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reflections It’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.” It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination; — F. Scott Fitzgerald efore there were televisions, computers, smart phones, or even radios, families and friends would entertain themselves by playing music together. In today’s world, the vast majority of people who create music are professional musicians. We as a society have chosen to believe that we need to have the vocal capability of Adele to sing or the skill of Eric Clapton to play guitar. Todd and I grew up with music. It was something we participated in on a daily basis. Our ancestors played music, and it was very much a part of our DNA. My mother was the first to instill the appreciation of music in me. My earliest memories are of her playing a very old-fashion instrument, the accordion. Last year, during our annual Wisconsin trek, my Uncle Frank shared that my mother could not only play the Todd playing mandolin at a Bluegrass jam accordion, but she could tickle the ivories with her toes while she played it. It makes me smile and brings me delight to know that my mother had this playful side to her. Todd’s ancestors also were musically inclined on both sides of his family. His grandfather Zeal played numerous instruments and wrote music and poetry. For whatever reason, we personally drifted away from our musical abilities for nearly 18 years. Through various circumstances and a natural progression of events, we began playing and singing with others about 13 years ago. From these experiences we learned that you really don’t have to have the talent of a professional musician to play or sing, and you most certainly don’t need to become famous to enjoy it. We were making music together, and it brought joy not only into our lives but into others as well. For us music is a powerful thing. We know that a song can change your mood, make a memory, or take you back to a place in your past. A genre of music or a song can change your whole life. We also know that music uses all of our brain cells. I don’t know about you, but exercising my brain on things THE TRAGEDY other than my work life is important to me, especially as I grow older. I believe we all have a special gift within us that is inherent to who we are. But because of a lack of confidence, fear, or not taking the time to practice our craft, we put those talents on the back burner and do what is safe in life. We create meaningless tasks that take us away from who we were meant to be or created to do. So I ask you, what did you love to do as a child? Did you love to draw, color, paint, write, sing, play an instrument, sew, hike, play sports, or go on adventures? What is stopping you from doing those things again? Are you letting the details of life get in the way of what’s most important to you? I encourage you to explore whatever gift lies within you and to pass it on to those around you. Your gift is not meant to be hidden, but shared.




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WE LIVE. -Norman Cousins

FROM THE FRONT PORCH JOURNAL july/august/september contributors:

