Sunday, September 14, 2014

Corn and Joyce Oroz

Josephine and I always say, if you have nothing to say, talk about food. Who in this world doesn't like food? Labor Day was a great food day--so many people and such good food. There were salads of all types to go with BBQ meats and side dishes. There were two unforgettable corn salads, one with avocado and one without. I am about to share the lip-smacking colorful avocado variety with you. Or leave out the avocado.

Vegan • Gluten free • Serves 4-6
1 pint
Cherry of grape tomatoes
1/4 cup
2 cups
Corn, cooked
1/2 tsp
Lime, zest
1/2 cup
Red onion
1 tbsp
Lime juice, fresh
Baking & Spices
1/4 tsp
1/4 tsp
Oils & Vinegars

2 tbsp
Olive oil
Toss it all together and serve

Now for a good book like
"Color This Day Beautiful"

by Joyce Riley 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Fair of Fairs.........Joyce Oroz

The Santa Cruz County Fair opened yesterday, Tuesday, September 9 and runs through Sunday, September 13.
You will find it in Watsonville  at 2601 East Lake Avenue
Watsonville, California 95076
The "good old days" are still here in the form of a terrific county fair. Santa Cruz County has one of the best if not THE best fair in California. It is beautifully landscaped, pristine, and exploding with entertainment. 

New features are added each year, and the old favorites continue, like music, a bazillion food choices, turkey and pig races, 4H livestock, the rose garden, rodeo, flower competitions, baking competitions, art, photography, quilting, historic buildings and displays and on and on.
September is the perfect time of year to enjoy our lovely fair--hope to see you there!

Codiga Center & Museum: Potatoes and wheat were once major crops of the Central Coast of California. Today these fields are growing lettuce, strawberries and raspberries. Years ago, ships and railroads, not today’s trucks, transported the agricultural bounty to markets. Come and visit our museum to learn about the people and crops that made this area so unique.

AHP’s two story California style barn is home to our exhibits, research center, archives, and gift shop, the “Country Corner.” Exhibits include “When Apples Were King,” the story of the once flourishing apple industry; “Pick Now, Eat Later,” food preservation methods for our bountiful production; “Legacy of the Vaqueros,” cattle from the Mission days to current times. There are also extensive fruit jar and milk bottle and dairy artifact displays. The upstairs Santa Cruz County room archive houses a non-circulating collection of agricultural related books, photos and an extensive collection of USDA and UC Extension Service pamphlets. Research by appointment only.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Joyce's Blog Hop.........Joyce Oroz

Today I’m bopping along on a character blog hop. I was tagged by Sally Carpenter, author of The Baffled Beatlemaniac CaperThe Sinister Sitcom Caper and The Cunning Cruise Ship Caper (coming soon), mysteries published by Cozy Cat Press. Mystery lovers can find her Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol Mysteries at Amazon.comVisit Sally Carpenter at

I am a Cozy Cat Press author and I want to tell you a little bit about Josephine Stuart, my protagonist and personal friend. She's my friend because she lives in my head and is the main character in the six mystery stories I have written. Josephine is a fifty-year-old widow who paints murals for a living and solves murder mysteries on the side. She is passionate about both, but usually needs help from her basset, Solow, to sniff out the bad guys and gals.

Josephine enjoys ocean breezes on five acres of grass and oaks surrounding her little house in Aromas, California. She's not much of a cook, her marigolds are dehydrated and her boyfriend next door doesn't understand her. Even her best friend and her mother do not understand her curiosity and strong sense of justice. 

Josephine is quick to judge people--miss-judge I should say, but she is also quick to come to their aid. Her latest caper takes place at the old roller rink in Santa Cruz. She begins her second day on the job, painting a large mural inside the building, when a car crashes through the outer wall, slams through the inner office and Mario sitting at his desk. The driver throws the car into reverse and quickly backs out the hole he came in.

