Monday, October 21, 2019
There are splotches of color here and there.
As our weather turns a bit cooler the color begins to pop.
I love Fall and am looking forward to seeing the trees in their finest.
Here's to the start of another week.
Hope it's a good one for all of you.
Friday, October 18, 2019
Oh my how times seems to fly...
46 years ago my baby was born.
We love you Mark and you made our family complete.
We have the 2 best sons in the world.
I do wish you and your family lived closer...out of state is just too far!!
Here you are...just minutes old...
Happily married two years ago....
Loving Mark and his crazy older brother Steve....
God chose the best for our family.
Happy 46th Mark.
We love you to the moon and back....
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Yesterday Dave and I and our older son Steve and his family
has a chance to see the Blue Angels perform in San Francisco, CA.
The weather was absolutely perfect...no fog and no wind.
Here are a few of the shots I took with my phone.
Not the very best but they are great record shots.
It was also Fleet Week so there were many kinds of ships in the harbor and huge transports
in the sky.
Flying over the Golden Gate Bridge made a beautiful backdrop.
Circles overhead were fun to watch but they sure made me dizzy.
These pilots are so amazing in their precision flight patterns.
As they flew over we could feel the rumble deep inside of us.
I have several more photos from my phone which I will put up later.
Thanks for looking.
Wednesday, October 09, 2019
Friday, October 04, 2019
Wow, almost 3 years ago to the day....
Hubby and I were sitting in the lobby of a hotel with our sons.
Who should walk in with his band ?
One has to be of a Certain Age to know who this performer is.
Let's Twist Again like we did last summer... ring a bell?
He was kind to stop and let us take his picture.
Wednesday, October 02, 2019
Monday, September 30, 2019
Hubby and I are really tired after this last weekend.
THIS PHOTO DOESN'T ACTUALLY HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH MY POST...
I just thought it is a good attention getter... from my archives.
Hubby and I had decided we were retired from heading up
and doing our annual Humongus Church Garage Sale.
Well, it got to be time for the set up and prep work on Friday.....
My Hubby just couldn't stay away...
and asked if I could help him in the antique and collectible section.
The sale actually began at 7AM on Saturday...We were there at 6 for last minute prep...
We worked a total of 13 hours combining both days...
So much for RETIREMENT !!!
Life takes so many twists and turns...
Friday, September 27, 2019
I've got a lot on my mind this week, so I decided to do a little
This is my son's and his future wife's singing group.
Their group was called Kindred Spirit.
In 1990 they produced this fabulous CD that I still play and enjoy today.
It's hard to believe that that is 29 years ago !!
So many strong words of faith in these songs.
I sure wish they were still together singing.
They are all still close friends but have moved away to various cities and now belong
to different churches.
Daughter in law is on the ladder and sings soprano.
Son Steve is behind her in the hard hat and sings bass.
Ah...the good old days.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Monday, September 23, 2019
The annual First Responder weekend has come and gone.
Dave and I love helping at the Saturday celebration called
A Day With a Deputy.
Its a whole day of demonstrations with Law Enforcement, Fire, Rescue, Correctional Officers and K9.
They always have several K9 exhibitions, Jaws of Life demos and all types of equipment for kids to
get on and climb all over.
They, the kids, sure really love ringing the old fire truck bell.
What Hubby and I love about all of this....
We get to serve these wonderful people a full Tri Tip dinner.. FREE ... as our thank you for their service.
I loved getting to talk with so many of them one on one.
These photos are from last year..
I wasn't able to get any good ones this year. (:0(
The dinner was also a fundraiser for the Sheriff's Counsel that puts on programs like this one.
Many attendees bought their dinner for just $5.00.
It was a really great deal for everyone.
The Jaws of Life is such a valuable tool. It was amazing how fast they could dismantle the car.
These dogs are spectacular.
So kind and patient and in love with their Officer.
They like the general public too...but when their Officer says go....
I'll tell you, I would not want to be on the receiving end of their teeth...if I was a Bad Guy !!
All in all, It was the highlight of our week.
Thursday, September 19, 2019
I have so much to be thankful for.
Sometimes I do forget to be thankful and fret and stew over "LIFE".
I'm so grateful for a husband that I can work along side
and cares for me in both big and small ways.
The other night we went over to our son's home to have dinner
And finally meet our Granddaughter's wonderful boyfriend.
We whole heartedly approve.
Lauren wanted her Grandma and Papa there to meet him.
I'm so thankful that both of our sons have raised good kids too.
Don't they make a cute couple?
Love my family with all of my heart.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Monday, September 16, 2019
I woke up to the sound of rain pitter patting against my bedroom window.
What a delightful sound.
It hasn't been a hard rain.
