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About me

People ask me about the name of my blog and the Radish part.  I used radishes because they are visual attractive, round and red. And when old, they are old a little caustic and biting.   Sometimes that is me. 

 I live on Puget Sound, in Washington with my husband.   My subject matter is always in flux.  I go through different crazes and my blog goes with me.  I enjoy food, photography, I love my family, and I am creative always.  I write about life.    


April 9, 2014/ Moving reality


As you might guess, I am photographing  my moving/not moving process.  The photography  has only gotten its kickoff two days ago.  

Yesterday was real estate lady talk day. This is a killer.  You find out what you have to do  to get a house ready to sell.  And there is some reality over the price to put on the house you are going to sell.  It is unfortunate that this day coincided with the day Mr. Radish finished his taxes.   

We had martinis last night and not in celebration.  There is a new term in house selling and it is called staging.  In our case that means that we move half of the furniture out of the house into storage so our house looks spacious.  We want everyone to come and focus on the killer view which is the asset of our house.  All surfaces in the house are to be empty.  No kitchen-aids, no olive oil, or salt, or paper  towels, only the coffee maker is allowed.  

Oddly enough one of the ways to see where messes are, is to take a photo.  That immediately brings out all the flaws.  


April 4, 2014/ Lunches


I am at home in Washington.  It is good to be back to our spot.  It is amazing how your things are helpful to creating your place.  I am still feeling like we are on a real adventure. It could be we only rent a dumpster and clean our garage.  



Florida has horrible food for the most part. There is a lot of fried food served with fried food.  The last several years we have eaten lunch out  a lot.  But both in Florida and Washington I have come tired of eating the lunch food.  I think it is partly because I am older and some food does not sit well with me.  

I am thinking of eating more lunches at home, but the tedium of thinking up three nutritious meals a day is hard especially when you are retired and already slightly bored.  Partly it is important to have a good pantry, and partly you have to have the inspiration.  

here are a few things I am thinking about.  Planning for leftovers.   Make a grain or vegetable salad that will last for several days.  For those who brown bag it, never ever take food in a plastic carton.  Use glass jars or some of the interesting Japanese lunch boxes that are fun. Have a small dessert and/ or fruit.  

Here is an outstanding link for lunches.

The April issue of Bon Appetite on page 76 has a really good article on packed lunches.  


March 30, 2014


This is really too serene a scene for talking about the mudslide in Washington.  But my powers to be creative have rolled to a complete stop with this moving adventure.  I was working on my 365 project yesterday and I knew I had to come up with a photo.  This is it.

About this mudslide in Arlington, Washington. . .what a disaster. As the crow flies it is about 20 miles from my home.   It is thought that about 60 people, obviously dead,  are still buried there.   But the press has been following the Malaysian airplane into the Indian Ocean for weeks.  

I had this myth in my mind, in my case it was about earthquakes in the west coast, that if something horrible happened, FEMA or the National Guard would come looking for me.  There is 25-30 ft depth of mud in the Arlington slide.  Hard to find bodies when it got wetter and wetter with the rain, even if the National Guard did show up.  

If I were living in Los Angeles this week, I would be non functional.  It does not matter if there is an earthquake or not because fear could consume me.  The press would make sure I was worried. I am not sure if God cares about the San Andres fault, or the continental shelf to will to keep them calm.  But personally I am going to give God a little more of my attention this week, especially as I am flying ,because I do not want my Orlando plane to turn from the direction of the northwest, and start flying for Cape Town.   





March 28, 2014

Just when you think you know how everything is going to work out,  You realize that this is not so.  Like a week ago we were hit by a light beam that said perhaps we should move to Florida.  It dawned on me that my husband was happy, happier than he had been in years.  He was healthier here.  one day we pulled into an area that we liked and went to look at an open house for entertainment.  The house was one of the first houses of a development sitting all by itself, painted yellow, ice cream green and pink.  Mr. Radish said that he did not like that color scheme very much. We were told the colors were beach colors.   There was no turning back.  We have been looking at condos and apartments ever since.  

My oldest daughter has been here with her family.  We have been running many of our thoughts through her for advice etc.  She has been running many of her thoughts through us.  One of my concerns is that I do not like heat.   But I have decided I will spend some of the summer with my Washington daughters.  

We return to Washington on Tuesday.  I am likely going to get my house ready to sell.  I am going to make every effort to look at this as a great adventure, and stay calm.  I am looking at this as an opportunity to make my vote count.  And here in Florida, I will get in some pool  at least several times a week.  



March 21, 2014/

Apparently, judging from yesterday,  no one is worried about current affairs.  Here is my propaganda photograph.  And use the door if you do not like it.