Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Where is Oz?
Last evening we were getting rain at the rate of two inches per hour, pea size hail, lightening and thunder loud enough to shake the house. We even had a tornado warning along with our flood warnings. Now, you have to realize that we NEVER have tornado warnings here. They are generally waterspouts coming in over the ocean which die out once they hit land. Not so last night. I know that all of this sounds mild to you folks who get really radical storms with major hail, but for us it was highly unusual.
Our #1 son is in Colorado skiing so we had our DIL and four grandchildren over for dinner last night. I had made a banana cream pie for dessert, but our 9 year old grandson wanted to fix us something special. He brought all the ingredients and fixed us chocolate chip pancakes! Now....I have to admit that I have never liked any sort of pancakes. I just haven't! He did a fabulous job -- heated the griddle to just the right temperature and cooked them to a perfect golden brown. They were presented beautifully on plates, buttered and smeared with whipped cream. I was a most gracious grandma as I raved about the wonderful job and delicious taste. It's a good thing that Grandpa loves any kind of pancakes and wanted seconds, or was it thirds?
Our three year old grandson showed up with a cast on his hand. He had taken a fall at the bowling alley and ended up doing a body slam to the floor --hand, ball and then body. Ouch! He broke two fingers pretty badly and the doctors were concerned about the location of the fracture so close to the growth plate.
As it continues to pour here, I believe I will go and search for my yellow brick road. I hope everyone has a great weekend.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
We have a storm that is supposed to be coming in sometime later today. We had a few sprinkles last night but the main portion will hit us later. We still need the rain so there is not a lot of complaining. I did hear that there were snow sightings in San Francisco. They can keep all of that up there as far as I am concerned. It will just be a good night to snuggle up on the couch with a fire and a good pot of stew for dinner. Guess they call it "comfort food." What does everyone else enjoy for comfort foods?
Saturday, January 19, 2008
When I was little, I used to believe in the concept of one best friend, and then I started to become a woman. And then I found out that if you allow your heart to open up, God would show you the best in many friends. One friend is needed when you're going through things with your man. Another friend is needed when you're going through things with your mom. Another will sit beside you in the bleachers as you delight in your children and their activities. Another when you want to shop, share, heal, hurt, joke, or just be. One friend will say, 'Let's cry together,' another, 'Let's fight together,' another, 'Let's walk away together.' One friend will meet your spiritual need, another your shoe fetish, another your love for movies, another will be with you in your season of confusion, another will be your "clarifier", another the wind beneath your wings. But whatever their assignment in your life, on whatever the occasion, on whatever the day, or wherever you need them to meet you with their gym shoes on and hair pulled back, or to hold you back from making a complete fool of yourself .. those are your best friends. It may all be wrapped up in one woman, but for many, it's wrapped up in several.. one from 7th grade, one from high school, several from the college years, a couple from old jobs, on some days your mother, on some days your neighbor, on others, your sisters, and on some days, your daughters.
The graphics with the e-mail were also very cute, but the words were what made the impact on me. I have been so blessed with a wonderful set of friends over the years, but I think that this really helps us all to realize the importance of our friendships. I hope it also helps us to be better friends to others.
I hope everyone has a great weekend and may your team win tomorrow!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
People We Admire
This photo was taken at our daughter's wedding in August.....pretty lady, isn't she?
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
A New Try
Wow!!! It actually worked! I moved it down. Thank you all.
The weather has been positively gorgeous this week. On Sunday afternoon we took a drive along the coast and up through the wine country, Santa Inez Valley. The coastline was so pretty and I DIDN'T have my camera with me. The USS Ronald Reagan was in port in Santa Barbara and it was a spectacular sight. There is nothing quite like and aircraft carrier anchored in the water to take your breath away. It was huge and very impressive.
We had a couple of our grandsons for a few days and had bunches of fun with them. They are brothers and the best of friends. Grandpa and the boys had to take the tractor out to the orchard to pick some lemons for fresh lemonade.
The next day we went to the park for lunch and to feed the ducks. All was fine until the ducks decided they wanted the food a little faster.
It was a quick retreat for this one. One duck is cute, but too many is intimidating.
Again.....many thanks for all the photo help. I feel that I have accomplished a lot with this post.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Have a great weekend.
Monday, January 7, 2008
Saturday, January 5, 2008
My husband happens to be a weather fanatic. He has a fabulous weather station set up in the garden which transmits the information into the house. When it rains really hard the station, as well as listing the minute by minute rainfall per hour, states that "It's raining cats and dogs." Needless to say, this has become a common remark around the household. Thankfully I have never seen cats or dogs actually coming down.
Today remains very dark with more rain expected throughout the day. It will be a perfect day for heading into my sewing room and working on my quilt for the newest grandchild. Being that it will be for a little boy, I am making a quilt that consists of trucks and construction equipment. I will photo transfer pictures of all of his cousins to put in the pickup beds and windows of the cranes and fork lifts. I am hoping that it will turn out as well as I picture it in my mind.
Before I head off to the sewing room I must decide on a good "comfort food" dinner. It's the perfect day for some long simmering, delicious smelling cooking throughout the house.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Today was also "the day" for dismantle-ing the Christmas displays. I always leave my Nativity sets, which I collect, up until after the Epiphany on January 6th, but all else comes down. My feelings are very mixed as I am glad to get the house back in order again but always wonder what the new year will bring. What will I reflect upon as I am putting these decorations up next year. Am I the only one who feels that way?
This year we were blessed with two new grandsons - one a Christmas baby who arrived about a month early. We also attended too many funerals of good friends who left this world too soon. So....what will 2008 bring?
We are expecting a big storm to hit over the next five days and I am getting in gear with all my "in home" projects that I can find. I must admit that our "big" storms are generally just rain (much needed rain) and not the snow that so many folks are experiencing. However, I'll use any excuse to stay inside with my sewing machine.