Thursday, July 31, 2014


Another event at Villa Ramona ~ Today to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries in July we had an Ice Cream Social with Banana Splits.  Can't remember the last time I had a Banana Split.  I think it must be 30 years ago at Ferrells's in Downey, CA.

Have you ever been to a Ferrell's...really a blast!

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.

Monday, July 21, 2014


At noon the pool is completely vacated.  The children come in the afternoons, the families in the evenings, and at noon ~ it's was JUST ME!!  Today I went down, with my cover~up, beach towel, and book and took a nice swim, then basked in the sun and read my book.  I keep thinking my vacation will be over, and I'll have to leave this "Resort".  Then it hits me ~~ this is my home, my pool, my life.  I give GOD all the glory ~ it was His plan, and I'm so very thankful than it was in His plan to let us live here in our retirement years.

Sunday, July 20, 2014


The theme for Creative Tuesday this time is "Bread and Jam".  Well, what do Bee Ladies put on their bread...Honey of Course.  Perhaps this is a stretch for "jam", but I certainly didn't want to offend a bee...I've been stung before.  HaHa.

BEE sure to Buzz over and see all the other participants of Creative Tuesday, and see how many kinds of bread and jam show up.  Clicking on the CT badge on my sidebar will take you there.


For more than 50 years I've been "teasing"  my hair, that is.  I grew up when "BIG" hair was in and I liked it.  Because I have a very low forehead I always felt like I needed the volume on top.  It has served me well I guess over the years, but certainly has taken time to use hot rollers, curling irons and tons of teasing and hair spray.

When we moved to our new home and I realized I had access to a pool every day, I decided I needed a very simple hair style.  So I got out my scissors and clipped some bangs, and then just brushed my hair. I'm getting used to the new look, and sure don't miss the extra time and effort it took to curl, tease and spray every day.

Maybe it's true ~~ you're never too old to change!!!   Honest ~ I'm not teasing...HaHa

Saturday, July 19, 2014


My one concern when we moved to the Tree House was the size of the stove and oven.  I was use to my large stove top, and big oven.  Since I use my oven a lot...I wasn't sure how I was going to adjust!!

For the record!!  I love this little stove and oven.  Everything I've made has turned out perfect and in much less time.  For instance this morning I made a Cinnamon Sour Cream Coffee Cake and it usually takes 45 to 50 minutes at 350 to be done in the middle.  This morning ~ (I've had to  make some adjustment on heat) at 300 for 30 minutes and done to perfection.

Yes, I love my little stove and oven!!!

Friday, July 18, 2014


It's hard to contain my excitement.  This is a very special blog friend and her hubby.  I met Martha on my blog several years ago, and immediately clicked with a sister in the Lord and so many other things we had in common.  Over the past couple of years she has been the care giver for her mother.  It was hard for her to leave for any period of time as her mom lived with her and James until her passing a few month ago.

Fast forward ~ Martha's dear husband had some flyer miles accumulated and thought since Martha now had a little free time, and a needed a well deserved vacation ~ why not fly to CA and visit Wanda in her new Tree House.  Thanks James ~ what a great gift to Martha and Me.

September 16th I'll be waiting to pick up Martha at LAX. For you blogger friends that love Martha, as I do, will be just as excited as me.   Now I have to start planning fun things for us to see and do.

How many blog friends have you met in person? 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Morro Bay ~ 1988
My special friend Juliana spending an afternoon at Morro Bay.  
We met her husband, Tom, when we were in Biola College and he was at Talbot Seminary.  We became good friends, the after college lost track. 
Fast forward to 1968.  We were pastoring a little church in Santa Barbara, and one Sunday, a car drove by and someone yelled "DON SLAVEN" ~It was Tom and he too was pastoring a church in Santa Barbara.  He had married Juliana and we renewed our friendship and have spent many fun times together at their home, our home and several conferences.
Friendship ~ One of God's blessing in this life!


I've had my "Mr. Coffee" pot for a long time.  Use it twice a day.  Well this morning it made a sad groan and died!  It was a quick death and hopefully painless for him, but very painful for me as I look forward to that first cup of coffee on the balcony.

