Planning for 2016

What?  What year is it?  2016?  Wowee, time flies by when you are having fun!  Welcome to year #9 of our Global Gals Gatherings!

Participants: Susan, Megan, Janice, Heather, Kristen.

Thanks to you all for your input to the planning session; whether by email or by coming last Wednesday. I always hear a lot of creative ideas and we started filling the calendar.  Make note that the day and time has changed to the 2nd Wednesday night at 7:00.

Heather will be our first guest speaker in February talking about digital photo and video storage.  In March we’ll be hosting a “Meet and Greet” where everyone is encouraged to bring a new friend and we’ll talk about our group with the hopes of recruiting additional members (good idea, Megan!). Due to dwindling attendance, my goal is to grow the group so that we have 10 women consistently at each gathering. Other upcoming topics will be fire safety, city planning, food bank volunteering, Silpada jewelry, art night, and one of my favorites, election/voting review.

To make each gathering easier to accommodate, please RSVP on the evite so that the hostess can easily see the number of people and I can commit to our speakers.

I did give and get feedback about the Adopt-A-Family program and will be making changes this year to make the process easier for all of those that participate.

I will update the dates and speakers on the blog under the GATHERINGS tab. Put the dates on your calendar now so that you’ll be able to join us each month.

See everyone on Feb 10!



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Global Gals SAY San Diego 2015


Thanks to all the Global Gals for support a SAY San Diego Adopt-A-Family! I believe this was our 8th year in supporting this program! (Maybe our 7th??) Thanks for wrapping gifts on December 9 and sharing holiday cheer with me again this year.  During the holiday season, I feel a strong desire to give to someone who has less than I, and I am grateful that you all help me fulfill that desire every year.

I delivered the gifts to the SAY San Diego office on Saturday with the help of Isabel. It was, and is, always an easy drop-off process. They were all quite impressed with the bikes and number of gifts.

See you all later this month for our planning session.  I started Global Gals after I turn 40 which means that 2016 is year 9. What an accomplishment for all of us!

Your Gal,


For tax purposes, SAY San Diego federal tax ID #23-7107958

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Global Gals Gathering – Sparkling Wine Tasting

At our November Global Gals Gathering, after tasting about 9 different types of bubbly ranging from local rose to French champagne, we narrowed down our favorites to three.  Perhaps you will try a bottle this holiday season?





Piper Sonoma Brut ($13-$18)



Mumm Napa Brut Rose ($15)



And finally, the $5.99 bottle of Barefoot Bubbly.  I don’t know the exact  type.  Please comment below if you remember which one we tasted!




Happy holidays, gals!  Be healthy and be safe!

Your Gal,


November 2015

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Baking With Debbie

Thanks to Debbie for hosting at her home, way back on October 8, 2015,  and baking with us.  I believe we talked over her and didn’t hear all of her prep tips.  She was more than happy to share the recipes with us, though!


2 3/4 cup rolled oats 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup unsweetened coconut 1/3 cup maple syrup
1 cup unsalted pistachios 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup unsalted pepitas 3/4 cup dried sour cherries
1 T kosher salt or 1 ¼ tsp fine salt  

Preheat oven to 300. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Mix oats, coconut, pistachios, pepitas and salt in a large bowl. Warm the brown sugar, olive oil and maple syrup over low heat stirring until sugar dissolves. Pour over oat mixture and stir till coated evenly. Spread onto baking sheets and bake 20 – 25 min until lightly golden and dry – stirring often. Remove from oven and stir in cherries. Let cool. Store in an airtight container for one week or freeze for up to one month.


Indigo Grill Corn Pudding

1 package Jiffy corn-bread mix 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
¼ cup plus 1½ tablespoons milk ½ cup sour cream
¼ cup butter, melted ½ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce 1 white onion, thinly sliced
1 cup creamed corn  

Butter 12 muffin tins or line them with paper liners. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, combine corn-bread mix, milk, melted butter, Tabasco and creamed corn. Mix well. Fill muffin tins half full with this mixture.  In another bowl, thoroughly combine cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise and onion. Top each muffin with cheese mixture to fill tin. Bake for 30 minutes. Serve hot.



