Trying to Find a Routine!

Hello again! Where to start?  It seems like so much has happened in the these last 4 weeks.  I left Austin, cooked like crazy at the retreat, drove cross country with the kitties, traveled to CA on vacation and finally am settled in with my Mom.  Whew.  It feels good to be in one place, even if I have to visit my stuff out in the garage!  I am still working on a routine.  I don't know about you, but I do best when I have some structure and ritual in my life.  Since CA I can't seem to get back to Eastern time, and haven't yet sorted out when to walk, exercise, write this blog….I am sure it will come in time.  Hopefully this post will start some sort of routine for me. I have been cooking for my mom and that feels good. So some recipes will come this week! In the meantime, here is a  glimpse at our vacation.  I will break it into two posts so you won't be overwhelmed with photos.  

First up, we went to the wedding of the daughter of my dear friends, Barbara and Sheen.  Isn't this a great photo?  The wedding was in Sonoma, CA at an event venue at a vineyard. It was the most beautiful and heartfelt wedding I have ever attended.  Gorgeous setting, delicious food, dear friends, beautiful flowers, good wine….every detail was carefully planned which made the whole event spectacular. We had a great time.  Here are some photos of the big day. 

While we were in Healdsburg, we went to the Farmers Market.  I always try to check out the local market and this one, although small, was fantastic.  Nice little folk band playing music, fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, meat, eggs, cheese, almonds.  If only we had a kitchen while we were there!  I bought apricots and cherries to snack on.  They were delicious.  

Tom and I both love bookstores.  When we travel we tend to stop anytime we see one.  It seems in CA, bookstores come with store cats.  Great fun.  One was on serious patrol and I couldn't catch him for a photo….

After the wedding, we drove to the Northern Coast, to Medicino. On the way we stopped for a picnic, wine tasting, and to check out a vineyard with a biodynamic farm with a great chicken coop and vegetable garden. I had never seen artichokes growing before.  I rarely eat potato chips but these were worth it…house made with herbs.  Delicious! 

So I think that is enough. Thanks for sharing my vacation.  I can't express enough how needed and nice vacations are.  For many years the only vacations I took were around the holidays to see my parents.  Since I was away from work 2 weeks a year for Navy reserve training, I never felt like I could take more time off.  Good for my career, not so good for my life!  I have learned vacations re-energize us to do our everyday work and chores.  So if you haven't already, plan a summer vacation!  I hope to have a couple more.  I'll be back later this week with the rest of the vacation, some cooking tips, and a recipe.  Tomorrow my mom and aunt and I are going to the Biltmore in Asheville where they have an exhibit with the costumes from Downton Abbey!  Can't wait! See you later this week!