Friday, December 07, 2018

THE HARDEST PART IS FINALLY DONE


Whew...

The hardest part is finally done.

Tree assembled, lights on and all the ornaments carefully hung.

It seems it takes me longer every year to get this done.

Hubby puts up the outside lights and gets all the boxes and tubs down for me.

Since I'm vertically challenged he also helps me reach things.

I'm always afraid I will knock the tree over reaching for that elusive branch.




I love our tree and I always get nostalgic putting on the ornaments.

So many have a special meaning to me.

I think of the wonderful people and places we have been.

Decorating the tree is always a trip down memory lane.


Thursday, December 06, 2018

Friday, November 30, 2018

AFTER THE FIRST RAIN


I went out in our yard this morning.

We had a pretty good soaking rain over the last two days.

The wind and rain pretty much stripped the trees of their gorgeous leaves.




I love the shadows and carpet of leaves still on the ground.

Make sure you enlarge the photos to see the detail.




The back yard has all of its color on the ground.

Please enlarge the photo to really see the detail.

More rain is on the way.

Not good for the victims of the fires up in Paradise, CA.

Flash Floods are occurring due to so much devastation in the fire area.

So sad and tragic.



Saturday, November 24, 2018

GOD'S MASTERPIECES


The few hours of rain have washed every thing so shiny and bright.

This morning I went out in our yard to check out the color.

Talk about beautiful.

The colors were like jewels on the trees and on the ground.




No enhancement to this shot. 

This is the way the leaves lay on the ground...sprinkled with drops of rain.




Not to be outdone....

The trees in our front yard seemed to explode in color.

I couldn't believe how many shades of green, yellow and red there were.

Nature is definitely one of God's Masterpieces.

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


Thursday, November 22, 2018

THANKSGIVING AFTER THE RAIN


To every one of my blogging friends I want to wish you a very

Happy Thanksgiving.

The rain yesterday washed our air clean.

It was both good and bad for the areas in the horrible fire zones.

It helped dampen the blaze but it also makes recovery difficult.

Continued prayers for so many lives lost and the families left behind.

Latest count is 86...My heart aches.




Hubby and I took a walk around the block about an hour ago.

This gorgeous tree just begged me to take it's picture.

The carpet of yellow leaves was so pretty.

If you enlarge this photo it seems as if the bushes are also decorated for the changing of the seasons.

Happy Thanksgiving.


Monday, November 19, 2018

BETTER DAYS AHEAD


Thank you for all your love and concern.

The fires to the north of us have been terrible.

We are grateful that as of today our family has just been able to go back to their homes.

I feel guilty, in a way, to rejoice over their safety and homes still intact,

while so many have lost everything, and so many lives lost too.  77 at this time.

900 unaccounted for....unbelievable.

The air quality is a bit better down where we are 100 miles away.

I shot these two photos last Saturday.

The air was quite heavy by our home.







Photos taken at the old Roseville, California cemetery.

You can see the way the smoke hung down to the ground everywhere.

Heartbreaking....



Thursday, November 15, 2018

SOME UPDATES


The fires continue to burn in Northern California.

So many lives have been lost, most among the retired, elderly people of

Paradise and Magalia CA.

It's a tragedy that boggles the mind.

The property loss is also unthinkable.

Our nieces and nephew and their families are safe and are staying elsewhere.





This is our nieces home that they live in on weekends and also served as the "family hotel".

So far the rest of the families' property is still intact.

As you can see the home is a total loss.







This is the air quality yesterday 120 miles from the fire.

We are standing outside the Kaiser clinic in Lincoln, CA.

The buildings in the background are barely visible.

Our eyes were stinging and we could taste the air.

As you can see the sun is just a dirty brown orb in the sky.

Most schools have been closed due to the bad air quality.

Praying for containment and rain.

We haven't had any for an extremely long time.


Monday, November 12, 2018

A VERY DIFFICULT TIME FOR OUR CLAN


Last Thursday the deadliest and most devastating fire began just 120 miles from us.

Our Nieces and Nephew and their families are directly in harms way.

As of this evening they have all evacuated and are staying safely with family and friends.

The outcome of their homes and property is unknown at this time.