The police and newspaper reporters all think the accident happened when a senior citizen hit the gas instead of the brake. Josephine was the only witness and knows that it was not an accident. Someone killed Mario and she tries to find the person who did it, even though she was not able to see the driver through the debris on the windshield. Read, Roller Rubout for the rest of the story.

I’ve tagged Barbara Jean Coast to continue the blog hop. 
Barbara Jean Coast is the pen name of authors Andrea Taylor and Heather Shkuratoff. While Andrea and Heather reside in Kelowna, BC, Canada, she is a resident of Santa Lucia, California, which is eerily similar to Santa Barbara. There she enjoys long lunches, cocktail parties, fancy dinner dates with attractive and attentive gentlemen. Her interests include Alfred Hitchcock movies, reading Carolyn Keene, music by popular musicians, such Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, shopping for new dresses, attending society events and always looking fabulous in kitten heels. STRANGLED BY SILK and its follow-up, DEATH OF A BEAUTY QUEEN, in the Poppy Cove Mystery Series are published by Cozy Cat Press. Follow her blog, Twitter, Friend Barbara Jean Coast and Like Poppy Cove Mysteries on Facebook  More about Barbara Jean Coast

Friday, August 29, 2014

Sierra Azul Joyce Oroz

Don't you just love three dimensional art--smooth surfaces--crazy color--shiny steel--weathered wood--rusty relics--tinted totems--a blast from the past and features from the future. It's all there, along the garden path at Sierra Azul in Watsonville. 

totem, totems everywhere!

 Steel kites fly the skies forever

Bigfoot Gorilla paw

A star fish camping out on a faucet?

Ever see an orange bird the side of a St. Bernard? You can see it all and more at Sierra Azul Nursery.
135 sculptures are exhibited in the beautiful 2 acre 

mediterranean gardens of Sierra Azul Nursery in 

Watsonville.  The 6th annual outdoor sculpture exhibit 

features work by 56 artists from as far north as Humboldt 

County and as far south as San Luis Obispo. Medias range 

from steel, wood and ceramics, to bronze, glass and 

concrete. Admission and parking are free. 
Sculpture IS 2011 at Sierra Azul runs from May 31 - October 31
Open Daily: 9-5:30pm
2660 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville
(Highway 152, across from the Fairgrounds

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Sandy Joyce Oroz

My blog is eclectic--whatever that means. I think it means I can share with you a variety of ideas, things, feelings and places. At the moment my mind has room for only one thing, remembrance with a dash of sorrow and piles of love. The stronger the love, the sharper the pain--the pain of loss, of never seeing that wagging yellow tail again. No more big brown eyes weaseling food from my plate. No more dog hair stuffing the vacuum to capacity. No more trails of drool-spots on the wood floor. No more protection from the neighbor's cats. No more walks with more sniffing than walking.

The memories will comfort us for years to come. But today's feelings are still raw, hurting.

She was 14 and deserved a rest.
Rest in peace, Sandy. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Aromas Joyce Oroz

Five days from today our little village will become a circus of activity, a beehive of energy bursting with fun and adventure. OK, it's just a street fair with live music all day, an old-time parade, a petting zoo, Art in the Park, food and fun. But the garage sales, car show and pancake breakfast set it apart from routine street fairs.

This year I will be signing my books at the "Author's Table" in the park in the morning and at the Dragonfly Gallery, 380 Blohm, in the afternoon. This is your chance to get started on the Josephine Stuart Mystery Series before my latest book, Roller Rubout, comes out this fall. Authors, Giselle Rocha and Debra Smith will be selling their wonderful "fantasy" books at the same table. Please drop by and say hi. We love to talk "books." And don't forget to visit the Dragonfly Gallery where Grace Lauren will be making custom jewelry--you pick out the beads, she puts it together for you! Earrings just six dollars a pair.

Aromas Day is a family-friendly event.
Sunday, August 24th is Aromas Day, hosted by the Eagles. So many celebrations in the world, so little time—so I suggest you go to the best one, the one with everything from live music to classic cars to Art in the Park to rock climbing and so much more. Between 7:00 and 11:00 join us for a pancake breakfast served country style in the historic Aromas Community Grange.  While you’re there, be sure to check out all the wonderful items in the silent auction that benefits the Terese White Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarships are awarded to outstanding Aromas students going on to college.    

