Friday, May 31, 2013


My first attempt to Crochet was a complete failure.  I just couldn't get my brain, fingers and yarn to work at the same time.  I was lamenting to Elizabeth my failure and that I would stick to knitting as I found my memory of knitting years ago came back to me.
Elizabeth told me she'd show me how to hold the hook and thread, and sure enough, today we had our first lesson, and I now I know I wasn't holding my thread correct and that was my main problem.  So I will be practicing this week, and get my next lesson next week when I visit her.
In her day, she did beautiful crocheting of all kinds, including lovely clothes on the dolls she made.  I'm so thrilled to have her for a friend, and now a teacher.  Her hands won't let her do much now, but she can do enough to teach me, and that fun for both of us.

Thursday, May 30, 2013


Sometimes, Sunny Southern California isn't so Sunny!  But never the less, rain or shine, clouds or haze, we still have our Palm Trees!!

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 This morning I hit the cleaning with a passion!  Hadn't done much after my company left last week.  So grabbed the Vacuum, the cleaning supplies and got to WORK, WORK, WORK!  But my how clean and fresh the living room looked when I finished that room.  Work done, it's time for Pleasure!

And pleasure it is!  I put a Sour Cream Cinnamon Coffee cake in the oven early this morning before the heat comes in.  After a morning of WORK, it was such a pleasure to sit outside with my hubby and enjoy a slice of coffee cake, some of my English clotted cream and hot steaming coffee.  Does it get any better than that??  Do you reward yourself for cleaning?  HaHa

To be able to pick a couple of hydrangeas from my bush and add to the flowers I picked up yesterday at Trader Joe's brought me some added pleasure this morning.  My dearest put in the CD of the ocean waves crashing and sea gulls singing, so this will be put in my journal as a VERY GOOD DAY!  What's on your schedule today?

Monday, May 27, 2013


My mother was 5 years old when this children's book was published in 1917.  I don't know if she ever read it.  I found it in a little antique store in Columbia, CA many years ago.  I was fascinated with the illustrations but the story really makes a point!
A lesson on holding your TEMPER.
I can't believe I found this book on You Tube.  It worth the few minutes it takes to read it.
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Sunday, May 26, 2013


I started another dish cloth Saturday afternoon, and less than half way through got engrossed in a intense TV show.  The more I watch, the faster I knitted...when the show was over, I took a deep breath and looked down, and realized my "square" dish cloth had become a "shield"...I forgot to watch my pattern.  I  guess it's good when  you can find humor in everything.  The dishes I wash won't care!

Next time I'm watching a murder mystery...the knitting will stay in my bag.  TeeHee.  Hey your knitters out there, have any humor to share? 

Saturday, May 25, 2013


When I started my Cancer journey in April of 2009 some friends gave me a small potted Hydrangea plant.  It was about 12" high and had three blooms.  I transplanted it in a flower bed next to the house in the back yard, but it got too much sun, and almost died twice.  It was down to a few brown stalks when I transplanted it into this large cement pot, and put it in a completely different place in the back yard where it got sun and shade.  This is how it looked this morning.  It stand about three feet and it's covered with blooms; some fully open and many more to come.  IT'S THRIVING!!

After two lumpectomies and 8 weeks of radiation, I have now been cancer free 4 years. I'M THRIVING!  Every time I see my Hydrangea I see how it came back and is thriving, and it reminds me just how good and gracious my God is to keep me thriving!

In the Old Testament, they set up piles of stones as a memorial to remind them of significant times when God showed his mercy and met their needs.  My Hydrangea is one of my Memorials.  Do you have some?

