Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Just Because

A little of this and that
in May.
My brother's full
bush of hydrangeas
at his home.

This is the most unusual
tree at one of my
favorite parks.

Mickey ears for Nel.

I think even the weeds
 have their own

My grandfather worked
on the railroads
near this train station
years ago.

I see a lot of blue jays
around here.

Best friend bought me
these chocolate
covered strawberries,

A favorite shopping
center of mine.

I put my special
"quotes" in this journal.

Can you believe
May is almost over?

Sunday, May 24, 2015


I wandered across this beautiful church while taking an afternoon stroll

The grounds were so colorful and peaceful to walk through

St. Joseph overlooked the sea.

It was the perfect time to stop, 


and smell the red roses. 


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Her Secret Garden

I was first introduced to
this song by Kim,
from Imagery by Kimberly,
and it really spoke to me,
from the beginning of the
song, to the end.

Her secret garden....
Thank you, Kim,
for sharing
such a beautiful song.
(pictures are from different areas around my town)

Monday, May 18, 2015

A Weekend To Remember

Thank you all for the birthday wishes.  I appreciate it so much.  We had a busy weekend driving to So Cal for my birthday and Nel's graduation ceremony.  It was a fun filled trip with lots of happenings.  I can always tell we're getting close to So Cal by their tall palm trees.

We went to a charming town for my birthday and ate dinner at an Italian restaurant with pictures of Italy adorning the walls.   As I was coming out of the bathroom during dinner, you'll never guess what song they were playing......Sherry Baby!  I was thrilled! (and no, my kids didn't request it; that's why it was so wonderful).  Nel gave me a nice gift card to Macy's.  Jess knows I love children's books, so she bought me What a Wonderful World book, illustrated by Tim Hopgood.

The ceremony was so nice.   If you've ever heard of the PhD robes, they are very full and heavy with their big floppy hats.  I was filled with awe when I saw Nel receiving her degree.

I noticed a red rose in the distance, and had to take a picture of her with it.

Jess made this hilarious sign, and when Nel was walking down the aisle, she saw Jess waving this sign and couldn't help but crack up.

On the way home we stopped at the delicious Pea Soup Andersen's for their famous split pea soup.

Me and Jess browsed through the gift shop, and I bought her a tea cup ornament and some blackberry jam.

On the top of the door was this sign as we were leaving the gift shop.

Thank you for sharing Nel's exciting day with us.   You are always with me in spirit.......always.


Friday, May 15, 2015

Jersey Boys

Have you seen the movie Jersey Boys?  I thought it was awesome.  I loved most of the songs in the movie, which were originally sung by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, but this particular song has always been a favorite of mine.

(a scene from the movie)

"Why don't you come out with
your red dress on?"

Won't you dance with me
on my Birthday?

Monday, May 11, 2015

A Sweet Day With My Kids

I had a wonderful Mother's Day.  Nel treated me to a delicious breakfast of pancakes and coffee at my favorite cafĂ©.  Jess made these paper flowers with her second grade students, and thought she'd make a few for me while creating them.  She also bought me a box of assorted chocolates.

My son gave me a bouquet of white flowers that were so lovely.

Isn't this tea cup pretty?  We spent the day in mid-town Sacramento, and I found it at one of the antique shops there.

I hope you had a
wonderful day as well.


Friday, May 8, 2015

Will You Read Me A Story?

I thought it was a good time to show you the picture my sister gave me recently since it's almost Mother's Day.  I mentioned to you before that she always seems to find the perfect gift.....well, she really does.  I loved this one especially because I happened to have the same picture, but a smaller size.  This one is big, and goes so well with my couches.  It is a painting of a mother and her daughters, and it means a lot to me, as I used to read to my children all the time when they were little.  The girls in the painting look just like Nel and Jess, and the mother resembles me as well.

Happy Mother's Day
to all my precious
blog mothers.