Wednesday, April 26, 2017


The Old Oak Tree ~ Christmas 2000

The word for Scribble Picnic this week is "Tree".  I've been out of town and came home to a very busy week and I remembered the Christmas Card I designed for 2000 of an old oak tree.  This is one of my favorite paintings so sharing it with you this week for "Tree".

To see all the other "Trees" just click on the Scribble Picnic Badge on my sidebar.

Monday, April 24, 2017


Our trip up North for the funeral of our dear friend Bret Conner was a truly God blessed service.  He was a retired mounted police officer and the Bagpipes, and mounted horses led the procession to the graveside.  So very touching, I can hardly type as I remember the emotions I felt.

Thank you for your love and prayers, as many of you have held us in your hearts and prayers over the past months as we have lost several dear friends.   The good news is they are celebrating in Heaven and God gets the glory.

On now to a busy week.  Today I'm making Banana Bread and Muffins for the husband of our manager at the Villa.  He didn't want a birthday cake...he wanted my Banana bread.  So be it!!!


Friday, April 21, 2017


 I John 4:19-21 "We love because he first loved us.  If anyone says, "I love God" yet hates his brother, he is a liar.  For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.  And he has given us this command:  Whoever loves God, must also love his brother."

Lord, so many times it's so easy to love You.  You are holy.  You are loving.  You are just.  But loving others can be hard, especially when they are unloving or unkind.  But your command is straight forward...If we say we love YOU, then it has to be demonstrated to those around us.  Only YOU working through us can accomplish that task.  I pray today, that you will so fill my life, that the overflow will touch anyone who comes in my path.  I love you Father, and want to be Your faithful servant.  Amen.

Once you say the yes of faith to Jesus
and accept his blueprint for the fullness of life,
the whole world can no longer revolve around you,
your needs, your gratifications:  
you will have to revolve around the world,
seeking to bandage its wounds,
loving dead men into life,
finding the lost,
wanting the unwanted,
and leaving far behind all the selfish,
parasitical concerns which drain
our time and energies.
~~John Powell (1927-)

Taking a quick trip up to Northern CA for the funeral of a dear friend.  The family have ask my dearest to do the service.  Our children grew up with this family and so Myk and Julie are going with us and doing the driving.  That is a blessing.  Please pray for the Conner family with this loss of a loved one.

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Monday, April 17, 2017


Yellow tulips found there way into my cart while shopping~~
Once in while, my Cactus decides to bloom.  Just a bud now, but a full bloom soon!

Hoping this is a good week for everyone!  
Thought for the day ~


Saturday, April 15, 2017


Luke 24:5-8  "In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead?  HE IS NOT HERE; HE HAS RISEN!  Remember how he told you when he was still with you in Galilee.  "The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again" ~~~Then they remembered his words."

All praise to You, Jesus Christ, risen Savior. You triumphed over death and hell.  You are the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.  Forgiveness and salvation are Yours.  You have redeemed us and made us holy in the sight of God.  Grace and peace flow from You.  In You and through You we find strength and blessing and abundant life.  Let all of heaven and earth declare Your praise as the RISEN SON OF GOD, THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD!  We love you, Amen.


 We attended a Seder Thursday night at church and this little bouquet on the table was given to me.  Real daffodils.
 Haven't had a chance to get back to Trader Joe's, so bought a bouquet of "fake" daffodil's at the Dollar Store...actually they look pretty on the table.

 My cooking class this week did not include "cooking" but a summer salad that most of you have probably made in some form.  "Orange Fluff"

16 oz carton of cottage cheese
1 (3 oz) pkg orange jello (any flavor can be used)
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple (well drained)
1 (12 0z) carton whipped topping
1 small can mandarin oranges (cut in small pieces)

Sprinkle dry jello over cottage cheese and mix well.  Add the drained pineapple and mandarin oranges.  Fold in whipped topping.  Chill at least 30 minutes, but over night is better.

We had a nice group of 9 ladies for the class.  And I served chicken salad sandwiches and chips with the Orange Fluff.  It was a big hit.  The one we ate I made the night before.  The one we made in class they each got to take home a container.

 The view from my kitchen window ~ where I spend a lot of time.  Love this view.

The view from the Balcony ~ another favorite spot.

Looking forward to Resurrection Sunday tomorrow.   He is Alive!!! Bless His Holy Name.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017



Long ago in a dense part of the meadow, a mother rabbit gave birth to five bunnies.  Four boys and one little girl.

