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???


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.







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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A few technical difficulties…here’s today’s post!

Today was my 2nd time taking the Ferry from Vallejo to SF which, so far, has been an absolute delight. Getting up at 5am isn’t my dream come true, but it’s so worth it if I can return to Napa in the evening. Mandatory 7am work days are getting in the way of consecutive round-trips, but they’re on the horizon and I can’t wait!

For anyone who knows me, I like to be fully prepared for new things because I’m not a fan of uncertainty. Before my first ride I contacted a Facebook friend who commuted by ferry and asked him for tips. We hadn’t spoken in 20+ years, but that is the beauty of Facebook. I also did a test-run the day before to get the drive time down and then quizzed the ticket guy about where to park my car, line up, get ticket punched, etc…Preparedness!

Anyhow, I can’t help but think of Mom and how she’s getting a kick out of my public transportation adventures. After all, she’s the one that got me on a Muni bus for the first time! Here’s a link to a post about that and there’s a comment from her too. 🙂

And a few pics from this morning’s ride…Btw, It’s early when you’ve been up for 1 1/2 hours and the moon is still in the sky. Ha! Regardless, it’s so worth it!

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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!



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?


I saw this at a store recently and thought it was a super cute idea!


My favorite trees are blooming in Napa! There is one in the front yard and one out back by the apple trees. I took this snapshot as the sun was going down on Sunday. There are more blooms and I hope to catch them in all their glory this weekend. So beautiful!!!


I’ve been spending a lot of time in Napa lately and LOVING it. This past Sunday I went up to Yountville and had breakfast at Pacific Blues. It’s right in front of Vintage 1870 (now called V Marketplace) and across from Bouchon Bakery.  If you get there early and the weather is nice I recommend grabbing a table out front so you can watch the activity at Bouchon. By activity, I mean watch the line to the bakery get longer and longer by the minute…

As far as the food goes I can recommend the Blues Breakfast Burrito, the flapjack, and the Yountville Scrambled. All are incredibly yummy and the servings are huge. Which could explain why my jeans are feeling a bit snug lately…


I made some sweet treats for work peeps. Mini vanilla cupcakes with Minute Fudge Frosting (posted about here) and a Hershey’s Hug shaved to add a little color and to top it off. I should have let the frosting cool a little bit more before dipping the cupcakes, but I was tired. The frosting seeped into the cupcakes overnight which is not ideal, but not disgusting. They look cute and that’s all that really matters. 

Have a great day!



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