Posts Tagged ‘personal’

While walking along Hermosa Beach recently, we came across two houses whose doors were overshadowed, literally and figuratively, with what appears to be nature’s hair. I also enjoyed the contrast between the first house and the stark simplicity of the second, yet both are attractive.

As I mentioned earlier this week, I took a break Tuesday to drive to Prescott, Arizona to spend a day and a half with Marsh from Always Write blog. She and her husband were wonderful hostess and host and despite a (welcome) pouring rain that kept us from going to an outdoor concert and probably rained out the concert, we had a great time. Cheers to meeting in person with another meeting planned in just over a week with a surprise blogger. 🙂 Also, can anyone tell me where June went??

(Marsha, left, and your truly right)

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?

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! ❤️

Walking along the path above the beach, I saw this trio of doors/gates at the bottom of a shabby chic apartment building. The building may need some love on the outside, but what price the ocean view?!!

Thanks to all of you who expressed sympathy, offered prayers, etc. on the passing of my mom. We’re thankful she went quickly and painlessly and she was ready to go. The people at the care home and the hospice staff were all wonderful. I found both solace and joy in the fact that although I was in California when she died, we were celebrating the arrival of our first grandchild (at the end of March) and the thread of life going on from her to the child. God is indeed good!

Thursday Doors 2.10.22