Normally, I would just grab my "back up" pot which is an old percolator, but last Sunday our grandson Kaleb and his family were visiting the tree house, and his mom mentioned he wanted to take a coffee pot back to college in August.  So without a thought, I said I have a coffee pot you can take to college, and Kaleb is the new owner of the percolator.

Target, here I come for a new coffee pot.  Maybe I'll try something different this time.

Does your coffee pot get a lot of use?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


 Coffee and devotions on the balcony in my nightgown.  Love early mornings here.
 Some final touches in the kitchen.  My mother's gasoline iron, old flour sifters, and an old food grinder just out of the picture.  Add a basket and some ivy, and it add such charm to the kitchen.
 This is my "Blog Spot"
 Molly new favorite thing. The balcony and watching the kids below in the playground.
Every evening, my dearest and I take Molly for her walk down the shaded street in front of our complex.  It's cool and green, and gives us a chance to walk and visit.
How was your Tuesday?

Saturday, July 12, 2014


 Our friend Cliff and I worked last night to make several large signs which he put out this morning on  several street corners near the house.

 On a beautiful sunny day, and everything out on tables or hanging on racks the people began to arrive.

I didn't get very many pictures as we were too busy talking to people and bagging the merchandise.  By 11:00 AM most of the "Good Stuff" was gone.  We had a lull, and decided to do a "Fill a Bag for a Dollar" ~ So for the next hour it was a blast as people grab plastics bags and stuffed them full of all kinds of stuff and handed us a dollar.  They would come back and say can I have another in an hour we had almost everything off the tables and happy customers, and dollars in our pocket.

Another lull, it's almost noon and we're tired so we make "mystery boxes" for a couple of dollars you could get a mystery box  and that turned out to be a big hit, as they didn't know what was in the box.  It was the such a fun Yard Sale.  Our daughters, Michel and Julie helped and our friends Linda and Cliff were absolutely wonderful with Cliff helping with the signs, the tents, and taking what was left to the Thrift Store.  Linda made us sandwiches and chips and we were VERY SUCCESSFUL financially, and went over our goal.

The Book of Sunland is closed.  It was a very good book and a good ending too!

Friday, July 11, 2014


Will be gone a couple days...closing out our chapter of life in Sunland this weekend with our yard sale.  It was a wonderful six years. Hope you all have a great weekend.

See you soon from the Tree House.

Thursday, July 10, 2014


Tuesday we made our first trip to Costco.  Don was in the parking area with Molly and I was shopping inside.  (We haven't left Molly alone in the apartment yet, because we think she would bark the whole time we are gone)  She is making good adjustments, and as soon a she realizes this is her new home she won't be apprehensive about our leaving.  Back to the story.  When I finished shopping and got to the parking lot I called Don and said I was on my way to the car.  In fact, we saw each other with both of our phones up to our ears.

Fast forward ~ after getting home and putting away all the groceries I reach in my purse to get my cell phone.   NO CELL PHONE.  Dumped my purse several times, check the car, and finally after no luck, called Costco to see if a cell phone had been turned in... the answer was NO.  She took my name and home phone number and said she'd call if it was turned in.  Then I called Verizon and deactivated the phone.

Yesterday and this morning, I have prayed so hard to the Lord telling him He knows where my phone is, and in His Word we are told to ASK, SEEK AND KNOCK.  I was asking constantly, seeking everywhere and knocking my self out trying to figure out how and where I lost it.

This morning Don said "Let's go to Verizon down the street and see if they can put your phone number in an old cell phone we had".  I had been cleaning and was in my shorts, so went into the bedroom to change clothes.  I took my white pants off the hanger, and they felt heavy...YOU GOT IT..MY CELL PHONE IN THE POCKET.  I had worn them to Costco, and when we got home I was burning I changed into shorts, hung up my white pants and never for a moment realized I had slipped my phone in my pocket in the Costco parking lot after talking to Don.

