Welcome Fall with the Warmth of Old-Fashioned Letter Writing

The Art of Letter Writing

Old-Fashioned Letter Writing

When was the last time you wrote an old-fashioned letter to a friend or relative in the High Desert or afar and put a stamp on the envelope?

I heard this trivia question asked on KSGN this week: “Ninety percent of teens have never used this – what is it?” The answer is postage stamps.

The need for postage stamp use has certainly declined from the Traditional Generation of the World War II era to the current Generation Y (Why). When you can text and email and pay bills online, snail mail seems pointless.

Letters and messages were delivered by posts (postmen, runners, or couriers) since ancient and biblical times on foot and by animal.

In 1860 the Pony Express was established by stagecoach operators. They carried mail from San Francisco, California to St. Joseph, Missouri. The Pony Express only lasted until 1861.


When people wrote letters in ancient times and up to the 19th century, they used wax seals to keep them secure. This art has not been completely lost, however.

Writing letters to my grandmothers and friends was something I loved to do back in the day. I still have the sealing stamp and two of the colored wax sticks I used to make a seal on the flap of the back of envelopes.

Try out the old-fashioned art of hand-written letter writing this fall. Bring joy to loved ones by hand-writing a personal letter, and seal the envelope with fancy colored wax. If you receive a thank you back, let us hear from you in the comment section.

 

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Planting Flowers and Shrubs that Survive High Desert Seasons

Evergreens and Perennials

Lavender, Salvia, Dark Knight Bluebeard

Summer’s ending inspires me to plant evergreens and perennials, rich colors like red, amber, and purple. The arrival of fall makes me want to plant more flowers and shrubs that stay green through the winter or bloom again year after year.

New in my garden are these lovelies:

  • Blue Hill Salvia – This particular Salvia can get up to 24″  high and wide. and can survive a -20 to -30 degree F winter. 
  • Slender Western Rosemary – This plant gets as high as 3-5′ high and wide and has a cold hardiness of 30-20 degrees F.
  • Dark Knight Bluebeard – This is a mounding deciduous shrub that grows 2-3′ tall and 3-4′ wide. It makes a good backdrop in the perennial garden. It’s fragrant, dark-blue flowers in summer and early fall attract butterflies.
  • Pomegranate tree – It’s tiny thing that I’m hoping will grow as pretty as I’ve seen in other gardens such as the one Santa Fe Trading Company has.
  • Angelonia – This perennial has purple-lavender or white flowers. Though it blossoms in the summer, I’m hoping this perennial will make it through the winter in my garden.
  • Japanese Barberry – It’s a beautiful drought-tolerant, low-maintenance shrub with reddish-purple leaves. The thing I didn’t know about this shrub is that it can provide favorable habitat for all life stages of blacklegged ticks. I only planted two of these plants, but now I’m having second thoughts about them.

What experience have you had with any of these plants in the high desert? I have a friend who planted the Japanese Barberry in the high desert and has not ever seen the ticks, and there are no deer in the area. I’d love to hear your comments.

 

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High Desert Viewpoint: The Fear of Writing

After cruising the Internet for a few writing resources, I believe I’ve found the major stumbling blocks and their remedies for the dreaded and brain-draining fear of writing. I’ve heard directly from friends who wish to write only to sling up a brick-and-mortar defensive wall with reasons not to write. Is your dream to write caught in a cloud over your head?

 

What fears we face, we face first in our minds.

What fears we face, we face first in our minds.

It might be that English was never a great subject of yours. Or a teacher hammered in the grammar and distilled the frills until you felt your writing had less appeal than an accounting ledger. Just so many rules to remember, and so many hours to invest in a finished product that might receive a weak C+. It happened to me in sixth grade, too. Until Mrs. Gifford pulled me out of the ooze of English muddle and sent me on a better course. I wanted to write from my mind not the English III hardbound textbooks that we lugged around like that albatross.

Fear is lifted to new heights

Fear is lifted to new heights

 

As a professional writer, you may feel that you have a gift, a calling, having never faced a teacher of English or Composition who marked you as a drudgery of their daily life. Only, they hoped you would make it through class, and you hoped for a fire drill.

