January 31, 2011
January 28, 2011
decorate wreaths and such, I thought I'd pot some up for something a little different this year. My plan backfired when Christmas Eve came and my ten little buckeyes were still just ten little buckeyes. I didn't give them away, but I didn't give up on them either. A few days later they started to shoot out giant roots, followed by delicate little leaves, then great big ones. Now we have a tabletop buckeye forest, and I know what my sister will be getting for Christmas next year.
January 26, 2011
January 22, 2011
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January 21, 2011
Foshay Tower for drinks, then to Vincent for one of the most enjoyable fancy dining experiences I have ever encountered.
Thank you, Ben's Family, for the amazing visit!!!
January 20, 2011
We took a bus and the light rail from St. Paul to meet Ben's father in downtown Minneapolis. Since we were just near City Hall, we stepped inside to see the grand architecture. I was especially impressed by this GIANT sculpture by Larkin Goldsmith Mead, "Father of Waters" - a very appropriate gent to watch over the public offices of the City of Lakes.
January 19, 2011
Oh my, what a lapse. But once again I have an excuse. Two excuses, in fact. First, I was recovering from the wonderful hay-making frenzy of Christmas with an amazing vacation out to Minnesota, where I enjoyed the kindness of Ben's family and the comfort and beauty of their lovely home. And second, I was back in California making hay again, this time literally while the the sun shone. More on that later. For now I give you a study in coziness in the face of charmingly bitter cold, the first of three snippets from my Midwestern escape.
January 4, 2011
Sophie the cat is infamously unfriendly, but set up bookkeeping on a sun drenched table top and she's more than happy to "help" with even the most tedious paperwork (above). Daffodils also respond nicely to the sunshine; those on the hill catching the full morning rays (below left) are weeks ahead of those in the shade (below right). The compost pile, too, is hopefully benefiting from a little extra warmth from the sun. It's been pushed to full capacity with all the winter greenery, so it needs all the help it can get (bottom).
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January 2, 2011
Above is Liz trying out one of the hand-tied centerpieces as a bouquet, and below taking in a welcome dose of fresh sea air at Pacifica. Note the Carhartt gear and ribbon. I think Liz is the only person I know who could pull off that ensemble (or would even think to try it).