Sunday, July 27, 2014



We had a family BBQ at Julie's Saturday evening.  It was a fun time with kids and grandkids.  We were celebrating everything we could think of that we missed with a crazy summer of moving and other things.

Kaleb and Elijah had a little brotherly love fun in the pool.  HaHa.

Because we were combining celebrations, Birthdays, Graduations, Back to College, Water Polo Junior Olympics, new jobs, old jobs..etc.  Julie had a cake made to include them all.

A Cake for all the celebrations (from left to right)  Kaleb, Nick, Amanda, Elijah, Jon and Monica.  Of course we cut the cake so each could have their face!!!  It was quite the comedy night, as when you get our family together, a couple of our kids (namely Myk and Michel) are stand up or sit down comedians, and kept us laughing all night!!!

I love our family so much.  God has so blessed us with wonderful, caring kids, and a boat load of grandkids.  It doesn't get any better than this!

Friday, July 25, 2014


Do you recall when we moved in, I mentioned a lovely fig tree by the steps going up to our apartment.  It was just beginning to bear fruit, and I wondered if we would be allowed to pick them.  Well just when I thought they were getting ripe.....they were gone!!  No it wasn't me in the middle of the night in my nightgown, as some suggested.. HaHa.  They just disappeared.

I don't have a clue where they went.  One day they were there...the next day. poof...gone.  So not to be discouraged, I bought a carton of figs at Trader Joes.  I do love figs.  In fact so much I painted a plate of them some time ago and thought it was appropriate time to share my "Plate of Figs.

Do you like figs?

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Forgot to buy chocolate chips, and that's always a favorite of kids, but I remembered a recipe for "NO ROLL OUT" Sugar Cookies from Tammy (a blog friend).  Since I had promised cookies to the kids at the pool I decided to make these.  I added sprinkles for the kids, and rolled a few in raw sugar for us.  It's such an easy recipe and turn out so good I'll share Tammy's recipe.

2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Cup butter (room temperature)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1.  Mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
2.  In mixing bowl cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, beat in egg and vanilla.  Gradually beat in the dry ingredients.
3.  Shape into 1 to 1 1/2 inch balls.  Moisten the top of the ball with buttermilk or milk (I used half/half)  This helps the sprinkles adhere to the cookie.  Dip in sprinkles.
4.  Place on parchment lined cookie sheet.  Bake at 375 for 10 minutes or until slightly brown.
Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
5.  Have one warm with a cup of coffee!!
Thanks Tammy....they were a hit!!


 Lots of green around our place ~ this was on our walk last evening around the grounds.

 My spider plant is having babies like crazy!  Must love the balcony.

Martha Washington is sprouting new leaves every day...can't wait for her to bloom...they will be pink!!

This sign hung at the Church we served for 27 years.  Richard, a dear member of the church made it.  Since Don loves the balcony I decided that would be a good place for his "Office".

Picked up a cute little plant to add some green to the kitchen.
My neighbor downstairs, Emma, loves plants and her patio is filled with all kinds and sizes...but she was admiring my Creeping Charlie, since that one kind she didn't have.  So yesterday I bought a little planter and I'm rooting her a "Charlie" and will pot it in some soil when it roots, and give it to her.
Will be making cookies this morning, as I had a nice visit at the pool yesterday with some kids, and told them today I would bring cookies when I come to swim.  So the cookie ministry is up and running....

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


My dearest and I are styling in our new "Matching Swim Caps".

We received a housewarming gift from our dear friends up North, and along with a huge canister of smoked almonds, were these fashionable swim caps.   Karen knows we now have access to a pool and didn't want us to get our hair wet. HaHa.  Are they not the "Cat's pajamas".  Not sure if Villa Ramona is ready for this "old couple".

Now all we need are "bloomer swim suits".  HaHa.  If this doesn't bring a smile, or even a chuckle, I'd be surprised.  To get my hubby to put it on, much less let me take his picture, is how relaxed we are here in our new digs.