What’s Up This Week – 11.25.22

What does thankful mean to you? I have to admit, over the years, I have purposefully used being thankful more as a discipline than an emotional, warm fuzzy kind of feeling. And yet, I believe the discipline of being thankful is one the most powerful tools we have, even when there are things not to be thankful for. So today, I’m choosing to be thankful. I’m thankful for my home, my family, and our community. Did I ever mention the five reasons that brought us to Lake County? Just in case I haven’t, I’d like to mention them. We were in a unique position where we could move anywhere, but didn’t know exactly where we wanted to live. So we had a family meeting to discuss what we wanted. The list ended up looking something like this. #1. We had to be able to afford where we lived. So that narrowed things down a bit. #2. We wanted to live in the mountains. #3. We wanted to live near fresh water. #4. I wanted to live in Wine Country. #5. We wanted to live near the coast. Sound too good to be true? Not in Lake County. It’s all here. And later, we created The Bloom to help showcase the best decision we’ve ever made–our move to Lake County. One of the special surprises about Lake County was discovering how many small businesses make our county what it is. So, in the spirit of the season, we’re going to kick off our holiday shop local holiday guide that will take you all over the county featuring only locally owned small businesses. So a huge shout out to all of your that support our small businesses, including The Bloom and our sponsors. Wherever this weekend finds you, I hope you are exactly where you want to be and doing all the things you want to be doing and making memories to last a lifetime. Happy Holidays Lake County and have a great weekend!

Discover Local Artisans at maker.

Sebrina Andrus, owner of maker. in Kelseyville, reaches far above her head and pulls hard on the window shades, swinging the blinds high up the large windows of what at one time was Kelseyville’s Farmers’ Savings Bank. Winter light shines through them, illuminating the hand-crafted products of maker.

Lake County Music Guide – 11.22.22

Let’s start by debunking a myth – turkey does not make you tired! Chances are what makes you so tired is the enormous amount of carbs you ingest on that day. Okay, with that said, Thursday is Thanksgiving Day, a day where gluttony is acceptable. Got it? Here’s the live music guide for the week of 11/22 through 11/28…

What’s Up This Week – 11.18.22

This week I’ve been focusing on all the things I have to be grateful for before the business of the season takes even more of my attention. What I’m reminded of is how the little ordinary things are sometimes the biggest things to be thankful for. Right now, I’m sitting in my living room; a warm fire is glowing in the fireplace, and yellow oak leaves fill my living room window against a bright blue sky with slanted sunlight drifting in between my sheer curtains, and I’m so thankful to see this moment. No doubt, a week from now, there will be fewer leaves on the oak tree, and I’ll be distracted with family, food, and making more memories to remember in the future. And I am grateful, so grateful. I hope that where ever you are and whatever you’re doing, you can find the grateful, thankful moments that we sometimes miss if we’re not looking. Here’s another one for you. Tuesday, I was reading the Lake County Music Guide as I always do, and somehow it caught me off guard, and I started laughing so hard tears began rolling down my cheek–you know, the happy tears. I can not tell you how good it felt to have a good old-fashioned belly laugh. These are the little moments I’m going to look for every day during this thankful season. Where ever your holiday season takes you, I hope you find exactly what you are looking for. In the meantime, take a few moments to read about some more of our small businesses and check out the Music Guide for a little humor and to know exactly what’s going on for live music. Whatever your plans are, have a great weekend!

Not Your Ordinary Grocery Store

When we think of small, locally-owned businesses, we rarely think of our local grocery store. I remember amid the early years of motherhood, the grocery store was often a moment of sanity. Just to be an adult, even for only that moment, meant the world to me. I knew what every aisle was going to have. I never had to guess where the pasta and cereal was. In some ways, especially when I was in a hurry, that sense of sameness was an absolute comfort and lifesaver. But I’ll never forget that one trip when I was in the canned food aisle of a major supermarket. There I was, looking at the beans. I don’t know why it was the bean aisle, but it was. I needed something different to cook, something inspiring. All I saw were beans staring blankly back at me, offering nothing new or original.

Talkin’ Turkey

As I viewed a tom turkey while he fanned out his prodigious feathers and strutted about three females, who appeared to ignore his extravagant gestures, I recalled that wild turkeys are not native to Lake County. These great gobblers, Meleagris gallopavo are, however, native to North America. According to the Department of Fish and Wildlife, turkeys were brought into California in the 1870s, the 1920s, 1950s, and again in the 1970s. The turkeys which were imported in the 1970s came from Texas. Since then, the big birds have taken a shining to their adopted homes in Lake County, with estimates of wild turkeys exceeding 240,000 throughout California.

