(shot of pool at Marmal Radziner Prefab House in Desert Hot Springs)
We pass through Santa Barbara and head up into the central Valley where Solvang is located. My sister Julia lives in Buellton which is a sleepy little town just outside Solvang. I think her little town's claim to fame is the Andersen Split Pea Soup Restaurant that sits just off the freeway as we turn to her home. The first night we get settled in and catch up with my sister Julia and her husband, Gary. Lots of talking and good food. When we finally stumble off to bed, to our joy, we realize we don't need air conditioning. We can actually use a blanket. And when we walk our dog, Dylan Thomas, we're actually a bit cold. After weeks of triple digit heat, we're loving the cool night air. Loving it.
The next morning was cool too. We walked Dylan Thomas down at the River park and the chill set him to shivering (his coat is cut short for the desert). Here he is with my husband Steve in our desert house.
And you can see how his short hair cut He's a standard poodle. A skinny one, I might add.
Here's Steve starting to unpack the boxes of jewelry. I would have helped with this, but I had to take the pictures.
My sister Shirley created most of the sea glass pendants and wrapped them in sterling silver wire. They are very pretty and look lovely on a ribbon, a sterling chain, a leather thong or a silver collar. Versatile and unusual. The fourth table held our Walk About bracelets which are bracelets with a key ring jump ring that you use to attach your house key and then you go walk about. I use mine for walking the dog, going to the gym or just running next door - anytime I don't want to take a bunch of keys I slip on my Walk About Bracelet.
Walk About Bracelets are made with vintage and new beads, wooden beads, charms, key ring holder and stretch cord so they fit all sizes.
We were set up and ready by noon. The show was set for 1-4 pm. So we had some lunch and waited and waited and waited. One o'clock came and went. Then it was one thirty. I started to panic. "What if no one comes," I asked as I checked the front window for the umpteenth time. "They'll come," said my sister Julia. "Don't worry," said my husband Steve. Easy for you all, I thought to myself. Returning from my front window perch, I saw why they weren't worried.
the original authentic recipe from Havana Cuba
1 teaspoon powdered sugarJuice from 1 lime (2 ounces)4 mint leaves
1 sprig of mint Havana Club white Rum (2 ounces)2 ounces club soda
Place the mint leaves into a long mojito glass (often called a "collins" glass) and squeeze the juice from a cut lime over it. You'll want about two ounces of lime juice, so it may not require all of the juice from a single lime. Add the powdered sugar, then gently smash the mint into the lime juice and sugar with a muddler (a long wooden device pictured below, though you can also use the back of a fork or spoon if one isn't available). Add ice (preferably crushed) then add the rum and stir, and top off with the club soda (you can also stir the club soda in as per your taste). Garnish with a mint sprig.
Fifteen women friends of Julia came to the showing. I think they all had a good time, I hope they did. They were all great women. We all chatted and looked at earrings giving opinions as to what looked good on who. Our show was a hit and we sold a lot of earrings and pendants. The jewelry show party was a huge success. Lots of sales and lots of great feedback. Many thanks to Julia's friends and to my sister who helped make it a great day.
Coming next a quick visit to the Danish town - Solvang.