The Best Advice My Mother Gave Me

I always enjoy the week between Christmas and the new year. I love the way it helps us let go slowly and say a proper good-bye. My mother was a 7th grade English teacher. If you remember 7th grade English, it was saturated with grammatical work. Proper use of commas, dangling participles and conjugating verbs.... Continue Reading →

My 2020 Unread Book Project

It seems every year I go through the same mental tennis match: 'Do you REALLY want to set resolutions and goals for January 1? They're always fraught with so much pressure.' There is something about a goal set on a random Tuesday that holds more promise of completion for me. That said, I have decided to participate... Continue Reading →

Rethinking Small Bedrooms

If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed I've been moving around my 'library' and reading corner recently. I've tried it in a couple of different areas (always built around natural light options), but I had a little bit of an aha moment (aka: DUH! moment) and wanted to share it with you... Continue Reading →

Just a Whole Lotta Lake Tahoe

Fall in Northern California is something special. I am unapologetic about photographing every leaf around Lake Tahoe... When will I tire of standing on a hill and looking down to the bottom of the lake?? We were a little disappointed the day was so overcast. The white clouds gave a cast to the lake that... Continue Reading →

Napa Valley

On Monday we explored the grandeur of Yosemite National Park (read here) and on Tuesday we drove north to Napa Valley. Yountville and Calistoga are favorites. Of course Hannah (rightfully so!) compared everything to the movie Parent Trap! -ha. I loved how this winery mixed fall decor with succulents. (I was taking copious notes!!) This statue... Continue Reading →

Yosemite National Park

Our daughter, Hannah, flew into town on Sunday. We started right out on our California adventures on Monday morning. We are tired and car-weary, but it's been an incredible two days (and more to come!) (interesting water levels on the rocks across the lake) We drove 3.5 hours to Yosemite National Park yesterday. Lots of... Continue Reading →

A Viewmaster Vacation

As a kid I remember my grandmother had the coolest Viewmaster with slides and slides of beautiful scenery and landscape. I would click and click through each slide with my eyes pressed firmly against the back - wondering where these magical places existed and how soon I could get there to see them in person.... Continue Reading →

sea level: 7000+ ft

We had the crazy idea to travel the breadth of California this week. We live in the middle of the state. On Sunday we drove 1 hour and 31 minutes to San Francisco (sea level: 0 ft) on the far west side of the state, then on Tuesday we drove 1 hour and 53 minutes... Continue Reading →

sea level: 0 ft

When we've had enough of the 'bedroom community life' of Sacramento, our first instinct is to drive over to Berkeley/San Francisco; it always feeds our urban-loving souls. According to Google Maps, it takes us 1 hour and 31 minutes to get there. Piece of cake. Not to mention the fact that the west coastline is... Continue Reading →

Semi-Stay-Vacation

Scott took a week of vacation this month and instead of packing it with the many activities we've done on vacations so far this year, we decided to have a more 'quiet' vacation week this time. We decided to travel the breadth of Northern California. We live in the middle of this area, so we... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Lessons from the Pretty Polka Dot Pink

The Polka Dot Plant. (Hypoestes phyllostachya) As a general rule, I always suggest people do a quick google search about a plant before they buy it. That way you will know whether or not you can supply what the plant needs: proper lighting, space, etc. But of course occaaaaaaasionally, you just see a plant in... Continue Reading →

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