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FROM NOAH’S ARK TO THE MOON OVER CAMELOT

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A L S O IN S ID E : H O LI DAY C O LO RS By Sa m Ta pia

A C LE A N H O M E TO CH EE R A BO UT By Jen nif er M cM ah an

PROPERTY MANAG PHOTO BY JACKIE WOOD| JACKIE WOOD PHOTOGRAPHY

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Deck the Halls

I confess that nothing quite gets me smiling during the holidays like the song “Deck the Halls.” This Christmas carol dates back all the way to the sixteenth century. But it wasn’t always associated with Christmas. The melody comes from a Welsh winter song called “Nos Galan,” which is actually about New Year’s Eve. The original Welsh lyrics were about winter, love, and cold weather:

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Oh! How sweet the grove in blossom, Oh! How blessed are the blisses, Words of love, and mutual kisses, Fa la la la la la la la la

I am listening to this Christmas carol, as our winter sky is darkening and daylight dwindles. Yet whatever the weather outside, I hope this issue will give you light and joy, as it is filled with contributions from our Tehachapi community. Be in the moment this holiday season, connect with your family and friends, and have some laughs. Fa la la, wishing you the happiest of holidays!

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t is our pleasure to spotlight Tehachapi’s highly talented artist, Gabriele de Ginant, author, designer, painter, builder, and craftsperson. Her fourth book, Rosabella, published in 2007 has met with great success and will be produced as a fulllength ballet. More recently she has written and illustrated her fifth book, Snow Flower, a story that engages the reader in the same world as Mirabella’s. In all her writings, the plots are closely involved with elements in the natural world. Gabriele’s fairytales are accompanied by her own illustrations, so intriguing and delicious that you want to hold them in your hands and devour them. They offer children (and adults who dare to dream) a journey into a beautiful potpourri of magic and reality. But book writing, as you will soon discover, is not all that this artist is doing. De Ginant also makes dolls, builds furniture, and creates wood block paintings and wooden Noah’s Ark animals. MEET GABRIELE DE GINANT Gabriele de Ginant was born in Germany into an artistic family. “My mother was a touring concert pianist, my father was an author and lector on the subject of philosophy, and my brother is a stage manager,” de Ginant explained, her German accent highlighting her words. As a young girl, she attended the Waldorf School in Germany where the goal was to nurture students’ imagination and creativity. This style of education fit the younger de Ginant well. Spurred on by her parents’ teachings, she had “always been interested in the undercurrents (nuances) of life, long before I got any of my degrees,” de Ginant admits. “I decided to bundle my desire for knowledge into a degree. It was just my search for knowledge.” She has always seen the possibilities in beautiful feelings and the many ways in which to express them. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Studio Arts and her Master and Doctorate degrees in Metaphysical Science. Inspiration to study the philosophy of the fundamental nature of reality came from de Ginant’s father. “I was blessed to marry a wonderful man and together we had five children. I was so lucky as my husband of 30 years let me and my art unfold while I raised our children,” this widow remembered fondly. A very visually expressive artist, de Ginant used her degree in art for years as a freelance artist and this enabled her to design lines of gifts. “I was lucky enough to work for companies like Santa Barbara Design Studio where I did 42 designs of gift products, all in French, that were mass produced and offered at places like the Epcot Center and the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino” according to de Ginant. But the time came for de Ginant to expand her artistic skills to show others the beautiful things that she saw in her artist’s mind. “I wanted to share the beauty of what I was seeing,” she admitted as she entered her studio. While some have attempted to pigeonhole de Ginant’s books as fantasy, she assures people they are not fantasy; “they are from a reality somewhere else,” she suggests. This is yet another part of her art. This is an artist who is able to look at a blank page, see an image in her mind, and then paint it. She has a good number of oil landscapes hanging on her walls, but these were not challenging enough for her. Plus, she admits she is not one to look for competition unless it is with herself. This author has five books already in print, two of which have been made into videos with corresponding dolls that de Ginant handmade herself. There are also bookmarks, greeting cards, and other pieces of art that are inspired from the books. A couple of her books have even been adapted into ballets. In “Stars of Night”, she has told a story about a boy and girl who realize they are not TEHACHAPI LIVING

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Gabriele de Ginant exhibits her multitude of talents with these handmade limited edition dolls that represent characters in her books.

