My inspiration for this record of my days:

“The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. . . . I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less” -Anna Quindlen

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Town house, Country house

* NOTE:  This post is part of my current coping-with-feeling-yucky strategy:  being more aware of the things that make me happy.  

Technically, I live right in the middle of the city.

But in my back yard, you’d never know it!


I wake up most mornings to the sound of chickens and ducks outside my window.

I have a little orchard of fruit trees.  Oranges and lemons, apples, plums, peaches, apricots, pomegranates, pecans and figs.

When I look out the back window I see nothing but green.  Acres of grass and big trees.  And a few horses.

I have no home owners association to fine me when the grass gets too long and the lawn mower is broken down in the middle of the front yard.


I can get to Costco (and Taco Bell) in about 2 minutes.  I can get on the freeway just as quickly.  School, church, piano lessons and ball practices are all within a mile or two of my house.

This is definitely what they call the best of both worlds!


  1. man o man I miss country living. And I want chickens BAD! i do however love my pool so I will have to be content with that. Isn't it great how the city has grown up right around us? I love how close everything is!
    cute pic of the chicken BTW

  2. I agree!
    I wish we had that many trees.

  3. cute blog! Great to see you at Bookclub. Sorry I was not too talkive. Rough day with my kids and a huge headache. It was nice to out of the house though. ;)