Thursday, May 26, 2011

Old photos

I set up a web site for my high school graduation class of 1956 last spring , in order that we can keep in contact online and to have a place to share pictures. One of the members put up our entire year book, plus lots of other photos and images he has collected. Another member submitted a batch of photos, some were taken at our senior prom parties, one at my house. Here is a picture he had of my boyfriend and me. wow! Look at my orchid! I never had this picture before and I'm so glad to see it again. You should see all the girl's dresses. They were awesome, and everyone looked like a movie star. The boys look so young, and so cute. The 50's were not a bad time to come of age.

We have now reached a time in our lives when we have watched our own children reach this age, and some of us have grandchildren this age now - or even older. Many have great grandchildren already.

I have a cold today so am home, and spurred on by some emails from classmates, I decided to go back and look at the photos online. They bring back good memories. Memories of young love, of long phone calls, of homework, suede shoes and full skirts. I still think they are flattering and prefer them to the clingy, shorter than short skirts I see around town. What do you think?

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Mountain time is good time.

Dogs and grandson Trevor and I set out for the hills yesterday, a quick trip to check out my little summer hideaway. It was a bright sunny day, with the sweet woodsy smells following a spring rain. This was Friday. It snowed on last Monday. How quickly it changed. I hired my good friends Cat and her grandson Zach to do opening up the cabin chores this year. Wow! I like that! The pine needles were raked and piled by the road for pick up, the windows were sparking the deck was cleaned off, and everything inside sparkled. Cat always goes way beyond what anyone expects of her, so the cupboards were also cleaned out. Any cereal or cracker boxes that were left that had been open - went to garbage. She even washed my towels. Not that they needed it. The were clean when I left them, but she is an over achiever, and I got the benefit of it.

We didn't spend much time there, as the hamburger place was calling to Trevor, so we drove up to Arnold for his lunch. I had mine packed with us. Soy yogurt. His double deluxe cheeseburger really looked good. But I know what I can eat. Dogs got tidbits of his lunch. We took our lunch to White Pines Lake and found a nice picnic table where we could watch the few people in their inflatable boats drifting on the water. This is usually one of the quietest spots on earth - but this time we could hear the roar of the water going over the spillway. With all the snow and rain this year, the lakes and rivers are full. Good news for the delta, where the fresh water meets the ocean water. On good years when the snow and rain provide lots of fresh water, it pushes the salt water back. On very dry years the salt water creeps further inland.

The dogs had some good walks. Poor old Buddy needed to be pushed in his stroller. He loved the trip but his energy level was very low, until we were almost home and his tummy told him it was about time to eat. Then he perked right up, and when we came home, he dashed up the stairs for his dinner. I don't know if I mentioned it before, but Lulu is trained to pick up each dog dish and bring it to me with her feet on my knee, so I don't have to bend all the way over to pick them up. Not that I can't do that, because I"m good at bending over with all the gardening and weeding I do. But, it seemed like a good idea and she cooperates. It's very cute too, she looks and acts like a little clown dog.

It won't be long before I'll have many warm days and nights in the mountains. I do not have ready access to internet from there, so there will be long lapses in posts. But, hopefully I"l have good pictures to share when I get back to civilization.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

A nice surprise

I got a lovely email from my oldest Granddaughter Keena. She graduated college with a degree in Graphic Arts and is working in her field in Boston. I'm very proud of her. This was a nice newsy email and in it she shared a painting that she had done. I could not snag a copy to post here, but I'll try again. It's a beautiful white lily, painted in oils, on a dark almost black background. I hope we will stay in touch and write back and forth often. But, I know how busy a young person's life can be with room mates and fun activities and a full time job. This made my day today.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

New pics

As I was saying good bye to family outside my window, I thought I'd snap a couple pics. You may notice Friday is now a bigger puppy. They are taking her to camp out at races tonite. It's cold outside, but they don't seem to notice.

Family matters

On Mother's Day we went to the Haggin Museum to see the fairy tale art exhibit. We also enjoyed the rest of the exhibits and the memorial rose garden which was in full bloom. Here are some pics.

Friday, May 6, 2011

New boyfriend

Everyone is always kidding about finding me a new boyfriend. LOL Most of my friends are married and can't imagine not having a husband or boyfriend underfoot. So, I think I found one in Pescadero. This was taken by Rosemary on our trip. I say a man should know his way around a kitchen.

A few years ago Bobbi and her husband went to Texas on a vacation and she said she'd bring me back a cowboy. She did, a little plastic one - sits on my desk. Recently she brought me a little man that you drop in water and he expands. I don't know how big he'll get, but one of these days, I'll take him to a meeting and we'll try it out there. I'll take pics.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Check this out

This is a link to a blog I just came across. Prompts each day. Good for the days when creativity lags. The blogger is having a book give away, so scoot over there and sign in for a chance to win.