Hello and welcome to Sundays With Celia Vol 41. I’m delighted you’ve joined me on this beautiful Sunday in summer.


A Look Back On Sunday

It’s been a week of Hungarian travel here at After Orange County. Budapest truly was one of my most favorite travel destinations and for this reason I dedicated 3 posts to the subject. First I invited you into our beautiful hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton Budapest.


Then I showed you the magnificent Club Lounge that we took full advantage of during our stay.


And finally, I gave you a comprehensive travel guide to Budapest. So tell me, have I tempted you to visit this really special city? Or, have you already been?


I’ve Been Busy Lately

Since returning from Europe I’ve been busy, and I look forward to bringing you up to date with what I’ve been doing in upcoming blog posts. Next week I’ll show you the party I hosted for my husband’s recent birthday.


And I’ll take you bowling at The White House!

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 41 | Bowling At The White House |

I also plan to share with you my go-to, summer dessert recipe. It’s a delicious, light and refreshing Fresh Fruit Pavlova.


My Son Did An Interview on the BBC This Week

Saying he has a “Face for Radio,” my son took this silly selfie while recording an interview at the DC headquarters of the BBC World News.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 41 | Nathan Imperiale Interviewed by BBC World News |

As a close friend and former business partner of Sean Spicer, Nathan was asked about Sean’s recent resignation from his job as White House Press Secretary.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 41 | Nathan Imperiale Interviewed by BBC World News |

While I try to avoid anything political on this blog, I’m kind of a proud mamma. So, you can click on the image above or the link below to hear a clip of his interview.

A Trip To Disneyland

My son Nathan also came to town with my two grandbabies and we took them to Disneyland for the first time. It was so great to visit the Magic Kingdom with them.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 41 | A Visit to Disneyland |

We spent the night at the Disneyland Hotel (nothing there to write home about) and made it a 2 day affair. The newly renovated Submarine Ride had to be my favorite.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 41 | A Visit to Disneyland |

Progress on The House On Cottage Grove

We’re getting closer and closer to the completion of the renovation of The House On Cottage Grove. The interior is nearly finished and next week we move to the outside where we’ll be replacing the deck and staircase and painting the exterior. But this week I decided to have a slice taken off of a large log that has been sitting on my property ever since we built our home and had to cut down a whopping 52 trees in the process. Most of the trees we cut down were sent to be milled, and we then used them to construct the exposed beams in our home. It makes me feel good that the trees, which have been growing on my property for over a hundred years, found a new life in my home. Well this week they continued to serve, as one last log was turned into a beautiful coffee table for The House On Cottage Grove.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 41 | The House On Cottage Grove |

The log slices must have weighed 400 pounds each, and took 3 strong men to load them into a truck to be transported to Cottage Grove.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 41 | The House On Cottage Grove |

We cleaned and sanded down the surface of one log, and with great difficulty, rolled it into the basement bonus room where it will live as a beautiful and very special coffee table.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 41 | The House On Cottage Grove |

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 41 | The House On Cottage Grove |

I’m sewing window treatments, pillow shams and duvet covers for the entire house. Once complete I’ll be sharing much more of our cottage, which we will be putting on the market by the end of August. If you’re in the Southern California area and want to see the house, I’ll be announcing the date for an Open House & Reception soon.

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 41 | The House On Cottage Grove |

A Terrific New Restaurant in Redlands

In closing I thought I’d plug a terrific restaurant that just opened last week at Citrus Plaza in Redlands, California called the California Fish Grill. It’s a 19 store chain with locations throughout SoCal and they serve quick, affordable and delicious seafood. I’m not the greatest seafood chef so I love to eat fish when dining out. See what my girlfriend & I ate for lunch post an indulging girls day of pedicures and shopping. YUM!

SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 41 | California Fish Grill |

So there you have it: SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 41

Thanks so much for dropping in! 

Express Yourself!

No blog post is truly complete without a word from you. I’d be so delighted if you’d leave a comment below. 

All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Unless otherwise noted, all photos are the original property of Celia Becker @ and may not be reproduced without specific permission.


  • A great post! Your Sunday posts are by far some of my favorites. I always love getting a glimpse of things behind the scenes! It looks like you (and your family) have been up to some fun and exciting things recently. I love seeing the updates on the cottage and seeing how things come together. Did you count the rings on the trees you will be using for the tables? What a great conversation piece that will be! I will admit that Budapest hasn’t been on the top of my travel bucket list, but from what I’ve seen lately and the things you’ve shared, I may have to reconsider bumping it closer to the top of the list.
    I actually love Disneyland and haven’t been in a few years. The new changes look fun and I bet it was a great time seeing it through a child’s eyes. I might need to plan a trip. Congrats to your son on his radio gig. How long was he on the air? What fun…it sure looks like he had a blast. That is a great selfie, by the way. I am still planning a trip to DC in spring so I’ll have to pick your brain. I’ve been to California Fresh Grill only once. I have to admit that I was expecting it to be just another fast food restaurant but I was very pleasantly surprised and would agree with you, the food was good. Heck, a day of indulgence spent with friends eating and shopping…now that sounds wonderful. Have a great Sunday and wonderful week.

  • Thanks Vanessa for your very comprehensive comment! I actually thought about trying to count the rings in that tree stump to see how old that oak tree was when we ended her life;(. I’ll have to do that and let you know. And, when you are ready for your DC and Budapest trips please do ask for advice, I’d be delighted to share. I love, love, love both of those cities!

  • Robert C

    Wow, you have been busy. I visited Budapest soon after the wall came down and it was very different than what I am sure it is today. I must go back soon. I would be interested in seeing your House on Cottage Grove. I really enjoy following your posts on revitalizing these mountain properties. I am still on the fence on what to do regarding my Arrowhead house. I am not much of a cook…but I am a foodie and love seeing your amazing creations. Keep up the great work you do on your blog Celia! It is very inspirational and it is always a pleasure to read about your travels, your design aesthetics as well as your life in a very special place.

  • Hey Robert, it’s so nice to hear from you. I do understand that Budapest is now much different than just after the fall of communism, but it is amazing how the city is revitalizing at record speed. I think they are trying to make up for lost time. I’m very happy that you find my blog inspirational on several levels. It’s what I aim to do. Thank you for following along!