2012: The year of the new

sunset reflected in water

This was a glorious sunset at the end of January. We just found out my mom was going through very tough times. How were we going to help her? How could we help her? Where, how, and when would everything turn for the better?

As we gazed with sadness at this majestically beautiful body of water, the horizon gave us some hope. With its alluring colors, it was a reminder of a better future, a better day, a better time to come, no matter how much submerged we were in sorrow at the moment.

gluten-free fries

San Diego (March), a little change of environment. While the circumstances did not change much since January, it was awesome to get away for a few days, and indulge in trivialities. These were gluten-free zucchini fries. I had just become fully gluten-free and this was a welcome dish in a “mainstream” restaurant. What fun!

Victor & Karo in front of their new, tiny, pink house

Wow! A totally unexpected flicker of joy–the beautiful and tiny pink home! While we bought the house against the background of sorrow still reverberating from across the ocean, happiness was palpable. How not to smile when the pastel-colored walls reflected and caught the summer sun?

first cooked meal at the new home

Our first dinner in the new home. Our dining table has not arrived yet, but the new stove was installed, so cooking could resume.

colorful flowers and pillows

Except for the beautiful sunflowers we received from our wonderful agent as she handed us the keys, these were the very first flowers we received in our newly painted and furnished home. And we got them from the home’s previous owners. How nice!

looots of plant based food for the July 4th celebration

Our first July 4th dinner preparations. The basil pesto/broccoli salad with peppers would become a recipe printed in JJ Virgin’s “Companion Cookbook” to “The Virgin Diet” in December.  So unexpected!

unbelievably cute vivid red flowers

Changes may seem terribly frightening sometimes. When Victor switched jobs, he was welcomed into a nice and beautiful environment. Good luck with everything you create there in the New Year!

Karo @ Cafe Gratitude in Santa Cruz

While traveling with our wonderful friends (and our first house guests!), we came across our very first vegan/gluten-free restaurant. Cafe Gratitude in Santa Cruz was a great treat for my eyes and stomach!

desert near Palm Springs, CA


Karo Caran, the Rainbow Poetess, is a poet and a non/fiction writer. Her novel, "Breaking the silence: A story in paintings" focuses on the censorship of art and gay relationships in the postwar, communist Poland. Her poetry-based memoir, "Life in a Footnotes" will be published this summer.
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