It’s Friday…Let’s Celebrate!

It’s Friday…Let’s Celebrate!

Happy Friday!

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!

Its-Friday

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.

Quarryhill

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.

waterlilies

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?

Quarryhill

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.

Father's day

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.

molly-puppy

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!

bookCollage

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.

How-I-Wear-My

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.

Tria-side-by-side

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!

XO,

Adrienne

32 Comments

  1. Kathy
    June 20, 2014 / 7:05 am

    Today, I’m celebrating our granddaughter’s first birthday. I can’t believe it’s been one year, and how much my life has changed and expanded since her birth.

    Quarry Hill is so beautiful, and if I lived nearby I would go alone and feel totally safe and serene. Nothing near me, so no, I don’t go alone into nature much at all.

    That dog is so adorable, what a great present. I have a feeling you’ll be dog sitting a lot! Happy Birthday to Bill on Sunday, and what a lovely post and great way to start the day.

    • Adrienne Shubin
      Author
      June 20, 2014 / 7:51 am

      Your granddaughter’s first birthday is worthy of a huge celebration! Enjoy the festivities.
      I felt very safe even though I saw no one while I was there except for two gardeners. The only thing I was somewhat concerned about is the ongoing rattlesnake issue. But the paths are wide and clear so I think I will see a snake well before I come upon it. At least that’s what I hope! Eek!
      Molly is just so beautiful and sweet. I hope she gets to come over and play with our dogs soon.
      xo

  2. Kathy
    June 20, 2014 / 7:09 am

    I also wanted to say, that like you, I have almost zero interest in summer clothes and have always felt this way. I think when you grow up somewhere warm, it’s just that way. Fall/Winter clothing seems so much more exciting.

    • Adrienne Shubin
      Author
      June 20, 2014 / 7:55 am

      Maybe that’s it. I have lived in warm weather environments pretty much my entire life except when I lived in San Francisco. Back then I could wear my fall wardrobe throughout the year. It was great!
      I guess I don’t like that the option for summer are so few, at least in my mind. I am not much of a dress or skirt person so that only leaves shorts and pants. Jeans are often too hot to wear and a good pair of lightweight pants is difficult to find – they are often too see-through and then I have the whole long inseam issue going on on top of that. Fall offers so many more options.

  3. June 20, 2014 / 7:16 am

    TGIF Adrienne! I’m celebrating my weight loss (2 pounds this week!) and that I’ve been consistent with my healthy habits, such as running and eating better. I love the ocean/beach, it’s restorative for me. The waves, the salt air, the endless horizon just puts everything in perspective. Fortunately, we have a beach house so I get to my happy place often. Lastly, summer fashions are my jam. Summer is my favorite season, I live for sleeveless and sandals. I just bought a bunch of cute summer clothes at Madewell and Loft recently, so I’m ready.

    • Adrienne Shubin
      Author
      June 20, 2014 / 8:01 am

      Helen, Maybe your love of summer clothes will rub off on me. I do love summer shoes…that is for sure. Gladiator sandals and flip flops and Birkenstocks. Love them all. But the clothes. They are a challenge for me in summer. I think my age might have something to do with it. Although I will wear sleeveless tops and shorts, I always feel a little too exposed. Cellulite, jiggly flesh, veins…not really what I want to be showing off. But like I said, I wear them anyway mostly because the options are few. And really, in the big scheme of things, who cares that I have dimples on my legs and my arms are flabby, right?
      The ocean is one of my favorite places too. Maybe I should take a drive to the beach one day – alone – to recharge. Good idea, Helen. And happy Friday!

  4. June 20, 2014 / 7:20 am

    Oh Molly is so precious! I love that you celebrate any occasion; we do the same at our house, with clinking glasses and laughter. Have a wonderful weekend. xox

    • Adrienne Shubin
      Author
      June 20, 2014 / 7:56 am

      We are always celebrating something…no matter how small. We even get excited when we can go a few days without a pet accident on the carpet. Really!
      Cheers to you, Patti. I hope you have a wonderful weekend as move – officially – into summer. xo

  5. June 20, 2014 / 7:22 am

    Good Morning my friend! I love this post … makes me feel I can catch up with you … although of course you know … I would much rather do it in person … over a glass of wine!

    So happy to read you are reaping the benefits of alone time in nature! Those are always some of my favorite hikes … and always sooth my soul when I need it most! Thank you for sharing such stunning, tranquil photos!

    Happy to hear the men in your life were so properly celebrated … and the new puppy … it even melts my non dog heart!

    I must get over and enter your fantastic giveaway! Your results speak for them selves!

    For the first time I actually am excited with my summer wardrobe! It probably is one of the first times ever … because I too find the other seasons more interesting fashion wise … but a girl still has to dress in the heat1 I have been collecting a few summer pieces here and there … and was so happy this week when I realized they all played so nicely together … just the way good neutrals do!

    Are you and Bill still coming down south this summer?? I sure hope so my dear friend!

