Couldn’t put the book down

This morning I discovered one of my favorite authors had a book available on BookBub (if you’re not familiar, BookBub sends daily book deals for free or cheap books within chosen genres — it’s great!). I discovered Stacey Ballis’s books through a recommendation by another of my favorite authors, Jen Lancaster. Stacey’s books are especially wonderful for…

Wild lavender cuttings

Mama and I worked on beautifying our front yard garden today, and we ended up with this lovely vase full of wild lavender cuttings. We also gave out handfuls of lavender to strangers walking past our house. We may not be able to move tomorrow, but today’s #OneGoodThing is this lovely fresh explosion of lavender brightening our home.…

A rescheduled day

Today was a lost day. A migraine with crazy, color auras swirling took me down before the day even began. Today’s #OneGoodThing was being able to reschedule the day’s appointments without penalty. Day 132 of 365. And Day 498 in a row! 1 year ago today: The return of summer produce What was your #OneGoodThing today? Please share…

A glimpse of Santa Cruz 

Today I got a little glimpse of the town we used to call home. Though we love living in Santa Rosa, we still miss our beloved Santa Cruz. We miss being near the ocean and we miss our friends. So it brightened my day when our friend Shmuel Thaler, an extraordinary professional photographer, posted this…

Her kishkes want to kill her

A close childhood friend of mine was recently diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer. Shock and heartbreak doesn’t begin to cover it. Jenessa is one of the most awesome, kickass people I’ve ever known. Seriously. She’s a teacher at the Jewish day school where we grew up together. She’s got two adorable, young redheads and a…

Muddled apple mint tea

We recently planted several types of mint in our garden, including apple mint, and today we made a cup of tea from the leaves! We’ve previously made tea from peppermint, spearmint, lemon balm and lemon verbena from our garden. But we’d had trouble getting the tea strong enough and we realized it was because the…

Giant blooming aloe

This giant aloe plant has been living in our back yard for many years before we got here. We were surprised to discover it blooms bright orange fireworks blossoms! I’d never before seen such a large aloe plant; the leaves fan out several feet wide and the blooms are almost as tall as the fence. This monster aloe is a…