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We’ve lived in northern California for over a year now. We rarely go further than a couple miles from our house. We went slightly further north, for a change.

Napa to start…




We are picnic people…



I’ll take my little bits of fall where I can get them…


Calistoga was another stop…







Hops have THE. MOST. AMAZING. SMELL… If you get a chance to break one open and breath it in, do it!


Grape vines everywhere!









We spent a “happy hour-ish” with pizza and beer, in Healdsburg.





My garden is very hit and miss.

Spaghetti squash happened to be a hit.






She will always find the most “royal” perch in the room.



First day, second year. I think he’s starting to feel settled.


Watermelon was a hit… I think I got three.


Cami and I work together, but not on Saturdays. She sometimes drops Mops off before work, then comes back after and spends the evening with us… Handy.

She is dainty.


Patty pan squash, very hit.




I worked the Garden Club booth for a couple hours during the Solano Stroll… (Annual street fair really close to my house.)





Right before I left for Montana, I broke my favorite lens. Or, I guess I only kind of broke it. It still works, but it’s stuck on 14 mm, and it only focuses really, really close up, it usually hits what I’m trying to focus on. I have a macro- wide angle… I see it as a happy accident, it is now one of a kind.

The crappy part is, I’m out a wide angle lens. If I get it fixed, it won’t work this way anymore…














I never knew they were books…


Color class in the city with Joel and Robby. Joel (darker hair) is the dad of Rocket (miniature pinscher) who we watch on occasion…


Can you guess which one is mine…?






Happy World Mental Health Day!  Considering who most of you are, you have cause to celebrate… I love every last “mental” one of you…


1/2 block is officially the shortest distance we’ve gone for our anniversary meal…

Happy number six, my Love. It’s been a grand adventure…



Last year… (California)



And, the year before that. (Maine)



And, the year before that. (Vermont)



Number two. (New Hampshire)



First… (Maine)




I Like Cake…


I’ve moved around a lot in the last 20 years. “Home” has taken on many meanings… Montana will always be home, in some form.



Day with BFF number 1… PBR and oj. I am back in MT.





My dad is scaling back a bit. He built a smaller shop next to the house. It’s a good move. We spent a day unwinding the old shop. I only fell off the ladder once…



Day with BFF number two…

She started this asparagus three years ago, it’s been in a pot at their apartment  until they started building their house. First ever sprout! I was grateful to witness the birth…







I really try to get chicken fried steak every time I go back. It is my ultimate comfort food. And surprisingly hard to find outside MT. Yes, that is a soup bowl full of extra gravy.


This is where day with BFF number three would be, if she didn’t live in ND.


The Billings farmers market is by far one of my favorite events… And I’m always there with family, which makes it even better.


I talk about Bob’s garden a-lot. If there is a heaven, it would resemble Bob’s garden. I went out there almost every day I was home. I can’t put into words how much I love being there.















Left over fireworks from our wedding….





My grandma’s roses growing in my mom’s garden.


My sister’s cross. We try to do a little spiff-up when I’m back…



Until we meet again….



Back in CA…


I sat staring at this spot for an hour, after a very long trip back. So close, yet so far away… At least I got to sleep in my own bed that night.




J completed his first year of school. His friend Wags gave him a trio of scotch, one bottle for the end of each year. Bottle number one down…







My mom loves this creepy little man, I miss her already…


I’m getting acupuncture every Tuesday. I feel all pro-active and stuff…






Dirt day part two…. My beds are very happy.






Tomorrow the Mr. and I celebrate number six. It is also “One Hit Wonder Day”, that makes me giggle a bit.

The Inbetween…

I’ve missed you… All I’ve wanted to do is hang out outside, which is the opposite of sitting inside on the computer.

Tomato number one. They are still coming in fairly regularly. It’s suppose to be in the 70’s the next couple weeks. Everything (myself included) will appreciate a little sunshine for a change. I can’t live in 60 degree “summers” it’s depressing.


The fourth of July, forever ago… Good food and fireworks, thats all I ever want…


I can’t remember if I introduced you Elon, her and I started at the salon around the same time.









Here is my beautiful squash plant about 20 seconds before it got powdery mildew and died. The East Bay and squash don’t seem to go together. Good thing I started eight more…


My garden is completely different from these pictures. I took out all the underproducing  plants, and replanted. What I have going on now… pumpkins, butternut squash, crooked neck squash, lemon squash, red and yellow beets, carrots, three kinds of lettuce, tomatoes, five kinds of peppers, potatoes, watermelon… We’ll see! For the next three plus years, I will not have to tuck my garden away for the winter. I get to just keep planting…







Rocket, our weekend guest.




I snipped the ends off my squash plants, so they could put all their effort into ripening the already existing fruit, instead of trying to produce more. It looked lovely in my window for a couple weeks, a flower would bloom every so often…


Have a great holiday weekend, Loves! I will be gardening. Like usual…



I mastered bread, then once again I remembered it’s bad for us. If I wasn’t a butter junkie… Fresh bread is the ultimate butter delivery mechanism.




