Monday, March 02, 2015


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


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


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


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


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


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 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.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015


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


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


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


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


Not good for a desperately needed dense snow pack.

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

Saturday, January 31, 2015


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!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


It's almost time to celebrate our  51st  Wedding Anniversary.

I think we will try to include Lake Tahoe in the festivities.

Walking in these beautiful woods is always a wonderful thing to do.

I do wish there would be snow but our drought isn't cooperating with the snow pack at all.

Fifty One Years....

I can't quite comprehend that!

Why it's a whole lifetime ago.

I'll share more when the anniversary is actually here.

As always enlarging the photo will show the detail better.

Friday, January 23, 2015


The world lost and Heaven gained a wonderful man today.

This is my Daughter in Law's Dad.

He is seen here at 90 years old and always ready to tell a story to everyone.

I really love this photo of him enjoying our backyard.

He lived a long and vibrant life and celebrated his 94th birthday just last month.

He was a kind and gentle man that loved the Lord with all his heart.

They don't make men like him any more and he will be sorely missed.

Thursday, January 22, 2015


So now I have Korean Pear German cake called Kuchen.

This is hot cake right from the oven.

I hope it's as good tasting as it smells.

The cake is a very moist, slightly dense coffee cake type desert with my pears sprinkled with Butter Rum sugar crystals and a cinnamon and fine sugar dusting on top.

I like to top it off with a dollop of Cool Whip or vanilla ice cream.

If you enlarge the photo maybe you can sneak a taste too.

My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

I know we will enjoy it with our friends tonight.

Monday, January 19, 2015


Several weeks ago I posted about my sweet neighbor giving me Korean pears.

Surprisingly they had little flavor but were so juicy.

To me they seem to have the texture of an apple or a hard pear.

I think I will use one in a kuchen with lots of sugar and cinnamon.

That should jazz it up nicely.

As you can see there is very little core or seeds to cut out.

The skin is a bit rough so they are better peeled.

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

Thursday, January 15, 2015


The year is 1934 or 1935.

This is my handsome Dad.

He was the owner of a Standard Gas Station in Wyzetta, Minnesota.

I think he looks pretty spiffy in his uniform.

One sure doesn't see that at gas stations any more.

He's been gone a long time and I was thinking about him a lot today.

When I looked at this photo again I was really shocked to see my facial

profile from my younger years.

Some of you may not recognize that strange thing on the wall.....

Times have changed and so has the phone system.

Thanks for going back in time with me.

Monday, January 12, 2015


When the Tule fog settles into the Central Valley of California

and it's rather gray and blah,

I start to wish we were again up in the Lake Tahoe area.

There is just something about the amazing blue skies

and the mountain air that  boosts my very being.

Getting Antsy to be there!

Happy Monday to all of you.

Don't forget to enlarge the shots.  The detail is really enhanced.

Friday, January 09, 2015


Welcome to the weekend.

Beautiful morning skies are the announcement of a terrific weekend.


Saturday, January 03, 2015


My friend Wanda talked about embracing the challenges that are presented each day.

Sometimes I would rather "go with the flow".

Embracing involves action and a concerted effort on my part.

I have decided to make the word Embrace my word for the year.

Whether it's Plan A....B....or....C.....

I want to be open the the prompts of the Lord and embrace His leading whole heartedly.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014


My Honey always has the world celebrate his birthday.

Being born on January 1st.... does have its hoopla.

Wishing my wonderful Hubby the best birthday ever


Wishing all of You a Healthy and Happy New Year !

Monday, December 29, 2014


We have been out of town for several days on family business.

When we arrived home the door bell rang.

Standing there was our lovely next door neighbor.

She handed us this gift and wished us a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

I have never seen such humongus Korean Pears before.

If you enlarge the photo you can see that the label says 3 pounds!

I have had Asian Pears before but never Korean, (which is our neighbor's nationality.)

I wonder if they taste the same?

This is such a generous gift from such a wonderful neighbor.

To Be Continued.....

Saturday, December 27, 2014


After the hustle and bustle of Christmas
It's time to enjoy some of my favorite things.

This is the nativity set I brought back from Kenya.
I love the handmade figures and the animals included in it.

Be sure to enlarge it to see the detail.
Please ignore my arm in the shot..(:0)

These are precious pinecone Christmas trees.

My Mother in Law made them at least 60 years ago.

They are a very special Christmas memory to me.

The gifts are all put away and the wrappings are packed away but the memories linger.

I love the lights and all the special ornaments that tell little vignettes of our lives.

Wishing you the warmth and blessings of Christmas all through the coming year.

Monday, December 22, 2014


Wishing all my wonderful blog friends a very Merry Christmas.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


The last time my Christmas Cactus bloomed I had one blossom.

This year there are over 30 beautiful flowers.

I have never had it do its thing like this before.

I guess I finally found the right spot for it.

Saturday, December 13, 2014


The rain came down in buckets a few days ago.

As you can see, the last of Fall fell in the yard.

I really like this trio of Autumn colors.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Throw Back Thursday.

My Mom, Dad and myself at the San Francisco Zoo.

February 1946.  I am 2 1/2 years old.

I love this picture because it shows the dapper clothing from that era.

I really think my Dad is handsome in his 3 piece suit and hat.

Those leggings I'm wearing are pretty cute too.

Love the faux fur coat my Mom has too.

Doesn't everyone dress like us to go to the zoo?

Friday, December 05, 2014


I guess you will see that this post is really random.

This was my view while eating a wonderful BBQ dinner at Thunder Ranch.

Can you say Ewwww ?

While in California Adventure I was struck by the title of this sign.

Our Church's name is Bayside.

Quite a selection of brews.

Enlarging this shot  will give more detail.

I wonder what you would say as a caption for this picture?

It really poured while we were in Disneyland.

I loved the patterns on the water and the droplets on the roses.

Here's a nice close-up of the rose that the cashier gave us for being married for 50 years.

Have a terrific weekend .