    Wishing you a most wonderful weekend! Thanks again for this post … and catching up! Have a glass for me tonight!

    much love,
    Tamera

    • Adrienne Shubin
      Author
      June 20, 2014 / 8:16 am

      You have a terrific summer wardrobe. I love all the light colors and your new Trina shoes are fantastic!
      We are planning a trip down south in the fall. Maybe October for my birthday? I would never miss a trip to So Cal without seeing you. I will let you know as soon as we solidify plans.
      I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I miss you very much and wish we could clank our glasses together this afternoon….I will be thinking of you nonetheless, when I open my wine tonight around wine thirty 😉 xo

  6. June 20, 2014 / 7:59 am

    Spending time alone in nature, was what I loved most about my home on Vancouver Island. There’s nothing like it, for calming and centering my mind. It has a spiritual quality to me.
    Molly is adorable. I’ve never seen a Silver Lab before!! Hopefully you’ll get lots of dog sitting time.
    My summer wardrobe is a mixture of old/new with most new things coming from Target or Anthropologie.
    My best way to jazz up summer clothes is with new hats:)
    Enjoy your weekend. Happy Birthday to Bill!

    • Adrienne Shubin
      Author
      June 20, 2014 / 8:19 am

      I adore Vancouver. I have spent a lot of time in Stanley Park. It’s so green and peaceful. You get both ocean and forest.
      Hats! Yes, hats and sandals are the two summer wardrobe items I love. The rest, not so much.
      Hope to see you soon, Jen! Happy Friday!
      xo

  7. June 20, 2014 / 8:58 am

    Love that silver lab and can imagine all the puppy fun ahead.
    Sitting quietly in beautiful surroundings watching nature has a profound effect on me. It is a form of meditation and somehow stress just floats away….you have a gorgeous spot to visit and how convenient that it is close by.
    Summer clothing means warmer weather and I enjoy not having to bundle up in so many layers or wearing boots and a down coat. I like wearing flip flops and dresses.
    I hope you get excited about your new clothes….I know you love hats and I mentioned you and posted a link to your blog in my most recent post.
    So let’s get this party started I am toasting you with my morning tea !

    • Adrienne Shubin
      Author
      June 20, 2014 / 9:44 am

      Leslie,

      I guess it’s because I don’t really get the chance to bundle up in winter around here that I don’t mind when I do! It seems we have summer-like weather most months of the year. Maybe I am just bored with summer clothes? I also know that I would rather cover up than show skin..so there’s that issue too.
      I do love hats – it’s true – and I love wearing my summer Panama hats. I will pop over and check out your hat post now!
      Cheers to you..over tea or wine!

  8. June 20, 2014 / 12:58 pm

    The botanical garden looks so beautiful! Love your pictures. And that puppy…..so cute. I actually really like summer clothes – but I live in Washington so we don’t get to wear them for long! Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

    • Adrienne Shubin
      Author
      June 21, 2014 / 7:55 am

      Lana,

      The garden is so peaceful and lush. I am taking my husband there this morning. It will be his first time visiting. Hopefully he will love it as much as I do!
      I think if we didn’t have such a long summer, I would like summer clothes more. I bought some linen pants yesterday that have me warming up to my summer wardrobe. Hope to wear them today to a party!
      Have a great weekend, Lana!

  9. June 20, 2014 / 2:19 pm

    I do see subtle but yet notable differences in your skin – seems more taut around the smile area if that makes sense? The puppy and the lily pads are gorgeous! Those paws…

    • Adrienne Shubin
      Author
      June 21, 2014 / 7:57 am

      Yes, that does make sense. I notice that too, which is wonderful!
      Those paws indicate that my stepson has a big girl on his hands. Her parents were 75 and 100 pounds. Eek!

  10. Linda Salazar
    June 20, 2014 / 10:28 pm

    What a darling lab…you don’t see very many that color! Big paws=big dog. I know from experience. 🙂

    I have never heard of Quarryhill but it’s beautiful! Funny that you had never been there before. Once a week I walk at Mt. Helix a couple miles from our house. (think I have mentioned it before) It has some of the most gorgeous views of San Diego from the top.

    I’m definitely a fall/winter girl when it comes to clothes., summer clothes just seem a little boring I guess. I was so disappointed this last year when we basically had no fall or winter here and all my sweaters sat in the dresser. I don’t even think I wore my trench coat once!

    Have a great weekend and tell Bill Happy Birthday!

