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Thankful Thursday #25 – Happy New Year’s Eve!

Happy New Year’s Eve! I hope you’re enjoying this holiday season!

December has been a fun and unusual month! My husband and I have been on a cross-country road trip since December 2nd. I’m typing this as my husband drives 80 miles per hour (that is the speed limit!) on I-10, in the middle of no where, in Texas. We are approaching Fort Stockton and it’s been almost 100 miles since the last town!

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Thankful Thursday #22 – June 2015

So, umm, yeah, I’m a bit behind writing this Thankful Thursday post! But sometimes “life” happens and things like vacation and summer fruit harvest are more important than writing a blog post 🙂  Things have been INSANELY busy here on the homestead since I got home from vacation on June 20th!

About 3 days after arriving home, I came down with a mild cold and it happened at the same time our Japanese (aka Santa Rosa) and Green Gage plum trees were ready to have their first set of fruit harvested. Thankfully, they didn’t drop too much fruit while I was resting and it has been a great harvest so far. Here’s a bit more about what I was thankful for in June, Continue reading


Thankful Thursday #21 – May 2015

Another month has flown by and it was busier than April! Here’s the things I was thankful for this month!

  1. I’m loving my school curriculum! This week I finished Nutritional Biochemistry! I am still getting used to having homework, hopefully that will become second nature soon 🙂
  2. We celebrated my brother-in-law’s 8th birthday last weekend. I attempted to reproduce a good friends “watermelon cake.” This is a great alternative to sugar laden birthday cakes and her kids love it. Her version is way more elaborate but I made this in roughly 15 minutes! I think he liked it ….check it out!IMG_0001 IMG_0002
  3. I’m extremely excited to sell our first home! We’ve been landlords for almost 10 years and have been patiently waiting for the real estate market to improve. I am SO GRATEFUL the time has finally come! Getting it ready to sell has taken up lots of my time this month, but I hopeful it will be sold by July!
  4. I’m happy everything went smoothly introducing my new bee colony, Zinnia to their new home!
  5. We had a tiny bit of rain throughout the month! Even though it was maybe a 1/2 inch, ANYTHING helps when you’re experiencing the extreme drought conditions that we are here in California. I found this funny meme about Californians…it’s true!11196262_10153283123586322_2051290678885450401_n
  6. Today, I will finally finish planting my veggie garden. I decided to keep it small this year because of the drought. I’ll be adding cucumber, basil, onion and strawberry starts to the heirloom tomatoes and arugula I planted a couple of weeks ago. I’m also planting these seeds.IMG_0055
  7. I am so, so ready for our upcoming vacation to Maui…we leave in 5 days!!! This will be my first trip since returning from Infusio and the first trip in eight years that I don’t have to worry about dealing Lyme symptoms flaring up. I am THRILLED that I won’t be packing a backpack full of medications and supplements. It is truly a blessing!
  8. I was so happy a friend took time out of her busy day earlier this month, to share her coop set up with me and answers questions I had. She was so gracious to let me borrow a couple things to help me get started! When I get back from vacation I hope to pick up some chicks. If you have chicken’s I’d love to hear any advice you have, especially on predator proofing our orchard so they can free range. We have coyotes and bobcats that sometimes walk by during the day and I don’t want my hens to become a tasty treat for them! We have it fenced in but someone thought they might try to climb it 😦
  9. Oh, one more thing about Maui!! I have to share the awesome blessing in disguise we got two weeks ago! The hotel we booked cancelled our reservation because someone made a last-minute request to book the entire property during the 4 days we had booked. At first, I was bummed because we reserved an excellent promotional deal and were splurging to stay there. Finding another place two weeks before departing seemed stressful! The hotel offered to pay the change fee for our airfare and pay our ENTIRE stay if we moved our dates to another time in June. We took them up on their offer and they paid for first class airfare (because those were the only seats available) and paid for our 6 day stay at the end of our vacation. WOW! I was (and still am!) in shock!

What are you thankful for? Share with me 🙂

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Thankful Thursday #19 – March

March has been a whirlwind, I can’t believe the month is almost over! Thankfully it’s been busy with lots of fun and exciting things. Here’s some of the things I’m thankful for this month!

  1. The first weekend in March, I attended my first LymeLight Foundation fundraising event, Dart for Art. It was more fun than I expected! Besides getting to meet the people behind this great organization, everyone attending brings home a piece of art. My husband and I were lucky enough to get our 3rd choice when it was our turn to “dart.” I’m happy with our piece since photography is one of my favorite forms of art. LymeLight Foundation has awarded 256 treatment grants, totaling $956,500 since 2011. Isn’t that awesome?!?

    Enjoying the Dart for Art event.


    Our Dart for Art piece.

  2. I’m so thankful that five months since my treatment at Infusio, I am still feeling great and have not had one Lyme symptom. I’m starting a new series called Infusio Interviews, you can read more about it here.
  3. We had a swarm of bees take up residence in a redwood tree for about an hour. It was very cool to see the bees create a “mini-hive” on a tree branch.
  4. I took some great photos of my bees collecting pollen from on of my camellia bushes.P1060058
  5. Our plum, pear, and peach trees started to bloom.
  6. I took the “Take A Bite Out Of Lyme Challenge“, you can watch my video here. I’m thankful for the volunteers who’ve organized the challenge to help bring more awareness about Lyme disease.
  7. I spent a week in Houston visiting a good friend. I had a super fun time hanging out with her one and three year old boys!
  8. Speaking of Houston, I used to be an extremely nervous flier, so it’s a testament to God’s amazingness in helping me overcome my fear that I did just fine on a very bumpy 3 hour flight home! I wore this “good luck charm” Trevor gave me while we were dating….which was the last time I flew somewhere alone!FullSizeRender
  9. And last, but certainly not least, I’m thankful I get to spend the last week of the month with my Mom and Aunt who are visiting me here in California. I’m so excited to spend quality time with both of them. We will also spend some time exploring Yosemite! Here’s a picture of me and my Mom from 1976 🙂

jen 5mos & jo January

What are you thankful for? Share with in the comments!


Thankful Thursday #18 – February

Hey, hey, it’s the last Thursday of the month, so that means its time for my Thankful Thursday post! Here are the ten things I was thankful for this month!

  1. Happy for the rainy weekend we had the first weekend of this month!
  2. Thankful for the 80 degree weather we had the following weekend! It was warm enough to enjoy dinner outside at the Crow’s Nest and see this beautiful sunset.


    Sunset from the top deck at the Crow’s Nest

  3. Helping my sister-in-law launch her fundraising site for Lyme treatment. Check it out at http://www.mgoesbananas.wordpress.com. I’d be grateful if you donated or shared her page!
  4. Booking tickets for my mom and aunt to visit me and my sister next month, very excited to see them!
  5. Harvesting some of my winter carrots!


    Tasty winter carrots!

  6. Passing the four-month mark since my treatment and Infusio, and I’m still feeling good!  I’ll share my four-month update next week.
  7. Having my husband put down gravel to help with erosion and create a path behind our house. That was my Valentine’s Day gift, and it was perfect since my love language is acts of service!
  8. Picking lots of Meyer lemons from our tree. I made several batches of lemon bars with them!IMG_5898
  9. Trying a new restaurant that opened five minutes from out house! We enjoyed this extremely yummy pretzel; it was the best we’ve had outside of Germany! They had great main courses too.



  10. Finally decorating the empty walls in our hallway! It’s been 2 1/2 years since we moved in and our walls are bare! Here’s a picture of our “travelcollage.”

    No more empty hallway wall…..at least on one side!


    What are you thankful for this month? Share with me!