Category Archives: Wanderlust California

Veggie Planting on our Hill

We finally got around in mid May this year to planting a few veggies in our veggie patch on our hill. I know it’s rather late to be planting veggie seedlings, but better late than never.  Here’s the thing, one of the main reasons I was dillydallying in planting veggies  is because farmer’s markets abound in our area, with farmer’s market in every neighborhood offering farm fresh veggies all year round. Within a few miles of my home alone I can count five farmer’s markets that pop up on Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Not only do we get farm fresh veggies all year round we can buy them at extremely reasonable prices. A bunch of carrots for $2, leeks and beets for $1.50, huge head of cauliflower for $3 – $2.50, giant cabbage for $1.50, 3 bunches of greens for a dollar each, oranges, grapes, peaches, apricots, plums, etc. With prices like these many times I come home with way too many vegetables. Continue reading Veggie Planting on our Hill

April Garden Pics

April was a perfect spring like month for us here in the Bay Area. Warm temperatures in the 60s, 70s, and even 80s meant that the garden was waking up and starting to put on its stellar floral show.  However cooler temperatures in the 50s and some 40s meant that the garden wasn’t fully awake yet. Looking at theses garden pics one may wonder “Your garden looks pretty fully in bloom right now.”  To this my response would be “Wait till May when the entire garden is in full bloom!”  Here is a look at what started blooming in my April Bay Area garden. Continue reading April Garden Pics

March Garden Pics

March has been an interesting month for us here in the Bay Area.  The temperatures dipped down into the 40s and 50s, then we got a bunch of rain, then temperatures fluctuated back up into the 60s, 70s and even 80s. Back and forth the weather went all month.  With the warm temperatures popping up off and on, the garden started bursting into bloom. Freesias continued their blooming show. Rose plants leafed out with some of them already full of buds. Geraniums, oxalis, ixia, daffodils, cyclamen, pink jasmine, even a tulip or two all full of leaves, buds, and flowers. Here are a few pictures of my March garden ready for a stellar spring show. Continue reading March Garden Pics

A Sweet Sixteen Birthday Celebration at Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California

The twins turned sixteen last week.  Where do the years go? Ever since the twins became teenagers they have wanted to celebrate their birthdays separately with their own group of friends. Funnily my twins are nothing alike, have absolutely nothing in common except of course their birthday and that they are twins. Continue reading A Sweet Sixteen Birthday Celebration at Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California

A Drive Through Blossom Trail in Fresno County, California

Blossom Trail is an area in Fresno County’s farm land where thousands and thousands of stone fruit trees such as peaches, nectarines, plums and apricots are grown in addition to almond and walnut trees. I’ve wanted to check out Blossom Trail for over two years now. I finally made it out there this past President’s day weekend with the family. What makes this day trip rather unusual is that it’s not made in the summer when the fruits are ripe for the picking but rather in early spring when the fruit trees burst into spectacular blooms. These fruit and nut trees number in the thousands and are all covered in white, mauve, light pink and dark pink blossoms, rivaling any Japanese garden or Washington D.C.’s cherry blossom show. Here is a look at our day trip to Blossom Trail in Fresno County, California. Continue reading A Drive Through Blossom Trail in Fresno County, California

Farm Fresh Veggies Delivered to Our Door

I love farmer’s market veggies, so naturally when I received this message from my friend Rita last week “Hi, I have some extra spinach, dill, chard, turnips, arugula and Tuscan kale from my farmer’s market  friend. Would you ladies want some?”  “Delivery included 😉.  Which would you like, some of each?  How could my answer for farm fresh veggies delivered to our door be anything but a resounding, YES, PLEASE. Thank you so much!”  My friend Rose requested a combo of spinach, chard, arugula and kale. I asked for all of it!  Rita’s response was “Ok I’ll drop them off at both your porches tomorrow afternoon. You’re welcome!”   Continue reading Farm Fresh Veggies Delivered to Our Door

A Company Sales Meeting in Half Moon Bay, California

Living here in Northern California surrounded by so much natural beauty I feel frequently we do take it all for granted. It’s always here, we can go any time, so what’s the rush? But really life takes over and making that trip to the gorgeous beaches or that beautiful fishing village or hiking on those lovely trails very often takes a back seat. Sometimes it is something as simple as my daughter Sri heading off for a company off-site at one of our local beach town venues Half Moon Bay to wake me up from my “taking all this for granted” attitude.  Continue reading A Company Sales Meeting in Half Moon Bay, California

Quintessential California. The Mission Architecture

Living in California, one can’t help but fall in love with Mission architecture of this area.  The white stuccoed walls with red tiled roofs, ornate ironwork, and colorful Mexican hand-painted tiles; these are such lovely characteristics of a warm and inviting architecture.  When you combine this style of architecture with the almost all year California sunshine, blue Pacific Ocean, and the rolling hills and mountains that abound here, sometimes one can forget this is America, but rather it can feel like we are in Spain or in the Mediterranean somewhere. Continue reading Quintessential California. The Mission Architecture

Winter Farmer’s Market Bounty

I was so excited to finally stop by the farmer’s market last weekend after a 2-month hiatus. My usual farmer’s market that I like to go to took a break over the holidays and just reopened a couple weeks ago in January. But with the off and on rain we have had I didn’t get a chance to stop by until last weekend when it was a sunny 65 degrees!  Oh how I love going to the farmer’s market. When I see all that color and fresh produce my senses just get super happy. If I had 4 hands I would buy 8 bags of veggies and fruits, that’s how much I love going to the farmer’s market. Continue reading Winter Farmer’s Market Bounty

It’s Pouring Lemons

It’s citrus season here. What that means is hundreds and hundreds of lemons for the picking. At this time last year my friend Elaine gave me over 200 lemons and I made bottles and bottles of lemonade syrup that lasted for month and months. The kids and I had delicious lemonade whenever we wanted without any squeezing and stirring sugar and lemon juice. All we did was pour our lemonade syrup in a glass then add water or sparkling mineral water and voila! We had sweet lemonade in an instant. Continue reading It’s Pouring Lemons