Guacamole by Cai King, Fresno, CA

Cai King describes her families first encounter with guacamole. My transplanted from ND Mom loved avocados, but I don’t recall her ever making guacamole. She ate it plain and on sandwiches, but I was an adult before I had my first guacamole and chips. I never looked back. It is a staple in our house and one of my favorite foods.

My mom and dad grew up with a diet rich in root vegetables and this thing called “rhubarb.” Exotic produce in my family meant a red onion, so you can only imagine what our first encounter with an avocado was like once we landed here in California. And gawk-uh-moe-lee? Why would you eat something you can’t spell? (Here we come full circle back to rhubarb.) It must have been my mother’s progressive friend Ginnie—she did cool crafts like macramé—who brought guacamole into my life at one of her 60s-era pool parties (caftans!). Ginnie used real avocados, not sour cream with a few drops of green food coloring trying to pass for guacamole. Chunky, with finely chopped onion and tomato, a sprinkling of salt and pepper, a squish of lime, and jalapeño for the bold—add tortilla chips and you have dinner fit for a “King.” For that, I will forever be grateful. Cai King, Fresno, California


More Photos from Cambria Pines Rug Camp

Postcards from California, photo by Carla Jensen

The Postcards were displayed along with the binder that told the story behind each postcard.

Examining the backs of the postcards.

Examining the backs of the postcards.

Some of the postcards were displayed on the table allowing viewers to pick-up and touch these little works of fiber art. They found out that the backs of the postcards told their own story.

Taking a bow for the postcards. Photo by Carla Jensen

I couldn’t help taking a bow for the postcards.
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The Postcards at Cambria Pines Rug Camp

The Postcards from California Traveling Show went to Cambria Pines Rug Camp to make an appearance at their Rug Show. The Postcards delighted everyone who stopped by to admire them (they are such show-offs). Cambria Pines Rug Camp is an annual rug hooking camp with Gene Shepherd as the Director. He delights everyone with his personality and makes us feel welcome. He gets lots of help from his wife, Marsha, and a support staff that is amazing. I met some wonderful folks this year and recommend this camp to anyone who wants to increase their rug hooking skill, spend a week in beautiful surroundings, and enjoy wonderful company.

Dazzling the crowd at Cambria Pines Rug Camp

I was fortunate to be able to take a photo of Carla Jensen with her postcard, The Big Clovis Rodeo.

Carla Jensen holding The Big Clovis Rodeo.

Some of the postcards are placed on the table so that they can be picked up and turned over. The backs are all different and are amazing. The Postcards from California binder is also prominently displayed on the table so viewers can read the stories that are what make this display so special. Note: The stories are also available on this blog or at Rug Hooking Magazine’s online edition Rug Beat (2nd Edition).

Table display

More postcards at Cambria Pines Rug Camp

Golden Gate in the Fog

Golden Gate in the Fog by Larry Clark, Roseville, CA

The Golden Gate Bridge celebrated its 75th Birthday this past week. Happy Birthday to our most beloved California icon which stands as a symbol of what could be accomplished by hard-working people during the great depression.

The Golden Gate Bridge – How many times have you been in San Francisco or better yet, Oakland and all you see is the top of the Golden Gate Bridge while the lower half is shrouded in fog. Day or night, I have seen this picture and it is always amazing how the fogs hangs so low over the water and yet several hundred feet above the water, blue sky. Larry Clark, Roseville, CA