Monday, May 23, 2016

Sunny California

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These past few weeks have been a whirlwind—getting my seniors prepared for end-of-year events, lacrosse for youngest daughter, and a much-needed visit with my oldest child in sunny California. This week I will walk down memory lane and reminisce about a trip that came and went much too quickly.






I had a major work event last Monday, and like the spastic creature I tend to be, I planned to leave for CA early the following morning. I arrived around 11:00 AM West Coast time, and we hit the ground running: lunch, local sight-seeing, a winery, dinner (delicious and prepared by Cassie), and bedtime.

On Wednesday, we drove up to Napa, a short distance from my daughter's apartment in Alameda. I had never been to Napa, so I didn't really know what I'd been missing. But now I do know, and I intend to go back to this bucolic place sooner rather than later. OH, it was lovely! And the sun (which we haven't seen in weeks and weeks here) was shining. We had a picnic lunch, did some shopping, and then devoured an amazing dinner in town that evening. Our cottage was sweet, and there was even a rooster wandering around. He was hilarious, in fact.




We hit a winery and did some tasting, ate more delicious food, went on a hike we thought was 6.5 miles. Actually, it was 8.5 miles. It was a very special time with my oldest girl.







Even better, I did NOT take my computer. I did not do any work. Instead, I really enjoyed this time to savor food and wine and precious moments with the first girl who made me a mom. What a fine young woman she has turned out to be, and she is only just getting started on this adult path!


Here's to a great week!


Friday, May 6, 2016

Mother Nature Hates Me

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I don't believe in complaining about the weather. It's total waste of time. But after seemingly endless rain, I am tempted to complain. Or, take it personally. Mother Nature hates me, I think. Before this constant rain, I captured a few spring images of my yard. Feast your eyes on this: SUNSHINE!











As much as I'm not liking this rain, my yard is loving it. Seriously, it looks like Ireland around here, so lush and green.


Have a great weekend!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Falling for Fresh Flowers

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And then she falls off the face of the planet… Last week was nuts. I was out every single night. On Monday I took my senior students to New York City. We visited the Strand and New York Public Library. I LOVE these kids. They are a wonderful group, and we had great chaperones, too. I could not have asked for a better day. Of course, it wouldn't have been much of a trip without a story. Our beautiful coach bus broke down on the way home, so we sat on the Jersey Turnpike for 2.5 hours. We were supposed to return at 8:00 PM. We arrived at almost 11:00 PM.

Tuesday night was dinner with a good girlfriend.

Wednesday was my middle daughter's band concert.

Thursday I had an event at a middle school. It was author night, and I got to share my books with a wonderful group of teachers and students.

Friday dinner out.

Saturday with friends.

Do you ever have those nutty weeks? Run, run, run! Spring is always like that, however. It's part of being a teacher for sure. Double whammy when you have school-age children. Not complaining, though.


These viburnum are from my friend's garden. She suggested I cut the stems and smash them to help soak up water. It worked. These gorgeous, fragrant flowers lasted a full week! Isn't that the sweetest vase? It was my MIL's, and we got it after she down-sized. I love the pretty silver. A very special piece for sure.

The viburnum below are actually from my garden. Not as fragrant as the others, but still pretty. There is nothing like fresh flowers. I'm an addict!





More pretty flowers from our local market. Love that color combination. 


Here's hoping you have a fabulous week! It's supposed to rain here.

All.

Week.

Long.

I'm gonna need more fresh flowers to brighten things up around here. 


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