Our crabapple is in full bloom.
We still have many daffodils, and the tulips are starting to bloom.
First tulips!
And a new Spring bouquet in the kitchen.

Our purple azalea is just about to burst into bloom.

The white one is a bit further behind, but coming soon.

I just love these …

We have never had a Spring garden quite like this before. It is such a pleasure to go outside, and see all the beautiful new flowers. I had no idea that there are so many varieties of daffodils, or that they smell so amazing! I bring in some cuttings every few days and it has really helped me focus on all the positive things that Spring represents.

Two beautiful little mochi, a sort of Japanese ice cream sandwich.

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It is such a pleasure to watch the changes in our garden as the days go by.  I think it’s so important to see the beauty, to appreciate the incremental changes, and to realize that – for most of us – life goes on as our Winter turns into Spring.

Also, I did not realize that our peonies (in the last photo) are so ugly at this time of year?!

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One of the real pleasures of working from home is that I don’t have to get up super early to pack all my meals.  Since I am doing intermittent fasting at the moment, I block some time on my calendar at 10 am, and I make a meal from the leftovers we have on hand.  Lately that has involved a lot of salad, which I vary with radicchio, endive, and other greens, as well as whatever meat we have left over.  I often mix in with radishes, peas, sliced tomato and some delicious new cashew cheese that adds a wonderful bit of salty taste.  It’s really satisfying, healthy, and beautiful too!

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Over the winter I have been exploring some new crafts.  These are photos of a few cards I made with a new die-cut machine.  It’s the same paper and pattern, combined in three different ways.

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The Chicago Botanic Gardens has a spectacular orchid show in the late winter each year.  We haven’t in awhile, but I thought I would share these pictures from years past.

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It was cool to check out the Venus Fly Traps, captured here through their small glass display.  

Enter a captionArtist’s garden inspired by the work of Georgia O’Keefe.

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Mosaics in a water fountain of sorts.  

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Love the crazy hairdo on this guy!

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This looks like a Dr. Seuss plant to me.  🙂

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Feeding the baby goats was undoubtably a highlight!
After an inspiring field trip with his day camp, our little one requested to visit the Garfield Conservatory in Chicago again. We had good fun visiting with turtles, participating in the scavenger hunt, and feeding the baby goats. And of course I loved the opportunity to take lots of pictures.  August 2019.

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A peaceful beach club in Connecticut, overlooking Long Island Sound.  July 2019.

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My dad passed away earlier this summer, but he would have been 81 this week.  I am visiting my mom in Connecticut with my family, and trying hard to find beauty where I can.  Our trip to the nursery certainly helped …

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My father passed away this week, and we have received so many beautiful flowers in his memory …

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Another tulip parade.  On the Northwestern University campus, May 2018.

The glory of Spring blossoms against a clear blue sky. 5 May 2018.

The magnolia we planted last fall is in bloom. Spring is here at last! 4 May 2018.

I found watermelon radishes at the grocery store the other day. They are beautiful, and yummy too! March 2018.

Nothing better than having sun on your shoulders and feet in the sand. Vero Beach, March 2018.

Blessed to live walking distance from this beautiful place. Lake Michigan, 10 March 2018.

Enjoying a peaceful summer evening at the Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara. August 2017.

I love the landscape here.  Hilton Head Island, July 2017.  

I love the landscape here.  Hilton Head Island, July 2017.  

Summer Solstice sky.  Lake Michigan always inspires … 21 June 2017. 

Proud to Run Chicago today.  I love celebrating the diversity that makes America great!  #lgbtq #pride

I got caught in a major rainstorm last week on my commute home. The car ride was better than the walk to the garage (with no umbrella or raincoat!).  June 2017

Happy place, aka Lake Michigan from Gillson Beach in Wilmette IL. #nofilter 19 February 2017.

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