Sunday, March 30, 2008

A Lovely Sunday Drive

Sunday, we took a drive to the foothills. The scenery was beautiful and the wildflowers are just starting to bloom. We had some errands to run one of which was getting our supply of olive oil in Copperopolis. Coppperopolis is a lovely California Gold Rush era town where we once happened upon a man selling first press olive oil several years ago. Then, we didn't know of the Italian obsession with the liquid gold. Now, we understand why.
The Calaveras Land and Olive Oil Company offices where olive oil tasting is available. We sampled this year's fresh press. Those are our gallons of 1st press, extra virgin olive oil behind the sample bottles. We don't mess around! Do you prefer buttery, creamy or peppery oil?

Thursday, March 27, 2008


Sunday I had a dream about my mom. She was with another man that was not my dad. I couldn't quite figure out who he was, but I accepted it and asked my mom if she was happy. She told me she was and from the way she told me, I believe with all my heart that it was true. Then, she put her head on my chest and we held each other until I fell back into a deeper sleep.

I don't usually dream and if I do, I rarely remember them. And, lately, I have been listening to a self-hypnosis cd before bed and sleeping very deeply. But this dream was so vivid and comforting that I told my sisters about it at Easter dinner.

So, this morning when a co-worker was telling me about her strange dream, I told her mine. Then, I went back to my office and cried. It was a strange combination of missing her and having an answer to a question I have thought about since she passed away. I guess I got my answer.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Happy Spring!

Happy 1st day of Spring!

I tried to crop the photo so the weedy disaster that is my garden would not be seen. I have lots of work to do this weekend. Including potting up these lovelies!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

San Francisco Flower and Garden Show

These are some of my favorite things from the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show.

These was the booth of Mediterranean Pots . The owner is from Spain and goes back to find them. They vary in age up to 120 years old and have had many uses in their life. They were absolutely gorgeous and used in a lot of the exhibit gardens.
I think that this was my favorite exhibit garden. It was a little other world. Like Science Fiction world. We last came to this show in 2005 and this has to be my all time favorite garden by Studio Replica, Inc. . I meant to return to their booth to get some cast eucalyptus stepping stones for my own landscaping, but after 7 hours on my feet, I kinda pooped out. That just means I'll have to make a future trip to Petaluma. Darn.

I couldn't resist buying some succulents to add to my collection as they were a common theme in many of the exhibits here. And combined with other strange looking foliage.

We had to take a break as the show covered about 5 acres, so we parked ourselves in front of the booth for Filoli Gardens and looked at this lovely arrangement of tullips, hyacinths and daffies for a while. I also managed to buy a lovely clock and some plaques from artist Angus Macaulay which he signed, some pretty wild looking poppies from Annie's Annuals and a sort of hydroponic gardening starter kit so I can grow my own organic lettuce. Then we loaded up, drove to Japantown to do even more shopping, especially at Kinokuniya, the always interesting bookstore, where I had to buy some books on Japanese quilting, had a nice tempura dinner then drove home. Whew. Now, if the weather would only cooperate, I could get all my plants settled and the yard going. Are you listening weather?