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Party with bunnies and chicks to pat

Let’s get out of the house on Easter

“Our big, gentle bunny will provide a great photo op and hand out small bubble bottles.”

Decorating ideas for Easter

Whimsical (and affordable) touches

Our backyard’s prima donna moment comes in late March and early April. The wild lilac’s violet blue flowers complement the rose bushes’ magenta blooms. Orange and lime tree blossoms compete with the tiny pink blooms ...

Coding is cool, kids!

Computer science education classes and camps for the young'uns

“Sometimes the kids have to solve a puzzle, and sometimes they have to take a quiz.”

What to do for Valentine’s Day

San Diego lovey-dovey stuff

Sitting in the sun, dreaming up Valentine’s Day for my man... Spoiled much, San Diego? I was thinking. Our problem here isn’t finding something to do, it’s choosing from so many options. Where I grew ...

Who makes the best hot chocolate?

Swiss Miss? Ghirardelli? Trader Joe’s?

Cocoas with chemicals and some that prompt squeals

Pick your chai

A chai tea should provide a cinnamon kick

“The temperature heat followed by the spice heat...I like it.”

Fancy flights over San Diego

A dramatic shift in perspective

"New Year, new perspective,” I told Patrick. “You’ve never seen your city from above, except through some scratched-up plastic window in coach. What about a hot-air balloon? No windows, scratched or otherwise. Just a balloon, ...

Wrapper's delight

Wrap your present like you care

“I wrapped one with the Sunday comics, one in an old map, one in a beautiful silk scarf...”

Airsoft gunplay around the county

Boys will be boys and shoot things

Boys like to shoot guns. I like children to remain uninjured. Airsoft, which involves shooting one’s friends but also involves plastic BBs and full facemasks, sounded like it might be a way to meet halfway. ...

A gift for a grieving friend

“I like necklaces — keeps the deceased close to the heart.”

This has been a rough year for funerals. We are attending more than I wish to acknowledge. This past week it was a dear friend’s mama. Besides the usual flowers and meal, which feel sort ...

El Niño is coming. How’s your chimney?

“We had to call animal rescue to remove a raccoon and her babies.”

Pay these people to banish the raccoons from your chimney.

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