Archive for March, 2017

Swinging in California

March 31st, 2017 Comments off

Well, no one said we were very wild in my neighborhood!

Beautiful Bougainvillea

March 30th, 2017 Comments off

A neighbor’s house wears a jaunty beret of bougainvillea.  Not sure how good it is for the roof, but it certainly is pretty.

Fire Trucks Never Fail to Catch Our Attention: Thank you Firefighters/Paramedics. We appreciate the vital emergency services you provide.

March 29th, 2017 Comments off

Still Remembered

March 29th, 2017 Comments off

In 2014 Brandon wrote on his FB page a plea to motorists to be more careful of his fellow motorcyclists, that he kept losing friends due to accidents. His impassioned plea was made even more dramatic when a short time later he lost his own life as so many had before him. I am posting this as a reminder to everyone, in Brandon’s name, to share the road with care. This young man can not be replaced. His family and friends miss him.



Beautiful Neighbors: Patti, Kolo and Rocky

March 28th, 2017 Comments off

Beautiful neighbors Patti, Kolo and Rocky. Pure bred Cocker Spaniels: Kolo has black and white markings much like my Cockapoo Ralphie.  Rocky is just gorgeous on his own.  Friendly, sweet, loving . . . great dogs.  Patti held them in place while I snapped their photos.  Thanks to all three!

Good job, Boys!

St. Jerome’s

March 27th, 2017 Comments off

Built on a grand scale to serve a growing congregation, the polygonal sanctuary at St. Jerome Catholic Church features original terrazzo floors, gold mosaic tiles, and a soaring folded-plate roofline. The round building creates a strong visual sense of inclusiveness and community, important design considerations following the Catholic Church reform efforts of Vatican II (1962-1965).  Westchester, California

Saint Jerome was a brilliant scripture scholar and translator of the bible. He was a consultant to popes, bishops and monks. None before or after him were so well qualified or gifted to achieve the monumental task of translating into Latin all the Hebrew books of the bible.

Thanks to St Jerome and his translations of scripture, we can appreciate the authentic, inspired words that God wants us to hear and know.

The word of God is a living word; it is effective; it penetrates into one’s whole being; it unites; it binds our heart, mind and soul to the living God. It is able to renew and reinvigorate us with God’s life and Holy Spirit.

The Tire Swing by Zach McClure

March 26th, 2017 Comments off

He gazed across
The wind-swept meadow
To a lone tree
Standing there

Its jagged, silhouette
Surrendered ‘neath
A sky more firey embered
Than his flaming hair
Which crowned him then

But it was neither tree nor sky
That stole his youthful eye.
It was the tire swing
Whispering, promising,
“With-me, you can fly!”

The boy lept across the meadow
Like a deer panting for water,
Till at last
He climbed aboard his dream.
His round, black, holed
Flying machine.

Then, holding tight,
And bending to and fro
With all his might
Began to drive
Began to glide against
The sinking sun
Till it was night outside

Across the starry littered sky
Beneath the moon’s soft lullaby
Ascending ever higher
Make believing
He’s a flyer,
He smiles,
As he tips a wing.
He is an aviator.
He is the sky king!
And all because of one,
Old tire swing.


Randy’s Donuts

March 25th, 2017 Comments off

This donut shop is known throughout the United States for its 32.5-foot  diameter donut on the roof . It has been seen in movies and in TV shows.

Randy’s was built in 1953, decades after the heydey of such architecture inSouthern California, which saw the construction of a number of buildings in the shape of the products they sold.

Randy’s is one of five remaining locations of the Big Donut chain, each of which features the distinctive giant donut, but Randy’s remains the most well-known.

It isn’t very far from where I live.  In fact, I used to take my cats to the animal hospital next door.  After the appointments it was always tempting to drive through to get a bear claw or apple fritter.

It is in an expensive little corner of real estate and I am surprised Randy’s has survived all these years. Sitting next to a freeway, I’m sure developers would love to convert it into something less kitsch and more profitable, but  I hope it stays just as it is.

Photo credit: Carol M. Highsmith

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Thanks Cynthia

March 24th, 2017 Comments off

 Thanks to our good friend Cynthia for letting me know that she still comes to the blog and that I have been neglecting it. She was checking to make sure I am OK since she lives in Arizona and I live in California.  We don’t see each other but we care for each other and I certainly appreciate her checking up on me. 

 As most of you regular readers know I have been quite upset over the election results. Yes I realize it was in November and this is March but it has had a daily effect on our lives.  I am not upset just because my party lost although I thought it would be amazing to have a first woman president however flawed she may have been. I really doubt that you can get to this level of political life without having a lot of baggage dragging along behind you. 

 Considering our choice I thought she was the most prepared for the job and I think she is basically a good person. I cannot say that about the person who won.  The possibility that  another country  May have influenced the results has captivated my attention. I also firmly believe that the FBI director cost her to lose many valuable votes.  It also hurts to know that she got more votes actual votes from citizens then DT, yet she lost. I say get rid of the electoral college. 

 One reader was very upset that I had become political but at age 74 I changed my mind whether I should speak up or not. I now care more about speaking the truth as I see it than the number of people who come to read my blog . To thine own self be true.

Please pray for our country.

Juliana takes a selfie with Grandma!

March 4th, 2017 Comments off

What joy to spend the day with a two year old!  Life is exciting and fresh and fun abounds when she is around.  Another reason I know God loves me . . . my sweet Juliana!20170227_083259

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