Friday, August 29, 2014

THROW-BACK THURSDAY on FRIDAY


Three generations sharing an adventure together.

My Husband, my Son and my Granddaughter on a Family Cruise in 2001.

We had so much fun enjoying Life together.

This is for Throwback Thursday....but.....it's Friday.

Monday, August 25, 2014

A GREAT DAY IN THE WINE COUNTRY


The GRAPES at a Amador County Winery are ready for harvesting.




The sign was the reason we didn't photograph many of the GRAPES.

I don't particularly want to be in contact with either of the afore mentioned situations.




As a result of the sign I decided to take a picture of the GRAPES in the arbor over our heads.

It seemed a lot safer.......


Our lovely friends GARY and Diane.

We so enjoy being with them.

What a GREAT day.

First to their church and then a delicious brunch.

Just adding my two cents worth to ABC Wednesday.




Thursday, August 21, 2014

THROWBACK THURSDAY



Quite a few people on Facebook do what's called "Throwback Thursday".

Since so many people are posting back to school photos of their kids

I thought I would show you an antique.

This is me getting ready to go to Kindergarten, Sept. 5, 1948.

I attended kindergarten in a converted church.

This was my favorite dress.

It was mint green and I called it my twirly dress.

Dancing and spinning around made the skirt flair out and I thought it was just plain FUN.


Monday, August 18, 2014

A TOTALLY RANDOM MONDAY



I'm sharing 3 totally random photos today.

There is no rhyme or reason to them.

Happy Monday to all of you.




Can you figure this one out?

It's sunflower stems in my Swedish cut glass vase.

I told you these would be random.




We had a spritz of rain a few weeks ago.

The droplets were bouncing off the swimming pool and cast iron pig at a friends home.

After these pictures you will probably say...please go on a photo shoot!

Don't forget to enlarge these treasures.




Friday, August 15, 2014

FAMILY FUN AND CELEBRATIONS



Last Sunday we had a wonderful time up in Auburn, CA.

We don't need an excuse to get together with family but we did celebrate a special birthday.



Nothing like sitting in the river with several generations totally enjoying each others company.



Love this area.


No worries sitting and listening to the rushing water.

Have a great weekend everyone.





Monday, August 11, 2014

FIRST FALLEN FALL FLORA



I loved the way the sun back-lit the first fallen leaf in our backyard.

Of course, enlarging this photo will give more detail.

Have a wonderful week everybody.


Friday, August 08, 2014

NOT QUITE FALL YET



My friend Wanda was talking about the first few Fall leaves drifting onto her balcony.

I am noticing a few leaves in our own back yard too.

But

The Crepe Myrtle trees are blooming and adding some color to a very hot Summer.




I'm not sure what this tree in our backyard is called.

I was going to take a few pictures of the one branch that is beginning to turn from lush green to dry brown.

I guess some sort of buggy critter thought the lush green leaves were pretty delicious too.

His design made me forget all about the "Fall" leaves.

ENLARGING will show this trail much more clearly.

Have a terrific weekend everybody.


Tuesday, August 05, 2014

THE LAST CROP



Here is our one and only crop of peaches and sugar plums.

The drought and crazy weather patterns has not been good to us this year.

I really can't wait to sink my teeth into these though.

There is nothing like fruit from your own trees....yummm!

As always enlarging the photo will give you more detail.

ABC Wednesday   D is for DOWN TO THE LAST DROUGHT FRUIT CROP.


Friday, August 01, 2014

SUNSHINY DAY


Last night we had a delightful dinner with some good friends.

I was given the most beautiful bouquet of sunflowers.



They just brighten up our room exactly the way our friendship does.

Today is truly a Sunshiny Day.

Happy Weekend!


Monday, July 28, 2014

FIRST BORN



Today is my First Born's Birthday.

I am so blessed to have wonderful men in my life.

Steve is a man of integrity, determination and creativity.

He loves his family and sets a great example.

Steve puts God first and has wisdom beyond his years.

Happy Birthday Steve!

We love you.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A ROSE FOR THE MIDWEEK



Lovely colors and the sweetest scent for your midweek viewing.

Make sure you enlarge the photo to see the detail more clearly.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

KENYA ANNIVERSARY - IT'S BEEN 5 YEARS


Today marks 5 years since we went to Namuncha, Kenya.

We truly miss the place and especially the beautiful Maasai people.

I just need to share some of the photo memories with all of you.

