Monday, August 6, 2018

Wide Open Spaces

I took a drive in the country a couple weeks ago.  It was my son's birthday, and I wanted to get him a special treat.  There is a little bakery along the country roads with the most amazing desserts.  I got him a piece of chocolate cheesecake.  On the drive there, I noticed many things, like charming street signs with unusual names.
I usually stop here and rest along the way, and I notice the grass with each season.  It's so dry now.  The summers here are hot and dry, and this is when the wild fires mostly take place.  Please say a prayer for the fires going on in California right now.  It's about three hours from me, but still scary. 
Cobwebs often accompany the flowers in the country.
What's this I see?
Even the weeds are pretty in the country.
I wanted to go inside this vintage shop, but it was closed, as I arrived very early in the morning.
The nursery
Oh, I love these old mailboxes.
Can you see why I take a drive just to get one of these goodies?
There is goodness to be found out in the country, if only we look closely.
She needs wide open spaces.



Susie said...

Sheri, You have been in my thoughts and prayers, all in your state. So scary with the fires and dryness. You will have to go back to that cute shop one day. Happy birthday to your son. Oh yes, that is a wonderful treat for a birthday, or any day. Yum. Please be safe my friend. Blessings to you, love, xoxo, Susie

Sylvia said...

Good morning, Sheri. I enjoyed the ride with you. I sure would have loved all the sweets if I could eat them. I am low carb and don't eat many.
I would like to go in the antique store too!

R. ChamberofBeauty said...

At first, I want to wish your son's birthday. You gave really a great treat to him. I love the pictures you have clicked especially the greenery, antique shop and the flowers. You made my day <3
Kisses <3
Have a happy Monday <3

Dewena said...

I love your beautiful photo of yourself! (But weren't you supposed to show us another one too? !)

Happy birthday to your son, Sheri! And those desserts look very tasty.

The grass does look dry, I hope everyone is very careful. Praying for rain and a stop to these fires.

That's a gorgeous gate to the nursery! Have you been there?

Thinking of you and that sweet baby soon to appear,

Ann said...

How charming are those street sign pics
you shared and all those yummy goodness
make me want to break my diet from sweets.
You really take good pictures.

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Sherry said...

* love the picture of you! such a beauty :)

* yUm to the dessert for your son,
and a happy birthday!

* that country town is one of my favorites.
i haven't visited that particular shop either..
hm. thinking that might be a *must do*.

Karen said...

It's so good to hear from you, Sheri. I love your photos of your ride in the country! Any of that cheesecake left? ha ha You will have to go back and visit the Vintage Shoppe. I have been praying for all those affected by the wildfires. Have a beautiful day.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Beautiful Sheri, oh how refreshing is your country drive to me. As I read your sweet and honest prose, and as I scrolled down to see this HORSE RUMP, I just SQUEALED in delight.How I love a horse rump.....LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You have such a beautiful feel to your words and photos. You have captured the bittersweet routine of life here from summer fresh to late summer/early fall deterioration. But it's all a part of life. However, at the end of every road, there is something sweet, whether it's a carefully chosen chocolate sweet for a loved one, or a promise from God above. Love to you dear and kind friend.

It's me said...

Mmmmmmmm.....That choclate cheescake look amazing !!!!....i wish i could taste the cross sign in your third picture from happy week Sheri ....💕💕💕 from me Ria x ☀️


Yummy cake. Love the names of the streets there. Handsome horse.


PS) Happy Birthday to your son.

Lowcarb team member said...

Birthday wishes to your son.
Lovely to see all of your photographs.

All the best Jan

Chatty Crone said...

Happy birthday to your son -

I really enjoyed your trip into the country - the photographs were beautiful and colorful. I am glad I didn't go I would have had one of everything - lol.

Go back one day when the shop is open!

Susan said...

Nice post, Sheri. Wonderful photos and even that sweet video! Oh my goodness, your son must have been over the moon with his piece of chocolate cheesecake. Those particular photos made my mouth water. And Sheri, thank you SO MUCH for your faithful visits and sweet comments. LOVE them! Susan

Bety said...

