Walter Mencken 1 p.m., May 1
Stories by Eve Kelly
A preemptive strike against the summer doldrums
“It is not mandatory to give or receive a hug, but we have not had any recipients deny one yet.”
Your little peeps could be running every month, sometimes twice
My teens participated in the Color in Motion 5K chalk run last month with a bunch of their friends. They returned triumphant after the jaunt around Qualcomm Stadium, looking as if they had returned from ...
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.”
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 ...
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.”
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 ...
Swiss Miss? Ghirardelli? Trader Joe’s?
Cocoas with chemicals and some that prompt squeals
A chai tea should provide a cinnamon kick
“The temperature heat followed by the spice heat...I like it.”
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, ...
Wrap your present like you care
“I wrapped one with the Sunday comics, one in an old map, one in a beautiful silk scarf...”
We're making a list...
Stuff stockings, stalk Santa.
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. ...
“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 ...
“We had to call animal rescue to remove a raccoon and her babies.”
Pay these people to banish the raccoons from your chimney.
“It was the kind of soup that brings comfort right down to your toes.”
My friend Lorraine has a golden soul. She’s the type of person who surprises you with coffee deliveries at that exact hour of need, who sends supportive texts throughout the day, who drops off mountains ...
Make like Charlie Brown
“The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed over 2000 pounds.”
Galas are sweet, Jonagolds are a little tart, and Grannies are really tart
It's not a bit like fall, but pick apples and pretend.
Hire someone to get up in your grill
"At least half of the barbecues I work on have rodent droppings where the burners are, and/or nests, and/or actual rodents inside. People are cooking rodent droppings along with their food. "
Advice about over-the-shoulder boulder-holders
“No matter what gravity does to your boobs, I don’t think you’ll ever go to Walmart with them tucked into your pants.”
“A full sandwich is pretty big, three inches high and six inches across.”
Summer has the Kellys exploring the boom in gourmet ice cream sandwiches. “We are baking cookies all day long, so that we can serve you the absolutely freshest, warmest cookie for your custom ice cream ...
Summer of Love. That’s what my hubby Patrick is calling it. We’ve been invited to eight weddings of friends and family. Eight. Love is in the air. But my poor hair, it’s not feeling the ...
Date night gets cooking
“Our ‘Endless Main Course Salads’ class contains a solid hour of knifing skills.”
“What’s not to like?” I asked. “The $215 an hour,” my daughter answered.
Father’s Day. Didn’t we just celebrate 2014’s? That’s how I felt as my daughter and I discussed some options over cappucini and a quattro stagioni (four seasons) wood-fired pizza last week at Caffé Calabria in ...
“Because the lye is a caustic chemical, the class starts with a lecture on safety.”
My oldest daughter has been thinking artisan ever since buying handmade coconut-milk soap at a farmers’ market. “Every time I use it,” she says, “I think, I could do this.” Besides soapmaking tools and ingredients, ...
Door decal features Abe rocking Wayfarer sunglasses with “Original Hipster” written below
Celebrate Memorial Day like a Lincoln.
“The real magic is that your taste buds change during the cleanse.”
“A juice cleanse is when you drink only juice for some period of time, typically three days,” said Hanna Gregor, owner of OH! Juice in Downtown (619-760-1292; ohjuicecleanse.com). “It gives your digestive tract a break, ...
San Diego's best spots to jump for joy ... and exercise
“We turn off the main lights and turn on black lights, party lights, and fog machines.”
Well-spent screen time
“Point your device at the sky and it will tell you what you see.”
Mobile fire-safety service to the rescue
“We teach people the PASS method, which stands for pull the pin, aim, squeeze, and sweep.”
A mani-pedi for Easter? Why the heck not?
“I am hoping the Easter bunny brings me new lingerie, chocolate, coffee, tickets to concerts, and housecleaners, all in that order.”
Get totalled this St. Patrick’s while a sober driver takes the wheel
“We are a charity that educates people about planning when going out with groups of friends.”
“Juicy brightness dapples your palate like light filtering through a poppy parasol.”
Put the boredom on ice
“Word has it that the San Diego Ice Arena in Mira Mesa is the ‘it’ spot for tweens and teens on Friday nights.”
The school offers a stationary carpeted slope and a revolving carpet to help practice skills off the snow.
When baby fat isn’t baby fat
“We made butternut squash mac ’n’ cheese, with squash substituting for cream. The kids were blown away.”
New Year’s Eve festivities in the Kelly home bounce between ringing in the year at private house parties to lounging at home with appetizers, drinks, and movies. “We’ve never done the Downtown NYE party scene, ...
From succulents to air plants, living holiday wreaths grow on you.
“There’s an ocean-themed wreath that uses starfish instead of poinsettias. It looks very cool.”
Annual high point for inner lumberjacks
You can choose and cut your own tree, or if you are not feeling your inner lumberjack, the farm will cut your tree for you.
Well-traveled stuffers Solana Beach This shop is a bargain-hunter’s paradise amid the fun (but pricey) shops of the Cedros Avenue Design District in Solana Beach. Stocking stuffers galore, and all with a touch of thoughtfulness ...
I have joined the clumsy throng: I have cracked my iPhone screen. “I got into this by learning to fix my own phone,” said Dakota Claussen of Quick Fix Tech Repair downtown (619-702-8071; quickfixtechrepair.com). “Then ...
“I’m a fan of subtle home decorating for the holidays,” offered pal Nancy. “Just not into plastic pilgrims and strobe-lit pumpkins. Thanksgiving in our home is pumpkins hollowed out and filled with succulents, tall clear ...
“I might make a lasagna that uses vegetables instead of pasta noodles.”
Tough judgment at the gummy bear taste-test table.
“Gummy bears have a magical light-capturing quality to them that makes people smile.”
“I can’t afford a pool,” lamented my friend Shawn. “So what?” I replied. “Grown-ups just want to lounge in the hot tub. And it’s less water, and it feels great on your back.” Jay Gavin, ...
“Look out for Mr. Stork, that persevering chap. He’ll come along and drop, a bundle in your lap...” My friend Bernice sat singing the song from Dumbo as we sipped cappuccinos one recent morning. The ...
Water accordingly, desert dwellers.
Landscaping and gardening in a drought is tough and expensive, so I started looking for ways to save water and money. “The first thing to do is evaluate the irrigation system,” said New Way Landscape ...
No drought at Pirate Reef, Lazy River, or in the FlowBarrel
Last week, I stopped by the new waterfront park at 1600 Pacific Highway with the kids and had a picnic by the enormous fountain and its “interactive” water arches. My little ones got drenched and ...
My college roommate came to town, her first visit to San Diego since we graduated an undisclosed number of years back. “I have limited time,” said Crystal, “and I want to see it all, by ...
“Oooooh, fancy,” said my youngest as I pulled a strawberry-orange juice popsicle from its mold. (Up until that moment, her pops had all been single-flavor.) Her comment reminded me of something I’d heard about gourmet ...