Foothill Garden Tour

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In early May I was invited to a luncheon & garden tour at home in the nearby rolling foothills, an opportunity I can’t wait to share with you today. Even though the location was only a short drive from our lake cottage, the beautiful … Continue reading

Weekend Wanderings 5.28

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Clean water has been on my mind lately. The water around here is getting worse in quality, aka: purity. The City adds many additives to clean it up, how do I know? I can smell, taste and feel the difference, … Continue reading

How to Pastel Edit Your Photos

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I thought with summer vacations just around the corner, it would be fun to share how to I put a pretty pastel tone onto my photos. If you have children, a pastel tone makes the perfect photo edit, and if you can get … Continue reading

Weekend Wanderings 5.21

Welcome to Weekend Wanderings! We just returned from our 40th Anniversary Get-Away, so with a Sunday “post deadline,” I was pushed to go into my archived photos to create a post (out thin air.) A surprise win-win since that gave … Continue reading

Reveal – Fence for Zen Garden

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It’s Reveal time for our new Zen Garden Fence! Captain finished installing the third section of the horizontal 6-inch and 8-inch redwood boards (screwed on, so warping is less likely) and he capped the top with a 6-inch width boards. The seams, … Continue reading

A Mother’s Lesson about the PATH

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mamas, mums, and moms – soon to-be, new, or like me, empty-nester.

Years ago, I bought a ceramic tile inscribed with a quote that quickly became our mantra for parenting, in fact, I keep it, in plain sight, next to the kitchen sink, because even as a mom of adult “children” I sometimes need to be reminded. It reads, Prepare the child for the path, not the path for the child. Good advice, especially during college years, when our kids lived miles away. It was comforting to say, “Figure IT out,” when situations arose; and they did “figure IT out” because they were prepared to make their own decisions.

Now, kick off your shoes, relax and listen to this podcast, it’s my Mother’s Day gift to you…

The podcast: School of Greatness, with Lewis Howes, Episode 478, is an interview with Kyle Cease, who transitioned his 25-years as a successful comedian into a career as a transformational speaker. Kyle has an interesting perspective on decision-making.

Also, every so often I come across an article that is relevant to what is going on in the lives of younger moms I know, and also relevant to today’s politics, which seems to be pretty chaotic lately. HERE is an interesting viewpoint on private education in the U.S.

It’s Mother’s Day – Enjoy your Greatness!

Thanks for Meeting Me Lakeside!

Child on a tricycle photo source:, Soledadsnp