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…..began last Sunday with a call from Sandie Girl who casually mentioned there was a petting zoo later that day.  What????  Where?  When?  I’m coming over!

There is an amazing children’s school right around the corner from the Reilly’s and they were having a ‘Fall Festival’ which included a petting zoo.  That was all I needed to hear as the last time I played in one was with Charles when we went to a ‘Heifer International’ event in Beverly Hills.  That was really memorable as I had instructions to ‘catch a chicken’ so Charles could capture the moment of this ‘city girl’s’ bravery! By the way, I love supporting Heifer International and if you haven’t heard of it…..find out about the wonderful things you can be a part of at  


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On to the petting zoo……

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Who doesn’t love a goat?

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….and petting one is the best!

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…..but feeding one is even better!

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Let’s hear it for the potbellied pig!

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WOW…..a lamb!

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Wondering…would Kita take kindly to a bunny?

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Old MacDonald had a farm……

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It was difficult dragging myself away but I thought it best to meet up with Sandie in the sandbox where Jakey was being amazing on the slide and various apparatus.

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Back at the Reilly’s where the men are watching some guy thing on TV…….lots of muscle stuff…..

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Jakey showed me the table dad Nick had made for his train…..

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….and I got a peek into the office where I spied some Nan Rae art…..

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Meanwhile, in the kitchen, Sandie was studying an Ina Garten recipe for Crispy-Mustard Roasted Chicken….

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This is the cutest!

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Meanwhile, I was given the assignment of turning this into something…….

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Ta da!  Slices of alternating pear, heirloom tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella with cantaloupe in the center and chopped basil sprinkled about.  Finished with a drizzle of EVOO and Balsamic vinegar.  This would have been perfect if I added a sprinkle of sea salt but I’ve gotten so used to not using it that I forgot!

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Mom Melissa with baby Noah and ‘growing up fast’ Jakey!

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Jakey shows off his Thanksgiving gift for the Reilly’s!

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And I get a chance to see all of Sandy’s beautiful needlepoint from Christmas’ past.  Amazing!

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May all your days be perfect!

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