What’s Up This Week – 11.11.22

With even shorter days and cooler weather, it seems to be getting more wintery despite the sporadic fall-colored leaves still appearing on our oak trees. I can remember several Thanksgivings we’ve enjoyed dining on our patio, but I’m thinking this may not be one of those years. So when we have a stormy, wet fall season, I can’t help but get in the holiday spirit despite the calendar telling me otherwise. Don’t get me wrong; I do not want to rush the holidays. No, I plan to enjoy every moment of November and my leisurely time before things get crazy busy. And yet, I’m kind of enjoying holiday music playing in the background while I’m working on dinner. I think any time of year is a good time of year to welcome happy memories and soak in their warmth and all those warm fuzzy feelings they bring. It’s wonderful to be thankful and to look forward to new memories still to be made. So, to all of you enjoying a little holiday cheer, know you’re not alone! Speaking of thankful, this week we celebrate eight local businesses that competed in the 2022 1Team 1Dream business competition. And Kathleen Scavone is going to tell us a few fun facts about fall. Have a great weekend, Lake County!

Peace and Plenty Farm Wins 1 Team, 1 Dream Competition

The atmosphere’s expectant at the Soper Reese Theatre in Lakeport. The contestants nervously wait backstage while friends and neighbors mingle happily with each other around the tables. Maryann Schmid and Olga Martin Steele, co-founders and visionaries of the Hands Up Lake County competition, roam around the room, talking with people and addressing the innumerable details that attend an event of this size. With $100,000 offered in prizes, there’s a lot on the line.

Remarkable Fall Foliage

Have you noticed the fragrance of fall in the air? The lovely rains we enjoyed activated sure-fire scents of earth and rain. Then, cool evenings, coupled with toasty-warm afternoons, commenced to create a sensory canvas of aroma emanating from gold-ripened grass mingled with decomposing leaves. With all of these scent-sations to enjoy, I wondered just how many smells the human nose can detect. Somehow, the number 10,000 has made its way around the internet. However, according to Dr. Avery Gilbert whose career involves nosing around in odor and who has a book out called “What the Nose Knows: The Science of Scent in Everyday Life,” he advises us that the number is incorrect. Gilbert states that the figure bears no scientific proof and was invented by a chemist back in 1927. It is unclear just how many smells a human can detect.

What’s Up This Week – 11.04.22

This week we say goodbye to October as we move into the final stretch of 2022 and all that comes with it. For some of us, it’s the start of the holiday season. For others, it is still just another week of fall as we welcome even cooler weather and more rain. It’s time to move indoors and let mother nature battle out the season’s changes while we enjoy cozy fires, warm beverages, and all things soup to drive out the autumn chill. One indoor venue I want to mention is the Soper Reese Theatre in Lakeport. After a long quiet two years, things are returning to normal at the Soper Reese. They are playing several classics this month before featuring some holiday favorites in December. I know they would appreciate the community’s support. There’s no doubt our small businesses depend on us during this time of year. So, as the holiday season gets closer, we’ll be focusing on them. This week I’m happy to share the story of Style and Soul Boutique in Lakeport. So enjoy a long drive, revel in autumn’s colors, and do some shopping. Soak it all in Lake County and have a great weekend, and don’t forget to set back your clocks!

Fashion, Friendship, Fun: Style and Soul Boutique

It’s another beautiful fall day in Lake County, where the days are shorter, and the bright golden light is slow to give way to cooler temperatures and blustery winds. It’s Tuesday afternoon, and it feels like fall could last forever. Orange, brown, and yellow leaves adorn the display window of  Style and Soul Boutique on Main Street in Lakeport, whether it’s autumn sweaters, tops, or dresses that tempt window shoppers to come in for a quick look around.

How to Know the Difference Between a Heart Attack and a Gallstone Attack

Out of nowhere sharp pains struck the upper portion of my chest that brought me to my knees. I knew I suffered from a rare heart disease as my dad’s coroner advised me to seek the professional opinion of a cardiologist. Being further studies were still being done, I immediately called my doctor and more precise tests were done to narrow down the mysterious culprit.

Bring On the Bats!

