Monday, January 24, 2022

MY LATEST PHOTO JOURNAL HAS ARRIVED

 Every year I have printed all my entries from my photoblog in a book.

My latest one from the year 2021 just arrived.

I am so happy with it and it's like my diary of memories from last year.

Now I have a book for each year since 2006.

The company is called Blog2print.

Its the best investment I have ever done.

I love the cover photo of my silly husband.

He says its the way he feels this year too...turning 80 on January 1st.







That's all I got for today !!



Wednesday, January 19, 2022

LAST NIGHT'S SUNSET

 The sky was so beautiful last night.

I just have to share several shots I took before it disappeared.







I wish we had been able to be some minutes earlier and gone to our favorite place on the hill.

It must have been spectacular.

I do like our wintery trees silhouetted against the splash of brilliant color.

Wednesday Wisdom...

The Heavens are telling the Glory of God.




Monday, January 17, 2022

YESTERDAY'S SPECTACULAR SUNRISE and SUNSET

 

Yesterday we had some beautiful clouds.

I managed to get outside before church and capture the beginnings of Sunrise.

For me that was a great accomplishment.

I am not an early morning person for the most part.



At the end of the day I was able to get a few sunset photos from two different directions.


I saw the moon HANGING from the tree branch in our front yard.



In the other direction God was putting on quite a show.








I love the brilliant streaks of red just before the sun disappeared.


Don't forget to enlarge the photos 

They look so much better that way.

I hope your weekend was great.


Saturday, January 15, 2022

FLAMINGOS

 

I was reading MadSnapper's blog today.

She had some interesting facts about Flamingos.

One that intrigued me was about black flight feathers.

So I went back to several archived photos I had.

Nary a black feather among them.

Maybe mine were San Francisco zoo variety...💥😄

Well anyway....

Here's my contribution to Flamingo Saturday..









Have a great day.


Thursday, January 13, 2022

THANKFUL THURSDAY

 

I know I have posted these photos before.

Never the less I am still just as thankful and since it's Thursday

Here ya  go!



I am thankful for the beautiful Wintery skies.



I am thankful for the travel I have been blessed to do.

Kenya and it's amazing animals will always have a special place in my heart.



I am so very thankful for the 58 years of marriage coming up this Jan. 31.

It's all good..even the not so....

Thanks for looking.


Wednesday, January 12, 2022

WEDNESDAY WORDS OF WISDOM

 

Here's your Wise Words for today....



Happy Middle of the Week...

A few of these quotes really aren't the way I talk

but you get the general idea of how this 78 year old mind cruises around my brain.




Tuesday, January 11, 2022

A PHOTO A DAY CHALLENGE ORANGE

 The challenge for my online photo club a few days ago was  ORANGE.

Here are my 4 submissions.












Its fun to pick a color or some type of subject and look around for that.

I am always amazed by seeing the world through different eyes.


Friday, January 07, 2022

DUMB ... DUMB ... DUMB ....

 

DUMB !!

Just how hard can it be to walk 3 more steps and put the package up by our front door?

To deliver our package and leave it out in the open and in the rain...Stupid...

The box was very soggy but the thing we ordered was okay,  fortunately.

I just don't get it!



This was not Amazon or UPS  but a private delivery from the company..


** Actually upon further inspection we found that several of the ink cartridges ordered were damaged by seeping moisture.

Dave called the company and filed a complaint.  They are sending out new ink by UPS.

What a world !!!

Well

 At least got a new blog post to share...  😁


Wednesday, January 05, 2022

WEDNESDAY...WHATEVER...

 No particular Wednesday Wisdom today.

Thanks everyone for your concern for Dave and I.

It's just a cold ...no dreaded junk...

But you know, colds can make you feel pretty yuckie.

We are both on the mend and sticking close to home for everybody's sake.

We are still getting Christmas put away a bit at a time... no one coming to visit so we can take our time.

Yesterday was our Granddaughter Amanda's 22 birthday.

She's one special lady and I love her to bits.

Her wedding is only 5 months away.  Its going to be a whirlwind of days to come.



Wednesday Wisdom....

Always be Kind


Monday, January 03, 2022

A NEW WEEK A NEW YEAR

 This is my project for the day.

Its taking so long to deconstruct Christmas this year.

The sniffles have invaded our home and the energy has disappeared.

Everything looks so dull on this gray and blustery day.

I guess it's a good thing to do.

Onward and Upward...

Achooo


Happy Monday


Friday, December 31, 2021

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2022

 As 2021 draws to a close on this last day of December,

I want to wish you the best and happiest of New Years.

It may not seem like it will be but 

I Choose to look forward with a positive spirit.



Tomorrow is also my Best Friend's birthday....

January 1, 1942  was a special day.

My Hubby, Dave, was born.

We find it hard to believe that he is turning 80 !!

Where has the time gone?



I love this guy to pieces and cherish our life together.

Happy Birthday !!

80 years Young....


Sunday, December 26, 2021

CHRISTMAS EVE

 

Well, the celebrating is done and Christmas 2021 is in the books.