Gabriele de Ginant with two examples of her successful stor ytelling books, “Rosabella” and “Snow Flower”.

alike, yet they find common ground. “Oh wait, I don’t want to give away the story,” de Ginant said at her near telling of her story. In another book, she has presented a different version of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”. “I used gentler language in my presentation of classic stories,” de Ginant expressed.

The diverse presentation of characters from her books include, for example, hand-painted images on blocks of wood from her stories. The consistent images from “Rosabella” and “Snow Flower” are not the end of her creativity. These two books have even been created with limited-edition special box sets that include an additional watercolor painting, brushed-in by de Ginant. “I only do a limited 50 books like this.” But wait… that’s not all. This author has also written a romantic tale associated with optimism. She has entitled it “My Camelot”. “You must keep in mind … this is my idea of my ideal Camelot,” de Ginant said as she showed off her workstation that has just enough room for the long paintings that she will be including in this book. “My Camelot” is a coffee table size hard cover book that contains 19 accompanying renditions of her paintings designed specifically for this project. The paintings you will see in this book began in 1993 and have been a labor of love. Her painting process begins with a pastel background and she then adds layers of watercolors until she achieves the depths desired in her images. She includes many playful elements that keep a reader looking at the paintings time and time again. “I enjoy letting others see how I have seen the stories in my mind’s artistic eye as I paint all of the watercolor illustrations that are in the books. The “My Camelot” book has 19 separate 12 x 24 illustrations that this author has specified will be presented in an older fold-out format, “so they can be fully enjoyed by the book’s owner,” de Ginant said proudly. “The project is so dear to me,” she admits. “When I didn’t have anything else to do (over the years) I would work on retelling German and Russian tales in my own words. And then I painted them too; this is just one more of them.” The reward of having this 26-year project come to

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(661) 410 - 9037 Gabriele de Ginant shares what “The Moon over Camelot” looks like, giving you only a hint into the quality of her illustrations.

fruition will be more than just this artist’s. “To see my latest book up on the 24-inch monitor display is delightful,” she said unable to hide her giddiness as she describes seeing the pages of her latest manuscript up on the monitors at the publisher’s office. This publisher really wants to “bring books back into people’s hands,” de Ginant happily admits. “I never knew that retirement would be so much work,” de Ginant said as she turned to take another call from the publisher who, she is hoping, will be able to meet the pre-Christmas print and shipping deadline of her latest book. After all, reaching this milestone will help her to move on to her next goals and with this lady, the sky seems to be the limit. Gabriele de Ginant can be reached via email at: gabrieledeginant@gmail.com, at her studio – by phone – at 661-823-0192, at Facebook.com/Gabriele.DeGinant

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here are plenty of fun holiday color trends this season, and with just a little effort, it’s easy to get your home ready for December visitors. Here are some ideas for a mini makeover that will wow your guests and uplift your spirits, whether you only have an afternoon or a full day. If you have just a morning or an afternoon, tackle painting one wall in your dining room, living room or kitchen, or give the front door a pop of color. If you have a day to spend, the guest bath or an entryway could get a quick makeover. Rest assured you can transform any room in your home with a more modern look that can work well for the holidays, and beyond. READY TO GET STARTED? “Many of the holiday color trends are a big departure from the traditional red and green,” according to Sam Tapia, a Dunn-Edwards color expert. He is a man about paint who is eager to show you the 2019 holiday trends and corresponding color palettes. “I love to answer any questions… from color and design trends to technical paint specs and paint prep problems,” Tapia said.

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Ryan Beauchamp - My one year old Harris Hawk, Bob, is back after six weeks out in the wilds of Tehachapi. Bob escaped from her mews (raptor birdhouse) and was roaming Old Town Road and a section of Hwy. 202, eating squirrels and harassing the local Red Tailed Hawks. She was surviving well on her own, catching her own meals and evading other hawks, predators, and owls at night. As she spent more and more time out roaming and getting easy road kill buffets, the temptation to come in to one of my baited traps was not so alluring.

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Finally, and after many attempts and an incredible Facebook and neighborhood watch team, I was able to catch her on my game camera for a few days eating at a baited station I set up for her. I was then able to set a trap and successfully and safely recapture her. Within a few hours of being caught she was standing on my fist again like a trooper. I plan on having Bob back out hunting this season, so if you see me in the fields of Tehachapi please feel free to come say hi. Thanks again to all of you that spotted, listened for bells and even fed Bob a few squirrels.