Just enough to wash the summer seasons' dust off.
The weather guy says by the weekend we will be back to warm temps. again.
Our backyard looks so refreshed.
Maybe Fall is officially here....
First fall leaf, but as you can see, there is still an abundance of green all around.
Have a great day where ever you are.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
I went for my annual physical today.
I no longer have active diabetes.
I have what's called diet controlled diabetes.
If I behave myself and control what I eat I can continue to stay off meds.
I have lost at least 90 pounds...not really sure how much because I never used to get on the scale.
BP is in the normal range too.
I am so grateful for my, at that time, new doctor shocking me into a new life style,
And changing my life forever.
Its been a struggle full of ups and downs
but the results are so worth it.
Monday, September 09, 2019
I haven't been out shooting photos for a while.
Hubby and I have been busy posting several things to sell on Ebay.
That is such a time consuming process, (for us non techie people).
Another trip into my archives.
Just another pretty photo of a flower.
Be sure to enlarge this one.
I love the droplets and the center of flowers.
Friday, September 06, 2019
The year is 1998.
The place is the Jean Lafitte Swamp of New Orleans, LA.
Hubby and I had just finished working the American Academy of Opthalmology
conference and tradeshow.
We always tried to spend a few days extra to see the sights after the shows.
The swamp with it's alligators was wonderful.
I loved riding the big Airboat and seeing things so out of my every day life.
My Hubby, Dave holding the pet alligator of our airboat captain.
I didn't touch it.
Great memories from 21 years ago.
Thursday, September 05, 2019
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
Monday, September 02, 2019
It's interesting to think about what Labor Day means in the U.S.
I think most people think it's a holiday and one last BBQ before school starts.
I was struck by labor meaning Work.
I will be 76 in two months and have just entered back into the "work force".
Because of my dear friend of 58 or 59 years,
I became one of her part-time IHSS care providers.
IHSS is a state sponsored "in home social service."
Lynne can do a lot of things for herself
but needs someone there all the time.
She and her daughter live together in a lovely home,
but her daughter must work.
That's where we as providers come in.
It's a challenge and at times a bit tiring but very fulfilling
to know I am helping them both a few days each week.
That being said, Labor Day does have a new meaning to me.
The last rose of summer...
Friday, August 30, 2019
I went back into my archives and found these shots from August 30, 2008.
This event was called Gold Rush Days.
It took place in Old Sacramento, CA.
I loved how they converted the streets with dirt and made it feel like the olden days.
Here are a few of my favorite photos I took that day.
It was hard to choose, so maybe I will have to do this one again.
I loved the Western costumes that everyone wore.....
After all we are a vintage gold rush town.
This little guy was having so much fun with his bull whip.
He didn't even know we were watching.
I think he maybe needs to load his gun around the other way.. pretty hard to shoot that way.
This dusty old soldier was great at spinning tales.
What a fun day from so long ago.
Enjoy and don't forget to enlarge the photos.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Monday, August 26, 2019
Thursday, August 22, 2019
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Here is the most recent photo workshop my older son and his business partner did on Sunday.
Take a look and they would love to have you follow them on u tube too.
The Chopstick Guys
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Our older son Steve had his birthday in July.
Life got in the way
So it took until last night to celebrate.
Missing some of our family but were able to be with Steve, his lovely wife,
and our granddaughter.
What a delicious meal we had at The Outback Restaurant.
Of course, I was so busy chatting and eating...
Not a single photo was taken.
Here is a photo of family from some time ago.
Better late than never !!
Love this girl to pieces.
Amanda is beautiful both inside and out.
We did miss having our oldest Granddaughter Lauren there to celebrate her
Monday, August 19, 2019
I went outside this morning and just stood there and breathed in the air.
Because Fall was in the air....
I could feel it , smell it, and almost taste it,
Longer shadows and the earth preparing for the next season.
I know the HOT is returning
I will enjoy this day while I can.
I am blessed.
Friday, August 16, 2019
I was going through some old photos and came upon this one of my Hubby and me.
I believe this was taken at least 50 years ago!
Two skinny, no wrinkles, and our whole life before us, kids....
As I studied this photo I realize how much our oldest granddaughter has my genes.
Have a great weekend...
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Monday, August 12, 2019
Back a few years ago Monday had some certain traditions.
Mainly it was called "Wash Day".
I thought I would share a few photos from 2006.
I can't believe it was so many years ago that Dave and I were there.
Wash Day in Hinche, Haiti.
The locals heading down to the river to wash their clothes.
Oh my aching neck and head !
Laundry on the compound where we stayed.
I am so grateful for clean water and machines that do most of the work.
Be sure to enlarge the photos to see the detail.
How does your Monday go?