Many of them you perhaps saw before

but they are fun to share again.




The Maasai girls danced and sang for us as well as some of the mothers.

There is just something about their voices that gives me chills.





The first photo shows our sleeping quarters out in the Bush.

The other 2 are where we lived in The Great Rift Valley.

As you can see, not too much grows there and everyone in East Africa is experiencing a severe drought.





Living conditions are not easy.

Eunice baked over an open fire.

The chapatti (bread) was so tasty.  We had it for dinner each evening.

I really enjoyed working along-side the Maasai women as we sifted gravel for the mud cement.

The cement was going on the walls of the community building.






The first photo of this series is Mary.

She was so shy but spoke very proper English.

She reached out and touched my hair and said it was soft.

It took a lot for her to do that and it just made me love her more.

Hiking on the rocky, thistley soil was a challenge for us tender footed people.

Note the little guy walking with us...no shoes.

Hubby and myself with Maasai friends and team mates.




The Elder Solomon looking at my digital pictures.

This is my favorite photo of Solomon.

His sweet smile just warms my heart.

Someday I really hope to see him again.


Monday, July 14, 2014

SATURDAY WANDERINGS


I love living on the edge of Suburbia and Ranch /Farmland.

After a trek out to a disappointing peach farm open house,

We decided to just wander for a while.





This barn caught my eye and we fortunately had a place to stop on the side of the road,

so I could take a few photos.

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



I like the old wagon wheel and tall weeds around the place.



Couldn't capture the bees that loved the thistle.

Loved the color among the weeds.

Thanks for stopping by.

I always welcome comments and will return the favor.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

THE CREATIVITY PROJECT GLASS


I decided to put my two cents worth into The Creativity Project this month.

The theme is Glass...under, behind, through....

It should be interesting to see everyone's take on the theme.



I had to dive into my archives for a few photos.

This one is from the Ghost Town of Bodie, CA.



I felt like the memories of people long ago were lurking behind those panes of glass.



I call this one...

On the outside - looking inside - at the outside......



Love this glass sphere and all of its colors.


Now be sure to go to Pam's post to see how she has posted the theme.

http://www.pameladoughtyphotography.com/

If you go to my sidebar and click on Pam Doughty at the top of the list

the link will take you to her post.

You can also click on the link The Creativity Project on my sidebar.




Monday, July 07, 2014

ABC WEDNESDAY LETTER " Z "


ZOWIE how did we get to the end of the alphabet so quickly?

This is it... the letter " Z "


This silver saddle was won by Walt Disney in the early 1930's.

A $2.00 raffle ticket made it his.

It was too heavy to be used for practical purposes but it was used on

ZORRO'S horse, Tornado, for close ups when the series was filmed for television

in the 1950's.


Hubby and I are having a wonderful time with our boys and their families this week.

Here is my ZANY younger son.



Multiply that by 2 and you have the ZANIEST brothers around.

They sure have more ZIP and energy than I do.



Of course when you add the daughters in law and cousins into the mix it makes for a

ZIPPITY DO DAH DAY.



And so this is ZED....

The end.....

After 7 years of posting for the ABC Wednesdays series every week,

I feel in need of a break.

I will still be posting my own blog "stuff",

Just not on a consistent basis.

I'm sure I will pop back  to see all of the wonderful posts

at ABC Wednesday,

but for now

Its so long.....

I'm not going to end the sentence with a period

That's too final

just

see you later.....


Monday, June 30, 2014

ABC WEDNESDAY LETTER " Y "



Welcome to ABC Wednesday.

The letter is "Y".

It's hard to believe that we have come to the end of YET another alphabet go around.

This first photo is our YOUNGER son and his new bride 16 YEARS ago.

They are celebrating their anniversary on July 4th, the U.S.A.'s birthday.


The next 5 photos I have entitled " YOUTH".

Last Saturday our son and our YOUNGEST Grandchild ran a race called

The Dirty Dash.



And they're off......

YOU have probably guessed why it's called The Dirty Dash....


YIKES.....Mud everywhere.

Slogging in mud must be exhausting.





Does this look like something YOU would like to attempt?



And they crossed the finish line!

Mission accomplished!

I'm sure there was lots of YELLING and hooting and cheering as they

completed the 5K mud run.

Too many YEARS have come and gone for me to attempt this "Fun".

Be sure to check out what others have posted for the letter " Y ".

YOU-all come back now...YA hear?