Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Not Gone

I am still here although you do not see me as much... I have found that I have almost no time here on my blog anymore. I am spending all my free time writing, weaving and playing with this new app. It's called "Enlight" all the pictures below are real pictures with filters added... I have been having so much fun. I thought I would share a few. 
 1. sky with mountains in back ground
 2. two skyline pics
 3. A cloudy day with sun going down at night
 4. Mountains with clouds, took another sunset pic to make the planets
 5. same pic as above just flip-flopped
 6. Two pics One upside down with autumn trees and the other a sunset
 7. Sky of a sunset
 8. My Mandy tree flip-flopped
 9. The grey is a cloudy pic, the color is clouds turned into graffiti
 10. Just some flowers flip-flopped with a portrait inside
 11. Simple painting filter
 12. Same flowers as above with pic added and painting filter
 13. Same pic over lapping three times then cropped the top right corner
14. Distortion... There are so many more things to do with this app and I keep trying to find pictures to filter and play with...

I will see you again but probably not for a while

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Love of a Grateful Son

Looking through the pictures I have taken over the last year I came across a screen shot message from my son that he sent me on Christmas day 2015. It brought back tears as it did the day he sent it. Somehow I managed raise a beautiful young man in spite of all my short comings as a parent. I miss the opportunity of seeing you sweet pea but I am very grateful that we can talk everyday.
# 739 Appreciation given by a thankful child
Dec 25 2015 
As I sit here and eat my breakfast on Christmas morning, I want you to know that I am filled with joyful memories of my childhood. I am truly blessed to have the parents that I have. I know that you guys always did everything you could do for us kids, and the memories you helped create for me will stay with me forever. Although it's sad I don't get to see you and give you a hug today, you and dad are in my thoughts and heart. Merry Christmas mom and dad and know that I love you very much.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Potted Sunshine (One Thousand Gifts)

Yellow is usually not a color that I use or purchase things in but these flowers my daughter-in-law planted are sooooooo pretty. I had to take a picture and make this my PC wallpaper. I remember when I was little girl being asked which of all the colors was my favorite. I didn't want to limit myself so I thought about it for a bit and said "All of them." and I still stand by that today.

#738 These flowers feel like a day in a meadow filled with sunshine... For today my favorite color is Yellow! What's yours?

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Living a Full Life

I find myself too busy these days to spend a lot of time here... With winter and the approaching Holidays I will hopefully be here more. Here is a bit of what I have been doing ; Writing, Writing and more writing... Gotta get this done for a friend Ann Teva is a name my nephew gave me when he was small it stands for Aunt Eva lol he is so cute
A new app on my phone that I LOOOOOOVVE called Enlight well worth the money I paid for it

My Mandy tree growing and thriving outside but a small bug has been using it as his own personal dinner plate :-(
My dear sweet husband... I am still laughing at his humor. I am never bored with him around.
Him; Hey there is an El Poro Lorco here
Me: What? I can feel bubbles of laughter starting here but waiting to see if I heard him right
Him; Look there is an El Poro Lorco
Me; There are no R's in El Pollo Loco.... laughter is starting to escape
Him; There is when I say it
I laughed so hard... it makes me smile still thinking about it... I love him so
Monday I opened my washing machine to do laundry and something started running around in circles... upon closer inspection I saw this little guy... It's a good thing for him I check before I put my clothes inside, unfortunately for him I had started the water. I caught him and took him outside and let him loose over the fence... He scampered away. I thought he was so cute I could keep him as a pet but no... Hantavirus is bad here, good luck buddy
 My niece taking a picture of her grandfather with the app Snapchat
Love this... I found it walking down the street and picked it up... Looks like a bug but it is just a large weed but I had fun teasing people with it... Hehehe
This is a Praying Mantis egg sack... I've never seen one before. This is at my girlfriends house in Sacramento, she has about four or five of them
 More weaving
 Yikes... Katydid on our bbq
Have a great week Y'all 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

One Thousand Gifts

Magically hanging leaf... just kidding, can you see the spider web?
 Love this picture because it captures many things
The weather
A unique truck
Inside my environment while working
A gander of what's behind me
and...
A moment in my life recorded :-)
 The return of evening storms
 The beauty my eyes behold... Grateful for sight
 A childhood treat I shockinly found still in production. If you find one give it a go
 Trees all over the Sierra Mountain Range fruiting this year
 I NEVER! Get tired of these special notes left for me to find.
  A secret re-construction of my fathers trailer! He was pleasantly surprised
It only took a little bit of Paint, new wood, some soldering, new reflectors, new electrical wiring, new studs, new tires and a weeks worth of labor, Phew.... Well worth it for the best father around  
The startling white of this Hibiscus flower, gorgeous 
 The last bit of snow left on Mount Rose
 More evening thunder, lightening and rain... My fav time of year
And finally my Pineapple plant... this is not a good picture but the plant is about 4 feet now and going into the beginnings of hibernation for the winter
#737

