Saturday, March 17, 2018


The time has come again to make my annual trek down to Mexico.

Tomorrow morning I leave at O Dark 30....4AM!!

Its a long ride but so worth the effort .

Friendships are made that last forever.

Strengthening the bonds between the wonderful people of Mexico and ourselves.

Serving and giving help to some families that would continue to suffer otherwise.

1200 people strong.  Bayside Church.

Making a difference in us and hopefully in them too.

Everything is brought out of storage that has to be washed for the weeks we are there.

All this is done by our prep kitchen team.. (Me included)

Our sleeping arrangements before the Spartans arrive to put up all the big "Mash" tents.

Many, many pallets of food.

We buy it all locally in Mexico and prepare meals for our hungry 1200 people.

Washing a gazillion coolers and tubs that go out with various teams each day.

This is the kid's only source of fresh water when they are doing the work of

building homes, running festivals, games, etc.

Smokers we bring out of storage to use in the prep of brownies and other goodies

for dinner each night.

Lots of cans of pineapple for our Chicken Terriaki dinner.

Our fresh water supply and our refrigerator  truck.   True lifesavers for us.

Hopefully the fields around our compound will be harvested by the time we get there.

Can you say ACHOO if they harvest while we set up camp.

Fortunately the temps are suppose to only get into the 80'sF. full moon this year.

Okay, this is my final post..

See you in 2 weeks.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018


I saw this on FaceBook the other day.

I really like how this person was thinking.

It's a goal for me too.

Could this be your goal too?

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


This past weekend my Hubby and I were at a wonderful celebration.

Our friend turned 85 years young.

Gunhild, happy birthday.

We became part of her family when our son married her niece.

At this momentous celebration I also had a chance to visit with a friend I haven't seen in years.

We gabbed like there hadn't been years in between.

Alfa said that today is her hubby and her 60th wedding anniversary.

A lot of years to be together.

Such wonderful memories.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018


We had to do a severe pruning job this year on all of our trees.

They were pretty sick, so we took a chance on them.

Yesterday they proved to still have some life in them.

To be continued....

Saturday, March 03, 2018


A wise saying on our fortune cookie a few days ago.

Happy Weekend

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


This past weekend Rocklin, CA celebrated 125 years of being a city.

There was a great party in the Quarry Park.

I really love the small town atmosphere.

Change is coming...we can't take things for Granite.....

Friday, February 23, 2018


Happy Chinese New Year

The Year of the Dog....

In honor of this time of year I dove back into my archives.

Here is our "Granddogger"  Snickerdoodle.


She's no longer this young pup

but just as engaging and social as she was then.

I do love how she smiles....

Sunday, February 18, 2018


It seems we are in for a change in the weather.

The weather guys say snow in the mountains...

which we need so badly,

Maybe a sprinkle or two here in Rocklin, CA.

A cold blast is coming down from Canada

and we are in for frost and early morning temps around 30F.

Now that's just plain freezing for us delicate people.

Thanks for looking.

As always please enlarge the photos to see the detail.

Saturday, February 17, 2018


A lovely midday walk in our neighborhood.

These daffodils were asking me to take their picture.

I had to oblige .....

The shadows fascinated me.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


The sky was so pretty tonight.

It made the perfect end to a nice Valentines Day.

Be sure to enlarge these to get the full effect.

Monday, February 12, 2018


We really haven't had enough winter in our neck of the woods.

The trees seem to have forgotten that we need more rain and mountain snow.

This photo is from last year.

I'm not sure we will even get a few buds on our sad trees this year.

The pink flowering plums are beginning to pop out all over.

Our almond tree is doing its thing though.

Its so pretty against the blue sky today.

This is such a beautiful time of year but,

Oh my,
I can feel the ACHOOS coming....

Monday, February 05, 2018


Dave and I made our way into the foothills to "kill" time

while our car was being serviced.

Nothing was blossoming yet.

We did find some really interesting pruning jobs.

Apple Hill is now mostly apple orchards.

Long ago pears and peaches were the major crop.

There were rows and rows of Scarecrow looking trees.

We saw some dried Fuji type apples hanging on for dear life.

I never saw this type of pruning before.

All the trees were trimmed into V shapes.

Apparently it is for ease of harvesting the apples quickly.

One of my friends said these look like antlers.

I quite agree.

We will return sometime this Summer to see the progress

And of course in the Fall when they are full of apples.

To Be Continued.....

Friday, February 02, 2018


Yesterday was the first day of February.

The air was warm and the sun shined beautifully all day.

We were blessed with the most glorious sunset.

I wish we were up higher so I could have captured more of the magnificent color.

Have a wonderful weekend .

Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Fifty Four years ago today Dave and I marched down the aisle.

The adventure of a lifetime began.

I wouldn't trade any of it....

The ups and downs only made us stronger.

Oh thin....

Waiting for our cue....

It's hard to believe that two of my bridesmaids and two of Dave's groomsmen

have passed away already.

Good memories of long ago.

Delicious cake

Not too messy..

On our way to Disneyland for our honeymoon.

Love the outfits with hats and gloves.

Happy Anniversary to my Love and my Best Friend.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018


Sunshine makes me happy.

Yesterday was so gloomy....

Not so good for the mountain snowpack

But oh so good for my attitude!

Monday, January 29, 2018


This turned out to be a " FOODIE " weekend for us.

On Friday we were in charge of set up, making salads , serving dinner and clean up for Celebrate Recovery.

Its always a pleasure to step in and help when the regulars are out of town.

On Sunday Dave and I did the same type of thing for a big dinner at church.

We were part of a great crew.

Kevin Kauer does such a great job of cooking for the masses.

I'm so happy to be a part of his team.

It won't be long before we do the "Kevin Kauer Kitchen Krew"

in Mexicali, Mexico.

Of course our table settings there in Mexico won't look as elegant as this one at church.

Don't forget to enlarge the photo so you can see the detail better.

Thursday, January 25, 2018


I looked out my window a few hours ago and saw this ominous dark cloud.

The sun was shinning so brightly in our neighborhood.

My first thought was, must be snowing in the mountains to the North.

I think it must be snowing there.

Don't forget to enlarge this to get the full picture.

Sunday, January 21, 2018


I didn't get outside quickly enough this morning.

I missed sunrise and the heaviest part of the frosty morning.

The air was crisp and the neighbors' roof still had the white stuff on it.

The temperature was 36*F.

My breath came out in puffs of clouds.

Don't forget to enlarge the photo to see the detail.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Our few days of rain has brought out the moss in all its glory.

The sun, at the perfect late afternoon angle, highlighted this rock perfectly.

It seems that all of our fruit trees have seen better days.

This poor peach tree really shows its age.

I have to admit that the lichen on the trunk is pretty though.

I don't think there is any hope in saving it.

It makes me very sad.

Rain is predicted this weekend with heavy snow in the mountains.

We need it badly but it will keep us from working in the yard.