Life Lessons

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

Friday, August 18, 2017


Song - I Live For the Sun by The Sunrays

In May of 2012 we had a partial eclipse and I remember how eerie everything looked outside.  Above is a photo of Mr. B with a pin hole piece of paper showing the crescent shape onto the deck railing.

I happened to have two pin holes and reflected them onto a garden sculpture of a bird.

Shadows were exaggerated. 

And the backyard had a very strange color along with extra long shadows.

So many of my friends and family are heading north to Oregon to experience the "total eclipse".  I hope it's amazing for them!!!

"Dear God, If you want us to 
impeach Trump, give us a sign.  
Like, blot out the sun...anytime in the next week.  
Thanks, Americans"  -- Pinterest

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Zipper

Song - Hungry Eyes by Eric Carmen

"Pardon me but it appears that all of the bird feeders are empty 
and I was kind of hoping for lunch."

--Zipper the squirrel 
looking at me
 through my office window today.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Who Done It?

Song - Summertime by Norah Jones

In mid-June, when we returned from our vacation, I noticed that there was dry grass and leaves in one of my topiary trees in our front entry. I figured it was probably our gardeners who blow the yard when they are finished and they blew some dead grass into this plant.

At the base of the little tree are more twigs and grass bits. 

And upon closer inspection it appeared that it wasn't the gardeners but perhaps a bird attempted to start a nest in the tree and didn't quite finish.  Maybe because we had returned home and pass by this tree several times a day?

So I kept watch to see if the bird might return and finish the nest.  But in 45 days there has been no sight of a resident. I decided to clean up the tree (it's supposed to have a round top) and I wanted to pull out the grass. As I moved around to the side of the tree, I noticed a nice little cup shaped nest behind the loose grass.

And there were three blue speckled eggs inside!  I decided to let it be for a few more weeks to see if there was any activity.

Nothing.  So today I pulled the nest out.  The eggs feel light and empty so I am wondering if they were abandoned and dried up in this unbearable heat?

So....who done it?

Not the gardener.....

But a good possibility is the House Finch!

Upon doing some "little blue eggs" research, it appears that a number of birds lay 3-5 eggs that are blue with brown splotches and the House Finch seems to be a likely suspect.

The male has some red on his head and chest while the female is plain.  Above is an Oak Titmouse and a male House Finch.

"When I learn something new - 
and it happens every day - 
I feel a little more at home in this universe, 
a little more comfortable in the nest" 

-- Bill Moyers

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Tanagers Are Back

Song - Western Tanager Call

Can you spot him?

On Friday my son Andy spotted one on the dead tree near our creek 
but then he flitted away before I could get my camera or binoculars.

Then on Sunday I spotted two outside my office window on the pergola eating the grapes.
I looked at my blog and found that the last time they were in my neighborhood 
was in May 2016.

But by the time I located my camera and put on the telephoto lens....they were gone.

So now I have my camera on my desk so that is how I captured these photos yesterday.

Unfortunately, he is not singing but panting as it was 103 degrees outside.


I had Mr. B move a bird bath nearby
 and a friend told me to place some ice cubes in there to keep it cool.

Now I have to figure out what to do with my other grape eaters - time for a new squirt gun!

"The highway of life is filled 
with flat squirrels that couldn't make a decision."
 -- John C. Maxwell

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Oh Dear!

Song - Bambi Say Bird

The other day I opened my front door and found this.......

.....happily munching on my white roses!

So I sent her on her way......

.....and behind her were two little ones.

They trotted up our lane.....

....up to my neighbors yard to much on something new!

"I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls.  
They always say because it's such a beautiful animal.  
There you go.  I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her."  --Ellen DeGeneres

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Birthday Boy!

Song - Forever Young by Rod Stewart

Yesterday, July 27th was my oldest son's birthday and we will be celebrating tonight at our house with a BBQ.  Hopefully it won't be too hot and we can eat outside!!  Mr. B is making a huge Paella dish for the occasion.

He was the sweetest little boy growing up and now as an adult, he is still sweet, fun, interesting, thoughtful, entertaining, smart, creative & I could go on forever........

I just want to know one thing Andy.....just how did 34 years go by so quickly?

