Planning our victory garden

Plans for our 2020 garden have changed and expanded greatly as the quarantine continues and we worry about obtaining fresh produce. We’ve been growing more food from kitchen scraps, and recently planted zucchini, cucumber, basil, and marigold seeds. Mama and I found an excellent article in the Sunday edition of The San Francisco Chronicle with…

Freezer findings, paint delivery, and more!

It’s been a strange Saturday filled with random good things. Today’s edition of freezer-diving yielded some delicious Trader Joe’s mandarin chicken and steamed rice, which I garnished with what I thought was our last orange. Then I discovered our tiny orange tree has given us our very first citrus fruit ever—truly excellent timing as we…

Torching a pie

I made a key lime pie with a toasted marshmallow topping tonight—and I had a great time torching my homemade whipped frosting. Quarantine meals are starting to get creative as we eat up our supplies. Thankfully, we have a small lime tree in our backyard. I was thrilled to find everything else I needed in…

My grandmother’s seagull

This weathered seagull statue belonged to my grandmother—an integral part of her nautical-themed den. He’s part of a pair and probably one of my most treasured reminders of spending time with my beloved Mema.  My grandmother’s two seagulls now live in our backyard as a beautiful ode to her quirky style. After watering our garden…

Apocalyptic ride to the hospital

Today was my 27th immune-suppressing IV infusion and I found myself as nervous as I was for my very first infusion. Nothing about my appointment has changed, except that I now have a port implanted in my chest that makes the entire process smoother and saves about an hour. The added anxiety over today stemmed…

Finding cheer in the end of March

March has felt like one of the longest years—I mean months—ever. As an immunosuppressed family, we’ve been in isolation since late February. Thankfully, Mama and I like being at home, but we miss spending more time outdoors and seeing our neighbors’ faces. Today our spirits were brightened by a wonderful singing family in the U.K.…