Monday, April 21, 2014

ABC WEDNESDAY LETTER " N " OOPS!!! This should be letter " O "

Today we are NEARING the half way point on ABC Wednesday,

This weeks letter is " N ".

As you can see from the first photo I am back from my annual trip to Mexicali, Mexico

with  1200  OF my closest friends.

OOPS, in looking back, I realize that this should be letter " O ".

Guess I will have to combine the two letters again.


The theme words are NO and OVERCOMERS.

This is the way the trip started.  Prayer and asking for journey mercies.

The best part of the long journey by car, starting with prayer.

Actually 190 vans made the trip and 9 box trucks.

 There were many NEGATIVES along the way but we are OVERCOMERS.

Vandals had broken into OUR compound and pulled as much copper tubing and wiring
as they could from various places.

It meant NO electricity OR generators in several vital places.

The generator ON  OUR refrigerator truck was damaged to the tune of $3000.00 in repairs.

We are so thankful for the people who stepped up to get things fixed so we could OPERATE
for the 10 days we were there.

Crossing the border was quite a "NO" adventure too.

They didn't want the food trucks crossing.
It was a constant " NO "

Two days of hard NEGOTIATIONS with the Border patrol got food and lumber across.

WE cheered for every car and lumber truck that finally arrived at BaseCamp.

The word "NO" is something we would NOT accept.

At last we could serve food to the hungry campers.

We even dressed in Hawaiian garb to set a party like setting.

The long dusty road with NO  NAME.

This shows OUR camp is OUT in the middle of NOWHERE.

At last Tent City was up and the real work could begin.

OVERCOMING the NEGATIVES and NOT taking NO for an answer, that was OUR

The NEW Caretakers home being built last week right in Base Camp.

Hopefully this will NEGATE all the vandalism.

God is good and NUMEROUS lessons were learned in the past 10 days.

Monday, March 31, 2014


Welcome to ABC Wednesday.

I'm posting two LETTERS today.

The LETTERS are " L " and " M ".

It is time for my annual trip to MEXICO.

As you can see from the first photo it's a LONG trip and sometimes a boring


We have to LEAVE while it is still dark and there are only scattered LIGHTS to
entertain us.

Here is one of the reasons I go every year.

Kids and adults that are willing to LIVE without MANY of the creature comforts.

This year there will be 1,200 high school and adults going!

We all LIVE and sleep in those MASH type tents you see in this photo.


11 homes are going to be built,

kids LEARNING  about the LORD,

LOTS of fun and yes...LOTS of food to be prepared.

So, this week I have to get MY  LAUNDRY done,

The bills paid,

MEALS for MY staying behind Hubby,

So grateful he will hold down the fort while I am gone.

I definitely need a few MORE hours in MY days.

Here's MY crazy Kitchen Food Team.

LOOK'S  LIKE we are raring to go and are happy to feed the hungry MASSES.

I will give you all the statistics about feeding that MANY hungry MOUTHS when

I return from MEXICO.

Until then


Thursday, March 27, 2014


Yesterday we had a little bit of everything in the Greater Sacramento Area.

Some good heavy down pours.

Beautiful rainbows.

Sun and rain at the same time.

Thunder and lightening.

A tornado watch

And a touchdown that severely damaged a roof, blew out windows and toppled trees.

Now those of you in the Midwest probably think this is no big deal.

Here in Northern California it is really a rare thing.

It has been snowing in the Foothills and The Sierras for which we are so grateful.

We're not over the drought by any means but every little bit helps.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Monday, March 24, 2014


Welcome to ABC Wednesday.

Today's letter is " K ".

At first glance you might think this is a KOI fish.

It's a KOKANE Salmon from Lake Tahoe area.

They turn this bright red as the go up the river to spawn in Taylor Creek.

In just a few short weeks I will again be making my annual trip to Mexico with our church.

I will be a part of KEVIN'S  KOOKIN'  KITCHEN.

These are photos from our Halloween Trunk or Treat food booth.

This year we will be (K)ooking for 1,200 High School kids and adults!

More about this adventure as time gets closer.

Lastly is a photo of a KIND and KINDRED (K)anine buddy and my Hubby.

This wonderful dog had been a (K)anine  (K)ompanion  in his younger years.

After you have left a comment, KINDLY go to the link on my sidebar and see what others have posted for ABC Wednesday.

Thursday, March 20, 2014


The flowers that bloom in the Spring....Tra   Laa.....

