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Origami, Take Two

20130722_214236-1Last year after watching this Ted Talk, I found an upcoming a Origami exhibit at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. Our son Sam and family live just south of Sacramento and he likes folding paper as much as I do, so I sent him the exhibit info along with a link to the prospectus, and he replied that we had to come down and see it! Continue reading


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Soapy Days

Thursday and Friday were two soap days in a row for us—60 pounds of River Bars sliced this Sunday morning!  We are replenishing stock after a couple of large orders, a Fourth of July event, and several weekly Wednesday Farmers Market days. Rick says we’ve passed the point of making soap just once a week—and I think he may be right.  I’m thinking quite a few of these summery days will involve soap.

Sandwiched between our soap morning on Thursday and our soap afternoon on Friday, we set out to find a legendary stand of redwoods called the Del Norte Titans. Continue reading


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Yosemite-Sized!

Rick was privileged to use his senior pass for the first time last week—to enter Yosemite National Park! Our Sacramento kids have fallen in love with Yosemite over the past several years and invited us to enjoy a hiking/camping weekend with them this summer. We have never traveled to Yosemite—well, Rick had been there as a little kid but didn’t really have much memory of it—so we were really excited about seeing this place we had only viewed in photographs.image

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Senior Moments

This week, my husband and I went to our local US Forest Service office and he took advantage of his first “senior benefit” — an America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.  This $10 lifetime pass is a great benefit for those who have reached the mellow age of sixty-two.  Some friends who are just ahead of us on this spectrum clued us in imageto this pass last year, and we didn’t wait long after Rick’s birthday to purchase his. Continue reading


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Garden Amazement

I’m amazed when I walk out and explore the garden.  All this stuff happens while I’m not looking: zucchini leaves grow to the size of dinner plates, blueberries ripen, blossoms magically become plums and apples, cherries and pears.   Continue reading


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At the end of the day on July 4th, we held a drawing for a basket of River Bar Soaps. We asked a young guy who was walking by if he would be so kind as to draw the winning ticket.  He sheepishly consented, was rewarded with a little bar of soap, and then queried, “What’s this?” Funny!

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Reflections on the 4th

We had a great day at the beachfront in River Bar Soaps’ booth, seeing old friends and meeting some new ones.  We were set up early, long before we heard the first sirens denoting the beginning of the parade.  We could only partially see it from our booth’s vantage point, but we could hear all the sounds of our small town’s parade: Continue reading


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The Best Laid Plans . . .

IMGP3754Our son-in-law recently showed me how to set up a Facebook ad. He created one designed to expand the Facebook audience for our River Bar Soaps Facebook page.  It worked like magic, quadrupling our audience in one day!  The ad happened to run on the day we were traveling home, and the long trip was made less tedious as we focused on the growing number of “Likes” instead of the number of hours left to drive. Continue reading