Winter Life

Feliz Navidad

 Winter is a time for comfort food and in New Mexico that means posole, empanadas and bizcochitos.
Sufganiyot is often prepared during Chanukah.  One of the things I miss most about New Mexico is the food, so it was a treat for me to prepare, style and photograph these images for the 2018 edition Winter Life magazine published by The Santa Fe New Mexican.

Photography By:  Ryannan Bryer De Hickman


Royal Palms

We have been spending a fair amount of time in Arizona this year.  Our hands down favorite place to
stay is the Royal Palms in Scottsdale.

It was nice to escape winter for a bit.  All the flowers were blooming and the temps were pleasant.
We hope to go back at the end of this month when the orange trees are blooming.  When our kids were growing up, we would make a trip to Phoenix every Spring Break.  My husband is a baseball fan, and some of the baseball teams are in Phoenix for Spring Training.  I'm pretty content to lounge by the pool.  There is nothing quite like a city that smells of orange blossom.

We have stayed in many different resorts in the Phoenix area, but the Royal Palms is always the one we love the most.  I love the architecture and the way the paths meander from one outdoor room to another.    The spa is also quite nice.

 Unfortunately, while we were away this winter, there was a deep freeze at our Texas house.  I follow the Austin, Texas garden blog - Rock Rose - so I wasn't surprised to come back and find the garden looking rather dreadful.   My orange tree survived, as did the Fig Vine, but the Sago and Fan Palms look half dead.  Hope they can rebound.   As I type this, a deer is just outside my window.  So many things I have planted have become expensive deer food.  I can't bear to keep them out though.  What a treat to see them come up from the lake to graze on my lawn, and everything else:-)  Part of the joy of living in the countryside.

Photos By: Ryannan Bryer de Hickman
Sotto Il Monte



                           Thirty-four years ago, this sweet beautiful little girl was born to me.                                                                              
                                     She has brought so much joy and happiness to my life.

                                                           Born in Boulder, Colorado

                                                Raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico


                                                        We survived the teenage years!!!

                                                       High School Graduation

                                           Desert Academy - Santa Fe, New Mexico

College Days - Hawaii Pacific University - with roommate Lindsay.  That was a tough start.  We flew
to Hawaii at the end of August 2001.  I went to all the parent orientations, set her up in her dorm room, enjoyed the sand and sun and then flew back to Santa Fe.  Eight days later, 9/11 happened.  I had a panicked child on an island in the middle of the Pacific and no way to get to her or get her off the island.  As you may remember, all flights were canceled for days after that tragedy.  We made it through, along with countless other parents and kids. She would end up graduating from Hawaii Pacific University and staying in Hawaii for nearly ten years - with many visits from Mom & Papa.

                  She met her husband Jason in Hawaii.  A musician and IT whiz  - we love him!

                            Together - they gave us the ultimate gift - our grandson.

                                                           The Payoff!!

So Happy Birthday my sweet, loving daughter!!!   Today she is spending her birthday helping to host a baby shower for a friend.