Monday, May 10, 2021

Springtime In The Mountains

I hope you had a nice Mother's Day.  I took a walk with my son in my new Skechers and had lunch together, and it was a pleasant day.  I was outside doing yard work last week, and my neighbor, Lisa, called out and said she would help me rake up the pile of leaves in the front of my house and the side area by the mailboxes.  I said, "yes, thank you."  So, on Friday, I saw her and her husband out there working away.  He has a small machine which makes it easier to pick up.   I told her I'd be out there Sat. to clean the other side.  I thought that was so nice of her to offer like that.  There are lots of dandelions right now in my front yard.  I've been pulling the small ones and tossing them, and picking the ones with the long stems and putting them in water on my front porch to add some color.  Some people call them weeds, but I call them pretty yellow flowers.  ; )  We had a fire recently back in the woods, and it was pretty close to the house.  It was smoky all around and there was a power outage.  This always scares me, cause they can get out of control, but thankfully the fire station is right down the road, and they got here quickly and took care of it.  I've been seeing lots of Quails this Spring right in my front yard, and they visit often.  California's state bird is the Quail.  I've been doing many outside and inside chores since I moved to the mountains, and taking care of much paperwork, so one day I said, "enough!" and drove to the creek.  When I got there, hundreds of birds started to show up.  It was a wonderful sight.  Then, in the distance, there was one big bird sitting alone on a branch, and it was such a surprise to see an Eagle, cause I've never seen one in the wild before.   My friend, Suzanne, sent me a beautiful card for Mother's Day.  I thought it was so sweet of her.  And the girls got me lots of goodies that I'll share later.  There's no See's here in the mountains, and you have to drive an hour to get it, so I savored every piece haha.  Isn't May a grand month?

Francesca's taking a picture with her play doh cut-out camera on the pier.  Oh, Francesca, are you going to like taking pictures just like grandma?  ; )


Monday, May 3, 2021

Disney Themed Zoom Party

I had a Zoom meeting with the girls, and the theme wasn't planned, but it turned out to be quite entertaining with a Disney theme.  Nel is wearing her new t-shirt that says Magical.  I think I want one!  ; )

Jess put some ChapStick on her and Francesca's lips, and it was a flavored lip balm, so it had color, and Francesca thought it was lipstick and kept puckering her lips haha.

Mia showed me her drawing.  I am glad that she is starting to love to draw, as coloring was one of my favorite things to do.

Then, Mia put some music on from her keyboards and started to dance.  Francesca was laughing and started to dance too.  These pictures are awful, but it's hard to get a good pic when one grandgirl is jiggling and the other grandgirl is cracking up.

Jess showed us her new and expensive backpack that she got from downtown Disney.  My 'teacher' daughters work so hard, and it's nice that they treat themselves once in awhile.  Disneyland has opened up again, and I'm not sure how I feel about that.

Then, grandma brought a little magic to the screen and showed the glass rose and played the music box, and the little ones' eyes just lit up.

Jess always has the most delightful cups.

Here is a picture of me at Disneyland.  I thought the girls would like to see this.  It was the one time that my mom and dad took me there when I was only 6, and it was getting dark out and was awaiting Tinkerbell flying through the night.

And speaking of Tinkerbell, this is one of my favorite pictures of Jess in her costume when she was 16.

It was a fun party, and whoever created Zoom is pretty special, don't you think?


Monday, April 26, 2021

Beautiful Anita

You knew that we were blog friends, but did you know that you were my best blog friend?  I am going to miss you here in Blogland.  I loved all of the posts you created.  They were filled with peaceful moments, giving us a little magic with your words, poetry, and photos.  You took us to another place as we opened up your page, only to find many enchanting stories and pictures.

You are smart and clever and wise and creative and kind and just simply wonderful.

And all those e-mails that you sent me through the years!  I loved every one of them.  I enjoyed hearing stories from your childhood and your dear Mom and Dad while growing up in California.  I smiled at all the different font colors you used.   Pink was my favorite.  You sent me this message one day, do you remember?

I loved when you showed us pictures of your home.   You always inspired me to work on my own homes, giving them that extra special touch.  Your house was a labor of love - you worked so hard in your garden for many years, making your home look like a storybook cottage.

 Your photos are equisite, and thank you for sending me this picture.  I'll be sure to frame it and hang it up in my home someday.

I know how you want to work on other projects right now in your life, and I look forward to hearing about them all.  Please don't forget your blog friends, as we will never forget you.  You exude grace and love, and you have a way about you that stirs the very heart of each person you meet.

Me and the girls were always fascinated that you were a French teacher.  You sent me these words one time, and now I am giving them to you.  Yes, I keep very special things.

Bonjour ma chere amie!   Que notre Seigneur te benisse!

Be well, my Huckleberry friend, and know that I will be thinking about you often.

I love you,


Monday, April 19, 2021

Yellow Surprise

I've been doing a lot of yard work lately - picking up pine needles from the front yard, washing down the porch area, and getting a little space ready to plant a rose bush eventually.  It's really hard to get workers up here in the mountains, but after making several calls, I finally found a landscaper to pick up the big piles of leaves and debris that were left behind.  I actually like doing yard work, and there is a sense of completion when things are kept up.  I'm on a corner lot with a big front yard, and although the walkways are always washed down, the remainder of the area is all woods, and trees as tall as you can imagine.  I was outside working one day, and on the side of the house I noticed two yellow Tulips all by themselves growing in the wild.  I don't know how they got there, but it was a lovely sight.  

I pulled them, gave them some water, and placed them on the bird house.

The next day, they were starting to wilt, so I put them in a vase with water, and they stood straight and tall.

 They slowly started opening up,

until they were fully opened.  The inside of a Tulip is amazing with all its detail.

Here's some more Yellow pics.

All I have to is look at this smile, and my heart smiles too.  Doesn't Renecke keep the lawn up beautifully?

My surprise Tulips.

Have a cheerful week, friends.