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Our home project this week was to tackle our home's entryway. I struggled all last year to figure out what would work best in our 'entry room'. The front porch is a covered area that has been challenging to decide between plants or furniture. Plus there is a fairly wide 'wall' that was screaming for... Continue Reading →

Big Monstera Tip/Advice

Basically, do this before it gets too late and you end up like me. (Sounds ominous, doesn't it??) A quick backstory... Our monstera deliciosa was large when we lived in Kansas City. When we moved to California, we knew it couldn't make the trip in our car so I cut a number of stems from... Continue Reading →

This is 55.

Scott and I had a few days off together around my birthday. A double nickel birthday... that seems impossible. My mind completely disagrees.I have a favorite birthday cake. My mother made it for me and after she was gone, my mother-in-law made it for me for many years. For the last two years, Scott has... Continue Reading →

Build Me a Valentine (or three!)

Last year, Scott made us a trashcan box since our kitchen trash has to sit out in the open. We have put it through the workouts since then and it's held up fabulously. Sooooo (...of course...) I wanted more! I wanted something similar to the trashcan for our laundry hamper. (By the way, I don't... Continue Reading →

Honest Abe

In December I met some friends at this coffeehouse - a first for all of us. The chai latte is good, but what drew me in was their clever play on the street on which the coffeehouse rests: Lincoln Street (in Roseville, California.) Fourscore Coffee House is filled with old desks and comfortable sofas, tables... Continue Reading →

Paradise and Growth

I broke down last week and bought a 'California requirement'. Or at least it seems to be a requirement when living in California. But first a quick backstory. When we lived in Kansas City I bought a Giant Bird of Paradise at our local Walmart. While 'giant' is in the name, this houseplant was not... 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 →

HARRY’S TREES by Jon Cohen

What a fantastic book. It hooked me quickly and kept me on the line the whole way through. What a beautiful celebration of books and nature and great love. ⠀ ⠀"To every story we bring the story of ourselves."⠀ This book celebrated the freedom of forgiveness. The adventure of reading. The beauty of nature. The cost... Continue Reading →

It never rains in California…

Rain rain rain rain. But at one point in the not so distant past, there was sun. And it played beautifully with the variegation of this Brasil philodendron. Lemon lime in all its glory! ⠀ What’s the weather doing where you are?

Fab Forties

Since moving to the Sacramento area last year, we have been repeatedly told we need to visit the 'Fab 40' houses in East Sacramento. "Big old homes from the 1940's...", people would say. Recently, Scott and I watched the movie Lady Bird, which takes place in Sacramento. The main character, Christine (aka: Lady Bird), falls madly in... Continue Reading →

Family Al Fresco

It's that time of year. School is finished (or soon to be), the temperature is rising and sleeping in is on every teens agenda. If you have kids at home, a common summertime question is 'What's there to eat?' I might be able to help with that last question with some simple summer meal items.... Continue Reading →

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