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the real estate brief a note from rosemary The best feeling in the world is finally knowing you took a step in the right direction. A step towards the future where everything that you never thought was possible, is possible. n the last issue I wrote about getting ready to buy a home. We covered, finding the right lender, real estate agent, being realistic, and finding out your “why.” This month I would like to tell you about the first part of the actual process and what to expect with a home purchase. Here are some things to consider. 1. Emotions: Buying a home is one of the top 10 stressful life events. It’s right up there with the death of a loved one, getting married or divorced, or the birth of a child. The process is going to be exciting, joyful, frustrating, and an emotional rollercoaster, with a good deal of fear and anxiety added to the mix. I don’t know that there is anything one can really do to prepare themselves for the bombardment of emotion, other than being aware that it’s normal to have these feelings. Communication with both the lender and Realtor® are key. Unfortunately, the team chosen won’t be able to read the buyer’s mind. So a buyer needs to be honest with what their concerns are and what they are feeling about the process. This is not the time to be a lone ranger. 2. Finding the home: This part of the process is both exciting and frustrating. It’s exciting because a buyer is daring to see their life differently and more than likely fulfilling a dream. The frustrating part is that generally what a buyer wants vs what they can afford are two different things. It’s the proverbial champagne taste with a beer budget, so to speak. 3. Condos/Townhomes: For FHA/VA loan buyers in the condo market, finding complexes that are approved for these types of loans can be downright maddening. Plus there are other hoops that the complex has buyers go through. What is the owner vs. tenant occupancy? Is there litigation in the complex and what type of litigation is it? Does an investor own too many units in the building? All of these items are necessary to know before a buyer can even write an offer. I’ve added into my home-buying system the extra step of checking these issues in advance before a buyer looks at the property. There’s no need for the wasted energy or emotion of finding a property that a buyer loves only to find out that the condo community doesn’t qualify for these types of loans. Note: Conventional loan buyers can purchase in any complex. However, we still need to ask similar questions as we do for FHA, ie. litigation, investor ownership etc., as there are certain percentage limitations that lenders require on these types of loans. In addition, if you are a pet owner or want to have a pet, finding out the pet policy for the community is important. Generally, there are restrictions on the breed, weight, number, and kind of pet. Once that hurdle is completed, viewing condos that the agent sends is the next step. When looking at a condo property, a buyer not only needs to take note of any glaring defects, such as evidence of water leaks and any unacceptable conditions of the property on the interior, but they also should be aware of how the homeowner’s association (HOA) is maintaining the exterior, roof, common areas, pool/spa/tennis courts, etc. This could be a preliminary indication of the financial strength of the HOA. 4. Homes: Lender requirements are not as severe for a detached single-family home. The house that is being purchased only needs to meet their habitability guidelines. If the condition is fair or below, if there are foundation issues, or no heating, for example, it will be difficult to get any of the “normal” loans. However, there are rehab loans available for these types of homes. The only thing to consider with a rehab loan is that the property will need to appraise for the cost of the home and the finished repairs/remodel are. A buyer’s largest concern is the condition of the property. I once had a client go into escrow on a beautiful home that had been completely remodeled on the interior. It was at the top of where they felt comfortable price-wise. During the home inspection, we discovered it had issues with all of the major components—roof, plumbing, sewer, HVAC, and a very cracked circular drive. While the buyer wouldn’t have had to do anything on the interior, the expenses they would have had to incur in the first five years of homeownership would have been significant and beyond their financial capability. With broken hearts, they walked away from the purchase. They didn’t want to be house poor and who can blame them. Shortly after, we found something larger, for less money and even though it needed cosmetic upgrades, it was financially easier for them and an all-round better fit. 5. Other things to consider. Whether you are looking at attached or detached homes, it is good to ask and do the following: Does the floor plan of the home make sense? Is it on or does it back up to a busy street? Are there large power lines, strange odors, or air traffic? Talk to the neighbors. What do they like or dislike about the complex, neighborhood, local schools, or area? Drive by the home and area at different times of the day. Check crime stats and the Megan’s law (sex offender) database for the area. All of these things can impact value and the future sale of the home. In the next issue I will share with you what to do when writing an offer and the escrow process. 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 a home. I can be reached at 619.405.7673 or at

carolyn’s mortgage memo usda: not just for beef lovers id you know there is a loan program called USDA? And that it is one of the best kept secrets? USDA has some of the best financing terms available for first time home buyers. Let me tell you about Jennifer* and her family. Jennifer is 22 years old with a stable job and renting a home with her parents and siblings. Jennifer and her parents had been considering purchasing a home together for over a year, but saving money for a down payment and closing costs seemed just out of their reach. Every time they saved the money, life got in the way and the funds were used for something else. It seemed they could keep about $4000 saved, but any more than that became a challenge. Jennifer and her parents became more and more frustrated and anxious for their own home. Rosemary and I scheduled a meeting with Jennifer and her parents to discuss some options and the family's home needs. During this meeting, we uncovered that they were interested in living in Ramona. They could purchase a larger home ( for 5 people) with more land in their price range than in other areas of San Diego county. Another big benefit of buying a home in Ramona: USDA financing! USDA financing is available for first time home buyers purchasing in rural areas of the county. It is a zero down program at a lower interest rate than FHA, VA and conventional. USDA here are other areas of San Diego County that qualify for USDA. Call Carolyn at 619.813.8934 also has lower monthly mortgage for more information and how you can get into a home for little or no down payment. insurance than FHA and conventional. There are income limits based on the number of people going to live in the household. The max debt to income ratio is more conservative than FHA, VA and conventional financing and the property must be a primary residence.


