Sunday, May 21, 2017

California Journey

A dear blog friend showed us some of the culture and way of life in her country, and I thought it would be fun to show you a little of this and that about our state of California. 
We have extreme and diverse
climates, and we get
rains, snow, winds, and sun -
from the valleys
to the

Some of the best surfing,

internet photo
as well as
snow boarding
skate boarding

Our state flower,
California Poppy.

photo by Jess
We have some of the cutest
fashion designs and
hair styles.

In the summer, we wear
flip flops or sandals like these.

California is well known
for its agriculture.
I appreciate our farmers so much.

Some of our favorite watched movies
were made in Hollywood.

~my dad looked a lot like Cary Grant
Hollywood Walk of Fame

We have many libraries,
art exhibits, good colleges, and
 resources for learning.
But all in all,
California is plain 'ole good fun.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Exciting News

I have some exciting news!
First, I'll give you a hint.
I saw this porcelain plate
at a vintage shop,
and knew I had to buy it.

Have you guessed yet?
Jess is pregnant,
and is going to be a mother,
and I'm going to be a
We're so excited
and feel very blessed.
I wanted to share
the wonderful news with you,
my special blog friends.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Spiced Mug Mat

Thank you all for the
birthday wishes.
I had a great time with
mother's day and my birthday
being only a day apart
this year.
Got lots of goodies.
Nel brought this back
from her trip.
Now, I'll always have something
from Boston.
Loved this card from Nel
I saw this candle
while out shopping one day
at World Market.
Jess went back later and
bought it for me.
Have you ever had something
that smelled like your
This candle smells like
something from my childhood,
but can't figure out what,
it's so pretty.
My son took my car in
to get it cleaned and detailed.
I thought it was a thoughtful gift.
My church gave a carnation
to every mother
after mass, wasn't that sweet?
The carnation is my
second favorite flower -
love the scent,
and they are long lasting.
Jess gave me this candy dish
filled with Sees.  : )
Have you ever heard of a
spiced mug mat?
My best friend moved back here,
and we had lunch yesterday.
This was her gift.
You're supposed to put a
hot cup of tea or coffee on it,
and the spice scent fills the room.
I put it in my kitchen.

I even got myself something
when I was shopping
with the girls.
Isn't this camera necklace cute?
(Charming Charlie)

So many special gifts.
I have to say that my kids
spoiled me the
last couple of days.
Don't ya just love birthdays?  ; )

Monday, May 15, 2017

Happy Birthday Mom!

This weekend we celebrated mothers, and today me and Jess hope all our blog friends will join us in celebrating our very own Sheri. It's her birthday today! 

Mom, you know you mean the world to us. We admire your strength, beauty, and creativity. Thank you for all you have given to us and to so many others throughout the years. The world is a better place because you are in it. 

Wishing you a very happy birthday. We love you!

~ Nel and Jess

Friday, May 12, 2017

Special Mothers, Special Day

This was my son at
two years old.
You can't see it,
but his hair
was long in back. 
~Jess, I was about your age here
Happy Mother's Day
to all the
beautiful mothers.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Memorable Road Trip

I went on a road trip this last weekend with my kids and son-in-law, and it was wonderful.  First stop was my nephew's wedding.  It was really nice, and the whole atmosphere had an eclectic vibe, from the table settings to the paintings on the wall.  I wanted to show you a few pictures of our trip.

This was the cutest bunny
on the table,
with its diamond necklace.
Lanterns on every table
Pretty chandeliers
Whimsical tea pot napkin holders
Cute hats and pretty earrings
Even the ceilings
were adorned with lights.
Dragonfly art work on the wall
And I thought this lamp
was so pretty
at the bride and groom's table.
After the wedding,
we drove to Shasta Lake.
There was a grand bridge
in the distance.
Unusual birds
Gnarled trees
Pretty wild flowers
Train tracks
right next to the lake.
Beautiful Views
On our way driving home.

I loved our road trip.
And I hope I don't wait
that long
to take another one.  ; )