Friday, May 24, 2013


Our friends from Santa Barbara came over for a couple of days R&R.  Wednesday we went to a Retired Ministers and Missionaries Luncheon, and then they spent the night.  This morning we got up and had a nice breakfast of Scones, yogurt, strawberries and hot coffee.  Beautiful day so we ate outside in Patio.  They brought Chika and she immediately decided she liked Don.  Notice Don is still eating so both dogs are waiting for a bite.
 After breakfast we took a quick trip to the Thrift Store where both Juliana and I found a couple cute summer tops.  Then off to Desconso Gardens so Tom and Juliana could experience all the lovely gardens and flowers we enjoy often.
 So many flowers were in bloom and it's a lot more fun touring the gardens when friends. Tom and Don were showing off their muscles holding this tree up...HaHa.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


What did you do today?  I had a busy one.

The cookie jar was empty.  I ask my dearest what kind he would like, he said Peanut Butter.  Hadn't made them for quite a while.  I get tired of the same impression on them, so I decided to use a few different ideas.  "Fork, Squares, and Pecans"  Looks like three different cookies and looked really nice in the glass cookie jar.
I was running errands and it was warm so when I was in Rite Aid I stopped by the ice cream counter and got a cone.  I know you can't drink and drive.  How about eating ice cream and drive?  I decided I'd just sit in the car in the parking lot and enjoy it.   It was melting, so it didn't take long.  Remember when a scoop of ice cream was 25 cents? This scoop was $1.79 but I love cookies and was worth it.
Wanted to have a healthy dinner so made chicken kabobs with bell peppers, onions and a few cooked tiny potatoes I had left over from making potato salad yesterday.  A sprinkle of cilantro and ready to enjoy.

Now that I'm making dish cloths, I made a bright yellow one this afternoon to match my kitchen.   I'm getting a new perm on Friday, but in the meantime, still have to use those hot rollers every morning.    If you look closely, you'll see I'm not missing any teeth in my smile.  The new partials are working great.
How was your day?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


For the Letter "S" I am sharing some pictures of my Succulent Garden.  I'm not real smart on the details of succulents, but I sure enjoy watching them, grow, bloom and change colors.
My very favorite is in the upper right hand corner.  I call it my "Rock" succulent as that is what it looks like, but every year (and I've had it for over 5) the week of Easter one small blooms comes from the "rock".  It's a reminder that on Resurrection Sunday something wonderful happened and "The Rose of Sharon" (Christ) came out of the rock alive. 
It did it again this year, and then a surprise as last Sunday (Pentecost Sunday) another bloom emerged.  I think my Rock Succulent is Spiritual.  HaHa. 
I don't know the names of the different varieties I have, but the bottom right corner is almost black, but the flash of the camera gives it a different look.  Do you like succulents?

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Sunday, May 19, 2013


The theme is "Trio".  So many things could be used.  My first thoughts, were The Three Stooges, The Three Little Pigs, Rub-a-dub-dub ~ Three Men in a Tub.  But wanting to do a watercolor and something more simple, I got the idea when I was making dinner and used a "Trio" of bell peppers!!

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Saturday, May 18, 2013


My friend Juliana gave me Elizabeth Elliot's book "Be Still my Soul" for my birthday.  I started reading it  and was touch with this prayer that Elizabeth found in her Mother's Prayer Journal.  I've been keeping prayer journals for years to keep me focused while I pray, and I will be adding this prayer to my journal to pray for my children and grandchildren.  I posted it today on the Daily  Prayer Blog, but wanted to also share it here on my personal blog.

"Father, our children keep.
We know not what is coming upon the earth.
Beneath the shadow of Thy heavenly wing,
O keep them, keep them, Thou who gavest them birth.

Father, draw nearer to us.
Draw firmer around us Thy protecting arm.
O clasp our children closer to Thy side,
Uninjured in the day of earth's alarm.

Then in Thy chambers hide,
O hide them and preserve them calm and safe.
When sin abounds, and error flows abroad
And Satan tempts and human passions chafe.

O keep them undefiled,
Unspotted from a tempting world of sin,
That, clothed in white, through the bright city gates,
They may with triumph enter in."

