Saturday, January 31, 2015

CELEBRATING 51 YEARS OF MARRIAGE




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

ALMOST TIME




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

A TRIBUTE



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

KOREAN PEARS INTO KUCHEN



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

NEIGHBORLY FRUIT



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

THROW BACK THURSDAY



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

GETTING ANTSY



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

MORNING SKIES



Welcome to the weekend.

Beautiful morning skies are the announcement of a terrific weekend.

Enjoy!


Saturday, January 03, 2015

EMBRACE




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

HAPPY BIRTHDAY and a HAPPY NEW YEAR



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

and

Wishing all of You a Healthy and Happy New Year !


Monday, December 29, 2014

A PLEASANT SURPRISE



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

LEFTOVERS



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

MERRY CHRISTMAS



Wishing all my wonderful blog friends a very Merry Christmas.


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.