Saturday, May 27, 2017


My heritage is calling me again at the annual Greek Festival, which me and my son attended today.  It always starts off with wonderful Greek food, which I think is one of the main reasons my son goes with me each year.  ; )  The festival music is playing in the background, as we look at all the booths with their unique items to buy, some of them handmade with love.  Walking into the church, we gaze and appreciate the art work that is very different from the paintings and art that I've ever seen.   A hand carved alter was sent here all the way from Greece.  We look at the assortment of desserts, which some of the recipes go back for hundreds of years.  There are so many to choose from.  Greek pastries can be rich, so we get a few different kinds and take bites from each.  What could be better than baklava?.....the baklava cheesecake.   Oh, it's something else.  Another year marveling at the good people around me and their traditions.  A feeling of love and hope comes over me, knowing I belong to them, as my Greek roots make us one. 


this video is kind of long,
so you can watch the beginning of it,
and don't forget to see the end
where they break the plates.  : )

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Just Because In May

There was a festival in my town, and I've always loved the ferris wheel, but as I get older, not so much.  Lots of flowers at the rose garden right now, and the soft pink roses seem to be my favorite.  My friend, Anne, loved this cinnamon streusel and bought seven boxes of them at the store, haha.  She gave me one, and it was soooo good.  I collect little trinkets - there's just something cute about small.   I've been eating lots of grapefruit lately, and I got the taste for them from my dad who liked them as well.  The birds are singing their song, and loudly, telling me that summer is on its way.  Not my favorite season, as it gets hot here in the summers, but it has its loveliness just like the rest of them. 


Sunday, May 21, 2017

California Journey

A dear blog friend showed us some of the culture and way of life in her country, and I thought it would be fun to show you a little of this and that about our state of California. 
We have extreme and diverse
climates, and we get
rains, snow, winds, and sun -
from the valleys
to the

Some of the best surfing,

internet photo
as well as
snow boarding
skate boarding

Our state flower,
California Poppy.

photo by Jess
We have some of the cutest
fashion designs and
hair styles.

In the summer, we wear
flip flops or sandals like these.

California is well known
for its agriculture.
I appreciate our farmers so much.

Some of our favorite watched movies
were made in Hollywood.

~my dad looked a lot like Cary Grant
Hollywood Walk of Fame

We have many libraries,
art exhibits, good colleges, and
 resources for learning.
But all in all,
California is plain 'ole good fun.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Exciting News

I have some exciting news!
First, I'll give you a hint.
I saw this porcelain plate
at a vintage shop,
and knew I had to buy it.

Have you guessed yet?
Jess is pregnant,
and is going to be a mother,
and I'm going to be a
We're so excited
and feel very blessed.
I wanted to share
the wonderful news with you,
my special blog friends.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Spiced Mug Mat

Thank you all for the
birthday wishes.
I had a great time with
mother's day and my birthday
being only a day apart
this year.
Got lots of goodies.
Nel brought this back
from her trip.
Now, I'll always have something
from Boston.
Loved this card from Nel
I saw this candle
while out shopping one day
at World Market.
Jess went back later and
bought it for me.
Have you ever had something
that smelled like your
This candle smells like
something from my childhood,
but can't figure out what,
it's so pretty.
My son took my car in
to get it cleaned and detailed.
I thought it was a thoughtful gift.
My church gave a carnation
to every mother
after mass, wasn't that sweet?
The carnation is my
second favorite flower -
love the scent,
and they are long lasting.
Jess gave me this candy dish
filled with Sees.  : )
Have you ever heard of a
spiced mug mat?
My best friend moved back here,
and we had lunch yesterday.
This was her gift.
You're supposed to put a
hot cup of tea or coffee on it,
and the spice scent fills the room.
I put it in my kitchen.

I even got myself something
when I was shopping
with the girls.
Isn't this camera necklace cute?
(Charming Charlie)

So many special gifts.
I have to say that my kids
spoiled me the
last couple of days.
Don't ya just love birthdays?  ; )