After analyzing Jennifer and her parents' credit, income and family size, I was able to pre-approve them for USDA financing. Jennifer and her parents purchased a single family home for $391,500 in Ramona. I was able to get them a 30 year fixed rate of 3.5% with a $3000 lender credit towards closing cost. Rosemary had negotiated another $6500 in seller credits for closing costs. The lender and seller credits covered all the closing costs and since this is a zero down payment program, Jennifer received all of her earnest money deposit back after escrow closed. In addition to all of this, the appraisal came in at $400,000. So after everything was said and done, Jennifer and her family purchased a $400,000 home for zero down, zero out of pocket for closing costs at a low rate of 3.5%. And on the day they closed escrow they already had $8,500 in equity! For more information on USDA financing, please contact me today. * name has been changed for privacy

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 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.

AmeriFirst Financial, Inc., 1550 E. McKellips Road, Suite 117, Mesa, AZ 85203 (NMLS # 145368). 1-877-276-1974. Copyright 2013. All Rights Reserved. This is not an offer to enter into an agreement. Not all customers will qualify. Information, rates, and programs are subject to change without prior notice. All products are subject to credit and property approval. Not all products are available in all states or for all loan amounts. Other restrictions and limitations apply. CA: Licensed by The Department of Business Oversight under the CA Residential Mortgage Lending Act

on our porch Details The Ridley House Year Built: 1923 Architectural Style: Craftsman Bungalow Square Feet: 1812 Sq. ft. Bedrooms: 2+ Baths: 2 Lot Size: 6302 Address: 619 S. Juniper, Escondido Historic Owners: Dr. Charles & Roxsie Ridley Current Owners: Linda & Kerry Weber Old home titles are always an interesting read. The Weber’s found this little tidbit on theirs: Forfeiture of title if intoxicating liquors are manufactured, sold or otherwise disposed of on said premises as imposed by deed recorded April 2, 1887 in book 79, page 411 of Deeds, from Escondido Land and Town Company.


to Bengal. The Bengali homes were small, cozy, thatched homes. The returning English soldiers brought the idea home to England and the name morphed into Bungalow. The Bungalow first emerged in California in the 1880’s. It’s low-pitched roof and smaller footprint was a direct opposition to the large, elaborate stylings of the then-popular Victorian homes.

The hardwood floors in this home are amazing. Styled after what could best be called a log cabin quilt pattern. When the current owners asked a hardwood floor specialist how it was done, he retorted. “I have no idea, it’s a lost art.” Another feature are the gorgeous leaded glass windows that asymmetrically flank the front door.

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n September of 1886 the Escondido Land & Town Co. began the subdivision of what is now considered Old Escondido. After a progression of five different owners, the land was purchased by Spenser D. Miller in 1919. He built this craftsman bungalow in 1923 and deeded it to the Ridley family in November of 1934. The Ridleys owned it until 1965. Kerry and Linda Weber purchased the home in December 1977. Even in the late 1970s, the neighborhood felt like it was removed from the city despite the downtown district being only a few blocks away. Linda said it felt like they had moved to the country. Views were panoramic and sunsets were incredible, as the area was not as lush and treed as it is now. Kerry and Linda have created beautiful moments in their historic home. They have loved sharing it not only with their children, but with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A quote I found on Pinterest states “Home is where love resides, memories are created, friends always belong, and families are forever.” The Webers have definitely done that during their 39 years of calling 619 S. Clarence J. Ridley with his daughter Beverly. An osteopathic surgeon, Ridley was noted as the Juniper home. number one golfer in Escondido in the 1920’s and bun·ga·low (ˈbəNGɡəˌlō) n. Origin, late 17th century: from Hindi baṅglā belonging 1930’s.