Have a wonderful Sunday, and may we all be diligent in praying for our children and all the children of the World.

*image of Elizabeth Elliot from

Friday, May 17, 2013


I don't do a lot of traveling, and don't have a huge inventory of sky pictures, but I do believe the most beautiful skies I've ever photographed came from Lake Tahoe.  Here is just a sample of one day there.
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Thursday, May 16, 2013


Don't look too close, but this is my first attempt in almost 50 years to knit!  Years ago I made a few pair of house slippers, but that is just a memory.  We have a "Lady's Craft Night" at Church on Tuesdays and that was a blessings as I worked on Jill's quilt and finished it.  I didn't know what I would do for my next project.  Most of the gals crochet or knit, and I tried crocheting, and failed miserably.  I got a gift card for my Birthday from "Michael's" and so decided to buy some knitting needles and yard and try something extremely simple.  A dish cloth.  Watched a video on line printed out the instructions and this is the result.  It was actually fun, and I do love these kinds of dish cloths.

My neighbor, Bret (who likes my cooking and baking) gave me this personalized tee shirt for Mother's Day.  Now isn't that just the cutest thing ever.  One problem.  I don't wear tee shirts.  They're not my style and I can't wear anything up round my neck.  You always see me in V-necks or lower round necks.  So I had a great idea!

I am going to fold the tee shirt in a square that shows the darling emblem, and mat and frame it in a shadow box and hang it in my kitchen for all to see.  This way, it won't get put in a drawer and not worn, but I can enjoy the thoughtfulness of my neighbor on a daily basis.  What do you think of the idea?

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Tuesday morning I made a visit to Elizabeth, since I didn't make it for Mother's Day.  I had been telling her I would come roll her hair and give her some curls.  Today it worked out perfect as she got her shower and hair washed today.  I had to pick up my car from Nissan after a Service and it's just a couple of miles to see her. 

When I got there, she was ready for the rollers.  We visited while her hair dried, and then the comb out.  It looked so cute, and she was very pleased.  We needed to share a picture of her new "hair-do".  I don't care if you're 16 or 96 a woman wants to look nice.  Elizabeth is no different.

I told her we looked like we could be "Mother/Daughter".  She liked that.

Monday, May 13, 2013


We live less than an hour from the Ronald Regan Library in Simi Valley, CA.  We have visit it a couple times, taking friends who were visiting.  There is way to many pictures to share so I made a couple of collages.  The first one of President Regan and Air Force One, the second of Nancy and the grounds.

The grounds are beautiful, along with all the buildings and artifacts, but this huge portrait of Nancy Regan caught my eye.  It's really quite elegant.  There was also a display of some of the outfits she wore to special events at the White House, and that she wore them more that once to different occasions.  There has been much negative said about Nancy, but that impressed me, since there is so much waste going on in the White House.
If you every get a chance to visit the Library you won't be disappointed.

I've deleted by "Other Blog" so my ABC Wednesday, Creative Tuesday and Sky Watch Friday will be on this one.  Not enough time to manage more than one blog.

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Saturday, May 11, 2013


What a Mother's Day Brunch!  Eggs, bacon, pancakes, waffles, quiche, a wonderful sausage, carrots and potato dish in the crock pot, fruit, chocolate dipped strawberries, coffee cakes and muffins. 

Julie had the tables set so lovely for Mother's Day with "real" dishes and silver.  Since my daughters are "Blog Shy", I will share a picture with our son, Myk who is not camera shy or blog shy.

We exchanged some gifts, and probably most women wouldn't be thrilled with getting an APRON for Mother's Day...but my kids know me, and I do wear aprons, and isn't this a cute one.  I made Spinach and  Artichoke-sweet dried tomato quiches.  What a delightful Mother's Day with family.  I'm feeling SO LOVED!

Happy Mother's Day to all my dear blog friends.

