Friday, February 23, 2018


Happy Chinese New Year

The Year of the Dog....

In honor of this time of year I dove back into my archives.

Here is our "Granddogger"  Snickerdoodle.


She's no longer this young pup

but just as engaging and social as she was then.

I do love how she smiles....

Sunday, February 18, 2018


It seems we are in for a change in the weather.

The weather guys say snow in the mountains...

which we need so badly,

Maybe a sprinkle or two here in Rocklin, CA.

A cold blast is coming down from Canada

and we are in for frost and early morning temps around 30F.

Now that's just plain freezing for us delicate people.

Thanks for looking.

As always please enlarge the photos to see the detail.

Saturday, February 17, 2018


A lovely midday walk in our neighborhood.

These daffodils were asking me to take their picture.

I had to oblige .....

The shadows fascinated me.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


The sky was so pretty tonight.

It made the perfect end to a nice Valentines Day.

Be sure to enlarge these to get the full effect.

Monday, February 12, 2018


We really haven't had enough winter in our neck of the woods.

The trees seem to have forgotten that we need more rain and mountain snow.

This photo is from last year.

I'm not sure we will even get a few buds on our sad trees this year.

The pink flowering plums are beginning to pop out all over.

Our almond tree is doing its thing though.

Its so pretty against the blue sky today.

This is such a beautiful time of year but,

Oh my,
I can feel the ACHOOS coming....

Monday, February 05, 2018


Dave and I made our way into the foothills to "kill" time

while our car was being serviced.

Nothing was blossoming yet.

We did find some really interesting pruning jobs.

Apple Hill is now mostly apple orchards.

Long ago pears and peaches were the major crop.

There were rows and rows of Scarecrow looking trees.

We saw some dried Fuji type apples hanging on for dear life.

I never saw this type of pruning before.

All the trees were trimmed into V shapes.

Apparently it is for ease of harvesting the apples quickly.

One of my friends said these look like antlers.

I quite agree.

We will return sometime this Summer to see the progress

And of course in the Fall when they are full of apples.

To Be Continued.....

Friday, February 02, 2018


Yesterday was the first day of February.

The air was warm and the sun shined beautifully all day.

We were blessed with the most glorious sunset.

I wish we were up higher so I could have captured more of the magnificent color.

Have a wonderful weekend .

Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Fifty Four years ago today Dave and I marched down the aisle.

The adventure of a lifetime began.

I wouldn't trade any of it....

The ups and downs only made us stronger.

Oh thin....

Waiting for our cue....

It's hard to believe that two of my bridesmaids and two of Dave's groomsmen

have passed away already.

Good memories of long ago.

Delicious cake

Not too messy..

On our way to Disneyland for our honeymoon.

Love the outfits with hats and gloves.

Happy Anniversary to my Love and my Best Friend.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018


Sunshine makes me happy.

Yesterday was so gloomy....

Not so good for the mountain snowpack

But oh so good for my attitude!

Monday, January 29, 2018


This turned out to be a " FOODIE " weekend for us.

On Friday we were in charge of set up, making salads , serving dinner and clean up for Celebrate Recovery.

Its always a pleasure to step in and help when the regulars are out of town.

On Sunday Dave and I did the same type of thing for a big dinner at church.

We were part of a great crew.

Kevin Kauer does such a great job of cooking for the masses.

I'm so happy to be a part of his team.

It won't be long before we do the "Kevin Kauer Kitchen Krew"

in Mexicali, Mexico.

Of course our table settings there in Mexico won't look as elegant as this one at church.

Don't forget to enlarge the photo so you can see the detail better.

Thursday, January 25, 2018


I looked out my window a few hours ago and saw this ominous dark cloud.

The sun was shinning so brightly in our neighborhood.

My first thought was, must be snowing in the mountains to the North.

I think it must be snowing there.

Don't forget to enlarge this to get the full picture.

Sunday, January 21, 2018


I didn't get outside quickly enough this morning.

I missed sunrise and the heaviest part of the frosty morning.

