London, Brussels & Bruges

It felt amazing to travel again this Spring and to do part of the trip on my own. The weather was perfect and all the towns were jumping with tourists. I had pretty low expectations for my first time visit to Brussels but it ended up being lovely and fun, possibly the highlight of my […]

Experimenting With Life

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

A Swoony Little Trip to London and Scotland

We’ve just returned from a lovely vacation in the UK. I had been to Scotland before a long time ago but not for more than a day or so (on a tour). It was great to return and see a few familiar places and a few new ones too. I love Scotland. I even ate […]

A Better Breakfast

Trying to break the cereal for breakfast rut. Wheat toast with butter (yes) and jam, cut up apple, 4 pieces of turkey bacon (not 10 as it looks like in the photo), and a cup of tea. I served it on one of my pretty plates that I never seem to use, but should. […]

The Dangers of Reading Against the Seasons

I’m about half way through reading The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett for the first time. I had seen the 1990s film version, which I adored, but had never read the book. So far I have not been able to put it down. I love the constant reminders Burnett gives that fresh air, simple […]

Summer Goodness

This summer has gone by pretty quickly and I haven’t been up to too much. Mostly I’ve been trying to enjoy the good things about summer in my own little way.

My Kindle + the library = summer goodness. I’m not a huge fan of summer in this town, because it’s pretty scorchy, right? […]

Wedding On The Coast

Busy processing photos from a recent wedding shoot. Lovely spot near Half Moon Bay… I’m still daydreaming about moving closer to the ocean.

Temple Coffee on Fair Oaks

Not a shot from Temple, but rather my own tea party for the royal wedding last year

My husband was released from his office cage early yesterday so we decided to claim our extra time together at the new Temple Coffee location on Fair Oaks Blvd. It was such a beautiful day to sit […]

Seeking Further Improvement

Illustration by Jessie Willcox Smith. Image and info on the artist found here.

The way I tend to approach my life is to anchor the parts that are going well and then leave them to bob along – hopefully without incident – while I turn my attention to the parts that are in danger […]

5 Simple Changes To Improve Your Life

I’m sure everyone is in the middle of a “cleanse” right now and doesn’t want to hear about any other ways to improve their lives, but I’ve adopted a few new habits since Christmas that have been working for me so I thought I would share. Normally, I don’t go for new year’s resolutions, […]