Saturday, January 19, 2019

AND LIFE MOVES ON


Thanks everyone for your concern about our oven.

I'm so happy it is fixed and my heart is full.

It's full because of the kindness of friends.

Now life moves on and I need some sunshine in this gray, dampish day.

This quote came up on FaceBook.  I like it and thought I should pass it on.




I think these are good words for my efforts for 2019.

Have a great weekend everybody.



Sunday, January 13, 2019

THIS WEEKEND'S EXCITMENT


Our son and family were coming over for dinner this weekend.

I was baking a pie and then was going to bake some enchiladas.

That didn't happen.

Half way through the pie "time" I noticed some flashes coming from my oven.

Yup, it was arcing and totally disintegrating the baking element.




I am so glad I was in the kitchen so I could turn off the oven before it caught something on fire.

We feel so blessed that so many people offered to help and get this repaired.

Our friend Roland ordered a part and will put it in for us.

Hopefully it's a simple fix and we don't have to replace our wall oven at this time.

All I can say is there is nothing like friendship that steps up in a time of need.



Thursday, January 10, 2019

THROWBACK THURSDAY


Since I haven't shot any photos for a while

I thought I would do a "Throwback Thursday" post.

These photos are from 2006 and my trip to Uzbekistan.




It really is a wild and sometimes bitterly cold place to live.







A very colorful and amazing culture.

I'm glad I went and was able to see everything for my self.



Monday, January 07, 2019

FIRST MAJOR RAIN STORM OF THE YEAR


The wind and rain yesterday went totally crazy.

The gusts of wind rattled the house and we had to start the pump in the back yard.

I was afraid to look out at the damage this morning.

There really wasn't any!

The entire neighborhood just looked scrubbed clean.




Here's the extent of our "damage".

One ugly branch that really needed to come down anyway.

The wind did a number on the camilla petals though.

More rain on the way for this weekend.

The mountains got over 3 feet of snow.

Hopefully there will be more of that too to eliminate the threat of drought.



Saturday, January 05, 2019

HAPPY BIRTHDAY


Yesterday was my wonderful Granddaughter's birthday.

She turned 19.

It's hard to believe it's been that many years since I saw her being born.

I love this delightful girl with everything that's in me.

She's beautiful both inside and out.

Next week she, her Dad and his business partner are going to Kolkata, India.

She will be the lead teacher teaching junior high students photography.

What an exciting adventure for all of them.




My son, her Dad took this amazing photo a few days ago.

https://focusofachild.org

More photos of their trip to follow.

One Proud Grandma....




Thursday, January 03, 2019

THROWBACK THURSDAY


I thought I would go back into my archives for a little...

THROWBACK THURSDAY

The photos are from 2010 and a visit to Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA.




Doggie Diner mascots.




Just because I could...




Statue from the World's Fair....  1930's.....




I hadn't realized how long ago these photos were taken.

Don't forget to enlarge them.



Tuesday, January 01, 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR....HAPPY BIRTHDAY


Today is the start of a new year...

It's also my Honey's birthday.

Happy birthday to my best friend

My fun loving, creative, stedfast, husband, father, and Grandpa.




Happy 77 !!!

Love you to the moon and back.

Let's make this the best year ever.


Monday, December 31, 2018

LAST POST OF 2018


As the year 2018 draws to a close

I ponder all that has gone on...both the good and not so good.

All in all there is so much to be grateful for.

I will put my focus there and say....

Happy New Year....

The sky last night was so beautiful.




I am go thankful to have this crisp, chilly lovely view from my backyard.




No leaves on the tree allowed me to see the bird nest up at the tippy top.

May the coming year bring beautiful scenery and much to be thankful for.

Thanks for stopping by...

Until next year

Best Wishes from photowannabe  (Sue)



Sunday, December 30, 2018

BACK AMONG THE LIVING


Cold and Flu...Bah Humbug...

We have felt lousy for the last few days...

Not the best way to welcome in the new year.

So thankful Dave and I feel close to normal today.

I'm not sure what normal is  but we are "close".







We may have felt under the weather

But our camilla bushes were showing off their colors.

I love the pink carpet from the falling petals.

Today the carpet is gone..

The lawn guys came and the leaf blowers made them all disappear.


Friday, December 28, 2018

CHRISTMAS AT OUR HOME


We almost didn't have any photos of Christmas morning at our house.

It felt like we had already had the celebration a week or so earlier.

