Monday, January 20, 2020


Here goes something a bit different for me today.

I keep reading "MadSnapper's"  blog posts about every day things.

I thought maybe I can be brave and do the same thing.

Walking down the hall into our bedroom,

I thought...

That looks like I have a  CHAMBER POT by my bed !!

So out came the camera ...

Now I will explain:

We have a beautiful vintage Roseville Pottery Jardinaire  from the early 1940's.

It is very heavy and fragile.

What to do with it?

We are thinking of selling it but have no place to store it.

So guess where it's found a home?

Under my side bedroom table.

Its safe and a pure dust gatherer.

I have to admit, it made me laugh when I thought

MAYBE  some one would think

it was a fancy Chamber Pot.

End of my BLATHER for this Monday.

Friday, January 17, 2020


I'm going to post just a few photos again from my husband's and my humanitarian mission trip.

Kenya in 2009.

These are especially for my friend Beverly, as she will be going there in a few more days.

Here's hoping her housing isn't as "rustic" as ours was.

Actually we loved our home out in the Bush.

The kids there will just melt your heart!

Real life on our safari

These guys were really huge and their grunts could be heard for miles.

This young giraffe was so beautiful and curious.

Thanks for looking.

It's always fun to have a "Flashback".

Sunday, January 12, 2020



I'm in the last throws of this miserable cold.

Everything tastes like cardboard.

One would think it would keep me from eating...but it hasn't...

This photo has nothing to do with my cold.

I just love my little Shelf Sitters on my kitchen window shelf.

Enjoy what's around you...

Looking Up...

Looking ahead....

Thursday, January 09, 2020



My cold seems to be in Full Blossom today!

Thanks Hubby for sharing!!

This Full Blossom flower is a whole lot prettier than Me right now....

Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 07, 2020


Around here , in the "Flatlands" of the Sacramento Valley, we get Tulle fog.

This time of year can be dampish and foggy.

The last few mornings as the temperatures drop we get an inversion layer of fog.

Pretty to look at

But difficult to drive in.

I guess this is our version of "Snow"  (:0)

Sunday, January 05, 2020


It is the beginning of a new decade and all the wonderful things to come.

Yesterday my beautiful granddaughter turned 20 years old.

20 in 2020 !!!

I was there at her birth and am thrilled to be a part of her life.

She's got such a fantastic sense of humor,

is so kind hearted, and very wise beyond her years.

Listening to her opinions and thoughts can be very deep.

The world is certainly a better place because of her.

You are the moon and back.

I can't wait to see what this year will bring.

Amanda, you are so loved...

Wednesday, January 01, 2020


Happy New Year !

A New Year and a new decade !!

It's also my wonderful Husband's birthday....

I really think 78 looks good on him.

We've been through a lot together.

I wouldn't have it any other way.

He's a wonderful husband, father, friend, organizer, leader and has a great sense of humor.

I love doing Life with him.

Happy Birthday Honey!

May the Rest of your Life be the Best of your Life.

Monday, December 30, 2019


Santa came to our house Christmas Day.

Here's one of the Quirky and Fun gifts he left for me !!

I just love my Shelf Sitter.

He makes me smile as I wash dishes or am prepping at the sink.

Santa is a pretty nice guy, I think....

Saturday, December 28, 2019


Well Christmas has come and gone for us,

But the memories linger on.

As I have said many times before,

Photos of our activities don't always happen.

Here are the only ones we sad !!!

I am posting these mostly for my annual photo book.

Gotta have a hard copy for my treasures.

First was our pleasure of prepping and serving dinner

to the weekly Celebrate Recovery group.

Our friend Lan insisted I wear some candy cane antlers to get in the mood...

Hubby and I helped serve dinner to the volunteers at the church Christmas program.

Its always a pleasure doing this.

Little Kahlia was a huge help too.

One is never too young to serve.

Opening our stockings Christmas morning.

Our Granddaughter Amanda is reading the story on the box of Life Savers Candy book.

A captive audience to her story telling.

The only photo of us opening our gifts.

Why is it in a family of photographers that this is all of Christmas recorded?

No dinner photos and any of our family and guests.

Sadly, these will have to do.

It was such a lovely time together, even with portions of our family missing

Because of distance and work schedules.

The best to all of you in the new year..

You can see clearly now because you will be 2020.

Saturday, December 21, 2019


While serving dinner at Celebrate Recovery last night

a wonderful friend gave us this beautiful Christmas ornament.

It really is a Gift of Friendship.

Today it adorns our tree for all to see.

Merry Christmas !!

Thursday, December 19, 2019


This post will be both Throwback Thursday and Thankful Thursday.

These two photos are of my Father in Law, circa late 1920's through 1930.

I am unsure of the exact date.  Its frustrating there are no dates on his photographs.

Yesterday marked 40 years since he passed.

He was a kind, thoughtful, very intelligent man.

I am thankful for him and all he did for my Hubby and I.

He retired as a Major in the Army.