It does look like perhaps 2 families have lost their homes.

One niece worked at the Feather River Hospital as a nurse.

The hospital is totally destroyed but everyone was evacuated from it.

The photos I took of the air quality 120 miles from the conflagration show how bad it was getting.

It only got worse later in the day.

One can taste the air and our clothes smelled from only a few minutes outside.







Our home at 3:30PM.  The sun was a big orange and brown ball.




The photo doesn't even show the thickness of the smoke in our backyard.




Looking down the street in our front yard.

You can see how the smoke is just hanging in the air.  It was touching the ground.

Enlarge the photos to see it better.




A friend posted this picture of the Pacifica, CA. pier.

This is the city we used to live in. 

It's the San Francisco Bay Area.  15 miles from San Francisco.

That makes it 3 1/2 hours from the "Camp Fire".

Camp Creek is the name of the area where Paradise, CA is ...was...

99.9% of that beautiful old town is GONE!!

It's so hard to believe how fast the fire roared through the area.

Continued prayers appreciated and when I learn anything I will update.



Thursday, November 08, 2018

FLOWERING MANZANITA


When most flowers are drying up  and falling to the ground,

This time of year brings some delicate bell shaped flowers to enjoy.

The Manzanita bush aka...tree...outside my dining room window is blooming.




The best thing about these blossoms is what it brings into view.

The bees love them and are back and buzzing.

The hummingbird flits and drinks for each bell.

The tiny Phoebe Birds come about 10-15 at a time,

Bounce on the branches and eat whatever it is that they eat,

And are on their way.

The Hummers and Phoebes are too darn fast to ever get a shot through

my smudgy window.

     


Monday, November 05, 2018

MY BIRTHDAY HAS COME AND GONE


Yesterday was my birthday.

It was a milestone for me.

75 years on this earth.

I am still amazed by that number.




So many friends and loved ones wished me well.

I am so thankful for life and this man that I share Life with...



Tuesday, October 30, 2018

APPLE HILL AND FAMILY CELEBRATION


Today was a very special day,

Our Granddaughter came home to visit for a few days.

It was also her birthday so we went again to Apple Hill.







So blessed to be with these two redheads today.

Lauren turned 24 and Amanda will be 19 in January.

That's us two old people in between...haha...

Enlarging the photos will show more detail.


Friday, October 26, 2018

A GOOD WORD FOR THE DAY



A good word for the day.....





Have a great weekend.


Thursday, October 18, 2018

MAYBE FALL IS COMING AFTER ALL


Today was so balmy and warm.

It was a perfect time to scout out my backyard.

Maybe Fall is going to come, after all.






A touch of red here and there.

Come on Autumn  get busy....

These photos look so much better enlarged.




Monday, October 15, 2018

ANOTHER WEEKEND ADVENTURE


The weeks seem to roll around so fast.

Hubby and I had a really nice time again this weekend.

We started out having a tasty lunch at the Rio City Cafe in Old Town Sacramento.




It was a beautiful warm day to eat by the Sacramento River.




I really like this Pony Express statue in honor of the young boys

making the dangerous journey through Sacramento carrying important papers and news.


We then made our way to Stage Nine Entertainment Store for a Disney event.


This is Bill Farmer, the wonderful voice of Goofy.

A true gentleman and so humble.

It was a delight talking with him and reminiscing about The Mouse Club and NFFC times.





This is Margaret Kerry.

She was the original live model for the creation of Tinkerbelle.

She was so happy to have conversations with her fans.




Another weekend in the books.

I love when I can do these fun things with my best friend.



Thursday, October 11, 2018

WHEN FRIENDS COME TO VISIT


Dave and I again had a busy week.

We had guests for 5 days.

Ed and Joyce have been our friends for 47 years, and the last time we

were together was 15 years ago.

You know, there are some friends that time doesn't make a difference.

We could pick up right where we left off.

It was fun to play tourist and eat far too much.



We started off by visiting the Otow Orchards and talking with the owner Tosh.

He told us all about preserving and drying persimmons.



I love their vintage truck.

Notice the beam that doesn't hold up anything....

I guess that proves it's vintage too.