It still was a fun day minus some Grands and one son and his family.

I managed to snap a few of us opening the goodies in our stockings.




Granddaughter Amanda and her treasures.




Son Steve




Fun and anticipation for gifts.

And that was the extent of my picture taking!

I really can't believe that's all!




I have to include my younger son's family photo.

We missed them but are so grateful for Facebook and face-time.

Hopefully we will all be able to be together in the coming year.


Saturday, December 22, 2018

NATURE'S CHRISTMAS DECORATION


After the evenings rain

I was amazed to see Nature's latest Christmas decoration.




So lovely.


Friday, December 21, 2018

A REUNION AFTER 57 YEARS


A friend from high school and I finally had a face to face reunion.

It's been 57 years since we have seen each other.

Thanks to FaceBook we were able to make a connection.




Jim, my hubby and myself enjoyed lunch and visiting for a few hours.

It's never too late to renew old friendships.


Monday, December 17, 2018

AND THE PARTIES KEEP COMING


I do love this time of year with all the parties and celebrations.

My diet doesn't but I sure do!!

Saturday we went to our Family Christmas celebration.

39 attended from 85 years of age ...down to 4 years old.

Such a fun time with all the Scandinavian traditions and some wonderful food.




There was a lot of laughter during our White Elephant Gift Exchange.

There is nothing like family being together.




Chatting and catching up on Life.

Special friends and family.





Of course Santa had to make his appearance.

Santa is for the young and Definitely for the Young at Heart.

Gunhild is 85 years young and still going strong.




Celebrating Christmas on Sunday because our oldest Granddaughter was able to be home

from Las Vegas. 

Our other granddaughter has her best friend visiting.

I consider her one of my granddaughters too.





Don't you just love it?

My granddaughter Lauren on the left.

My "adopted" grand, Olivia, in the middle.

My other granddaughter, Amanda on the right.

My heart is full.







Friday, December 07, 2018

THE HARDEST PART IS FINALLY DONE


Whew...

The hardest part is finally done.

Tree assembled, lights on and all the ornaments carefully hung.

It seems it takes me longer every year to get this done.

Hubby puts up the outside lights and gets all the boxes and tubs down for me.

Since I'm vertically challenged he also helps me reach things.

I'm always afraid I will knock the tree over reaching for that elusive branch.




I love our tree and I always get nostalgic putting on the ornaments.

So many have a special meaning to me.

I think of the wonderful people and places we have been.

Decorating the tree is always a trip down memory lane.


Thursday, December 06, 2018

Friday, November 30, 2018

AFTER THE FIRST RAIN


I went out in our yard this morning.

We had a pretty good soaking rain over the last two days.

The wind and rain pretty much stripped the trees of their gorgeous leaves.




I love the shadows and carpet of leaves still on the ground.

Make sure you enlarge the photos to see the detail.




The back yard has all of its color on the ground.

Please enlarge the photo to really see the detail.

More rain is on the way.

Not good for the victims of the fires up in Paradise, CA.

Flash Floods are occurring due to so much devastation in the fire area.

So sad and tragic.



Saturday, November 24, 2018

GOD'S MASTERPIECES


The few hours of rain have washed every thing so shiny and bright.

This morning I went out in our yard to check out the color.

Talk about beautiful.

The colors were like jewels on the trees and on the ground.




No enhancement to this shot. 

This is the way the leaves lay on the ground...sprinkled with drops of rain.




Not to be outdone....

The trees in our front yard seemed to explode in color.

I couldn't believe how many shades of green, yellow and red there were.

Nature is definitely one of God's Masterpieces.

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


Thursday, November 22, 2018

THANKSGIVING AFTER THE RAIN


To every one of my blogging friends I want to wish you a very

Happy Thanksgiving.

The rain yesterday washed our air clean.

It was both good and bad for the areas in the horrible fire zones.

It helped dampen the blaze but it also makes recovery difficult.

Continued prayers for so many lives lost and the families left behind.

Latest count is 86...My heart aches.




Hubby and I took a walk around the block about an hour ago.

This gorgeous tree just begged me to take it's picture.

The carpet of yellow leaves was so pretty.

If you enlarge this photo it seems as if the bushes are also decorated for the changing of the seasons.

Happy Thanksgiving.


Monday, November 19, 2018

BETTER DAYS AHEAD


Thank you for all your love and concern.

