opening Pandora's Box! MugShots ? Of course...

If the only way to find one's ancestors is in the Mugshot book--- you hope for the best. Thinking, well, they were probably falsely accused or it was for something 'dumb'...or you find it was serious and they were convicted-and that's where you come from. You then start wondering what fabulous traits you may have inherited from this amazing group! Time reveals far too little--- my comfort, least our ears don't match.
Here is the illustrious line I come from-- J.A. Graham was a man my Great Grandmother met while visiting her husband in prison...she married him, helped him break out of jail, hid him under her house and was written up in the papers as coming after the police with her 'womanly wiles' - or what we would call a rolling pin. My Great Grandmother was obviously a woman to be reckoned with--strong and brave, but- possibly needing some extra guidance when choosing a judgement truly-- just wish I knew more. Here's the Line up.... My Great Grandfather Frank:
Great Grandfather Frank Kolar

Great Great Uncle James Kolar

Step Great Grandfather J.A. Graham
Very Happy to finally put faces to the names...I am sure they all redeemed themselves and were model citizens for years to come...yep, that's my family.. Digging into the past can truly be like opening Pandora's box- all I am left with is Hope--Hope that they redeemed themselves and didn't pass too many DNA traits on...again- no judgement.

Sugaring Old Fashioned Pansies from the Splendid Seed Savers in Iowa

Old Fashioned Pansies come with many surprises....fragrance, abundance and resilience! I LOVE these Pansies, they are "The Historic Pansies Mix" from 

Seed Savers Iowa Historic Pansies Mix Wendy Kolar Mullen
Gorgeous Pansies- Love the colors and of course the Frangrance
 They are amazing and have been blooming for months...I even found a newly opened seed pod to try for next season.  

I LOVE finding Seeds!! I am a Seed Saver! 

Yesterday, I was determined to save the last few blooms for sugaring-as I realized the summer had gone by, I had meant to sugar those pansies every time I saw and breathed in their fragrance-but, had failed to do so.
 As the very last fragrant blossoms happily awaited their fate unseen, I cut several, attempting to rinse them, dry them, 'paint' them with an whisked egg white/water mixture-finishing with a gentle sprinkle of sugar on them. Turns out that rinsing under the faucet was too much water for their precious heads, and I didn't have superfine sugar to 'sprinkle' on them-so, pouring regular sugar on them--really seemed to anger them! When they dried they looked like they had just washed up on a beach somewhere..pretty seaweed-ish debris. #Fail 

Sugared Pansies or Seaweed?

Back outside this morning-hoping just a few more of these amazing pansies had dared to pop up over night...they are just so magnanimous--there they were, fragrant, fresh and ready for another attempt.  

Tiny Pansie Bouquet

Today, I decided to make them, I mixed equal parts water and sugar--brought the mixture to a boil-stirring-allowing it to cool completely. While water and sugar were boiling, I spritzed the pansies with a rose water mist instead of dunking them under running water--they responded very well to this!

Freshly Picked and Misted Pansies

 Once the pansies were dry, stems still on for my convenience, I gently dipped them in the cooled sugar water and then gently sprinkled the superfine sugar on them. (I took out my regular sugar and put about a tablespoon full into my coffee grinder....Voila...superfine sugar...the Pansies Love it!!) When they are dry I will gently cut off the stems and see how long they last in an airtight jar -they do lack a little of the sparklier look of those done properly with egg white-but, I am thrilled with how easy this was♥
Sugared Pansies Drying

and drying...

and....hmmm...After. Definitely not as sparkly spectacular as I would have liked...edible glitter next time?

Monterey Bay - California - Absolutely Gorgeous ♥

Thankful to be Celebrating twenty years of Marriage in Monterey, California - so much to be thankful for! Looking back over twenty years, is of course, bittersweet. Time marches on....march with it or live with regret...well, that's what I've learned. I hope you enjoy the photos of Monterey- better yet, I hope you go there! ♥
Wendy Kolar Mullen Monterey Photos
Sailboats on the Gorgeous Monterey Bay

Wendy Kolar Mullen Monterey Photos
Pelicans and a Sailboat - Fantastic Window View from the Spindrift in Monterey

 Wendy Kolar Mullen Monterey Photos
Shells at low tide - treasure hunt!!

 Wendy Kolar Mullen Monterey Photos
El Torito Mexican Ocean View Restaurant

 Wendy Kolar Mullen Gypsy World Traveler Social Butterfly
Cannery Row Mural - Tribute to the Fishing Industry
 Wendy Kolar Mullen Monterey Photos
The Fish Hopper Ocean View Restaurant in Monterey- Two Adorable Gulls!
 Wendy Kolar Mullen Monterey Photos
Sweet Friend stayed outside window for hours ♥

AuntLali.Com...The Ice Cream Truck Anniversary Surprise!!

I grew up in the hills--we never had an "ice cream man"....I am always on the look out for one, ever listening for the one of a kind Ice Cream Truck music...I tried to chase down a truck during my summer visit to Ohio, but true to form, I only had a credit card and of course-never getting to buy something from the Ice Cream Man-I didn't know how he would feel about a credit card.
Inside THE ICE CREAM TRUCK!!! hear the most wonderful old time Carousel-esque version of "The Entertainer" playing magically...right outside my door! (we live in a very small town with no 
Ice Cream Trucks) 
My husband says "Run!" handing me a crumpled dollar---something a kid would have in their pocket--I said, wait, we need more I ran back to get some cash and grab my sunglasses--as, indeed I showered today--however, I was lacking in style points, the sunglasses are a great way to make it thru those moments when you wished you would have stopped playing solitaire long enough to put some BB cream on or anything--but, I had my super stylish orange tank top on and bermuda shorts...oh my gosh--worst outfit-definitely would earn the Glamour Black Bar. 
It's It Ice Cream and Choco Tacos.... Heavenly Ice Cream by Lali !
Pretending to sell Ice Cream to Patrick!

