A Neighborly Hello

(This article contains company references but is not a sponsored post. I am a dedicated customer and paid for all products myself.) My husband and I recently drove around our new neighborhood, admiring the California spring flowers in our neighbor’s yards. I continue to be absolutely amazed at the magnitude of many plants and the…

a rainy afternoon

I would love for the following pictures to look as if it was a reading and plant-playing kind of day, but in reality – it was a little nuts. Our VERY indoor-only cat decided a group of young squirrels was just too much for her to tolerate, and dashed outside as I opened the door…

PLACEMAKER by Christie Purifoy

I am currently reading this beautiful book by Christie Purifoy, Placemaker: Cultivating Places of Comfort, Beauty and Peace. The book releases in mid-March 2019 and will be a soothing balm for our overly-stressed, multi-tasking souls. Placemakers is for the home lover. The outdoor admirer. The family gatherer. The story collector. For the past decade I…

THE AMERICAN SPIRIT by David McCullough

I recently finished this collection of speeches by David McCullough. His love for history is contagious and reignites my own B.A. in History. His many graduation commencement speeches are all laced with the plea for the graduates to continue to study history. Quoting American historian, Daniel Boorstin: Trying to plan for the future without a…

Handwritten Recipes

I recently found some favored childhood recipes in my mother’s old recipe box. My mother died in 2010 and I have used her wooden recipe boxes as decorative reminders in my home. But flipping through her handwritten recipes – and many from her 4 other sisters – is like sitting down with her at the…

Old Sac Town

  We’ve heard many people around here talking about Old Sac Town – an area in Sacramento with historic museums and shopping. So yesterday, on Scott’s day off, we decided to go check it out. But first, coffee. Scott picked out the coffeeshop from a google search. I can’t imagine what drew him to this…

Presidents’ Day Cabinet

I don’t know about the President’s rotating cabinet, but I am so so so in love with my new China cabinet. Have I mentioned my extreme love for Facebook Marketplace?! I have found so many treasures on that site – and am learning to be patient and wait for the good stuff. A few days…

Calla Lily Ledbetter

I am probably crazy in the head, but I picked up a calla lily yesterday that called out to me from the plant aisle. I’ve never grown one before. “Try meeeee”, it said. So I gathered it up – along with a bunch of clearance plants that I couldn’t let just sit there, unadopted and…

Happy Valentine’s Day

There are a lot of people that boycott this day, I know. And I suppose I can imagine their angst with the day. But that’s mostly because we have elevated the ‘significant other’ part of the day and not all the other loves in our lives. I sent out some of those boxed Valentine’s that…

BBQ man, Biofreeze and Backyard Shenanigans

I can’t quite get over the difference in weather here in California. I am a Midwestern girl from the get-go so getting used to these warm, wintery days leaves me with a deep sense of gratitude for days spent working in the yard. Scott has been researching and stalking a new BBQ grill for months….

A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW, by Amor Towles

A very entertaining, albeit somewhat long-winded, novel. I’ve seen the buzz about this book all over my instagram. I ordered it months ago from Book of the Month, but only recently sat down to give it my full attention. SYNOPSIS: In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is accused of being an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik…