Thursday, June 14, 2018


I haven't done a Throwback Thursday for a while.

Back into the archives I go....

This is kind of the way I am feeling waiting for my doctor appointment tomorrow.

Photo from 2011.

I'm trusting that I will get scheduled for gall bladder surgery and that it won't be

a gloomy answer.

So I'm going to look on the bright side !

Don't forget to enlarge the photos.

Saturday, June 09, 2018


This weekend didn't go as planned.

Petunias and Pain...

The flowers are pretty but pain is not.

Friday night after dinner I had the most excruciating pain in my gut.

I didn't think it was a heart attack but wasn't sure.

When it didn't go away and I felt pretty icky...the Hubby said we are going to ER.

The ER ran a gazillion tests on me.

The conclusion...

I had had a Gall Bladder attack and I had some hefty gall stones.

In fact the Doctor said several of them were 1 inch to an inch and a half!!

Now that's huge...

Since I am destined to have more attacks the Doctor said surgery may be in my future.

I slept well at home in my own bed last night and feel somewhat listless today.

Time will tell but I sure don't want a repeat of last night.


Monday, June 04, 2018


This has been a very busy weekend in our lives.

Our beautiful..both inside and out...granddaughter

graduated from high school.

I really don't know how these kids grow up so fast.

Here are a few photos from both the ceremony and our celebration afterward.

510 seniors from Granite Bay High School, Granite Bay, CA

graduated in the roasty toasty sunshine 10AM.

Amanda and her Mom celebrating after the ceremony.

Amanda and her "Bestie" for the past 10 years.

We call Olivia our "adopted" granddaughter.

We hosted the post grad party at our home.

Olivia's family made homemade wine yummy.

The lunch was catered by Chevy's...

The fajita bar was perfect..It fed over 80 people.

Lots of rounds and seating scattered through out the backyard.

Amanda and Olivia's friends,

Both immediate families and family friends...

Lots of laughter, conversation, and marathon eating....

So much fun....

Not great photos but a nice record shot of family trying to hunker in the shade

as the temps rose to almost 100F.

I'm so glad our yard is large enough to give everyone a place to sit and relax.

Our two granddaughters on the right and our "adopted" granddaughter on the left.

Love them all...with all my heart.

Precious Kiddos...

Thursday, May 31, 2018


Good Morning,

Here is a great "Thought For the Day" quote.

Have a great day!

Saturday, May 26, 2018


Here are several photos honoring our Veterans and those who gave their lives for us.

This beautiful statue can be found at the Presidio of San Francisco, CA.

In honor of my Hubby's Dad.

He served in the U.S. Army for 30 years.

I am grateful for each and every one of them.

Thursday, May 24, 2018


Here are a few photos from my archives.

The first one is of my Granddaughter.

Tonight is her final band concert.

How did she get to be old enough to be graduating High School?

A pretty iris from 2 years ago.

My Go-To  Happy Spot

Lake Tahoe

Sometimes I feel like I'm running around like a chicken with my head chopped off....

Thanks for diving back into my archives with me.

As always

Enlarging the photos shows more detail.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018


Hubby and I worked hard in our backyard yesterday.

We were attempting to cut a wayward root from a tree,

It has been pushing up the pavers on our patio.

We decided no cooking for dinner and headed to Mels Restaurant,

of American Graffiti fame.

We were pretty successful with the root removal,

But oh the aching muscles this morning.

This poster caught my eye and gave me a giggle.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Thursday, May 17, 2018


I found this photo from 2 years ago.

I call this my ZOMBIE FLOWERS.

Faded Mother's Day Bouquet....2016.

Enlarging this shows the detail better.

Monday, May 14, 2018


We sure wish our Granddaughter could have been with us this year

for Mother's Day.

Her job kept her out of state but because of "modern technology"

We were able to "Face-Time" with her.

I love this picture of the both of us.

I think this one of Hubby and I turned out pretty good too.

These shots from last year will have to satisfy since we didn't take any this year.

Best gift this year...

Naps in every comfy surface in the house...(:0)

Saturday, May 12, 2018


This time of year always makes me nostalgic.

I really miss my Mom and Dad.

In looking through an old family album I came across this photo of them.

I don't remember seeing it before.

The year was 1942...before I was born....


Thanks for looking.

Thursday, May 10, 2018


In looking for one thing I found something else.

Several of my pictures from about 1 or 1 1/2 years old.

I think they are rather cute..

I really don't identify them as being me...but I know they are.


See ?

Oh Boy !

Tuesday, May 08, 2018


Since my Hubby has been sick with an ugly cough and allergies

I haven't been out to shoot some photos.

I did receive a darling photo of my Granddaughter for her 9th birthday last week.

Isn't she precious?

In honor of my son the Nurse.....

I am so grateful for him and the work that all the nurses do each and every day.

And just because a bit of levity is good for the soul....

Have a great day.

Saturday, May 05, 2018


Our nephew Mike just finished prepping this beautiful park

for the summer season.

He and his family are caretakers of the Paradise, CA park.

I went back into the archives from 2013 to show some of the wonderful spots.

Doesn't this look like a place to just sit and ponder?

There are many wonderful statues placed around the trails.

Isn't this amazing?

It's an exact replica of the Pieta crafted in marble and brought here from Italy.

I didn't realize how long it's been since we were there.

Seems a road trip is in order now that the weather is better.

As always enlarging the photos will give you more detail.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018


We had a great time on Sunday Evening.

It was our Kitchen Krew (from Mexico) Reunion.

I was so busy talking that I didn't get photos taken.

Thankfully Vicky Fu did a wonderful job.

Here are 2 shots from her many.

Not everyone is in these but I wanted some memories for my end of the year book.

Love these people that are like family.

Sunday, April 29, 2018


Dave and I had a great Saturday afternoon.

We went to Beale Air Force Base for a terrific Free air show and expo.

We joined thousands seeing the sights.

This is the first time since 2009 that the Base has been open to the public for an air show.

We saw Aerobatics, Wings of Blue, Patriots Jet demos, BlackHawk,

U2 spy plane and a whole lot of planes that I don't know the names of.

Weather was perfect too.

Crazy clouds...

Precision fly teams...

They sure fly in close formation.

Enlarging these will show a lot more detail.

Here's on of the HUGE transport carriers that we got to walk through.

A single line of bench seats on either side with seat belts for the soldiers

and the center was for jeeps, tanks and all their gear..I couldn't get over how big it was,

and how uncomfortable it must be to travel that way.

Here's my Hubby coming down the gangway...very steep.

Here's the U2 spy plane going through its paces.

Paratroopers hitting the Mark exactly from an extremely high altitude.

This is the Chinook Chopper that took down Sadam Hussain.

Thanks for looking.

We had a great time.

Friday, April 27, 2018


The last 2 days have been quite scary for our quiet neighborhood.

The house behind us had a terrible fire two mornings ago.

The family got out safely.  It was about 6 AM.

This shot is difficult to see, that's because of the clouds of smoke billowing out of the roof.

The blurred image is a fireman attempting to open up the tile roof.

This is taken from our backyard looking at the house on the other side of the fence.

There were 7 engines from our surrounding cities and about 14 men working

on the house.

It never spread to any of us.

Fire OUT, chain link fence put up, power turned off and the family went to stay at a hotel.

Yesterday morning we were awakened at about the same time.

Sirens blaring, engines arriving, banging and chopping could be heard.

We jumped from bed, got dressed and saw flames shooting from the same house behind us!

You can see the glow of the fire through the trees.

This is just too close for comfort.

We walked around the block to see that the house was still burning pretty well.

What a mess....

The Fire Captain gave an interview to KCRA 3 , our local news station.

Several ladies who were out walking their dogs

said they saw a person in black clothing and a hoodie

on the other side of the chain link fence running away from the house.

Not sure if this is accurate or not,


There are some very suspicious circumstances surrounding this home

and the family that lives there.

That's all I'm going to say about it now

 I will update you as the days go on.

Dave and I are so thankful for the First Responders and all the work they did.

Things could have been so much worse for all of us.

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