Anway!! The Ice Cream Man....turns out to be The Ice Cream WOMAN!! her name is Lali, and as I ran out to the truck-she said "Happy Anniversary Wendy" --of course, I was couldn't stop crying, such joyful tears--thankful for my sunglasses once again. 
Santa Cruz Ice Cream Truck AuntLali.Com
My old orange tank top--darn...luckily it does match a few items on the window :)

I couldn't believe it...after more than fifty years of wishing to buy ice cream from the Ice Cream she was....loading us up, letting me pretend to sell ice cream to my was WONDERFUL!! She is from Santa Cruz, California-her name is Lali - please look for her and get some fantastic ice cream...she had my favorites..."ITS-ITS"!!
AuntLali Ice Cream Santa Cruz California Wendy Kolar Mullen
Patrick and I posing with the Sweetest Ice Cream Woman that I know... Lali!!
 What a completely unexpected Surprise, My Husband is a total Sweetheart and of course Lali is as well! Lali has just earned the title of our new best friend...we adore you are the sweetest...obviously♥ 

You can find out more about Lali and where to find her...or hire her for events at

Caught the Phantom of the Opera in the Paris Opera House of course in Box number FIVE!!

Looking through some photos taken at the Grand Opera House in Paris - Palais Garnier - I seem to have 'caught' the Phantom in his private box- number five .. longing for Christine of course ♥ The Opera Garnier is so entirely Gorgeous...we were fortunte enough to see the Ballet "Joyeux" -- so lovely, what a treat!

Can You See Him? After I took this picture, he was gone...

John Michael Montgomery at the Monterey County Fair!!

What a Great Show! Very casual with a great ocean breeze...wonderful summer evening for a John Michael Montgomery was amazing!
Wendy Kolar Mullen
Very Patriotic - Love the Guitar John Michael Montgomery!
Summer of Love Monterey County Fair
Matthew laughing as I play air guitar with JMM!

Wendy Kolar Mullen Summer of Love
Me with my Summer of Love Fair Art / Map :)

Patrick, Me and Matthew Riding High on the Swings!

Gorgeous Ferris Wheel!
Wendy Kolar Mullen
Gorgeous Art by Jo Mora - Summer of Love 1967

San Juan Bautista, California Historical Society

A few pictures for the San Juan Bautista, California Historical Society
San Juan Bautista, California

San Juan Bautista, California

San Juan Bautista, California

San Juan Bautista, California

San Juan Bautista, California

Lake Erie Summer of Dreams for this girl!

Traveling to the State where my "legacy began" (my Grandparents met and married here)....Ohio, was so much more exciting than expected! Ohio is completely Green and Gorgeous and the favorite! Sitting on the shores of Lake Erie as it washes all of your cares away, allowing you to be just a girl, enjoying your life long summer dreams. Visiting Niagara Falls, Erie,Pa and its famous & most divine Chocolate Shop "Pulakos"- Antique Chocolate Molds displayed throughout the store and the most delicious creations- Heavenly really! From there, it was on to Presque Isle, Cedar Point, Cleveland (where I met the very talented woman who designed the Superman Banner when checking out of the Hyatt Regency at the Arcade -recommended by my Darling Cousin Kathy♥), Akron-where I had my nose pierced, and Cuyahoga Falls-which is a scenic wonderland-definitely recommended! To top it off, my cousin has a Blueberry farm in Ohio, where I learned how to drive a John Deere---and it was quite a treat to step out in the morning and pick a handful of ripe Blueberries for breakfast, have coffee & Kayak on the lake while the birds were happily awakening! ♥ I met so many wonderful cousins in Ohio and just fell in love with the entire state! As the age of 51 rapidly approaches the next big numbered Birthday...I would say I have learned to relax, not worry about every last detail and TRAVEL while physically capable...something to think about...and I live by the fact that if you don't plan it-it will never plan away!
Blueberry Summer!!


A Mermaid and her Cousin's Puppy...Ginger♥

Driving the John Deere in my Wonder Woman Thongs! (Flip flops)

Twin Pies Shop .Blueberry Peach Pie can't Be Beat!

Lake Erie Dreams

Twin Pies in Linesville, PA with Tractor Seating of course!!
Quaint Shop in Cuyahoga Falls

15 Mile Bike Ride on Presque Isle

Cuyahoga RailRoad

Watching Patrick enjoy Fireworks was the most fun!!

Wait...we were having fun!!

Relaxing near the shore
View of Niagara from Canadian Sky Wheel!

Patrick with the Niagara in Perfect View!

Crossing Rainbow Bridge from New York side to Canadian Side of Niagara Falls

Pre Maid of the Mist....

Maid of the Mist Adventure Niagara Falls!

Cleveland Museum of Art- Monet's Water Lilies

Like finding the Golden Ticket for Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory!

Inside Hyatt at the Arcade
My Cousin Carol's Fantastical Bubble Maker!
Cedar Downs Derby Ride!

Excited to Ride 1 of 2 Derby Rides left in USA!

Seriously Fun Ride! Cedar Point!!
Roller Coastering at Cedar Point!!

Laura Ingall's Wilder Museum in Iowa!

Gorgeous Lake Erie