Bungalows are defined by their low-pitched, gabled or hipped roofs and covered front porches. They are usually one or one-and-a-half stories, with dormers. Built-ins like the one above are common.

feels like home et’s talk about PAINT! If you want to give a room (or your whole house) a low-cost but high -impact makeover, paint is your best friend. There are few things that can make such a dramatic difference in your home than paint – and it’s almost instant gratification! If you’re ready for a change, and you’re ready to DIY it, here are some things to keep in mind before, during, and after your home’s transformation: Color: Color has an incredible impact on our mood, and when the colors in a room are out of sync with one another it can be very subconsciously disturbing. Be sure to pay attention to the color of the fixed elements in the room (hardwood floors, cabinets, large furniture pieces that will remain, etc.) before choosing a color. And do you have any idea how many whites there are? Hundreds! Some are cool, some are warm, some have pink, or blue, or yellow in them…you get the drift. Once you’ve decided on a color, get a small amount to paint a sample before fully committing to it. I highly suggest painting a large piece of poster board or foam core with your selected paint, and placing it in different areas at different times of day to see how you like it.

Sheen: There are a multitude of paint finishes, and using the proper one for the project is essential. In my opinion, flat paint should only be used on ceilings – the finish from flat paint shows every imperfection, and is difficult to clean, so keep it far away from anything that gets handled regularly. For walls, you generally want an eggshell or satin finish, but be sure to use semi-gloss on trim, doors, and in the bathroom. High gloss can be used in really high-traffic areas. Also, while most interior paint is water-based, if you are painting over existing oil-based paint, you will need to use the same type of paint (or it will just peel off.)

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Lisa Vasey, lives in La Mesa with her husband and two pugs. When 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 Reach out to Lisa at 619.335.8550 or email her at for help with your redesign or staging project.

Preparation: Take it from me – you will not waste time doing very thorough prep. Be sure to mask any areas that you don’t want painted (i.e. windows, floors) and use plenty of drop cloths! You may also need to prep the surface you are painting, by sanding and/or cleaning. And priming is a step you do not want to skip. It may seem like extra work, but if the previous color was a bright color, priming the surface is not time wasted. You really don’t want to paint an entire room, only to find out that the green that was there before is influencing your new color in a displeasing way. 

Quality: While paint is comparatively inexpensive (as far as home improvement projects go) don’t skimp on the quality of the elements you use. Be sure to do research and use high-quality and long-lasting products, including rollers and brushes – you’ll be surprised at what a difference this can make. Trust me – you’ll need more cheap paint to do the same job as fewer coats of a more expensive brand, so don’t let price be your only judge. Whether it takes an afternoon, a weekend, or a week – when you’re all done, be sure to sit back and enjoy your beautiful new space!

bon vivant Marco Sawrey & Karin Zonis-Sawrey

Chi Extraordinary 2789 Adams Ave., San Diego 619.795.9999

hi Extraordinary (pronounced “chee”) lives up to its name— extraordinary and fresh Thai food in an intimate and welcoming setting. The approachable menu boasts of pescatarian and vegetarian options. The decor is simple and So-Cal modern. While take out is available, we would recommend reserving a table to enjoy the food as it comes out fresh from the kitchen. Servers are friendly and will help you navigate the menu and the spice levels. You will find Thai staples, like Pad Thai and Miang Kham—shrimp or vegetable lettuce wraps that burst with flavor of toasted coconut, crunchy peanuts, lime, ginger, shallot and tamarind sauce. There are also outstanding — dare we say extraordinary — dishes worth exploring. Try the catfish filet, crispy fried and smothered in special sauce, a house specialty, probably the most flavorful thing on the menu and guaranteed to make you purr. The mixed seafood dishes, like the Red Sea or Kapow Seafood are teeming with mussels, scallops, shrimp, crab, calamari and vegetables. All are incredibly fresh and cooked expertly.

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The food can be made as spicy as you wish. If your palate does not dance on the wild side, you can ask for a milder version of the dish. Warning: some dishes come with a minimum heat level. Whether you like red or green curry, you’re in for a treat. The sweet crab fried rice is a perfect counterbalance to the heat of the curry. Dishes are accompanied by your choice of rice: jasmine or berry/ brown; we’d suggest getting one of each.

