Monday, October 18, 2021

Nearby Lake

My two brother-in-laws moved up this way to live with my sister-in-law and help her out with her big ranch home.  A couple weeks ago, my brother-in-law came into town to run errands and he stopped by for a visit.  I have been wanting to see a nearby lake that I was told about, so we drove over there, along with my son, to see some views of the lake.

We got some lunch first, and headed on over there.  They got cheeseburgers and I ordered fish and chips.  Everything was so good.

We ate on one of the benches overlooking the lake.

There are three picnic benches there, and they were all covered with engraved names and sayings.  I smiled at some of them, as they were the names of loved ones in my own family.

And a cute bench.

It was a lovely time at the lake, and I'm so thankful to have family living close by now.

I know it's not even Thanksgiving yet, but I got a few Christmas goodies while out shopping that I couldn't resist.....a Christmas gnome kitchen towel, a glittery bird, and a chocolate coffee bar.  When I got in my car the other morning, it was 40 degrees.  It's already so cold here, and I warmed up with my favorite hot chocolate.

I do love the Christmas season, but I'm still savoring Autumn with my new cinnamon candle.

Have a good October week.


Monday, October 11, 2021

Four Sisters Coffee

When I was at the grocery story, I noticed there were bags of Four Sisters Coffee on the shelf.  I thought I'd take it home and try it out.  The French Roast is an intriguing blend of coffees from the regions of Latin America, Indonesia, and East Africa.  I like to try different kinds of coffee, and although Starbuck's is still my favorite, I welcome the change in others.   I made myself a cup of Four Sisters Coffee that morning, and I really liked it.

Although I'm not living in So Cal anymore, my heart is glad that my daughters are still together and are able to spend time with each other and their little ones.

picture taken in New Orleans

Sisters are important, and I had the same experience being near my sister while we were raising our kids.  We still talk on the phone often, and in fact, while I was working on this post, she called to say hello.  Wonderful timing.

These girls are cousins, but they will feel very much like sisters growing up, as they are only a year apart.  ~and the circle of life goes on.  : )

  Me and my sister don't always agree on things, but she listens.  One day many years ago we were talking, and I said something like, "as soon as my life gets back to normal, it will be a sigh of relief," and she responded, "that is life."  What she was saying is that no matter how messy things are at the moment, that is life, and it can be wonderful, joyful, sad, and sometimes messy.  So, as I'm sipping on my Four Sisters Coffee, I'm thinking of my own sister and feeling very thankful I have her.


Monday, October 4, 2021

Autumn In The Mountains

There's no Starbuck's here in the mountains where I live, but there is a little coffee shop that I go to often.  They have specialty drinks, so yesterday me and my son drove through, and I was hoping they would have a pumpkin coffee.  They did!  I had my first pumpkin latte of the season, and it was really good.

I've seen Winter, Spring, and Summer since I moved here, and now it's time to see Autumn in the mountains, so come along with me.

 I was watching a tv program the other day, and they were showing holiday decor by using pine cones.  When they mentioned how much the bag of pine cones were, I smiled because I have a whole front yard filled with them.  I've been thinking of gathering a few and doing something crafty with them for Christmas.  Any ideas, let me know.


Monday, September 27, 2021

A Surprise At The Creek

Almost every time I go to the creek, I see something interesting.  And they usually come by the dozens.  Recently, I took a drive there with the intention of saying the Rosary while I was there, as it's a peaceful and restful place with no interruptions.  I thought I saw something black sitting on the grass next to the creek, and then they started coming.

One by one, these cattle slowly walked to the creek.

There was even a calf trying to keep up with the rest.

It was a surprise to see them, because they tend to graze at the cow farm that is about five minutes away, which you can see in the distance.  There were so many of them!

A couple of them got so close that I could almost reach out and touch their whorls of hair, which a cow has right between their eyes.

This yellow flowering plant graces all the fields around here this time of year.  I'm not sure what it is, so if anyone can identify it, I'd love to know.

My Rosary broke, so I've been wanting to get a new one.  I asked the Priest if he had any Rosaries that I could have, and when I got to the church, he had about five in his hand.  They were all plastic, except for one, which belonged to the Priest.  One of them was a unique green color that was pretty.  He said he wanted me to have his personal Rosary, which has black beads and is very nice.  I thought that was so special of him, and I will keep it forever.

It's always a pleasant time driving to the creek.