One of my neighbors moved back to the U.S. this week. Before leaving, she passed along a variety of outdoor decorations and pieces of furniture.

She gave me four hanging trellises and several potted plants. Yesterday, Dina and I went to D2 and Homes to purchase hanging containers and plants. After a little TLC and gardening this morning, I was able to put together a welcoming entrance to our house!

I love the trellises. The two potted evergreens, table and chairs were all gifts from my neighbor.

I love all my plants. They make me so happy and gave me so much joy potting them and arranging them. I didn’t realize how much I was as missing being able to garden until I had a conversation with my girlfriend, Jennifer. During one of our weekly chats, she told me she spent most of her weekend working in her yard during the beautiful weather the East Coast has been experiencing. I felt a little tug and realized I missed having plants and flowerbeds to nurture. Working in my garden yesterday and today helped – a lot! I find gardening very therapeutic.

After all my hard work, I enjoyed a beer on my new favorite patio. The one right outside our kitchen slider.

It can’t compare to our kitchen view of Lake Michigan in NSGL. But, it’s home. And it’s beer. I hope when you’re in the neighborhood you will stop by and enjoy a pint or glass of wine. Or better yet, One or three of Julia’s margaritas!

Happy Friday! Kanpie!


I need a little help from my gardening friends to identify this plant. It has a beautiful fragrance and just started blooming.

It is very compact and has flowers blooming in clusters. It didn’t lose it’s leaves during winter. I thought it might be a rhododendron?