Monday, June 24, 2019

These Warm June Days

Even in northern California it gets hot in the Summers, and I'm just trying to stay out of the heat and keep cool.   I pulled a muscle in my neck, and the pain has been pretty bad (shooting up to my head), so just laying low and sticking around the house and close by.   The sprinklers at the Rose Garden came on early one morning, and the roses looked beautiful.  There is a table at the garden that people carve special notes and messages on.  As I was looking at them, I noticed someone carved these words.....Jess is a Homie, and Red like Roses.  Isn't that strange?  Don't know who wrote it or what it means, but it got my attention.   Nel is back home in California, and I'm glad she had a safe journey and saw many interesting things with each state she passed through.  There was a tornado warning when they drove through Kansas.  Nowhere to find shelter, so they drove right through the storm.  The red rocks in Utah were amazing.  When they went into the canyon, they saw the strange and wonderful shapes of the rock formations that were made over thousands of years.  One of them looked like a lion.  Mia did pretty well on the road, and so did their dog.  ; )    It was a week-long trip, and Renecke drove the whole time.  I got a surprise package in the mail from my blog friend, Pam.  It was the prettiest tea cup with purple flowers.  And now I have something from Tennessee.   Our blog friends are so special and good to us. 
Someone discovered Summer
watermelon.  ; )

Monday, June 17, 2019

Baby Blessings

Dear friends, I know it's been a while. The last four months have been a whirlwind of activity. My husband and I have been balancing two full-time jobs with full-time baby care (it was a complicated dance...), planning a cross-country move from Georgia to California (we're on the road now!), and job-searching (I accepted an offer from Cal State LA just last week!). Lots going on around here, but amid all the hustle and bustle we made time for a very special, peaceful day with God. 

We wanted our little Georgia Peach to be baptized in her sweet southern birthplace. 

Our priest was the best. Such a warm and loving man with a great sense of humor. We all took an immediate liking to him. Mia actually clapped at the end of his sermon. ( :

And the godmama flew out all the way from California to join us!

This little girl brings so much joy into my life.

And now throughout her life, she'll have a faith tradition to call home.


Monday, June 10, 2019

Cherished Friend

You first introduced me to the 45 records, and we listened to some of your collection on the old record players.

I was so impressed with all your jewelry.  You even went down to the bead shop to buy cool beads to make your own necklaces and bracelets.  I think you were the first person who got me into jewelry.
We go way back, me and you.  You were my friend in grade school, and we had fun at each other's houses and running around the neighborhood.  Remember kim h?  She brought a little bizarre to our lives.  And it was the three of us for awhile, until she moved. 

We had the best time at the slumber parties that Tina threw for my birthdays.

Then came the awkward junior high years.  My mom made our clothes for the special occasions we went to.

Me and my sister were talking the other day, and the words she used to describe you were sweet, good, and down to earth.
My kids remember the smile on your face when we walked in your restaurant, the red meat tacos, and the pink cookies.
And then when I visited years later by myself, I got the special treatment and got to go in the back to chat while you made the food.  You always stuffed my tacos, and oh, that sauce!  We still talk about your famous tacos.  Did I ever say thank you for cooking for my family all those years? - all my family! 
thank you.
How I will miss our coffee time together.
That was our thing!
Look what I came across.
It's a card you sent me in grade school.
Well, this is me telling you I love you, you were a loyal friend, and I will miss you.
Tears are falling for you, Mea.
But the memories of us playing as kids
will stay with me forever.

Let us listen to one of the 45 records once again like we used to.  And if you remember, we sure wanted to walk down to loveland with t and a.  ; )
Peace, cherished friend.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Magnolia Street

It does my heart good to take a drive in the country once in awhile.  There's always something interesting to see, and I come back home with a refreshed outlook.
There is one particular antique shop that I visit every time I'm out this way.  I thought this swan gate was delightful for a garden.
I stopped at the original Lorenzos....
Yummy tacos.
On to the bakery. 
Thought I'd get a treat to take home with me.

Love this sign.
  And speaking of magnolia....
there is a pretty magnolia tree right in my neighborhood with the biggest blooms ever.
I often browse through the nursery.  There was a big golden fish in the fish pond that was beautiful.
Driving home.
I guess I've always had a bit of
country in me.
Now, I think I'll have my treat 
with a cup of coffee.  ; ) 
(raspberry Danish)