Thursday, November 20, 2014

A FOGGY NOT SO VERY FALL DAY



Today is a Misty,

Foggy

Chilly

Attempting to be a pretty Fall day.

Don't forget to enlarge the photos to see the detail.




Here is my tree in the front yard.

It's trying so hard to show its colors.

I wonder if it is ever going to happen.

Have a great Thursday, everyone.








Saturday, November 08, 2014

LIFE - DON'T TAKE IT FOR " GRANITE "



I am posting a few more photos of Life at Lake Tahoe.

We love this place so much...

Even when the Lake is low and the Granite boulders are really exposed,




Here is a shot of my sweet Hubby by the huge hunk of Granite.

You can see the water marks from previous years.

That's a lot of water completely gone.



Pretty rocky terrain but my gimpy knee did really well.

I was so happy to be able to hike around and see the beautiful scenery.



Isn't that an amazing jumble of rocks?



Most of these boulders are suppose to be covered by the Lake water.

Of course, as always, please enlarge the photos to see them at their best.


Thursday, November 06, 2014

MY BIRTHDAY TRIP TO LAKE TAHOE



My Hubby and I spent the last few days at one of my favorite places,

Lake Tahoe.

The following photos will actually be a series of  " NO " entries.

California is in its 3rd year of drought.

That's not good news for the lakes, rivers and  fish.

This area is usually teaming with spawning Salmon and a virtual buffet for the bear.

NO water.....

NO bear

NO fish....


These were the only living fish we saw along Taylor Creek.

I'm afraid there is no place for them to migrate to.

The water is too low, stagnant and you can see all the dead fish on the lower right of the photo.


NO color either.

The Aspen didn't put on a show this year.

They went from green to brown and falling to the ground.



Zephyr Cove is full of huge Granite boulders.

NO boats can come to shore.

Lots of muck instead of crystal clear Lake Tahoe.



Here's the South Shore of Lake Tahoe.

I have never seen it this low.

You can see where the dock would usually be way out in the water


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I love the Lake and the view of the mountains.

It makes me so sad to see it this way.

Be sure to enlarge these photos to see the detail.

Praying for snow and rain to fill up this Lake again.




Saturday, November 01, 2014

THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS



Color has dressed the trees and some rain has finally fallen.

This shot was taken through one of the cut glass pieces in our front door.

It made the trees multi - faceted.

I rather like the effect of the rain dampened street and the trees reflection.

To see the Before post please go back several entries.

Happy weekend everyone.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

THROWBACK THURSDAY



Here we are again at THROWBACK THURSDAY.

Talk about the typical 70's family.....

I found this photo in my Mother in Laws things.

It had been packed away for quite a while.

It is faded and not quite in focus but it shows my giggly younger son and the older one laughing at his brother's antics.

Mustaches and longer hair were all the rage.

I do love that shirt Hubby is wearing.

Interesting times.



Friday, October 24, 2014

THROWBACK THURSDAY on FRIDAY....AGAIN



This weekend marks a very special day.

Twenty years ago this precious bundle of joy was born to my son and daughter in law.

How can it be 20 years already?

She is the first of our 4 Grandkids, which makes us about the luckiest Grandparents around.

Love you sweet Girl...to the moon and back.

Happy Birthday!!

Now ... don't you just love those glasses I'm wearing?

I was so right in style back in the 90's.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

STILL LOOKING



I'm still looking for some Fall color.

There are a few hints of red and gold here and there.

Usually the view from our front door captures the tree across the street in all of it's red splendor.

I guess I will have to wait patiently for God to get out His paint brush.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

THROWBACK THURSDAY



Since this is Throwback Thursday I thought I would wish our son a early Happy Birthday.

I like this photo because it shows our younger son's character.

He is a Loving Father, Caring Husband and a Terrific Son.

The picture was taken almost 12 years ago, when our youngest grandchild was just born.

Happy Birthday this weekend, Mark.

We love you bunches.



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

RANDOMNESS....



Randomness!

I'm just playing around a bit today.

Have some candy...



Kisses are nice....chocolate or otherwise....




Actually I really like chocolate and crunchy, tart apples together.

Now my mouth is watering.


Friday, October 10, 2014

A LITTLE MORE FALL





Fall skies are the best.

We just wish it would rain and end the drought and terrible fires all over our state.




Our poor pomogranates are unhappy with the lack of rain too.

They are so small this year,  still juicy but oh so small.




The leaves are trying their hardest to turn.

Most are just going from green to brown and dropping.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Enjoy.


Tuesday, October 07, 2014

FALL IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER



Ever hear of  Bobbing For Pumpkins ??

That's what this vat of pumpkins made me think about.

No bobbing....just cleaning them before they were set out for sale.

Don't forget to enlarge the photos to really see the detail.




They had their bath and now are all nice and shiny.

I love the various types of squash thrown into the mix.

Some clever Jack-O- Lanterns could be made from them.




I really like the assortment of colors and designs on each squash.



The stems of these squash were black and so different from the pumpkins.

I could see them in a beautiful Fall display.

They were a bit pricey but I may go back and pick up a few...just because.....

Have a great rest of the week everyone.


Wednesday, October 01, 2014

OUR DAY AT APPLE HILL



We had such a good time with our friends Don and Wanda...(see previous post).

