Monday, November 25, 2019

Crumbled Lemon Loaf

 I went to Starbuck's and ordered a lemon loaf, one of my favorite goodies there.  The lady who took my order was blonde, middle aged, friendly, and nice.  Her name was Charlotte.  The lemon loaf started to crumble right when she placed it in the bag, so she got me another lemon loaf.  I said, "it's crumbling because it's so moist."  She had a tattoo on her arm, and I asked her what it meant.  She said it was in Thai,  ไม่ต้องกังวลเกี่ยวกับเรื่องนี้, and it means Don't worry about it - no worries.  She then placed the other lemon loaf in the bag, and handed me both of the loaves - the good one and the crumbled one.  And with a smile on her face and a loud voice, she said, "Don't worry about it - no worries!"

Here's a few pictures of Christmas decorations and
this and that.

My mom had this porcelain box in her kitchen all year long.   She loved her grandchildren, and all those years looking at that little box in her home, I never realized I would have it someday, and have grandchildren of my own.

Lots of Christmas shopping,
lots of decorating, lots of wrapping. 
It's time to take a break,
and have a hot cup of coffee and
some Christmas cookies.

There's so much for me and you to worry about in this big ole world, but I want to pass along these special words to you that the lady from Starbuck's passed on to me.

Don't worry about it -
no worries.


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.