Wednesday, July 29, 2015


I don't think I've ever shared a picture of Sambo.    A beautiful curly black Cocker with the biggest brown eyes and sweetest face.

This is the only picture I have and you can't see any of those sweet features.  I was about 6 years old when we kept this one from a litter of puppies.

At this time the children's book "Little Black Sambo" was popular and that's how he got his name.  There was also restaurants  at the time called Sambo's which were famous for there pancakes.

Sambo was my constant buddy.  We played together, he heard my secrets (and never told).  As time passed I grew and he grew and we developed a relationship that only those who have loved a dog for years and years can know.

We had a long driveway and I rode the School bus and my mom said every day about 4 pm Sambo would saunter out to the end of the driveway and lay down.  That's face welcomed me every day when I got off the bus.  A girl and her dog!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


When we moved here last year, my iris had three leaves.  Look at it now.  I hope I have a iris bloom next year.

How I love our son Myk.  We had so much fun visiting at the Birthday Pool Party.  He has the greatest sense of humor.  Keeps me laughing all the time.

In previous posts I've shared how proud I am of Myk and the daughter of our hearts, Chelenne and the boys they have raised.  She home schooled them for years, and is now a teaching aid working for her degree.  She's rather bashful about taking her picture, but I wanted you to meet her.  I think she looks to young to have have college age boys.

This is Cornia.  She is the daughter of our Resident Manager here at the Villa.  She just turned 19 and wants me to teach her to bake and cook.  This was our first lesson.....cookies of course.  She did so good.  I laughed as her mother said her new Birthday List was a mixer and a chopper.   I got her the little food chopper as she loves to add nuts to her cookies.  Next lesson ~ Banana Bread!

I am missing this little guy so much.  It seem like our trip to Oregon was years ago, and it was just last Easter.  But he's growing so fast, and today Jill said he's Mr. Independent and wants to put on his own clothes or run around naked.   That's our boy!!! HaHa

Just a few tidbits for this Tuesday.  Hope your week is going good.

Monday, July 27, 2015


Two of our grandchildren celebrated birthdays this week.  Nick (16) and Monique (27)  I shared her wedding pictures this time last year.  The cakes were wonderful and it was a great fun Birthday Pool Party.

Yes, we were swimming with Sharks.  Doesn't it look real.  It was plastic of course, but when I took the picture, it really did look real.

Loving our family time since we have moved closer to the kids.  This was a super good day.

Sunday, July 26, 2015


Today I fixed lunch for our son Myk, and the boys, (young men) Kaleb and Elijah.  Pulled pork sandwiches, fresh fruit, cold slaw and pasta salad (not pictured) and Pumpkin pie for dessert.  I made real whipped cream and lots of it.   Oh it was good.

The boys are men now, both in college and handsome dudes.  They always make me and grandpa look small as they are both over 6'.  Kaleb on the left will leave in a couple of weeks back to college in Illinois, and Elijah will be going to University of CA in Fullerton. 

How we have loved watching these boys grow into responsible and caring young men.  I think Myk and Chelenne have done an excellent job.


I was in a pottery sketching mood this week and had fun with this one.

Started with pencil and added ink.  Added watercolor for the finished look.   Will call it my "Garden Window".

To see all the Sunday Sketches just click on the Badge on my sidebar.  Thanks Alexandra for this fun art challenge.