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Mar 31

Entrance - My friend Linda’s new apartment

My friend moved from a crummy apartment in Monrovia to this amazing building in Highland Park / Sough Pasadena adjacent. It has a wonderful view and sits atop a hill so it catches the breeze coming though. I hope she has many, many, happy years here. I’m looking forward to a margaita on the patio up top sometime SOON!

Mar 31

Another House in Mendocino
Charming. Colorful. Playful. So, me. lol

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Another House in Mendocino

Charming. Colorful. Playful. So, me. lol

Mar 31

DETAIL of the Mendocino House I love
Look at the Gingerbread! Love, love, love. And the ironwork. Lovely

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DETAIL of the Mendocino House I love

Look at the Gingerbread! Love, love, love. And the ironwork. Lovely

Mar 31

House in Mendocino
I’d like to live here, please. Right on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. God’s country.

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House in Mendocino

I’d like to live here, please. Right on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. God’s country.

Nov 30

GPOY - Disheveled at the Beach
Jon took this on Thanksgiving and it made me laugh - Looking haggard with the added bonus of I don’t know what’s up with my hair, lol.
No, that’s not a dead animal lying on the beach though it looks like it.
This is Pacifica, CA My family lived on the interior cliffs from 1962-1969

GPOY - Disheveled at the Beach

Jon took this on Thanksgiving and it made me laugh - Looking haggard with the added bonus of I don’t know what’s up with my hair, lol.

No, that’s not a dead animal lying on the beach though it looks like it.

This is Pacifica, CA My family lived on the interior cliffs from 1962-1969

Nov 30

Immigration Reform Rally
San Jose, California
November 27, 2013
©Laura Quick

1,100 - 1,200 deportations take place in America on a daily basis often tearing apart families. NOTE: Congresswoman Lofgren is the speaker

Nov 29

More Oaxaca Festival
Fiesta de la Virgen de Juquila
Gilroy, California
November 29, 2013
©Laura Quick

This is my 9,000th post

Nov 29

OAXACAN FESTIVAL
Gilroy, CaliforniaNovember 29, 2013
©Laura Quick

This festival was wonderful. It had lots of color (like Oaxaca, Mexico) and was a mix of religious and pagan. Parading Mary to the church and dancing puppets with huge boobs. So much fun!

Nov 29

Oaxaca FestivalChicken Man Carrying CowGilroy, CaliforniaNovember 29, 2013©Laura Quick

Oaxaca Festival
Chicken Man Carrying Cow
Gilroy, California
November 29, 2013
©Laura Quick

Nov 29

IMMIGRATION RALLY
San Jose, CA
November 27, 2013
©Laura Quick

"I hear from young dreamers who are Americans through and through in every way, but on paper, and they just want a chance to study and serve and contribute to the nation they love." — President Barak Obama

May 17

My Puppy is Missing FOUND

Neighbor grabbed her from in front of the house. I posted banners, signs and got a call 24 hours later that they had her. So she’s back, safe and sound. Thanks for the help locating her. Losing an animal is scary.

When I got back to home last night the side gate to my house was open and the puppy is gone. The odd thing is that I specifically checked the gate before I left as sometimes it doesn’t latch all of the way.

The two other dogs are still here and were in the house when I got home.

When our dogs have gotten out in the past, they have never gone far, and always returned home after their adventure. They have never gone out solo, usually the pack travels together and my neighbors burn up the phone line letting me know they are out, so this is a little weird. Bella’s only 6 months old and on the small side for a Great Pyrenees. She is sweet tempered and very docile. She’d greet anyone and is dog friendly. I realize that she may be long gone by now and I’m heartbroken.

Bella wouldn’t fare well against a coyote and certainly not against a pack of coyotes which are also a concern. There’s a den not far from my property and there is daily coyote activity in the canyon.

I’m worried sick. I have been through the canyon multiple times now. It’s hard to see anything for all the foliage — but even a big puppy could hide anywhere. Bella’s pushing 50 pounds but is still young. I’m hoping against hope that someone will see the sign, banners, flyers I’ve posted around the canyon and give me a call, or that someone saw her so we’ll have some idea of where she headed.

Keep your fingers crossed for me please

Apr 20

CourtyardCastillo di AmorosaCalistoga, California©Laura Quick
The masonry, ironwork and woodwork was fashioned by hand using old world crafting techniques. Building materials included 8,000 tons of locally quarried stone, in addition to paving stones, terra cotta roofing tiles and some 850,000 bricks imported from Europe. Extending into the hillside adjacent to the castle lies a labyrinth of caves some 900 feet (270 m) in length. Beneath the castle are the 2-acre (8,100 m2) barrel cellar and tasting rooms where visitors can sample the wines-all sold only at the Castle. This is ll a part of the Amorosa Castle in the Napa Valley in California.

