From BLAH to BEAUTIFUL: 10 Tips For Turning Your Kid's 1st Apartment Into Something Special

Once Upon A Time, I pushed two bowling balls out of a garden hose. ...more

How To Adopt a Kid Without Signing Papers

Several of you asked, "What's the story behind your kid who doesn't look anything like the rest of you?" I made a phone call, asked permission, and am now laying it all out there. The short answer to the question "How To Adopt a Child Without Going to Court" is by omission: When the birth parent doesn't give a shit. Simple enough? ...more
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BlogHer BlogMe BlogU

It is with tear-stained cheeks that I must announce that I will NOT be able to attend this year’s BlogHer14 in San Jose. ...more

The Minimalist Guide To A Good Marriage


How To Garden Even If Your Thumbs Are Dumb


7 Things Your Mother Needs To Hear you Say

When I was a child, my mother was the center of my universe.She seemed to alight from high, and softly land in all the right places.She never raised her voice, and never ever raised her hand....more

Join me for Cake & Wine (Whine)

A PLEASANT HOUSE'S 2ND ANNIVERSARY!  Happy Anniversary to my little Blog! It was 2 years ago that I found out what a blog was. Up until that point I thought it was just that sooty perspiration left under arms in LA. I was reading Martha Stewart Living and they featured several gardening bloggers in an article.  I sti...more

Visiting With Grown Children

As you read this, I am sipping a Bloody Mary, with my seat reclined, trying to ignore the idiot next to me, attempting to read one of several magazines I've been hoarding to catch-up on, with my bags checked (I don't do overhead clusterf#*k stowage), at 35,000 feet above sea level, moving at approxima...more

Taking Stock and other Hot Teas

TAKING STOCK  Every once (or thrice) in a lifetime, one may be inclined, through forces unforeseen, or some kind of milestone, or even the joy of fitting into a dress size smaller, the opportunity to contemplate the steps in one's journey that brings the present forward. I bring you mine. Born.  ...more

And the Oscar Goes To...

AND THE OSCAR GOES TO...  On the eve of another Oscar award ceremony, whereby Hollywood kisses each other's asses and pretends to be all humble when we all know they secretly hate each other,  I have compiled a list of my own making, which I believe is more appropriate. So put on your fancy clothes, hire a limo, pour some bubbly, smile for the paparazzo, and prepare an acceptance speech (and for ...more