1 1/2 cup flour 2 large eggs lightly beaten
1 tsp baking powder 4 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt 6 oz chocolate chips
1 1/2 sticks butter melted 1 cup toasted nuts
1 1/2 cup light brown sugar

Whisk flour baking powder and salt together.  Whisk together butter and brown sugar.  Add eggs and vanilla fold in dry ingredients until just combined.  Mix in nuts and chocolate chips.  Bake at 350 for 22 – 25 min. 9 x 13 greased foil lined pan.


4 oz unsweetened chocolate
2 sticks butter

Microwave in a big bowl for 2 minutes. Stir till completely melted.
Stir in the following:

2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup flour

Line a 9×9 pan with tin foil letting it extend over the sides to form handles. Grease the foil.
Spread batter in pan and bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes.

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Mauzy Solar System at Global Gals

Thank you to Jennifer Tentor, Mauzy Solar, and Donata Hammonds, HERO Program, for you informative presentation about home solar systems to Global Gals. Even though it was a small group, you took your time to answer questions and cover many aspects of solar options.

What is Solar?  PV = photo volatic which is light energy.  Solar systems offer the opportunity for your home to be powered with clean, renewable fuel.

Right now, SDGE supplies us our home energy with approximately 90% of fossil fuels.

When investigating solar companies, Jennifer recommends choosing a company that has been in business longer than the warranty they offer.

In 2016, the current federal tax credit goes away.  Solar companies expect an influx of orders in order to take advantage of the federal tax credit.  Installation prices may increase as demand increased.  If you own your home and pay approximately $150/month for your electric bill, you are a good candidate for today’s home solar system.  Mauzy Solar will take a look at your whole home.  The solar system does not affect energy efficiency such as new windows, appliances, and doors will improve efficiency.  Mauzy designs a solar system based on annual electricity usage.

HERO is the Home Energy Renovation Opportunity which allows you to pay for home efficiency and the solar system through your annual property taxes.  Visit their website for details on financing options  It is a low cost, transferable purchase that stays with the home, not a lease.

Net Metering is the concept of producing energy for your home and beyond; producing more energy than you  use will go back into the line. Currently, SDGE calculates a credit based on what you put into the system.  San Diego solar installations now will be grandfathered in to take advantage of net metering for the next 20 years.  At sometime, SDGE will be implementing a charge fee to allow energy back onto the grid, which basically negates net metering.

Mauzy will apply a group rate if neighbors all buy at the same time.

What about San Diego homes located along the coast that experience a daily marine layer?  Yes, they can still use solar.  Mauzy analyzes your whole home and you may need more panels depending on the system.  Partial systems are available to knock your home off the higher tier energy use, such as a hot tub or pool.

To investigate your solar system options, contact Jennifer at 619-448-9545 or

September 10, 2015

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Global Gals Gardening

Global Gals Gathering

Gardening May 14, 2015

Attendees:  Janice, Sandra, Jen, Sharon, Heather, Beth, Orchidea, Alexis, Megan

Guest speaker:  Sommer Cartier, San Diego Community Garden Network  (

Sommer received her Masters in International Development with emphasis on Food Security.  Graduate work at Clark University back East.  Focus on cultivating food in Haiti.

Gardening can be intimidating.  Experiment, start growing what you want to grow. You will learn in the process, learn from mistakes.  Keeping a journal is helpful.  Become an expert on 2 or 3 favorites and become an expert on those first.  Can also grow a theme such as salsa, pizza, salad, three sister – focus on those 4-5 ingredients.

Three Sisters are the corns, beans, squash.  Beans add nitrogen to soil and corn and squash absorb it.  Beans grow up the corn stalk.  Squash is low lying.

Heather has visited Walter Anderson Nursery who has helpful staff to answer questions. (Chuck has his Masters in Botany)

Mico-climate can make a difference.

