Friday, October 30, 2009

Spooky Encounter

While perusing lovely, downtown Healdsburg, CA, I came across this display at a quirky vintage shop.  I thought they did a "spooktacular" job!  Happy Halloween Weekend!!

"There is something haunting in the light of the moon."

~Joseph Conrad

Thursday, October 29, 2009

First Photo Shoot

Last month I was so thrilled to post that we were getting our first new sofa.  This may not be a big deal to most, but to us, it has been about 10 years coming...  Crazy, I know.  The new sofa we just bought looks pretty similar to the old one - classic lines and neutral tones.  The fabric is lighter and a linen/cotten blend opposed to a cotton/poly blend on the last sofa.  The other major difference is it's a slip-cover with a cushy, sink into me like a cloud pillows.  I love it! 

The final picture of our old sofa.  We sold her on Craigslist for $60 in a matter of a couple of hours.

Without further ado...

"I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself. "

~Maya Angelou

Monday, October 26, 2009

Pretty, Pretty Please...

This adorable little cottage just went on the market.  They didn't put tons of pictures on for our viewing pleasure, but the description lured me in further.  Original hardwoods, updated kitchen with granite counters, glass tile backsplash, stainless appliances, fabulous bath with seamless shower, covered back porch with atrium doors leading to a top of the line hot tub...I even tortured myself further by having Josh do a drive by so I could check it out.  Why do I do these things to myself? 

"There is room in the smallest cottage for a happy loving pair. "

~Friedrich Schiller

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Tricks for Treats

The dogs in my family are spoiled. Let me clarify. My dog is extremely rotten and I spoil my family's dogs whenever I visit. Since there aren't any babies running around, the dogs get holiday gifts. I work at a dog boutique and don't have kids, do I really need to explain much more?

I'm headed down to Floresville and San Antonio for the next couple of days and these yummy Halloween Treats are going with me. The treats all have yogurt icing and are baked pumpkin, cinnamon, or peanut butter cookies and are human grade quality goodness. I've tried them before, love the icing! :)

Hope you all have a lovely fall weekend. Take time to treat yourself!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Feeling "Winey"

While enjoying a beautiful fall Sunday morning stroll Josh and I were talking vacation plans for next time. I know... we are awful, just got back from a vacation and already planning the next. He seems to think we went to too many wineries over our last trip and would like to scale down. On average... I think we hit about five to six wineries a day over a span of seven days. At each winery you usually taste at the very least four to six wines. You do the math and you'll probably agree with him. :)

At any rate, here are some wine-filled... or "lush" filled photos to take us back to vacation until the next one comes around.

"Always carry a corkscrew and the wine shall provide itself."

~Basil Bunting

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

All is clear in the fog

The last few days have been cloaked in a foggy mist. I've learned to enjoy the foggy, cloudy days just as much as the sun-filled ones. It is a great excuse to snuggle up with a warm cup of hot chocolate and just stare out the window.

The fog in Albion on our second morning.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Take Me Away

Our first day we arrived in San Francisco at 8 AM. With a little snag at the rental car check-out we started our drive to Albion around 9. We decided to take a small detour in Sausalito to view San Francisco from across the bay. It was a beautiful morning and the fog was just starting to lift as we sipped some local coffee.

As we made our way north we stopped in Santa Rosa for lunch at a Brewery we both swore we'd eaten at before but couldn't remember when. I didn't take any pictures there, though, because we were starving at this point. One more stop at another brewery, Anderson Valley Brewery, and it was time to taste some wine. Our first stop was Lazy Creek Vineyards. I love their name. It just invites you to put your feet up and enjoy life a little slower. We liked their wine too, because after our first stop we came away with two bottles.

We have a tradition we started about four or five years ago that whenever we are in Albion / Little River, we have to stop by the local grocery to pick up dinner for the night. They have the best little sandwiches! We started this tradition because one year that was the only place we could get food because nothing else was open in February. Our first night, wrapped in a sweater because it was around 50 degrees, I got to enjoy the sunset on the patio with a lovely glass of wine, croissant sandwich, and chips.

"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. "
~Henry David Thoreau