Life Lessons

"Figuring out our gifts in life is part of our journey to becoming enlightened human beings.” – Allison DuBois

Monday, November 28, 2016

Through Thick and Thin

Song - The Puppy Song by Harry Nilsson

Mika   2003 - 2016

“And it is exceedingly short, his galloping life. 
Dogs die so soon. 
I have my stories of that grief, no doubt many of you do also. 
It is almost a failure of will, 
a failure of love, to let them grow old
—or so it feels. 
We would do anything to keep them with us, 
and to keep them young. 

The one gift we cannot give.” 

 -- Mary Oliver "Dog Songs"

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Gobble Gobble

Song -Thanksgiving Theme by Vince Guaraldi Trio

Mr. B and I are busy in the kitchen preparing a Thanksgiving meal for our family.  Mr. B takes on the tough stuff - the turkey (or turkeys), the stuffing and gravy.  I get the side dishes and set the table.  We have guests bring appetizers or desserts.  Luckily all of our boys like to cook just like their dad!

This is a photo of me in front of our Ponderosa house.  That was when Walnut Creek had Walnut trees and California had water!

We were probably getting ready to go to my grandparents home in Oakland where Grandma Sophie cooked for her four daughters (Grandma was Italian and no one else knew how to cookjust like her!), their spouses and the twelve grandchildren - my cousins!

Just wanted to say that I am so very thankful for FAMILY....little do you realize how important it truly is when you are young!

Enjoy your day, the food on your table, the family and friends around you and the love that is there!

“Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal.  It's a way to live.”  ~Attributed to Jacqueline Winspear

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


Song - The Laughing Song by Dan Hicks

Mr. B keeps me laughing....

He borrowed the tie from the "photo booth" during the wedding.

Now he will keep our new daughter-in-law laughing too!

Did I share with you that the wedding was magical?

Well, it was!

"Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, 
but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, 
ah, now that's a real treat." 

--Joanne Woodward

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Where's Waldo?

Song - When the Leaves Come Falling Down by Van Morrison

The sunrise from our bedroom deck.....was amazing!

Later that night I got a text from Mr. B.....

Who is that silver fox at the football game?

Waldo....errr....I mean Mr. B!

I know he is kind of hard to pick out in a crowd!  

“The problem with winter sports is that -- 
follow me closely here -- 
they generally take place in winter.” 
--Dave Barry

Monday, October 31, 2016


Song - The Addams Family Original Theme Music

Sunday morning we woke up to this.......
yes, it's R A I N !

A good, hard rain that raised our backyard creek within minutes.

Oh but the flowers and soil were happy...

But we needed to head to San Francisco 
to pick up our son who was flying in from attending a wedding in Austin.

And no one remembered how to drive in the rain!
There were lakes and rivers flooding the freeways.

I was able to snap a few shots of Alcatraz and Coit Tower from the bridge.

There was even some sunshine in the city.

When we returned it was time for some serious pumpkin carving!


Mr. B with his "special" tool



We had lunch and put on Halloween songs and carved away!

Everyone of them came out great!

And Grandma Betty came by for a visit with her favorite horsey grandson!

"When witches go riding
 And black cats are seen,
The moon laughs and whispers
'Tis near Halloween."
--Author Unknown

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