Monday, May 02, 2016

ABC WEDNESDAY LETTER " Q "


Well here we are again making the rounds of the alphabet.

This time I am on the QUEST for the letter  " Q  ".


I am QUITE happy to have a new park so close to our home.

QUARRY Park....




The new park is on the grounds of the old, no longer in use, QUARRY.

The QUARRY mined granite for many buildings in San Francisco.

I am so glad they have developed such a beautiful park.




This place in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco,CA is called

QUEEN Wilhelmina's Tulip Garden.

The Dutch Windmill has been cosmetically restored but is no longer working.

When we were there recently the tulips were finished for the season and the

Icelandic poppies were just about done too.

It was a beautiful day for sightseeing anyway.

Thanks for looking and thanks to the ABC team and their QUALITY work.


Monday, April 25, 2016

ABC WEDNESDAY LETTER " P "


I am POSTING this a wee bit early since my schedule seems a bit on overload.

These PHOTOS are for ABC Wednesday  Letter  " P ".




When we were in San Francisco, CA last week we went looking for this house again.

Much to our relief the  PSYCHEDELIC house was still there in all its PAINTED glory.





A few weeks ago Hubby and I went to see the movie " Jungle Book."

It reminded me of our trip to Kenya and seeing the PACHYDERMS marching

like Colonial Hoth's brigade.




This is a banner year for California POPPIES.





The Icelandic POPPIES in Golden Gate Park were so PRETTY after a brief shower.





I love the PLETHORA of colors in God's creation.

PLEASE enlarge the PICTURES to see all the detail.





Thursday, April 21, 2016

A FEW SPRING FLOWERS



The Lupine and other wild flowers are doing their best to outshine each other.







Happy Spring.....



Tuesday, April 19, 2016

ABC WEDNESDAY LETTER " O "



I finally got my road trip.

We had to take OUR son and daughter in law to the San Francisco airport.,

this morning.

It's a two hour drive from OUR home.

First we had to waken at " O " Dark Thirty and pry OUR eyes OPEN.

After delivering them to the airport

we took the OPPORTUNITY  to enjoy the OCEAN views.




The Pacific OCEAN was exceptionally calm.




We stood ON the edge of the world

and just breathed in the OCEAN air.




OF course we had to see The Bridge and enjoy the sunshine.

The Golden Gate Bridge seems to divide the Pacific OCEAN

from the calmer waters of San Francisco Bay.

Thanks for OPENING the link and seeing what I chose for the letter  " O ".


Thursday, April 14, 2016

I NEED A ROAD TRIP !


I am totally getting antsy for a day trip.

Any of these scenes would be satisfying to me.

Don't forget to enlarge the photos.








Want to come along?



Monday, April 11, 2016

ABC WEDNESDAY LETTER " N "


It seems the ABC Wednesday meme just keeps speeding along.

Here we are already at the letter  " N ".

Be sure to enlarge each photo.

The detail is so much better.





I thought I would share again some photos from my trip to Uzbekistan.

Here is some of the best bread I have ever had.

NAAN !

Fresh baked and eaten on our train ride.





Sellers were everywhere.

It seems there aren't the same sanitary rules that there are here in the U.S.




If one NEEDS  NOURISHMENT  NAAN  can always be found.





I couldn't wait to taste that delicious goodness.





More  NAAN  on our train trip back to Toshkent.

Add some NICE meat dumplings and a slightly different NAAN plus the ever present Chai Tea

and you have a meal fit for a king.

Thanks for looking and leaving a comment.

Be sure to go to the ABC Wednesday link on my sidebar to see what others have posted

for the letter  " N ".


Monday, April 04, 2016

ABC WEDNESDAY LETTER " M "


Since I am just home from 2 weeks of MISSION  Outreach in MEXICO,

What else could I post but photos from MEXICO.




My friend Jon Coyne took this gorgeous photo  of MORNING sunrise at our camp.




MORNING Constitutions with pure water.





Two of MY three Granddaughters looking bright and chipper in the very early MORNING.





What an amazing MEXICO  MOONRISE  we were able to see.

Thanks to Jon Coyne for taking this MEMORABLE photo.

My little camera only made the MOON look like a headlight in the dark!

Enlarging the pictures will allow you to see more detail.

Thanks for stopping by ABC Wednesday.