Mango Sticky Rice Dessert was fantastic! Mango sticky rice is always a crowd pleaser, but this version was… yes, extraordinary. The mango was perfectly ripe and the rice’s mild sweetness balanced out the juicy fruit. The wine list contains a “red” or “white” option, but we feel that Thai goes better with beer anyway and the list has a few good local options. “Chi stands for health, balance, blessings, abundance, and gratitude for all” so make your chi extraordinary. Your tongue and tummy will thank you for it!

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pending time outdoors is one of Southern California's favorite ways to celebrate, whether it be a national holiday, annual family gathering or personal milestone, food and drink will always compliment our events. Spring and summer are when our local markets are brimming with delicious seasonal delicacies and our creativity explodes in the kitchen. Spring and summer are also the perfect seasons for exploring not only new ingredients, but new recipes and new wines to accompany them. It's easy to gravitate towards the wines we are familiar with but let me propose something else. The practice of pairing wines with food has been around for centuries. Each region that produces wine has uniques soils, climates and terroir that gives their wine its personality. Same goes for the ingredients that go into their cuisine. There is a science behind this. It has to do with how your palate interprets sweet, salt and acidity that determines your enjoyment of flavors and the combination of those flavors. In general, big, domineering wines are best enjoyed with big, fatty, bold foods whereas lighter foods fare best with lighter, softer wines. This isn't to say that there are hard and fast rules for pairing, because there will always be room for new combinations. Just keep this in mind, the palate is a well designed machine and it knows science. When exploring new wines, keep in mind flavors, textures and foods you love and then get adventurous when planning a meal. If you like red fruits such as cranberry, currant and strawberry pick wines that have these profiles. If you prefer dark fruits, like blueberry, blackberry and plum, you'll want bigger, heartier wines. Just as you select particular herbs and seasonings to accompany your meals, approach your wine selections in a similar fashion. You'll be amazed at the endless possibilities you can experience. Be adventurous with your pairings and you'll soon discover a whole new world of culinary delights!

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 Check out the QFW website at for additional information.


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The 20 mile road between the two towns is known as the Tourist Corridor, forming an extended recreational playground. The four -lane highway between the two towns is lined with championship golf courses and luxury resorts that stretch in every direction along the sandy beach. The area is also home to a well-developed arts community. Cultural and modern art boutiques and galleries are plentiful and well appointed. The desert landscape is a startling and stark contrast to the azure blue water. Truly this area forms one of the most magnificent ecological regions of the world. Although the resorts and

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t the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula are the two small towns of San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. Between these two towns is Mexico’s most interesting corridor of world-class resort properties. Cabo San Lucas, famous for its oceans teaming with sport fish and whales features a large marina, is also the center of the region’s famous nightlife. Farther east is San Jose del Cabo, with quiet, picturesque streets and buildings, small restaurants and cantinas, lovely folk-art boutiques and a laid back atmosphere.

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here are known worldwide for trophy deep-sea fishing and several professional tournaments are hosted here each year. Surfing is also a popular pastime with the crowd that follows the endless summer. No fewer than ten spectacular beaches await the visitor to Cabo San Lucas, ideal for romantic walks, kayaking, picnics and photography.

mansions leave no doubt that the financial resources of the world have found a home here, there is also much for those interested in ecotourism to see and do. Tour operators offer jeep safaris into the mountains and deserts, through the canyons and riverbeds of the mostly dry, arid landscape. Kayaking and ATV tours, zip lines and educational eco-tours will give every member of the family an activity to enjoy. The Baja calls the visitor to spend time out-of-doors. The waters

As one might imagine in such a setting, the nightlife, dining and spa facilities in Cabo are first rate. The dining is excellent not only at the resorts, but in the village taverns and restaurants. Local cuisine is authentically Mexican and wonderfully prepared. The numerous venues for late night dancing and partying cater to an upscale crowd as well as to a more relaxed clientele, so take your pick. It’s all here in Cabo.