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Finding the right PROPERTY MANAGER is a big deal! By Steve Rhodes - Advanced Property Management

“Every day that an unoccupied piece of property – whether it is a home or a commercial property – is not making money for the owners, it is a day of lost income. It is not money you can recover,” Steve Rhodes from Advanced Property Management said. HOW TO GENERATE INCOME? Some owners rent out their properties themselves. Others choose to contract with a property manager to be their eyes, ears, hands and feet on the street. The right property manager can have a major impact on whether you will have a profitable rental property or not. WHERE A PROPERTY MANAGER CAN HELP. In Rhodes’ 11 years of experience, he has come to feel “a property manager should be able to assist clients with addressing the repairs to their properties (that may be needed) to make sure that their properties are up to required legal standards before the renting begins” Rhodes said. It is also crucial to review the client’s insurance policy to make sure they are properly insured. Frequently, property owners start out managing their rental properties and then, when they get in over their heads, for example, with a less than protective rental contract, they go looking for assistance. Choosing the right company can be an overwhelming task, especially if you are a first-time landlord. QUALIFICATIONS? When shopping for a property manager, it is important to ask a series of questions. Their answers will reveal just how experienced and competent they are, as well as whether it makes sense for them to manage your investment. Extensive experience caring for your particular type of property is key.

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TEHACHAPI ARTISTS & MASTER CRAFTS By Dorothy Dumania - Furniture as a new canvas

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Dorothy Dumania, born and raised in Gdansk, Poland, studied interior design while learning the techniques used in various mediums of creative art expression at the Academy of Fine Arts there. Shortly after arriving in California in 1985, she eagerly attended school once again to become certified in computer programming, which enabled her to work in IT for several years. In 2000, she combined her passion for art with her understanding of computers by becoming accredited in web design. Recently she retired, but for an artistic person “life without art just doesn’t exist.” Dumania’s daughter, Gina, knew her mother’s talents needed to be re-awakened with a new creative challenge. She brought her mother a few large pieces of furniture from Provincial dressers to a Victorian curio cabinet to small midcentury nightstands, and challenged her mother to make them even more beautiful. “I felt slightly overwhelmed, as my whole house suddenly looked like a

Dorothy Dumania upd ated this tall vintage highboy dresse r by painting it with eye catching clas sic red with shimmery pearl gold underto nes. Apothecary Victorian style brass dra wer pulls make it the perfect accent sho wcase piece for the winter holidays.

furniture warehouse,” as Dumania remembers staring at these pieces. But it was then that suddenly a new spark formed in her mind. “I felt like I did when I was in college again.” Furniture became her new canvas and from then on, her adventure as an artist continued as she began hand painting furniture. “Painting furniture is fun as it creates something unique, new, and useful from something that has often lost its luster and it’s desirability. Painting various aged wood forms that became forgotten or disfavored over time feels like giving unwanted furniture a new life,” Dumania says, adding, “seeing the colors come together brings me joy as it creates a character in the piece itself.” Dorothy finds her inspiration mostly from nature. The beauty and peaceful atmosphere are the reasons why Dumania moved to Tehachapi in July of this year. It reminds her of Poland and lets her feel like a country girl again. Together with her daughter Gina, she’s planning to open a local boutique to showcase her work very soon.

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Spotlight on Youth By Kathleen Kline

Boy Scout Warren Clare’s merit badges drape across A full ribbon of well-earned badge. ented with his Eagle Scout chest on the day he was pres