 

So step forward, 40 or 50 years, past the letter writing, the book reports, the attempt at polishing the resume, and a short stint at prosy poetry — Your reason for writing is clear. It’s because you want to. Some little germ of an idea has been festering for years. It could be that book. It was stepped on and ground into your brain like the creative juice it started from.

Fear is a strong emotion needing stronger conviction

Fear is a strong emotion needing stronger conviction

 

So why now? Because the kids are gone to their new homes, time is running out, time is running too slow? No need for judgment now. Just pick up your favorite … well, any writing instrument or computer screen will do … just write.

 

Sure, that’s easy for me to say. Here’s a few gems gleaned from the Internet and writing gurus across the blogosphere:

 

1) Take on the writer in you with effervescent yet smaller steps. Allow yourself to mull over an idea from all sides. Write it down. Write several pages then stop and see what you’ve done. Not bad. Reward yourself. The process of writing has many facets: an idea, the fleshing out, writing it down, scratching lines out, rewriting what we’ve written from a different angle. It’s all the things you’ll need to do — and do often.

 

Everything is fear until you face it

Everything is fear until you face it

2) Avoid fixing things as you write. Sort of like baking a cake; don’t peek or it will fall. Most new writers are timid in sharing what they write. They want everything perfect first. How can you be perfect before you finish the draft, or even the first chapter? These little tricks you play on yourself will only fall into the hands of the Muse who taunts you. Constantly fixing things will bog down your creativity, slow your writing, and degrade the excitement of why you are finally writing.

 

Outside of the box is outside your comfort zone

Outside of the box is outside your comfort zone

 

3) Use tools like the professionals do. Some like to outline to keep in step to a targeted end. Some like to “mindmap.” Some feel that this method works so much better than outlining and it will give you a more relaxed access to your inner thoughts. You are trying to extract the ideas and place them in a way that leads you on.  You can Google mindmapping for more details but what you do is take one or two key words or ideas, present them on blank paper, then allow your mind to free-flow with thoughts that are linked to these words. Write them down and circle them. Connect lines to a similar thought that grew from the main one. Soon you’ll have a sheet of circled words connected to thoughts that move you on to your next chapter.

 You can create fictional characters in this way, too. By starting with a name, then linking all is attributes that define him. Include the other characters who are related to him. Soon you’ll have a collection of Cast Cards. You can refer to them to refresh your thoughts. I prefer to use index cards. I can write scenes on them, characters on them, and link ideas with them.

 Free Write Friday poster

 

4) Emulate your favorites. Print out a few pages of your favorite blogger, or rewrite several pages from a favorite book. They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery so write daily for 30 to 60 minutes each day. Test your brain muscle. Put it through some paces that challenge it. The copy concept is easy: write regularly, practice from others but never claim others’ work as your own. Practice will make the brain see the inner workings of sentence structure, use of adverbs, and strength of phrases connected by verbs. We all have trained prior to doing … anything worth doing. You will see a difference in your own writing that no English III book can cram into your brain. And face it, your brain wasn’t ready back then; now it is.

 

I think that blogging has taken a boost in quality writing due to the short form of it, and the need to be read. Only the better bloggers have a larger following based on quality and specific, focused interest. Usually under 1,000 words, bloggers retain their readers because they offer what a reader wants — high quality, fast read. Finding that target audience is the tough part.

Face it head on and begin writing

Face it head on and begin writing

 

5) Write a lot. There’s not much to this. Just write. I admit that I’m wired to write. I started with poetry in fifth grade, then wrote short stories about my favorite TV characters. Then on to college and writing obits for a local newspaper, then news articles flowed right into journalism. It was all practice, and I don’t feel foolish having gone through those phases. You may not feel “writerly,” as one author said, but you will feel more fulfilled knowing that that novel churning in your head spilled all over the floor and now you have an excuse to pick it up, wring it out, and proceed to write. Come on! Be a writer.