Solution to powdery mildew on squash, cucumbers.  Key to prevent is to keep plant healthy and water properly then its less prone to mildew.  If you get it, treat it immediately, if not, tear out the plant and discard.    Treat with Neem Oil, natural oil, spray on the infected plant, it will kill a lot.  Spray in the evening when bees are not active.  Use it sparingly because it can kill other plants.

What about caterpillars?  Kill them.  Remove them from the plants by hand.  Captain Jacks is a spray that you can use.  Can use for munching bugs.

Oils may work such as peppermint oil, geranium, chrysanthemum.  You can get organic ideas online.

Avocado trees like a lot of water then let it dry it out.

Tips for white fly?  Neem oil.  Earth friendly type dish soap, water it down, spray it.

Tips for squirrels?  Cotton balls soaked in peppermint oil placed where squirrels seem to go.  But, that doesn’t consistently work. You can also put cages around the plants, but you have to let pollinators in.

Tips for gophers?  Trap and discard.

Male could pee in the yard to scare away small mammals such as opossum, raccoons.

How do you begin to garden?  Take a soil sample to City Farmers (Home & Euclid) and Farmer Bill will test it for you then sell you all the products to improve the soil.  Can used raised beds.  Start small with a  1’x1’ box with just a few things.  Can buy high producing and disease resistant seeds.  Can start with seedlings instead of seeds.  Research and know a bit about your soil health.  Soil, Water, and Sun are the first things to learn about.  Soil is clay and sand.  Find level ground.  Once you determine location, do your soil test.

If you have too much sun and plants are burning, use shade cloth.

Don’t water the leaves.  Wet leaves can get mold, mildew.  If you are watering, do it early morning or late afternoon when the sun is not intense.  Its better to do a drip system.  The plants should reach for the moisture.  Don’t water at the base, water in a circular area around the plant so that the roots can reach for the water.  As the plant matures, it needs less water.

French Dwarf Marigolds deter nematode (microscopic worm that you can’t see).  Nematodes stunt growth, doesn’t look healthy during the day.  If you see balls on the roots when you pull out the plant, then you have nematodes. To get rid of nematodes, let it go feral for a few seasons, turn the soil once a week.  Add a pollinator such as African blue basil, it gets very large and attracts a lot of bees.  Another pollinator is Borage but it drops seeds. The flowers are edible.

Can the same soil be used the following year?  You will add compost and other things that you need to amend your soil each year.  Can consider crop rotation.

Medicinal plants:  lemon balm, stinging nettle, fever few, blue hyssop, mint, chamomile,

Grow mint in a pot, it will overtake your garden.

Thyme has to be cut, harvest it.  Start cutting back your basil, cut above the 2 new leaves.

Container Garden.  Summer teaches for Victory Garden on how to do the container garden.  Ideally teach 5-15 people.  During the class, participants actually plant in the containers.

Peppers don’t need a lot of water.  Eggplant doesn’t need much water.  Once kale is established, it doesn’t need much water.

Community Garden Network

Connect people to various resources in town around gardening.  Wild Willows Farm is an educational farm.  Altadena Community Garden somebody owns the land (32nd & Thorn). could put a message to look for someone to garden my back yard hillside.

Good Neighbor Gardens.  Install, maintain garden.  Owner can harvest what they want but every Friday the gardener will harvest to give to CSA.  There is a fee for them to plant and maintain the garden.  (talk to Mia)


Global Affects

Western developed countries are destroying the ability for developing countries to farm themselves.  Western developed countries pay subsidies to the farmers.  Developing country land is owned by wealthy people.

Books to Read

Paul Farmer, Harvard PhD wrote Mountains Beyond Mountains.

Frances Moore Lappe wrote Diet for a Small Planet

Pat Welsh wrote Southern California Organic Gardening


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Allow Me Solutions at Global Gals Gathering

Here are my notes from our Global Gals Gathering in April.  They are the notes and may include incomplete sentences!  Have fun reading.

April 9, 2015

Attendees:  Megan, Heather, Beth, Orchidea, Susan

Presenter: Cheryl Hughes, Allow Me Solutions

Cheryl is a do-er.  She loves what she does.   She’s been organizing for almost 9 years.