The air was crisp and the neighbors' roof still had the white stuff on it.

The temperature was 36*F.

My breath came out in puffs of clouds.

Don't forget to enlarge the photo to see the detail.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Our few days of rain has brought out the moss in all its glory.

The sun, at the perfect late afternoon angle, highlighted this rock perfectly.

It seems that all of our fruit trees have seen better days.

This poor peach tree really shows its age.

I have to admit that the lichen on the trunk is pretty though.

I don't think there is any hope in saving it.

It makes me very sad.

Rain is predicted this weekend with heavy snow in the mountains.

We need it badly but it will keep us from working in the yard.

Sunday, January 14, 2018


I was cruising through some of my past photos and thought I would post a few of them again.

I titled this photo..."DREAM".

Lake Tahoe is always one place I dream about going to again.

I really like this quote.


Thursday, January 11, 2018


We have had a few days of hard soaking rains in our area.

As always, our yard seems to become a swamp.

Today cleared and we tried to figure out why our drains are not doing their job.

It's a mystery.  We just don't know where the drains are beneath the lawn and side yard.

I know this doesn't look like much , but you can see that the end pipe doesn't do the job.

We just can't figure out where the entry is and how to unplug the darn thing.

In any case being outside today allowed us to see the beautiful sky

And breathe in the crisp, dampish day.

Sunday, January 07, 2018


Sunday is gray and maybe rain is on the way.

So here's a Pick Me Up for you.

Lake Tahoe at its finest a few months ago.

Thursday, January 04, 2018


Today is my lovely granddaughter's 18th birthday.

She is beautiful both inside and out.

I love her quiet and gentle spirit and that crazy giggle too.

It was so special to be present at her birth.

How do the years fly by so quickly?

My son Steve took this amazing photo of her.

I think it's fantastic...just like she is.

Be sure to click on the photo to see the wonderful detail.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018


Happy 2018!

This new year brings a year older, new editions to our family

and changes.

Happy birthday to the love of my life.

Dave is a New Years baby ...January 1st.

We celebrated by going out to dinner at Chili's with our older son and family and some close friends.

This lovely granddaughter on the left celebrates her 18th birthday in 2 more days.

Our younger son remarried a few months ago.

Now I have 3 additional granddaughters.

My heart is full.

Now Mark has 4 beautiful daughters.

Can you see how fortunate we are?

Happiness is family.

I'm sorry I don't have a recent photo of our grandson.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, December 31, 2017


The following photos are more for me and the memories

to be printed in my ShareBook for the year 2017.

When our older son and family returned from their trip

We were finally able to have Christmas together.

Not the greatest photo taken directly into the glare of the window.

We pretended it was Christmas morning and did breakfast, opened our stockings

from Santa, and then opened the special gifts from each other.

Even Snicker ( in her new haircut) got into the act.

When she's comfy and content her favorite place is on one of our feet.

10 years old and still thinks she's a puppy.

After breakfast the horses that are boarded in the acreage behind our son's home,

came to see what there was to eat.

It's nice to see these beautiful animals without having to deal with the daily care.

This horse seemed to be the Alpha of the group.

The other horses gave it plenty of room when it approached the fence.

The big gorgeous horse really wanted to come over the fence to get the apple.

This was so fun to watch and the weather was perfect.

I'm ending with the gorgeous photo my son took of 2 of our granddaughters.

Things are changing.  A new job in another state for one of them,

The other is graduating High School and turning 18 in a few days...

And this Grandma is getting older but so proud of all of her family.

I do wish our other son and his family could have been with us too.

Hopefully next year...

Tuesday, December 26, 2017


This Christmas was a little bit different this year.

Our younger son lives in Oregon and had his own celebration there.

The older son and family were in Las Vegas. 

Our granddaughter had an important interview to attend.

We missed them all so much but had a really nice time with friends that are like family.

We had the best ham I think we have ever had.


There is nothing like special friends.

Very thankful.

Sunday, December 24, 2017


Love you all


Dave and Sue