Don't let emotions rule your life

Don’t let emotions rule your life

 Rusty LaGrange

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From One Magic Kingdom to Another

 

Arriving in Barstow.  Photo By Jonathan Cobb

Arriving in Barstow. Photo By Jonathan Cobb

photo_1(1)Cobb family dinnerFriday Evening, I had the pleasure of meeting the Cobb Family.  They seem like a typical family,  but Jonathan and Jennifer Cobb along with their 3 children, Jonathan David, 12, Jenna, 10, and Jaxi, 3,  are doing something that is extraordinary.  They are walking from Disneyland to Disney World.  They aren’t taking a direct route, either.   I met them outside of Barstow as they were taking a dinner break from their walk.  I pointed out that they were not heading toward Disney World, but toward Las Vegas.  They laughed good naturedly and told me that they are taking a circuitous route that will take them through Las Vegas, Denver, Kansas, Dallas, Houston, Memphis, Birmingham, and finally to Orlando.  They will finish their walk at the Castle inside of Disney World after walking down Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom. You might wonder why a family of four would make a choice to do something so out of the ordinary.  They are doing it because of Julia.

Julia Cobb Memorial Photo

Julia Cobb, the Cobb’s third child, died on October 29, 2013 as a result of Ewing’s sarcoma, a type of rare bone cancer.  She was only 8 years old.  The family is making this walk to honor the memory of Julia, increase awareness of pediatric cancer, and hopefully earn some money which they intend to donate to  pediatric cancer centers in different parts of  the country which took part in Julia’s care. These hospitals include the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, and St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

Last fall, eight year old Julia had undergone a stem cell transplant at St. Jude’s Hospital in Tennessee, but her cancer continued to spread.  St. Jude’s arranged for Make-a-Wish to provide the family with a week long trip to the Magic Kingdom of Disney World.  On the last day of the trip, Julia awoke with an unexplained fever.  She was take to Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital, and that was where she “transitioned into Glory.”    Her family says that since Julia went from one Kingdom to the next, they decided to walk from one Magic Kingdom to another.

The family began walking on August 6, 2014, and they have already had some challenges on their trip.  Their sole chase vehicle required repairs, and they have sometimes had to walk without their chase vehicle due to trails that are impassible for their Suburban which they renamed ” the JuBurban”.  At this point, they walk as far as they can, pile into the chase vehicle, return to a Hotel for the night then go to the place where they stopped walking the night before, and start all over again.  The family is hoping that someone can donate an RV for them to use so that they don’t have to eat out and stay in Hotels all the time.

Through their website, they are hoping that teams can be organized to help get donations and walk with them on different parts of the route.   So far, Jonathan, a cancer survivor, has been doing most of the walking while the rest of the family serves as his support team.    When asked why they think they can do this, the family replies with Julia’s favorite scripture, Philippians 4:13, which says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”    Who could argue with that?

To sponsor the Cobb family on their journey,   visit the JuCan Foundation Website  to learn more about their needs for sponsorship.

To make a donation to the JuCan Foundation to support pediatric cancer research click here.  Their goal is to raise  $413,000.  The amount is a tribute to Julia’s favorite scripture mentioned above.

You can follow the family’s progress through their blog and on their Facebook page.

If you would like to meet this extraordinary family, they will be walking around Chili’s restaurant off the Lenwood Road exit in Barstow on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 6:00 pm.  They are hoping that people will turn out and walk with them around the restaurant.  If you can, head over to Chili’s and give some support this amazing family and their mission.

 

Patti can also be found at Patty Cake’s Pantry.

 

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Plants for a High Desert Fall Garden that Can Endure Winters

Mohave High Desert perennials

Autumn Joy Sedum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn is almost here! That means relief from summer’s hot three-digit days, cooler days and nights, and rich garden colors.

Find flowers and plants for the fall that will make your garden look colorful even throughout the winter months. Good evergreen and perennial plants can keep your garden looking green and colorful all year long. Consider adding the following plants to your garden list:

  • Lavendar

 

Lavender

Lavender in an Herb Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lavender perennial

Lavender in a High Desert garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Japanese Barberry

The Japanese Barberry has reddish, purple leaves in the fall and yellow flowers in summer. This thorny bush grows 4′ tall and wide and makes a beautiful hedge.

This sedum is a groundcover, and its flowers bloom from August until November.

  • Salvia

The Salvia plant is an arid dry plant that grows well in the high desert.

