Stay Close to Nature

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We’re at our cabin in the Sierra Nevada mountains for the weekend. It sits on ten acres of wilderness on the San Juan Ridge just outside of Nevada City. We bought the property twelve years ago and slowly turned an old barn into a sweet cabin. Recent rains have turned everything around us a vivid green, the  birds are singing, and spring has sprung.

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 I drew the plans myself, and got them through the planning commission on the first try. I wanted the round, smooth rocks of the Yuba River to be the grounding force of the cabin, and the exterior to blend into the landscape. George and I spent weekends hunting through salvage yards for windows and doors, and the doug fir plank flooring from an old Oakland warehouse to give it ‘character’, and also save money.  I hunted through boxes of Heath Tile seconds to find enough to do the kitchen counter tops (which I laid myself) and their buttery tones became the color scheme.  The cabin literally glows, inside and out.  To transport everything, we bought a truck, which I love driving to this day, and when I’m here, I feel at peace.

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 I needed to blog more…but the day is coming to and end and I’m going to enjoy it. I’ll leave you with this poem, that pretty much sums it up.

“I Meant To Do My Work Today”

by Richard LeGallienne

I meant to do my work today,

But a brown bird sang in the apple tree,

And a butterfly flitted across the field,

And all the leaves were calling me.

And the wind went sighing over the land,

Tossing the grasses to and fro,

And a rainbow held out its shining hand,

So what could I do but laugh and go?

Happy Nesting Days!


Chief Mother Officer

Springtime in San Francisco

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature.  It will never fail you.”  – Frank Lloyd Wright

It is Springtime in San Francisco, and yesterday I went out early into the garden — and forgot to come back in.  I meant to stay only an hour, but as I weeded and watered the time just slipped by. Every once in a while I’d stop to think about all the things that I ‘should’ be doing, but ultimately, nature won out. Can you blame me? George bought me the purple hose for our anniversary. Don’t laugh, we’ve been married a long time and he knows what makes me happy. 

Nature picked me up, held me close and helped me make a full recover from MommyCon.  It was a great venue to show off Nesting Days but I needed a few days to recover!

Luckily, I am not alone. For Easter I’ve teamed up with mommy blogger, Kristen LaValley of WhenAtHome for a giveaway, and look what she posted on her blog today!

Kristen who reviewed Nesting Days last fall, and has been amazing supportive in helping to spread the word.  To read her review & see it in action go right here!

If you have a baby on the way, or know someone who does, tell them to get those entries in  right away.  I’m also doing a 20% off promotion with WhenAtHome  for the month of April.

Look for more give-aways with other mommy bloggers in the future.  They rock!