Archive for the ‘Personal’ Category

Some weeks ago when Lisa came down from Flagstaff to visit and we wandered in the Preserve, the cottonwoods (or something) had evidently been oversharing, as in several places fuzziness had overtaken everything in the vicinity.

There’s a bit of fuzziness in our lives right now (Sunday as I write this) because my dad passed away tonight, following Mom’s death in early February. It’s been a tough year. One of my sisters-in-law has a very serious form of lymphoma as well, so needless to say 2022 will not go down as one of the best years of our lives. However, my parents both had long, wonderful lives (92 and 93 when they passed) and we know they’re in heaven where my dad is probably taking a horseback ride while my mom throws the javelin, something she did at a Senior Olympic record-setting level while still alive. ❤

There’s not better way to start the day than to go French at Sweet Wheat. With grandson in the stroller, we relaxed on the patio enjoying pastries, coffee, and baguette sandwiches before heading out for a last walk on a perfect southern California morning, delaying our departure until about noon.

Continuing the French theme, my husband spotted this snail burrowing away in its flower. It was safe from me. Snails aren’t on my menu anywhere I am!

We had a classic morning to take with us on our drive home. Of course this was the last body of water we saw but we survived traffic and manic drivers to arrive safely back, already missing that grandchild. 🙂 Thanks for sticking around through my sporadic posting throughout the long weekend. I hope you enjoyed a bit of the personal.

The end of the road…day 2

Posted: April 24, 2022 in Personal
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Started the day with a trip to the farmers market. Why no pictures you ask? True answer… forgot all about it. I was too busy buying whole-grain sourdough bread, green garlic, leeks, and apples. So sue me. (Dictation would like you to believe I bought leaks but I actually bought edible leeks.😁). Then we had a lot of baby time but no trip is complete without at least one visit to Sweet Wheat for panna cotta with raspberries and a mocha.

Speaking of the farmers market, there’s the always intriguing question, at least to me, of whether it’s the “farmers market” because there are farmers there or is it the “farmers’ market” because it belongs to the farmers?

A walk is always good and during this one I caught some light on a leaf creating a little abstract leaf portrait. For all you Thursday Doors people, I also found more doors, but you’ll have to wait ‘til next week for those. 😉. Pretty sure I did not walk off all the calories from the panna cotta and the mocha, but I’m fine with that.

Of course no trip to the beach is complete without an ocean view. View? Great. Days off with family? Priceless!

From the road

Posted: April 22, 2022 in Personal
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Another weekend in the review mirror, this one filled with Easter joy. I hope you enjoyed your weekend whether you celebrated the resurrection or not. Taking a morning walk is my favorite way to start the day or the week. The highlight of our week will be traveling to California this coming weekend to meet our new grandson and first grandchild. I also have a dentist appointment later in the week. I always like getting my teeth cleaned because they feel so good afterwards and I rarely have any other issues. Do you dread the dentist or not mind? What are you looking forward to this week?

John from Journeys with Johnbo is asking us to celebrate birthdays this week for the Lens-Artists Challenge and in our household, March is birthday month. Both my husband and I have March birthdays, exactly two weeks apart. But this year our birthdays aren’t the important ones because near the end of the month, a new member of the family showed up, our first grandchild and grandson. So without further ado, let me introduce Ryland, naturally the cutest baby ever. 🙂 He’s almost two weeks old.

Since Dad loves to surf and they live only a few blocks from the beach, there’s a definite theme in all their baby clothes, books, etc. We’ll have to be sure to insert some other influences such as things with a Western theme or maybe Ohio State or Nebraska just to be sure he’s not one-sided. But you see here what we’re up against (and in this case, what he’s up against.) As you can imagine, we’re looking forward to our first visit to meet him in person in a few more weeks, the delay only because of my husband’s work schedule and the need to be around to finalize tax things. ❤

Just FYI, although I have a copyright on these shots, I didn’t take them, our daughter did. However, no one is allowed to use them for any reason, thus the copyright. Thanks.

Yesterday was one of those days that makes blogging even better. Four bloggers and one wife met for food and fun. On the left is your truly. Next to me is Donna who the Wind Kisses, then Marsha who’s Always Write. Behind us you’ll find John (Journey with Johnbo) and on the far right, his lovely wife Lynn.

I’ve met fellow bloggers in a variety of places in the U.S. and one epic meeting on a boat on a canal in France. Although this was a more mundane location, it was just as much fun. I also had the best corned beef hash I’ve ever had in a restaurant (although not as good as mine) and the worst mocha. Thanks to all of you for a wonderful meeting. I know we’ll be seeing each other again!

And happy birthday to my husband! ❤️

Home at last

Posted: February 5, 2022 in Personal
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Mom went home to be with the Lord yesterday afternoon. We’ll miss her but are so thankful and happy that she’s no longer suffering but is in a body better than that she had on earth and is filled with joy forever. We’ll see her again one day. Thanks for all your prayers during this time. ❤️