Happy, Happy Birthday!!! 

"The secret to staying young is to live honestly, 
eat slowly and lie about your age."
 --Lucille Ball

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

TBT - Camp Rich

Song - Summertime by Norah Jones


Camp Rich is not like Glamping......

Nor is it a camp for rich people.

It is short for Camp Richardson in South Lake Tahoe.

The little shop above was were I loved to go as a young girl in the late 50's & early 60's.  I would save up my allowance to buy an Indian doll, bank or necklace here.  Later as a teen, I would purchase my Kodak film here as well.

Across the street is where our family would go shopping. My mom & her sisters would buy groceries while my brothers, cousins and I would buy a little cardboard container that had holes poked in the lid - yes, we were getting big fat worms for fishing.  And if it was an extra special day we could sit on those outdoor stools behind the man in the photo above and order ice cream cones! Twirl and lick!!

This building has since burnt down but the building behind it is the Historic Camp Richardson Resort.

Sometimes my Aunt Marie would encourage all of us cousins to hike to the store from our cabin (she was a school teacher and loved "projects") and we would put on our tennis shoes & shorts, loop our yellow plastic water mugs to our belts and head off on some fun adventure. Anything for an ice cream cone!

There was also a dining room across the street from the "Souvenir Shop" but I don't ever remember eating there.  I think it was because my mom & her sisters & my grandmother liked home cooked meals.  But more likely the thought of taking all twelve of us kids out to dinner was somewhat daunting.

This is a photo of Camp Richardson in the mid 60's with the lodge, the store & the dining hall. Gas was across the street and so were the air pumps we would use to blow up our huge truck inner-tubes.

 A similar view from 2014 except it includes the old gas station on the right that is now a bike rental company.

The present day coffee shop used to be the Post Office which is how us "older people" stayed in touch with each other. We didn't have a phone at the cabin then.  It was a very important building for me as a teenager, as this is were I received all of my crucial correspondence from my other teen aged friends over those long two weeks at the lake! Every one's mail just came by General need for addresses back then....sigh.....such simple times....and not that long ago!!!

The old souvenir shop is now a very popular ice cream shop with huge scoops of ice cream! BEWARE - order the "kiddie" scoop or at most one scoop and you will still have a tummy ache.

The old dining hall is the present day store & cafe, although it is mostly filled with T-shirts and trinkets and a few supplies for the nearby campers.

The hotel is still in business and there are several cabins nearby for rent near the lake. They have also added a restaurant right on the lake at the marina called The Beacon.

The main reason that I was thinking about Camp Richardson today was because last month we Mr. B and I were up there for the weekend.....and......there was a traffic signal.  Made me shed a few tears over how this quaint little spot in my life has changed and will continue to evolve for the next generation.

It will forever look like this in my heart.

"Summer is like childhood.  
It's full of warm memories but gone too soon." 
 -- Kellie Elmore

Sunday, July 23, 2017


Song -Theme from Superman by John Williams

I have a nephew who's name is Timothy John after his dad 
and TJ has been his nickname since day one!

He loves animals.......

....and sports of all kinds but especially swimming and isn't afraid to share his enthusiasm!!!

 He loves his friends.....

....and family (especially Grandma Betty)!

But TJ is 22 now and beginning a new journey in his life.

W O R K....

He has been working for several months at Sideboard restaurant in Lafayette.

So if you happen to stop in there, please say hello to TJ!

He will great you with a warm heart and kind smile!

"Let your smile change the world 
but don't let the world change your smile."
 -- Connor Franta

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bye Bye Baby

Song - SF Giants Fight Song

You know what day it is?  It's TBT - Throw Back Thursday!

 Jill, John "The Count" Montefusco & me
Circa 1975

On September 29, 1976, Montefusco threw a no hitter for the 
SF Giants in a 9 - 0 victory verses the Atlanta Braves.

Jill and I used to go to many Giant games 
at Candlestick Park and occasionally 
hung out with the players.  
I guess we were Giant "groupies" -
we have some fun memories from that time.... we go to the games 
with our sweet husbands and behave!!!

"She asked me to tell her the three words that every girl wants to hear.  So I whispered, "Let's Go Giants" in her ear. 
- Someecards

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