Anne Ternus-Bellamy

Personal Shopper: Get inspired Beyond the Garden Gate

A sign at the gate of a favorite shop reads, “Get inspired.” Every time I read these words, I nod internally because, for me, the gate leads to the source of joy for someone I love. My mother. Mom is a special lady. Of course it’s hard to imagine anyone who doesn’t feel this way […]

September 30, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Personal shopper: I can see clearly now

When I first started this column, I had a few bad habits regarding local patronage. Being a hypocrite was no way to introduce myself to readers. Even though I’d lived in Davis more years than I could count on my right hand (assuming I could see each finger), I still traveled across the causeway for […]

August 05, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Personal Shopper: Figuring out the frozen yogurt equation

Even a professional shopper needs to contract out now and then. Given June’s task — frozen yogurt tasting at all five solely dedicated stores in Davis — I didn’t hesitate to turn to a few experts: three incoming freshman boys. At first, I feared my plan was slightly misguided. Completing such a challenge in a […]

June 24, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Blake’s helps in a flash

When I was younger, I used to think hot flashes were just exaggerated punch lines, but with age I’ve come to learn the term is inadequate. Try lava crawl with a freezing, drenched finish. Without a doubt, this shift in a woman’s life can make sleeping an extreme sport. That’s why I never, ever pass […]

May 27, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

When trees need a trim, call Kiwi

Sometimes I leave town for a portion of the summer, even though my adventure comes with its share of perils. That’s not because my risk of residential burglary is any higher (we have a wicked alarm and surveillance system), but because of an individual who stays behind: my husband. Yes, it’s a classic, familiar tale […]

April 29, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Personal shopper: Where glass meets class

Deferred maintenance. It’s the pragmatic upkeep we put off yesterday, and the day before and the day before that … in favor of a little luxury (like dinner out) or, in some cases, our day-to-day existence. The truth is, we’ve done pretty well if we’ve survived the past several years, at least from an economic […]

March 25, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Personal Shopper: Cotton Carpet Care offers solid footing

Deferred maintenance. To many, like governmental agencies, the term brings a welcome sigh of relief … an easy score in lean budget times. Families, as it turns out, aren’t much different from the government, except for one small distinction: We can’t print more money or run a trillion-dollar deficit. Recession or not, every household is […]

February 26, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

A sad farewell to a childhood favorite

Sickened. Alphabet Moon Toys & Treasures will close by the end of this month. Of all the adjectives describing my feelings, this is the word that says it best. When I write, I love to use sarcasm and humor. But this column will not be funny, nor will it have been fun to write. My […]

January 15, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Personal shopper: Heidy’s favorite things

HeidyKellisonW If hooliganism is the new Black Friday, I don’t endorse the trend. After this year’s mayhem and a previous year’s manslaughter, let’s return to the classics and treat the day after Thanksgiving the way my Aunt Lassie taught me — like the little black dress. A safe and simple holiday shopping experience is de […]

December 08, 2011 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Grateful for Nugget

Facebook users, including me, will rail against friend updates about morning coffee. Nobody cares. If, on the other hand, the context is gratitude, I’m intrigued — particularly when it comes to the little things. This month, a couple of FB friends inspired me by posting thanks for common gifts, like hot showers. (Yes, Kathie and […]

November 20, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Let’s party

A few weeks ago, my teenage son, Chase, was planning a bike ride with a friend. I suggested he visit a temporary Halloween store to check out the costumes since, for him, running this errand with me would be as scary as if I were to show up at his school in curlers and a […]

October 23, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Thank God it’s always Fry-day

Like most things that follow a glass of wine, it made perfectly good sense at the time. A weekend free of multiple commitments ignited a sense of marital adventure … ferreting out the best French fries in Davis. Intrigued by the hot news of the week — a local restaurateur had stated Davis lacked sufficient […]

Topkis is tops

My life is perfect. I don’t have a care in the world. I never make mistakes, argue with friends, fight with family, yell at the dogs, slam doors, throw things, bend the truth, withhold affection, try to manipulate others, have regrets, get irritated at the mailman, tailgate, gesture at bad drivers, hold grudges, resent upright […]

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Tough love at Stonegate

My family and I’d just spent our final evening at the ballpark. After playing seven seasons, Chase, my son, lost interest in baseball. My husband and I felt sad saying goodbye to nights in the bleachers with friends, watching kids play their hearts out. (I must admit, though, knowing there’d be no more snack shack […]

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