Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
|Betsey Johnson Store ~ Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, CA|
Do you remember the fake, aluminum Christmas trees (from the 50's)?
Did you ever have a rotating color wheel aimed at your aluminum tree? (the colors on the tree changed as the wheel rotated)
My grandma had one of those fake trees & a rotating color wheel that turned the tree red, blue, yellow & green... at the time, it was the latest trend?!? As kids (I think I was 7 or 8 years old), we thought she was the "best" grandma for having such a shiny tree!
But - the shiny tree was missing something! that pine scent! ummm... pine always reminds me of Yosemite National Park or Big Sur.
Take a moment to share a memory with the readers of this blog! then other readers can visit your blog!!
Monday, November 28, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
|CANDELABRA FOLIAGE @ BIG BEAR LAKE|
This week JPE & I spent most of our Thanksgiving Break at Big Bear Lake, CA --- with 14 individuals... ages 8 to 87... most from various locations in CA, but three traveled from Cinncinati, OH. iNcREdiBLe visit!
I limited my pictures to the ones taken at our Thanksgiving Family Reunion at Big Bear Lake... Unfortunately, I didn't take as many as I thought... distracted by conversation, cooking, clean-up and cards.
photos for the week: Waiting, Foliage, Candid, Knife Fork or Spoon & Rule of Thirds.
|KNIFE FORK or SPOON|
Pumpkin pie & Legos for breakfast... had to search for a clean SPOON!
Our visit was fabulous! bittersweet!! (we don't know if the GUEST OF HONOR will be healthy enough for another trip to California)...
Remember, to post your photos by Tues (midnight EST).
Friday, November 25, 2011
|cabin-life @ Big Bear Lake!!|
"One way to get the most out of life
is to look upon it as an adventure."
― William Feather, author from Cleveland, OH
LYDIA TRYING OUT HER NEW MITT!
FISHING THE BASEBALL OUT OF THE LAKE!
|FOG BLOWING IN ~ OVER THE LAKE!|
|DOING SOME HOMEWORK!|
|"DIARY OF A WIMPY KID" PUZZLE|
|NAPPING IN THE HAMMOCK|
|WHAT AM I?|
|JPE CHECKING THE TURKEY!|
GUEST-OF-HONOR = CHICK
How was your
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
|:: GAMES PEOPLE PLAY ::|
" 1 - 4 - 3 "
"I LOVE YOU"
If the family were a fruit,
it would be an orange, a circle of sections,
held together but separable - each segment distinct.
~Letty Cottin Pogrebin, founding editor of Ms. Magazine
LYDIA WELCOMES THE REST OF THE FAMILY!!
THE GANG'S ALL HERE!
well, just missing Mr Is...
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
|11.22.11 ~ Big Bear Cabin|
"True silence is the rest of the mind;
it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment."
~William Penn, English philosopher
:: ready for company ::
|:: sun's coming up ::|
|:: morning sun on the lake ::|
|:: view from the dining table ::|
|:: guess we won't be sitting on the side patio ::|
|:: hot-tub cover ::|
family will begin arriving
this afternoon & tonight
tomorrow & Thanksgiving morning!
Monday, November 21, 2011
|holiday cute-ness @ Pottery Barn|
“The key to everything is patience.
You get the chicken by hatching the egg,
not by smashing it.”
~ Arnold H. Glasgow, American humorist
has yet to arrive
(but, it's coming)...
I'm having a difficult time
sticking with this weeks' holiday!
when all I want to do
is "put out the red & green"
Hard to do...
with such cute-ness
in catalogues, the shopping mall
& my favorite window-browsing stores!
Guess I better go
puMpkiNs & goURds!
Sunday, November 20, 2011
|STANFORD SHOPPING CENTER, Palo Alto, CA ~ 11.19.11|
After a day with kindergartners, we were ready for some "girl-time" & a little shopping. I kept my Canon PowerShot handy - so here are my pics for this week's SCAVENGER HUNT SUNDAY. Even with the busy-ness of the approaching holiday feasting ~ there are 90+ photographers participating in this week's hunt...
