Nice visit from an old friend

Today was a beautifully sunny Sunday, and Mama and I were thrilled to welcome her friend Julie for a visit! We enjoyed a scrumptious lunch with fresh goodies from our garden, including a tomato and lemon cucumber salad. We also got to harvest our table-scraps celery plant, which gave our challah tuna melts a lovely bit…

Mama’s bestie visits and they’re adorable

Today we were super excited for a visit from Mama’s childhood bestie, also known as More Diane. They’ve been friends since they were three years old, and she came with us on our very special trip to Venice, Italy. Since we moved to Santa Rosa three years ago, we don’t get to see her as…

Magical mint chocolate cupcakes

We are mint chocolate addicts — and so our dear friend and chef/artist/extraordinaire Lisa tested out several batches until she came up with these incredible mint chocolate cupcakes for our big celebration this weekend. The frosting is light, creamy and super minty with a lovely shaving of chocolate on top. The cupcake pairs perfectly, airy…

Binging with my bestie 

After our big backyard celebration yesterday, today was a much-needed rest day! Lucky for me, my bestie Alyssa is visiting all the way from Los Angeles — and so we got to rest up and hang out together! We binge-watched “Friends from College” on Netflix, which seemed perfectly appropriate since we became friends our freshman…

Help from friends

Today’s #OneGoodThing was help from several of our friends. The aid manifested itself in several very different ways, but all are dearly appreciated. We feel so grateful to have found our own little community. Day 189 of 365. And Day 552 in a row! 1 year ago today: Abby’s triumphant return 4 years ago today: A Venetian…

Summer brightening announcement

This afternoon I received a text message from one of my very best friends that she’s coming to visit me next month!!!! Alyssa has been one of my besties since we were 18 — which means we’ve known each for about half of our lives. We lived in Israel together and went to college together,…

Reconnecting x2

Today I caught up over the phone with two of my besties! This may sound like nothing, but it’s been a while since I’ve spoken to either of them. Sometimes it can feel difficult to crawl out of my world, but I’ve really missed them. I felt so happy to hear how well they’re each…