Getting warm weather ready

I’ve been methodically getting our backyard oasis ready for summer. There’s still plenty more work to do, but it is coming together beautifully! While I was rehanging solar twinkle lights under the green shade cloth today, Paisley enjoyed the freshly power-washed cushions and outdoor furniture! Today’s #OneGoodThing was getting our backyard ready for good times with Mama! Day 134…

Mama’s funny new friend

I found this adorable work of yard art at a local hardware store and brought it home to hang outside Mama’s window; but she loves it so much that it is temporarily sitting in our living room. We haven’t named the bird yet, but we’re crazy about the dangly feet. It’ll be even better when…

Executing my design

I designed a unique shade solution for our backyard oasis last year; and though it worked wonderfully, the stainless steel cable frayed and had to be replaced. I improved last year’s design by using slightly thicker cable, coated in vinyl. Also, rather than wrapping one long cable back and forth between the garage and shed,…

Tiny plum buds are back

Mama and I meandered through our back yard oasis together this morning, examining our garden’s progress before tomorrow’s predicted frost. Besides watering our newly planted fruit trees and seeing what flowers have survived, we were happy to discover tiny green and white buds all over our Santa Rosa plum tree! Upon pruning earlier this year,…

New peach tree and a composter

The warm winter sun feels more like spring and has put us in the mood to be in our garden! Today we finished assembling our tumbling composter; Mama and I were thrilled to nearly fill up one side and start making our own quality soil for the garden we’re planning! We’ve named the composter ‘Darth.’…

A great book in the warm sun

I’m re-reading my literary hero’s memoir in advance of seeing her in person later this month. I absolutely adore Jennifer Weiner and her many books, which have had a lasting impact on my own writing and life. I identify with her on many levels, and I am beyond excited to see her! Reading in the…

Our Wilson is better

Despite being mid-winter, Mama and I enjoyed 77° sunshine in our backyard this afternoon! We weren’t the only ones taking advantage of the spring-like warmth. Our neighbor who we love dearly was out in her yard as well, and we had a wonderful visit over the fence. We laughed that it was like the old…