past it would have been lit with a candle to let visitors know they were heading in the right direction for the traditional tea ceremony. It also alerted people that something was going to happen next. Heading toward the exhibit hall, an ornamental Japanese plum was just starting to bloom with its deep purple leaves and pink flowers. Another fountain called a sutsu bai, normally placed outside a temple or a place of meditation, is located outside the exhibit hall. Its purpose is for people to ceremoniously cleanse themselves with pure water that continually fills the stone basin. A ladle is provided. A Japanese maple was just starting to reveal itself. At the center of the upper garden is a luscious waterfall with colorful koi languidly swimming about. A pergola, draped with wonderfully scented blooming wisteria, was near the serene pond scene. This magnificent panorama transports you to a place of deep peace. At the entrance of the lower garden, a pink trumpet tree, Tabebuia impetiginosa, was showing off its clusters of pink blossoms with yellow throats, as if to herald you into the garden with its more than 200 cherry trees, azaleas, camellias, waterfalls, and exhibit halls. Springtime is my favorite time to tour the garden. I recommend contacting the garden to find out the best times to see the garden in bloom. I also highly recommend taking one of the docent-led tours. It will help you to experience the garden in a completely different way. Japanese Friendship Gardens | niwa.org

Stunning cherry tree blossoms

An astonishing 300 year old Bonsai

A highly valued Koi resembling Japan’s flag.


time-out family-friendly places to go with kids in and around san diego

Why Kid Friendly? 1910 Carousel Street performers Koi fish Puppet theater Fountains to make wishes Location 1549 El Prado San Diego, CA 92101 Contact balboapark.org 619.239.0512


where’s rosemary?

In every issue of From the Front Porch you’ll find a photo of different places that I’ve been in San Diego County. Your goal is to figure out where I took the photo. Be specific and submit your guess as fast as you can (You have competition!!!) The first correct answer will win movie tickets for two! You can email, Homes@LivinInSD.com, or call us at: 619-405-7673.

where was rosemary? Alta Vista Botanical Gardens 1270 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista 760.945.3954 |avbg.org Winner None!!!! Guessed, but didn’t win? Keep trying….

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Ingredients

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15-20 large shrimp 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 tbsp. brown sugar 3 tbsp. soy sauce 1 tsp chili powder Juice of 1 lime 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes 2 tsp olive oil Cilantro for garnish

Instructions

1. Place all of the above ingredients (except the shrimp) in a bowl and whisk together to combine. 2. Add the shrimp and toss to coat. 3. Place in the refrigerator and marinate for 15 minutes. 4. Grill the shrimp for approximately 3 minutes on each side. 5. Garnish with cilantro.

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Shrimp on the Barbi! Chili Lime Garlic Grilled Shrimp

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minutia © Costasz | Dreamstime.com - Shot of whiskey

Where Did The Term A Shot Of Whiskey Come From? Way back in the day, both a drink of whiskey and a cartridge for your six gun cost about .15 cents. Many a cowboy came to town on a Saturday night and when he ran out of drinking money, he would pull a cartridge from his gun belt and toss it on the bar while yelling “Barkeep, give me a shot of whiskey!”

Ever consider what our dogs must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul, chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we’re the greatest hunters on earth! -Anne Taylor (author, The Accidental Tourist)

Photo compliments of: Rebecca Johnson

Bravo and Mia are the fur-children of Rebecca Johnson. They are the grand puppies of Rosemary and Todd Joles.

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Todd Joles is now known as Mr. Useless Knowledge, is a business associate of his wife Rosemary, a passionate luthier by night, mandolin/bluegrass aficionado by choice, chief cook and bottle washer because he loves his wife and a purveyor of this useless knowledge. You can find more useless knowledge at: Facebook.com/LivinInECSD

botanical name: Salvia ‘Amistad’ common name: Friendship Sage

“There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments.” -Janet Kilbun Phillips

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Likes: Full sun, morning sun & afternoon shade Hates: Overwatering Blooms: Purple Note: Attractive to hummingbirds

To see more SD plants go to: LivinInSD.com

Rosemary Joles is passionate about low-water gardening in San Diego. She loves creating gardens that look like lush water thirsty gardens, yet need very little moisture to maintain them. Her other passions include real estate, lattes, spending time with family and friends, reading, music and laughter!


ighting From the 80’s into Terrariums!

