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I’m very excited about my first “free” weekend since early January. Work has kept me busy and a lot of visitors has been so fun, but I’m ready to chilllll out for a real 2-day weekend! Not sure what I’m going to do…probably clean or organize something. Ha! Happy weekend to you all and check the view from today’s commute. LOVE it!

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We made a lot of progress in the garden on Sunday. Planted about 8 tomato plants which, I realize, could produce truckloads of tomatoes. Eeek. Also planted a variety of peppers, a couple of squash, beets, green beans, and radishes. The beets, green beans, and radishes are seedlings so I’ll post a pic of those when they sprout or look more interesting than a pile of dirt. I enjoyed planting so much I might do more in the next few weeks. Am thinking about adding a leafy green, carrots, and maybe zucchini???

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Now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for…my gardening shoes! They’re Bogs. Oh you know…”the urban farmer clog”. Ha! I found them online after nearly breaking my ankle trudging around the yard in flip flops. I think they’re fabulous and certainly make gardening more enjoyable. They aren’t cheap, but I think having ankles in one piece and looking garden chic make them worth the investment.

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I floored it out of the city last night like my hair was on fire. I like to get home before it’s dark so I can walk the yard and see what’s new. I was in the city all week so knew that there were some good surprises waiting for me!

I love the columbine…mom’s favorite flower and they remind me of her and the Ranch. AND THE ROSES! They’re just getting started and are in abundance! I don’t know what the deal is with the lilacs. They are not blooming like they should and wonder if the strange weather confused them. There are a few sprigs here and there which is better than nothing. I am so lucky to get to spend time here and enjoy it all.

I hope to start planting the veggies today…tomatoes, green beans, various peppers, and beets. Stay tuned because I know you’re going to want to see my gardening shoes!

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I didn’t forget to admire the tulip trees over the weekend. They were beautiful! This time I snapped a couple of pics in the morning as the sun was coming up. There are a few blooms left, but they come and go so fast I’m not sure they’ll still be blooming this weekend. I’m so glad I had the chance to see and appreciate them. Makes me smile!

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For those of you that know me you know I have an affliction to cooked fruit. I have no idea what came over me, but I got it in my noggin that I wanted to use some of the plums that we froze this summer. (It’s possible I really, really wanted to use my new baking dish). Anyhow, I decided to make a plum cobbler because it seemed easy enough thanks to this recipe at SimpleRecipes.com. It was super easy to make and smelled absolutely amazing. I decided I’d better take the tiniest of bites before sharing it just to be sure it wasn’t offensive. It was so good I nearly fell over in shock. It’s even better with a dollop of whipped cream. And also quite delicious with vanilla bean ice cream! I can’t wait to make another one and maybe just maybe share it with my Santa Rosa peeps?

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Oh my goodness. I’m in week 4 of the cold/cough that won’t end, but I’m finally getting my energy back. HOORAY!

I was in Napa over the weekend checking up on my summer home. The place looks great and I think Pedro might deserve a raise. We’ll see.

Do you want to know what never gets old? Spotting hot air balloons on a beautiful Sunday morning. They take my breath away every. single. time.

I know I haven’t been keeping up with my blog posts like I should. This summer has been a busy one. Working during the week and then for the past many weekends heading up to my “country” home to spend time with family & friends. It has been fun, chaotic, hilarious, and exhausting spending time with the family. I think one night we had to find sleeping accommodations for 21…and many of those were teenagers. ACK! Overall, been having a blast and keeping busy with family BBQ’s, 4th of July fireworks, games of marco polo, cheering on Team Dance in the Rain’s 39 mile Avon walk, and eating yummy desserts (s’mores, mini bundts, homemade ice cream)!!!

Here are a few pics from the past few weeks…

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I’ve posted a few unappealing pics recently so here’s one that is beautimous! Some hydrangeas I snagged from Napa this morning…LOVE them!!!

 

Last Saturday I met up with a couple of friends at the Oxbow Market in Napa. We sat outside and enjoyed a glass of bubbles while catching up. Lovely. An hour and a half later it was already 8:30 and the Oxbow closes at 9. NINE! We walked up First Street and stumbled upon Eiko’s a Japonais influenced restaurant. I forget exactly how they describe their menu so let’s just go with “Japonais influenced”…sounds fancy. We sampled many different dishes from the tapas menu and the food was out of this world. Shrimp tacos, chicken lettuce wrap, beef gyoza, and a super scorpion roll. Not ones to pass up dessert we had s’mores! Sorry the photo is so dark, but the restaurant is a little dark…and loud…but otherwise fantastic. I will definitely go back.

For the record, I’m still dreaming about the shrimp tacos.

Did you know that lilacs are in bloom? I found out last weekend when I was in Napa. I happily cut a bucket full and brought them back to the city. They’re now spread throughout my apartment in an assortment of vases. And if you’ve been in my apartment you’ll know that 4 vases of lilacs is a lot for this tiny space! They smell amazing and I just think they’re so pretty! My current stash is already starting to wilt so I might need to re-load this weekend…

For the record, it was about 80 degrees and blue sky when I left Napa on Sunday. It was not 80 degrees when I got to the city about an hour later. The drastic weather change always amazes me. Good thing I love fog as much as I love lilacs!