The fires to the north of us have been terrible.

We are grateful that as of today our family has just been able to go back to their homes.

I feel guilty, in a way, to rejoice over their safety and homes still intact,

while so many have lost everything, and so many lives lost too.  77 at this time.

900 unaccounted for....unbelievable.

The air quality is a bit better down where we are 100 miles away.

I shot these two photos last Saturday.

The air was quite heavy by our home.







Photos taken at the old Roseville, California cemetery.

You can see the way the smoke hung down to the ground everywhere.

Heartbreaking....



Thursday, November 15, 2018

SOME UPDATES


The fires continue to burn in Northern California.

So many lives have been lost, most among the retired, elderly people of

Paradise and Magalia CA.

It's a tragedy that boggles the mind.

The property loss is also unthinkable.

Our nieces and nephew and their families are safe and are staying elsewhere.





This is our nieces home that they live in on weekends and also served as the "family hotel".

So far the rest of the families' property is still intact.

As you can see the home is a total loss.







This is the air quality yesterday 120 miles from the fire.

We are standing outside the Kaiser clinic in Lincoln, CA.

The buildings in the background are barely visible.

Our eyes were stinging and we could taste the air.

As you can see the sun is just a dirty brown orb in the sky.

Most schools have been closed due to the bad air quality.

Praying for containment and rain.

We haven't had any for an extremely long time.


Monday, November 12, 2018

A VERY DIFFICULT TIME FOR OUR CLAN


Last Thursday the deadliest and most devastating fire began just 120 miles from us.

Our Nieces and Nephew and their families are directly in harms way.

As of this evening they have all evacuated and are staying safely with family and friends.

The outcome of their homes and property is unknown at this time.

It does look like perhaps 2 families have lost their homes.

One niece worked at the Feather River Hospital as a nurse.

The hospital is totally destroyed but everyone was evacuated from it.

The photos I took of the air quality 120 miles from the conflagration show how bad it was getting.

It only got worse later in the day.

One can taste the air and our clothes smelled from only a few minutes outside.







Our home at 3:30PM.  The sun was a big orange and brown ball.




The photo doesn't even show the thickness of the smoke in our backyard.




Looking down the street in our front yard.

You can see how the smoke is just hanging in the air.  It was touching the ground.

Enlarge the photos to see it better.




A friend posted this picture of the Pacifica, CA. pier.

This is the city we used to live in. 

It's the San Francisco Bay Area.  15 miles from San Francisco.

That makes it 3 1/2 hours from the "Camp Fire".

Camp Creek is the name of the area where Paradise, CA is ...was...

99.9% of that beautiful old town is GONE!!

It's so hard to believe how fast the fire roared through the area.

Continued prayers appreciated and when I learn anything I will update.



Thursday, November 08, 2018

FLOWERING MANZANITA


When most flowers are drying up  and falling to the ground,

This time of year brings some delicate bell shaped flowers to enjoy.

The Manzanita bush aka...tree...outside my dining room window is blooming.




The best thing about these blossoms is what it brings into view.

The bees love them and are back and buzzing.

The hummingbird flits and drinks for each bell.

The tiny Phoebe Birds come about 10-15 at a time,

Bounce on the branches and eat whatever it is that they eat,

And are on their way.

The Hummers and Phoebes are too darn fast to ever get a shot through

my smudgy window.

     


Monday, November 05, 2018

MY BIRTHDAY HAS COME AND GONE


Yesterday was my birthday.

It was a milestone for me.

75 years on this earth.

I am still amazed by that number.




So many friends and loved ones wished me well.

I am so thankful for life and this man that I share Life with...



Tuesday, October 30, 2018

APPLE HILL AND FAMILY CELEBRATION


Today was a very special day,

Our Granddaughter came home to visit for a few days.

It was also her birthday so we went again to Apple Hill.







So blessed to be with these two redheads today.

Lauren turned 24 and Amanda will be 19 in January.

That's us two old people in between...haha...

Enlarging the photos will show more detail.


Friday, October 26, 2018

A GOOD WORD FOR THE DAY



A good word for the day.....





Have a great weekend.


Thursday, October 18, 2018

MAYBE FALL IS COMING AFTER ALL


Today was so balmy and warm.

It was a perfect time to scout out my backyard.

Maybe Fall is going to come, after all.






A touch of red here and there.

Come on Autumn  get busy....

These photos look so much better enlarged.