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.




Thursday, March 05, 2015

THROWBACK THURSDAY



This is my contribution for THROWBACK THURSDAY.

My Grandpa was a professional photographer.

He often used his kids to test his equipment.

This photograph is of my Dad and his sister.

I believe my Dad was 6 or 7 in this shot.

That would make the time about 1912.

Please enlarge the photo to see the detail.

I noticed that the name on the side of the cart says Studebaker.

Quite fancy transportation, I think.


Monday, March 02, 2015

SOME CHANGES WEATHER-WISE



At last,

We got a splash of rain.

More importantly, the mountains got snow.

The snow will definitely help the run off for our reservoirs this summer.

The drought is in no way over

But

Every little bit helps.

Enlarge this picture to see the flowering plum and the budding tree in the foreground.




The clouds were just amazing this past weekend.

They billowed and bunched their way across the sky.

I totally missed the sunset but people said it was one of the best in a very long time.

Have a great week everybody.


Friday, February 27, 2015

THANK GOODNESS FOR MY ARCHIVES



I don't think I have posted this one before.

The days just fly by too quickly and I haven't been out to take any new photos.

Do remember to enlarge the pictures.

It really shows the detail.




If you need a splash of color

Perhaps these will brighten your day.




I just love the complex design of these flowers.

God is the Master Designer.

Enjoy your weekend.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

MAYBE SPRING



Spring is trying so hard to burst onto the scene.




I thought perhaps some of you in the frigid climes could use a bit of sunshine.




I really enjoy the soft delicate blossoms of Spring.

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




Sunday, February 22, 2015

IT'S BACK TO THE ARCHIVES I GO



I haven't been out on a photo shoot for quite a while.

So it's back to the archives I go.

I really love this shot taken in 2010 on a very chilly, dampish October day.

The setting really didn't look real.

Hope everyone has a great week ahead.


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

THE REST OF THE STORY




I thought I would share with you the rest of the story.

My Daughter in Law's Dad passed away last month and we were able to have his Celebration of Life yesterday.

His Going Home is such an amazing story.

Thoralf was 94 and out on a walk with his son.

As they were walking along his son said, "Dad pick up your feet.  You're shuffling."

Thoralf said " No I'm not.".

His son said "yes you are"

Then Thoralf said, " I can't pick up my feet."

He slumped and was gone.

The amazing part comes after he was taken away.

His son looked down at the ground at the exact spot where Thoralf slumped

and saw a yellow painted line with the letter F.

The Police Officer that was there told Bernie that races were held there and that was the

Finish Line!

Thoralf had run the Good Race for 94 years and had finished well.

One step on earth and the next step in Heaven.

" I have fought the good fight.

I have finished the race.

I have kept the faith.

Now there is a crown waiting for me.  It is given to those who are right with God.

The Lord who judges fairly,

will give it to me on the day He returns.

He will not give it only to me.

He will also give it to all those who are longing for Him to return."

2 Timothy 4 : 7-8


Friday, February 13, 2015

HAPPY WEEKEND



Happy weekend friends.

My Almond tree is happy this morning too.

A soaking of rain and temperatures in the low 70's F.

Make the yard  begin to flex it's Spring muscles.




A closer look shows the fresh new "weeds" popping up after the rain.

Enlarging the photos will show all the new growth on the plum tree.

Another day or two and there will be more blossoms to enjoy.




A close up of the Almond blossoms.

I love our vivid blue sky today.

Enjoy!


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

ANOTHER THROW BACK THURSDAY



I thought I would post another Throw Back Thursday photo.

This is me at 5 years old.

I sure loved my dolls.  This one is Sparkle Plenty.

Every year for the past 8, I have printed a book of all of my blogposts for that year.

It's from a company called Blog2Print.

I have purposely posted some of my personal snapshots to keep them for my kids as a journal of my life.

It's fun to cruise down memory lane now and then.

Now if I can find more photos from my ancient history I will be so happy.

Boxes and scrapbooks seem to disappear into the depths of my closet

To never see the light of day again.

Wish me luck....


Sunday, February 08, 2015

WE HAVE RAIN !



The sky has finally opened up and we have gotten some much needed rain.

It's not enough to lessen our drought

But the plants are happy.

Enlarging the pictures will give more detail.




The sky has been fascinating

With the promise of a thunder storm or two in the mix.

The sun is trying hard to poke through the clouds.

I am so thankful for The Showers of Blessing,

As the old hymn goes.


Thursday, February 05, 2015

THROWBACK THURSDAY



It's Throwback Thursday today.

I thought I would post a small conglomeration of unrelated photos for your viewing pleasure.

This first photo is from 2005 and taken at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA.





A 2006 family photo in memory of my Daughter in Law's Dad.

He passed away 2 weeks ago.





I think this is my mantra......






Tuesday, February 03, 2015

FEBRUARY SKIES



Our  pretty February sky.

There is hope for a good soaking rain to be in our area by Friday.

It's going to be a "Pineapple Express" type rain.

Good for our lawns and plants

But

Not good for a desperately needed dense snow pack.

Don't forget to enlarge the photo to get the details.


Saturday, January 31, 2015

CELEBRATING 51 YEARS OF MARRIAGE




51 years ago today,  January 31, 1964,  Dave and I were married.

It seems like a life time ago since we had our engagement picture taken

and made plans for the wedding.




We were so young and crazy in love....

and still are today.....

Young at heart

and still in love.....




Here's to many more years together.

Love you Dave!