Here it is the end of the work week already and I feel like I’m still catching up with Tuesday!
One of my favorite ways to celebrate big things and small (like “it’s Friday”) is over a glass of wine with a girlfriend or five. Since I can’t actually clink a glass of Sauvignon Blanc with you this fine Friday, let’s have a virtual celebration!
This is what I am celebrating today:
Several days ago I hiked around a nature reserve a few miles from my home with some friends visiting from out of town. It was my first visit to Quarryhill Botanical Gardens yet I have lived nearly 15 years in Sonoma Valley. Quarryhill is an Asian botanical garden with 25-acres of mature trees, gardens, ponds and waterfalls. It’s the most peaceful place I have visited in recent memory.
While I am upset with myself I let so many years go by without taking advantage of this serene place, I am delighted it has become part of my routine. I have already visited three times since my initial visit.
Yesterday afternoon, I went to Quarryhill alone for the first time and did something I haven’t done in many, many years. I sat completely alone in nature. Not a single person was around. I listened to the trickling water of a nearby waterfall. I watched red and blue dragonflies hover around the lily pads. And I simply sat and was quiet.
I am celebrating finally discovering this treasure. It’s safe, it’s well-maintained and it’s nearby. I think being alone with nature, away from the distractions and familiarity of home and office, is healthy and so good for the soul.
I’m curious, when was the last time you spent time totally alone in nature? Do you have a special place you visit to have alone time?
My husband’s birthday and Father’s Day are both in June so it’s always a month of celebration at our house. It’s also my stepson’s birthday. My poor stepdaughters are broke by the end of the month! But we have fun spoiling the guys in our family.
For Father’s Day, we invited my father-in-law over and the kids made dinner. They also pitched in and bought their dad some wall art, a section of a wine barrel that has been stained and lacquered and adorned with a hook for hanging his helmet or coat and a metal fire emblem. I, on the other hand, gave Bill a coiled hose. Can you tell we’ve been married a long time? He actually likes the hose but still, I’ll up my gift-giving game this weekend for his birthday.
We are celebrating a new member of our extended dog family. My stepson turned 21 last weekend and his mother and sisters surprised him with a puppy. I had the thrill of meeting Molly in person before Ryan even knew about her when Kayla, my eldest stepdaughter brought her by the house. Molly is a silver Labrador Retriever. Isn’t she absolutely stunning? Look at those big paws! I hope we get to puppy-sit soon.
What I am not celebrating is that it seems my summer reading plans have fallen by the wayside. Unless I start committing myself to reading more often, I will be tackling my list well into 2015. I am technically reading The Vacationers at night before I fall asleep but it seems I barely get through a page before the iPad is startling me awake when it falls on my chest from me nodding off. Don’t get me wrong, I like The Vacationers so far, it’s just that I am so exhausted by the time I get to the book, I can’t stay awake to read it. At least I am sleeping pretty well these days. At 46, that is definitely something to celebrate!
I am feeling out of touch with fashion lately, partly because I don’t really care for summer fashions that much and partly because I don’t have much of a summer wardrobe. I am working on changing the latter and notice that lots of summer fashions are already on sale. That is a big reason to celebrate because summer hasn’t even officially begun yet and our Wine Country summers often last into the first part of October. I found some great deals at Macy’s. If what I ordered works out, maybe I will find my summer fashion mojo yet! Do you like summer fashions?
Speaking of fashion, I guess I had better get interested in summer looks soon because How I Wear My: Summer Picnic Outfit is right around the corner. Please submit a photo of you in your favorite picnic look to howiwearmy (at) yahoo (dot) com by June both to be featured. Be sure to include a few lines about your outfit.
If you have a U.S. address, be sure to enter my giveaway for a Tria Age-Defying Laser, valued at $495.00. A chance to win a Tria Age-Defying Laser is definitely something to celebrate!
A friend asked me to post a side-by-side comparison (she wished it was in my video and now, so do I) and I thought it was a great idea. The photo on the left is from February 11th and the one on the right is from June 14th. Can you see the differences? I think I look much less tired and “frowny” and my forehead is smoother.
Visit the link for more information about the giveaway and Tria Age-Defying Laser and be sure to watch my video about my personal experience using Tria while you’re there!
Tell me, what are celebrating today?
Cheers and happy Friday!