Our Christmas Eve as a little different this year.

Younger son's family live in Oregon so they had their own celebration there.

Our 2 other Granddaughters were with their In Laws and future in laws...so strange to not have them here.

So the decision was made to go out to dinner, dress up and just enjoy the company of our son and daughter in law.

What a wonderful and delicious time we had.



We ate at a place called The Noshery.  Dave and I had the most flavorful and scrumptious

short ribs I have ever had.  We licked the platter clean.

Next week, January 1st is Dave's birthday so we also celebrated his 80th birthday with

a complimentary "mud pie"...oh my...

It was huge and served the 4 of us.  It had a peanut butter crust and smooth rich ice cream and chocolate.

Yummmm...



We then waddled out the door and went to Christmas Eve service at our church.



Christmas Day had our son and daughter in law over for lunch, (DiL's ) homemade chili and oodles of snacks for the afternoon grazing.

Our friends Karen and Lynne came over for Full Blown turkey dinner.  Boy it was good and now

the dieting begins in ernest.

I did manage to remember to get one picture before the meal was all gone.  The table wasn't as pretty as sometimes because we served our selves in the kitchen and brought our plates to the table.  Not so many plates to wash that way.



After  all the food was eaten, we did a craft project.  Sigrid brought all the material and we created our own Gnomes.

What fun...I had wanted a gnome and now I have my own "Original".



I think he's pretty cute if I do say so myself.



They all have their own personality.

All in all it has been a wonderful Christmas season, even if we were missing our loved ones.

And now it's on to the new year and all that it holds for each one of us.


Monday, December 20, 2021

MERRY CHRISTMAS

 

Wishing all of you out there in our Blogging World...

A very Merry Christmas....



I am grateful for all of you.


Thursday, December 16, 2021

CHRISTMAS TREE SAGA

 And so the saga of the Christmas Tree continues.

About 10 days ago I posted that the bottom string of our Christmas tree lights went out after all the decorations were put on.

Last night after being away for a while we came home to this...



Now the top 1/3 of the tree lights are out!!!

Ugh..I am so frustrated.

It may well stay that way this year.

Its too high to really replace with everything still on the tree.

I guess they lights just don't last forever...

This lady is definitely not a happy camper !!!


Wednesday, December 15, 2021

WEDNESDAY WISDOM

 

Even though I I enjoyed all the photos I posted of our Christmas party

I guess it's time to move on and post a "WEDNESDAY  WISDOM".



Enjoy today!


Sunday, December 12, 2021

FAMILY CHRISTMAS

 Last night was so much fun.

We had our annual get together for our Daughter in Law's side of the family.

There were over 25 people there.  We were missing 9 or 10  due to work and illness.

We really had a good time anyway.

Usually its a traditional Norwegian meal but they mixed it up this year.

The tables groaned under the weight of a full blown TACO BAR...

Carnitas, shredded chicken, shredded beef, tri-tip and all the fixings that go along with the meal.

We did have the traditional Norse desserts though.

Too Full!!!

I managed to get a few candid shots with my phone, but with that many people it was hard to 

capture most of what was going on.

Lots of laughter, visiting  and yummy food.

Family, friends and memory makings...that's what it's all about.



Peeking into the kitchen as the food was being prepped.



Its good to have a crock pot or two...



Kind of a blurry photo but it seems everyone gathers in the kitchen and around food.



Some of the cousins trying to strike a bargain during the gift exchange.



Of course Santa had to come and the tween-ers and teen-ers got to sit on his lap.



Tante Gunhild is always willing to tell Santa her secrets and give us all a giggle or two.

She does pretty good for 85+ years of age.



Her secrets are out now!!



Willow wasn't shy at all.  She was pretty brave for being not quite 3 yet.



She even rang Santa's reindeer bells for him.

I wish I could have gotten a picture of her sister Paisley age 3 months but,

She was being passed around for many hugs and smootches.  I didn't get my turn!

It was a fun filled evening for all.

I'm glad I got the few photos I did get..I was too busy yakking to get too many.


I just received a few more photos from our party on Saturday night so I thought I would add them to this post.



I'm so happy to get this one... Isn't she a cutie?  Paisley  is so unaffected by Santa.



Cousins Paisley and Melanie.



Fun "Brain Games"... I opted to "sit" this one out!



Poor Santa's legs... Stephan is always a kid at heart.



Lukas and Santa having a deep conversation.



What I really love about this family...age doesn't matter.

Everyone gets into the act.

My being an only child always makes me appreciate more the fact of big families and being able to get together, especially on the holidays.


Friday, December 10, 2021

A FULL CAMILLA BLOSSOM

 Ginny was saying she had never seen a camilla before.

Maybe if she saw the entire blossom instead of just the single petals (previous post) it would be familiar.

The sun is so brilliant this morning and there was a frost warning.

Temperature was 37F. at 9AM.

Now that's cold for the Sacramento, CA area!



If you try real hard you can see the HEARTS that the petals form.

Happy weekend...