It was quite a surprise to find her sweet little girl was born without a tail.  All her brothers had fuzzy tails, but not little sister.  As she got older she noticed she was the only bunny in the meadow without a tail.  She cried to her mommy that she didn't like being different with no tail.  Mother, held her close and said it was because she was very special.  She was lovely like a flower.

The next day mother called her little girl in and told her to turn around.  I have made something very special for you.  Instead of an ordinary fuzzy bunny tail, I crocheted you  a  flower tail with many colors and from now on we will call you "Flower".  From that day on she was known as flower and realized just how special she was.  The End!

The theme this week was "rabbit" and when I was shopping at Kirkland Home, I saw a sign with a bunny with a flower for a tail.  I wanted something very simple so used measuring cups for my circles.   This was my inspiration for the painting, and the story just came to my head while I was doing it. 

This was a fun project this week.  I love bunnies and I love making up stories.  Maybe that has something to do with having 12 grandchildren, HaHa

To see all the other "rabbits" just click on the Scribble Picnic on my sidebar.  Hope you find some bunny eggs this weekend.

Monday, April 10, 2017


I knew that I wanted a white rug with a touch of grey and I was unsuccessful at many stores.  Right color ~ wrong size.  Right size ~ wrong color.  But today.. good things come to those who wait...I found the right size and color at Marshall's.

It brings light into the room and since it's under the coffee table won't get tramped on and should stay cleaner that way.
A new yellow lemon cake candle from Kirkland Home was the final touch.  I'm a happy camper.  In fact I was so happy I made an apple pie.  Won't you come sit on my couch and share a piece of pie?

Click to enlarge and see the bunnies

Michel gave me two cute bunny towels for the kitchen.  Don't you love the carrot sunglasses?

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


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Grandfather Clock is the word for this week.

I hope you will indulge my "warped" sense of humor.  When the fractured Nursery Rhymes first came out I did get a laugh or two from them.  My Scribble Picnic will feature one of them.

Hickory, Dickory Dock
Three mice ran up the Clock
The Clock struck one
The other two 
Escaped with minor injuries

Having a new word each week is really a lot of fun.  I hope some of you who enjoy "scribbling" will join in.  Just click on the Scribble Picnic Badge on my sidebar and see all the other takes on "Grandfather Clock" and join the fun.

Friday, March 31, 2017


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With Spring arriving, I wanted to lighten up our living room.  The couches are dark grey and taupe and needed something bright.  I decided on Goldenrod and Silver pillows, a new throw for the couch and some sunflowers for the coffee table.  I want to replace the rug under the coffee table, but haven't found the one I want.  Looking for a light grey or white.  The floors are dark, so the light rug will help brighten the room.  What do you think?

The change outside is new artificial turf on the playground.  It originally had a brick colored mat.  I love the new green.

This is a neighbor lady and her Shih Tzu, Cody.  He's 9 years old and Molly will be 13 July 30th.  They have become friends as we see them when we are taking our walks.   I see the caution tape was still up when I shot this picture.  Now it's all finished and the children are loving it.

Thursday, March 30, 2017


I've been just craving some chicken salad and not from "canned chicken".  I bought a plump whole chicken from the meat market around the corner and added some seasoning and rosemary.
 One good dinner with carrots and potatoes and the rest will go into making my chicken salad.

Chunked chicken, celery, dried cranberries, some mayo and seasoning.  Yes!  Just the taste I was craving.  Had it for lunch in a lettuce leaf.

 A little package ready for mail to Tristan.  As you can see from the picture below the boy loves to wear pajamas.  When we go out to the store or Library he changes clothes...the minute we get home... off come the clothes and back on the pj's.  I found a couple of pairs at Target and he loves stripes and frogs.  Win~Win.  Also found another little stuffed toy for his "Pooh" collection and a Pooh book.

 He's making his cinnamon rolls in his pajamas.  Then I introduced him to "aprons" and that was the beginning of something new.


A cartoon he loves came on, so he ran to the couch, apron and all.  I sure miss this little guy!! Grandma's little cooking partner.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


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The theme word this week is "BOAT"!  The first thought that went through my mind was a "Banana Boat" from a picture I had seen.  Since I do love banana's I think I could work on a Banana Boat in Peru. (Just kidding)  I like the next boat better.  HaHa
Now a Banana Boat in Peru is one thing, but a Banana Split Boat in California is my favorite!

