Oprah's backyard oak tree

Proof of growing old gracefully: This sweeping beauty of an oak tree in my California backyard...just gets better with time.
Oprah's dogs Layla and Sadie


Sadie (left), the newest member of the family, relaxing with Layla.
Oprah's lemon drop martini


A lemon-drop martini I made with fresh lemons from the garden.
A tree in Oprah's backyard


One of my favorite places to read is beneath this tree.
Trees and flowers in Oprah's backyard


A field of lavender near the oaks.
Calla lilies in Oprah's backyard


Calla lilies on the back fence make me happy.
Oprah's breakfast


I start the day with Irish steel-cut oatmeal and affirmations from Daily Word magazine.
Oprah's dog Luke


Luke, lying in wait.
A rose in Oprah's garden

A rose at first bloom in my garden. Smells like love.

More Photos: Go behind the scenes of O's cover shoot with Oprah and Sadie