Monday, July 19, 2021

Family Time In The Mountains

My family visited last week, and it was soooo good to see them.  There were lots of hugs and kisses from grandma, and playing and talking and also some traveling.  When they first got here, I had a seven layer bean dip and chips ready for them, along with some potato salad and lemonade.  The little ones know me as cookie grandma, as I'm always baking cookies for them when I see them.

I bought two pink lawn chairs for the grandgirls, and placed two BIG teddy bears on them to greet them when they pulled up.  These were my kids' bears when they were little, and they are very special to them.

I found goodies here and there to fill their cabinet so they would have something to play with.

Remember the glass jar I bought at the home store?  I filled it with peanut M&M's, Brian's favorite candy.

The first day, we traveled to see some beautiful Waterfalls.  These Falls are amazing, and people come from all over to see them.  We talked with families that were traveling from Huntington Beach and other states like Florida and Texas.  Here are some pictures of the Falls.

An old man taking a rest with his loyal companion.

Little feet going up the steep walkway (Francesca).  It's quite a hike to get to the top of the Falls.

There is a cool little shop there that we went to and bought some water and snacks.  They sell t-shirts and cups and other items.  Here is Mia outside the shop standing next to a huge tree, which looked very much like a Christmas tree.

We walked so much, she was pooped out at the end of the trip.

It was such a fun day, and I was so glad to see my family again.  I'll show you a little more of their visit next time.


Monday, July 12, 2021

This And That In July

You know, since I moved to the mountains, I haven't had cable for 6 months!  Yes, half a year, because I got so tired of turning on the tv and seeing all the nonsense going on in the world.  The news showed many bad and violent happenings, so I just needed a break for awhile.  But I felt like I was missing some of the good shows, so I had cable installed last week.  And with July comes the Hallmark Christmas in July shows.  I think Candace Cameron Bure is my favorite Christmas actor.  ; )

July has been good to me, but there are some days when you just need a cup of coffee in the afternoon and a treat.

I have to show you the fabulous cake that Jess made Nel for her 40th.  It was a birthday funfetti cake inside with buttercream frosting.  On the sides of the cake she made her homemade macarons, which are very time consuming.  It was delicious, and it looked like a work of art.

For Nel's 40th, the girls went to a spa for the day.  There were massages, a hot tub, pools, healing hot springs, and a nice lunch afterwards.  Here is Nel and Jess and Nel's sister-in-law taking a mud bath.  What a fun day.

I bought this glass jar at the home shop and am going to fill it with candy for my family when they come to visit soon.  It's really nice and sturdy.

My mini roses are coming along, and my pink bush is getting fuller every day.  This is the peach one.

I can't wait to see these little ones.  I won't be able to stop kissing them.

It's been pretty hot here, in the 100's, but supposed to cool down a little this week....hopefully.

I must confess, you're not my favorite season.  ; )


Monday, July 5, 2021

Baking A Pie For The Neighbor

Nel 's neighbor gave her and Renecke some lawn chairs, and to thank them Nel wanted to make them a peach pie, and Mia helped too.  She started making really good peach pies when she lived in Georgia.  She said the peaches there were the best, so ripe and juicy.

The neighbor was delighted when she brought the pie over.  She made one for her family also.  She ended up putting blackberries and blueberries in it, and it turned out great.

I love that my daughters have baking time with their little ones.  They have so much fun baking together.

It's our Nel's birthday this week!

Even though you're 40, my dear Danelle, you'll always be 4 to your mama.  ; ) 

Monday, June 28, 2021

White Fence

I was so glad to have my fence painted white.  When I moved here it was Winter and had to wait until Spring, and then had to wait for the Painter cause he was busy with previous projects he was working on.  He did a nice job, and I like that the boards are fat ones and not skinny.  He first pressure washed all the fence, then scraped off all the old and chipped paint, then repaired the broken latch on one of the gates.  Then, he began the painting.  It's a long fence area in the front of my yard, and I'm relieved it's done.  I think it looks good.

I'm not sure what the story is, but when the previous lady lived here, part of the fence was painted, and the other half was not.

I have to admit that it was bugging me, cause I wanted the whole thing completed.  I guess I was impatient, but it's nice looking out my window now and seeing the birds land on my newly painted white fence.  Doesn't this Quail look pregnant.  : )

My brother said that he would put grass in at some point if I wanted, which was so generous, but the water usage would be enormous living on a big corner lot, and we don't have water to waste, as it hardly rained at all this year.  I will groom my flower beds and plants and wash down the walkways, but I kind of like the woodsy look in my front yard.  After all, I live in the mountains now.

Well, I won't leave you with a boring white fence, so here's a few happy pics.

I've had a little Christmas lately with some Peppermint tea.  So good.

A Robin came to visit me one day.

Strawberry cake

Mia enjoying the Summer days with her crab float and pool and ice cream!

We have the biggest Dandelions here in the mountains.

And the dandelion does not stop growing because it is told it is a weed.  The dandelion does not care what others see.  It says, "One day, they'll be making wishes upon me."

~B. Atkinson

Can't believe it's almost July.  I'm wondering what kind of things they will have up here to celebrate the 4th.