Salvia for high desert gardens

Red Salvia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Kangaroo Paw, rosemary, and pansy plants grow well in the Victor Valley high desert area.

pansies

Yellow Pansies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s see what beautiful pinks for autumn we can find over at Pink Saturday!

 

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Eating Nutritious Labor Day Foods

AdvoCare meal replacement shakes

Chocolate Meal Replacement Shake

The best part of starting any day off including Labor Day is with a healthy shake. Even chocolate lovers can get in on this healthy way to start the day with an AdvoCare meal replacement shake. Mix the meal replacement powder in your favorite blender with frozen sliced strawberries.

Days go better if you begin with a healthy and clean breakfast, and the cravings don’t seem so difficult to fight. Planning meals ahead of time helps to stay on track with nutritious eating.

No need to miss out on favorite holiday foods. Top Labor Day food-related blog posts include barbecue, burgers, grilling recipes, food trucks, summer recipes, healthy and clean eating. Got any foods to add to this list?

What is clean eating anyway? The term “clean” makes me chuckle when relating it to food. It wasn’t a term used in my southern family’s meal-planning vocabulary. They grew fruit and vegetable gardens and canned and froze the foods for later use. Chickens and beef eaten were grass-fed and hormone free like the kind from Black Diamond meats.

Clean eating doesn’t necessarily mean washing fruits and vegetables though that makes good sense. Cleaning produce thoroughly helps kill bacteria. A vegetable and fruit spray for raw foods can be easily found at your local health food store. Some prefer just using vinegar.

Clean eating is all about consuming the most nutritious whole foods, free of artificial ingredients, and not GMO or processed and refined foods.

clean eating with raw foods

Fresh Cherries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Need help staying on course with daily nutritious meal planning? Search for local whole food groups in your area, or find Facebook groups online dedicated to nutritious eating.

 

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A 3-Hour Ride to Julian’s Cool Forest & Apple Capital

At our ranch we often tire of the summer heat and take a quick ride to Big Bear, one of our favorite day trips from the High Desert.  We say we’re getting our “Fill of green.” Then we’re satisfied and head back to the High Desert and hotter temps.

A quaint an historical Country Inn

A cozy and quaint historical country inn

When the seasons change in the mountains they often cool down much faster than the High Desert. September is the transition month when Julian’s apple production is at its highest. With that come the tourists who love everything about apples. So this time we decided a longer break into the forest just prior to the seasonal change, would be just the thing.

We headed a week before Labor Day, to Julian in San Diego’s high country, Apple Kingdom of the World, or something like that. It’s an historical area known for its apples and goldmines. Say, what?Yup. Julian’s fame is its outstanding core revenue. (excuse the pun) Everything is about apples. All the old storefronts have been kept to appear like the turn of the century, that’s 1900s. Many of the shops and Bed and Breakfast buildings are original to the area. It’s beautiful, friendly, and full of things to do.

Whether you walk the boardwalks of Main Street or drive around to enjoy the narrow streets to view lovely two-story homes planted on the hillsides, Julian is a step back in time. It boasts a large number of restaurants, all with apples on the menu — pies, tarts, cakes, cookies, shakes, ciders, and candies. Many eateries have open patios, pit BBQs, and music on the weekends.

Since we chose to come during the last week of a hot summer, our country inn rates were lower — it was a treat because we usually camp in our trailer. We chose Julian Country Inn, a quaint two-level with six hosted rooms, some with balconies, all with décor of the mining district it catered to years earlier. We felt right at home.

Setting abound with collections from the old mining days

Setting abound with collections from the old mining days

The reason I’m mentioning this is that for a short 3-hour ride, you and your family can take a break and not have to “break the bank.” Rates are nominal for that time of year. Everyone is gearing up for the Apple Season ahead. From mid-September through late November, the town of Julian goes crazy with parades, special programs, apple tasting, and more. If you love that kind of festive activity, go for it now before all the rates go up.

Remember I said gold? While you’re steeped in its history take one of the mining tours. Several gold mines are open for either an ore-cart or train trip, or walking tours.

