Wednesday, February 13, 2019

THROWBACK THURSDAY ( or Wednesday as the case may be)

Feeling a bit blue and mopey today.

I felt it was a good time to go back into my archives

And do a Throwback Thursday, even though it's only Wednesday!!

This photo is me at about age 5.

Technically it's not a good reproduction

But I love it and the way my Daddy posed me for the photo.

I loved that doll too.

My Sparkle Plenty dolly.

I was into dolls and had them all named.

I really can't get over how much I look like my Dad.

Have a great day...

Tuesday, February 12, 2019


As I look out of the window

What do I see?

Nothing but a gray and colorless sky.

So I jump back into my archives

And find a bit of sunshine

To brighten my day....

Sometimes there is a splash of color

Even in Winter....

Friday, February 08, 2019


This weekend promises more rain in the Sacramento Valley,

And a lot more snow in our mountains.

I think we will have a good snow pack this year.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Don't forget to enlarge this one.

Tuesday, February 05, 2019


Before my Poinsettia goes out to the green waste I thought I would take a few photos.

Since I have a brown thumb

This is the pretty flower's last hurrah...

Have a great day.

Sunday, February 03, 2019


My son, granddaughter and his business partner are now on the long trek home from Kolkata, India.

Here are a few photos of the final day with these wonderful kids.

The day always begins with scalding hot chai in a cup without a handle.

Steve and Amanda are having an award medal pinning ceremony for each student.

They were able to talk about their best photograph .

The kids learned so much.

The kids seem to be enjoying the fruit of their efforts.

Such amazing backdrops for photographs.

Color everywhere.

I really think I would have worn out my camera.

My sweet granddaughter will be sorely missed by these girls.

Such a positive influence.

Thursday, January 31, 2019


Today is Dave and my 55th wedding anniversary!

How can that be?

That's more than an half a century....

We've gone through ups and downs....

The good times and sometimes not so good,

But I wouldn't want to go through them with anybody else.

It does make me sad to know that 2 of my bridesmaids and 2 of dave's groomsmen

have gone to be with the Lord.

We aren't getting any younger.

Fun times...messy times....

My oh my,

Lots of years,

Lots of pounds,

Lots of wrinkles,

What a difference 55 years makes.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019


Here are some more photos taken by my son and granddaughter.

It was a no school day in Howrah, India.

The Focus of a Child India 2019 team went on a walking tour of the Flower Market

and points of interest along the way.

On the way to the market.

People bathing in a tributary of the Ganges River.

Amazingly in all of the crowded conditions there still are places of calm and quiet.

Then again

All is not peace, quiet and clean air....

My poor Granddaughter....

Please enlarge this one.

People sleep when and where they can.

I find this fascinating.

What ever works and it probably gets through the streets a lot faster than a car or truck. thank you...

Not my kind of sidewalk cafe....

The local "laundry".

How about another tasty treat?

So much color and different style of dress.

Glad to see my Granddaughter had her hair tied up.

Not quite such an advertisement.

Of course, the color of her skin is pretty obvious.

I'm so glad I can show you these photos that my son took.


Sunday, January 27, 2019


Focus of a Child India 2019

Here are more photos my son took as they come to the close of their first week

in Kolkata, India.

I am so proud of my beautiful Granddaughter.

She is beautiful both inside and out.

This trip to India has been an experience of a lifetime.

The kids at the school just love her and have learned so much from her about photography.

She and her dad...our son, awarded the 15 junior high students medals for

completing the first week of photography instruction.

They were so proud of the photos they produced and deserved the recognition.

The girls especially admired her and couldn't seem to get enough of being around her.

I love this fun shot.

The "peace sign"...a universal symbol.....

What birds universal too!

A nice vendor helped our granddaughter banish the "spot".

A visit to the open air market.

Be sure to enlarge this one to see the detail.

Fresh eggs anyone?

Scaling and gutting the fish at the market place.

I believe this is goat for sale.

Dinner anyone?


My son with one of his students.

What an adventure.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019


I am so proud of this Granddaughter.

She is with her Dad and a business partner in Kolkata, India.

They are teaching photography to some middle school and Junior high students

at a school.

Each of the 15 students have been loaned a Cannon camera.

They are learning the fundamentals for producing terrific photos.

Two years ago they did this same program and the results were amazing.

I can't wait to see what these new students will do.

This time, our Granddaughter is doing a lot of the teaching.

The kids just adore her.

Can't you just hear the giggles?

To be continued....

Sunday, January 20, 2019


How to feel old....

This photo came up on my FaceBook memories today.

It was 57 years ago today that I had a part in history.

I marched with my band at President Kennedy's Inauguration Parade.

It was such a privilege for our high school band to play and march

down Pennsylvania Ave right in front of President Kennedy.

I am forever grateful for the chance to do that.

Saturday, January 19, 2019


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


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


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


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


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.

More photos of their trip to follow.

One Proud Grandma....

Thursday, January 03, 2019


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


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


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


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)