Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Woods Humane receives check!

Readers!  I delivered a check to Woods Humane Society the other day. Part of the proceeds from the sale of My Name is Rosie go to Woods, and this check was generated from the sales of the book since it came out in December. The more people buy Rosie's book, the more Woods will benefit! So encourage your friends and family to visit and to purchase the book. 

Rosie on youtube!

Hi, Readers!  It's been awhile since I last wrote. And Rosie and I have news for you. Take a look in BARK Magazine's April/May issue to see our ad in The Marketplace. BARK also has a digital version complete with videos and slide shows and Rosie's slide show will be available there for your enjoyment. New readers of Rosie's book, My Name is Rosie, are cropping up all the time. The other week I got a call from Chaucer's Bookstore in Santa Barbara to say the books I took them in January sold, and could I bring down ten more. Chaucer's is a huge independent bookseller almost 100 miles from here, and I don't know anybody in Santa Barbara; so the book has its own appeal. Meanwhile, my web master, Brian Anderson, of JSol Software, has put together a slide show for youtube, which will be available soon. You can also visit to see the slide show and of course to purchase Rosie's book. The Queen of England has one!
Rosie's latest quirk is fear of the linoleum in the kitchen. The fear strikes unexpectedly. I'll hear her whimper, go to see what's up, and find her stranded, stiff-legged, in the middle of the floor. Usually I lift her up and move her just a few feet, put her down, and then she can move again. It's the oddest thing. Her brother, Rudy, has never liked the linoleum, and every time he visits, he has to get over it again. Funny, it's one of the things that endears him to us!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Picking Daisies in SLO

Readers: I've been meaning to tell you for some time about a fabulous product made here in San Luis Obispo: 100% pure cotton napkins for everyday use, manufactured in the showroom/factory of Picking Daisies in downtown SLO. Rosie and I regularly go into the Picking Daisies shop to visit the three sisters who own the company. They are busy measuring and cutting the latest fabric, sewing the tidy mitered corners of each napkin, ironing the napkins for display and sale, and of course selling these delightful creations. I have a collection of more than three dozen of these napkins in beautiful colors and designs. At my house we use Picking Daisies napkins for every meal. I especially love to bring out an assortment of them when I have a dinner party. The napkins make a lovely yet practical and environmentally friendly gift, too! The cotton fabric is unbelievable - soft, yet durable, machine washable again and again and again. The napkins last for years and retain their vibrant color and soft texture. 
The Picking Daisies colorful and stylish showroom is an art gallery, too. The shop features local artists and hosts their opening receptions in SLO's Art After Dark, the first Friday evening of every month. Rosie and I deliver a basketful of cookies for these events! (Did you know I have a catering business called Kate's Kitchen? Call 805.458.4438 for more information on my delectable edibles, both savory and sweet!) Drop into Picking Daisies some time. The store is located in The Creamery on Higuera Street in SLO and is open Tuesday through Saturday. And visit Picking Daisies' web site at You'll be glad you did!

Birthday Time for Two Welsh Corgis!

Today is Rosie's birthday!  And Rudy's, too! For those of you who have read the book, My Name is Rosie, you know that Rudy is Rosie's brother. The two Corgis have grown up together. HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, LITTLE CORGIS! This morning we got a birthday call from Rudy and his family. Rudy has been healing from a knee injury for the last six months, so play together has been minimal to keep him from prancing around too much. We've missed him. But he's better now! He goes to swim therapy every week and loves it. And we'll see him this weekend when he comes over for a birthday dinner with his family, Angela and Lenny. There's nothing cuter than two Welsh Corgis hanging out together. I can understand why the Queen of England enjoys her five Corgis so much! They are so intelligent and affectionate and engaged with their people and the world. Perhaps this can be said of all dogs? Corgis strike me as particularly so. My Name is Rosie is available online at for only $8.95 plus S/H. Partial proceeds go to Woods Humane Society in San Luis Obispo, California. Written in Rosie's voice, the book offers snippets of her everyday life, with beautiful pen and ink drawings by artist Chloe White. Join the Queen. She has the book!