Monday, January 16, 2017

Still True.

As a country, we must  move forward in the years to come.
We must remember the past...the good, the bad and the ugly in order to not return.
We must learn from and remember, but not dwell in the past.
I think this quote from a brave, strong, faith filled and hopeful man still holds true.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
~Martin Luther King, Jr

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Truism

With malice toward none,
with charity for all,
with firmness in the right,
as God gives us to see the right,
let us strive on to finish the work we are in,
to bind up the nation’s wounds.
– Abraham Lincoln, March 4, 1865.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Sweet Treats

Earlier this week, the doorbell rang...which living where we do, is unusual. 
As I opened it I discovered my sweet niece and her mama bearing treats.
Fresh lemons and grapefruit.
Now that may not seem like a big deal, but the thoughtfulness of it meant a lot.
It also meant a lot that they then took some to MY parents in town.
I  have juiced and zested the lemons for the freezer. 
I see Lemon Bars, Lemon Meringue Pie and Lemonade in our future.
Grapefruit Jelly is one of my all time favorites and have spent the last few minutes listening to the sweet sound of pinging jars.
This jelly has the most luscious pink color!
AND then....
a couple days later, the same two ladies delivered this.
Fresh Sweet Bread.
I have said before that my Mother in Law made the BEST Portuguese Sweet Bread on the planet.
Both of my sisters in law have been perfecting the art of this treat together.
They are succeeding.
It not only tasted delicious, it evoked memories of the past.
This has been a week of sweet treats.

Thursday, January 12, 2017


We have water in the slough behind our home! 
It has not happened since 2010!!
There is not a lot, but there is some.

The slough is actually there for flood control. 
A way to release water from the lake up stream if needed.
We had a storm last weekend that bought rain, but was quite warm, melting the snow at the lower elevations, thus causing water releases from many lakes and reservoirs in California.
I find myself going to the pessimistic side of my brain for a's only January and the snow is already melting...
we should have been increasing water storage in the past to take advantage of a wet year... hurts my head. 
SO, I am going to savor this.
Savor the fact that watching our youngest and her friend laugh and play is a blessing.
The fact that the water found its way to us is a blessing.
It is doing nothing but helping the groundwater.
It is indeed a blessing that I am savoring. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Good Things

 In 2013, I created a Good Things Jar.
Last week, we read each card aloud and again, remembered.
Lots of new places.

We are ready to fill 2017 with good things again!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Back to Normal...I Guess.

Life at the NutHouse has a decisively different tone than that of the past few weeks. 
I am alone in the house for one.
I have a computer again for another.
Sleeping in and general chaos are but lovely memories.
And our girls are in school.
It is quiet except for the washing machine and the tapping of the keyboard.
We took LPP back to Santa Barbara on Saturday, along with her dorm stuff.
Since she studied abroad last semester, she was moving into a new dorm with a new roommate. 
  The reports were calling for a couple heavy storms that we were wary of, but lucked out a great deal all weekend.
We seemed to be skirting the edges most of the time.

Beds were made and decorations begun and little sisters relaxing and maybe beginning to miss  big sisters.
After saying our farewells to LPP and some of her friends, away we went. 
We decided to extend the trip a night and spent the evening in Pismo Beach.
After a fun dinner together, an early night and a glorious sunrise, we headed for home with skies more clear and hills more green than I can ever remember.
There were areas that we could see clear across the valleys.
It really was gorgeous!

We made it home to a day with temps at 70*s.
But last night, another...hopefully colder storm was set to hit.

So, as I sit here in the quiet and work on our family getting back onto some semblance of a routine, I wish you a good week!
Happy Monday!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sunday Truism

Listen to me, we do not all have to agree with each other. Disagreement is not the same thing as hate, don’t believe that lie.
~Chip Gaines