Back in 1986, Cheryl walked, yes walked, across the country with a group of about 300 people.  Started in L.A.  For global nuclear disarmament. Walked for 9 months.  “The Great Peace March.”  Met her partner on the walk, they have been together for 29 years.

Chocolate, coffee, wine, and a friend.  And you just start.   Doesn’t matter what time of day you start.

Take everything out of the room/space that you are organizing.  Organize a closet – start by taking everything out.  Put items in categories/piles such as sporting goods, supplies, Christmas decorations, tools, pictures, gardening supplies.  Then you can see what needs to go, thrown away, give away, and keep.  Do you love it?  Does it bring you joy?  Do you use it?  If you answer yes, then keep it.  If you answer no, then get rid of it.  If you keep it, it’s a physical burden.

3 containers:  donation, trash, recycle.  Put the items inside a container.  Have each container look different.

Shared space with spouse.  Have spouse put the item in his/her own space, not shared space.

Everything you have needs to have a home.  Avoid piles.  Piles are about indecision.  You can miss deadlines, you can lose money, lose gift cards, not pay a bill, increases negativity.  Solution: sort the piles (filed, needs attention, shredded) and deal with each smaller pile.

Idea: journal, write important items in the journal instead of keeping a physical magazine or article.

98% of the time, containers and cabinets that you already have are enough.  There isn’t a need to buy bins before organizing.   You can get new bins after you start organizing.  Decrease what goes in the landfill, don’t buy unnecessary storage/decorative bins.

If you can store vertically, store vertical.  Put items so they are up and down, not flat.  You can see things more clearly in vertical.  Vertical takes less room.

Put alike things alike. For example, tools in the house, put all the tools in one place.

For donations and returns, put it in the car.  Don’t leave the items in the house.

What is the reason for not making room for items that are in boxes.

Don’t leave things in a bag.  Bags are worse than boxes.  Boxes have boundaries and you can take the lid off to see what is inside.

Cheryl also works with hoarders.  In general, it’s better to let the person live the way they live unless it’s a safety issue or if they are getting evicted.  Repurpose items.  Reduce what goes in the landfill.

Cheryl has a contact for someone who sells on Ebay.  China isn’t worth anything and is hard to sell.  Silver may be sold as is or melted down.

To contact Cheryl Hughes, visit her website

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Everything I Learned, I Learned on the Farm

Global Gals Gathering with Linda Nickey on March 12, 2015

Attendees:  Suzanne, Susan, Kristen, Megan, Heather, Debbie

Influential women:  In the news these days, Harper Lee.  Published only one book, To Kill a Mockingbird.


Welcome to Ms. Linda Nickey, author of a book Nana Says Everything I learned, I Learned on the Farm.  Take it away Linda!

Look at life as a whole.  At any given time, you may have a higher focus on some things than others.

5 step MAP.

Use the same formula for next focal point.

  1. Identify focal point. Where are you?  What do you want to focus on?
  2. What do you want it to look like? Think of color, feeling.  How do you want to be when you have met your goal?
  3. How will you make it happen? Date your action steps, give a deadline.
  4. Affirm whatever you want to change as if it’s already happened. Write your affirmations on a notecard and place around house, bathroom, bedroom, office, car, garage.
  5. Vision board, cut out words and pictures so you can see it.

Can be used for short term and long term goals.

Circle of Life:

  • Job/career
  • Health & fitness
  • Financial/Money management
  • Physical Environment
  • Spiritual & Life Purpose
  • Romance & Intimacy
  • Family & Friends
  • Fun/Recreation

Rate each area as 1-10.  10 is high, you’re not going to focus on that right now.  1 is bad, its on my mind to do something about it.

If you write it down, there is a 60% chance it will happen.  If you write it down and date it, there is a 75% chance it will happen.

Don’t set yourself up for failure.  Be realistic in your goals.