We chose the Eagle Mine and since it was late afternoon, our group was comprised of only three others. I love tours with so few people because its more tailored to your interests and you can ask more questions. Believe me, I asked a lot. I’m not new to caving or mine tours, but I was intrigued by the family that lived their whole lives dedicated to the mine. Craig was our guide and he was very entertaining as he walked us through. It was fun to hear his stories of playing in the mines when he was growing up. His grandfather owned the property. Craig is just part of mining and he loves telling everyone about it. The gift shop will blow your mind.

For only $10 per adult, and $5 for children up to 13, the mining camp  appears like it must have in the 1920s. To get there, you’ll climb out of Julian for just a few miles. Take 3rd Street and follow the signs.  Call ahead to be sure an Eagle Mine tour is scheduled: (760) 765-0036. The tour is about 50 minutes and the mine is fairly flat with a dirt floor. The old  narrow ore cart rails are still in the ground so you will need to walk between them. Not recommended for folks with limited walking ability or wheelchairs. In many places the mine ceilings are low. Eagle Mine is as true to itself as the Julian folks who live and work there.

I’m always amazed at the tenacity of mining folks and those who commit their lives to surviving in remote  or rural settings. We often think they might be “crazy” but after you’ve

Julian Country Inn

Julian Country Inn offers the solitude of the mountains 

 

been there, it’s true. They have to be crazy!

We finished our visit with a scrumptious Italian dinner at Romano’s back in town, a quiet night at the Inn before preparing to head down to Anza-Borrego’s desert the next morning. It was a great end-of-summer outing and a cool adventure.

Rusty LaGrange

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Growing a Community Blog

High Desert Bloggers, Route 66 Molly Brown's

High Desert Bloggers at Molly Brown’s on National Trails Highway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community blogging in the High Desert reminds me of preachers who start out with the message and go down a few rabbit trails before the amen. You start out with a “message”, mission statement, or goal and along the way think of things that didn’t occur to you at first.

Since the beginning of this blog network, the focus has been on people, places, things, and events of the High Desert. Bloggers meet up in the community and share their expertise. These meet-ups are inspiring. New food blogs have been created like pattycakespantry.com (a blog often written with a comical twist and filled with creative recipes) and simplyhealthyeats.com (includes incredible recipes for gluten-free eating). An e-book on boiled egg recipes was published. More egg, breakfast, and vegetable recipes are found at the food blog kitchenhospitality.com. Another blogger and author Monica Gloria

 

Blogger and Author Monica Gloria

Author Monica Gloria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

published a book recently and had a book signing at the Hi Desert Book Oasis Used Book Store. One of our blog administrators has her own children’s traveling museum and has another blog, MyRustyBucketRanch.com.

Rusty at Pioneer Museum

Rusty at Pioneer Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rabbit trails add, new ideas, and ways of doing things you wouldn’t have thought of before. That’s the way it is with community blogging. Community is all about relationship. You meet people interested in similar interests as you and share ideas.

The interesting thing about a network of bloggers is that there is a greater opportunity to learn from one another’s adventures, ideas, interests, or community events. You have no need to worry about those rabbit trails taking away from the point of the message or purpose of the mission statement and goal. Blending all that the bloggers bring into the network actually can grow the community blog.

Share your experiences of what has worked for you. Communicate that to bloggers in your network. What are some rabbit trails you’ve taken that gave you new insight to the purpose of your community blog?

 

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How Can Someone Else Write a Blog For Your Business?

 

Your business can rely on Blogging

Blogging is direct Internet connections for your business

I don’t believe it’s fear that holds back the idea of allowing an outsider to write for their business. I think it’s the concern that an outsider to any business, just won’t be true to the name, the brand, or have the depth of knowledge or nature of the company.

This is often the second question that comes up. The first question is: How much?

 

So how much to you pay for a good pair of shoes? Are you on the cheap end and figure $50 for a pair of sneakers or a page of content is enough? Are you the middle-of-the-road entrepreneur who wants to look good on the outside yet keeps the budget in mid-range of $75 per blog or dress boots? Or are you the dashing example of clean lines, solid foundation, and a leather loafer with over $100+ to spend on high-end shoes and a daily blog?

 

 a team of bloggers and writers

A team behind you 100%

A good content writer and blogger knows how to reach down deep and pull out some gems right away. Certain contract writers will not go after a blog position in, let’s say, the jet plane industry because they aren’t aware of the industries finer points. Research plays a large part in deciding if the content writer is even capable. It does take skill to write for someone else.

