Sunday, May 03, 2015

DIGITAL DOODLING




I just felt like playing around a bit with a photo my Hubby took.

Sometimes playing around makes an interesting picture.

ENLARGING it gives it a lot more character.




Wednesday, April 29, 2015

ANOTHER THROWBACK THURSDAY


The activities and the passing of my Hubby's brother last week

Has brought again to my mind

How important family is.

I miss my own Dad a lot.

This photo of my oldest son and my Dad is one of my favorites.





This gave my Dad the greatest pleasure.....

Playing with his Grandson.

Can't you just hear the giggles and laughter?

I love posting for Throwback Thursday

And enjoying the memories.

Photo taken in early 1973.






Saturday, April 25, 2015

GRIEF





Grief never ends...But it changes.

It's a passage, not a place to stay.

Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith...

It is the price of Love.

Author Unknown

Thursday, April 23, 2015

THE BATTLE IS OVER



The battle is over.

Cancer thinks it has won.

Because of Victory in Jesus

My Brother in Law , my Husband's only brother has gone to be with the Lord.

At 3:30 AM this morning Don went to Heaven.





This photo has a few years on it.... but to me , it's Don.

He's smiling and sharing life with the love of his life, Darolyn.

You will be missed.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WHAT TO DO WITH OVER-RIPE BANANAS


Oh my,

Were my bananas over-ripe!

Talk about pungent....

So I made a yummy loaf of Banana Bread.





It is delicious.

Warm with a bit of butter slathered over the slice......

No, a mouse didn't get into the bread.

The edge just didn't want to come out of the pan!

So,

Of course I had to eat those crumbs too.....


Saturday, April 18, 2015

BEAUTY FOR THE WEEKEND



The last few weeks have been chock full of busyness, fun and some heartache.

I'm so thankful that God is in control.

I thought I would just post some of our Creator's beauty for this weekend.





The Wisteria has finally finished blooming.

I always love the pastel lavender with the soft yellow rose-like flowers peeking through.


Have a wonderful weekend.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

THROW BACK THURSDAY



I know this is a little after the fact.

Here is a photo for THROW BACK THURSDAY.

This is me at about 3 years of age.

Around 1946....no year on the photo.





Happy belated Easter.

My Dad shows up in my face but I can really see my Mom's eyes in this photo.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NOTHING LIKE THE BEAUTIFUL PACIFIC OCEAN


Here is my Letter N for ABC Wednesday.

I really do like NATURE.

There is NOTHING like the colors of the Pacific Ocean.




Enlarging this picture will show the wild flowers in bloom.




NATURALLY, I had to show this tiny flower

Blooming in the ground cover.

The wide expanses of the ocean

Or the shy little flower

All show NATURE at it's finest.

Thanks to the ABC Wednesday team for encouraging us to look

At the World with different eyes.



Sunday, April 12, 2015

HAVING A WONDERFUL VISIT


Our dear friends Don and Wanda are here for a visit this weekend.

Having a wonderful time just chatting up a storm.





Thanks to blogging we have become "family".


Thursday, April 09, 2015

THROWBACK THURSDAY


I don't know if my sons will be too happy with my post today.

But...

I think it's cute.

That's a Mama's privilege.





The photo was taken in June 1974.

Mark was almost 8 months old and Steve was almost 6 years old.

Ah, there is nothing like brotherly love.




Monday, April 06, 2015

MORE MEMORIES FROM MENDOCINO, CALIFORNIA


It was just a week ago that we were in Mendocino, CA.

We were visiting the rugged Pacific Coastline and attending a fabulous wedding.

What made it even more wonderful was the place we stayed.

We were just yards away from the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse....

Staying in the Lighthouse Keepers home.





The home was built in 1909 and had been completely restored in 2007.

What a grand old house full of antiques and cozy nooks and crannies.





Here is our view from the corner sunroom.

You can see the location in the previous photo.

The lighthouse is still active and runs 24/7.





What an absolutely perfect day!

My Hubby and I took a jaunt down to the lighthouse and visited the small museum

Located in the lower area.

No visitors were allowed up in the tower though.

The stairway was a very steep spiral.




We walked out to the point to enjoy the crashing waves .

We actually spotted a few whale spouts out too far for the camera to pick up.




The ocean power carved out some beautiful arches.





The vistas just kept coming.

I could have taken pictures all day long.

We made many memories 

along the Mendocino Coast.

This is my contribution to ABC Wednesday

and the letter M.

Thanks for looking.

I haven't posted for half of the alphabet

So here I am again.

Many thanks to the wonderful ABC team.




Sunday, April 05, 2015

HAPPY EASTER


Wishing all of you a very Happy Easter.




Friday, April 03, 2015

CALIFORNIA DROUGHT


My Hubby and I just came back from a few days at Lake Tahoe.

I have shown pictures of the Lake before,

In fact just this past January.

Now the water level is much worse.

We are into our 4th year of drought.





All the earth that can be seen should be under water

Enlarge the photos to see the detail.





I don't think any boat will be launched from those docks.

The Sierra Nevada Mountains should be covered with snow.

Not this year.





At least some of the trees are getting ready to spread a little Springtime cheer.

Wishing everyone a Blessed Easter.


Thursday, April 02, 2015

THROWBACK THURSDAY


This is Easter

The year is 1971.