    Linda
    xo

    • Adrienne Shubin
      Author
      June 23, 2014 / 9:25 am

      Linda,

      Yes, very unusual coloring on Molly. They somehow added some Weimaraner in with this type of lab to achieve the eyes and fur color.
      I bet you’ve got some gorgeous views where you live. I think you sent me a photo of the canyon where you live once a long time ago, yes?
      Last winter was VERY disappointing. Hardly any rain and it never really got cold. I think I wore my favorite coat twice and even then, I didn’t need it. I guess it’s better than living in a very cold and snowy environment though sometimes that idea really appeals to me.
      Bill and I and the kids had a super fun birthday weekend. It was great!
      xo, A

  11. Lynn
    June 21, 2014 / 7:50 am

    Walking alone in nature is my favorite thing to do, but I only do it when I am at our house in rural England. I find nature hikes in San Diego too nerve-racking, as like you, I am only too aware of rattlers, and find I am spending my time anxiously scanning the ground instead of enjoying the views. Close to us is Miramar Lake which is a 5 mile path around the lake, and when I read up on it, I saw quite a few references to walkers coming across snakes, so I struck that off my list. Walking on the beach is safer so that’s where I go, and preferably off season when parking is easier and I am not dodging frisbees and beach tennis balls! I sound a bit phobic, but coming from England I find the idea of cohabiting with venomous creatures quite alarming – even after 32 years of southern California.

    • Adrienne Shubin
      Author
      June 23, 2014 / 9:23 am

      Lynn,
      Yes, being on the constant lookout for rattlesnakes is not exactly relaxing! Beach walks are so wonderful and good for legs to walk in the sand. But for me, it’s a 45 minute drive to get to the coast so it’s not always an option for me. And our beaches are very windy and cold! I bet it’s much calmer and warmer in SD.
      I also worry about mountain lions. We have them here as I am sure you do. I really fear them more than snakes. I can probably outrun a snake if I see one but not a mountain lion. Eek!

  12. June 21, 2014 / 10:03 am

    I actually love summer clothes, but that’s b/c I love sundresses, so comfy and feminine. I love the picture of the lily pad flowers and the sunshine slanting down on the water. what a beautiful spot. We have some botanical gardens here that we, too, just visited for the first time after being here 16 years! how does that happen? I’m celebrating a birthday this week, and also a week at the beach!

    • Adrienne Shubin
      Author
      June 23, 2014 / 9:06 am

      Hi Deborah,

      You made me think of one reason why I may not like summer clothes that much. I am very tall and long waisted. Dresses are always a challenge. Often they are too short on me and the waistline is practically under my arm pits sometimes. It’s very annoying! Thankfully there are more tall clothing options but dresses are still difficult to fit. I do love a sundress though. Maybe I should try looking harder for some.
      I asked myself the same thing about Quarryhill! This place has been sitting under my nose for 15 years and I just now decided to enjoy it?? Makes me wonder what else I am missing out on!
      Happy birthday! Enjoy the beach…sounds so fun!

  13. June 21, 2014 / 12:36 pm

    We’ve got a BIG reason to celebrate- 41 years together! That calls for a NYC weekend – Berlioz in Bryant Park at the moment, and more fun to come!

    • Adrienne Shubin
      Author
      June 23, 2014 / 9:02 am

      WOW, Anne! That is really something to celebrate. I hope you’re having a lovely time in NYC. And Congratulations!

  14. June 21, 2014 / 4:19 pm

    🙂 I love Friday celebrations!
    The Mr. and I always celebrate the weekend and the time to enjoy ahead 🙂
    Happy weekend to you! 🙂

    • Adrienne Shubin
      Author
      June 23, 2014 / 8:56 am

      I love Friday celebrations too. I am already looking forward to this Friday as some friends are coming for a visit.
      Hope you had a great weekend!

  15. June 22, 2014 / 1:22 pm

    I would LOVE to have a place like QuarryHill close to me. I would go often…as long as it was safe. Your photos are great–especially the one of the boat. It looks like something out of “Anne of Green Gables”. And new puppy is adorable! Have a great “rest” of the weekend!! : )

    • Adrienne Shubin
      Author
      June 23, 2014 / 8:53 am

      Heather – I feel very safe at Quarryhill. I know I shouldn’t feel too safe because it is open to the public and anything is possible, but I feel much safer there than I do at our big local county park. Plus, it’s not out of cell phone range and really isn’t that big. If I needed to run back to my car, it wouldn’t take me long.
      I always think of Monet’s home in France, Giverny. I have not visited Giverny but I image it would look somewhat like Quarryhill only not as much of an Asian influence.
      Hope all is well with you!
      A

  16. June 23, 2014 / 6:32 am

    Wow, I’ve never heard of Quaryhill but it really does look so beautiful and I need to visit there some time too so thank you for sharing it! I love the photo with the sun shining down on the canoe. Looks like the father’s day celebration was really nice and I I really do see the difference with the before and after. I’ve heard about this laser product and it’s nice to learn more about it.

    xoDale

    • Adrienne Shubin
      Author
      June 23, 2014 / 8:55 am

      It’s easy to miss, Dale. It’s near the turn off to Glen Ellen off 12. I want to pack a lunch one day and have it there..plenty of place to sit there.
      The Tria laser really does work. I continue to notice improvement as the collagen builds. I am starting up another treatment in week. I am hoping for even more great results!
      Hope all is well in Switzerland!

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