The words this week are: Mainly One Color, Around the Home, Reflection, Writing & Water...
|MAINLY ONE COLOR|
@ Fiesta Del Mar Too, Mountain View
|AROUND THE HOME|
@ Pottery Barn
@ Bare Escentuals Boutique, Stanford Shopping CenterStopped to check out the make-up... which I ended up buying!! Last time I bought make-up anywhere but CVS was in 1998 ~ decided to treat myself! see my camera in the REFLECTION of this display? (faces belong to sales girls)
@ Urban Outfitters, Stanford Shopping Center
@Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, CA
Hope you enjoyed the snapshot of Saturday "girl-time" with my youngest daughter! click here to find out how to participate in SCAVENGER HUNT SUNDAY... it's a great way to document your week, day or capture a moment in time! Best of all ~ it's open to everyone!
The words for this next week are: Waiting, Foliage, Candid, Knife, Fork or Spoon, Rule of Thirds. I'll be looking for your post!
Friday, November 18, 2011
A DAY IN KINDERGARTEN...
REVIEWED THEIR SIGHT WORDS
THEY ALSO DANCED & SANG A SONG TO PRACTICE SPELLING THEIR "SIGHT WORDS"
|PRACTICED CUTTING, GLUING, COUNTING & MATCHING THE NUMBERS|
|ARE LEARNING ABOUT SEASONS ~ FALL TREE|
|LISTENED TO A STORY ABOUT THANKSGIVING|
PRACTICED MAKING "PATTERNS"
TRIANGLE, SQUARE, CIRCLE, TRIANGLE...
WHAT COMES NEXT IN THE PATTERN?
ACE HAD THREE PARENT CONFERENCES
|LOLA & ACE|
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
|11.11.11 ~ Harmony, CA|
WHAT YA LOOKING AT?
|Harmony, CA ~ population 18|
...A COW TAKING A LUNCH BREAK!
photos taken Friday when our
Hot Air Balloon Ride was
(due to unstable weather)
can you see the blades of green popping up?
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Candles were lit...
JPE & I live in a condo!
which suits us fine
when we want to entertain
more than six people!
|sorry for poor quality of the picture ~ in a hurry!|
So, I moved JPE's chair into the dining room
next to the buffet table...
|tasties to spoil DINNER|
moved the dining room table into the living room!
Just enough time to hop in the shower!
(opened a bottle of sparkling mineral water &
it sprayed all over the floor & my shirt ~
sticky mess to clean up before the girls arrived)
plenty of room for seven to dine comfortably...
Monday, November 14, 2011
|"wooden spoons" ~ Avila Barn|
Coming... Tuesday ~ after work...
Tonight... making Tortilla Soup + dessert (any suggestions?)
We used to play Bunco... then Apples to Apples... sometimes we go to the movies... or walks along the Bob Jones Trail... or craft...
This month ~ we'll chat about how we'll spend the upcoming holidays! & select a restaurant for our December dinner!
The group's been together for 18+ years??
it's sort of like a marriage...
- we don't always agree, but we're polite when we disagree
- we comfort each other ~ through divorce, death, illness, loss of work & emotionally difficult times
- we've all experienced the challenges of watching our parents get sick, ill or frail, with some passing on
- our kids (the majority are 20's-30's) & grandkids are topics of conversation
- we've shopped, traveled, dined, attended parties & weddings together
- we've driven each other crazy (much like siblings)
- we don't discuss politics, religion or money
I've hosted slumber parties (years ago as a single, empty-nest mom), brunch, dinner(s), movie night(s), a book exchange, & a craft night ~ lots of memories in my dozen years with the group!
So - girlfriends ~ I'll be chopping, whipping, cooking, baking up something tasty to share...
SEE YOU TUESDAY at 6pm... You can wear your pj's, if you like!