Yoga with the Mr.

We are getting very close to living car free. Soon.


There is a lemon/lime/orange tree steps from or house. They just let them drop and rot, so I have no problem rescuing a few.

Isn’t that the most beautiful orange…? It tasted beautiful too.


These trees belong in a cartoon, like Rainbow Bright.







Aren’t cosmos the happiest flower…? Those, and daises.

The ones I planted are dancing all over the place.


Wild, tame blackberry.


My artichoke no longer looks like this, I had to cut it off at the base due to aphids, they give me the willies like no other. (Stay tuned to see if it grows back.)





Tiny rose bush.




Goji berry bush.




Yay for visiting friends! Matt and Becca were in town from Boston.






And they brought just pulled out of the ocean, salmon…





Bowling with the work crew…








Garden Club…

I’m beginning to realize that my outings involve either garden club or work friends.


Early for work, sunshine… as “selfie” as I get, it’s even a dumb word.

Work is flowing with way more ease. The level of anxiety surrounding it is dissipating. I think I picked a great spot to spread my coiffure love around.






Her days are numbered…


We spent the solstice together, which is rare… the solstice and getting to spend a whole day together.

We knew these days were coming…. we appreciate the time we do get. Like right now, he’s sitting next to me making flashcards… I love holidays.



That cucumber is the first thing I pulled out of my garden.

Gardening makes me happy.


Saying goodbye to another work friend. Celine is moving back to Switzerland.


She’s the beauty in the middle…











The word sassy, is sassy…


Happy Fourth, Loves!!

I get to eat potato salad, and hamburgers, and watermelon. and cookie salad! And, maybe see a firework or two. Perfect.



Dead Ravens and Baby Pigeons…

I have read that neither dead ravens or baby pigeons exist, I have seen both since last we chatted…



J and his classmates get together on the last day of (or shortly after) finals, to decompress…











The Mr. came to the Garden Club Spring Tea with me, he’s a good sport.






Happiness is outdoor space.




More work girls…. You’ve met Cami. The flamingo lover is Whitney, the only extrovert in our little sea of homebodies. We work in neighboring stations three out of our four shifts, she’s one of my favorites. She makes me miss day drinking…





In the last post I was yacking about needing to get done so we could get to the city, this was that night…

Hole in the wall with Peter.


And jazz.



Cutting class…


My back yard was bare when we moved in, then it rained all winter…






First day, third trimester.


DIRT DAY!!!! It ranks up there with Christmas.


A perfect soul, I’m grateful to have her in my life…

We met in photo school. We now live 50 minutes apart.








From one of my clients. She didn’t even know they were my favorite.

People can be so beautiful.


Sad to see one of our crew moving on. Goodbye fellow meatball lover…




This was good in theory, I think it fried my seeds, nothing but the pumpkins germinated.



My first strawberry…



Dog stroll with friends…



Before and  after… kind of.  The veggies are in, everything else can be done while they grow. Please don’t judge the white trash look we have going on.





Tomorrow (or today, depending on when you read this) is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day. And so I will.

It is also this firecracker’s birthday…


I have the best, best friends.


Were You A Ballerina When You Were Younger…?

We are staying in the city tonight, I have a class tomorrow that will be much easier to get to if I’m already over there… Plus, we need it.

We are meeting Peter for noodles and beer.

So! I will get this done before I leave.


I have mostly always lived where there were four seasons.

From what I can tell, here there are two, spring and summer. Spring started two months ago.

There are blooms everywhere, so many I have never seen…





Happy very late day of Love…


Dinner prepared by my love…









This adorable man was giving a bonsai demonstration at garden club, I wanted to take him home with me.







Flowers from the Mr.




Trip into the city to see Kevin, who was over for business.








Brunch with Jane and her family. (One of J’s classmates.)



I really like her.


And of course with two acupuncturists in the house, there was a lot of tongue diagnostics.






Cicada “protein”.

J ground them up and put them in protein bars. I tried the ones with cricket flower, I couldn’t do the cicada, I am weak…





I very much miss my family on Easter.
























Hairdressers hardly ever get their hair done, it’s the nature of the beast.

It just makes it that much more enjoyable when it does happen.


Cami… soon to be our newest stylist.




Hillary, my “boss”. She grew up in a beauty salon, her mom was a hairdresser as well…




Our yearly St. Pat’s corned beef and cabbage hash. I like that we have traditions.


Beach time with Peter….



My favorites…



Al Fresco makes my day.



He still brings me flowers…


I’ve been making bread.

I don’t think bread is a great addition to my diet, however, I start to loose my mind when I go strict meat and veg. I figured homemade bread is ok now and then. I make enough dough at the beginning of the month for a small loaf a week. Warm homemade bread with butter has a crack-like affect on me, hence the one loaf a week.





I believe every month to be garden month, but April is officially garden month.

I shall work on my plot Monday. My soul has been missing the dirt.

Happy day after April Fools Day, Loves…