Monday, July 16, 2018

It's Nice To Be Back

It's been awhile since I posted, but it sure is nice to be here again.  I think the girls did a pretty good job filling in, don't you think?  I want to thank you for all the e-mails you sent me while I was away.  It kept me connected with you, and I appreciate that very much.  Even though I was taking a break, I still took lots of pictures.  And now, I'll share with you some of the happenings that went on during the year.
Cold foggy Winter days.  There is a stray cat that always hangs around at the Rose Garden.  She has the prettiest eyes.  I often lit the white candle that my son-in-law gave me on those dreary Winter days and nights.  I love it!
This was a cold month - so cold that frost appeared on the plants and lawn making it look like a thin blanket of snow.  This little white flower was the first sign of Spring.
Rain!  After the rain, the skies looked beautiful, and the white fluffy clouds were so lovely.  My son made another pot of Jambalaya.  It's his third time making it, and it seems to taste better each time.  The geese always make their way to the pond at the library, which is a pleasant sight.  And Francesca caught the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  : )

More rain!  The roses started to bloom at the rose garden this month.   I had fun making an Easter basket for Francesca.  Jess tells me that bunny ball  is her favorite stuffed animal.  Do you know that I made Easter baskets for my kids until they were in their 30's?  So, you can imagine how much fun it was creating one for this precious baby.  Nel baked some bunny cinnamon rolls, which I thought were very clever.
May is always a busy month, and this one birthday month, a fundraiser for children, a baby get together for Nel with the family, Francesca's Baptism.  I met my friend, Mea, on my birthday, and it always feels like we are still in grade school when we get together....
good friends.

Not a lot of happenings in June.  It starts to get warm in California, even at the beginning of Summer, and much of it is trying to stay cool inside.   I went to a purse/jewelry party at my friend, Vickie's house.  The purse I bought was handmade with a soft material, and the strap was sewn with pearls.  It's an evening bag, and I may or may not give it to one of the girls. ; )
Thanks for bearing with me on this long post.  It's so nice to be back here again with all of you.


Saturday, July 7, 2018

Secret Garden

This weekend, we made a trip to the beautiful Filoli Historic House and Garden, located near San Francisco. 

Tucked away in the rolling green hills of the Bay Area is the Filoli Estate. 

The public can tour parts of the mansion, including the ballroom, kitchens, and library. 

My favorite was the library, of course.

The gardens were gorgeous. 

I felt like I was exploring an enchanting, secret garden!

We bought some preserves at the garden gift shop. I'm looking forward to enjoying them with fresh bread and coffee in the morning. 

I love the blend of people and nature, of architecture and landscape.