Sunday, May 19, 2019

Well, it certainly has been a while since I checked in here, but today feels like the right time to pick it up again!  Mostly I miss writing down tidbits of my life without causing a big deal on social media. 

Kelly had a major health scare recently.  It started with me coming home late one night and noticing that her belly was bloated and she wasn't moving at all.  I decided to check her into an emergency vet clinic in case something was wrong and to my shock the vet told me to put her down.  Either that or I had the option for surgery but she might not survive the surgery.  She ended up being operated on around mid night to have her uterus removed, and she stayed hospitalized for three days and three nights.  Since the emergency clinic closes at 7:30 am, for several days I was responsible for transferring her between two different clinics day and night so she could be monitored.  

The first night she came home with me I honestly thought she wasn't going to make it and just to my luck the power was out in my neighborhood for hours so I sat in the dark with a dying puppy making scary noises I'd never heard before with her tongue stretched out under a little flicker of candle light.  The next morning I found Kelly sleeping next to me and was actually making some movements and she seemed to be gaining a bit of energy.  She's still got 22 staples on her little belly and we are going to get another vet check in a week or so, but she is slowly making some progress.

In any case, after a whole lot of that going on it just seemed like a good idea to deep clean the house to get all that stressful energy out.  I was up at the crack of dawn this morning and it was drizzling rain outside, and I just started going from room to room changing off beddings and curtains and throwing away medical syringes and pill bottles and whatever stuff that came home with Kelly from the vet.  It seems like home is a great place to start if you want to shift the energy in your life.  

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Can't complain on a day when you get delicious coffee and a casual card reading.  I saw a large flock of hummingbird while sitting outside, it was a particularly beautiful morning to just relax and hang out with friends. 

Monday, June 25, 2018

I've had this orchid for at least three years if not more.  It never bloomed for me all this time and I pretty much give up on hoping that it would eventually bloom.  Well, a couple of months ago I saw a sheath developing and it gave me some hope, however the sheath did not have a flower bud emerging for a LONG time.  I have not seen flower buds that took so long to grow.  Finally the last couple weeks or so things seem to have taken some momentum and I finally saw the flower bud taking shape and then a single blooming orchid.

It was definitely a lot of excitement to see the flower blooming, and even a little bit of success felt very rewarding!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

I spent a good amount of energy on health and fitness this year, it's definitely not been easy trying to get fit after many years slacking off exercising.  A couple of months ago I decided to try hiking with some friends, and after I got the right shoes it took me about two months to finally put myself to action.  I drove out early in the morning today and did my very first six mile hike in Newport Coast.  There's a lot of excitement to be up early and meet with friends for outdoor activity especially on the weekend while everyone else is still pretty much asleep. 

Being outdoor in nature for a few hours did wonders to relax my mind, I also never thought I could hike for six miles in one go.  Sometimes it's all about keeping your own pace and expand your abilities one day at a time!   

Friday, June 15, 2018

This is the first year I actually picked up a beach towel at Target, I also keep a pair of flip flops in my car always in case I have a couple hours freed up for an impromptu visit to the beach.  Sometimes a whole year went by without me making a single trip to the beach, it's such a shame to live so close by the ocean and not take advantage of it.  

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Well, I'm back after a long hiatus!  With the weather being so beautiful here in Southern California, I really wanted to do some gardening and thought it would be nice to document it with a few pictures.

Recently I discovered that a local nursery I frequently visited actually had some pretty knowledgeable staff.  I was told that a good way to replenish depleted soil was to work a good amount of compost into the soil and then top it off with mulch so that it would eventually disintegrate into the soil, after that, follow a once every three month fertilizing schedule. 

I have a raised flower bed outside a window in the backyard.  It used to grow nothing because it was heavily shaded under a jacaranda tree.  A few months ago the tree sadly had to be removed because the roots were crawling under the house and spreading out to the entire backyard.  After the tree was gone I suddenly got a good amount of morning sunlight that I never had before so I figure I could give it another try.  

It took a lot of effort to loosen up the soil and mixed the compost in and I only did half of the flower bed in one go.  After that I gave the soil a good soak of water and planted a beautiful pink hydrangea that would eventually grow to 4 to 6 feet tall. 

I also found this geranium plant at the nursery that smells like cheap fake citronella dish soap, however the foliage is pretty and flower is very dainty, also it's suppose to repel mosquito with this scent, so I bought one and planted in the flower bed as well. 

The second half of the flower bed will just have to wait for another day when I muster up enough energy to dig in dirt again!  After that I will top it off with a layer of mulch!

After a long day of work and gardening it's time to relax into the evening. I love burning this palo santo cone as a natural way to scent the house but also bring good energy into my living space.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

I've had a plant table in my family room for a few years now, sometimes I like to change things up a bit, but usually I have my orchids and pretty crystals that I've collected over the years.  Even the flower pots are painstakingly handpicked one at a time.  Flowers bring a lot of joy to me, they are like good friends that are easy to get along with.  

Friday, December 29, 2017

I've been cleaning and decluttering like mad for the past couple of days hoping to get my house in order in time for new years.  I like this sort of thing where comes new year and I try to re-set everything and get my new year resolutions in order and try to fix broken things around the house and do some deep cleaning.  I'd like to think that if you start new year right, the rest of the year good things will follow.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

My Christmas tree this year is in pink, this is pretty much all the Christmas decoration I have, mainly because I don't want to deal with putting them back when the holidays are over.  This tree though, I think it's perfectly fine to keep up until after Valentine's Day since it's all over sparkly and pink!

I'm lucky that the pups have left the tree alone so far, I guess Fie Fie doesn't mind the tree at all! 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

I've wanted an antique centerpiece like this one for years but the prices anywhere was so prohibitive that for a long time it remained on my wish list.  Recently I found one locally that didn't have the glass bowl on top.  I suppose the glass bowl could easily be damaged during a move and if you find a seller that's just downsizing, one can be found for a tiny fraction of the market cost. I paid about two hundred bucks for mine, nothing compared to the going price but still a solid sum for about two weeks of groceries for me.  I borrowed the glass top from another piece but I think the fit is pretty good.  An alternative option might be a glass bowl from an antique bride basket, the fit and shape might fit.  Anyhow, this is the poor girl's version of fancy dining, I will need to serve cup ramen to go with this centerpiece for a while.

The first time I saw one on display was at the Sydney Living Museum blog here. I thought the leaves and deer was so whimsical and unique,  I had never seen anything quite like it!  I sure wish people still dined so elegantly!

Back to my little new found treasure, I love the deer on my piece, it's lovely and has no damage for something that's so old.

I tried it with a pair of candelabras and I actually liked the look.  Now I'm really looking forward to a small dinner party with a few friends!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

With holiday parties abound this month I thought I'd share my favorite custom jewelry piece of the moment.  This vintage flower brooch is a recent find and blooms beautifully at over 6 inches tall.  I wore it to a party last night with a simple black outfit and everyone seemed to love the brooch.

Here's another picture I snapped while in my car when I got to the venue, the rhinestones and pearls have such an amazing sparkle and is incredibly dimensional, it really helped adding some glamour to my otherwise plain Jane outfit.  I love this 1940s idea of a statement brooch, it's so fabulous yet I wonder why this trend has never really caught on.  

Well, it certainly has been a while since I checked in here, but today feels like the right time to pick it up again!  Mostly I...