Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Words to Remember

With or without the wine with straws, these are some wise words.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

New Wells

As you are no doubt sick and tired of hearing, we are still in a drought. 
 The rain we have had and are forecast to have this winter is a Godsend and we are grateful beyond words.
There is a bit of snow in the mountains and if this continues, the lakes may fill and ground water may be replenished.
We continue to pray. 
 I remember not so long ago when seeing a water drilling rig going down the road was a novelty. Now, they are commonplace.
 I thought it might be interesting for you to see what it looks like in a one square mile block in our world.  
New water wells within the last 15 months or so...many more recent than that.
The left side of this first photo are our walnuts.
The first two arrows represent our new well and the neighbor directly across from us.
The third in a huge well behind them.
The homes behind the trees on the right,have wells drying up like crazy.
Not sure how many are actually drilling yet, but I know many are having water delivered to them several times a week.
This photo picks up where the first one left off. 
There is a new well being dug might be able to just see the operation. 
The right side of this photo ends at our trees.
The last arrow represents our other neighbor's new well.
As I was typing this, SPF was reading over my shoulder and reminding me of other rigs we have seen.
I didn't go back to add more arrows.
This is depressing enough!

Monday, November 23, 2015


Do you ever have a weekend where you feel as though you accomplished EVERYTHING you had on your list?
It rarely happens around here, but this was one of them.
It might have something to do with the fact that our college girl is going to be home for 5 days!  FIVE WHOLE DAYS. 
Well, more like 4 1/2, but I'll take it.
 AND relish every moment. 
 The planning part of me emerged in full force and while I get ribbed about that quality...
because of it...
I will NOT be in the frantic, cranky, cleaning, cooking, laundry mode while she is home this time. I'm done.
The kitchen cabinets cleaned and the only Christmas d├ęcor I allow myself before Thanksgiving is up.
The hampers are least for another hour or so.
The Operation Christmas Child boxes have been delivered.
Today is the final day for drop off, so you still have time.
The freezer has been stocked with favorite Orangeworks Ice Cream.

The freezer has also been filled with items for breakfast and lunches while she is home.
Dinners are taken care of with Thanksgiving both Wednesday and Thursday nights, elsewhere and my contributions are nearly finished in that arena.
She requested, of all things, ribs for those are waiting in the wings.
Pumpkin Pie Spice Marshmallows have been made to deliver to college friends.
I set them all to task for me with the promise of a treat.
They went above and beyond and I can hardly wait to meet them all tomorrow.
SPF and I are heading to Pismo later today to spend the night before meeting up with our girl in the morning.
She has had her morning classes cancelled and fingers are crossed that her afternoon one will be as well, but doesn't hold out much hope.
Regardless, I am ready and chomping at the bit!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sunday Truism

When someone you love becomes a memory,
the memory becomes a treasure.

  - Unknown Author
My father in law on his beloved Terceira

Happy Birthday.
You are missed and treasured.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Books AND Steps

Oh, how I miss this bookcase. 
It was in our first home...which my hubby designed from the ground up and we had built on a tremendously large lot in town.
 The rest of the house was pretty great too.
 The laundry room was enormous with a sink and long counter.
 I do miss the house...but it was in town and we were ready to be in the country.
Anyway...the bookshelf.
When we looked at the house we are in now, I remember talking about building shelves at that time. 
One thing led to another and affording this place led to dinners of beans and rice for awhile.
Then life happened.
There were other priorities and I didn't think seriously about bookshelves for years.
 Until this summer when I came across the shelves that had either been in my Grandparents' or parents' home.
The wheels began turning again. 
Beans and rice had recently been reintroduced as a mainstay, so I didn't want to spend much money.  I convinced my hubby to let me utilize a blank wall in our living room. 
Away, I went.
I taped up the wall with the shelf lengths I had on hand and sent pictures to my mom and sister.  Between them, my hubby and kiddos, we came up with the placement.
With the number of books and knick knacks, we needed to have every track anchored into a stud.
My hubby took care of that for me.
I found the brackets at our local, independent hardware store...they are THE best... and promptly purchased all they had. 
The only decision I had to make at this point was should I run out the big box store and grab the rest  I needed to finish or wait for a week.
I opted to wait and support or local store. 
They definitely deserve it.
By waiting, I was  able to live with some of the shelves for a bit and think...and rearrange.
It also gave me time to sort through shoe boxes of photos and have them mostly organized in pretty boxes.
Now that I am done, I am thrilled. 
 It still needs some tweaking and cords need to be hidden, but for now it is doing what I had hoped.  
  The framed picture of my great grandparents' home sits above the Indian basket from Aunt Nells' ranch and the fossils we collected in....where else...Fossil.
Books AND steps are my thing.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

A Look Back

November 19, 2014
When I prepare for this Look Back post each week, I simply find the appropriate day in the archives. 
As this post from last year popped up about two of my favorite ladies, I was caught off guard.
I was awash with both joy and sadness. 
The sadness is that Tia Rosie is the only one left with us. 
But the joy...oh the joy of these two ladies together. 
Their love...their kindness...their laughter.
I can still feel and hear it.

November 19. 2013
I wonder what our forefathers would think of what is occurring in this country today.
I fear they would not be proud nor pleased for the most part.

November 19, 2012
Family trees and family history is so interesting to me. 
 I am fortunate to be able have lots of fun and interesting information on both of my Grandmothers' sides.
Next stop, my Paternal Grandfather's side.
I have heard that German genealogy is trickier than some.
 But, I'm diving in soon.
Any tips?

November 19, 2011
Going against the grain is what I enjoy in some areas...others, I am a staunch stickler for the rules.
 I also get made fun of that fact from some of the people in my life.
Receiving something that has thought and meaning behind it makes me happy and I hope it does for others as well.
What is you favorite gift you have given?
Happy Thursday

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Sweet Weekend Away

My hubby has worked for the same company for nearly 30 years. 
 There have been changes along the way and some bumps, but for the most part it has been a great organization to work for. 
 Each year, they have their annual meeting...every 4 years, spouses are included. 
This was the year and they did a nice job for us.
The weather was spectacular when we arrived and even better on Saturday.
The company actually rented out the Monterey Bay Aquarium for dinner one night.
Couples travelled from Texas and Oklahoma as well as California 
There were also sales reps from some of the companies they do business with and we guessed in the ranges of 200-300 people, but still. 
The Aquarium. 
Two dinner buffets had been set up to meander through. 
Once you got your plate, you located a table anywhere in the aquarium to eat. 
There were small intimate tables or larger ones to sit and visit.
I knew we were having dinner here, but did not know the details.

 I chose NOT to mention the location with our youngest. 
I fear I would have had either a revolt or a stowaway in my luggage.