Wreath from Chessy

Our regular Trader Joe’s grocery store, which burned down in the Santa Rosa Firestorm last year, recently reopened and I was looking forward to returning today. Once you get past the overcrowded parking lot, everyone in the store is super nice and very helpful. When I first began my shopping, an older woman in a…

Cooking class with Gail

Today I got to see my friend Gail again and take a wonderful cooking class! I had signed up for the “Cast Iron Desserts” class a while back, but it was in danger of being canceled because no one else registered. Thankfully, Gail was available and interested — and I was thrilled to spend some…

Decorating just in time

The Jewish holiday of Chanukah began tonight, and so Mama and I decorated our living room this afternoon. The last-minute effort wasn’t exactly procrastination; the holiday just sort of sneaked up on us this year. (The date is based on a lunar calendar, so it changes each year.) Thankfully Mama and I found a few…

Lemon Swiss buttercream

Lately I’ve been experimenting with different Macaron fillings to varying degrees of success. Raspberry jam was too runny, but then chocolate ganache was too rich. I found a recipe for Swiss buttercream from smitten kitchen (one of my favorite food blogs), and tested it out in the tiniest amount listed. I’d never made this particular…

Girl talk

Two friends I haven’t seen in years visited us today, and it was such a joy to see them again! After a lovely, long visit with Mama over cups of tea and Macaron cookies, these gorgeous ladies and I went out for a yummy bite to eat. Today’s #OneGoodThing was this wonderful reunion with Nissa and Ilana!…

Listening to Michelle

Today’s #OneGoodThing was listening with Mama to Michelle Obama read her new book. We’re only a couple of chapters into “Becoming,” but we love it and can’t wait to listen to more together! Day 333 of 365. And Day 1,064 in a row (here’s the first 366 & the following 365)!  1 year ago today: Colorful legs 2 years ago today: Wonder Woman Happy birthday…

Narrow approval

A slight fever nearly prevented me from receiving my 12th IV infusion for Crohn’s Disease today. The treatment works by suppressing my immune system, which can make it dangerous to receive if my body is already fighting an infection. I haven’t been feeling great lately, but I finished my latest antibiotics course two weeks ago,…