they come to life when you aren’t looking


Happy Monday! It’s hot here so I am busy hiding under a rock. 😉



Hello and happy Friday. Sometimes I need a reminder that I think the world is an amazing place, that there are wonderful and beautiful things in it. Whenever this is the case, I go looking for wonders and I am never disappointed. Some things do my heart so much good by merely existing. Here are three.

Rainbow trees:



Yes, rainbow trees! Naturally occurring rainbow trees. They are eucalyptus trees and as the bark peels, it reveals multi colored layers beneath. I totally have a thing for rainbows. And unicorns. Wouldn’t a rainbow tree forest be the perfect place for a unicorn to live? I just might want to live in a rainbow tree forest.

Frost flowers:


Frost flowers are ice crystals that form into flower shapes under specific conditions in the Arctic. The idea of delicate little ice blooms floating on the surface of the sea has me enchanted. I’m sure some dee connection could be made between frost flowers and fleeting moments, impermanence, the nature of beauty, etc. But really, I just look at them and think “Oooh, pretty.”



Gimme one of those now. Actually I’ll have two, please. Neither mouse nor deer, the mouse-deer is the tiniest member of whatever animal family hoofed mammals belong to. They are tiny and THEY HAVE HOOVES. Oh, and they are really, really cute.

What makes the world a better place for you?

Photo credits:

Rainbow trees, Frost flowers, Mouse-deer

magic door

fairydoor1 fairydoor2

Look what Abby found in the park last week. A tiny door on one random tree amongst many trees, so easy to miss. But Abby did not miss it and we went over to examine it. It is beautifully made and it fits the hole perfectly. It’s even hinged to the tree! Children have been leaving little notes and acorns for the fairy who must certainly live here.

This sort of thing is so good for my soul. It just makes me happy to know that there is a person out there who thought make a beautiful fairy door for a random tree in the park. Or maybe it wasn’t a person at all…maybe it was a fairy…

Have you spotted any magic lately?

red ball

red ball

The red ball project was in San Francisco yesterday! I had no idea. I was waiting at the bus stop after work and looked across the street and there it was, wedged above the BART station entrance. I follow the facebook page but somehow missed that it was coming. I feel so lucky that I didn’t miss it. What a surprise to see it across the street after seeing so many pictures of it.

What nice surprises have you had lately?




Abby recently started taking kimono dancing classes.

Do you see that face? Yeah. She is serious about kimono dancing. She has laser focus in class. In 6 weeks, she has learned an entire routine and will soon be performing it with two girls who have been working on it for 8 months. I didn’t know that she could memorize a dance routine. I learn new things about this beautiful girl all the time.

I love watching her develop interests, loves, passions. This one is particularly interesting to me because it has created a few others: flowers, all things Japanese and a desire to perform in front of an audience.  But it’s that laser focus that is intriguing me the most. I don’t have it. I didn’t know she had it and I am delighted by it. She works really hard in class and her sensei told me she is always on task and is picking it up really quickly.

One thing I do know is that it is because she loves it.

Happy Monday!

the grabbing hands…


Hello. Here’s a little something to make you smile today.

Have you seen this yet? It’s been making the rounds. If you have seen it, maybe you’d like to watch it again? It really is that good. I go all melty when the kids sing “The grabbing hands grab all they can”. That was always one of the best parts of a Depeche Mode concert and it’s one of the best parts of this video. Their little voices kill me. And their faces are so sweet. And did you see the glowing gnome in the background? I want one. 

Happy hump day.

happy list

Some things on my happy list:

  1. terrariums

Abby and I made terrariums for the first time over the weekend and we are hooked. I’ve been wanting to try for a while and Abby saw some in a shop in our neighborhood last week and was completely enchanted. I told her we could make some together and she couldn’t stop talking about it all week. We will definitely be making more.

  1. the perfect red nail polish for spring

I work in the beauty industry and the biggest perk of my job is free product. Lots of free product. I don’t think I can ever leave my job because I’ve become quite spoiled by it. Recently, I received an amazing gift bag from a very generous vendor. In included a beautiful red nail polish that I have become obsessed with. It is a bright and cheery red that is perfect for spring. It also has a wide, flat brush that magically makes it super easy to apply. Seriously, I am manicure challenged and I can apply this with no problem.

  1. chai cart

The Chai Cart has made its new weekday home right in front of my office. I cannot tell you how happy this makes me. Especially with all the rain we have been having. I leave the fluorescent lights and recycled air of my office as often as I can and I can think of no better reason to make a quick trip out than a cup of rose chai. So good.

  1. green garlic

Green garlic has been at the farmer’s market for the last few weeks. The season is pretty short, so I make sure to get it every week while I can. And every week, I make this soup. It is, hands down, one of the best soups I have ever made and it is so simple. It has around 5 ingredients and takes no more than 30 minutes. I love the alchemy of really simple recipes. If you can find green garlic (sometimes called spring garlic), I think you should give it a try.

Happy Monday friends! What’s on your happy list?