The planting begins

These beautiful two-tone Dahlias, which I found at Costco last week, are now planted in our garden, thus opening the season of planting! I also did a bunch of work preparing the garden, but it was more pulling weeds and picking up dog poo—not exactly the best photo opp. I’m still working on this year’s…

Emerald Beaut’s first buds

The Emerald Beaut tree we planted last year has just started flowering and it is absolutely lovely! This is our favorite variety of pluot and we are praying we’ll receive fruit this summer. These first blossoms give us hope—and were a bright spot in our day. Today’s #OneGoodThing was discovering the Emerald Beaut tree’s first buds…

Sharing memories of Joe

This afternoon Mama and I received news that our beloved friend Joe had passed away after a two-month illness. We were shocked and deeply saddened. Mama introduced Joe and his wife to each other; she just knew they’d be perfect for each other. Pat and Joe have been part of our extended family since before…

A Saturday for sleep

After an exhausting day at the Home & Garden Show yesterday and a hike around Costco the day before, I wasn’t entirely surprised when I woke up with a raging migraine. Thankfully, Mama and I had no plans for today, so nothing had to be canceled or changed. I was able to spend the day…

It started with a carved turnip

Mama and I have been attending the Spring Home & Garden Show since we moved to Santa Rosa 4.5 years ago. We love to get ideas for our own backyard oasis. We’re always surprised at the wide variety of booths, and today was no exception. This purple flower in Mama’s hair is actually a turnip,…

Flowers, books, and more

The day started with a quick visit to our fabulous stylist Matthew for a bang trim, followed by a stop at the downtown library (because we always need more books even when we don’t). Then I got to pass out my homemade hamentashen to Mama’s memoir writing class, which I really enjoyed as I miss…

The strength within

Today was not the most exciting day, as I’m trying to bounce back from a Crohn’s flare. However, I managed to finish our piles of laundry—including the elusive folding and putting away, an oft procrastinated task. I even finally cleaned up the dishes from my baking fun and then scrounged the energy for a shower.…