Join me for Cake & Wine (Whine)

A PLEASANT HOUSE'S 2ND ANNIVERSARY!  Happy Anniversary to my little Blog! It was 2 years ago that I found out what a blog was. Up until that point I thought it was just that sooty perspiration left under arms in LA. I was reading Martha Stewart Living and they featured several gardening bloggers in an article.  I sti...more

Visiting With Grown Children

As you read this, I am sipping a Bloody Mary, with my seat reclined, trying to ignore the idiot next to me, attempting to read one of several magazines I've been hoarding to catch-up on, with my bags checked (I don't do overhead clusterf#*k stowage), at 35,000 feet above sea level, moving at approxima...more

Taking Stock and other Hot Teas

TAKING STOCK  Every once (or thrice) in a lifetime, one may be inclined, through forces unforeseen, or some kind of milestone, or even the joy of fitting into a dress size smaller, the opportunity to contemplate the steps in one's journey that brings the present forward. I bring you mine. Born.  ...more

And the Oscar Goes To...

AND THE OSCAR GOES TO...  On the eve of another Oscar award ceremony, whereby Hollywood kisses each other's asses and pretends to be all humble when we all know they secretly hate each other,  I have compiled a list of my own making, which I believe is more appropriate. So put on your fancy clothes, hire a limo, pour some bubbly, smile for the paparazzo, and prepare an acceptance speech (and for ...more

Holy Cheese Batman!

HOLY CHEESE BATMAN 2 Samuel 17:29'Honey and curds and sheep and cheese from the herd, for David and the people with him to eat, for they say, "The people are hungry and weary and thirsty in wilderness."Which explains the God blessed invention of the Super Market and the Super Heros that make stuff, because this cheese making shizz is a tough gig....more

MidLIfe Sex


Medical Advancements & Aging

A PHARMACY OF LOVE  The other day I was talking to my mother and, somehow, we landed on the topic of current medical protocols used in the treatment of both historical, and current diseases....more

Mother's Lessons still abound


Lessons From The Grave

BOOM BOOM GIRL  The other day I was driving along the bayou with a friend.driving-driving-drivinggab-gab-gabThe weather was fine.The livin' was easy.My travel companion mentioned, in passing, that the 1950's Hollywood starlet/bombshell/hot mess Jane Mansfield, had died 'just over there'....more

Bread Like Grandma Used To Bake

BREAD, MEN, AND SPACE SCIENCE So, the other day, I was flipping through catalogs as a way to be physically present, but not actually actively engaged in something Ben was talking to me about. It probably had something to do with his 'day' or what his dreams were. Can the inane conversations ever end?...more