We visited the town of Auburn CA and learned all about the Chinese that came to this area

to build the Transcontinental Railroad.




This humongous statue was built in their honor.

You can get a feel for how large this is by noticing ED standing by it.




Just look at the size of his hand!




Of course we then had to go to Rainbow Orchards, Apple Hill, CA.

We all enjoyed the freshly made while we waited...

Hot Apple Cider Sugar Donuts....

Yummm...True diet destroyers!



 There were plenty of pumpkins...

All shapes and sizes....

Loved them all

Warts and All...




The sun was so bright and warm.

We had to take our record shot there.

The whole time was wonderful.

Friends Forever.



Tuesday, October 02, 2018

THE LAST ROSE OF SUMMER


On my way to the mailbox yesterday,

I stopped by my neighbor's rose bush.

This truly was the very last rose of summer.




It kind of makes me sad

but Fall is trying so hard to show her colors.

Hopefully I will have a few colorful tree photos to post soon.






Monday, October 01, 2018

ANOTHER BUSY WEEKEND


This weekend was again filled with Serving and celebrating.

Hubby and I prepped and served dinner at Celebrate Recovery.

It's always a pleasure to help and see friends again.

This Sunday was our dear friends 78th birthday.

Lynne and I have known each other for 57 years.

That's quite a long time friendship.

I'm so glad we could be together with some family and those that are like family.

I know it's not the greatest photo but it's the memory that's the best.





Nothing like a birthday BBQ with yummy Tri Tip out on a friends patio.


Monday, September 24, 2018

ANOTHER BUSY WEEKEND


My Hubby and I were so happy to serve at a wonderful local event this weekend.

It was called "A Day With a Deputy".

All local First Responders and law Enforcement were honored.

There were amazing hands on demos and a chance to talk to those that put

Themselves in Harms Way every day.




We offered to the First Responders a free lunch as our thank you.

Nothing like fresh salad, baked beans and yummy Tri Tip, piping hot!

Attendees could buy their lunch for $5.00 (a great deal).  That money went to the

Placer County Law Enforcement Assoc. for their programs.




The Jaws of Life demo was very impressive.




A very valuable service.




The Sheriff's K9 Team is so amazing.

I would never want to be on the receiving end of these highly trained dogs.




Beautiful horses involved in the Mounted Patrol.




The Sheriff's  Chopper demo is always a favorite.




The ending demo of the day was so exciting.

The Sheriff repelled down in his harness to the ground.

This was to be a demonstration of rescuing someone in a medical emergency.

The Sheriff's girlfriend was to be the "victim".

The Sheriff got out of his harness, got down on one knee...

Pretended to fiddle for something in his medical bag and

Proposed to his girlfriend...

The whole crowd erupted in applause and bells and whistles.

She said YES!!

So Cool.

The local news posted it on FB. 

If I can figure out how to post it here I will show the cute picture...

Which I missed recording.

I was serving food at the time.

It was an awesome day.



Friday, September 21, 2018

IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK LIKE FALL


Even though the temperature is nearing 90F. today

Some of the trees in our yard are saying,

"Come on Fall...get busy"




Happy Weekend !

Make sure to enlarge this to get the full effect.





Wednesday, September 19, 2018

SUTTER'S FORT LIVING HISTORY EVENT


Last Saturday hubby and I went to Sutter's Fort, Sacramento, CA.

The event was a fundraiser for childrens' educational field trips.

The field trips provide an opportunity to experience California history in a hands on way.

We had a flapjack breakfast.  The flapjacks were made from an 1800's recipe.

Quite tasty...sorry no photos...I ATE THEM all up!!




Here is the Crusty Blacksmith we ate our breakfast with.





Here is "Biscuit"... the blacksmith ... and his very knowledgeable apprentice, Evan.




This docent was full of information about the grist mill at the Fort.

All in all it was a fun morning and money well spent.


Monday, September 17, 2018

WEEKEND SUNSET


We had an amazing sunset over the weekend.

I was thrilled I was able to capture it from the middle of our street.




I love the variations of color as the sun began to set.




A true Blaze of Glory.

God is the Master Artist.

As always, enlarging the photos will show the post better.