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jennafrancisco Early spring here in Northern California has the prettiest trees. This is a type of magnolia (with long delicate white petals) that I pass almost daily in the park near my house. 5d

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jennafrancisco Today I took my son to a park, and I sat under a row of these ornamental plum trees. They were full of little birds singing away...such a peaceful midweek moment. 2w

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jennafrancisco On my way home from visiting my grandma in wine country, I stopped for a look around one of the vineyards at sunset. The vines are sporting their just-pruned late winter look. 3w

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jennafrancisco A peek into my world right now...This is the human that I spend the most time with. Yesterday he climbed heritage oak trees and asked me to take his photo over and over. Today we're off for the afternoon, just the two of us. 3w

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jennafrancisco Happy Valentine's Day from Northern California, where spring has sprung! Looking up at one of the season's early blooming trees in the UC Davis Arboretum and wishing you all a happy weekend. 3w

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jennafrancisco It started raining early this Sunday morning, but instead of using that as another reason to stay in, I grabbed my umbrella and went for a walk. Now it's back to nursing our sick family back to health. What do you like to do on rainy days? 4w

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jennafrancisco Working on my travel guide to the Monterey/Carmel, California area and remembering how much we loved the Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley. Beautiful luxury property, kid and pet friendly rooms with patios. 4w

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jennafrancisco One of the best desserts EVER: espresso creme brûlée on the Napa @winetrain 2mon

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jennafrancisco It couldn't have been a nicer January day in Napa Valley yesterday! The views from the Wine Train included the yellow of mustard and bright green of radish plants that fill in the vineyards in winter. Have you been to Napa Valley in the winter? 2mon

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jennafrancisco I love the restored antique train cars of the Napa @winetrain . All the original details made me feel like we'd stepped back in time. What a luxurious and relaxing experience! 2mon

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Valencia Jenna of This Is My Happiness
jennafrancisco Any guesses where I went/what I was up to today? 2mon

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jennafrancisco So many photos from San Francisco as I collect them for a photo post on the blog. Here's the de Young Museum--I love how the museum uses glass to incorporate the outdoor gardens (this one is ferns that grow between two parts of the building). What museum's architecture impressed you? 2mon

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jennafrancisco Another intention for 2015: to spend as much time in the countryside as possible. I love being away from the constant low rumble of the city and instead surrounded by the chirps of birds in old trees (as in the twisting branches--like witch fingers--of this heritage oak on a farm/winery outside Lodi). What's on your to-do list for 2015? 2mon

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jennafrancisco Memories from recent days at the beach...much better than these days spent indoors with the flu! All 4 of us have it, but fortunately I have been the least sick and therefore able to make soup every day. Hoping for a better day tomorrow :) 2mon

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jennafrancisco There are lots of changes I hope to make in 2015; the main one is that I must take better care of myself through exercise and more rest. I have some travel resolutions, too. One is to visit more UNESCO World Heritage Sites--I love history and cultural heritage, and visiting these sites is a goal I have for the rest of my life. Here is Congonhas, a UNESCO site in Brazil that I didn't even know existed. It ended up being a highlight of my trip there last summer. 2mon

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jennafrancisco I'm back in sunny Sacramento but am missing the light on the water in San Francisco. There's something about being on the ocean that is so energizing. 2mon

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jennafrancisco Goodbye San Francisco! It's time to go home and catch up on the rest of our lives. Happy New Year to you all! 2mon

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jennafrancisco Making patterns in the sand at the Exploratorium, the famous interactive science museum in San Francisco. I'm still not sure I liked it...it was SO crowded! 2mon

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jennafrancisco Exploring the sand dunes on the western edge of San Francisco 2mon

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jennafrancisco A walk down to Sutro baths yesterday at sunset. Have you been to this San Francisco landmark? 2mon

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