Welcome to this week’s Seven for Saturday ☀️Let’s get right to it!
1 ~ Kiss Me, I’m Irish! 🍀🇮🇪🌈
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Bill and I won’t be joining the green-clad, beer drinking crowds at the pubs today but I will wear green and have homemade corned beef and cabbage because, unlike every St. Patty’s Day prior, I can say with full confidence, “Kiss me, I’m Irish”!
In the last year I have had both 23andMe and Ancestry.com DNA analyses (the latter a Christmas gift from my mother) and it turns out I am 42% Irish/Scottish/Welsh. Well, that was a surprise! All these years, I’ve been telling people I was not Irish or at least, with my murky knowledge about my ethnicity, I didn’t think I was. Other surprises include not being Italian like I thought I was and having Scandinavian ancestry.
How will you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Have you had a DNA ancestry test? If so, any surprises?
2 ~ Floating Plans
A couple months ago my friend Michelle and I decided to try cryotherapy together. I wrote about our experience here. We had such a great time on that adventure, we decided to continue to trying new things together and have even given our outings a name: Michelle & Adrienne’s Excellent Adventures (a nod to Bill & Ted 😁).
Next week, we are going to Sebastopol to float in our own individual float spas. Commonly referred to – somewhat erroneously – as sensory deprivation tanks, these float spas are meant to help you relax the mind and body while also prompting areas of the brain that aren’t frequently used to become more active. I am both excited and a little nervous about our upcoming appointments. I don’t like small, confined spaces – who does? – but refuse to let my anxiety about that suck the benefits and enjoyment out of the experience.
Have you ever tried float therapy? I would love to hear your thoughts on it if you have.
3 ~ Meeting a Fellow Forever Fierce Sister
In my next blog post, I will be sharing lots of highlights from last weekend’s Whole Foods Market Beauty Brunch. One of my favorite moments was getting to meet fellow Forever Fierce sister Karen Brooks of Wear With Passion.
Karen also lives in Sonoma County and also has a lifestyle, travel and fashion blog. She is so friendly and I love her style.
We hope to get together soon for lunch or coffee and get to know each other better. Be sure to check out Karen’s blog and Instagram for lots of inspiring content.
4 ~ Spring Booties
I ordered these off white woven booties and they arrived this week. I just love them! They are so comfortable and are the ideal warm weather shoe – a great alternative to sandals. Once our recent run of rainy days concludes and the puddles dry up, I will be wearing them tons with jeans, skirts and dresses.
5 ~ Thank you for the Mention!
It has been a long time since my blog was mentioned in “best of” list. I was thrilled to be included in Maria’s round up of Lifestyle and Fashion Blogs for Women Over 50 on her blog, Passionfruit, Paws and Peonies. I am in some very stylish and accomplished company!
Maria is an English lifestyle blogger and a dog lover like me. She offers lots of useful information for traveling in Europe and beyond, posts about being a woman in midlife, recipes and dog friendly guides. Spend some time on her blog, you won’t regret it!
6 ~ New Reasons to Eat Carbs
My keto diet has been kicked to the curb since discovering these two delicious businesses that have opened in Glen Ellen recently.
First, let me tell you about Les Pascals. It’s an authentic French patisserie owned by Chef Pascal and his wife Pascale. They from Lyon, France and moved to California in 2013, making Carmel home where they were co-owners of a bakery
Just last weekend, Les Pascals opened their darling bakery in Glen Ellen. By the time Bill and I stopped by the afternoon of their first day, they were almost cleaned out of goodies and there was a line out the door.
We managed to buy a dozen French macarons to take to a party – truly the best I have ever eaten and our friends agreed – a croissant on par with the best of France and a wonderful baguette.
I returned with my friend Elizabeth a few days later and enjoyed a latte with her at one of the adorable bistro tables. I bought an almond and a chocolate croissant to take home for Bill and I to enjoy the next morning with coffee. They did not even make it to dusk that day. We devoured them both!
Also new to Glen Ellen is Umbria. Elizabeth and I went to lunch there this week and I loved it so much, I urged Bill to go with me yesterday.
It’s located right next to Jack London Lodge in a beautiful space that over looks a creek. Julio, who had a successful restaurant by the same name in San Francisco for 23 years, owns Umbria.
He was there both times I visited this week and is welcoming, warm and charming. I love it when owners spend time in their restaurants talking to and checking in with their customers, don’t you?
So far I have tried their meatballs, a bianco pizza with prosciutto, arugula and fontina, the lasagna, and both tiramisu and cheesecake. Everything has been delicious! I recommend both Umbria and Les Pascals wholeheartedly.
7 ~ Spring Photography
I adore this time of year – early spring (almost) – for many reasons but mainly for all the nature and landscape photography opportunities. Puffy white clouds, dark skies, green hillsides, colorful sunrises and sunsets, and trees bursting with blossoms and leaves. I could take photos all day long if I had the time.
Earlier this week I was cooking dinner and noticed the sky was starting to turn pink and orange out my kitchen window. I quickly untied my apron, swiched off the oven and grabbed my camera. Bill and I headed a short distance up the road to a nearby mustard field/vineyard to get the best view of the evening light show. What a treat!
Then yesterday, I stepped outside my front door and this was the view: a partial rainbow dipping down into a neighbor’s vineyard. I am sure there was a pot o’ gold at the bottom!
Daisy and I wish you a happy St. Patrick’s Day! 🎩
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