Transitioning to Autumn: Simply the Best

How many of us wish we could look through that magical crystal ball and see what the future holds for us? I don’t know about you, but there sure are days that I’d like a few more answers to the questions I have right now. But, I’m getting ahead of myself.

Recently, my son and I did something together that we haven’t done in a long time. We went to a concert! Zucchero was finishing up his world tour with a San Diego concert and a final concert in Tucson, Arizona. For a long time I kept watching the tickets to see how fast they would sell out. Finally, one night, I decided to just commit and make this happen. I invited my son to join me and to my delight, he accepted.

So much has changed in downtown San Diego over the past few years. My son introduced me to a new mode of transportation: the Trolley. We caught the trolley less than 10 minutes from our house and got off just one block away from the Balboa Theater in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego.

Rafi had no clue what this concert was all about. He was more than surprised to hear the international languages being spoken by the audience as they settled into their seats before the concert.

The Balboa Theater in the Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, California

Live music is so amazing. I love being able to feel it, as well as see and hear it. Somehow it frees up energy and creates flow.

We ended our night of music and fun with sushi. This is something that Rafi and I always enjoy sharing. We happened upon Full Moon Sushi and Kitchen Bar in the Gaslamp. Hands down, the oysters on the half shell were the best we ever tasted. I don’t know exactly how they were prepared, but the taste and freshness was incredible.

Well, I am at week 20 with my brunette to silver transition! I have a beautiful cousin in New York, who just reminded me that women are paying big dollars for what is happening with my hair naturally. Of course, their transitions are almost instantaneous, while mine is going to take a bit longer. Either way, I think this is a beautiful way to transition away from my years of colored hair. I truly wonder how many women are transitioning away from color these days? What do you think?

If you are noticing some pretty familiar genes between these two, then you are seeing my mom with her grandnephew, Adam. It is absolutely uncanny the resemblance they share!

Having Mom here with me has been simply the best! As many know, she had a little mishap and fractured a few ribs. We have been keeping up with regular physical therapy appointments for nearly six weeks now. To say there has been a marked improvement in her all around strength and well being is an understatement. I think many people will be surprised at how great she looks physically and also how much it has helped to enhance her already positive mindset. I have to give a huge Thank You to all of her physical therapists.

When I began to bring these zucchini flowers into my kitchen about a month ago, my son had never eaten them and was not so sure he was game. After that first bite of tasting a perfectly fried flower, lightly dusted in flour, dredged in an egg wash and quickly fried in olive oil, he became a true believer in the whole farm to table concept. I even convinced him to get up early with me the other morning during a rain storm, and share some time with me in the garden. At first he was not sure what to touch and what to leave be. He told me he didn’t want to disrupt my garden vibe. I told him that the garden would benefit from his vibe being there, too. In the quiet moments of the morning, he turned to me and commented that he wondered how we as a society at large had gotten so far away from the experience he discovered that rainy morning, in the garden.

This garden that I take care of has taught me so much over the past year. When I think back to starting these five raised beds by amending the soil, adding nutrient rich composts to otherwise spent dirt, I am constantly reminded that all good things take time. And great things, take a little longer. On any given day in the garden, there is always something ready to be harvested and there is always something ready to be picked, wiped free of dirt and eaten in that moment. That is Simply the Best!


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  1. Nancy
    November 3, 2022 / 1:03 pm

    Beautiful words Diana! Miss you ♥️ Happy Fall I love this season 🍁

    • 93zingara
      November 4, 2022 / 2:05 pm

      Gosh! This has been a long time between visits for you and me. I truly hope we can rectify this soon. In the meantime, enjoy your quick getaway to Vegas! I’ll be here when you return!✨🥰✨

  2. November 4, 2022 / 8:38 am


    • 93zingara
      November 4, 2022 / 2:08 pm

      Time truly does not stand still. I was watching Rafi this morning getting ready for a weekend trip. Every time he passed me, I kept looking up at him! When did he get taller than me? Overnight?
      I’m a blessed mamma. Thank you for your lovely comment. I’ll be visiting your blog later tonight!

  3. November 6, 2022 / 2:11 pm

    What wonderful experiences for you and your son! Enjoyed this so much. xo

    • 93zingara
      November 6, 2022 / 5:15 pm

      Thank you for sharing a few moments here with me. I hope you are doing well, Juliet! 🥰

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