Monday, November 18, 2019

Apple Hill

The whole family took a drive to Apple Hill this weekend.  Jess thought it would be a nice place to get together for Francesca's second birthday.  Almost everyone that lives in northern California knows about Apple Hill.  It's the largest Apple Farm of Placerville.  It has everything apple - apple pie, apple cider, caramel apples, and apple doughnuts. 
We used to go here when the kids were little, so they have wonderful memories.  There's a fishing pond with ducks, and Nel vividly remembers running down the hill that leads to the pond when she was a toddler.

Jess set up a nice picnic table there with food and drinks.
Francesca's other grandma made the cake, a chocolate cake with vanilla frosting.  She makes the most delicious and moist cakes, and when I took a bite, I said one thing, "magic."
The cousins were both wearing their red plaid, which wasn't planned.
I loved Mia's mountain boots.  ; )
We walked through the craft shops, and Nel came across the biggest apple.
Nel and Jess sitting next to granny.
And it's my turn.

When we were browsing through the shops, we noticed a sign that really got to me.  This song reminds me of my Dad, and the last time we were all together walking through a craft fair, we heard the same song.
Francesca was tuckered out at the end of the day.
Thank you, Jess, for planning such a nice get together
with the family.
~and I think to myself,
what a wonderful world.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Slow And Steady

Not a lot going on this week,
and sometimes that can be a good thing.  ; )
Here's some pictures of
slow and steady November.
I hope you have a slow and steady week.


Monday, November 4, 2019

Splendid November

There's still a lot of color here,
and Autumn is lingering on.
I love oatmeal cookies.  I usually put raisins in them, but was out, so I made a batch of plain old fashioned oatmeal cookies.

We don't see much of the golds here, so when I saw this tree, I had to take a picture of it.
I'm embarrassed to say that I forgot about daylight savings time, so I went to church an hour early.  Thankfully, a friendly face was already there setting things up in the church, so I had a chat with her.  Went to get some coffee, and came back.  The cross on the church gives off a beautiful light when it's dark out. 
It's a little early, but couldn't resist this holiday blend.  I think blackberry jam is my favorite right now.
I wanted to show you the kids' costumes this year. Francesca was an Owl, and Mia was a vampire haha.  Francesca was a bit timid going up to the houses this year, but as soon as they gave her some candy, she giggled and ran away.

Remember afterwards when we put the candy in a pile, sorted it out, and traded with siblings?

Oh, the wonder of November.


Monday, October 28, 2019

Every Day It Is Always There

Every day it is always there
Whether in mind or body
Whether I want it to be or not~
Sometimes it's like being haunted
By a constant presence
Of sometimes happiness
Sometimes anger~
But it is always filled with love
That love is my protector.
That protector is my Mother.
~Rainy Ortiz
Danelle, I was your age in this photo.  If  you remember, they had us strike a serious pose here.  It was a fun day dressing up in different outfits, and I was thinking of doing it again very soon, with the granddaughters included.
Dear daughters....haunt  your children pleasantly, so that you are beloved in their eyes.  So, that you are a teacher of good and decent things.  Make special memories with them, so that they will have charming stories to tell their own kids.  Haunt your children with endearment, just as your grandmothers have done to me. 

Some spooky looking pictures at the trail.
I woke up very early on Sunday,
even before the sun came up, and was on my way.
"I will love the light for it shows me the way,
yet I will endure the darkness because
it shows me the stars."
~Og Mandino
We've had strong winds here in California, up to 85 mph. in some areas.  There is always a concern of fires when the winds are that fierce.  There are some happening right now in the north and south areas (not close to me), very scary.

It's a tradition of ours to get a jack-o-lantern pizza every year at Papa Murphy's.  Me and my son enjoyed it with coke.  ; )  He loves the football season.

It's a time to dress up.