Aaron Brothers does excellent work in their framing department, at least at the one I go to (Fletcher Pkwy in La Mesa, for the SD peeps), and excellent work demands excellent prices. I’ve had a couple of largish pieces framed there before, and the cost is shocking, but the final product is so well-crafted, it’s worth the price.

So I went there, wanting to frame the $10 print I picked up in San Francisco. It already had matting, signed by the artist no less. So I went in and explained that I wanted to see what would be the least expensive option possible. I mentioned that we could even crop off a bit of the top and bottom excess matting, but that I really wanted to save the signature. The saleslady said, Oh really? and measured the matting again. She went away for a minute and came back with a pre-made frame that, if we cropped an inch off the top and bottom, would fit perfectly. $25.99, and they were having a half off Memorial Day sale. WOOT!

It looks perfect. I actually took a bit more off the top and a bit less off the bottom, just to save as much of the signature as possible. It came with a wood back, hanging hardware, and clear rubber bumpers for the bottom corners. We hung it under our wedding photo, next to the curio cabinet with all the miniature hats. When the cabinet’s light is on, both are lit beautifully.


Rich and I were both gobsmacked by how good the crabcakes benedict were, so I made them again. Perfecting my technique. They came out brilliantly, again. SO good.


Finally, we had a number of days with thick, high marine layers. Makes for lovely sunsets.



There’s a house in the center with its light on. Looks like a ship at sea.