Monday, May 23, 2016


It's hard TO believe THAT we are already at THE letter  " T "

for ABC Wednesday.

I have entitled THE first photo

TOUGH  TIRE  No Longer.

THIS blown out TIRE happened a few weeks ago.

My Hubby and I were TRAVELING on THE freeway at about 70 mph.

All of a sudden THERE was a rumbling sound and THE car begin to shake.

I am so THANKFUL my husband was driving and we made it safely

TO THE roadside.

Cars were whizzing by us but we were okay and THE  TOWING service came and changed our TIRE.

Of course THE spare TIRE THAT looks like a donut was very low on air.

We had TO get THAT  filled so we could make it TO THE shop.

TWO new TIRES and a definite dent in our wallet later....we finally made it home.

Scary but it all ended well.

Don't forget TO enlarge THE photo TO see THE ugly detail.

On TO a much prettier picture.

THESE are beautiful TULIPS my Granddaughters gave me for Mother's Day.

Aren't THE insides of THESE  TULIPS  amazing?

I finally had TO TOSS THEM into THE garbage yesterday.

THANKS for looking at my post.

Friday, May 20, 2016


Wishing all of you a restful weekend.

I saw this amazing amarillis at the iris place last week.

Isn't the salmon colored frilly iris just lovely?

Happy Weekend.

Thursday, May 19, 2016



While on the quest for my Disney pins and my old family photo albums,

I found this photo of me.

I think I was probably about 4 years old.

Sometimes cleaning out the closets is worth the treasures that come to the surface.

Have a great day.

Monday, May 16, 2016


Where does the time go?

It's time to post for ABC Wednesday  Letter  " S ".


A  SLIGHTLY  SCARY  STORM  cell that moved through our area

SEVERAL weeks ago.

My two SONS  SCOOTING along the SAND dunes of Oregon

back in the 1980's.


Thanks to our illustrious ABC Wednesday team and especially Roger and Denise.

Thursday, May 12, 2016


We missed the prime time for the beautiful Iris blooms by a few weeks,

But they were still so stunning.

I have never seen so many colors and varieties.

There are actually 500 different Iris varieties there on the property.

The centers of flowers fascinate me.

there is such a vast variety of styles and coloring.

I took so many photos that it was difficult to pick only a few to show today.

Isn't this one amazing?

It is all one blossom.

The white frilly top knot just sets of the purple throat.

Remember to enlarge them for the best effect.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016


Here we are again at ABC Wednesday.

Today's letter is " R ".

REMEMBER the old song " Home on the RANGE ?"

Oh give me a home

Where the buffalo ROAM......

This buffalo is REALLY  a bison but he lives in the Buffalo Paddock at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA.

They are RATHER big, to my way of thinking.

Be sure to enlarge these to REALLY see the detail.

And now for several RANDOM  " R " shots.

Old RAILROAD tracks and RAILROAD crossing sign at Quarry Park.


Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Sunday, May 08, 2016


Even though my Mom has been gone for 20 years,

I still miss her a lot.

I often think, oh Mom would love to see this or hear about that,

I should call her......

Can't do that.....

I'm so thankful for her Godly guidance

Kind and gentle spirit

and just plain fun to be around.

Precious memories.

Thursday, May 05, 2016


We spotted this fancy fungus enveloping a big tree root in our backyard.

It's almost the weekend.

Get out and enjoy it.

Monday, May 02, 2016


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


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


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

Happy Spring.....

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


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 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


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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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.