If only it were a bee…


Last meal in Japan…


Lucky kitty


Manhole cover as art


Fire Hydrant?

Anyone know?


Japan Trip!

Things have been quiet here lately, as I’ve been in Japan with my family. This started out as a work trip for my husband, who was invited to collaborate with a colleague in Tsukuba, Japan. A whole month is too long apart, and Avital, at 6 is old enough for…

Muir Woods

Back to Work

Vacations are great. But being back is pretty great, too! We were in California for a couple of weeks: visiting friends and family, sleeping through an earthquake, visiting favorite places like the Tilden Park Steam Trains. We ride the trains every time we visit. The trees smelled so good! The…


Soap Guild Conference 2014

Did you know there was a guild for soapmakers? Seriously! The Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild has thousands of members around the world, and 400+ of those members (and probably some non-members) have gathered in Tucson, Arizona for four days of soapy goodness. The first thing I noticed was that…


Recovery and Renovation

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I’m recovering from hip surgery–and thanks, it’s going pretty well! I had hoped to have it earlier in winter, after the holiday rush, but the surgeon’s schedule was not mine, so… But it all worked out, because there was one more schedule…



Being the CEO of Avital’s Apiaries (that’s Chief Everything Officer) means that if I’m not working, nothing is happening (well, theĀ beesĀ are working, though probably not doing much in this weather). And for now, that is the case, though not by choice. A week and a half ago, I had my…