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Saturday, December 15, 2018

What they’re wearing

The word “boutique” sends a message of stylish, individualized clothing. Entering a fashion boutique is akin to being transported into one of the fashion capitals of the world, where the quality, patterns and cloths used all depict the quintessence of haute couture.
The flu season is fast approaching—the other day while at a stoplight I was sandwiched in between two people who were coughing incessantly—but fortunately science has given us ways to get through the winter months with fewer sick days. In terms of preventing the flu, getting a flu shot—surprise—is a must-do.

Remembering pieces of history

Most objects can perform a function or purpose, but only a rare few can serve as a portal into the past. What if a piece of fabric could take you back in time?

Honoring the departed

JoAnne Perez Robinson worked for five days in the heat painting the traffic box outside the Gilroy Center for the Arts. While she toiled away at the rich agricultural scene honoring local field workers, her dad, Raymond Perez, came each day carting along a picnic lunch and an umbrella to shield her from the Gilroy sun—sitting with her the entire time she painted.

Pirates, witches and cowboys—Oh my!

It’s almost here. Lurking just around the corner—that time of year when kids of all ages can create their finest disguises. Whether trick-or-treating with the kids or attending the monster bash of the year, one great way to stand out in a crowd this season is to make a costume.

Hot, sweet and salty

When Paramvir Dhillon and his wife, Dolores came across a vacant ice cream shop in a shopping center off Dunne and Monterey in Morgan Hill last summer, they knew they had found the perfect location for their ice cream and treat shop.

From Hair to L.A.

Recently featured in Vanity Fair’s hallowed fashion pages for his stunning braids on OG celebutant, Paris Hilton, who sported the heat-resistant hairdo for two weeks at Burning Man this summer, Dylan is living his dream, jetting from red carpets to photo shoots in exotic locations, and, he says, it all started in Gilroy.

Making homemade salsa

My next door neighbor walked out to her backyard one day and noticed a little green plant that was growing out of the rain gutter above her bedroom window. Upon closer inspection, what she actually had was a small tomato plant. “A gutter tomato!” she joked, as she and her son transplanted it into a large pot.After tending to this and several other tomato plants, she started to get quite a harvest, which she very generously shared with me.And what does one do when they have an abundance of tomatoes that they need to use up? One makes salsa. Or at least one should, because it is so easy to make and so unbelievably delicious when fresh.

Fall garden markets

Many cool season vegetables can be planted in our South County gardens in the fall. During our winters, nature helps with the watering, and there are fewer weeds and pests. Cool season vegetables include broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, chard, kale and beets. The UCCE Master Gardeners have Fall Garden Markets scheduled in Gilroy and Morgan Hill, with varieties especially well-suited to the southern end of the county.

Cherishing the generations

September 11th is National Grandparents Day and, for crying out loud, I am yet to be a grandmother. My sons are apparently not in any hurry to bestow on me the title of “Grandma.”