My Father in Law was a true man of character.

We certainly miss him and his big booming voice.

Golden memories.

Monday, December 16, 2019


We had a very busy weekend.

It seems there really aren't enough days to have company and go to friends parties too.

We had our annual traditional family get together, Saturday.

38 people strong.  This is mostly our Daughter in Law's side of the family

with a few close friends thrown in the mix.

We were spread out all over the place so the only 2 photos I took were ones

Of Santa's visit.

This one is rather Norman Rockwell-ish to me.

Maybe its the way the 2 little guys are eagerly waiting for their gift.

Since last Christmas a new member of the family has been added.

Auntie Haley is taking a photo of precious little Willow.

Next year I bet there will be tears because of that man in the red suit...

Hubby and I went to another party yesterday

But alas, no pictures there either.

That's the way life is sometimes.

Great food, Great friends, Great fellowship.

Saturday, December 14, 2019


Today is the final day of Ruth Hiebert's challenge.

10 days of " Being a Grandma" or Grandparenting 101.

No Names

No Explanation

This is all about activities and things we do as Grandparents that create memories.

These photos are more for me and my Memory Book that I have printed at the end of the year.

Looking back is always fun.

Friday, December 13, 2019


Here we are again at "Being a Grandma".

This is a 10 day challenge by Ruth Hiebert.

No Names

No Explanation

I call it Grandparenting 101.

Sometimes I'm behind the camera and sometimes I get to be in the photos.

Enjoy my 3 memory photos for today.

A few of these shots are especially for me.

I will get a 2019 PastBook published  in January.

I love having a book for every year.

Printed memories...there is nothing like them.

Thursday, December 12, 2019


Time is going too fast and I completely missed posting yesterday.

So today we have both Day 7&8 of Grandparenting 101...Being a Grandma.

This is a 10 day challenge from Ruth Hiebert

No Names

No Explanation

All this to say that there are many aspects to Grandparenting.

Sometimes I'm behind the camera and sometimes I'm in the picture.


Tuesday, December 10, 2019


I am again posting several photos depicting Being A Grandma,

Or as I like to put it Grandparenting 101.

Today is Day # 6.

No Names

No Explanation

Thanks to Ruth Hiebert for this challenge of 10 Days of Being a Grandma.

The Fabric of Life....

Thanks for looking and I hope you will join in this challenge.

Monday, December 09, 2019


Here we are again at Day #5 of " Being a Grandma "

Or...Grandparenting 101.

No Names

No Explanation

Just descriptions by photos of what Grandparenting is all about.

Today, for your viewing pleasure are two.....

Thanks for looking.

I would love to have you join in this challenge started by Ruth Hiebert.

Sunday, December 08, 2019


I have taken up Ruth Hiebert's challenge of 10 days about being a Grandma.

No Names

No Explanation

I think I have to do a bit of explaining though.

Grandparenting is all about....

Doing fun things together, instructing, being interested in what they are interested in....

Listening, and sharing our histories.

I hope these photos are examples of these types of things and actions.

DAY #4

Love being a Grandma to those near by and those far away.

I would love to see some of you take up this challenge.

Saturday, December 07, 2019


Here we are at Day 3 of Ruth Hiebert's challenge:

Being a Grandma....

No names, No explanation

Just photos that show what Grandparenting is all about.

Here are my contributions for the day.

I would love to see someone else accept this challenge.

Happy Weekend !!

Friday, December 06, 2019


I took up Ruth Heibert's challenge

to post a photo with No Names and No Explanation

about being a Grandma.

I am putting my own twist on it and calling it Grandparenting 101.

This is all about the things we do as Grandparents everyday.

Posting yesterdays "2" photos  and then todays.


Day #2

Anyone want to join in?

Tuesday, December 03, 2019


After a few days of drippy, gray, blah days,

The sun finally made it's way through the clouds.

God graced us with a few minutes of glorious color

And then, boom it was gone.

I am thankful for God's reminder that He is always here.

Sunday, December 01, 2019


On this very wet and dreary Sunday I ventured out to our front yard.

I tried to capture the bright and shiny faces of my camilla blossoms.

The rain has washed the dust away.

The bush is loaded with buds which should pop open in the next few days.

I roasted our own turkey Saturday.

Left overs are the best...we loved going to someone else's home for Thanksgiving

But missed the smells and leftovers.


Now we are happy and full to the gills...

It's making me hungry just looking at this photo.

Pardon me  while I go do some pickings...

Saturday, November 30, 2019


I think I am recovering from a wonderful Thanksgiving time.

We were fortunate to go to some friends home for Thanksgiving dinner.

We have known them for over 30 years...their girls are young adults now.

There were 16 of us..lots of laughter, yummy food and music.

I only took one short video of some music.

Sad to not have pictures of all of us, but that's the way it is sometimes.

I did post the video on FaceBook.

So, that's my thought for this chilly, threatening to rain, Saturday...

Now on to Christmas !!