Friday, May 10, 2013


Corn, Corn, Corn.  Creamed Corn, Whole Kernel Corn, and Corn Muffin Mix.  When we were in Santa Barbara a few weeks ago, my friend Juliana gave me a wonderful "Country Style Corn Pudding" recipe.  Tonight I made it and for Don and I just cut the recipe in half.

1 16 ounce can Cream Corn
1 16 ounce can Whole Kernel Corn
2 eggs
1/2 Cup Butter (Melted)
1 Cup Sour Cream
1 8 ounce package Corn Muffin Mix
1 Cup Cheddar Cheese (Grated)
Mix all ingredients (except cheese)
Use ungreased 9x13 pan.
Bake 15 minutes at 350 degrees
Sprinkle top with cheese and bake
additional 20 minutes.
Cool, Serve and Enjoy!!

Thursday, May 9, 2013


The Courtyard at The Cheesecake Factory is so fun.  A trip around the courtyard on the Trolley give you a view of all the stores along the way.  I decided on 1/2 Sandwich, soup and salad since I wanted Cheese Cake.  It was wild mushroom soup, and the Cheese cake was White Chocolate Raspberry truffle with lots of whipped cream.  It was all delicious.
My sister told Don he was an angel for letting his wife run around for 3 days with her, and leave him to fend for himself.  He was an angel, but then I knew that all along!  She's on the train as I type and will be home is a few hours.  It was a great Sister Time.  Take a deep breath, and on to Mother's Day!

What are you doing for Mother's Day?

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


Oh are we having fun with our sister time.  We found cute white outfits at the Thrift Shop and then a trip to the spa for a pedicure.  Donna likes the dark red, and I chose a mauve.   The top right is the little cafĂ©  where we had lunch. 

Then off to Desconso Gardens and a walk through all the lovely flowers and gardens.  Tonight we are meeting our daughters at  The Cheesecake Factory for dinner and cheesecake on her last night here.  Tomorrow back on the Amtrak, and the memories we made.

Monday, May 6, 2013


Six months ago, my brother, Hal was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.  My sister, Donna and I made a trip to Shasta to see him.  This picture was taken then.  Fast forward...last week after 6 months of Chemo, and a pet can on April 19th, we are to excited with the miracle that NO CANCER showed in the scan.  God is so GOOD!  So this month he and his wife Becky are taking their RV and enjoying some time together after a long, long six month battle.  At the end of May, he will have some small doses of Chemo for a few months to ensure it doesn't come back.  Thank all of you that have prayed for my brother.

And this some more good news... My dear sister is on the Amtrak as I type to come and spend a few days with me.  We've haven't had a "Real Sister Week" for a long time.  We plan to go junking, out to lunch, a pedicure, a dinner with our daughters at the Cheese Cake Factory, and if it clears up (raining today) a nice walk in Desconso Gardens.

What's on your agenda for this week?

Friday, May 3, 2013


 With my whirlwind trip to my Class Reunion, and company and my Birthday Trip to Santa Barbara, I didn't get on the computer for a new post for quite some time.  Have some more "cousin" company coming this morning, but wanted to share the fun of my Birthday Celebration.  Seventy-two never felt better.  The Beach was beautiful, and I love the Ocean, and we lived in Santa Barbara in the 70's.  That's where Jill was born.
 My very favorite place to eat is this quaint French Restaurant, called Stella Mares in Santa Barbara.  You can see my Crusted Salmon was to die for, the live music set the atmosphere, and to share it with dear friends from days gone by.  We met Tom back in college days.  He and his wife Juliana have served in churches as Pastor and wife.  And now Tom is a Chaplin in a Retirement Village in S.B.

I was treated like a Queen, and the marvelous Garden Room, the presentation of the food, the delicious flavors, and sharing it with special friends made this a most Excellent Birthday. 

BTW, thanks for all the birthday wishes on facebook and my blog.  Now back to the normal life...HaHa  What's normal?