Monday, May 31, 2021

The Ring

My Dad's branch of service in the Armed Forces was..... the Marines.   He went into the service at the very young age of 18.

He got married to my Mom before he went overseas.

She was relieved and thankful when he returned home.

There was a portrait that was painted of my Dad in his uniform.  I'm not sure where it is now, maybe with my nephew.  I remember it hanging over the fireplace in the house that I grew up in.

When my parents passed away, my middle brother made piles for each sibling of things that they gave them through the years and things he thought they should have.  He was always so good and fair about that.  My son got something that belonged to his Grandfather.....a ring he received when serving in the Marines.

My Dad and Father-in-law and brother-in-laws all returned home after the war.  I'm just thinking about all those that didn't with caring thoughts today.


Monday, May 24, 2021

Just Because

I found an antique shop in this mountain town!  It's so charming and has lots of home decor, old and new.  It's a large shop with different rooms for, furniture, antiques, clothes, assorted teas and tea cups.   And it has a Christmas section all year long.  I had the best time browsing through all the rooms.  I love blue in the home, and I saw a blue table runner that I had to get, and some ginger tea and chocolate.

Brian made Jess breakfast in bed for Mother's Day.  It looks so good, doesn't it?  Oh, how I remember all those breakfasts in bed made by my children. 

My girl will be 40 in a couple of months.  How did that happen?  She's going to take a camping road trip this Summer for her 40th with Jess and the husbands and kids.  They will travel all through California and end up north.  I get to see all my family!

This is my neck of the woods.  I'm so grateful to live in the mountains now. 

Sometimes this white cat comes around, and I don't know how I feel about that.  Have never been a cat person, and have only had dogs in my life.

Francesca during playtime.

I hope you have a delightful week, and do something special for yourself,  just because.


Monday, May 17, 2021

Miniature Things

My neighbor gave me some mini roses that she had.  She never planted them cause she said roses don't grow well for her, and I said, "really, that's usually the only flower that blooms for me."  As I mentioned before, it's hard to get a landscaper up here in the mountains, so I thought I'd give it a try and plant them myself.  Before I moved in, my brother had many garden tools stacked in the patio area - he thought of everything, and I've been using all of them this Spring around the house.  One of the rose bushes is pink, but my neighbor forgets what the other one is, so it will be a surprise when it blooms.

The second one planted wasn't as sturdy.  The roots were falling, and I'm wondering if it will make it.  But I dug deep, filled each one with Compost, gave them a little love, and we'll see what happens.

May is a grand month for me because it's Mother's Day and my birthday month.  The girls sent me lots of goodies, and everything fit just right.....socks, underwear,  dish towels, candles, Skechers.  With one of the purchases at Victoria Secret, they sent Jess a pink rose, which she slipped inside the package to me.

Nel found a blouse with red and pink roses on it, which I loved.

A Quail and a Robin visited me on my birthday, and I got a picture of the Quail, well the back of it.  ; )

I mentioned to my neighbor that it was my birthday, and the next day she brought over a mini homemade carrot cake.  Oh, it was so moist and delicious.  And she put a generous amount of frosting on it too.  ; )

The girls bought me a red rose plant.

Nel showed me the miniature Singer sewing machine that Brian gave her.  It belonged to his grandma, and he passed it on to Nel.

I thought this was the cutest thing.  Nel made it for Jess for Mother's Day.  It's a Mama Pamper Kit, and she used pastel silk flowers to cover the jar.  

A handprint rose from Mia that I'll frame and keep forever.

Me and Jess have always liked miniature things.  They make us smile.  : )



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?