Monday, August 25, 2014

August Art

Welcome to my new favorite museum, the Getty Villa.

Located in beautiful Malibu California, the Getty Villa offers stunning views...

"Summer is a great time to visit art museums, which offer the refreshing rinse of swimming pools--only instead of cool water, you immerse yourself in art."  
~ Jerry Saltz ~
lush gardens...

and classical Greco-Roman art.

Hercules with his lion skin and club

Boy running in the gardens 
I visited the Getty Villa for the first time with my students this past week, and quickly fell in love.

Maybe it was the olive trees, which reminded me of a beautiful home my parents used to live in...

or the unique touch of elegance around every corner...

"In character, in manner, in style, in all things, 
the supreme elegance is simplicity." 
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ~

whatever the source of the magic, the Getty Villa took my love of art to new heights. 

~ Nel ~     

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Tune I Will Always Remember

Is it that time already - school is starting?

I remember every year when I was growing up my dad would say "wake up, Sheri," and sing this little tune on the first day of school...

school days, school days
dear old golden rule days
It used to bug me because he sang it over and over, and I wanted to bury myself under the covers and sleep a little longer.  Now, I wish I could hear his voice again singing this special song I heard for so many years.

Thought I'd share with you my favorite school pictures of me, Jess, and Nel.  This picture of Nel always warms my heart.
Sweet little Jess.  She loved polka dots.
And me.  ok, can my bangs get any more crooked?  Still, it is my favorite picture when I was in kindergarten.
Oh, a leaf just flew in my car, reminding me that Autumn is on its way.
I have good memories
of my school days.
How about you?


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Piece of Los Angeles

Sending you a very small glimpse of the diverse and giant metropolitan area of Los Angeles...

Beverly Hills 

and the famous Rodeo Drive

Fancy, fancy storefronts and cuisine

  Dessert?? Why certainly :-)  

Pretty Woman was filmed in this hotel!

 Beverly Wilshire Hotel

It was definitely a fun place to visit...

but honestly, this is more my style ;-) 


Saturday, August 16, 2014

He Is......

They say that you'd better have plenty of girlfriends because husbands just don't understand.  He understands, and he is my girlfriend.

 Rene' Gruau
He gets it.  I can tell him anything..... and I have.  ;~)

 Rene' Gruau
Don't get me wrong, there are times when he frustrates me to no end, but he is always there; protecting, working, and giving.

         photo by husband
We have been through challenging times together, but somehow we manage to end up, his hand in mine.
Oh, he has made me laugh.
Oh, he has made me cry.
34 years today,
he is my world.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Poem

This is a poem that I came across many years ago, and it's always been a favorite of mine.  It's just one verse from the poem, and it's written by William A. Baxter.
Life's Values
When we look at the mountains or look at the sod,
Oh, how can we help but give credit to God?
The tints of the rainbow, the light on the cloud,
Oh, how can the spirit of mortal be proud?
The song of the bird is as God's voice telling me
To be kind to all men and to deal honestly,
And walk with the traveler on life's rugged road
To cheer him, and help him in lightening his load.
It may be this journey will be his last mile;
Oh, these are the values we'll prize afterwhile.
Photos by husband at Bodega Bay.

Have a peaceful day.

Monday, August 11, 2014

I've Been Tagged

Lynne, from Dreams On 34th Street, tagged me for... The Touring Through Blog Land Tour.  I have known Lynne since the beginning of our time blogging, which is about three years.  She is a spirited woman who devotes much of her time to her family, a great gal with a sense of humor, and one of my favorite people here in blog land.

So, on with the questions that are asked from the tour:

1.  What am I working on right now?
     Right now, I am working on something exciting,  
     but I will tell you all about it later.  When the
     time is right, you'll be the first to know.

2.  How does my work differ from others in this
     I am more interested in the photography side of
     blogging.  I enjoy using my pictures to tell a
     story, and I am always working on improving my

3.  Why do I write/create what I do?
     Nel, Jess, and I have created our rosy blog 
     space to share our interests and ideas, 
     communicate with other bloggers, and hopefully
     inspire others.  I cherish the relationships I have
     made through blogging.

4.  How does your writing/creating process work?
     I have actually started to write short stories for
     my children about me growing up, so they will
     know a little bit more about their mom and what
     she was like as a young girl and some of her
     experiences.  I often try to put a splash of humor
     in the stories because I think that laughter is
     something that we all need and long for.

Thank you, Lynne, for including me in The Touring Through Blog Land Tour.  It's been pretty hot here in California, so I think I'll just sit back now and visit you all.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Magic Tree

I was taking a stroll through my favorite park, looking for bunnies, (can you find him??)

when I came across this fascinating tree. 

Sure it looks like an average tree from afar, but when I came close and examined the falling leaves, I noticed how unique it was. 

When hanging onto the tree, the leaves were dark green on one side and light green on the other.

But the leaves that have drifted away and settled on the grass were bright white on one side. This side was so soft to the touch- almost like velvet.

Such beautiful, small details in life when we take the time to notice, right?


P.S. Thank you for the many congratulations!!