Monday, July 24, 2017

Family Time

We have many family birthdays
the month of July,
and this last weekend we
celebrated my son's and my son-in-law's.
We went out for coffee
on Saturday,
and we all met for lunch on Sunday
at a nice Mexican restaurant.
Later, me and Jess did some shopping.
Jess saw this decorative box
and wanted it for the baby.
I bought it for her -
she can put hair clips and bows in it.
Jess' mother-in-law is really an
artsy and crafty person.

She sews, makes canned goods,
and she gave me 2 jars of homemade jam,
blueberry and plum.
I bought some sourdough bread
to go with it.
There's nothing like it.
The carrot cake she made
was amazing.
She used to be a professional baker
and made wedding cakes,
so her desserts are always so moist
and delicious.
She puts real carrots in her carrot cake.
The girls brought this home  
from their trip.
They thought it was "so me."
It is a music box playing the tune
Beauty and the Beast.
It was such a fun weekend.
Spending time with my family
is my favorite thing to do.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

There Are Just Some Things

I was thinking about Jess being a new mom soon, and I was going through some stuff and came across some baby items I still have from when my kids were born, and a few when they were in school.  I always filled their rooms with color and imagination.   

This was Nel's music box
when she was a baby,
and when you open the drawer,
the clown dances.
She used to love listening
to the music.
My son's first baby football
Jess' clay hand print
she made in kindergarten

This was a card I gave to my son.
He used to always say this silly phrase
to his sisters.
Isn't this creative?
Jess made this frame out of
jig saw puzzles
and put her mom's picture in it.
Your world is made of your memories, and your memories are given to you by your world.  The whispering voice of happenstance is always in our ears.  "This is the world.  This is the way things are.  Look.  Pay attention.  Remember."
~Real Live Preacher

There are just some things,
reminding us of our babies, that are
too precious to ever part with.

Nel, only two weeks old

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A San Francisco Gem

Summertime in the City...

I explored Golden Gate Park over the weekend. 

It was my first time visiting,

and it was gorgeous.

Golden Gate Park is a giant park nestled within the bustling city of San Francisco with plenty of nature trails, museums, monuments, and even a man-made lake. 

Paddle boating around Stow Lake was so much fun!  

We are lucky this vibrant city is ours. I can see why many 'left their heart' here.


Saturday, July 15, 2017


Nel sent me a Starbuck's gift card
in the mail,
and one day I got up early,
got my coffee and raspberry loaf,
and drove up over the hill to see the sunrise.
It was such a wonderful sight.
The sun rises early here, around 6:00.
Have a nice weekend.
It's been a hot summer, sometimes
in the 100's, 
and just trying to stay cool.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Summer Days On A Farm

We are well into the summer days, and it's been really hot here, and I was reflecting on one summer when I worked on a farm.   My oldest brother and his best friend opened up a produce store in town, and all the produce was grown on a 40-acre piece of land that belonged to a family friend.  I was about 11 or 12, and at the crack of dawn, I would go out there with my family and start picking, watering, and collecting all the vegetables that were ripe that day.  About mid-day, I would come home hot, sweaty, and tired.  There was planted corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, okra, watermelon, and cantaloupe.  I remember wearing over-alls on the days I worked, and one of the workers would constantly tease me throughout the day.  My brother and his best friend would take the produce and sell it at the local auction, and when they opened their own store, they sold it there.  They had some nice looking veggies.  The business didn't last that long, but it was an adventure for my brother, and one that I am pleased to have been a part of.

This painting reminds me
of my mom and her five kids.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Some Facts

Some facts about Nel.
*She used to love spinach
when she was a baby
and kept wanting more.

*She was 'student of the month'
many times in grade school
*She loves cajun food

*She was a cheerleader
for three years
in high school, and captain
for one of them.
*Loves to get rescue dogs.
She's had three so far.

*She received her Ph.D. about
two years ago.

*She likes to work on
craft projects
when she has the time.

*She has a good listening ear

*She climbed Mt. Shasta twice,
and the last hike
was a difficult one for her,
but she made it.

 internet photo
*She sucked her thumb when
she was little,
and had to wear braces.

*She loves books,
and has a wall-to-wall
study of books in her home.

*She loves coffee

*She takes her grandma's bear
with her whenever she
(here's teddy in Boston).

*She likes to go on nature walks

...and the last one is an
inside joke and will make her
laugh on her birthday.
*She always wears a
coated rubber band on her wrist
to pull her hair up
when it gets in the way. ;)

Happy Birthday to Nel!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A Taste of Spain

I've been thinking about Spain lately...

It's been almost two years since me, Jess, and my hubby took our trip to Barcelona, and I'm missing the white sand beaches, winding cobblestone lanes, and delectable tapas. It truly is an enchanting city.

Click here to read about our trip to Barcelona in 2015. 

So to ease the travel longing, I decided to make a Spanish favorite for dinner tonight...paellaI started by chopping some fresh veggies and sauteed them until they were just a little charred on the outside.

Then I grilled a few chicken thighs and sauteed a half pound of fresh scallops in butter.

I made a spicy mix from red and black pepper, paprika, thyme, rosemary, garlic powder, and onion powder, and rubbed it over two Mississippi catfish fillets...

Okay, so I'm living in Georgia...I have to add a little Southern flare to everything I cook. ( ;  

After all that work I needed a refresher...

And then it was back to the stove. Mix it all together with some rice and a few more spices (can't forget the saffron)...

...and voilà! A little taste of Spain...and the U.S. South.

Barcelona might be an ocean away, but my kitchen is always open.

A favorite restaurant in Barcelona

Do you have any recipes that remind you of places you love?

~ Nel