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For more upcycle ideas go to pinterest.com/rosemaryjoles/livininsd-upcycle/

What You’ll Need Glass paned light fixture Wood (larger piece to make the base and long piece for the sides) Ruler Wood glue Protractor Table saw Miter saw/miter box and hand saw Finishing nails Directions: designsponge.com/2011/04/we-like-it-wild-recycled-fixture-planters.html


nitty gritty insurance 411 medpay coverage and why you need it am often asked why you need medical payments (MedPay) coverage on your auto insurance policy. It’s an added expense, and we are all trying to save money on insurance. So do you really need it? Maybe. And maybe not. If you are on Medicare or Medicaid, medical expenses related to a car accident may not be covered. Do you chauffeur your daughter’s friends around? What level of health insurance do they have? If you or your passengers have excellent health insurance that covers injuries sustained in a car accident, you might not need to have it. However, as health insurance coverages continue to change and deductibles continue to increase, it is a smart idea to consider MedPay coverage.

Medical Payment coverage pays for medical costs when you are hurt in a car accident. It doesn’t matter whether or not you are at fault. This is important when you think of the high deductibles many people now have in their health insurance plans. Does your health care plan cover acupuncture or chiropractic appointments? Many do not, but you can use MedPay for these types of treatments. MedPay also pays for dental care after an accident, and can be used for prosthetic limbs. We never want to consider it, but people do die in car accidents. Medical payment insurance can help cover funeral costs. Medical Payment coverage protects passengers in your car, as well as covers you if you are injured as a pedestrian if a bicycle or auto hits you. Not all Medical Payment coverages are equal. When you are shopping for insurance, don’t just shop rate. Shop coverage. Read your policy carefully, and consider what is covered by each company you are researching. Susanne Romo, LUTCF has been working in insurance since 1986. Her passion is showing her clients that there can be a vast difference between just ‘having’ insurance… and being properly insured. She can be reached at: 858 751 0956 or at sromo@farmersagent.com


project diy

“do you think I can fix this myself?” (part 1)

hat is a question I have heard many times in the twenty three years I have been doing property inspections. The answer is, “that depends”, and really what it depends on is the danger that may be involved within a given system and / or the person’s background and experience with property maintenance / repair. Many of the systems in our homes are so complex and dangerous that no one but a licensed specialist contractor should be doing the work. But, even within those systems there are maintenance items that just about any home owner can do. A good example of this is changing the filter in your furnace. Most of us would never think of trying to repair our furnace, but change the filter… no problem. So, one thing that all of us can do is to observe and make lists of maintenance and improvements… below is a brief outline of items to look for listed by system or area. Exterior:  Look for water stains and damage. Don’t just repair these areas; try to understand if this is normal wear and tear or something more… you may want to talk to someone with more experience for this one. During home inspections, we see roof leak damage at the Always do further eaves that has been patched but the roof is still leaking. investigations on roof leaks.  Adjust the irrigation system so that it is not wetting the building, sidewalks and fencing.  Maintain the soil next to the house 6” below the siding and keep the soil sloped so that water moves away from the foundation.  Keep the paint in good condition, (once all leaks have been addressed).  Have a pest contractor inspection at least every 3 – 5 years. Many companies will do this inspection for free.

Bob is a former President of the CREIA San Diego Chapter and is the co-owner of InspectRite. Bob has years of experience supervising the construction of homes and commercial buildings and has inspected properties in San Diego, Since 1993. Moreover Bob has taught hundreds of inspectors as a lecturer for ITA Inspection training and Kaplan Schools. His experience qualifies him as an expert for construction defect and inspection error litigation. Credentials include: CREIA Master Inspector #82, Licensed General Contractor, +20 years construction and inspection experience and over 5000 inspections and stopped counting. Bob can be reached at bobd@inspectrite.com or on his cell at 619.987.2766

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books or blogs

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issue we’re going back in time to the late 1950’s and spotlighting an artist that could sing in ten languages and is said to speak seven fluently. We are speaking of none other than Eartha Kitt. Her 1958 hit “Santa Baby” is recognized as a timeless holiday classic and is still being played around the world. Her “C’est Si Bon” has been heard in countless films. She has starred on stage, screen and television. She is best known for her purring portrayal of Cat Woman in the 1960’s “Batman” TV series. Give her a listen on YouTube. youtu.be/NWCo5ex40IQ

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you are anything like me, I hate paying $27.95 for a best seller. I tend to peruse my local second hand book stores and thrift stores for much of my reading these days followed secondly by the on sale sections on Amazon Kindle or Barnes and Noble Nook. A while back I started reading John Sanford’s series and now every time I walk into a used book store, I can take one home for a few dollars. I even recently came by a three book compilation for $5! The next time you are out and about and have some free time, check out a local second hand book store. You might be surprised at what you might find.

To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?

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altoid tic-tac-toe to go

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an altoid box and create a magnetic tictac-toe to go game for the wee ones in your life. You will need washi tape, scrapbook paper, magnets, modpodge and glass baubles to create this fun treasure. There are numerous how-tos on the web, just google it!

