It sure has been a while since my last post and certainly a lot has changed in the duration of 2020. This year is definitely not going as I had planned and if you had asked me on January 1st what my intentions were for the year, I certainly would not have envisioned anything that has occurred. Yes, I’ve been pretty quiet. I’ve also been quite busy! Here’s a little life update and details on what you can expect moving forward:
The Big Move
If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you may have seen clues in the past few months that I have relocated. My husband and I did not intend to move this year but a great offer came for him to move to California and we could not resist! I spent my entire life living in Wisconsin and hating every minute of the winter weather. We both hate it. But we are also always up for an adventure so this seemed to be a great opportunity to make the leap.
We decided in February to move forward with moving and from there much of our time and attention turned to packing, purging and selling our home in Wisconsin. If you recall, this was around the time that COVID just started to heat up, so basically meant that we picked the perfect time to try and sell a home and move. (Yes, that’s sarcasm.) We had some things to fix up and clean up on our home and it hit the market. Beyond the annoyance of packing up 2 cats nearly every day for a car ride for home showings, we are forever grateful that our home was under contract before leaving in May. It was time to turn our attention to our new life in Northern California.
And then COVID took over the world…
Yep, this ugly thing called COVID took over the world, shut down everything and forced me to wait over 8 weeks between haircuts! In all seriousness, it’s been tough. For someone that loves to travel and see the world, I feel like I’m grounded! California is lovely and there are many adventures available to me right outside of my back door, but I miss the world. There is also something very strange about putting on a face mask every time you leave the house, social distancing and just being more secluded. It’s been rough.
Our 5 year anniversary is coming up this fall and our plan was to travel back to our favorite spot in France and reminisce about our time there. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like that will be happening this year. We have thought about other domestic locations for a little vacation but that is TBD – Is anyone else just longing for a vacation?
Life in California
California has been an adjustment but a good one. Things may be easier if we were able to comfortably get out of the house to socialize but we are doing the best we can by enjoying outdoor sights and activities. I live now within miles of some great destinations: San Francisco, Napa, Yosemite and Tahoe. I can take day trips to any of these places any enjoy a glass of wine or a good hike. I really enjoy the weather here, though hot, it’s been great to have predictable weather. Sunshine on the daily!
The farmer’s markets here have been AWESOME. When you live in the Midwest your entire life you get used to poor produce and then when you live in Europe for a year you learn about fresh, delicious produce. After we returned home I was really missing fresh foods. They’re back! I go to the market nearly every Saturday and just gawk at the bright greens, reds and oranges. I found a vendor that has amazing kale and the most vibrant, aromatic strawberries you have ever seen/smelled. I have found myself using more produce in my cooking and feel so much better for it.
I’ve had this blog for 8 years. I really enjoy cooking and photographing my creations and plan to continue to do so in a different way. I’ll continue to share recipes and hopefully travel soon, however, I plan to incorporate more lifestyle posts into the rotation. I’ve got a lot of passions including wine, fitness and my love of Italian cooking that I can’t wait to share with you. And if you want more of my daily tips, photos and rants, be sure to follow me on Instagram.
So there it is – I’m back and I look forward to getting to know you more, as I share more of my world with you.