a catch-up post in photos

This year I finally got a white Christmas tree. I’ve wanted a white or silver tree for many many years, and this year I finally found one for the right price, that was the right size (6.5 ft) and it’s perfect. I love it. IMG_1128IMG_1126
IMG_1130 IMG_1132I’m actually excited about Christmas this year. I felt inspired to decorate a little. We have some fun plans involving San Francisco light-display touring and a dinner out and going to see the lights at the zoo. Everything feels celebratory and happy, not obligatory and stressful. This is pretty nice, I have to say.

Some other photos to catch you up on where I’ve been… This takes us from Muir Woods and the Pelican Inn when Tammie came to visit at the start of November, to San Francisco (Sutro Baths and an otter spotting! with Tammie as well), to driving home from Oregon, to the Santa Monica trip, to autumn in the backyard, finally wrapping up with some cute Thomas shots.

It’s been so busy, but good. I continue to be so grateful for my current life. Next post: Books!

Muir Woods with Tammie The Pelican Inn Perfect lunch by the fire at the Pelican Sutro Bath ruins, Cliff House OTTER!! Driving home from Oregon Santa Monica PIer Santa Monica Amazing breakfast: bread pudding with baked apples Santa Monica Autumn backyard Thomas exploring the wet yard More gratuitous kitty photos Hiding!!

spring spiffing

Ah yes, the obligatory Spring Blossom photo. Well, I can’t help it. The crabapple tree is so pretty right now. Big puffy popcorn tree.

The yard needs to be weeded but it’s so pretty and green — finally. We had hardly any rain over the winter so it was pretty dry and brown until just a couple of weeks ago. That little upturned piece of border-brick, middle left, is from a raccoon standing up on it to try and get into the tree. They like to mess up that little brick border, and dump out the birdbath, and sit on anything fabric left out overnight (cushions, tablecloths, etc.) I think they are adorable but they really are destructive.

Fixed up the living room a bit today. New curtains (finally!) and put up my piece of driftwood I brought all the way back from the Oregon coast over the winter. You can also see my growing stick collection. Haven’t you always wanted a stick collection? I have, and finally figured out a way to justify bringing home those awesome sticks you always find on walks. Hmm. Maybe that stick over the TV needs a little straightening.

That chair is covered in old towels because Thomas is shedding and that’s one of his favorite napping places right now.

Isn’t that an exciting photograph? Yeah, I’m really branching out these days. I’m kind of impressed with myself. See that incredible light, the careful composition? No?

The curtains are IKEA’s Lenda curtains in light beige. I didn’t hem them, I stylishly let them “puddle” on the floor. I’m so hip and with it like that. I should start a style blog.

What else… I made some orange-berry muffins with an orange from the tree. The oranges are *almost* ready for juicing — another couple weeks of sun and they’ll be perfect, I think. Then I can make some marmalade. I think citrus bread and muffins are going to be a late-spring staple — so good and a good way to use up those oranges. I also made a quiche for tomorrow. It’s Easter. I don’t really celebrate Easter (although I like Easter decor and food and bunnies and resurrections and fertility and all that) but someone gave me a chocolate egg from See’s, and a friend is coming over so I made a quiche. There. Easter, done. I’m really going all out for holidays this year.

I’ll do a garden post soon. Tomatoes are in the ground, potatoes are really doing great. I am a bit behind because of my trip, but it’s time to soak some beans and peas, and get my cucumbers started and all that good stuff.

Happy Easter if you celebrate, happy pagan fertility season if not!