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Summer arrived this weekend! And with it came yummy bruschetta and sweet watermelon! And eating on the back porch! I love warm weather so much!

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These phots are a week late, but I thought I’d share them anyway. Last Wednesday I went to see the cherry blossoms on the day they peaked. If you ever have the chance to see them when they are in full bloom I highly recommend it! I think it looks like the branches are covered in fluffy, pink, cotton candy. It is always crowded, but it’s completely worth it.

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So do you want to know the best part about Valentine’s Day? (And Mother’s Day too for that matter.) The price of flowers the week after! Keep your eyes open, I always find great sales on flowers at grocery stores everywhere the week after these holidays. Especially keep your eye open for flowers that aren’t red or pink. Last year I made an amazing bouquet, and I plan to do it again this year (pictures hopefully to follow!).

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I am so happy that it is Saturday! I have a ton of things to do, but it is so nice not to have to go work. Have a lovely weekend!

My Mom and I had a conversation about hot air balloons while I was home for the holidays. And now memories of hot air balloons keep popping up in my mind.

As a child I would spend time at my grandparent’s home in Napa. The early mornings were always punctuated with the sounds of the propane heaters in the hot air balloons as they would float over the vineyards. I miss that sound. Sometimes we’d sleep on the trampoline in the backyard, and in the morning the balloons would float right over the top of us. People would always wave. Once a balloon landed near the reservoir in the vineyard behind the house.

Maybe someday I’ll take a ride in one. . .

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So it’s been depressing as all get-out here, the rain never stops. It’s overcast and gloomy. I’ll admit that I don’t handle the cold very well, but I do better when there is quantitative amounts of sunshine. So, to brighten your day(and mine), here are a few clips.

A happy music video full of sunshine!

Make a bowl and eat it all! (Just remember what your mother told you about eating raw egg.)

Information on deserts to take your mind off all the nasty rain.

Don’t forget, summer clothes! Vogue fashion shows for Spring/Summer 2013.

St. Scolastica the patroness of weather.

Homemade Limoncello – it’s like sunshine in a bottle.

Um, because it was too funny not to include.

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I went to an estate sale over the weekend and I found a beautiful little reading chair for my room! It is so comfortable! And cute! And cheap! Just $19!

Getting to my house from the estate sale was hilarious – small as it is, the chair refused to fit in the trunk of my tiny Echo. It had to ride up in the front seat with me! On the way home it generated a lot of smiles and one stop-light converstaion. I love stop-light conversations!

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2013 is going to be a big year for a lot of people, and companies: Aston Martin (the car company of 007 fame) is celebrating it’s centennial! I wouldn’t have known that if I hadn’t gone to see Skyfall the other day and fallen in love with the vintage Aston Martin that Bond pulls out of storage. Naturally after the movie I googled Aston Martin and learned a little about how the car and company came about their name. Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s 2013! I hope your New Year is off to an amazing start! What are your resolutions for this year? Mine include:

1) Adoration once a week

2) Hire a financial planner (if left to my own designs I would stuff money in my mattress)

3) Take a trip outside the country

4) Start an Etsy Shop (ohh, yes, there is a pile of vintage bags hanging out under my bed waiting for this one)

5) Hike a tiny potion of the Appalachian Trail

6) See historical landmarks including: the Capitol, Monticello, Williamsburg and Gettysburg (it’s about time, don’t you think?)

7) Take more risks (I am not sure what this involves exactly, but as an overly cautious person it sounds like something I should do)

8) Find an armoire for my room

9) Have breakfast in a café once a week

10) Try a new restaurant once a month

 

I did a pretty good job keeping last year’s resolutions . . .

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