 The annual Aromas Day Parade starts at 2:00pm.
 The street fair opens at 9:00am and runs full-speed to 4:00pm with more attractions than trees in the park. Arts and crafts vendors line the streets along with food and educational booths. There will be newly designed collector’s item T-shirts decorated with an original Aromas scene. If you love to look at classic cars and tractors, there will be some real eye-candy for you to drool over and ride on.     

      Be sure you stroll through the lovely, “Art in the Park” featuring artwork by the award winning Aromas Hills Artisans. This is your chance to purchase original paintings and incredible crafts directly from the artists. There will be a wide variety of media, such as stained glass, hand-crafted wooden boxes, weaving, clay sculpture, beaded and metal jewelry, photography, prints and etchings, plus free art activities for the kids.
      Children and the ‘young at heart’ will enjoy the petting zoo featuring farm animals such as chickens, ducks, little goats and bunnies.  And, of course, there will be pony rides face-painting and a magician. Older children will want to tackle the climbing wall.
      Enjoy a wide range of music by talented local groups all day long.     

      Don’t forget the non-profit food booths, like the Boy Scouts, and 4-H. 4-H Youth will have a booth on the street selling plants, planters, popcorn and homemade jam.  They will be handing out information about the 4-H Youth Development Program.
       At 2:00 it’s the highlight of the day, the big, small-town parade. If you wish to be in the parade, entry forms are available at Marshall’s Grocery store and the Old Fire House Market in downtown Aromas. For more information, call 726-1348. 
       The Aromas Eagles are the premier service club in Aromas and proudly sponsor Aromas Day.  The Eagles, Aromas Hills Artisans (AHA), the Aromas Community Grange, Granite Rock and the Aromas 4-H will all contribute to provide the free horse-drawn wagon rides.

       Other contributors to Aromas Day are; the Arts Council for Monterey County, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, the Community Foundation for Monterey County-Communities Advancing the Arts-Funded by the James Irvine Foundation with additional funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
     Enjoy an easy drive on Highway 129 from Hwy 1 or 101 to Rogge Lane. Follow signs to the off-site donation parking on Markus and catch a free ride into town on a horse-drawn wagon.        
 Aromas Day is a free, family-friendly, get-together you don’t want to miss.  See you there! For more information, go to Or call Cara at 831-588-9407

There will be LIVE entertainment scheduled all day and FREE horse drawn wagon rides to get around town. Don’t forget parking by donation is located off of Aromas Road. For more information go to .

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Heather's Artifactorie.........Joyce Oroz

Today I have "art" on the right side of my mind. That's not unusual. But my friend, Heather Shannon Cozette, lives and breathes art. She is one of the most energetically creative people I know. She has an idea--a wonderful plan she wants to share with you. I hope you will read about it in Heather's own words.

"We have a dream of paying it forward through art.
Here's how it works.

We are opening a different kind of Gallery in Carmel-by-the-Sea, one that doesn't differentiate between craft and fine art. We call it the Artifactorie, a gallery that empowers local artisans and tells the unique stories behind their work. Creating a gallery that showcases many unique art forms will open doors for artists of all media types. 

We want people to come in, feel welcomed and leave smiling. We want the residents and visitors to this area to experience the amazing artwork that exists right here in our coastal communities. 

We want to support our local economy and resident artists by encouraging people to shopping locally. Our appreciation and inspiration come from the natural beauty of this area and we want to preserve and protect it. We have woven a message of sustainability and mindfulness of nature into our dream and into our mission. We have introduced sustainable, natural gifts to our gallery to build connectedness with our natural world. We are local artists and we need a place to share our work in a way that honors us and we need your help.

Please join our mission by contributing to our Kickstarter campaign at

Thank you Heather for sharing your ideas with us.