Wandering Wednesday … 72 hours in San Francisco

It had been over 3 years since I’d visited my best friend, Mary Kay, and her wife, Laura, in SF. I was overdue for a visit and wanted to have some fun new adventures. We packed a lot into 72 hours! MK planned ahead and made a reservation a month in advance at Chez Panisse, Alice Waters iconic restaurant. I can’t believe I’d never been.We dined at the cozy cafe upstairs and it was soooo good! The ambience upstairs is more relaxed, but just as quaint as, the stuffier, downstairs restaurant (not to mention less expensive.)

I had the smoked duck breast with broccolini & fried onion rings.
They both had the halibut with greens & new potatoes
So cozy!
We drove home under a full moon and I captured this before going to bed.
… and woke up Friday morning to this gorgeous view! I love their place! It’s an oasis, so close to the city!

Friday: ferry ride to and from the city; exploring the De Young Museum’s two exhibits: Fashioning San Francisco & The photographs of Irving Penn; a ride in a driverless Waymo car; an Irish coffee at The Buena Vista Cafe; and a lovely dinner at the little French bistro, Cote Ouest. Here’s our day in pictures …

Oscar de la Renta, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, to name a few. No surprise that I loved the last two funky, fun pieces by Japanese artist/designers Junya Watanabe and Kei Ninomiya.

I love still life!
Audrey Hepburn … One of Penn’s most famous photos
Although he hated smoking, Penn did some ad work for the tobacco industry. After his mentor,  Alexey Brodovitch, died of cancer he started collecting old cigarette butts he found on the street to document the decay that these caused to so many. These were my dad’s cigarette of choice, Chesterfield King, (he died of lung cancer at age 69), so I had to take this pic.
… time for a driverless adventure to The Buena Vista.
After some trepidation, we settled in & all decided that we felt pretty safe.
cable cars and Irish coffee … quintessential SF adventure!
another driverless car to get to this quaint bistro
Steak frites is always a wise choice.
Ferry home through the fog.

Saturday: A day on Treasure Island (where I’d never been before) … checking out the crafts fair, picnicking while watching sailboats go by and a glass of wine with an awesome view of the city.

Mersea, a great little spot with a panoramic view of the city.
A fun weekend with life-long friends!

Motivational Monday … 10 years

“Ten years from now, make sure you can say that you chose your life,
you didn’t settle for it.” … Mandy Hale


The best time to plant a tree was ten years ago.
The second best time is now.
(that’ll put a visual on how far you’ve come!)

Motivational Monday … I Get To!

Gratitude changes everything:

Instead of saying “I have to …,” start your day with “I get to …,”

I get to exercise.
I get to see my friends and family.
I get to eat delicious food.
I get to tell someone I love them.
I get to work and earn money.
I get to experience new things.
I get to make someone’s day better.

Try it! It’s all about perspective.
Why not do a Random Act of Kindness today to celebrate all the things you “get to” do!

Motivational Monday … the ripple effect

You think you’re just a drop in the ocean …
but look at the ripple effect one drop can make!

You’re amazing!

Motivational Monday … Growth

“I make so many beginnings there never will be an end.” … Louisa May Alcott
You’ve learned to love your story, even when it was once a source of pain.
Growth is beautiful!

Motivational Monday … Laughs

What if April fool’s day is actually April 2nd …
and we’ve been fooled to believe it’s April 1st?!
“I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the Saints.
The sinners are much more fun” … Billy Joel

You cannot direct the wind, but you can adjust the sails!