Bits & Pieces

Hello everyone! I hope you’re well and beginning to enjoy a bit more outdoor time if health restrictions are starting to relax in your area. Here where I live on the Sonoma Coast in Northern California, much remains closed. Luckily, daily neighborhood walks and lots of time in the garden are keeping me sane. IContinue reading “Bits & Pieces”

Springtime Rituals

Our part of Northern California received heavy rain this winter. While lots of rain is a blessing to this often-parched part of the country, it resulted in quite a few gloomy days after the initial, exuberant rain celebrations had worn off. Now it’s officially spring here in the Northern Hemisphere – we made it! ApartContinue reading “Springtime Rituals”

The Seamstress and the Wind

Feliz Año Nuevo. How did you celebrate the new year? Did you eat 12 grapes or pop a bottle of champagne? We enjoyed a seafood dinner at home and wine from Fort Ross Winery, our neighbor up the road. This week I started reading The Seamstress and the Wind by Argentinean author César Aira. TheContinue reading “The Seamstress and the Wind”

Primavera

After some much-needed rain here in Northern California, spring has sprung. This has been a challenging month for me so the springtime blooms and sunnier days are especially welcome. As for celebrating, I would love to take part in one of these springtime festivals one day… Las Fallas in Valencia, Spain.   Semana Santa inContinue reading “Primavera”

Taking my time in the desert

I was in New Mexico last week, that beautiful land of wide open spaces and never-ending skies. Highlights were skiing in Taos, eating as much red chile as I could handle, and relaxing with family and friends. When I tell people that my husband grew up in New Mexico, I am routinely asked this question:Continue reading “Taking my time in the desert”

Celebrating, Oaxaca Style

Over the Thanksgiving break my husband and I went to Oaxaca to attend a close friend’s wedding. The city was as colorful and lively as always – bright paint colors everywhere you look, the sound of bandas playing in the distance, and markets to fill your senses for days. Here are a few photos fromContinue reading “Celebrating, Oaxaca Style”