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 or 619-303-8771. Visit her website at for more tips about travel and some of the latest travel specials

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ould you like to go on a safari? I don’t mean an African safari or even a safari at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, but an urban safari. Patricia (Patty) Fares, owner of Urban Safari, will help you do just that. Patty took us on a two-hour walk around one of San Diego’s oldest neighborhoods, explaining early San Diego history, architecture, and community lore. She even recommended restaurants and places to shop along the way. On a very warm Saturday morning, we toured San Diego’s very own South Park. Now I’m not talking about the famed animated series, but San Diego’s earliest “country” neighborhood. While there, we didn’t find the scoundrel who killed Kenny, but we did find wide welcoming porches on craftsman homes, charming business districts filled with artisans, trendy restaurants, mom-and-pop shops, public art, parks, and the historically designated neighborhood of Burlingame, with its unique red, curving sidewalks. We saw San Diego’s oldest standing fire station and learned why the street names stamped in the original 1907 concrete were different from the street signs above. Patty told us what it cost to build a home in 1907, and the different styles of craftsman architecture. We learned about a neighborhood known only to the locals as So-No, and that the bus that runs down 30th Street still has the same number as the trolley that used to service this route. We also learned which famous comedian worked as a dishwasher at the Big Kitchen Café, but I won’t reveal any secrets here. You’ll have to take the tour yourself to find out all of these fascinating tidbits. Tours cost $10 per person. Private tours can be scheduled with a minimum of 10 people for a fee of $15 per person during the week. Patty currently covers the neighborhoods of Mission Hills, Point Loma, La Jolla, the Gaslamp Quarter, Banker’s Hill to Balboa Park, North Park, Hillcrest, Ocean Beach, the East Village, and University Heights. I suggest wearing comfortable shoes and clothing. Slather on sunscreen or bring an umbrella to protect yourself from San Diego’s sunny rays. I ended up with a sunburn. Be sure to partake in the local gastronomic delights. We chose to eat at Grant’s Marketplace, a down-to-earth breakfast/deli and gourmet grocer at 2953 Beech Street ( The lox bagel is the best I’ve ever tasted. The classic Reuben is delish and the Smokin’ Joe made with smoked gouda is delightful!

The Station is known for elevating the common tater tot into a gourmet delight. Urban Safari’s | | 619.944.WALK(9255)

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1 of 3 Burlingame homes built entirely of redwood.

This tower was restored to it’s original glory.

Shephard Fairey of Obey fame did this mural.

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

Why Kid Friendly? Children’s Garden Water Play Patio Butterfly Habitat Art in the Garden Prehistoric Garden Children’s Music Garden Location 1270 Vale Terrace Drive Vista, CA 92084 Contact 760.945.3954

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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,, or call us at: 619-405-7673.

where was rosemary? Shipley-Magee House Museum 258 Beech Ave., Carlsbad, 92008

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4 whole pitas 8 Tab hummus 1/4 cup feta cheese 1/2 cup Persian cucumber, diced 1/2 cup yellow bell pepper, diced 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered 1/4 cup red onion 1/4 cup Kalamata olives, diced Girards Greek Feta dressing


1. In a medium sized bowl combine the cucumber, yellow bell pepper, tomatoes, onion, olives and Girards Greek Feta dressing. 2. Warm pita in microwave or on stop top 3. Spread 2 tablespoons of hummus on top of each pita. 4. Divide the greek salad mixture evenly on top of each pita. Sprinkle with feta cheese. 5. Serve immediately. Serves 4.

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The world’s first coffee shop opened in 1554 in Constantinople. But it wasn’t until 1683 when coffee was served with milk, sugar, and a strainer to separate the grounds from the beverage.

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:

“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.” Robert A. Heinlien-Author 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.

botanical name: Stipa tenuissima common name: Mexican Feather Grass

“A garden is a friend you can visit anytime.”

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Likes: Full sun to part shade Hates: Overwatering Blooms: Cream/Tan Note: Reseeds easily so can be invasive

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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!

asy peasy old candles into new layered candles…

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nitty gritty insurance 411 summer safety ummer is almost upon us, which means you and your family will be more active and outside. With that, here is a list of things to help you stay safe through the summer:

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