Linda enjoys “Walk & Talk” with friends and clients.  She participates in 5K events such as the upcoming National Kidney Foundation on May 3.

Inspirational people:

Brian Tracy, author, motivational speaker

Les Brown, motivational speaker.  Used to be a Ohio politician

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Let’s Learn About doTerra Oil


Attendees:  Kristin, Megan, Heather, Sharon, Nina, Marlene, Jen, Julie

Sharon had just visited UCSD where there is a new statue of Sojourner Truth outside of the Marshall College.  Born as Isabella Baumfree, Sojourner Truth was an African-American woman who fought in the Federal courts to get her son back from the South, and won.  She was born into slavery in New York .  She is remembered as a leader for the abolitionist movement and women’s rights.

Beth recommended a move about Alice Paul and the U.S. women’s right to vote called Iron Jawed Angels.

Our guest speaker today is Jennifer Caltabollatta. Thank you to Jennifer for presenting to Global Gals for the second time!   She has recently started selling doTerra Oils and shared information about oils in general.  I took notes while she spoke.

Book:  Modern Essentials   by Aroma Tools dedicated to doTerra Oils.  Sold on amazon

Book:  Spoil your pets   book about essential oils on pets

Noticed the benefit of essential oil when putting frankincense oil on her cat’s cancerous ear.  Healed her cat’s ear.  Frankincense might be a cure for cancer. video Gift of the Earth (doTerra)

The people who started doTerra were at Young Living, but spun off to start doTerra.  Both Young Living and doTerra are based out of Utah.

Can test oils to see their potency.  If pure oil, drop oil onto a piece is of Styrofoam.   The pure oils will eat away the Styrofoam.

FDA says that 10% of ingredient makes it pure.

doTerra is 100% pure.  Therapeutic grade. doTerra has five ways of testing for purity.  If they find anything else in the product, they will throw out the whole batch.   Essential oils are more potent than herbs.

Peppermint oil, use sparingly.  One drop is equal to 28 cups of tea.

Shelf life of an oil is a lifetime.  With citrus, 7 year shelf life.

doTerra goes directly to the source of where the plant is grown.  Fair trade. doTerra culitivates the plant at its peak time.

Essential oils will go through cell membrane.

Frankincense: passes through blood brain barrier.  Parkinsons, Alzheimers, Lou Gehrig’s.

Mellaluca:  tea tree oil.  Anti-bacterial.

Most of the oils don’t stain.

“On-Guard” blend of oils.  Also comes in small beads.  Has clove as an ingredient.

Clove- one drop of clove has 1.1 million free radical absorbers.  Smells good. Has toothpaste.  Laundry soap.  Throat lozenges.

“Breathe” blend of oils.  Good for breathing.

“Correct X” blend of oils.  Helicrysum and frankincense

“Immortelle” blend of oils.  Eye oil, for skin around eyes.

Three ways to take oils:

  • Diffuser
  • Skin – neck, spine, behind ears, bottom of feet
  • Internally

Which ones do you dilute before applying:

  • Children, dilute all of them
  • Hot oils: lemongrass, oregano

Ways to buy:

  • From Jennifer
  • Membership then buy the oils at a wholesale price ($35 to be member)
  • Loyalty rewards – $50 order every month. At month 12, you get 30% of what you buy back to you in product.

Cleaning products:  Lemon and On-Guard.

Deodorant:  Purify blend

Flu Buster:  lemon, oregano, on guard, mellaluca

Mood Matrix:  balance, citrus bliss, serenity, elevation

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Adopt-A-Family Gift Wrap

global gals gift wrap

Thanks to all the Global Gals for support a SAY San Diego Adopt-A-Family!  I believe this was our 6th year in supporting this program!  Thanks for wrapping gifts and sharing holiday cheer with me this year.

I delivered the gifts to the SAY San Diego office on Saturday with the help of my children, Paulo and Isabel.  It was, and is, always an easy drop-off process.

For tax purposes, SAY San Diego federal tax ID #23-7107958

Happy Holidaze!  See you in January at our yearly planning meeting.


Dec. 11, 2014

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