Friday, April 01, 2016

IT'S BACK TO THE ARCHIVES



Well a not so nice cold has again invaded my nose.

This is the kind of souvenier I'm not fond of having.

So it's back to the archives to add a little cheer to the weekend.




These photos were taken at the San Francisco Rose Garden a few years ago.





Don't forget to enlarge them.

I can almost smell them from here....

that is, if my nose wasn't so plugged.





The detail is so beautiful on these flowers.





Have a great weekend.


Monday, March 28, 2016

ABC WEDNESDAY LETTER " L "


It's good to be back after being gone for 2 weeks.

We are now at  LETTER  " L " for ABC Wednesday.

I'm calling this post

LIFE  LESSONS  LEARNED

Mexicali, Mexico was full of LESSONS.

I will share several with you today.




If you enlarge this photo you will see how we slept the first 5 nights of our church outreach.

LIFE LESSON:

Adjusting to other peoples snoring in such close proximity.

The big M.A.S.H. tents were not put up yet and we had so much setting up to do in our kitchen.

Team work....




Preparing Hawaiian Chicken for 1100 students and adults requires Team Work.




40 huge pans of pasta being prepared for dinner.

The LIFE LESSON of working together is the only way things can get done.





One LEARNS the LESSON of taking their allergy meds while preparing food at

Base Camp.

The alfalfa field was being harvested and bundled the second day we were there.

Enlarging the photo will show the dust and grain.

Can you say ACHOO?




My best LESSON was LEARNED from this special young man.

Isai  has Down Syndrome.  He has very LIMITED speech.

He is also very rambunctious.  He doesn't have a lot of self control.

He always greets everyone with a high five and wants to show us what his treasure of the day is.

I watched as one of my friends gave him a very tender hug and kissed his forehead.

I noticed how mellow and quiet he got with this type of attention.

When Isai came to me I decided to hug him the same way.

I wrapped my arms around him and gave a genuine hug and kiss.

His reaction just melted my heart and brought tears to my eyes.

He LEANED into me and it almost felt like he was purring.

All the tenseness went out of him and he just sighed.

Perhaps he doesn't get this attention at home...I don't know....

All I know is that after two years absence,

He remembered me and for some moments got an extra dose of LOVE.

My heart was full too.



Saturday, March 12, 2016

MY ANNUAL MEXICO OUTREACH


Well tomorrow it happens.

I'm off again for our annual church trip to Mexico.

This will make my 6th year.

I'm looking forward to feeding, along with our fabulous Kitchen Crew,

1100 very hungry high school, college and adult leaders.

I'll just post a few photos from past years to give you a taste.








Shopping for our meals when we get over the border....at CostCo.





Living in huge "MASH" type tents while down there.





Preparing breakfast and dinner for 1100 people every day.





Cracking 200  DOZEN  eggs Every Day for breakfast scrambled eggs !





Enjoying gorgeous sunrises every morning.

See you in 2 weeks, when I return.


Monday, March 07, 2016

ABC WEDNESDAY LETTER " I "



We are now at the 9th letter of the alphabet.

IT'S  the letter  " I ".

Since I have been under the weather or ILL,

I have needed to go back INTO my archives.

I hope you will enjoy these IMAGES.  





IN fact the photo of Cinderella is made up of thousands of INDIVIDUAL  IMAGES.

Make sure you enlarge the picture to see what I am talking about.





The pictures were taken in 2005, celebrating 50 years at Disneyland.








The creative genius behind the Disney product are called IMAGINEERS.

IF they can IMAGINE  IT

IT can be done.





I had to throw this picture INTO the mix too.

Jungle Book is one of my favorites.

The IMAGES are put together so well that I forget they are INDIVIDUAL photographs.

Thanks for looking and leaving a comment.



Thursday, March 03, 2016

THROWBACK THURSDAY



I was looking at some old photos and thought I would share these.

They are from November 2005.

My two sons and the younger one's kids are the stars of the show.








The kids sure grow up fast.


Tuesday, March 01, 2016

ABC WEDNESDAY LETTER " H "



What to do, what to do for the letter " H " ?




I saw this sign and thought it was perfect for the letter " H ".




Some very old sheet music had some " H " words in it,,,,

I thought..perfect!.





HEAVENLY  HORSE  HIGH in the sky.

HOPE you enjoyed my HAPHAZARD choice of the letter " H ".



Monday, February 29, 2016