Thursday, February 25, 2016


Some hobbies and past-times are just part of who you are.
Other things are learned, studied, and perfected.

Sometimes these things become part of you because they were rooted in a little of both.

I love the garden.
I love my flowers and succulents.
I like knowing their names.
I don't know if I chose to love it or if it picked me.

I choose to think my "love" of the garden and flowers grew because of the women who planted the seed and tended to my knowledge. My grandma and mom have a love language of plants and flowers. 

Visits to my grandma's house always included a tour of her yard. 
In the same way that someone might show off their new home addition, car, or family grandma reveled in walking you through her head-sized zinnias, Sunset Magazine worthy roses, and tomatoes that make you salivate at the memory.

My mom does the same thing.
A new bloom in the yard or an unexpected plant volunteer is a yard "tour" worthy happening.
Regardless if your car is running in the driveway, she is sure to take you by the hand to proudly share with you her early Narcissis blooms. 
You are likely to also take a handful of blooms home.

Blooms in the garden are a shared experience in my family. 
A take-you-by-the-hand-stand-and-talk-about-the-plant-moment.
This isn't a braggart kind of thing.
This is a love thing.
It makes me smile therefore it must make you smile mentality. 


I walked around my yard this afternoon tending to my succulents, sipping my iced coffee and smiling at the potential of spring.

My almond tree is in full bloom and the petals stick to my shoes as I walk the circles of paths through my yard calculating the days until the lavender fireworks begin and the forsythia streaks the blue sky background. 

Realization begins as I start snapping pictures to document the countdown that many if not most of my garden joys are from my grandma.

The flowering quince was one of my first new homeowner gifts from her. It is nearly 14 years old.

My lilac has been transplanted twice and is nearly 12 years old.
It smells like Donna Reed.
At least that's what I think.
Donna Reed is the Martha Stewart for me, and I feel like in all her perfectness she must have had one of these and she probably smelled like lilacs. 

The iris' have dwindled and been eaten by pesky gophers, but a few remain faithful. 

The roses have been pruned and cut to nearly nothing and yet return with a vigor each year to provide a fragrance that transports me to the red steps of grandmas.

The paperwhites have also been transplanted and separated more times than I can count and are my early reminders that spring is on the way.

The old fashioned petunias will return this year, volunteer, and spring from deep within the cracks in the patio and anywhere else the breeze has blown the seed. They are already emerging from behind the bbq.
Their resiliency and faithfulness are the truest metaphor I have to my grandma's love for me. They are cherished more than anyone can understand.

My grandma is nearly 95. 
She has years and years worth of springtimes in her memory, and colors of roses in her minds eye I have probably never seen.
She knows proper and improper names of flowers, bulbs, vegetables and plants that would rival any scholars knowledge bank.
Yet, with all that history, sights seen...she will still humor me when she comes to visit and take the tour to see my flowering quince in bloom.
She will still ohhhh and awe at the simplicity of the petals and toughness of this hardy plant. 
She will because it's her love language, and she's taught it to me.

So when you come to visit and I burst at the seams to show you my petunias, or that my begonias didn't die in the freeze, know that I love you too...and this is how I've been rooted.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Seattle Day FOUR

Our last day in Seattle and we had a few things left to do on our wish lists.
I wanted a do-over from Biscuit Bi+ch, so Steve walked there to bring breakfast back to our condo, only to find out that they didn't open until 8:30 am. 
Instead, he made his way back to Macrina and brought back some new delicacies to discover.
 This is a dill scone filled with cream cheese.
It's like having a bagel, but with a biscuit consistency.
This is a Morning Glory muffin. Filled with pineapples, carrots, apples, coconuts, walnuts, and raisins.

And this is a sure-fire reorder.
Get this if you go to Macrina Bakery.
This is a Bacon Bialy Sandwich.
A brioche Bialy with grilled onions, poppy seed, goat cheese, eggs, bacon, fresh basil, tomatoes, and mustard in the middle.
 After breakfast, we packed up our things to say goodbye to our condo.

We left Belltown and headed for a little drive.

We ended up at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room.
This is intense.
There is a lot to see, smell, taste here.

 After doing our own tour of the facilities we were seated and ordered from their exclusive menu.


 Zach ordered the Vanilla Creme.

Macy ordered an orange-piloncillo syrup flavored decaf latte. 
She did not like it.

I ordered the Smoked Butterscotch Latte.
It was rich.

Steve ordered the Cold Brew with Fior Di Latte.
He thought it was just "okay."

Macy didn't like her drink, so our nice barista 
offered to make her a replacement.

Next, we drove out of the city about 10 minutes to a nearby beach area called Alki.

 I call this series of prints:
Squints McGee.

It was lunchtime, and Steve knew better than to mess
with my lunch schedule two days in a row.
However, I didn't have anything on my list that was in the area, 
Steve did a quick Yelp lookup, and we found this renowned Pizza Place:
Proletariat Pizza.

My favorite part of the visit was this:
Steve had to visit the bathroom at which time I noticed the sign...
upon his return I instructed him to stop and strike the below pose.
*Insert 12 year old laughing here*
We laugh a lot.
I think I'll keep him.

Airport was next.
Time to go home.
We gave ourselves plenty of time to return the rental car, easiest drop off system EVER.

This guy was adamant to lose his top tooth.

 After returning back to our gate after grabbing a quick bite to eat before boarding I hear the following that is a blur in my memory except that someone knew my last name:
A swirl of thoughts flood me....thinking the airline has been looking for us and we missed our flight?
This lady looks eerily familiar.
I know this lady.
This lady knows me.
It's my friend, Connie.
I miss Connie.
She moved this last year and I miss her and her darling kiddos.
AND then!.... another kiddo from our town.
It was crazy!
And see that in the background?
That's the Fresno State Tennis Team.
This was one of the coolest flights home.

And once we were were home?
The tooth came out!
At least the Tooth Fairy will know where to find us.

I am and I think traveling with my family is tops.