However, a content writer can excise information from a subject-matter person (SME) behind the scenes who can quickly assess and glean the best of the industry insider. There is a knack to extracting fine points.

Cavve is home for this Blogger

Your Blogger Can Live Almost Anywhere

 

A blogger will usually gain a good grasp of those items being sold or manufactured. So much so, that you as the reader would never know it was written by an outsider, often living in another state.

Judging a content or contract writer or a blogger for your business is just like hiring a new employee: you’ll check for examples of his work, his knowledge of the area of expertise, his ability to express himself, and then testing him for his writing ability to stand-in for your tone, brand, and voice.

Actually, the best way to consider a blogger is for her to offer a sample blog. She will be able to sample your online web site, talk to key employees that can “teach her the ropes,” and, may even talk to select customers who work directly with the company.

A blogger is a chameleon who can stand in place of your company’s field agent. They make every effort to blend in, while trying not to cause concern for those who hire them. One tool that helps is a “writing style guide.” These are often developed when several writers come onboard to help with advertising, web content, blogging, and PR outside the office. A second tool is a signed promise of non-competing, where a writer will not write for the competition, or share its secrets.

A Blogger is a Chameleon who can blend in easily

A Blogger is a Chameleon who can blend in easily

 

 

A second tool is a signed promise of non-competing, where a writer will not write for the competition, or share its secrets.

Will using third party writers be an effective strategy for getting a great amount work done while keeping staffing costs low? Yes, in most cases. By using the right content writing service, you can often save time, energy and money while building your brand with powerful content. You won’t need to provide insurance or paid vacations, either. Whether it’s a single writer or a writing service, your overall exposure on the Internet will increase the chances of more sales.

If the blogger’s entries, over time, improve your number of prospects while keeping your brand and company out in the public eye, then your choice to use a writer as an essential part of the team has paid off.

No one will really know until you try a business blogger.

 

 Rusty LaGrange

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Cadillac Antiques Cruises Into the High Desert

 

The quaint pueblo-styled building that once housed Country Styles Western wear for many years is now home to Cadillac Antiques in Lucerne Valley. It’s the most appropriate spot for the new venture run by two local couples, Char and Dave, Patty and Ralph. Or was that Dave and Patty, Ralph and Char? Their shop opened with a bang on July 4th, but this weekend is its Grand Opening.

 

Step into Cadillac Antiques

Vintage Dressy Doll and Carousel Horse

On Saturday visitors to the antique shop indulged in free hot dogs and sodas out on the open patio, while inside, shoppers wandered through every little nook and intriguing corner. It will take hours to investigate it all. Cadillac Antiques did take advantage of every room to display their ceramic and glass figurines, furniture, handcrafted items, vintage dolls, mid-century collectibles, and jewelry.

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There’s even something for the guys,” said Patty Muldoon, pointing to the long back wall that stretched from one end of the building to the other. “We have unusual ‘garage art’ items that are repurposed auto parts, even mid-century bicycles finding a second life as chromed lamps, statues, and what Dave and Ralph call ‘car-lectibles.’”

Garage Art

Repurposed Auto Parts Get a Second Life

 

Grand Opening of Cadillac Antiques

Char and new vendors show excitement during the Grand Opening

Cadillac Antiques is gaining staff support and antique variety through its eight vendors, who will be learning the ropes and working behind the counter. Patty said that they select their vendors by the quality of the vintage and antique items that they have displayed in other locations around the Victor Valley. It’s one way of keeping the selections of high quality. They also take items on consignment.

Local shoppers who remember the style of the pueblo building will be very comfortable walking into the front parlor. They’ve repainted and redesigned the layout but left the character of the old wood floors and plaster walls in place as a welcoming grande dame of the valley.

Chrome and Upscaled Bike

Up-Cycling a Cycle

For those who want to tell all their antique-hunting friends, Cadillac Antiques is at 32090 Highway 18 on the north side as you enter town. Their hours are currently 10-5 Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays. Their phone is 760-248-2829. Tell them that Rusty sent you.

 

Rusty LaGrange

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