looking at the bright side

Being an optimist doesn’t mean I always think things are rosy.  Two weeks of a giant wildfire terrorizing your community and neighboring towns clearly isn’t a good thing.  But acknowledging the fear (yes, there was a lot of fear and worry), and then trying not to dwell on something I couldn’t change was a daily struggle.  I tried to see the bigger picture.  I saw tremendous acts of caring and giving from people just wanting to help.  And don’t even get me started on the first responders and firefighters.  After being out of my home for 12 days and still under mandatory evacuation, an officer guarding our road escorted me to the house and helped me grab a few things and make sure everything was secure.  When I broke down in tears as the stress of the past few days caught up with me, he said,” I’m not supposed to do this”, and gave me a hug.  That act of kindness will be something I will always remember. We owe so much to these brave men and women… Continue reading

3 instagrammers i love

I love sharing inspiring Instagram accounts and honestly, there are so many, I don’t think I will ever be at a loss to find them! The gorgeous feature photo belongs to the talented Paige Thornton (paige_r.thornton)  I’m in love with her entire home but especially the kitchen! Paige lives in a stunning Alabama farmhouse that she remodeled and was recently featured in Country Living Magazine. Do yourself a favor and take a gander. I know you will love her and her home as much as I do! Continue reading

New Adventures in and around Big Sur

What a crazy, fun filled few days I had with my daughter in Big Sur.  We were celebrating her birthday but needed no excuse to explore this amazing part of our country.  Most often we stay two nights at my brother-in-laws ranch, and with such limited time we tend to stay close by.  With 385 acres to wander, we are never bored.  But with the gift of four nights, we expanded our horizons to some new places, and of course a few of our tried and true favorites. Continue reading

Big Sur Bound

When your daughter is turning 25 (how the heck did that happen?!) and asks if you want to celebrate her birthday in the most breathtaking place on the planet for a few days, you start packing!  Goodbye Santa Barbara and hello Big Sur!

We are on the road and with limited wi-fi, so I will leave you with this photo.  And no judgements if some or all of these are consumed during our visit…compliments of our last Big Sur Bakery visit. 🙂

Big Sur Bakery


I left my heart in Big Sur

Big Sur has been the subject of many books and movies, as well as countless poems expounding on its beauty. To me it’s a place like no other. It’s a deeply personal and spiritual experience. It is nature at its most glorious and no matter how many times I go back, it takes my breath away as if seeing it for the first time. Big Sur is impossible to describe. The most incredible photograph can’t capture how small I feel in this glorious collage of mountain and sea. As Henry Miller wrote …”It was here in Big Sur that I first learned to say ‘Amen’.” Continue reading