Our son Steve and our next door neighbor Karen.

Aren't they the cutest?





Tomorrow is Karen's birthday so I will throw that into the mix too.

She's been like a daughter to me for a lot of years.

Happy Birthday and Happy Easter this coming Sunday.


Monday, March 30, 2015

THE FIRST LOOK


Here's our "Sneak Peek" at the Bride and Groom.

This is our niece's and our daughter in laws' brother

And their first look at each other before the wedding.





The photo was taken from inside the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse Keepers home.

The Mendocino Coastline shown like a crystal clear gem on Saturday.

Everything was magical.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

POST # 1500 and THROWBACK THURSDAY



It really doesn't seem possible.

Today marks my  1500 th  blog post!

That's a lot of life adventures and I have enjoyed sharing them.


THROWBACK THURSDAY





The year is 1972

The place...Sears,  Concord, California

The characters,

My son Steve and our friend Karen.

Winnie the Pooh is actually my husband Dave.

Sears and Disney were retail partners for quite a few years.

Dave had the honor of wearing the REAL costume

for a special event.

If you enlarge the photo you can see the words on Pooh's hat.

POOH FOR PRESIDENT.

My Son and Karen thought they were so special to escort Winnie the Pooh around the store.

Thanks for viewing my contribution to Throwback Thursday.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO ON MY MIND



I thought I would post a few more photos from our last trip to San Francisco.





You just never know what you are going to see when you visit San Francisco.





Construction has been going on for what seems like eons.

It looks like eventually there will be a better way onto the Golden Gate Bridge

and as this photo shows,

new tunnels for getting through the Presidio and

along the Marina.





Another view of The Palace of Fine Arts.




Beautiful homes across the lagoon.

I'll bet that tree gets a lot of photographic attention when it finally blooms.

It's such a perfect setting.




A close up of the amazing sculpture architecture surrounding the top of the building.

I'm glad some of this has been restored so we can enjoy the art from 1915.

Be sure to enlarge these photos to see the full detail.


Friday, March 20, 2015

MORE SAN FRANCISCO VIEWS


Here are a few more photos I took last week.

San Francisco is always the same.....Always different.





Cloudy or Sunny,

I love the Golden gate Bridge.

This photo was taken under the Bridge at Fort Point.





Even rust and decay can be picturesque.




The Golden Gate National Cemetery is beautiful too.

Both of my Hubby's parents are buried there.

Dave's Dad was in the service and has the honor of being buried there.




I really like these stately columns at the Palace of Fine Arts.

I'm glad they are still standing from the 1915 Pan Pacific Fair.





Have a wonderful weekend.

If you are ever in my favorite City

Make sure you visit these spots.

You won't regret it.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

THROWBACK THURSDAY


I thought I would share with you a photo of my son for THROWBACK THURSDAY.

This picture was taken in the early 1990's.

Mark was living in Tanzania through YWAM...Youth With a Mission.




I'm very proud of him and his heart for service.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

JUST FOR THE MEMORIES


We attended the annual Disney Shareholders Meeting a few days ago.

I thought I would post two of the photos taken of  Hubby and myself.

I wanted to share them so they will be part of my blog book for next year.



Hubby, myself and Buzz Lightyear.




Storm Troopers from Star Wars and Hubby and myself.


Monday, March 16, 2015

SUNDAY SUNRISE


Sunrise blazed onto the scene this past Sunday.

My Hubby grabbed the camera and took these pictures.





It was about 6:45AM.

The street lights were still on.

Morning had broken.





The sky was alive with color in every direction.





What an amazing way to begin The Lord's Day.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

SPLASHES OF SPRINGTIME


I went out in our backyard on Saturday.

The weather was so nice and there were splashes of Spring all around.




Our Wisteria is blooming despite of our neglect and drought conditions.





The grapes are beginning to go from "dead wood" to showing some green.




Our peach tree is so Pretty in Pink.





Unfortunately, the little pear tree hasn't got much action yet.





I do love the view from our patio.

Yesterday  the sky was so pretty.

The clouds looked like fluffy cotton balls.

Make sure you ENLARGE the photos to see all the detail.


Friday, March 13, 2015

A TRIP TO THE CITY



When I say a trip to the city, I mean a trip to "The City".

San Francisco!

My Hubby and I just spent 2 great days in the City By the Bay.

Of course we had to visit our beloved Golden Gate Bridge and Fort Point.

The ocean was so glassy and calm.

No fog either.......

If you look in the lower right hand corner of the photo you will see the sea gull Photo Bomb!




We attended the annual Disney shareholders meeting.

It was held at the Palace of Fine Arts.

This magnificent area is home to the 1915 Pan Pacific International Exposition.

All the amazing structures housed the celebration of the completion of the Panama Canal and the restoration of San Francisco from the 1906 earthquake.




There are only a handful of the buildings remaining but the architecture is truly amazing.

There is so much detail and fine workmanship.

I will show a few more photos over the next few days.

Be sure to ENLARGE the photos to really see the detail.



Tuesday, March 10, 2015

WISE ADVICE



I saw this advice the other day.

So, I added it to one of my photos.

I think it's sage wisdom.


Saturday, March 07, 2015

SPRINGTIME AT CHURCH



I almost missed the full blossoming trees at our church.

It's a beautiful day and everything seems so fresh and new.




Happy weekend to all of you.