Monday, August 31, 2009
Then after church on Sunday, we attended the church Baptism service at our friend & neighbors home. Because we do not yet have our own church building, we meet in a school for now, our baptisms have taken place in one of the local lakes or in a church member's pool. We saw 20 people, young & old be baptized, sang a few great old songs, then headed home.
As we were driving up the road to home, I saw a sight that is very frightening to those of us who live in the rural areas here. A wildfire was burning out of control, just over the ridge to the east of our property. Although it was several miles away, these fires are unpredictable and so dangerous! The wind had kicked up and the temperature was in the high 90's at least. All conditions for the most difficult fire-fighting.
As of this morning, the fire is basically just smoldering. But it has left a path of destruction beyond belief! One whole neighborhood of fairly new, larger homes is GONE! As we viewed the TV news, and watched the live aerial film, it was incredible to see that the fire moved so quickly that people didn't even have time to take their cars in some cases! Terrible!
HERE is a link to some videos from our local news. Please excuse the commercials, ugh!
We haven't heard if they have discovered the cause of the fire. We don't know of any human injuries or deaths. We do know that some pets have perished and that 60 structures have been lost. It is a very sad day for many families.
It was an awful way to end a weekend! Please be careful out there...
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Then, I look at this room. Light, cool, and not-so-traditional; transitional maybe? (Mary Ruth, where are you?) I really like those window treatments. I DO have a view afterall! For some reason, the colors speak to me.
I want/need a change. My red, green & gold color pallet, which has always been my favorite, isn't making me as happy any more. I just don't know, darn it!
Which room do you like better? I know it won't help my decision much, but I'm curious!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
We love it! I especially love the "candlelier", but DH thinks an electric chandy would be more versatile. He's right, the candles don't provide enough light to see what you are eating, for example. And, if he puts a dimmer on the switch, we can still have softer light when we want it.
Still need to do some sprucing up, but couldn't wait to show you how my great find worked out!
P.S. Please keep the firefighters and folks affected by the wildfires in your thoughts and prayers.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
THIS is why I have to fill my hummingbird feeder everyday!
Some mornings, I have seen a dozen of these little stinkers trying get breakfast, all at the same time. This morning, there are about 8 of them. They make such a racket chirping at one another! The feeder hangs outside one of the kitchen windows, making dishwashing rather fun. I have been known to sit at the island counter for 30 minutes just watching these aerial acrobats!
Most of them are Anna's and Allen's Hummingbirds, with a few of the Black-chinned varitey thrown into the mix. I just love them, all birds actually! How 'bout you?
Feed the birds! Chris
Monday, August 10, 2009
Saturday morning, 7 of us girls met for breakfast. This is something we try to do once a month. We met at a great little restaurant in Rocklin, CA called Granite Rock Grill. The fellowship, food & conversation was wonderful! I had a peppered bacon scramble. Definitely NOT low cal, but really yummy!
My daughter was with me. As we left the restaurant, she mentioned she had been looking for a CHEAP patio lounge chair. We decided that since K-Mart was close, we'd see if they had any deals. As it turned out, the ONLY lounge chair they had was almost $100!
But... Oh, they had deals alright!
Look at what I got! This $700 pavilion was on sale for $179! I have wanted one of these forever! It is the floor model, needs to be disassembled, comes with no instructions for set up (good thing hubs is an engineer), and appears to be in perfect condition! SCORE!
My husband & I went back on Sunday afternoon so that he could see it while it's set up & take a look at the fittings and assembly before they take it down. Even he said I "did good"!
We can pick it up today or tomorrow. I can't wait to get it set up and redecorate my new room! I'll post more photos when I have it just right.
I always say, "I never find deals like that". Guess I'll have to change my tune? Now if I can find a new outdoor rug for a deal like that...
Have a happy Monday!
Friday, August 7, 2009
You can visit the Filoli Garden website HERE. Better yet, if you're ever in Northern California, near San Francisco, visit the garden in person!
I decided that, rather than trying to post & explain all 100+ photos I took in Filoli's gorgeous gardens, I would create a photo show. I think you'll understand the grand beauty of the gardens without a lot of verbiage attached. One note: There are some flowers, roses mainly, where I have placed a photo of the nameplate right after the flower photo.