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jennafrancisco Shopping for Fescue grasses, one drought resistant option for our new lawn-free yard. If you live in California, have you made any changes to your landscaping? 3d
  •   tamihackbarth Yes! We took out our front lawn , added drought resistant plants and wood chips and raised veggie beds. 3d
  •   jennafrancisco @tamihackbarth really? We're going to do exactly the same...take out grass, add raised beds and a fence and grape vines, and add drought tolerant plants and decomposed granite. Summer project :) 3d
  •   stockmarketca Yes! We stopped watering completely last summer. Cant afford a.landscape.overhaul. 3d
  •   tamihackbarth Yep, we have had some raised beds for a few years. Last summer I went on vacation and came back to no lawn. My husband couldn't wait any longer. We love it. 3d
  •   robyogi58 Our front and back have been grass free (except for native/blue fescue placements) for the 29 years we've lived here. 2d

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jennafrancisco Teeny weeny baby praying mantis paid me a visit at my son's school today. 5d
  •   renofamonthego You can buy cocoons full of praying mantis eggs and watch them hatch . It's so cool! 4d

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jennafrancisco What a fun day with so many good wines at Zinfest in Lodi, CA, including this Wine School seminar about historic vineyards with winemakers Tegan Passalacqua (@ownrooted) of Turley Wine Cellars & Layne Montgomery of m2 Wines. 1w

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jennafrancisco Feeling like the luckiest person in the world after a bittersweet last day of the semester with food, gifts, tears, and my attempts at words of wisdom for them. my student brought me this huge bouquet. She is Hmong and her in-laws have a flower farm outside the city; she went there and cut them early this morning. I will miss them 2w

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jennafrancisco My first time cooking fava beans (these are from a local organic farm). By the time I shelled, boiled & cooled them and then took the skin off one by one, it was a bit of work but that's ok because I love to spend time with food. Any favorite dish/way to eat fava beans? 2w

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jennafrancisco For a few weeks every spring, our azalea bonsai tree graces our dining room table. It blooms in late winter, and my husband brings it inside for us to enjoy. Fortunately for us, he has a very green thumb and made a collection of bonsai trees. Do you like to have plants indoors? If so, what do you have? 2w

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jennafrancisco Have you ever seen a flower like this with mini flower for each petal? This is from a yard that removed the grass and planted drought resistant plants including beds of gazanias along the sidewalk. So pretty! 2w

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jennafrancisco #TBT to one of my favorite experiences of the last few months: spending part of my winter break in San Francisco. This was the view from the Bay Bridge as we entered the city. Where is your happy place? 2w

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jennafrancisco Weird and wonderful ceiling of the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA. The interior reminds me of a tacky Alhambra--lots of Moorish architectural details in dark colors and gold. Loved it! 1mon

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jennafrancisco Damien Rice is about to take the stage...so excited! 1mon

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jennafrancisco We're taking the train for a day trip to Berkeley today and really enjoying just watching the world go by outside. We just passed the hills outside Napa Valley, which have already turned brown from this winter's lack of rain. What are you up to today? 1mon
  •   comusetravels Cool! We're working, playing, and going to a going away party. 1mon

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jennafrancisco As I prepare a blog post about our trip to Yosemite, I'm reminded of both the good and not so good moments. The biggest disappointment was lunch at the beautiful, historic Ahwahnee hotel. Do you know a good place to eat in Yosemite Valley? 1mon

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jennafrancisco My older son is (usually) so gentle with his younger brother. It's sweet to watch (sharing for #nationalsiblingsday). Here he's twirling his little brother on a pier w/ Bay Bridge behind them during last week's fast stop in San Francisco. 1mon

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jennafrancisco In rain-starved California, it makes me so happy to see raindrops on flowers after a big spring storm :) 2mon

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jennafrancisco What a beautiful day in San Francisco! We came just for a few hours to see an old friend who is in SF for just 3 days. No matter how many times I come here, seeing the city as we cross the bridge is still so exciting. 2mon

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jennafrancisco This may not be Paris, but sacramento has some pretty amazing macarons, like this sea salt, lavender and dark chocolate ganache one. YUM! 2mon

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jennafrancisco We're home from Yosemite, but I want to share a quick video that shows just part of the spectacular view of Half Dome and the surrounding mountains from Glacier Point. This area is usually closed at this time of year due to snow, but it had opened the day before we got there (Calif. has just 5% of normal snow levels this yr). 2mon

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jennafrancisco 6 seconds of Lower Yosemite Falls in the spring :) 2mon
  •   girlinflorence Love.. 2mon
  •   junaid.saleh Wow, love it!! Thanks!! 2mon
  •   caskifer Gosh, there was no water when I was there last. Wish I could get out there soon! 1mon

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jennafrancisco It's a big beautiful world out there! 2mon

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