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Leafing for a Masquerade!

In my last blog post before the long but much needed rant of why I’ve lost faith in humanity recently, I mentioned making more masks of merriment or at least I was in the process of doing so. 275 more words


This week...All Important Nothings!

How much fun that give away was! Although I was a bit sad for the ‘non-winners’, I really enjoyed the enthusiasm of the winners and the nice emails that followed. 712 more words

Summer 2015 Weekly Recap 4

Prison School 3

I found this episode to be much funnier than the last. There were still some creepy parts on occasion, but the tense atmosphere significantly increased the effect of the comedy. 897 more words


Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple- a rainbow of nutrition

The garden is in its glory.  July and August is a peak time to visit our Blackmore Farm-to-Table Garden which supplies fresh vegetables and herbs to TREE Restaurant and our spa massage tables.  163 more words

Personal Awakening

Wind chimes at Hikawa Shrine in Kawagoe

Each summer, Hikawa Shrine displays hundreds of wind chimes during the months of July and August. Today, a storm was brewing up and I instantly thought of going to see the chimes! 227 more words



If you don’t like kale, or are afraid to try it (still), then substitute something else. I start with that so you won’t think “I hate kale; I’m never eating a kale salad” and miss the entire idea here: it’s summer harvest time, so you should enjoy the bounty available at the market. 171 more words

Dinner Ideas

Garden Green Smoothie

‘time for a morning smoothie at the countryside’

*sigh* it really doesn’t get any better than this... a view of lush greens and picking your own smoothie ingredients straight from the root! 158 more words