Monday, March 25, 2013

Spring Thing

All photos processed with textures by Kim Klassen for Texture Tuesday
Oh, the ranunculus are back - happy Spring! 
The flower vendor at the farmer's market now has one of my favorite flowers. Ahhh, Spring. Now that winter is over, it's a joy going to the farmer's market each Saturday. So much wonderful produce and sunny days again. Asparagus is also back and we've been eating it almost every night. Oh, and chard sautéed with garlic and olive oil too. So much goodness at the market!
I also scored a bunch of faux veggies for home decor at a garage sale a few weeks ago. A home stager was having her annual garage sale - love those quality sales. The monthly flea market that I like going to is coming up in a few weeks. I'm trying to resist going because I don't really need anything (not to mention that I just bought a new lens for my camera - I need to stop spending for the next two years to make up for that one!). 

Today I did my taxes and got a surprise, only it wasn't the happy one I was expecting. For the first time that I can remember, I actually owed taxes instead of getting a refund. And this was after I spent the expected refund and then some last weekend on my new lens! Ah well, it will all balance out in the long run. Enjoy your Spring days!


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Busy Times

Photos processed using RadLab
Busy, Busy, Busy
Oh, what a busy time it has been. 
  1. Breathing a sigh of relief after doing an update on my Mac and seeing only bouncing icons afterwards. Looks like everything is ok - whew!
  2. Put new white bedding on my bed today, which Gracie immediately pounced upon and claimed for herself. Spring is almost here and I want to be ready.
  3. Didn't make it to the farmer's market yesterday so I spent some time photographing last week's ranunculus. They even look beautiful when they dry.
  4. Finally made it to Trader Joe's this afternoon. They didn't have ranunculus but I'm happy with the bunch of white gerbera daisies. They look sweet and fab on the table next to my bed with the new white bedding. Goodbye red and gold winter comforter!
  5. Did some big cleaning around the house, making bags for Goodwill, decluttering and cleaning. Oh, that feels so good. Always more to do though.

There's a new monthly flea market that opened today at the Cow Palace (don't you love that name for an event center in San Francisco?!). Unfortunately, I missed it as I was a bit under the weather and had to wait for my computer to come back (my IT guy was working on it). They tried it last year at Candlestick Park but the 49er games interfered with it - I'm just glad it's back. 
With the one hour time change last week, the additional sunlight has been great. And now with Spring officially here in just a few days, I'm looking forward to warmer weather, more delicious produce, an abundance of flowers and the lightness of the season. Yay Spring!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Almost Spring

Almost Spring in California

Yay! It's Daylight Savings time today and that means it stays light longer. Love this time of year!
I purchased these lovely roses recently. Yesterday it was ranunculus from the farmer's market. Since last Spring, I've been buying fresh flowers almost every week. What a wonderful gift this has been to myself. In the past, I didn't buy them anywhere near that frequently. Now, I can't imagine not having them in the house.
When they get a week old or so, I like to trim them down and place them in several small vases. Then, I put them in different places around the house, or I leave them all together as a vignette.
While they are always beautiful as is, I've really enjoyed processing the photos in RadLab to get all these different looks as well. So that's my flower story for today except to mention that Nipper got into the flowers yesterday. She ate some leaves and bit off a flower head. Bad kitty! Flowers in the kitchen are not safe around her but she doesn't seem to bother them upstairs.

Spring is right around the corner and I'm glad for that. I adore seeing all the flowers that come up and it's time to buy more for the front of the house. My rose bushes were pruned last month and are starting to come back again. 

I want to start walking more as I sit way too much during the work day, so it's time to plan some different walks in the neighborhood. Luckily, I live a block away from an inlet where the water from the San Francisco bay comes in, so it's great to look for the wildlife along the route. My favorite is the the egret bird, so lovely in their all-white feathers. We're still having a problem with the Canadian geese that stop over here and make this their permanent home. Why keep flying when you have nice weather, water and lots of food here? Occasionally I see the geese patrol guy with his two border collies that are hired to chase the geese off the lawns. Just a temporary solution but apparently job security for him!

Yay for Spring coming soon!