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The Old Globe theoldglobe.org

The Miracle Worker March 4-April 10

Rain March 24-May 1

Dinner With Marlene April 22-May 29

Constellations April 9-May 8

American Rhythm June 10-August 7

Camp David May 13-June 19

San Diego Rep sdrep.org

Tokyo Fish Story May 28-June 26

R. Buckminster Fuller: The History and Mystery of The Universe March 10-April 3

Macbeth June 19-July 24 Broadway San Diego broadwaysd.org

Last Angry Brown Hat April 5

Rain March 29-April 3

Rapture, Blister, Burn April 21-May 15 Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro July 6-July 17

Disney’s Newsies May 31-June 5

San Diego Adventures april | may | june Navy’s Bay Bridge Run/Walk May 15, 2016 navylifesw.com/bridgerun Bacon & Barrels May 21, 2016 baconandbarrels.com

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San Diego’s Greek Festival June 10-12 sdgreekfestival.com

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VinDiego Wine & Food Festival April 1-2 vindiego.com Goodguys Meguiar’s 16th Del Mar Nationals April 1-3 good-guys.com An Archaeologist’s Eye April 1-June 4 timkenmuseum.org San Diego Botanic Garden ArtFest April 9-10 sdbgarden.org/artfest.htm Annual Coronado Flower Show April 16-17 coronadoflowershow.com Art Alive - The Museum in Full Bloom April 29-May 1 sdmart.org/art-alive-2016 Gator By The Bay May 5-8 gatorbythebay.com

San Diego County Fair June 3-July 4 sdfair.com Spring Garden Tours and Festivals Full list of tours throughout the county April 2-May 14 livininsd.com


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Jake Shimabukuro

MozArt Group

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AMSD Concerts Sweetwater Union High School 2900 Highland Avenue National City, CA 91950 619.303.8176 amsdconcerts.com

San Diego Theatres Balboa Theatre 868 Fourth Avenue San Diego, CA 92101 619.570.1100 sandiegotheatres.org

La Jolla Music Society MCASD Sherwood Auditorium 700 Prospect St. La Jolla, CA 92037 858.459.3728 ljms.org

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3/29-4/3 Rain A Tribute to the Beatles 4/7 Elvis Costello 4/17 Anoushka Shankar 4/23-4/24 California Dreamin 5/22 Uprising: Songs of Change 5/29 The Ben Vereen Awards 6/1 The Rides

4/15 Tango, Song and Dance 4/17 István Várdai, cello 4/24 Murray Perahia, piano 5/4 New York Philharmonic 5/8 Josef Spacek, violin 5/14 The Beethoven Piano Trios: Part I 5/14 The Beethoven Piano Trios: Part II 5/21 MozARTGroup

California Center for The Arts 340 North Escondido Blvd. Escondido, CA 92025 800.988.4253 Tickets 760.839.4183 All Others artcenter.org 4/1 Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins & Anaïs Mitchell 4/7 Jake Shimabukuro 5/4 Fanny & The Atta Boys 5/14 Maysa 6/1 Debora Galan & Silk Poway OnStage Poway Center for the Performing Arts 15498 Espola Road Poway, CA 92064 858.668.4798 Powayonstage.org 4/9 Oh Berkley, Where Hart Thou? 4/17 Spring Music Festival

San Diego Theatres Civic Theatre 1100 Third Avenue San Diego, CA 92101 619.570.1100 sandiegotheatres.org

Summer Concerts in the Park Find a complete list on livininsd.com May 15, 2016

4/16-4/24 Madama Butterfly San Diego Symphony Copley Symphony Hall 750 B St., San Diego, CA 92101 619.235.0804 sandiegosymphony.org 4/1-4/3 Midori 4/7 The Bible Tour 2016 4/8-4/9 Jason Alexander 4/1 Much Ado About Music 4/29-4/30 Jahja Ling Conducts Mahler 5/1 Puscifer: Money $hot 5/7 Jazz @ The Jacobs Series 5/20-5/22 Fantastic Variations: Schubert’s Unfinished and Strauss’ Don Quioxte 5/24 Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano 5/27-5/29 Appalachian Spring: An American Finale

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Valley Center · $1,179,000 livininsd.com · 619·405·7673

Carmel Valley-The Heights · $1,199,000 livininsd.com · 619·405·7673

Del Mar Mesa · $2,999,000 livininsd.com · 619·405·7673

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Old Carlsbad Station

Architectural Style: Folk Victorian and Carpenter Gothic | Built: 1887 400 Carlsbad Village Drive |Carlsbad, CA 921008|ph. 760.434.6093|visitcarlsbad.com

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Issue 2-2016 From The Front Porch Journal  

From The Front Porch Journal is a publication about San Diego homes, travel, theater, food, garden, music and lifestyle. Enjoy!

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