I decided I had to show that we were there too.

This was taken at Rainbow Orchards which has "to die for" hot, freshly made apple cider donuts.

It makes me drool just thinking about them.

I wish you could taste them too.


Monday, September 29, 2014

AND NOW.....ONE YEAR LATER


And Now, after my Throwback Thursday post, you can see Don and Wanda one year later.

Our dear friends are now on their way  to see that youngest grandson.

We so enjoyed getting together again and just catching up on life.

Don, Wanda, my Hubby and I spent a wonderful afternoon in the Apple Hill, CA area.

There were hot apple cider donuts to eat, fresh pressed cider to sip and plenty of pumpkins to make it finally feel like Fall is on its way.

I miss my "Sister" already.




Thursday, September 25, 2014

THROWBACK THURSDAY



One year ago these wonderful friends visited us.

Wanda and I became friends through our blogs and finally met.

When they vacation at Lake Tahoe they always stay with us for a few days and we are really "Sisters of the Heart."

Good News

They are coming again this weekend.

I can hardly wait.

Our Hubbies are great friends too.

Their dog Molly is the sweetest little lady too.

I've said it before, but the fascinating fact about Wanda, Don, Dave and I....

We were married by the same pastor,

in different cities and a few years apart.

I think that is amazing.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

CALIFORNIA IS ON FIRE!



California seems like it's on fire.

We are experiencing a huge fire just 35 miles from our home.



The smoke is thick and at this time it is only 5% contained.

The terrain is rugged and there are many farms and ranches in that area.




You can see the heavy dark smoke in a thick layer below the white clouds.




Actually those billowy white clouds are smoke induced clouds from the flames.

We know many folks in the endangered areas and are so concerned.

The major highway #50 has been closed to traffic off and on for two days now.

The Fire crews are setting back fires to try and keep the roaring fire from jumping the highway and burning structures.

These photos were taken about 1 mile from our home.  We tried to find a high point to show the power of the fire.

Don't forget to enlarge each photo and please pray for all involved.


Monday, September 15, 2014

IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN



It's that time of year again.

The pomegranate tree is loaded and it's time to start picking.




They are so strange looking and a lot of work to get the juicy seeds out.

I do think they are worth the effort and the juice is so good and full of antioxidants .

The juice does stain so don't wear a white shirt while eating them.

As always, enlarging the photos will show more detail.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

WE WILL NEVER FORGET



Today marks 13 years since 9-11.

It was a day that changed life in the U.S.A. forever.

I took this photo in 1998 when times were a bit different.

In looking at this old photo I got chills when I saw the plane in the upper right corner.

Prophetic or not...this photo makes a statement.

We will never forget!


Monday, September 08, 2014

JUST BECAUSE MONDAY IS ALMOST OVER



Sometimes I just feel like posting something pretty.

Life gets complicated and several glimpses of God's creation seems to make things better.




Bubbling waters can soothe the soul.

Be sure to ENLARGE these photos to see the detail.

Have a great week everyone.



Thursday, September 04, 2014

THROWBACK THURSDAY



This photo was taken in June of 1948.

I was 5 years old and I guess we were celebrating our new car.

I have no clue as to the make.

Can anyone help me?

Another issue of Throwback Thursday.

Have a great weekend everyone.


Monday, September 01, 2014

THE LAST ROSE OF SUMMER



Today is the first day of September.

Can Fall be far behind?

I believe this is a Sterling Silver Rose.

I'm calling it the Last Rose of Summer.

As always enlarging the photo will show the detail better.


Friday, August 29, 2014

THROW-BACK THURSDAY on FRIDAY


Three generations sharing an adventure together.

My Husband, my Son and my Granddaughter on a Family Cruise in 2001.

We had so much fun enjoying Life together.

This is for Throwback Thursday....but.....it's Friday.

Monday, August 25, 2014

A GREAT DAY IN THE WINE COUNTRY


The GRAPES at a Amador County Winery are ready for harvesting.




The sign was the reason we didn't photograph many of the GRAPES.

I don't particularly want to be in contact with either of the afore mentioned situations.




As a result of the sign I decided to take a picture of the GRAPES in the arbor over our heads.

It seemed a lot safer.......


Our lovely friends GARY and Diane.

We so enjoy being with them.

What a GREAT day.

First to their church and then a delicious brunch.

Just adding my two cents worth to ABC Wednesday.




Thursday, August 21, 2014

THROWBACK THURSDAY



Quite a few people on Facebook do what's called "Throwback Thursday".

Since so many people are posting back to school photos of their kids

I thought I would show you an antique.

This is me getting ready to go to Kindergarten, Sept. 5, 1948.

I attended kindergarten in a converted church.

This was my favorite dress.

It was mint green and I called it my twirly dress.

Dancing and spinning around made the skirt flair out and I thought it was just plain FUN.


Monday, August 18, 2014

A TOTALLY RANDOM MONDAY



I'm sharing 3 totally random photos today.

There is no rhyme or reason to them.

Happy Monday to all of you.




Can you figure this one out?

It's sunflower stems in my Swedish cut glass vase.

I told you these would be random.




We had a spritz of rain a few weeks ago.

The droplets were bouncing off the swimming pool and cast iron pig at a friends home.

After these pictures you will probably say...please go on a photo shoot!

Don't forget to enlarge these treasures.