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.


Wednesday, October 01, 2014

OUR DAY AT APPLE HILL



We had such a good time with our friends Don and Wanda...(see previous post).

I decided I had to show that we were there too.

This was taken at Rainbow Orchards which has "to die for" hot, freshly made apple cider donuts.

It makes me drool just thinking about them.

I wish you could taste them too.


Monday, September 29, 2014

AND NOW.....ONE YEAR LATER


And Now, after my Throwback Thursday post, you can see Don and Wanda one year later.

Our dear friends are now on their way  to see that youngest grandson.

We so enjoyed getting together again and just catching up on life.

Don, Wanda, my Hubby and I spent a wonderful afternoon in the Apple Hill, CA area.

There were hot apple cider donuts to eat, fresh pressed cider to sip and plenty of pumpkins to make it finally feel like Fall is on its way.

I miss my "Sister" already.




Thursday, September 25, 2014

THROWBACK THURSDAY



One year ago these wonderful friends visited us.

Wanda and I became friends through our blogs and finally met.

When they vacation at Lake Tahoe they always stay with us for a few days and we are really "Sisters of the Heart."

Good News

They are coming again this weekend.

I can hardly wait.

Our Hubbies are great friends too.

Their dog Molly is the sweetest little lady too.

I've said it before, but the fascinating fact about Wanda, Don, Dave and I....

We were married by the same pastor,

in different cities and a few years apart.

I think that is amazing.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

CALIFORNIA IS ON FIRE!



California seems like it's on fire.

We are experiencing a huge fire just 35 miles from our home.



The smoke is thick and at this time it is only 5% contained.

The terrain is rugged and there are many farms and ranches in that area.




You can see the heavy dark smoke in a thick layer below the white clouds.




Actually those billowy white clouds are smoke induced clouds from the flames.

We know many folks in the endangered areas and are so concerned.

The major highway #50 has been closed to traffic off and on for two days now.

The Fire crews are setting back fires to try and keep the roaring fire from jumping the highway and burning structures.

These photos were taken about 1 mile from our home.  We tried to find a high point to show the power of the fire.

Don't forget to enlarge each photo and please pray for all involved.


Monday, September 15, 2014

IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN



It's that time of year again.

The pomegranate tree is loaded and it's time to start picking.




They are so strange looking and a lot of work to get the juicy seeds out.

I do think they are worth the effort and the juice is so good and full of antioxidants .

The juice does stain so don't wear a white shirt while eating them.

As always, enlarging the photos will show more detail.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

WE WILL NEVER FORGET



Today marks 13 years since 9-11.

It was a day that changed life in the U.S.A. forever.

I took this photo in 1998 when times were a bit different.

In looking at this old photo I got chills when I saw the plane in the upper right corner.

Prophetic or not...this photo makes a statement.

We will never forget!


Monday, September 08, 2014

JUST BECAUSE MONDAY IS ALMOST OVER



Sometimes I just feel like posting something pretty.

Life gets complicated and several glimpses of God's creation seems to make things better.




Bubbling waters can soothe the soul.

Be sure to ENLARGE these photos to see the detail.

Have a great week everyone.



Thursday, September 04, 2014

THROWBACK THURSDAY



This photo was taken in June of 1948.

I was 5 years old and I guess we were celebrating our new car.

I have no clue as to the make.

Can anyone help me?

Another issue of Throwback Thursday.

Have a great weekend everyone.


Monday, September 01, 2014

THE LAST ROSE OF SUMMER



Today is the first day of September.

Can Fall be far behind?

I believe this is a Sterling Silver Rose.

I'm calling it the Last Rose of Summer.

As always enlarging the photo will show the detail better.


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.