Sunday, May 15, 2022

Road Trip

Just got home this afternoon.  I took a road trip with my son for about five days.  We did a lot and met with family.  I don't like traveling, but it wasn't too bad cause it was mostly highway.  Open roads and a long drive, listening to classic songs like Take It Easy, by the Eagles.  I'm tired, and need to rest, but will tell you about my road trip soon.

"Come on baby, don't say maybe

I gotta know if your sweet love is gonna save me."

lyrics, Take It Easy


Monday, May 9, 2022

Purple Peace

It was just one of those days.  I'll be taking a road trip soon, and that means getting on the phone and making plans and arrangements, etc.  As I was talking on the phone with rude and not so helpful staff, I started to get frustrated and bothered.  Could that be one of the reasons I don't like traveling that much, too much preparation?  Probably.  After things were taken care of, I needed some peace.  So, I slowly drove to the church.  When I got there, I was surprised to see rows and rows of Purple flower beds, my favorite color!  Right away, I began to feel better, and the chaos around me started to dissipate.

I came across two Bee cups at the store one day, and one said Bee kind, and the other, Bee unique.  I mentioned to my son that I wanted one.  He asked me which one.  I had to think about it, cause it seems that kindness has been lost in the world, so those words were special, but being unique is so important to me.  So, that was the cup I chose, and one day he surprised me with it.

Nel just told me that she's starting to make cakes!  Not for selling, just decorative cakes for special occasions.  Here's one she made for her nephew's Spider-Man birthday.  Isn't it wonderful?

Mia sent me a surprise in the mail for Mother's Day.  It was a small music box.  I love the tune, and I'll share it with you a little later, along with some other goodies that Jess got me.

My flowering plant is green from the rain.  The tiny white flowers on it are starting to blossom.

On my front lawn.

Make a wish.

I wish you so many good things this week.


Monday, May 2, 2022

The Lost Raggedy Ann Doll

Me and Nel were talking the other day about her favorite childhood doll, and how she lost it one afternoon when she was three years old.  Here is her short story of the lost cherished doll.

~I was at a restaurant with you, Dad, and Raggedy Ann and we were sitting in a leather booth.  Sometime after leaving the restaurant, I realized I didn't have her anymore and I had a complete breakdown.  I was totally inconsolable.  A few weeks later, I remember being at Grandma's house and being presented with my Raggedy Ann, which you all had miraculously "found," but I remember knowing that it wasn't my real Raggedy and throwing her down crying.  It turns out, I was right.  It wasn't the real Raggedy.  Grandma had made me a new one to replace the one I lost, but any kid can sniff out a new replacement toy.  The ironic part is that the "new" Raggedy (pictured here) is now probably my oldest and most treasured toy from my childhood.  I kept her all those years, through kindergarten and middle and high school and even college, through all the moves and life changes, and now she's sitting on a bookshelf in my own daughter's room with her baby Raggedy, which you got for me when I was pregnant.  I look at her from time to time and think how happy she is to have a baby girl.~

Nel took that doll everywhere she went, and it will always be a part of her life.

You know, it's so hard for Jess to part with her stuffed animals.  One day when she was sorting through them to give some away, she had a hard time letting them go.  And I can relate, as I kept many of my children's special things.  This is a handmade bunny Jess made me when she was little.

We love our special stuffed animals, don't we?

Do you have a special stuffed animal or doll from childhood?  Here's mine.  I still have her.  My mom was a great seamstress and made a few doll clothes for her.  

Happy May!  What a wonderful month this is.  


Monday, April 25, 2022

Some Flowery Things

Well, I thought Spring came, and then we had rain, hail, sleet, and snow last week.  And I'll take it all.  California really needs the rain, and it was good to see it fall.

If you love Oreos like I do, it might interest you that this is their 110th celebration.  Can't believe they've been around that long.  In 1912, the Oreo cookie was born!

Spaghetti is even better with homemade meatballs to go with it.

My son made enchiladas one day with eggs, ham, potatoes, onions, chili sauce, and cheese.  They tasted a lot like breakfast burritos and were so good.

There's nothing like corn bread, except when smothered in butter.

The California Quail.  This is a handsome fellow, a round bird.  It has a head plume, which looks like a single feather, but is actually a cluster of six feathers.  He is our state bird, and I see an abundance of them in the mountains.  I'll post more about this bird sometime, as they fascinate me.  They often walk in big groups, and I see them trot in my yard all the time.

I know Spring is coming when I see the dandelions on my front lawn....but they do make me smile.

I put out some flowery things just to brighten up my home a bit.

We love our blog friends, don't we?  My friend, Carla, sent me a card in the mail, and I was very surprised and happy to receive it.

I love that little feet ran barefoot searching for eggs on the Easter egg hunt.

Nel's pretty plate she gave me.

Have a good flowery week.


Monday, April 18, 2022

Francesca's Adventure In The South

I mentioned on my last post that Jess and Francesca took a little trip to the South, and the city they visited was Charleston! (South Carolina).  It's an old city with so many things to see and do.  She went to a charming French bakery that had the best croissants, visited the college of Charleston, had scrumptious cupcakes, saw many cool alleys, and stood under the Spanish moss trees.  She splurged on a horse and carriage ride.  She always wants to go on one when she visits historic cities, but they are always so expensive.  But this time she did.  Our family loves food, and she knew I would be interested in all the dishes she tried - Monte Cristo with sweet tea for lunch, and chicken and baby shrimp in a zesty pepper sauce with mashed potatoes, and the best "flash fried" brussel sprouts she has ever eaten.  I will show you pictures of her trip, and I won't flood you with ones of Jess and Francesca, just a few of my favorites of them, but mostly of the town, in case you ever want to visit.  I love Francesca's funky shoes, purple purse, and suitcase.  I'll start with my favorite picture.


Jess said it was a lot of fun, and a wonderful trip overall.