Tuesday, December 16, 2014

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES



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

REMNANTS OF A RAINY DAY





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



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

MAYBE THE LAST OF DISNEYLAND PHOTOS ?



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 .




Wednesday, December 03, 2014

A FEW MORE PHOTOS OF OUR FINAL DAY AT DISNEYLAND



Dave and I visited Disney's California Adventure between the steady raindrops.

I love the huge Mickey ornaments.

I managed to get us in the reflection.




We look like we are scared to death!

Not at all...candid shots just aren't very flattering.

We got one of the first cars when the ride opened...the rain stopped for a while.

This is such an awesome ride.

It's called the Radiator Springs Racers.

Amazing speed and the track is really steeply banked.



We ate dinner at the Plaza Inn.

Yummy chicken dinner for me and pot roast for Dave.

The cashier saw our anniversary pins and wished us a Happy 50th Anniversary.

We went to our table and began to eat.

She came to our table and gave me this beautiful real rose

and........

This "Death by Chocolate"

gooey, so delicious piece of cake to share.

Being married for so many years does have it's perks.


Tuesday, December 02, 2014

THE CELEBRATION CONTINUES



Dave and I continue to celebrate our 50th anniversary.

What better way than to go back to the magical place where we spent our honeymoon?




Fortunately the rain held off yesterday and we enjoyed the Christmas lights
and fireworks show.



This morning....

Rain.....

I know we should be glad for the rain....

but

I wish it came a few days from now.

Tomorrow another gully washer is forecast,

I guess we will have to get our water wings out and swim....




The castle isn't quite as pretty in the rain.




The roses were so beautiful, especially when kissed by the rain drops.

Don't forget to enlarge the photos.




We went into The Mad Hatter store and tried on the "Mickey and Minnie"
bride and groom hats.

The supervisor was nice enough to take our picture.

We were soggy from the rain but it was a fun day with little crowds.





Friday, November 28, 2014

GOLDEN SHOWERS



The weatherman says "Showers today".

Though they will be more than welcome

There's nothing like the Golden Showers of our tree.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.




Monday, November 24, 2014

UGLY BUT BEAUTIFUL



I have to say that this plant is really ugly.

But

The beautiful thing about it is the buds appearing all over my Christmas Cactus.

This is the first time in 2 years that I have had buds and hopefully

Flowers......

Of course, as always, enlarging the picture will show more detail.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

A FOGGY NOT SO VERY FALL DAY



Today is a Misty,

Foggy

Chilly

Attempting to be a pretty Fall day.

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




Here is my tree in the front yard.

It's trying so hard to show its colors.

I wonder if it is ever going to happen.

Have a great Thursday, everyone.








Saturday, November 08, 2014

LIFE - DON'T TAKE IT FOR " GRANITE "



I am posting a few more photos of Life at Lake Tahoe.

We love this place so much...

Even when the Lake is low and the Granite boulders are really exposed,




Here is a shot of my sweet Hubby by the huge hunk of Granite.

You can see the water marks from previous years.

That's a lot of water completely gone.



Pretty rocky terrain but my gimpy knee did really well.

I was so happy to be able to hike around and see the beautiful scenery.



Isn't that an amazing jumble of rocks?



Most of these boulders are suppose to be covered by the Lake water.

Of course, as always, please enlarge the photos to see them at their best.


Thursday, November 06, 2014

MY BIRTHDAY TRIP TO LAKE TAHOE



My Hubby and I spent the last few days at one of my favorite places,

Lake Tahoe.

The following photos will actually be a series of  " NO " entries.

California is in its 3rd year of drought.

That's not good news for the lakes, rivers and  fish.

This area is usually teaming with spawning Salmon and a virtual buffet for the bear.

NO water.....

NO bear

NO fish....


These were the only living fish we saw along Taylor Creek.

I'm afraid there is no place for them to migrate to.

The water is too low, stagnant and you can see all the dead fish on the lower right of the photo.


NO color either.

The Aspen didn't put on a show this year.

They went from green to brown and falling to the ground.



Zephyr Cove is full of huge Granite boulders.

NO boats can come to shore.

Lots of muck instead of crystal clear Lake Tahoe.



Here's the South Shore of Lake Tahoe.

I have never seen it this low.

You can see where the dock would usually be way out in the water


.

I love the Lake and the view of the mountains.

It makes me so sad to see it this way.

Be sure to enlarge these photos to see the detail.

Praying for snow and rain to fill up this Lake again.




Saturday, November 01, 2014

THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS



Color has dressed the trees and some rain has finally fallen.

This shot was taken through one of the cut glass pieces in our front door.

It made the trees multi - faceted.

I rather like the effect of the rain dampened street and the trees reflection.

To see the Before post please go back several entries.

Happy weekend everyone.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

THROWBACK THURSDAY



Here we are again at THROWBACK THURSDAY.

Talk about the typical 70's family.....

I found this photo in my Mother in Laws things.

It had been packed away for quite a while.

It is faded and not quite in focus but it shows my giggly younger son and the older one laughing at his brother's antics.

Mustaches and longer hair were all the rage.

I do love that shirt Hubby is wearing.

Interesting times.



Friday, October 24, 2014

THROWBACK THURSDAY on FRIDAY....AGAIN



This weekend marks a very special day.

Twenty years ago this precious bundle of joy was born to my son and daughter in law.

How can it be 20 years already?

She is the first of our 4 Grandkids, which makes us about the luckiest Grandparents around.

Love you sweet Girl...to the moon and back.

Happy Birthday!!

Now ... don't you just love those glasses I'm wearing?

I was so right in style back in the 90's.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

STILL LOOKING



I'm still looking for some Fall color.

There are a few hints of red and gold here and there.

Usually the view from our front door captures the tree across the street in all of it's red splendor.

I guess I will have to wait patiently for God to get out His paint brush.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

THROWBACK THURSDAY



Since this is Throwback Thursday I thought I would wish our son a early Happy Birthday.

I like this photo because it shows our younger son's character.

He is a Loving Father, Caring Husband and a Terrific Son.

The picture was taken almost 12 years ago, when our youngest grandchild was just born.

Happy Birthday this weekend, Mark.

We love you bunches.



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

RANDOMNESS....



Randomness!

I'm just playing around a bit today.

Have some candy...



Kisses are nice....chocolate or otherwise....




Actually I really like chocolate and crunchy, tart apples together.

Now my mouth is watering.


Friday, October 10, 2014

A LITTLE MORE FALL





Fall skies are the best.

We just wish it would rain and end the drought and terrible fires all over our state.




Our poor pomogranates are unhappy with the lack of rain too.

They are so small this year,  still juicy but oh so small.




The leaves are trying their hardest to turn.

Most are just going from green to brown and dropping.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Enjoy.


Tuesday, October 07, 2014

FALL IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER



Ever hear of  Bobbing For Pumpkins ??

That's what this vat of pumpkins made me think about.

No bobbing....just cleaning them before they were set out for sale.

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




They had their bath and now are all nice and shiny.

I love the various types of squash thrown into the mix.

Some clever Jack-O- Lanterns could be made from them.




I really like the assortment of colors and designs on each squash.



The stems of these squash were black and so different from the pumpkins.

I could see them in a beautiful Fall display.

They were a bit pricey but I may go back and pick up a few...just because.....

Have a great rest of the week everyone.