G is For the Garden of My Dreams

Hello Friends,
It is that time of year when the garden wakes up and starts flirting with us all. The promise of great harvests both floral and food.

All the hard work of last year starts to pay off this year as our perennials assert themselves after a long winter’s sleep.

The vegetable beds are full of starts and sprouting seeds. Shallots. Carrots. Red bell peppers. Tomatoes. Twelve varieties. Lemon cucumbers. Yellow patty pan squash. Asparagus. Snow peas. Snap peas. Arugula. Kale. Oak leaf lettuce. Butter lettuce. Mustard greens. Spinach. Red Sail lettuce. Green leaf lettuce. Broccoli Raab. Fingerling potatoes. Yukon Gold potatoes. Shishito peppers. Basil. Rosemary. Chives and more chives. Mint. Oregano. Marjoram. Thyme. Italian flat leaf parsley. Meyer lemons. Five trees because I love them so. Lime Trees. Blueberries. Six varieties. Strawberries and more strawberries. Raspberries.

Roses are blooming.

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Calla lilies are standing tall and pure.

Lemon trees are blossoming with the promise of hot tea on a cold winter afternoons.

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Little strawberries are turning rosy in the sun.
Raspberry canes are struggling to free themselves from their enclosure.
Asparagus spears poke their tips up through the soil, reaching for the sky.
Lettuces, wet with morning dew lean against each other in support. Safety in numbers.

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Lavender blooms vigorously knowing its season end is fast approaching.

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Oleander dances together on the hillside, branches waving to some hidden rhythm.

This is my garden. This is where I find my pride. This is where all things are possible and they show their various vibrant colors in support of the common goal. Let us all nourish each other with love, tenderness, hard work, and consistent devotion.

Week 10/52

Hello Friends,
Here is my second in the series of Week by Week.  I am borrowing a format from an artist to use here.  Blue Bird Baby is a fantastic blog. Simple. Lovely. Soulful. Inspiring. She uses a weekly format to document. I like this method of tracking the days and the process. I have modified her approach a bit.  Every week you document and you note by the week.  She documents her darling daughter’s life in a really lovely way.  Go check it out.

This week I am:

Another chapter in my novel. Well, a couple chapters, but they all read like crap…


Mendocino and Other Stories by Ann Packer

Mendocino and Other Stories



This is such a lovely two minutes. Well worth it.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/88224399″>The Shipping Yard</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/rungunshoot”>Brandon Li</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>


Skinny Love by Bon Iver


About an upcoming road trip to Portland, Oregon. I used to live there and I love it. Good coffee, great microbreweries, family, friends, and some sultry rain. I know. When is rain ever sultry? It is!

Rain, glorious rain.

Rain, glorious rain.



My snap peas to grow a bit more vigorously. They are really pathetic.

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A vacation with my honey to some lovely place like this.




This gorgeous Ella Moss swimsuit. It is no longer available, from what I can see, but man oh man, do I ever want it! It says summer in so many ways and of course it says other things too. “Hey there, want to wear me? You better start walking and cutting out the pasta baby…”




A smile because I am participating in the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge. Well worth it! Time to seriously declutter.



Lots of yummy asparagus. In particular, prepared like this. From Tasty Kitchen.



Okay, true confessions. I am dreaming of drinking this!

White Russian!


But I am drinking this instead. You know, trying to stay healthy. Wait a minute? Stay? No, get healthy.

water glass

I hope your week is good. I wish for you a week of sunshine, rain, and love.