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arren Clare, now 24 years old, moved to town with his family in 2002 at the age of 7, from Fargo, North Dakota. “Warren is autistic and not a full speaker, which is common with some levels of autism,” his mother Wendy Clare said. But Warren shines as a selfless inspiration. This young man, who has difficulties with social interaction, has surmounted many hurdles. He has spent years in the Boy Scouts learning and earning achievement badges up through his Eagle Scout badge and honors in November of 2011, which is no easy task – autistic or not. Eagle Scout badges are awarded after a Boy Scout reaches the age of 18 and has completed a project. Warren planned and constructed a “prayer garden” at the church located at 1200 South Curry Street. “Warren designed and built a gazebo with a couple of benches,” his mother said. His goal was to build a peaceful place for others to enjoy. He even installed water misters to help keep those enjoying the gazebo cool, his mother reflected. She added, with joy in her voice, “he loves ceiling fans, so I was sure he was going to install one, but…” she said breaking off into a loving chuckle. “Warren has always loved spinning things,” his mother said. Wendy Clare explained that most people with autism fixate on something. Frequently their fixation is on something with a repetitive movement associated with it. “When he was just a baby,” his mother reflected to the day his father was being ordained as a deacon, their son was staring up at the ceiling fans “and that is when he was hooked,” she said fondly. The captivation translated into a love for fans, ceiling fans. “So, when we found out we were coming here, and we learned about the windmills… we knew it would make the move easier (for their special needs son). We used to go for a ride to see the windmills, after services on Sundays, to see his ‘mountain fans!’” Recently, in late September, Warren was “caught” doing something kind for strangers; he was mowing down weeds in a vacant lot. “He was mowing behind the house because it was the last day of summer. Because he feels people shouldn’t walk in the weeds,” his mother helped convey. Neighbor Mary Bowman took to Facebook after snapping a shot of a mystery youth struggling to push a lawnmower through the weeds. Social media made her search for his identity a success. He refused payment, so Bowman was inspired to initiate a GoFundMe page to raise funds for a new lawnmower – as a thank you. TEHACHAPI LIVING

Warren Clare st ands with neigh bor Mar y Bowm is presented wi an as he th his brand-new lawnmower.

His dad, a runner, used to mow around the edges of lawns, so the star thistles didn’t tear into his clothing and skin. Warren witnessed his father trimming the star thistle around the neighborhood. It seems the son decided to do this too. Many in Tehachapi were taken with Warren’s story and the funds began to build, topping out at $1,050. Bowman was able to present Warren with a bright and shiny brand-new walk-behind mower! And a weed eater is on its way… “the extra funds will be for fuel for a long time,” Wendy added.

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Making Good Food IN TEHACHAPI! By Ivanna Stanfield

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he winter solstice, also known as midwinter, falls on the 21st of December this year. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, it is the day when we experience the shortest day coupled with the longest night. For many ancient and some modern cultures, this was a time of celebration. It’s a time to welcome warmth and cheerfulness during a season that may feel cold and dreary. In our home, one of the ways we choose to honor this day is with a special meal. In keeping with our family tradition, this meal is

usually a warm and nourishing soup made with ingredients that are reminiscent of the sun. One such recipe that is requested at our home is Tortilla Soup. The inspiration for this particular recipe came about 20 years ago from a Cooking Light magazine and evolved to the method I use today. This recipe checks all the boxes for a perfect holiday meal it’s simple to make, requires basic ingredients, and can be prepared in a crockpot or pressure cooker.

TORTILLA SOUP INGREDIENTS: • 1 tablespoon ghee (a class of clarified butter) or your preferred cooking oil • 1 yellow onion - medium sized, diced • 4 garlic cloves, minced

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1 tablespoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon sea salt or pink Himalayan salt (more to

HOW TO PREPARE: 1. Heat ghee or oil in the pressure cooker using the sauté function. Add onion and sauté until translucent. Add minced garlic and cook a few more minutes. 2. For a pressure cooker: close lid and cook for 10 minutes. Once done cooking, use quick pressure release.

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taste, if desired) 6 cups broth (vegetable or meat-based, homemade or store-bought) 32 ounces strained tomatoes

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4 cups refried beans, or 2 cans of store-bought refried beans 2 carrots, shredded 1 bay leaf Tortilla chips, crushed

3. For a crockpot: sauté onion and minced garlic in ghee or oil on the stove and then place all ingredients in the crockpot. Cook on low heat for two or more hours. 4. For a stovetop: sauté onion and minced garlic in ghee/oil then simmer for 30-45 minutes or until all the ingredients are tender. 5. Add remaining ingredients, except tortilla chips.

Stir the soup and serve in a bowl with crushed tortilla chips and toppings of your choice. Topping ideas – plain yogurt or sour cream, chopped cilantro, hot sauce, shredded cheese, avocado, jalapeno. Optional – 1 lb. cooked, shredded chicken breast or thigh meat added during cooking time. COOK’S NOTES: • Whenever possible, please choose foods in their most natural, unprocessed state. • I try to avoid canned foods and choose tomatoes in glass jars and use homemade refried beans.

For more information on the specific brands I use, how I make refried beans and chili powder, or any other questions email me at ivanna@earthgypsyevie.com

Wishing you and yours many bright and beautiful blessings this holiday season.