Who doesn’t go batty from time to time? It’s fun to observe the various bats as they emerge from their hidey-holes at dusk. They seem to materialize out of nowhere as they flit to and fro, consuming mosquitoes, moths, and more. Bats are important indicators of the environment, so if you’ve got ’em, consider yourselves lucky. Bats wing their way around, noiselessly sending out sound waves to echolocate their prey.

Lower Lake Winery – Lake County’s First Since Prohibition

Today Lake County is enjoying the praises of many as a premier grape-growing region. There are dozens of award-winning wineries scattered around the hills and valleys, with eight American Viticultural Areas (AVA), or appellations located here, according to The Wine Institute. An AVA denotes landscapes with either geographic or climatic characteristics that differentiate from surrounding grape-growing regions. Some of Lake County’s appellations include Red Hills, Kelsey Bench, High Valley, Big Valley District, Guenoc Valley, and more.

Coffee Cake to Impress

Nothing says comfort food more than what comes out of the oven, right? One of our family’s favorite breakfasts starts with a Betty Crocker-inspired Sour Cream Coffee Cake. With the help of a bundt pan and a little glaze, it becomes nothing short of decadence not only to the eye but, most importantly the tastebuds. 


6 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Rely On Anyone Else BUT YOU for Your Happiness

These days we are learning the importance of mental health. Being a good mother doesn’t mean surrendering your happiness for your child/children but balancing your genuine happiness. I think most of us have been there when we are exhausted from volunteering, being there for your kids, your spouse. There is a better way. Here are a few reasons you should start (if you are not already) discovering your own happiness.

A Weekend Away in Kelseyville, Part 2

It’s a bright sunny morning at Suites on Main in Kelseyville, and the day is full of possibilities. And yes, our goal is still not to leave Main Street. So here’s how we do it. First, start the day with a great cup of coffee. There’s something to be said about consistency, especially when it comes to the morning’s consciousness.

Play with Purpose

How seriously should we take play? Recent studies show that play, brain breaks, and creating by using one’s imagination are vital for children’s mental and physical health. The American Academy of Pediatrics discusses what may occur in children if they are not encouraged to actively play outdoors in nature or to engage their playful imaginations. Without plenty of playtime, children may experience attention problems and have difficulty developing emotionally or socially. But wait a minute, it turns out that play is beneficial for adults as well. A New York Times article lists the benefits of play in adults as comparable to that of meditation since it aids in allowing our minds to focus and delivers a mood lift.

When I Realized My Childhood Anxiety was More Than Just Being Shy – And How to Know the Difference

Social Anxiety is not as common as shyness. An individual suffering from social anxiety exhibits a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms that can either deliver mild distress or leave one feeling momentarily debilitated. It’s never too late to know the difference and make changes in our lives. If powerful negative thoughts are controlling your life, get help and talk with a professional or confidant. We have one life. Don’t let years pass by without being the best version of you.

Repurpose With a Purpose at the House of Throckmorton Jones

Lisa Jones greets me from the back room as her cheerful assistant, Kathy, leads me down the long hallway to a large room oozing with creativity. The professional and sturdy sewing machines are strategically placed throughout the room. These are not your grandmother’s Singers as these immense and elaborate seamstress tools display a more professional presence. I introduce you to Throckmorton Jones…What is Throckmorton Jones? Founding designer Lisa Jones will tell you it is a boutique, gallery, and atelier offering unique custom clothing and accessories for both men and women.

Night Thoughts

It is heartening on many levels to watch the world tentatively open with the pandemic slowing its fated frenzy just a bit. One such tentative opening is our very own Taylor Observatory. It pays huge dividends to keep an eye on their facebook and website pages, Friends of Taylor Observatory (foto), because they hosted a Welcome Back Star Party in late June after two years of being closed to the public. The foto sites are a treasure trove of space information in which both space nerds and neophytes can learn something new and exciting.

2nd Annual Blackberry Cobbler Festival: A Huge Success

A bright Saturday morning shines across Cobb Mountain and down to the grassy fairways of Mountain Meadows, host of the Second Annual Blackberry Cobbler Festival. A steady line of cars streams in, winding down the blackberry-bush-lined road to the golf course, where local artisan arts and craft vendors welcome guests.

Why Your Age is an Asset & Not a Liability

Our lives are a beautiful set of stages, and no two stages or journeys are identical. Happiness is seen through a different lens for us all. If we are wise enough to embrace our failures as we age, we learn these mistakes are merely stepping stones to a better place. Keep learning. Keep moving forward. Never limit yourself.

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