Happy birthday to your son, Sheri!I love your travels and photos you share! Our summer this year is like in the tropics ... It is often raining, but nature - grasses, flowers in bloom ...

Patricia said...

Hi Sheri, what a great post. Those birthday treats do look amazing, and Happy Birthday to your son who I'm sure enjoyed it. I always love a country drive, and this one was so attractive. Love that antique gate, the horse, and nature in the outdoors. Too bad the Collectibles store was closed! xx

Holly said...

Well hello country Gypsy! It's so sad to see Cali on fire. I found my wide open spaces and it's pretty beautiful out here in the country, I need to have my camera with me to do some photography to share. I just discovered my new downtown and it has tons of antique shops, which were also closed.. they open Wednesday's as the beginning of the week...not Mondays. Now I know. I hope you and your son had an awesome Birthday.

Louca por porcelana said...

Amazing pictures!Those desserts are mouthwatering!Your picture is beautiful!Hugs!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh, I love taking a drive in the country. And I'm so sorry it's dry and the fires are still going...I'm praying for everyone. Love your photos. Neat to see flowers blooming no matter how dry it gets. And the desserts look yummy. My youngest son had a birthday this week...wish I was close enough to take him a treat. Sweet hugs!

Stephanie said...

Loved, loved, loved this post, dear Sheri! Your photos were simply beautiful (especially the one of you at the end), and oh, those desserts look amazing!

Sending lots of love your way!

Marilyn Miller said...

Oh I love the weeds, flowers, the antique shop, and that dessert. It is amazing you find something so beautiful for your son in the country. What a lovely drive. It brings back memories of driving in the country in your state when I grew up. Love it!

Pilar said...

Beautiful photo of you Sheri, and Happy Birthday to your son! I hope that you are safe in California from the fires. You're in my prayers!

R. ChamberofBeauty said...

Thanks for your sweet comment, my dear <3

Kisses <3
Have a great day!

Jill said...

Lovely pictures and I have always loved that song! Been keeping everyone near those fires in my prayers... so sad... Hope you enjoy the rest of your week.


Red Rose Alley said...

I see a hidden cross! What a beautiful photo. :-)


Sandi said...

Saying prayers for California...

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Hello Dear Sheri!
I love the open country roads both too, literally and figuratively. So glad that you enjoyed your pretty outing, and here you are too! Pretty and thoughtful you!

Jeanie said...

I'm too far behind for words. One day I will stupble on the post where you tell me Nel had her baby. Has she? I'm hoping to catch up over the next few days. It'll be busy while Rick's here but then some time alone and that should be productive. Lonely but productive!

What a great road trip you enjoyed. SO pretty and so fun!

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Carla from The River said...

Love that photo of you. :-)
I have been praying for California. xx oo

I always enjoy hearing about your adventures with your son.
Love, Carla

baili said...

Dear Sheri this is undefinable pleasure to see you in such adorable pause :)

Happy birthday to your dear son my friend! ,may he be blessed with happy healthy life ahead!!!

thank you for taking us with you to explore the beauty of your gorgeous area!

loved each single view and sight you shared so much

Susie Swanson said...

Beautiful post sweet lady and thank you so much for sharing. You have been in my thoughts and prayers for your state. Karen gave me your message and I thank you so much for reaching out and for your prayers. I'm so sorry I haven't been in touch much lately and fully understand what blogger has done to us all. Love you very much. Susie

M Pilar said...

Yes she does.

Beautiful post, dear friend. Wish I could join you on this lovely drive. The horse melts my heart instantly, and the "little flowers" are always my favorite.
Stay safe from the fires. I always send prayers your way when I hear.

A Casa Madeira said...

I love antique shop.
I loved the pictures.
Good weekend.

Carola Bartz said...

Those are pretty cool street signs!
We did get a lot of smoke from the wildfires in Lake and Mendocino Counties and they were terrible reminders of the firestorm from last October that destroyed so many neighborhoods in my town. I had my evacuation box ready to go again...

Rose said...

I really like this song, but my favorite by them is Godspeed

Rose said...

Oh, I forgot to say...some of that food looks absolutely delicious..