Ivanna Stanfield | Holistic Health Practitioner | Earth Gypsy Evie TEHACHAPI LIVING

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New Year, New You: How to Live Well By Chelsea Scott

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ew Year’s resolutions are positive tools to lead us toward living a better and healthier life. Popular goals made this time of year include being healthier and losing weight, which is evident by the swell in January gym memberships. Others say making more money is high on their list for the new year. Interestingly, Americans’ resolutions in recent years have trended more toward committing to a higher quality of life, with “living life to the fullest� being at the top of most lists (Money.com). If you’re excited by this new resolution trend too, here are a few ways to “live well� in 2019. IMAGINE THE PERFECT DAY What does the perfect day look like to you? For may of us, it includes a mixture of productivity and free time. If you have an idea in mind of what makes you happy and what your ideal day looks like, it becomes more likely you will seek those things out more regularly. MAKE CONNECTIONS Living well has much to do with the people we surround ourselves with. Beyond spending time with friends and family, take a moment to seek out a neighbor or someone in your community. You can never have too many friends.

SET ASIDE QUIET TIME Whether it’s 20 minutes of yoga in the morning, a moment of meditation before you fall asleep at night or listening to relaxing music as you wind down, quiet time is important. Use this daily time to think about the day and what you are grateful for. LOVE PEOPLE (AND YOURSELF!) AS THEY ARE This is tough. It’s human nature to want to change people. Our spouses and children, especially. The more we love and accept people for who they are now and stop waiting for them to change, the happier we will be. This is known as unconditional love, and it’s incredibly empowering to give and receive it.

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BECOME A MINIMALIST Or at least live more minimally. Getting rid of clutter can be extremely difficult, but it’s a good place to start. Do one room a month so you don’t get overwhelmed. Sort out things you haven’t used or worn for six months and donate them. For those of us who are visual people, removing clutter can help make us feel more relaxed. Donate everything that is in good condition.

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hen the holidays approach, will your home be ready for guests? As most of us know, holiday entertaining can invoke a lot of cleaning, especially if you have a larger home. Amid all the joy and celebration, holiday cleaning can also add stress and put a serious damper on the festivities. Who wants to scrub floors and toilets when there are parties to plan? So, it’s never too soon to start planning for a holiday-perfect home. While you could buy the cleaning supplies yourself and toil over fixtures and floors leading up to your favorite holidays, it’s so much easier to let a professional do the work. We all want peace of mind so that the focus is on friends and family this time of year. HERE ARE SOME OBJECTS AND PLACES YOU MIGHT HAVE FORGOTTEN TO PUT ON YOUR HOLIDAY CLEANING CHECKLIST: Dishwasher. It may leave your dishes sparkling, but your dishwasher isn’t self-cleaning. If it’s been a while since you cleaned your dishwasher, you may need to dedicate some time to scouring the filters and loosening up old food and grime. Just turn your dial to the hottest wash setting and add a strong cleaning agent, such as baking soda. Lampshades. Lampshades are a magnet for dust and dirt. But because most of us don’t think to clean them, all that accumulated dust may be affecting the quality of your light and air. Depending on your lampshade fabric, you may need to use very specific cleaning methods. Throw pillows. From pet stains to food stains, throw pillows can attract a lot of unpleasant odors and bacteria over time. If your decorative pillows are not machine-washable, try a gentle handcleaning process with special upholstery shampoo instead. Doorknobs and handles. Our hands are always touching doorknobs and handles, so it’s important to rub those down often! Give them a thorough wipe with damp microfiber cloths and allpurpose cleaner to keep them sparkling. Light switches. Much like doorknobs and handles, light switches have the tendency to collect bacteria from our hands. Make sure to spray your all-purpose cleaner onto a microfiber cloth first, taking care to avoid spraying the lighting hardware. Baseboards. Baseboards likely encircle your entire home, but you probably never think about them! For a deep clean, give them a thorough dusting with a dry microfiber cloth, and then scrub away grime with a mixture of dish-washing liquid and warm water. Refrigerator drawers. The crisper in your refrigerator may look clean and transparent, but there could be any number of bacterial strains lurking in the corners. It’s important to wash out your refrigerator drawers often. Drip coffee maker. Mineral deposits and water stains aren’t the only things you have to worry about with your drip coffee maker: It can also be home to mold and mildew. To correct these problems, run a half-brew cycle with vinegar and water. For more information on Jennifer and her team cleaning services, call 760-301-5026 or visit her website: www.merrymaids.com/ridgecrest

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