Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Breakfast, My Favorite Meal Of The Day

I met my son for breakfast last week.  My family has always loved this place, and it has an atmosphere of a French inspired café.  It is called Mimi's Café, and they have many located in different areas all around California.  I've always wanted to take pictures inside, as I think it would be nice to have a kitchen in this style,  Here's the outside and you will notice all the flower pots gracing the window sills.

The coffee is so good,
and so are the carrot raisin muffins.

Old phones
old clocks
and old record players
Charming brick,
which reminds me of my mom's house.
I loved this blue tile in the other room
And the best part, the company.  : )

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Aloha Hawaii!

Do you ever feel like you need a vacation?

Somewhere far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life...

Somewhere you can kick off your shoes and just relax?

Then come with me, friends, to the islands of Hawaii. 

We'll stroll the golden beaches...

and cool off with a dive into the turquoise sea...

We'll take in the views from the cliffs...

And hike down to the tide pools.

At sunset, we'll arrive to the luau and check to make sure the volcano rocks smoking our Kahlua pork are still nice and hot.

Then we'll order a festive drink from the tiki bar...

and sit back for the show!

Amid all the celebrations, we must also take some time to remember those who served.

And the brave sacrifices they made for the country they loved. 

We will cherish the beauty of life. 

And all the treasures of the magnificent earth we share.


And when the sun is setting and the moon is rising above the golden clouds into the evening sky, we'll look forward to saying "Aloha" to another day in paradise.

Because this, my friends, is a truly wonderful world.

These photos were taken from a trip to Oahu, Hawaii in 2017. 

Aloha au ia 'oe, hoa.

~ Nel

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Back To School........Already

School is about to start already for the kids in my area, and I feel for them, as it's still pretty hot out.  Remember those cute clothes we wore the first couple weeks of school?  My mom took me school shopping to buy a couple dresses, shirts, socks, and a pair of shoes.  She always went to JC Penney, and I was so excited to get a few new outfits, and began to plan my wardrobe for the first week of school.  

My mom's choice of cereal was corn flakes and cheerios, that's it.  She also made a warm bowl of oatmeal sometimes before school.  I remember going over to my friend, Tina's house, and her cupboard was filled with an assortment of cereals.  It was a feast for the eyes.  She had five siblings in her family as well.  I still eat corn flakes and cheerios to this day and enjoy its wholesome goodness.

I always wanted a red plaid lunch pail, but my mom packed us a brown bag lunch every day with bologna sandwiches or tuna fish sandwiches, fruit, and maybe chips.

The school was right up the road from my house, so I walked there every day and home again.

Would you believe Nel and Jess went to the same school I did just for a year until we moved?  Once in awhile, me and Nel would head on over to A&W after school and get some seasoned fries until Jess got out.  We would talk and catch up on the school day.  : )

I wish all the students a very good and memorable year, and I hope they get a fun and creative teacher like Miss Jessi, now Mrs. Jessi. 

While Jess will be teaching elementary students this year, Nel will be teaching bright and eager-to-learn freshman college students. 

I wish all the teachers a good year too.
They do wonderful things every day.