Tuesday, September 16, 2014


I am TIRED of being hot.
Will fall temperatures EVER arrive in our neck of the woods?
If you don't hear from me soon, you may just find my remains in a puddle of melted-ness.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Moments of Hope

As you know, we are in the midst of one of the worst droughts on record in California and much of the West. 
More than a foot of rain in one month is what we need to end the drought
There are people who called this a man made drought...in a nutshell, there could have been policies and plans put into effect years ago to increase our storage capacity that would help in years like this.  That wasn't done. 
There is a lot of name calling and pointing fingers. 
Bottom line...we need rain and snow.
The thing that I find so interesting is that farmers or people with some agriculture background or knowledge...
the people that grow food to feed everyone else...
the growers who provide food for our food banks...
these people who are letting their ground go fallow because there is no water to sustain life are the very same people who have great Faith and Hope. 
A few drops of rain is all it takes to lift spirits for a moment.
"Terra Bella" is a new, up and coming country music duo who first caught my eye because their name is that of a very small town next to mine.
It means "beautiful land".
As I delved  further into the singers, I discovered that they are in fact a married couple from two neighboring towns in our valley. 
 Local and homegrown. 
I like that. 
Anyway, they just released this new song. 

Last week, we received a bit of water from the sky. 
As I  ran outside to take the clothes off the line, I felt joy.
 As I was getting wet and listening to the glorious drops hit the dusty ground, I was thanking God.  While there ended up being no more than enough to keep the dust on the road down, it was something.
"The only rain we get don't even get our clothes wet. It's enough to get our hopes up."
Sometimes a moment of hope is enough to carry on.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday Truism

View of Mt. Shasta from the peak of Black Butte 7/2014

"What you do speaks so loudly I cannot hear what you say." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, September 12, 2014


Sugar Plum Fairy fell in love with Winter the Dolphin the moment she saw the first movie
 Our family was able to  visit Winter and Hope when we were in Florida two years ago and I must say that while we all enjoyed it, Sugar Plum Fairy was thrilled! 

 It is what she had looked forward to the most on the trip and has cherished the most since.
Today is the day that Dolphin Tale II is released. 
We will be watching it with new eyes and remembering our visit. 
 Super cool.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


On this day, we remember. 
We will never forget.
I was able to visit New York and Washington DC with our eldest daughter about 5 years ago. 
 This is what I wrote after that trip regarding 9/11.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Just a Reminder

 I pledge allegiance
to the flag
of the United States of America
and to the Republic
for which it stands,
one nation
under God,
with Liberty and Justice”
for all.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

American Pride

From Facebook somewhere...can't find the link now.