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Today I am taking a break from my usual Farmer Friday post to admit that I’ve been so crazy busy this month (having fun)  that I’ve been neglecting the blog a little (but there are still projects going on, I just have to finish and post them!). But what’s a good blog post without some pictures!? I’ve become keen on Instagram this month so I figured I’d show what I’ve been up to but hasn’t shown up on the blog in May with some phone pictures, most of which made it to Instagram.

The first weekend of the month my husband was in a 200-mile relay on a team with 11 other people to support a charity called Organs ‘R’ Us. I woke up well before sunrise with him to head to San Francisco and drop him off at the van (that’s another non-running spouse in the picture below).
As I was driving myself back home and expecting to get into bed I realized that I was going to be able to see the sun rise (a rare event for me!) and started kicking myself for not having my good camera. I raced to a little hill in a park by our house to take some phone pictures anyhow.

It was one of the most beautiful things I had seen in a long time. And as it turns out, was the first of two sunrises I saw in May! But since it was Cinco de Drinko Mayo I went back to bed, ran some errands, and then met up with my lady friend’s spouse to celebrate.

We headed to a local Mexican restaurant to enjoy the great weather outside and some mariachi music.

Oh and a few beers, naturally. I may be wearing a light up Cuervo necklace but for the record, I have strong feelings about never drinking tequila again. Noooo thank you. Later that weekend we not only saw our runners but met them at the finish line the following day (yes the race is two days!).

The next weekend was Mother’s Day and my mom came to visit my sister and I in Northern California. I did a bunch of cooking of magnificent things and we also went to Filoli Gardens on Mother’s Day to enjoy the flowers and gardens.

That’s my mom above with a very large orchid. I made dinner for us one night with a strawberry and rhubarb cobbler (it was super good) and brunch for Mother’s Day which included a quinoa salad with asparagus, a kale and chorizo quiche, strawberries, banana chocolate chip muffins and kalamata olive bread.

We saw my mom for a dinner after Mother’s Day and then had a mid-week show to see the Dandy Warhols. It was a great show and my husband and I really enjoyed ourselves.

The day after the show we were packing our bags for a weekend trip to a different wine country than Napa– Sutter Creek aka Shenandoah Valley. It’s really California Gold Mine country and it’s east of the Bay Area. It also happened to be my sister’s birthday! On the way we stopped at a lunch spot we stop at every year we make this trip.

After lunch my husband and I plus my sister and aunt and her significant other headed to a local cave.

It was nice to see something else in wine country besides the bottom of another wine glass. This is maybe my fifth time doing this trip with my dad and step-mom and each time we’ve stayed at the same six-room bed and breakfast, the Imperial Inn Amador.

Downstairs there’s a saloon and wonderful restaurant, upstairs there are six rooms and a balcony we sit out on and watch the world go by.

Saturday morning before wine tasting I was again up before the sun to go golfing with my husband, dad and uncle. While I’m not a regular golfer and usually resist being coerced into going when my husband asks me to, this was an over all pleasurable experience. Even the waking up early part.

Once we finished 18 holes we zipped back to the inn, got cleaned up and headed to a winery to picnic, play bocce ball and drink wine. Normally on “wine tasting” trips we go to several wineries but this time around consensus was to stay at just the one and enjoy the day. On our way home we stopped in the sausage shop in a tiny one light town.

Best brats I’ve ever had!

We spent the week recharging our batteries before our final road trip of the month. When given the option between flying or driving somewhere, my husband and I will never shy away from the driving option especially if there are buco bucks to be saved. In this case we opted to drive to Palm Springs in Southern California (about 7-8 hours) instead of flying (about an hour) to save a couple hundred dollars. Worth it! I get more 1:1 time with my husband which is priceless to me.

On this Memorial Day weekend trip we decided to drive down to my parent’s house for the night and suck up the final two hours to Palm Springs the new morning because 1) we saved money by not staying in a hotel and 2) my grandma gave me a whole bunch of canning jars, fabric, patterns and freesia bulbs. Again, couldn’t have done that if we flew! On the way we made our usual stop at In N Out (hamburger animal style for me, cheeseburger animal style for my husband) before arriving at my dad’s house to enjoy the outside fireplace and an adult beverage.

My dad pulled a typical “my dad” and drew very details maps to not only get us to Palm Springs but also direct us to a bar within a restaurant. But before heading out I took my husband to Nick’s Deli in Seal Beach, the place I had my first legitimate breakfast burrito ever when I was in high school. It gives me the warm and fuzzies despite some wacko crazy lady yelling at us from across the street. I even ran into a friend that I went to elementary and junior high schools with (and I almost never run into people I know so it completely threw me off) and apparently nearly missed another friend from my Southern California days. All to say: Nick’s is super popular because it’s super good. Go there.

Palm Springs was pretty wonderful. We had “cooler” than normal weather which meant instead of being triple digit heat it was in the 90s all weekend, perfect for me. The hotel we stayed at was cute but a bachelorette party made it a little more rowdy than we wanted to experience. The good news is that we did try Shanghai Red’s, the place my dad had recommended, and even went back again because they had fish tacos as good as the one you get in Baja Mexico.

Palm Springs was a nice vacation from all the vacationing and fun stuff we did throughout May. It was certainly a fun filled and busy month which sets the tone for the summer ahead.

Have you been having nice weather and enjoying yourself yet this warm season?

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