How to enjoy hot weather or Retail Therapy

Today was hot in Healdsburg. I mean this is the thermometer on my parent’s back deck in the shade at 5.30 this evening.

It’s pretty warm, and I LOVE IT!!

I did what any normal person does and I walked into town. There is a great little fabric store right on our main square. I may have purchased a thing or two. Supporting the local economy and small businesses is what I call it..

Just one or two fabrics including Kaffe Fasset and some Alexander Henry! Yay! I love them all! I mean look at that little animal family – so cute!

They are all 1/2 yard cuts which makes me pretty happy. And don’t the colors just play so well together? Now I need to borrow a sewing machine so I can actually do more than stare and stroke…

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to have a glass of white wine by the pool!

My week in Instagram

This week was a week of wine tasting and enjoying the last of the summer weather. I also made quite a few trips out to our wineries and checked out harvest and crush in action

Fermenting grapes and big tanks at deLorimier winery

Aw.. this is what I get to fall asleep/wake up to :)

I totally took all these from a harvest dinner so I could decorate the Inn. The Great Pumpkin Heist of 2012. They’ll totally make a movie.

My week in Instagram

Well.. I’m certainly not doing too well in Blogtoberfest. I’ve already missed two days!

I will catch up. I will catch up. That will be my mantra. I’ll be like the little blogger that could.

Anyways, back to our scheduled programming – my week+ in instagram.

I made an early morning trip up to one of our wineries – the view was stunning as was the ‘tree tunnel’.

You know it’s harvest time in wine country when traffic is caused by tractors!

Mmm.. peanut butter banana bread pudding. People went crazy for it!

A creepy face in my ice water at the bar.

San Francisco was alerting me to the fact that it has hills. This was at the top of a hill that is so steep, you hope there will be road in front of you.

If you want to see all the other photos I’ve taken, you can follow my pictures here and purchase them here! Are you on Instagram? My screen name is sydthewyd, hope to see you soon!

Tickle my Fancy Tuesday – Link Love

Celebrities without eyebrows. Wow people look creepy!

OMG! A letter to Winston Churchill in 1917 is first recorded use of OMG.

Whoa. I want to be able to do this to my hair. Plus the name makes me want to sing “under the sea”.

I think I need to have a party simply to make/wear these party hats.

Um.. I never in a million years thought I would ever say this, but Beyonce has a tumblr.. and it’s actually pretty cool..

These make me want to get back to London so I can re-explore my favorite places! Too bad it’s going to be at least 41 business days…

Space continues to blow my mind again and again.

I love baby elephants.

What happens when you combine bald men and water balloons? Water wigs. Awesome.

I know politics can be touchy but I enjoy them and I believe in civil discourse. This article highlights one of the many reasons health care needs to be overhauled and attitudes need to change in the US.

And to lighten the mood, I present to you, the cast of Mad Men performing the Rick Astley classic, Never Gonna Give You Up:

And we have lift-off!

Today marks the first day of Blogtoberfest 2012, which I participated in last year. To the un-initiated, I will just be posting every day this month. Which means that with my non-existent free time, I’ll be writing away to make sure that my creative juices are flowing.

I guess I could give a little recap as it’s been a while since I’ve been blogging regularly. I have submitted my visa to the UK, all 3 pounds 11 ounces of it, and now it will be approximately 41 business days until they make a decision. Joy of joys.

In the meantime, I am living in my parent’s basement (not nearly as dire as it sounds) and working as an innkeeper at Calderwood Inn, a bed and breakfast in Healdsburg, California. It’s great fun, but I have a feeling I’ll have a little burn out working 7 days a week from 7:30am to 6:30pm! Oh well, at least I can pay rent on my flat in London as well as save some.

So that’s where I am now. Hopefully, the stars will align and the gods will be kind, and I’ll have more information about the status of my immigration by the time Blogtoberfest is over!