Sideways to Napa – part two

(continued from Part One) If we saw nothing else but the  countryside along the way, the daytrip would have been worth it (two hours our house.) The grass is a brilliant, neon green right now. The below picture is a blurry snapshot from the car window as we sped past. But with all the luscious…

Sideways to Napa – part one

It was definitely one of our weirdest decisions. The electrician came in the morning to look at an outlet that wasn’t working properly. We worked on some house projects then did a bit of clean up in the yard. Then – about 1pm we decided it was actually a really nice day for a drive. Where…

Terra Cotta Dreaminā€™

Possibly it’s due to the overexposed sun here in California that has led me to fall in love with a very California, desert-color scheme. Earth tones: Greens. Grays. Terra cotta. Cinnamon. Mustard. Mauve. Teals. Blues Soothing. Grounding. Natural. Imagine looking at a desert scene. Starting at the ground level with it’s bluish-gray sage mixed with…

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…

bucolic English gardens and hippie reefer rests

Do you remember singing the song as a kid Going on a Bear Hunt? You’d rustle through the grass – making the appropriate noises with your hands. You’d stomp through the woods, stomping your feet to the beat. The antique hunt is not much different. You firmly place the list of items you’re searching for…

Get back up on the horse, g

It’s been far too long since I have played with paper and glue. It used to be such a huge part of my life, but for various reasons I have let it slip into zero drive. Perhaps the biggest reason, is that the hobby was once at 100,000% GO, GO, GO! My task now is…

San-Fran-Giving

Since Scott has to work on Thanksgiving Day, we celebrated a few days earlier by taking a day trip to San Francisco. It’s what I like to call a Scouting Trip – checking out all the sites we want to visit when friends and family come to town. It’s about a two-hour drive so an…

California or bust. (Spoiler alert: it was kind of a bust)

I had big plans to split up and blog our trip to southern California into segments based on all the places we visited. Then the fires happened. It has been so sad here in California. And the thick smoke in the air is a constant reminder. That said, it was very interesting to be here…

A FINE ROMANCE by Candice Bergen

TheĀ original Murphy Brown TV show came out when I was in the throws of motherhood. I loved watching her show (from an old thing called a VCR -ha!) The writing was funny and her persona helped me feel more secure in womanhood. All things were possible. My mistake, however, was subconsciously assuming Murphy Brown was,…