I'm really glad this new art co-op is "scribble picnic" and not "masterpiece picnic"...having so much much scribbling in my art journal.

What kind of a boat comes to your mind?  Be sure and click on the Scribble Picnic on the side bar to see all the other "boats".

Saturday, March 25, 2017


Today our granddaughter, Monica received her certificate of Dental Assistant.  A milestone in her new career.

We were thrilled to see her get her certificate and pin.
It's such a treat to be a part of our grandchildren's lives and accomplishments.

Thursday, March 23, 2017


One of the ladies in our complex wanted to do a traditional Saint Patrick Day luncheon for a group of the senior women.  The calendar filled up and so we had it on Monday, instead of Friday.

The table was decorated so cute, and the food was delicious. Corn beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots.   Fresh mint tea, hot rolls.
 These two ladies, Rosemary and Priscilla did all the work.  Rosemary did the cooking, and Priscilla was her right hand.
 We had a drawing for a little gift. (a green bead necklace and earrings) and Lupia won it.  She is the little lady in the middle and just celebrated her 97th birthday.  She was so cute as she told us it was the first time in her life she had won anything.  Everyone was so glad her name was picked out of the bag.

Since it was just for "women", Rosemary made sure Don got a plate.  He was one happy camper!!!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


This week the word is "Fairies".  Several ideas came to my mind..The "Tooth Fairy", "Tinker Bell", a "Fairy Village" but decided on a pretty princess fairy with a bouquet of magic wands.

I started with a pencil sketch and then decided to add some watercolor.  I like both!

To see all the "Fairies" from the other artists please click on the Scribble Picnic ~ Fairies on the side bar.

Monday, March 20, 2017


 I wish I knew the names of these flowers I'm showing, but I don't.  I just enjoy the colors and fragrance as I walk along the paths.

I think this one is a hibiscus.  

This is a close up of the bloom.  A lovely lavender.

These line the pathway to the laundry room and parking lot.
 They maintain the grounds so well, that you never see a weed.  Only lovely landscaping.

Another kind of beauty!  This was the cake served at our March Birthday Party at the clubhouse.  A milk cake, with tons of whipped cream frosting and glazed strawberries.  Melts in your mouth!

This is going to be a crazy week, so don't know how much blogging I will be doing.  
  • One of the ladies here at the Villa is making a Belated Saint Patrick Day luncheon today at noon.  And I have already started the laundry.
  • Tueday ~ last dental appointment...Hope it's not a root canal....No matter how hard I try...I don't like going to the dentist...
  • The beat goes on...I won't bore you with the rest of my week.
How is your week looking??

Saturday, March 18, 2017


 Exodus 23: 2 "Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong.".....

Stand with me, Jesus, when I turn from the crowd and walk the lonely road.  When I break from the group because the group is going in the wrong direction let me know that You are near.  The easy way, the wrong way, if often crowded with a loud, enthusiastic throng whose excitement is contagious.  Your way is more often traveled alone, or so it seems.  But You, Lord, are with me.  You will never leave me or forsake me.  I am counting on Your Presence, Lord, even now.  I love You.  Amen.

Matthew 7:13-14.  "Enter through the narrow gate.  For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life,, and only a few find it."

I pray you have found the narrow way ~  Jesus said " I AM the WAY"

Have a great Sunday and a great week!

Prayer Taken from the Maranatha Worship Bible
Photo from Lake Tahoe ~ the path to the cabin

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


The word this week for Scribble Picnic is "LANTERN".

My illustration is a lantern that sits on my coffee table with a battery candle.  A sketch in pen and color pencils.

Be sure to click on  Scribble Picnic on the sidebar to see the way the other artists are lighting up the world.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


 Our grandson Marc is getting married July 1.  His bride to be loves succulents and gave me a start from her variety.  I think they look really cute in this small tin bucket.
 Lunch with our daughter and sil at El Pescador.
 I had the salmon lunch.  All this food for $10.99.  The salmon was pan seared just perfect!  Brought home half!  Delicious.
Today was my cooking class at the Villa.  I made "Taco Salad" and a "half and half" cake.  I wanted to do something for Saint Patrick Day so made a white cake with green swirl, and frosted with half colored coconut and half plain for those who don't care for coconut.
I was a delightful time and how nice to enjoy lunch after the class.  They watch ~ and they they eat.