Thursday, July 28, 2016

One Thousand Gifts

~ Favorite breakfast... it's cool, sweet and just delicious
~ Found two unknown cousins, having fun trying to do family history 
~ The honor of having known another friend who has passed this year :-(
~ My broken loom fixed... "Let the weaving begin"... Again lol
~ A work relocation in the works... Looking forward to that next month!!!!
~ Yellow butterflies following me for the last two weeks
~ And finding black bird feathers practically everywhere I go... Humm Someone saying something?
~ A much larger horse pack roaming our neighborhood this summer. Two new foals 
~ A gift from a co-worker
~ Sun glasses protecting my vision and keeping the eye-headaches away!
# 720 The taste of summer fruits on a hot day, the juicy, sweet variety of our selection right now

Inspired by this lovely lady

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

One generation passing the next stepping up

Last week we said goodbye to a friend of 20+ years. It's hard to let go especially when the one you love has a zest for life. Dee Dee was a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many.

Dee Dee specifically asked of us to celebrate her life with laughter, love and fun memories.

After becoming a mother Dee Dee became a stay at home mom taking in children to care for so she could stay home with hers. when they were all in school she became class mom to each of her four children. she attended all the events that each of her children were involved in.

When her children married she became a very loved grandmother and she did the same for them attending all the events with them.

Dee Dee was known to let her kids then grand kids eat dessert as an appetizer before what ever meal anyone wanted to eat it at. She was also known to hand out treats when parents did not want any given out telling the grand kids to run as fast and far as they could.

Two of the last things she did were to take a trip to Disney Land which was her most favorite place to be. (In her honor at the service three people she knew whore mickey's large hat from Fantasia)

The second was to ride a water ski something she had never done. One of her grand daughters asked if she wanted to take a ride and she said yes. Laughing they thought she was joking (Dee Dee was a big prankster) With the help of others she was helped down to the shore with her cane and oxygen to the water ski... Once settled on the ski oxygen in place they said "Is that enough now? do you want to go back?" her response was a loud NO... I will tell you when I am ready to go back. So on a water ski trip she went around the lake,

Dee Dee was a twin who lost her sister several years ago but as children they often traded spaces with each other in school and events trying to have a look at each others classes. They were a lot of fun and I miss them a bunch

The service was one filled with love and respect. It was the grand children who made a difference in the ceremony. All of them grown and raw with emotions... They made the service so wonderful by the love and memories they shared. Dee Dee and her children have some pretty exceptional grandchildren.

I am happy to have been a part of her life. Dee Dee you will be missed by many xoxo

Thursday, July 21, 2016

One Thousand Gifts

~ The enjoyment of a bit more energy this week
~ Happy that I can see for now... not taking eyesight for granted anymore (will enjoy it as long as I can)
~ Fresh summer fruit always makes my heart happy
~ The sweet taste of a creamy Popsicle melting down my throat (not good for me but mmmmmm)
~ Time
~ Memories
~ Coolness of the evening breeze through my window
~ Family
~ Sunglasses on a too bright sunny day
~ Weaving a new sampler
~ My parents having returned home safely after being gone a month from a much needed vacation
~ Grateful that my mother in law made it through her surgery and is now in the process of recuperating
~ A chance to see all the great old cars cruising around our town getting ready for Hot August Nights
# 709 Scriptures for guidance
Inspired by this lovely lady 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

One Thousand Gifts

 ~ A chance to learn how to fix broken selvage threads

~ Weaving

~ Weaving

~ Weaving

~ Oh and did I mention Weaving lol

~ I finally saved up enough to purchase my new loom! I am so in love with it. Made between the late 1940's and early 1950's once owned by author and designer Lois Ericson  and purchased from her daughter. It needs cleaning but I am up for the challenge (ssooooooo excited)

~ A visit from some friends and a lovely dinner out

~ Finding a couple boxes of books to read.... Yay makes my heart happy

~ The sweet smells of summer especially the pine trees 

~ This little guy at 6 months old sitting up all by himself. He is a very intent full child
The kids took him to sesame street live and he watched non stop for one full hour. he is always watching and learning. If you talk to him he watches your face as if he understands every word



# 695 Another story in the making

Inspired by this lovely lady

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Granny Smith Apples (one thousand gifts)

My brother in law has one of the best landscapes at his house and in his neighborhood and some of the best Granny smith apples.

Each year I take bags from him when ever possible but this year he gave me starters. I am so excited to try and plant these pretty little shoots.

My sweetheart brought these home last night and the leaves were all rolled up and closed tight so I put them in water and a shot glass and placed them in the window. I wish I had a before picture because this is dramatic change from last night. Leaves are open and there are small roots pushing out of the sides. Now comes the dreaded part lol trying to keep them alive.

Family and sharing # 684

Inspired by this lovely lady

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Another Year Another Herd

I will never get tired of the summer wanderings of these beauties. 
Our apple trees and cherry trees are in great bloom this year and they are showing up each day and night checking the progress in anticipation of a sweet treat to come








 I have seen this herd before but not for some time. No new babies here... maybe in the next herd