Village People

Last week several of the local neighborhoods joined forces to put on one huge concert in the park. The Answer was the band and they provided the official entertainment for the evening. The unofficial entertainment were all my neighbors in their Disco Fever best. Continue reading


Beer Nuts

img_3305Fifteen Years Ago, Alex and I took a public city bus out of downtown Juneau, hiked up a hill from the bus stop, and found ourselves at the Alaskan Brewing Company.  This was before craft beer really came into its own, and it was just getting started as a cultural phenomenon.  We walked in, and there were a couple small taps, a friendly face, and a sign that read FREE BEER.  We were the only ones there.  We’d found a special little place.  Two original “Beer Nuts.” Continue reading

Bocce Ball

Our neighbor’s Italian family was visiting from Canada (yes – I got those countries right). We had gotten to know them at W&M’s wedding, and found they were quite fun. So for a change of scenery from W&M’s home, we invited them over to our place for Tortilla Soup and Bocce Ball. The family are Bocce Ball enthusiasts and I had never played before, but was informed that all you need is a beverage (alcohol preferred) and sense of humor. We have that, so it was a date! Continue reading

Summer in Wonderland

While in Seattle, Alex and I visited an immersive art exhibit that was one of the most beautiful I have ever seen.  I’ve always loved hand blown glass art, but this place took glass art to a whole new level.  Neighbors, if you are ever in Seattle, please take the time to visit the Chihuly Garden and Glass.  You will feel like you have crossed through the looking glass, and entered Wonderland.

Here is Chihuly, through my eyes.  But please, see it with your own. Continue reading

Happy Gourds


Hey, neighbors! It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Well, it’s MY most wonderful time of the year. That’s right!  It’s PUMPKIN season!  Fall has arrived! Each year, I look forward to pulling the fall box out of storage, and unpacking all my pumpkin décor.  But the absolute best part is heading to the store and picking out my pumpkins for the front door.  Check out my speckled pumpkin with the long stem.  Isn’t it just the cutest?  They make me so happy when I look at them.

In honor of pumpkin season,  Continue reading

Six Months In


FP Yellow cropped2On March 13, 2016, with the encouragement of my Breakfast Club, Neighborly Life was launched.  The goal?  To share Life / Recipes / Stories / Tips / History.  I’ve been surprised by the level of interest, and responses to my posts.

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flagSo here’s the highlights of the last six months: Continue reading

The Well Prepared Kitchen

I’ve been collecting kitchen related gadgets my entire adult life. There are a few pieces I’ve found to be indispensable. There are just certain items I can’t live without (need-to-haves). Then there are those little luxuries which just make me happy when I use them (nice-to-haves). Here’s my list of gadgets that make me prepared for anything: Continue reading