Celebrating 36

Mama and I began the day’s festivities with mani/pedis at a nail salon downtown. After our bit of relaxation and pampering, we walked around and enjoyed the warm sunshine, bright blue sky and brilliant flowered trees. We also met a group of inspiring kids protesting gun violence. We continued our birthday tradition of beignets, but…

A damn good day

I was the lucky recipient of two birthday gifts today, and I was deeply touched to see how well my friends know me. A package from Los Angeles contained a purifying pink clay mask to detoxify and brighten my skin, and a hug at our front door included a bottle of my favorite variety of…

Warm peanut butter cookies

Tonight I made peanut butter cookies from scratch, and we washed down the warm cookies with cold milk. Heavenly! I mostly followed a recipe from one of our favorite bakeries in Santa Cruz, The Buttery. The recipe was published by the L.A. Times several years ago. I tried to make the cookies a bit smaller…

Piecing it together

Mama and I have been putting together a puzzle featuring Northern California landmarks. Puzzling is a great brain exercise and we enjoyed methodically assembling the border together before moving to the insides. We’re not quite finished, but Mama and I had such fun that it had to be today’s #OneGoodThing! Day 107 of 365. And Day…

Gosling spotting

On a trip to the post office today, we spotted what looked like a few dozen baby geese. The little white birds were hanging out in the rain-soaked, back field of a local junior high school, and we pulled over to take a closer look. Paisley was especially interested, so we didn’t want to scare…

Meeting the artist

Art and live music filled our rainy afternoon. Mama and I met up with friends at a local museum to see a band called Dirty Cello perform. Before the concert, we walked around the Art Museum of Sonoma County and fell in love with the work of Jack Stuppin. I was fascinated with his vibrant oil painting…

Wrapping our faces in lace

We love to do home facials, and tonight Mama and I tried new facial masks by Lace Your Face. These all-natural masks, which were featured recently on SharkTank, hook over your ears so they stay in place (unlike most sheet masks). Each mask can also be used twice. Mama tried the Rejuvenating Collagen mask and…