Learning the rhythm of relaxation…

It was an unseasonably cool day today. I know I have a long way to go with the California heat (and truly, I’ve enjoyed the warmth of it) but it’s also nice to have an incredibly cool day with the windows open wide. We are excitedly anticipating a big group of family coming to see…

It’s a girl!

(I think.) I’ve been watching the growth and birth of this ruffled-leaf Philodendron Selloum (Philodendron bipinnatifidum) leaf since I first saw its tiny presence on March 17. It took 22 days from my first video to my last time-lapsed video this evening. Baby and Mama are doing fine. She’s registered at Bergdorf Goodman… Now it’s…

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…

mundane joy

“We all need the reminder that the next generation is watching and waiting to be inspired by the love story of ordinary life lived out faithfully.”⠀ It really doesn’t matter your age – there are always younger-than-us beings who are watching your face. Checking to see when your eyes get panicky or your brow wrinkles…

Rain, rain, go…away?

We are preparing for rain, here in Northern California, not unlike our preparations for snow in Missouri. Bringing in the delicate items, the lamps and tchotchkes that shouldn’t get soaked. We conjured up a lean-to to cover my succulent garden, as @inspirelovely would suggest. ⠀ ⠀ My friends know how much I do not like…

Clean(er)

I would venture to bet that the majority of people can’t rid their homes of all toxins immediately and right.this.very.instant. Man, would I love to. Had I only won that last lottery drawing…⠀ It’s hard to make choices for a clean, ethically-centered, toxin-free home. Clean cleaning supplies. Clean beauty products. Slow fashion. Slow living. ⠀…

Oh balls!!

I have recently discovered these amazing felted dryer balls from Trader Joe’s. (Not a paid endorsement. Just a fan.) If you’ve never tried them I would highly recommend this method of drying your clothes. They stay in my dryer and I never have to use dryer sheets – or more importantly, I don’t have to…

A Slow Corner

I recently read an article about creating A Slow Corner in your home. I loved that idea. This little space was intended to be a dining room, I believe. We recently moved to a little 70s ranch home that we’ve been filling with our things and tweaking what’s here. This space wouldn’t hold our dining…

Holding on and letting go

I’m beginning to find my groove here in California. My home colors are very neutral but my office and workspace? Color invades. My colored glass collection. Crafts of all shapes and sizes. Yummy yarns and hard-to-resist notebooks holding ideas and budgets and books read. I admit to feeling a bit like a superhero lately, releasing…

Faster and faster!

She climbed the stairs two at a time, racing against the clock. Her breath was labored and her heart was beating far too fast. She paused for only a second on the landing but knew she must keep going. Red-faced and exhausted, muscles screaming and pulse racing, she pushed herself further. There was a goal…