SO ASKING, SEEKING AND KNOCKING...IS A PROMISE WE CAN COUNT ON, but sometimes the Lord just wants to keep asking, seeking and knocking.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Going through a box of pictures in the garage during the move found this one of my Uncle Leo Dill (my dad's younger brother).   I wish I knew the story behind this picture.  There is a hand scribbled note on the back.  "Going to Colorado to see mom."  What I don't understand is I had never heard that my Grandma Dill ever lived in Colorado.  I can only assume this picture was taken in Oklahoma where the Dill family lived. Was he going to ride a horse from Oklahoma to Colorado???
Doesn't he look like a mountain man right out of a movie.  Horse, saddle bags, riffle and a dog.  How I wish pictures could talk ~ I would love to know the rest of the story.
Do you have mystery pictures in your family.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Once a month at the Villa, there is a Potluck to celebrate Birthdays, Anniversaries, and any other events or holidays for that month.  We were able to enjoy or first potluck on June 30th.  The clubhouse is set up with tablecloths and decorations and looked very inviting.

Willie wears many hats at the Villa.  He the maintenance man, the BBQ'er and all around nice guy!

The table was filled with wonderful dishes of salads, fruit, veggie trays and of course Willie kept the hotdogs and hamburgers coming.  I took my signature Chicken Casserole, and it was very well accepted as I took home an empty dish.

A cake was decorated and Pat was celebrating her 77th birthday, the gentlemen next to her were celebrating a new job, and a graduation.  

I finding new friends and the cookie ministry is off and running!

Monday, July 7, 2014


 While visiting my friend Bonnie at White Lace and Promises, I mentioned I had the same milk glass pieces she shared.  She ask if I would share the milk glass I'm displaying in my swivel hutch which was my mother in laws.  It been packed away in bubble wrap since I didn't have room to display before as both hutches were filled with my "Tea Things".

I needed some color for the display so added photo's and my little books and paintings.  This is a new look for the hutch, which is perfect for a new home and new touches.
Do you like milk glass?  What is your favorite in my collection?

Saturday, July 5, 2014


Took my camera for a stroll through the grounds here at Villa Ramona.  Just below our balcony and to the right is a large fig tree.  I love figs and need to find out what the CC&R's say about picking fruit on the grounds.  (Perhaps a midnight harvest)  Just kidding!!!

This is our balcony from the walkway below.  A good look at the Tree House.

 There are several large hibiscus plants in bloom.
 Part of the charm of the complex is the natural landscaping.  Bushes, trees, plants and arbors.
The pool fences are covered with trumpet plants and the hummingbirds and bumble bees feast daily.  I see little lizards every time I take a walk.  Living here, I won't miss Desconso Gardens.  Hope you enjoyed the walk.  Trusting you have a blessed Sunday.


My first trip to the Laundry Room.  My little blue carrier for my Art Supplies works great for a tote to the laundry room down stairs.  No coins to deal with as we load a laundry card and just stick it in the slot for washing and drying.  Easy!  The handle on the cart worked just fine for hangers. 
I think everyone was sleeping in after 4th of July Celebrations, so the laundry room was empty. 

We had a great day with our daughter Michel and our SIL's family.  This picture was so adorable I just had to share.  This is one of the little cousins on the Torres side.  Michel took a huge pan of fruit kabobs and the children, after a swim in the pool, couldn't get enough of them.
Being less than 15 minutes from our daughter is such a new blessing.

Hope you had a good 4th!

Friday, July 4, 2014


Decided to begin 4th of July with a "Red, White and Blue" breakfast.

Happy Fourth of July Everyone!  God Bless America.

Thursday, July 3, 2014


We spent our 53rd Wedding Anniversary moving.  It was a first...moving on our anniversary, but worth it as we are very happy in our new Tree House LOVE nest.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014


When you get the pictures hung, the plate hangers, the mirrors, the paintings then it really feels like home...needed those final touches.  This is looking at the dining area from the living room.  Remember the mirror I had hanging behind my stove, well it found a new home in the dining room.  I love it there as it reflects the balcony and brings more light.  The Tea Cart that Jill gave me has found a home as "Our Coffee CafĂ©."  I actually have a dinning room and can put all four chairs around the table!!
 I decided to use the open shelves for the Fiesta Ware to bring some color into the kitchen.  As you can see "Freddie the Fish" has a new home on the counter.  My Chicken plaque and rooster plates finish off the color on that wall.
My dearest starts every morning with toast and coffee, so this is a little breakfast bar.  The hat boxes are full of my tea cups, etc. as I chose to display the milk glass in my swivel hutch, and my mother's hutch found a new home at our daughter Julie's.
Tonight we had tostadas on the balcony.