It makes me think of a Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta....

Some of my wisteria is finally blooming and ushering in a beautiful Spring day.

Even the little tendrils of grass are sprouting on our mossy retaining wall.

Be sure to ENLARGE the photos to see the detail.

Monday, March 17, 2014


Well, here we are again at ABC Wednesday.

Today's letter is " J ".

I feel like I have been JINXED.

I can't seem to load the photos in the order I want them posted.

So it is on with the show anyway.

The first picture I entitled " JUST a memory".

For those Disneyland addicts.... The Submarine Ride is JUST a memory.

It's out of commission and will soon make way for another adventure.

Disneyland has a lot of JOKES and plays on words throughout the Park.

This display is in Carsland.

I love the brand name of the tire window treatment.

Wonder how good those tires would really be?

How about a few JUGS  of ( J )enuine Apple JUICE?

Now JUMP over to the sidebar to see what others have JOTTED down for the letter " J ".

Don't forget to enlarge all the pictures.

Friday, March 14, 2014


Hubby and I hadn't been on the Bay Bridge since the new span had opened.

A few weeks ago we finally made the trek.

There are a lot of interesting angles and curves.

It was difficult capturing them from inside the car as we were moving at 45 miles per hour.

At least there was no fog in the Bay to blur our view.

Please enlarge these photos to get the best view.

Have a great weekend !

Monday, March 10, 2014


I am posting two different projects on the same blog today.

The first IS a great subject, FUZZY BABIES.

I'M going to let you use your IMAGINATION  to see how the two Memes fit together

When you figure IT out, please let me know.

I have no IDEA.

On our trip to Africa a few years ago we spotted these baby giraffes.

IF you enlarge this shot you can see the dried umbilical cord on the one baby.

This "little" guys smile just makes me laugh.

I loved this ones curiosity.

He came right up to our window to see who these strange creatures were.

Here IS our Granddogger!

She used to be a Furry Baby Labradoodle.

Now she IS grown and she has been an IDEAL mother to her puppies.

Here IS a final photo celebrating ABC Wednesday.

The letter IS  " I ".

I thought these INTERNATIONAL flags flown at our Church for an event were the
perfect things for " I ".

Thanks to the ABC Crew for keeping this series going.

Please click on
to see what she posted for Furry Babies.

Friday, March 07, 2014


Happy Weekend!

I do believe Spring is finally arriving.

Don't forget to "Spring Ahead" Saturday night before you go to bed.

Monday, March 03, 2014


Today we are HAVING so much fun seeing what everyone is posting for the letter " H ".

HERE is an old fashioned Fire Brigade HOSE.

The canvas HOSE looks so HEAVY.


What could be more tasty?


If it was the real thing.

As I HAVE said before, ENLARGING each photo will show it off to it's best detail.

Can you see this little critter HIDING among the HEAVENLY Daisies?

HERE comes a  HELICOPTER with a rescue officer HANGING from the cord.

There is another man leaning out of the HELICOPTER  HELPING  HIM.

Last but certainly not least are two HEADS of fresh cut cabbage.

I really like the purple HUE of them.

HEARTY thanks to our ABC Wednesday Team and especially Denise Nesbitt and Roger Green.

Now HOP over to my sidebar link to see what others HAVE posted for the letter " H ".

Saturday, March 01, 2014


The glorious day before the rains came down in buckets....

San Francisco was dressed in it's finest.

I loved the sunny fog-less day


we are so thankful that rain finally fell and snow came to our mountains.

This photo was taken through the window of the Walt Disney Museum.

Enlarging it will show more detail.

Monday, February 24, 2014


Today we are at the GREAT letter " G " in our trip around the alphabet.

This was the most GLORIOUS and GORGEOUS day to be in San Francisco, CA.

Hubby and I took a long awaited trip into the GRAND city of San Francisco today.

The temperature was a warm 70 degrees.

Of course I had to show my photos of the GOLDEN  GATE Bridge.

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

I saw this couple on the GRITTY beach with their GOLDEN Retriever.

I think he was GOING to dig all the way to the other side of the world.

I had to laugh at him since all I could see was his rear end above the sand.

Sometimes I just can't GET enough of this beautiful bridge.

The water was so calm and GLASSY.

A GENTLEMAN was fishing and hoping his catch would come along soon.

Don't forGET to thank Denise, Roger and the GANG for all their work to make the ABC Wednesday a success..