Courtyard
Castillo di Amorosa
Calistoga, California
©Laura Quick

The masonry, ironwork and woodwork was fashioned by hand using old world crafting techniques. Building materials included 8,000 tons of locally quarried stone, in addition to paving stones, terra cotta roofing tiles and some 850,000 bricks imported from Europe. Extending into the hillside adjacent to the castle lies a labyrinth of caves some 900 feet (270 m) in length. Beneath the castle are the 2-acre (8,100 m2) barrel cellar and tasting rooms where visitors can sample the wines-all sold only at the Castle. This is ll a part of the Amorosa Castle in the Napa Valley in California.

Apr 20

Wine ThiefCASTILLO DI AMOROSACalistoga, CA ©Laura Quick
Though it looks like a sexual aid or S&M device, a “wine thief” allows Alison to “steal” young wine from a barrel for tasting. I love the name wine thief. Also the corked hole in the side of a barrel is called the “bunghole.” The cork is called the “bung,” historically a slang term for ass/asshole.
Though the cab balance was off due to its age, it was awfully promising already. We tasted a 2009 finished cab and it was terrific.

Wine Thief
CASTILLO DI AMOROSA
Calistoga, CA
©Laura Quick

Though it looks like a sexual aid or S&M device, a “wine thief” allows Alison to “steal” young wine from a barrel for tasting. I love the name wine thief. Also the corked hole in the side of a barrel is called the “bunghole.” The cork is called the “bung,” historically a slang term for ass/asshole.

Though the cab balance was off due to its age, it was awfully promising already. We tasted a 2009 finished cab and it was terrific.

Apr 20

Castle Exterior, inside the WallsCASTILLO DI AMOROSACalistoga, CA ©Laura Quick
The masonry, ironwork and woodwork was fashioned by hand using old world crafting techniques. Building materials included 8,000 tons of locally quarried stone, in addition to paving stones, terra cotta roofing tiles and some 850,000 bricks imported from Europe. Extending into the hillside adjacent to the castle lies a labyrinth of caves some 900 feet (270 m) in length. Beneath the castle are a 2-acre (8,100 m2) barrel cellar and tasting rooms where visitors can sample the tasty wines-all sold only at the Castle.

Castle Exterior, inside the Walls
CASTILLO DI AMOROSA
Calistoga, CA
©Laura Quick

The masonry, ironwork and woodwork was fashioned by hand using old world crafting techniques. Building materials included 8,000 tons of locally quarried stone, in addition to paving stones, terra cotta roofing tiles and some 850,000 bricks imported from Europe. Extending into the hillside adjacent to the castle lies a labyrinth of caves some 900 feet (270 m) in length. Beneath the castle are a 2-acre (8,100 m2) barrel cellar and tasting rooms where visitors can sample the tasty wines-all sold only at the Castle.

Apr 20

Castle Exterior with MoatCASTILLO DI AMOROSACalistoga, CA ©Laura Quick
Castello di Amorosa is a winery located near Calistoga, California. First opening its doors to the public in April 2007, it is the pet project of 4th generation vintner, Dario Sattui who also owns and operates the V. Sattui Winery named after his great-grandfather who originally established a winery in San Francisco in 1885 
The winery sits on property that was once part of an estate owned by Edward Turner Bale.
The castle interiors, which include 107 rooms on 8 levels above and below ground, cover approximately 121,000 square feet (11,200 m2). Among many other features it has: a moat; a drawbridge; defensive towers; an interior courtyard; a torture chamber; a chapel/church; a knights’ chamber; and a 72 by 30 feet (9.1 m) great hall with a 22-foot (6.7 m)-high coffered ceiling.
Almost all of the rooms are used as part of the wine-making process.

Castle Exterior with Moat
CASTILLO DI AMOROSA
Calistoga, CA
©Laura Quick

Castello di Amorosa is a winery located near Calistoga, California. First opening its doors to the public in April 2007, it is the pet project of 4th generation vintner, Dario Sattui who also owns and operates the V. Sattui Winery named after his great-grandfather who originally established a winery in San Francisco in 1885 

The winery sits on property that was once part of an estate owned by Edward Turner Bale.

The castle interiors, which include 107 rooms on 8 levels above and below ground, cover approximately 121,000 square feet (11,200 m2). Among many other features it has: a moat; a drawbridge; defensive towers; an interior courtyard; a torture chamber; a chapel/church; a knights’ chamber; and a 72 by 30 feet (9.1 m) great hall with a 22-foot (6.7 m)-high coffered ceiling.

Almost all of the rooms are used as part of the wine-making process.

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