My favorite travel trick when staying in a hotel is to answer the wake-up call with a foreign accent saying 'housekeeping' in hopes to confuse. But it never does. Sometimes it's an automated process and it's just a maching making calls, not a person. But I still say it anyway because I think it's funny to imagine the call playing out on the other end of the phone the way I planned.


I love this tree, Chinese Pistache, we are hoping to track down 3 to line up against the wall for the back yard. My favorite part is that it turns really bright red or yellow or orange in the fall, so we can have a little piece of seasonal change each year.

Who knew ceiling fans could actually look good?

[not my photos]